Welcome to NFCI

Cooking classes & Banquets

Banquets & Events

Group ToursFrom our Chef’s Table in the open kitchen to the private dining room of Savor Restaurant or our three floors of atriums overlooking Old Falls Street, The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute can cater to your unique dining experiences. Our professional Chefs and servers working alongside our students will offer you gourmet food and exceptional service that will impress your guests. From kid’s birthday party cooking classes to business meetings and wedding receptions, take your dining to the next level at The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Please see our Banquet MenuGroup Tour Packet and our Banquet Policies for details.

If you would like to book an event, or have any questions, please contact Ben Loomis at bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-210-2550

Youth Camps 2018

Schedule for 2019 will be posted in the near future.

Kids Camps (8 - 12yrs old, 9:00am - 3:00pm daily)

Kids Camp (A) Costs $225 The Menu Daily Title
6/25 to 6/28 7/16 to 7/19 7/23 to 7/26  
Day 1 Monday Homemade Pasta, Grilled Chicken and Veggie Alfredo, Garlic Knots, Raspberry Almond Pinwheels Mama Mia It's a Kids Camp!
Day 2 Tuesday Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting, Cauliflower “Breadsticks”, Spaghetti and Meatballs Cupcakes April Fool’s Food!
Day 3 Wednesday Stuffed Turkey Burgers, Homemade Burger Rolls, Homemade Tater Tots, Ice Cream in a Bag A Picnic From Scratch!
Day 4 Thursday Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce, Rainbow Veggie Skewers, Cake Pops On a Stick!
Kids One Day Camp OR Add ON Costs $60 The Menu Daily Title
7/27/2018  
Day 5 Friday Fresh Pasta Bolognese, Grilled Vegetable Skewers, Mixed Green Salad with homemade dressing, Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Pasta like a Pro!

Kids Camp (B) Costs $225 The Menu Daily Title
7/9 to 7/12 8/6 to 8/9    
Day 1 Monday Cold Sesame Noodle Stir Fry with Chicken and Veggies, Veggie Summer Rolls, Frozen Hot Chocolate Cool Your Jets!
Day 2 Tuesday From-Scratch Pizza Dough, Homemade Sauce, Various Toppings, Hand-Tossed Salad with Homemade Rance Dressing, Chocolate Chip Pizookie Pizza Party!
Day 3 Wednesday Homemade Mac & Cheese, Hand-Breaded Chicken Nuggets with Homemade BBQ Sauce, Grilled Corn on the Cob, Real Chocolate Pudding and Whipped Cream Better Than School Lunch!
Day 4 Thursday Lasagna Roll-ups with homemade Marinara, Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Nuggets, Bread in a Bag, cookies n' Cream Semifreddo Pasta Day!
Kids One Day Camp OR Add ON Costs $60 The Menu Daily Title
7/13/2018  
Day 5 Friday Handmade Chicken Nuggets, From-Scratch Mac and Cheese, Glazed Carrots, Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches Better Thank School Lunch!

Teen Camps (13 - 17yrs old, 9:00am - 3:00pm daily)

Teen Camp (A) Costs $225 The Menu Daily Title
7/2 to 7/5 7/30 to 8/2    
Day 1 Monday Braised Chicken Tacos, Homemade Tortillas, Roasted Tomato Salsa, Mexican Rice, Dessert Empanadas Taco Day!
Day 2 Tuesday California Roll, Buffalo Chicken Roll, Beef On Weck Roll, Sesame Noodles, Green Tea Semifreddo Sushi Day!
Day 3 Wednesday Pork Potstickers, Stuffed Meatball Rolls, Stuffed Mushrooms, Chocolate Lava Cakes Taste Bomb Day!
Day 4 Thursday Competition: Ultimate Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup and Brownies ala Mode Competition Day!
Teen One Day Camp OR Add ON Costs $60 The Menu Daily Title
7/6/2018  
Day 5 Friday Handmade Burgers, Rolls, Fresh-Cut French Fries, Handmade Milkshakes Old-Style Drive-In Day!

