Food & Wine

Cake Decorating at Mt. Vernon
These classes are held at the Mt. Vernon Center, 17 S. Fifth Avenue. Call 914-606-7200 to register.

Cake Decorating One: The Basics
Learn how to professionally prepare and finish pastry chef-style cakes by making a variety of buttercreams and royal icings. This course will cover the basics in cake decorating: crumb coat to finish coat, basic piping and writing techniques, and flowers and borders will be covered.
CE-COOK 2000MV, 6:00-9:00 pm, $110 (+ $20 materials fee, payable to instructor in cash).
Sec: A: M/W, June 1 & 3. #5897
Sec: B: T/Th, June 9 & 11. #5898

Cake Decorating Two: Advanced
Move from the basics to the more complex in cake decorating. This section will cover more advanced techniques of decorating including a variety of fondants, marzipan, and gum pastes. Additionally, you will use more advanced piping practices, writing techniques, and flower and border creations.
CE-COOK 2001MV, 6:00-9:00 pm, $110 (+ $20 materials fee, payable to instructor in cash).
Sec: A: M/W, June 15 & 17. #5899
Sec: B: T/Th, June 23 & 25. #5900

Cake Decorating Three: Custom
Learn to professionally embellish your own unique, customized cake. This course will challenge you to use the skills learned in previous courses. Additionally, you will develop more advanced techniques in airbrush cake decorating, fancy writing, and hand molded and piped floral work.
CE-COOK 2002MV, 6:00-9:00 pm, $110 (+ $20 materials fee, payable to instructor in cash).
Sec: A: M/W, June 29 & July 1. #5001
Sec: B: T/Th, July 7 & 9. #5002

Online Courses
Each six-week online course is $125. A new section begins each month. Starting dates are May 13, June 17, July 15, and August 12. For further information visit

Luscious, Low-Fat, Lightning-Quick Meals
Have you ever wished you had a personal chef preparing luscious, low-fat meals for you? This course is the next best thing! You’ll learn how to ferret out fat in recipes, and discover how to reduce fat without sacrificing flavor or texture. Explore how to use flavor profiling to expand your culinary horizons. Learn how to prepare casseroles, crock-pot dishes, vegan dishes, oven-fried foods, meat-based meals, and many other entrees that are both nutritious and delicious!

You’ll discover how to get in and out of the kitchen faster, including tips for grocery shopping, menu planning, food preparation, and quicker cooking. You’ll also learn a dietitian’s tricks of the trade for encouraging reluctant family members to eat more healthfully. You’ll have the chance to try out over 50 exciting and easy lowered-fat recipes for tasty entrees, side dishes, desserts, and garnishes, with each recipe demonstrating a topic that’s covered in the lessons.

Secrets of the Caterer
Catering is a business that has become very popular, especially for those who love to cook and plan parties. From weddings, to showers, to business parties, catering is a home-based business that gives the caterer an exciting and creative career. In this introductory course, you will learn how to put your cooking and party planning skills to work.

Learn the fundamentals of the catering business, how to cook for large crowds, organize your kitchen, manage your time, and work with clients. The course focuses on cooking skills every caterer needs, with an introduction to the business side of catering.

You’ll also receive many unique and tested recipes that you can use to jump-start your business. Build your catering skills and begin a new and exciting career today.