Cooking for Wellness - Getting Creative

Students cooking

Cooking for Wellness – Getting Creative is a 4-week course held in the cooking laboratories on the St. Paul campus. Getting Creative is designed for those who want to enhance their food and cooking skills to become more relaxed, confident and instinctive cooks while learning to create their own unique and health-supportive recipes. Through hands-on learning, participants will experiment with a variety of herbs, spices, and food combinations and use basic cooking methods (sautéing, boiling, roasting, etc.) to learn about flavor development in a variety of commonly prepared foods (soups, stews, pasta and rice dishes, and more).

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).

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

Students should have a solid background in basic cooking skills to sign up for this course (knife skills, e.g., chop an onion; prepare eggs, e.g., fry, scramble, boil an egg; cook pasta, kitchen safety, etc.). Successful completion of Cooking for Wellness (Basics) is helpful but not necessary.

SESSION A - Getting Creative: TUESDAYS, JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 13, 5:30pm - 7:30pm (four consecutive weeks)

SESSION B - Getting Creative: MONDAYS, FEBRUARY 26, MARCH 5, 19, & 26, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

SESSION C - Getting Creative: TUESDAYS, APRIL 10 - MAY 1, 5:30pm - 7:30pm (four consecutive weeks)

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


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.