Kitchen know-how is cooking at the Co-Rec

August 23, 2013  

People like to eat good food, so it's no shock that the Demonstration Kitchen at the Córdova Recreational Sports Center has become a busy and attractive place to learn about food and cooking. Among six demonstration series this fall, events in two series are especially likely to appeal to staff, faculty and their families.

The sponsoring Division of Recreational Sports is partnering with Ambarish Lulay, clinical chef instructor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, on a Chef Series of three 60-minute events. Likewise, Kim Lulay, the chef's wife and herself a trained culinary expert, will lead a Family Cooking Series of three 90-minute events designed for an adult-child team. Participants register by single events, not by series.

The demonstration classes are open to all Purdue students, faculty and staff and their families. Membership in DRS ("the Co-Rec") is not required. The cost is $10 per person, and advance registration is necessary. To register, go to the Co-Rec's Member Services Office or call 49-43110. For a complete schedule of classes, go to

All of these classes will be in the Demonstration Kitchen, just off the Atrium at the Co-Rec. The center also offers private cooking demonstrations, kitchen rental and nutrition workshops. For questions about the cooking demos or other services provided in the kitchen, contact Tricia Tort, DRS' associate director of fitness and wellness, at or 49-40109.

CHEF SERIES with Ambarish Lulay

Share the passion -- for food, creativity in cooking, and culinary skills taken to the next level.

* Pasta 101 -- Sept. 3 (Tu), 7-8 p.m. Registration due Aug. 30 (F).
Learn how to prepare and cook pasta from scratch. This class also will teach you how to properly pair various types of pasta with sauces and garnishes.

* Tapas -- Oct. 1 (Tu), 7-8 p.m. Registration due Sept. 27 (F).
Small plates of simple and tasty appetizers provide variety for an exciting meal. Learn more about this Spanish tradition, which is gaining popularity across the country.

* Asian Appetizers -- Nov. 5 (Tu), 7-8 p.m. Registration due Nov. 1 (F).
This demonstration will feature appetizing and simple bites using traditional Asian flavors.


Stay connected as a family with cooking activities that expose kids to food preparation and the role of cooking in health and wellness. Parent-child teams will participate in everything from cheese making to mystery ingredient tasting in these 90-minute interactive classes.

* Breakfast Brain Power -- Sept. 21 (Sa), 10-11:30 a.m. Registration due Sept. 18 (W)
Giving breakfast a boost from the usual short-lived sugar high of American breakfasts will offer families a healthier way to start the day. Learn efficient and organized ways to have healthy breakfast options on hand. 

* Goodbye, Boring Brown Bag Lunch! -- Oct. 19 (Sa), 10-11:30 a.m. Registration due Oct. 16 (W)
Are you having trouble getting your child excited about his or her packed lunch? We will help you get your child excited about lunchtime with some fresh new ideas. This class will cover everything, from clever new ways to pack a boring sandwich to creating a finger-food extravaganza. 

* Green Eggs and Ham -- Nov. 16 (Sa), 10-11:30 a.m. Registration due Nov. 13 (W)
Do you like green eggs and ham? Would you eat them here or there or anywhere? Grown-ups and children will love green eggs and ham after tasting our version of the dish. Learn how to utilize the cheapest and most nutritious source of protein in your refrigerator to make the whole family happy.

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