Teen Camp (B) Costs $225 The Menu Daily Title
8/13 to 8/16

 

   
Day 1 Monday Fresh Pasta with Bolognese Sauce, Mixed Green salad or Caesar Salad with homemeade dressing, Olive Garden- style breadsticks, Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Pasta Day!
Day 2 Tuesday Sesame Chicken, Crab Rangoon, Vegetable Fried Rice, Homemade Candy Bars Better Than Takeout Day!
Day 3 Wednesday Artisan Pizza, Wings, Fresh Mozzarella Sticks, Ice Cream Sandwiches Pizza Day!
Day 4 Thursday Competition: Ultimate Mac and Cheese and Custom Cheesecake Competition Day!
Teen One Day Camp OR Add ON Costs $60 The Menu Daily Title
8/17/2018  
Day 5 Friday Seared Chicken Breasts Provencal with Parmesan Herb Risotto, Glazed Carrots and Flourless Chocolate Cake Cook Like A Restaurant Chef!

 

Private Parties

Gift cards will be sent in the mail after payment and arrive in approximately one week.

 

Private group and team building classes focus on everything from appetizers to chopped competitions. Our chefs will be fostering teamwork side by side your clients as they experience an exciting array of food. Ask about adding in an open bar, a dinner in Savor’s private dining room and our pastry chef’s custom made cakes to enhance your team building event.

Our corporate training classes specialize in certifying and educating your employees on food service standards and professional development. We offer American Culinary Federation certification training and COMIRA testing to certify your staff as Executive Chefs and more. Our classes will be custom tailored to fit your specific business training needs.

Private Parties Classes and Pricing
Class Title Menu Description Price Per Person
 
Competition Class Flexible Depending on group size and product availability- contact us if you want something specific! Get a group together and compete with a few mystery ingredients and your imagination! $65.00
Ice Cream Vanilla Bean and Bourbon Ice Cream, The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Science meets food in this innovative class- Learn how to make a silky smooth custard, utilize liquid nitrogen to make the fastest ice cream in the world, and pair it with the best chocolate chip cookies you've ever had! $60.00
The Perfect Steak Seared Ribeye, Herbed Compound Butter, Steak Sauce, Perfect French Fries, Sautéed Broccolini Grab a date and have some steak! This romantic meal is a staple at every French bistro- learn how to make it at home! $85.00
Chinese Pork Potstickers, Chicken Teriyaki Skewers, Crab Rangoons Learn the different techniques involved in making dishes for a Dim Sum meal- grilling, frying, steaming- all of it creates different textures and flavors to make this communal meal exciting! $60.00
Surf and Turf Surf and Turf, Local Wines Included, Filet and Lobster Tail, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Verts and Carrots Spikes Learn how to sear a perfect steak, roast a lobster tail, and make the best mashed potatoes you've ever had! Wine pairing included with your meal! $100.00
Cake Decorating 101 6-inch House made Chocolate Cake, Buttercream Learn the basics of cake decorating- how to frost a smooth cake, easy and quick decorations, and how to make beautiful frosting flowers for any occasion! $60.00
Tapas Garlic Shrimp, Ham Croquetas, Pan con Tomate, Patatas Bravas Tapas are perfect for a romantic night or a group get-together- learn how to make these small Spanish dishes to share with the ones you love! $75.00
Jambalaya Andouille Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya with traditional Cajun spice Experience the flair of New Orleans with this classic Cajun rice dish, a traditional meal that will bring Mardi Gras to your kitchen! $75.00
Italian Seared Scallop and Saffron Risotto, Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia Take a trip to Northern Italy to perfect your risotto skills! This class will focus on proper risotto and searing technique, and will teach you a great focaccia recipe as well! $75.00
Japanese California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Tempura Shrimp Roll, Veggie Spring Rolls Takeout sushi never tasted so good! Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, build flavors, and proper rolling technique to make rolls as good as your favorite restaurant! $60.00
Knife Skills/ Sauté Pan-Seared Salmon, Lemon Beurre Blanc, Green Bean Almandine and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Learn how to get a perfect sear on salmon, build an emulsified pan sauce, blanch and sauté great green beans, and roast potatoes to perfection! $60.00
Pie Crust Traditional American Apple Pie, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Sage Tart Perplexed by Pie Crust? Learn the difference between flaky crust and short crust, the different uses for each, and take home a savory and a sweet pie! $60.00
Lobster Steamed Cold-Water Lobster, Traditional Potato Gratin, Brussels Sprout and Pancetta Hash Learn how to cook a whole lobster, and get ready to get covered in butter! A traditional potato gratin and brussel sprout hash rounds out this perfect date night meal. $85.00
Knife Skills/ Vegan Vegan Chile Relleno with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Spiced Rice Pilaf Vegan food for the omnivore! This class will touch on vegan cooking, with a great stuffed pepper recipe that won't make you miss the meat! $60.00
Pasta Homemade Tagliatelle, Quick and Tasty Pasta Sauce Learn how to make homemade pasta and a sauce that’ll turn out great, every time! $60.00
Truffles Peanut Butter Truffles, Coconut White Chocolate Truffles, Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles Learn how to make truffles like a pro! This class will cover the basics of ganache flavoring and the professional way to coat truffles in chocolate! $60.00
The Perfect Roast Chicken Roasted Poussin, Herbed Parmesan Risotto, Glazed Tri-Color Carrots Learn to make a meal that will wow them at home- crispy perfectly cooked roast chicken and creamy risotto will be your next at-home date night meal! $65.00
Optional Add-on: Custom cake creation made from scratch from our bakery with various fillings and flavors of frosting, our pastry chefs can create the cake of your dreams Custom
  Wines Ask about our wine selection Custom
*Any of our regularly-scheduled classes can be adapted to private group classes. Please contact us for more information.

