culinary arts

The Center's culinary arts department includes wine tastings, spirit tastings, our gallery's drinkable art cocktails, and our annual Wine and Food Festival.

The Center hosts culinary arts classes year-round, with a special focus on wine and spirits tasting and pairing. View our calendar or see below for our upcoming classes.

Past classes have included Wines for the Unpretentious, Whiskeys of the World, Homebrewing with Irwin Brewing Company, French Macarons, Aphrodisiac Cooking, “A Night in Bologna” couples cooking class, and more.

A big thanks to the local sommeliers, brewers, winemakers, chefs, and restaurant owners whose participation as instructors has made the Culinary Arts program possible:

  • Rachel Alter Branham, Pedals and Pastries
  • Shamai and Joe Buckel, Buckle Family Wines
  • Michael Busse, Garlic Mike’s
  • Judy Byron, Grand Vin
  • Tim Egelhoff, Tim Egelhoff Chef Services
  • Sean Feese and Dave Nornes, Irwin Brewing Company
  • Chef Ivan Giani
  • Karen and Brice Hoskin, Montanya Distillers
  • Michael Marsee, Hogwood BBQ
  • Rose Reyes, Montanya Distillers
  • Danielle Riesz-Gutter, Wildflower Sweets
  • Dana Zobs, CB’s Personal Chefs

drinkable art cocktails

Drinkable Art cocktails are a collaboration between the Center's Culinary Arts department and the Kinder Padon Gallery. Each craft cocktail is created by drawing direct inspiration from the artists and artworks on exhibition in the gallery each month. The outcome is a stunning and delicious cocktail that looks, tastes, and feels just like the featured art, and is a work of art in and of itself.