Cooking for Wellness - The Basics

Instructor Robin Schow cooks with student.

Cooking for Wellness – The Basics is a hands-on cooking course designed and taught by culinary educators to teach foundational techniques 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. 

  • NOTE: We need a minimum of 18 participants. If there are less than 18 registrations one week before the start of a session, then that session will be cancelled and your fees will be refunded. 

This course is open to anyone (no University affiliation necessary). UMN employees are eligible for Wellbeing Program points if they complete six of the seven lessons (attend four labs and three home assignments). Please refer to the UMN Wellbeing Program site for more information about Wellbeing points. 

Registration for Spring Semester 2021

We are not offering exclusive 4-week sessions of The Basics during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Instead, we are offering separate weekly sessions straight out of The Basics curriculum in which folks can choose a class from an a la carte menu (*Sauces & condiments, *Soups & stocks, *Whole grains 101, or *Proteins) - We call these classes "2-Hour Basics". Feel free to sign up for one or all of these classes - Those who want to sign up for all classes can receive a $10 discount for all four classes. 
***All classes meet from 5:15p-7:30p in McNeal Hall 126***

Contact Education Program Director Robin Schow ( / 612-626-6425) for more information. 

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.”