All Parties are 2.5 - 3.5 hours & include:

  • 2 hour hands on cooking class with the chef
  • Meal for every participant
  • Chef hats & aprons

Pricing is listed for a minimum of 8 people. Smaller parties will be custom quoted.

Participation Guidelines

  • For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, participants should wear long pants, a shirt with non-flowing sleeves and flat, closed-toe shoes. Class participants will be working with knives and around hot stoves/ovens, therefore, tank tops and flip flops are not recommended. Long hair should be tied back.
  • We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class.
  • Allergy and dietary restrictions: Facilities may contain dairy, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contamination may occur among food products and we cannot guarantee that our food will be safe for customers with food allergies.
  • Guests who appear to be under the influence will not be allowed to participate in Community Education classes or private cooking parties for the safety of all of our guests and staff.
  • Groups arriving for private cooking parties more than 30 minutes past the start of the party will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Private cooking party groups must provide a finalized guest list with names of all participating.
  • Private cooking party groups must make a deposit at the time of booking. The rest of the balance is due 3 business days prior to the event date.

To book your class please contact

Ben Loomis CEC
Director of Community Education
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303
bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu 716-210-2550

Youth Parties

Gift cards will be sent in the mail after payment and arrive in approximately one week.

 

Bring your party to life with a hands on cooking class at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Ideal for unique birthday parties for your young foodies.  Your kids and teens will join together with our chefs for a hands on cooking class. Participants will learn the basics to healthy cooking that will foster a lifetime of learning in the kitchen.  Develop a taste for the extraordinary. 

You may select one meal for the event

Youth Parties Classes and Pricing
Class Title Description Price Per Person
 
Pizza Party! Learn how to make pizza dough, sauce, and learn about flavor profiles to create your perfect pie! $45.00
Backwards Dinner Party! Make fun and delicious meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting, and learn how to frost a real cupcake so it looks like spaghetti and meatballs! $50.00
Cupcake Decorating Party! Learn about fondant and all the ways you can decorate giant cupcakes using buttercream and frosting tips! $45.00
Custom Stir Fry Party! Learn about flavor profiles, combining colors and textures, and making a delicious sauce to create your own stir fry! $45.00
Cake Pop Party! Your favorite cake, on a stick! Make these fun and trendy desserts while learning about coating desserts in chocolate! $45.00
Optional Add-on:
Cupcake Decorating
Add on cupcake decorating to any party. 1 cupcake per participant with 2 colors of buttercream frosting of your choice. $5.00
Optional Add-on:
Custom Cakes
Ask our pastry chef to build a scratch custom cake for your party. Custom

All Parties are 2.5 hours & include:

  • 2 hour hands on cooking class with the chef
  • Meal for every participant
  • Chef hats & aprons
  • All paper goods for meal
  • Water and lemonade

Pricing is listed for a minimum of 8 people. Smaller parties will be custom quoted.

Adults can help for free or make their own meal if included in the class count.
Adults can order from Savor restaurant subject to availability.
Minimum age of 6 years old unless accompanied by an adult.

