Welcome to NFCI

Cooking classes & Banquets

Banquets & Events

Group ToursFrom our Chef’s Table in the open kitchen to the private dining room of Savor Restaurant or our three floors of atriums overlooking Old Falls Street, The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute can cater to your unique dining experiences. Our professional Chefs and servers working alongside our students will offer you gourmet food and exceptional service that will impress your guests. From kid’s birthday party cooking classes to business meetings and wedding receptions, take your dining to the next level at The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Please see our Banquet MenuGroup Tour Packet and our Banquet Policies for details.

If you would like to book an event, or have any questions, please contact Ben Loomis at bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-210-2550

Non-credit Classes

 

Private Parties

Private group and team building classes focus on everything from appetizers to chopped competitions. Our chefs will be fostering teamwork side by side your clients as they experience an exciting array of food. Ask about adding in an open bar, a dinner in Savor’s private dining room and our pastry chef’s custom made cakes to enhance your team building event.

Our corporate training classes specialize in certifying and educating your employees on food service standards and professional development. We offer American Culinary Federation certification training and COMIRA testing to certify your staff as Executive Chefs and more. Our classes will be custom tailored to fit your specific business training needs.

Classes and Pricing
Class Title Menu Description Price
 
Competition Class Flexible Depending on group size and product availability- contact us if you want something specific! Get a group together and compete with a few mystery ingredients and your imagination! $55.00
Sushi California Roll, Spicy Tuna roll, Philadelphia roll, Veggie Roll Learn how to make uramaki rolls like the pros do! (cooked and raw options available) $55.00
Fresh Pasta Handmade Tagliatelle with customizable pasta sauce Create something amazing from seemingly nothing- fresh pasta is fun to make, delicious to eat, and endlessly adaptable! $55.00
Artisan Pizza Homemade Dough, Fresh and easy pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, various toppings Learn how to make fresh pizza dough, a quick and easy pizza sauce, and learn about flavor and texture profiles to create your perfect pie! $55.00
Chocolate Truffles Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles, Milk Chocolate Peanut butter Truffles, Vanilla Bean Coconut Truffles Wow your friends with professional-level chocolate truffles! Learn the basics of chocolate work and the best way to combine flavors! $55.00
Optional Add-on: Custom cake creation made from scratch from our bakery with various fillings and flavors of frosting, our pastry chefs can create the cake of your dreams Custom
  Wines Ask about our wine selection Custom
*Any of our regularly-scheduled classes can be adapted to private group classes. Please contact us for more information.

All Parties are 2.5 hours & include:

  • 2 hour hands on cooking class with the chef
  • Meal for every participant
  • Chef hats & aprons

Pricing is listed for a minimum of 8 people. Smaller parties will be custom quoted.

Participation Guidelines

  • For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, participants should wear long pants, a shirt with non-flowing sleeves and flat, closed-toe shoes. Class participants will be working with knives and around hot stoves/ovens, therefore, tank tops and flip flops are not recommended. Long hair should be tied back.
  • We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class.
  • Allergy and dietary restrictions: Facilities may contain dairy, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contamination may occur among food products and we cannot guarantee that our food will be safe for customers with food allergies.
  • Guests who appear to be under the influence will not be allowed to participate in Community Education classes or private cooking parties for the safety of all of our guests and staff.
  • Groups arriving for private cooking parties more than 30 minutes past the start of the party will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Private cooking party groups must provide a finalized guest list with names of all participating.
  • Private cooking party groups must make a deposit at the time of booking. The rest of the balance is due 3 business days prior to the event date.

To book your class please contact

Ben Loomis CEC
Director of Community Education
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303
bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu 716-210-2550

Youth Parties

 

Bring your party to life with a hands on cooking class at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Ideal for unique birthday parties for your young foodies.  Your kids and teens will join together with our chefs for a hands on cooking class. Participants will learn the basics to healthy cooking that will foster a lifetime of learning in the kitchen.  Develop a taste for the extraordinary. 

