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Community wants to cook, CMC dishes up the classes

CMC Corner
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Photo by Ed KosmickiRicardo Torres and other local culinary experts teach their specialties in short seminars at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs.

Now in its 12th semester of providing noncredit cooking classes, Colorado Mountain College in the Roaring Fork Valley originally got its directive from the community. In its 2005 door-to-door survey in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, the college found a high percentage of respondents indicating an interest in cooking. CMC responded to that demand and has added cooking to its regular stable of continuing education classes.

The community once again is invited to share opinions and ideas for continuing education in an online survey that is currently open. Those who participate could win the chance to take a cooking class or one of the many other choice classes at the CMC Glenwood or Carbondale (Lappala) Centers. To access the survey, go to http://www.coloradomtn. edu/CESurvey.

The college has long experience in the culinary arts, with renowned and affordable professional culinary institutes at its campuses in Breckenridge and Edwards. So it’s a natural fit for CMC’s local campus to offer community cooking classes, say college administrators.

A new series of cooking classes this summer coincides with the bountiful arrival of fresh fruits and vegetables. All classes are one evening or one day and are held at the college’s Glenwood Center at 1402 Blake Ave., from June 9 through Aug. 9.

Native Ethiopian Etenesh Bartley shares her country’s distinctive dishes at a number of farmers’ markets in the valley, and will share some of her cooking secrets in three separate summer classes featuring bread and vegetable dinners (June 7), desserts (July 9) and drinks (July 26).

Deborah Martin is the master food safety advisor with the Garfield County Extension Service and continually instructs on canning, freezing and storing foods. Her classes will include ice cream and frozen dessert (June 9), cooking grains (June 20) and garden vegetables (July 12).

Ricardo Torres is known for his specialty fish tacos available at local farmers’ markets. He is a master of all Mexican foods, from salsas to soup. He will teach a class on enchiladas, tostadas and tacos (June 14) and a class on salsas (June 28).

Longtime chefs Louis and Tammy Girardot, owners of former local favorite the Avalon Cafe, were the inaugural teachers of CMC’s first cooking class in the valley. They continue to invent new classes to teach, including Thai and Vietnamese (June 21), Mediterranean (July 19) and fruit desserts (Aug. 9).

Janet Lightfoot spent her childhood summers on her grandparents’ farm in west Texas, learning to can green beans, creamed corn, pickles and more. She shares her lifelong knowledge in a canning course on July 14.

Cooking classes are limited to 10 participants, so early registration is advised. Individuals may register at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs at 1402 Blake Ave., or by calling 945-7486.

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