Registration is now open for a number of new fall cooking and baking classes at New Canaan's Outback Teen Center.
Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Outback will be offering two four-week cooking series for young people. Cooking 101 runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and includes basic knife skills, the creation of soups and the preparation of a variety of poultry and fish dishes. Cooking 102, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will cover important sanitation in the kitchen as well as a variety of cooking techniques for meat and vegetables including sauteing, braising, poaching and roasting. In both sessions, attendees will have fun while learning gourmet dishes to share with each other and their families.
Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 31, the four-week Baking Class Series 101 will run from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The sequence of classes is designed to help students create basic sweet and savory baking dishes -- pie doughs, quick breads, muffins and cakes. In the fourth week, students will learn the basics of cake decorating. Beginning at 5 p.m., a new series of baking classes will be introduced. In Baking 102 more sophisticated baking techniques will be presented over a period of 90 minutes. The class will work on yeast doughs, puff pastries and Danish doughs to create pizzas, pretzels, breads and more.
New for middle school and high school students in November will be a Cafe Management class. From Thursday, Nov. 1, through to Thursday, Nov. 22, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., the fundamentals of running a food business, including menu development, item pricing, advertising techniques, job delegation and cafe design for customer comfort, will be taught. As part of this course, students will open the Outback's cafe on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Adult cooking courses begin in November 2013. Each Tuesday from Nov. 5 to 26 at 11 a.m., attendees will be challenged by a variety of menus. Class titles include Soups and Soups, Fall Dinner with a Twist, Spin on French Food! Ooh La La! and Spanish Tapas at Your Home, Made Simple. Individual classes cost $70 or one can sign up for the four-class series at $260.
For information or to register, call 203-594-3075 or visit www.newcanaanoutback.org.