You may select one meal for the event

Classes and Pricing
Class Title Description Price
 
Pizza Party! Learn how to make pizza dough, sauce, and learn about flavor profiles to create your perfect pie! $40.00
Backwards Dinner Party! Make fun and delicious meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting, and learn how to frost a real cupcake so it looks like spaghetti and meatballs! $45.00
Cupcake Decorating Party! Learn about fondant and all the ways you can decorate giant cupcakes using buttercream and frosting tips! $40.00
Custom Stir Fry Party! Learn about flavor profiles, combining colors and textures, and making a delicious sauce to create your own stir fry! $40.00
Cake Pop Party! Your favorite cake, on a stick! Make these fun and trendy desserts while learning about coating desserts in chocolate! $40.00
Optional Add-on:
Cupcake Decorating
Add on cupcake decorating to any party. 1 cupcake per participant with 2 colors of buttercream frosting of your choice. $5.00
Optional Add-on:
Custom Cakes
Ask our pastry chef to build a scratch custom cake for your party. Custom

All Parties are 2.5 hours & include:

  • 2 hour hands on cooking class with the chef
  • Meal for every participant
  • Chef hats & aprons
  • All paper goods for meal
  • Water and lemonade

Pricing is listed for a minimum of 8 people. Smaller parties will be custom quoted.
Adults can help for free or make their own meal if included in the class count.
Adults can order from Savor restaurant subject to availability.
Minimum age of 6 years old unless accompanied by an adult.

Participation Guidelines

  • For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, participants should wear long pants, a shirt with non-flowing sleeves and flat, closed-toe shoes. Class participants will be working with knives and around hot stoves/ovens, therefore, tank tops and flip flops are not recommended. Long hair should be tied back.
  • We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class.
  • Allergy and dietary restrictions: Facilities may contain dairy, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contamination may occur among food products and we cannot guarantee that our food will be safe for customers with food allergies.
  • Guests who appear to be under the influence will not be allowed to participate in Community Education classes or private cooking parties for the safety of all of our guests and staff.
  • Groups arriving for private cooking parties more than 30 minutes past the start of the party will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Private cooking party groups must provide a finalized guest list with names of all participating.
  • Private cooking party groups must make a deposit at the time of booking. The rest of the balance is due 3 business days prior to the event date.

To book your event please contact

Ben Loomis CEC
Director of Community Education
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14303
bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu 716-210-2550

Non-credit Classes

One Day Cooking Classes

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute offers a variety of hands on culinary, baking, and beverage classes. Whether you are coming on your own, having a surprise date night, or booking a birthday party for your kids: we can teach you to cook like a pro. Don’t forget the best part; you get to eat what you make! Adult and Kid parties are unique hands on 2.5 hour classes which include preparing and enjoying the meal you make, beverages, a chef hat and an apron.

For More Information

Contact Ben Loomis: 716-210-2550, bloomis@niagaracc.suny.edu or register on this webpage.

 

Choose from the drop down below when and what type of class you are interested in


Friday, January 12th

6-8:30pm - New Year Spirits Challenge with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier (CLOSED)

A class on international styles of oak aged spirits, followed by a blind tasting of six high end "Mystery Products." The participant with the most correct guesses wins 2 free community education classes. ($100 value) $50. (21+)

Saturday, January 13th

5-7:30pm - Dim Sum (CLOSED)

Dumplings, buns, and other delightful Chinese treats. We will make fillings, doughs and a variety of dipping sauces to share with you the wonder of this simple feast. $55.

Monday, January 15th

4-7:30pm - Pizza Party for the King! (CLOSED)

Celebrate Martin Luther King with a scratch pizza party! Come in to learn how to make pizza like a pro. Fresh dough, mozzarella, pepperoni, and homemade red sauce. $45.

Saturday, February 10th

5-7:30pm - Cupcakes for your Valentine

Pipe your own flowers and rosettes. Roll, cut, and shape fondant to make a perfect cupcake for your Valentine. You can use the skills learned in class to decorate any size cake. Cost per participant is $40.

Thursday, February 22nd

5-7:30pm - Pizza Party

Learn the secrets to making a delicious pizza sauce to top any pizza while kneading your own piece of fresh dough. Pizzazz up your dough with fresh mozzarella, peperoni, and toppings. Enjoy your masterpiece with a cold glass of lemonade. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, February 24th

5-7:30pm - Salmon The Right Way

Learn to make potato crusted pan seared salmon with roasted potatoes, haricot verts, carrots and Dijon butter sauce. Cost per participant is $55.

Saturday, March 17th

5-7:30pm - Bailey’s Mocha Mousse Cake

Bailey’s like you have never have before. Learn an innovative way to stay festive creating a Bailey’s loaded masterpiece. Tasting is definitely required. Take home your own 6" cake. $75 (21+)

Tuesday, March 27th

5-7:30pm - Make A MEGA Cookie Cake

Learn to make, bake and create your own personal mega cookie cake. Choose your own favorite candies and frosting from our Sweet toppings bar. $45.