Participation Guidelines

  • For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, participants should wear long pants, a shirt with non-flowing sleeves and flat, closed-toe shoes. Class participants will be working with knives and around hot stoves/ovens, therefore, tank tops and flip flops are not recommended. Long hair should be tied back.
  • We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class.
  • Allergy and dietary restrictions: Facilities may contain dairy, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contamination may occur among food products and we cannot guarantee that our food will be safe for customers with food allergies.
  • Guests who appear to be under the influence will not be allowed to participate in Community Education classes or private cooking parties for the safety of all of our guests and staff.
  • Groups arriving for private cooking parties more than 30 minutes past the start of the party will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Private cooking party groups must provide a finalized guest list with names of all participating.
  • Private cooking party groups must make a deposit at the time of booking. The rest of the balance is due 3 business days prior to the event date.

To book your event please contact

Ben Loomis CEC
Director of Community Education
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303
bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu 716-210-2550

Non-credit Classes

One Day Cooking Classes

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute offers a variety of hands-on culinary, baking, and beverage classes. Whether you are coming on your own, having a date night, or booking a birthday party for your kids - we can teach you to cook like a pro. Don’t forget the best part… you get to eat what you make! Each class is a good mix of information, demonstration and hands-on learning.

For More Information

Contact Ben Loomis: 716-210-2550, bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu or register on this webpage.

Gift cards will be sent in the mail after payment and arrive in approximately one week.

 

Choose from the drop down below when and what type of class you are interested in


Friday, January 18, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm (CLOSED)

405 - Baking - Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean and Bourbon Ice Cream, The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Science meets food in this innovative class- Learn how to make a silky smooth custard, utilize liquid nitrogen to make the fastest ice cream in the world, and pair it with the best chocolate chip cookies you've ever had! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

105 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Soups

Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Spicy Thai Chicken Noodle

Cold weather necessitates soup! This class will feature learning proper knife skills, the best way to build flavors in a stock, and all the tips and tricks to make your soups great! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, January 25, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm (CLOSED)

205 - Date Night - The Perfect Steak

Seared Ribeye, Herbed Compound Butter, Steak Sauce, Perfect French Fries, Sautéed Broccolini

Grab a date and have some steak! This romantic meal is a staple at every French bistro- learn how to make it at home! Cost per participant $85.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

307 - International - German

Pork Schnitzel, Whole-Grain Mustard Pan sauce, Braised Red Cabbage, Potato Pancakes

Comfort food meets classic culinary technique! Learn how to properly bread and pan-fry, braise, and how to make perfect potato pancakes every time! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

306 - International - Chinese

Pork Potstickers, Chicken Teriyaki Skewers, Crab Rangoons

Learn the different techniques involved in making dishes for a Dim Sum meal- grilling, frying, steaming- all of it creates different textures and flavors to make this communal meal exciting! Cost per participant $60.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

501 - Holiday - Valentines Day

Surf and Turf, Local Wines Included, Filet and Lobster Tail, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Verts and Carrots Spikes

Bring your love to learn how to make one of the best Valentine's Day dinners! Learn how to sear a perfect steak, roast a lobster tail, and make the best mashed potatoes you've ever had! Wine pairing included with your meal! Cost per participant $100.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

407 - Baking - Cake Decorating 101

6-inch House made Chocolate Cake, Buttercream

Learn the basics of cake decorating- how to frost a smooth cake, easy and quick decorations, and how to make beautiful frosting flowers for any occasion! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

206 - Date Night - Tapas

Garlic Shrimp, Ham Croquetas, Pan con Tomate, Patatas Bravas

Tapas are perfect for a romantic night or a group get-together- learn how to make these small Spanish dishes to share with the ones you love! Cost per participant $75.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

502 - Holiday - Jambalaya

Andouille Sausage, Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya with traditional Cajun spice

Experience the flair of New Orleans with this classic Cajun rice dish, a traditional meal that will bring Mardi Gras to your kitchen! Cost per participant $75.

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

305 - International - Italian

Seared Scallop and Saffron Risotto, Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia

Take a trip to Northern Italy to perfect your risotto skills! This class will focus on proper risotto and searing technique, and will teach you a great focaccia recipe as well! Cost per participant $75.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

208 - Date Night - Spanish Mussels and Shrimp

Mejillones al Vapor (Shrimp and Mussels with Chorizo and Kale in a white wine broth), Easy Crusty Bread

Seafood, White Wine, Spanish Paprika, Spicy Chorizo and broth makes for a perfect sharing meal- this class will teach you to make the perfect bread for dipping! Cost per participant $80.

