Cooking for Wellness - The Basics

Instructor Robin Schow cooks with student.

Cooking for Wellness – The Basics is a 4-week course held in the cooking laboratories on the St. Paul campus. In The Basics, culinary educators teach foundational techniques to adapt your cooking for a healthier lifestyle. Participants learn knife skills, how to prepare sauces and condiments, stocks and soups, and how to include fresh produce, whole grains, and healthful proteins into their daily meal plan to make delicious and nourishing food. 

Participants will prepare and enjoy a meal together during each class.

This course is open to anyone in the community (no University affiliation is required). 

The Basics is a great way to meet new people, and a fun team-building experience for groups, including office groups, family, and friends.

SESSION A - The Basics: MONDAYS, JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 12, 5:30pm - 7:30pm (four consecutive weeks)

SESSION B - The Basics: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, MARCH 6, 20, & 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

SESSION C - The Basics: MONDAYS, APRIL 9 - APRIL 30, 5:30pm - 7:30pm (four consecutive weeks)

Spring 2018 courses have ended. Registration for next session coming soon.

Soba Noodle Salad

Here's what past participants have to say about Cooking for Wellness classes:
“The hands-on experience of making the recipes and then tasting them helped me feel more confident trying them at home on my own.”

“Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful and balanced curriculum. I learned valuable skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my years.”

“I really enjoyed the class, and as a long time recipe follower, I have more confidence in just trying things. It was very fun.”

Course Fees
The upfront cost to participate is $195, but University of Minnesota employees are eligible for a partial reimbursement and Wellbeing Program points.

UMN employees who complete the four-week course (participating in at least six of the seven lessons: four in-person labs and three home assignments) will earn 150 Wellbeing Program points and receive a one-time reimbursement of $98. Reimbursement is available only to University employees covered by the UPlan Medical plan, and only ONE cooking class per program year is eligible for the reimbursement. There is no limit

Please note our cancellation policy: There is a cancellation fee of $30 if you cancel up to one week before the class. There will be NO REFUNDS given for cancellations received less than seven days before the first class.

Cooking for Wellness instructor, Robin Schow, and students were caught in action by photographer Arianna Skoog.