Missoula College Culinary Program Offers Summer Classes

March 12, 2014

MISSOULA – The Missoula College University of Montana has four culinary classes planned for this summer.

The first course, Easy Elegant Hors d’oeuvres, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 2-4.

Participants will learn how to create various colorful and tasty hors d’oeuvres: cold, hot and sweet. On the last day, class will meet at the Montgomery Distillery in downtown Missoula. Owner Jenny Montgomery will discuss the history of distilling, and manager and mixologist Tad Hilton will do a mixology demonstration. 

The noncredit workshop, taught by MC catering Instructor Chef Suzanne Phillips, costs $175. The registration and payment deadline is at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9.

A class geared for family and consumer science teachers, Tips for Teachers: Baking and Pastries, runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16-20. This class focuses on weights, measures, formulas and general baking classifications; handling and storage of ingredients; safety and handling; production of yeast-raised dough products; cakes; cookies; batters; breads; biscuits; muffins; pies; and special dessert preparation.

This workshop covers the introduction of various ingredients and how they affect the finished product by giving a tender crumb and a well-developed crust, as well as the essential basic functions of ingredients and the techniques of scaling, pan preparation and sifting. Taught by MC Instructor Chef Aimee Elliott, the class costs $460 for noncredit or an additional $135 for two undergraduate credits. The registration and payment deadline is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 30.

Each of these workshops has space for 18 students. UM financial aid or tuition waivers are not applicable. To register, visit http://www.mc.umt.edu/outreach/.

The Culinary Arts Program also will offer two introductory classes: Intro to Food Service Industry and Food Service Sanitation.

Intro to Food Service Industry is offered from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, June 30-Aug. 1 in the MC kitchen. The course is an introduction to food handling, history, cooking methods, tool skills, safety and menu development. The course is worth five credits and the course registration number is 50934.

Food Service Sanitation runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, June 30-Aug. 1. The course introduces students to fundamentals in safe and sanitary food-handling practices. The course is worth two credits and the course registration number is 50935.

CULA 101 and CULA 105 are prerequisites to kitchen station courses. To register for these courses, call the Missoula College UM Admissions Department at 406-243-7882.

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Contact: Mary Opitz, Ed2Go and Veterans Upward Bound coordinator, Missoula College UM outreach department, 406-243-7812, mary.opitz@umontana.edu.