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 6:00pm-10:00pm

408 - Baking - Breakfast Pastries

Cinnamon Sugar Scones, Raspberry Cream Cheese Turnovers, Best-Ever Banana Bread

Having a crowd over for brunch? Learn how to make tender, fluffy scones, flaky creamy turnovers and the greatest banana bread in the world! These recipes are infinitely customizable, so experimentation is a breeze! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

308 - International - Japanese

California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Tempura Shrimp Roll, Veggie Spring Rolls

Takeout sushi never tasted so good! Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, build flavors, and proper rolling technique to make rolls as good as your favorite restaurant! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

107 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Sauté

Pan-Seared Salmon, Lemon Beurre Blanc, Green Bean Almandine and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Learn how to get a perfect sear on salmon, build an emulsified pan sauce, blanch and sauté great green beans, and roast potatoes to perfection! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:00pm-10:00pm

406 - Baking - Pie Crust

Traditional American Apple Pie, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Sage Tart

Perplexed by Pie Crust? Learn the difference between flaky crust and short crust, the different uses for each, and take home a savory and a sweet pie! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

207 - Date Night - Lobster

Steamed Cold-Water Lobster, Traditional Potato Gratin, Brussels Sprout and Pancetta Hash

Learn how to cook a whole lobster, and get ready to get covered in butter! A traditional potato gratin and brussel sprout hash rounds out this perfect date night meal. Cost per participant $85.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

206 - Date Night - Tapas

Garlic Shrimp, Ham Croquetas, Pan con Tomate, Patatas Bravas

Tapas are perfect for a romantic night or a group get-together- learn how to make these small Spanish dishes to share with the ones you love! Cost per participant $75.

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

405 - Baking - Ice Cream

Vanilla Bean and Bourbon Ice Cream, The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Science meets food in this innovative class- Learn how to make a silky smooth custard, utilize liquid nitrogen to make the fastest ice cream in the world, and pair it with the best chocolate chip cookies you've ever had! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

306 - International - Chinese

Pork Potstickers, Chicken Teriyaki Skewers, Crab Rangoons

Learn the different techniques involved in making dishes for a Dim Sum meal- grilling, frying, steaming- all of it creates different textures and flavors to make this communal meal exciting! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

106 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Grilling

Marinated Jerk Chicken, Coconut rice and Black Beans, Grilled Asparagus

Break out the grill! This class will teach proper knife skills, the best way to build flavors in a marinade, how to make great rice and beans, and the best way to grill some spicy chicken! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

108 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Vegan

Vegan Chile Relleno with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Spiced Rice Pilaf

Vegan food for the omnivore! This class will touch on vegan cooking, with a great stuffed pepper recipe that won't make you miss the meat! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

407 - Baking - Cake Decorating 101

6-inch House made Chocolate Cake, Buttercream

Learn the basics of cake decorating- how to frost a smooth cake, easy and quick decorations, and how to make beautiful frosting flowers for any occasion! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

205 - Date Night - The Perfect Steak

Seared Ribeye, Herbed Compound Butter, Steak Sauce, Perfect French Fries, Sautéed Broccolini

Grab a date and have some steak! This romantic meal is a staple at every French bistro- learn how to make it at home! Cost per participant $85.

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

308 - International - Japanese

California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Tempura Shrimp Roll, Veggie Spring Rolls

Takeout sushi never tasted so good! Learn how to make perfect sushi rice, build flavors, and proper rolling technique to make rolls as good as your favorite restaurant! Cost per participant $60.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

305 - International - Italian

Seared Scallop and Saffron Risotto, Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia

Take a trip to Northern Italy to perfect your risotto skills! This class will focus on proper risotto and searing technique, and will teach you a great focaccia recipe as well! Cost per participant $75.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

208 - Date Night - Spanish Mussels and Shrimp

Mejillones al Vapor (Shrimp and Mussels with Chorizo and Kale in a white wine broth), Easy Crusty Bread

Seafood, White Wine, Spanish Paprika, Spicy Chorizo and broth makes for a perfect sharing meal- this class will teach you to make the perfect bread for dipping! Cost per participant $80.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 6:00pm-10:00pm

406 - Baking - Pie Crust

Traditional American Apple Pie, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Sage Tart

Perplexed by Pie Crust? Learn the difference between flaky crust and short crust, the different uses for each, and take home a savory and a sweet pie! Cost per participant $60.

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

107 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Sauté

Pan-Seared Salmon, Lemon Beurre Blanc, Green Bean Almandine and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Learn how to get a perfect sear on salmon, build an emulsified pan sauce, blanch and sauté great green beans, and roast potatoes to perfection! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:00pm-10:00pm

408 - Baking - Breakfast Pastries

Cinnamon Sugar Scones, Raspberry Cream Cheese Turnovers, Best-Ever Banana Bread

Having a crowd over for brunch? Learn how to make tender, fluffy scones, flaky creamy turnovers and the greatest banana bread in the world! These recipes are infinitely customizable, so experimentation is a breeze! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

207 - Date Night - Lobster

Steamed Cold-Water Lobster, Traditional Potato Gratin, Brussels Sprout and Pancetta Hash

Learn how to cook a whole lobster, and get ready to get covered in butter! A traditional potato gratin and brussel sprout hash rounds out this perfect date night meal. Cost per participant $85.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

106 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Grilling

Marinated Jerk Chicken, Coconut rice and Black Beans, Grilled Asparagus

Break out the grill! This class will teach proper knife skills, the best way to build flavors in a marinade, how to make great rice and beans, and the best way to grill some spicy chicken! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

307 - International - German

Pork Schnitzel, Whole-Grain Mustard Pan sauce, Braised Red Cabbage, Potato Pancakes

Comfort food meets classic culinary technique! Learn how to properly bread and pan-fry, braise, and how to make perfect potato pancakes every time! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

301 - International - Pasta

Homemade Tagliatelle, Quick and Tasty Pasta Sauce

Learn how to make homemade pasta and a sauce that’ll turn out great, every time! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

204 - Date Night - Artisan Pizza Night

From-Scratch Pizza Dough, Homemade Pizza Sauce, Various Toppings

Learn how to make pizza dough from scratch that’ll be great every time, combine tastes and textures to complete a well-rounded flavor profile, and learn how to make a quick and easy pizza sauce that’ll be perfect for two or for ten! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

108 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Vegan

Vegan Chile Relleno with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Spiced Rice Pilaf

Vegan food for the omnivore! This class will touch on vegan cooking, with a great stuffed pepper recipe that won't make you miss the meat! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:00pm-10:00pm

404 - Baking - Breakfast Pastries

French Bread, Jalapeño Quick Break

Learn how to bake like a professional! This class will make French bread and a quick weeknight bread perfect for any occasion. Discover the difference between fermentation and chemical leavening agents. Cost per participant $60.

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

403 - Baking - Truffles

Peanut Butter Truffles, Coconut White Chocolate Truffles, Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles

Learn how to make truffles like a pro! This class will cover the basics of ganache flavoring and the professional way to coat truffles in chocolate! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

302 - International - Chinese

Crab Rangoon, Vegetable Fried Rice, General Tso's Chicken

Skip the takeout tonight! This class will teach you how to make fried rice, Crab Rangoon and General Tso’s chicken that doesn’t have a delivery fee! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

208 - Date Night - Spanish Mussels and Shrimp

Mejillones al Vapor (Shrimp and Mussels with Chorizo and Kale in a white wine broth), Easy Crusty Bread

Seafood, White Wine, Spanish Paprika, Spicy Chorizo and broth makes for a perfect sharing meal- this class will teach you to make the perfect bread for dipping! Cost per participant $80.

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

105 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Soups

Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Spicy Thai Chicken Noodle

Cold weather necessitates soup! This class will feature learning proper knife skills, the best way to build flavors in a stock, and all the tips and tricks to make your soups great! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

205 - Date Night - The Perfect Steak

Seared Ribeye, Herbed Compound Butter, Steak Sauce, Perfect French Fries, Sautéed Broccolini

Grab a date and have some steak! This romantic meal is a staple at every French bistro- learn how to make it at home! Cost per participant $85.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

202 - Date Night - The Perfect Roast Chicken

Roasted Poussin, Herbed Parmesan Risotto, Glazed Tri-Color Carrots

Learn to make a meal that will wow them at home- crispy perfectly cooked roast chicken and creamy risotto will be your next at-home date night meal! Cost per participant $70.

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

105 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Soups

Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Spicy Thai Chicken Noodle

Cold weather necessitates soup! This class will feature learning proper knife skills, the best way to build flavors in a stock, and all the tips and tricks to make your soups great! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

503 - Holiday - Thanksgiving Stuffing

Poussin, Sausage Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Southwest Potato Gratin

Learn how to make perfect Thanksgiving sides and an amazing roasting technique that can be translated to cooking any poultry! Cost per participant $75.

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

104 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Sauces

Eggs Benedict with from-scratch English Muffins, Roasted Asparagus Gratin and Chorizo Potato Hash

Learn how to make a splash at your next brunch with this technique- heavy class! Poach a perfect egg, make hollandaise sauce, learn how to make a béchamel sauce, and fry up some crispy potato hash! Cost per participant $60.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:30pm

305 - International - Italian

Seared Scallop and Saffron Risotto, Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia

Take a trip to Northern Italy to perfect your risotto skills! This class will focus on proper risotto and searing technique, and will teach you a great focaccia recipe as well! Cost per participant $75.

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 6:00pm-10:00pm

406 - Baking - Pie Crust

Traditional American Apple Pie, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Sage Tart

Perplexed by Pie Crust? Learn the difference between flaky crust and short crust, the different uses for each, and take home a savory and a sweet pie! Cost per participant $60.

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

107 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Sauté

Pan-Seared Salmon, Lemon Beurre Blanc, Green Bean Almandine and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Learn how to get a perfect sear on salmon, build an emulsified pan sauce, blanch and sauté great green beans, and roast potatoes to perfection! Cost per participant $60.

Booking Policies & Procedures

  • You are not fully registered for a class until you have paid in full. We accept credit, cash, or checks made out to the "College Association of NCCC". All payments must be made 3 business days prior to the class date. Please call 210-2525 or 210-2550 to make a payment over the phone or if you need assistance registering for a class.
  • Class fees can be paid by phone using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) or in person with cash, check, or a Niagara Falls Culinary Institute gift card.
  • Registration for classes closes 3 days prior to class date.
  • Class registration can be made by phone between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday – Friday, by calling 716-210-2525. Payment by credit card is due at the time the phone reservation is placed. A receipt of payment will be emailed once the payment is processed.
  • Refunds will not be given for cancellations less than one week in advance of the class. In the event of illness or incapacitation, exceptions to the refund policy made by made only if accompanied by a written doctor's recommendation. Cancellations outside of one week in advance of the class will be given a full refund or credit. Please note that decisions to run classes are based on enrollment numbers. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment.
  • Classes canceled due to low enrollment, inclement weather or any circumstance beyond the individual’s control will be refunded completely in the form of payment originally made. Listen to major news outlets on the radio or TV for class cancellations in times of bad weather.
  • The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute reserves the right to change any menu or instructor, or to cancel any class at their discretion.
  • Adult classes are offered from ages 16 and up.
  • Alcoholic beverages may be made available for consumption in some classes. Class participants will be asked to present valid ID to prove they are of legal New York State drinking age and will be held responsible for limiting their consumption of alcohol to safe amounts.
  • A valid driver’s license or photo ID along with a copy of your receipt is required for checking in to class.
  • For summer camps, early drop off or late pick up requires a $25.00 daily fee will be added to your total payment. In the event your child needs to be picked up via someone other than their parent or guardian please send in a signed note with dates and names of persons.

Participation Guidelines

  • For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, participants should wear long pants, a shirt with non-flowing sleeves and flat, closed-toe shoes. Class participants will be working with knives and around hot stoves/ovens, therefore, tank tops and flip flops are not recommended. Long hair should be tied back.
  • We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class.
  • Allergy and dietary restrictions: Facilities may contain dairy, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contamination may occur among food products and we cannot guarantee that our food will be safe for customers with food allergies.
  • Guests who appear to be under the influence will not be allowed to participate in Community Education classes or private cooking parties for the safety of all of our guests and staff.
  • Groups arriving for private cooking parties more than 30 minutes past the start of the party will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Private cooking party groups must provide a finalized guest list with names of all participating.
  • Private cooking party groups must make a deposit at the time of booking. The rest of the balance is due 3 business days prior to the event date.
 
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