Thursday, March 29th

5-7:30pm - Calzone Day at NFCI

Scratch Dough, stuffed with pepperoni, bacon, cheese and homemade red sauce and other fillings. $45.

Thursday, April 5th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

401 - Baking - Pie Crust and Biscuits

Salted Caramel Apple Galette, Buttermilk Biscuits

Perplexed by pie crust? This class will teach you how to make a flaky and tender crust that’ll be perfect for any recipe, in addition to the tricks to perfect buttermilk biscuits! Cost per participant $55.

Friday, April 13th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

301 - International - Pasta

Homemade Tagliatelle, Quick and Tasty Pasta Sauce

Learn how to make homemade pasta and a sauce that’ll turn out great, every time! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, April 21st - 6:00pm-9:30pm

101 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Searing

Seared Airline Chicken Breast with Herbed Pan Sauce and Ratatouille

Learn how to cut and sear like a pro! This class will feature learning proper knife skills, the best way to sharpen a knife, and the tricks to a perfect pan sauce. Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, April 28th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

201 - Date Night - The Perfect Steak

Seared Ribeye, Bearnaise, Duchess Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus

Grab a date and have some steak! This class will teach how to sear steak perfectly, how to tackle Bearnaise, and how to plate like a pro! Cost per participant $70.

Thursday, May 3rd - 6:00pm-10:00pm

402 - Baking - Croissants and Puff Pastry

Traditional French Croissants, Walnut, Sage and Gorgonzola Palmiers

Learn how to make bakery-level croissants and a perfect quick puff pastry recipe that’ll be your go-to for any dinner party! Cost per participant $55.

Friday, May 11th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

302 - International - Chinese

Crab Rangoon, Vegetable Fried Rice, General Tso's Chicken

Skip the takeout tonight! This class will teach you how to make fried rice, Crab Rangoon and General Tso’s chicken that doesn’t have a delivery fee! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, May 19th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

102 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Grilling

Grilled Flank Steak, Sweet Potato and Andouille Hash, Chimichurri

Break out the grill! This class will teach proper knife skills, a fun and easy summer sauce, and the tricks to grilling steak perfectly- every time! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, May 26th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

202 - Date Night - The Perfect Roast Chicken

Roasted Poussin, Herbed Parmesan Risotto, Glazed Tri-Color Carrots

Learn to make a meal that will wow them at home- crispy perfectly cooked roast chicken and creamy risotto will be your next at-home date night meal! Cost per participant $65.

Thursday, June 7th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

403 - Baking - Truffles

Peanut Butter Truffles, Coconut White Chocolate Truffles, Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles

Learn how to make truffles like a pro! This class will cover the basics of ganache flavoring and the professional way to coat truffles in chocolate! Cost per participant $55.

Friday, June 15th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

303 - International - Indian

Chicken Tikka Masala, Indian Style Basmati Rice, Naan

Love Indian food but don’t want to leave the house? This class will teach you how to make naan from scratch, delicious Tikka Masala, and basmati rice the way the Indian restaurants do! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, June 23rd - 6:00pm-9:00pm

103 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Braising

Chicken Cacciatore, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Vegetables

Learn how to braise tender, fall-off the bone chicken and a perfect rice recipe while honing your knife skills! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, June 30th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

203 - Date Night - Stuffed Shrimp

Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, Creamy Pesto Orzo, From-Scratch Caesar Salad

Make a Caesar salad like the pros do! With stuffed shrimp and creamy orzo, this meal is perfect for a special night in! Cost per participant $60.

Saturday, July 7th - 6:00pm-10:00pm

404 - Baking - Bread

French Bread, Jalapeño Quick Break

Learn how to bake like a professional! This class will make French bread and a quick weeknight bread perfect for any occasion. Discover the difference between fermentation and chemical leavening agents. Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, July 14th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

304 - International - Korean BBQ

Beef and Pork Bulgogi, Rice, Scallion Pancakes

Learn how to make a fun and easy communal meal that’ll be the hit of your next dinner party! Spicy grilled meat is wrapped in lettuce leaves with a wide array of toppings and sides, perfect for a crowd! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, July 21st - 6:00pm-9:30pm

104 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Sauces

Eggs Benedict with from-scratch English Muffins, Roasted Asparagus Gratin and Chorizo Potato Hash

Learn how to make a splash at your next brunch with this technique- heavy class! Poach a perfect egg, make hollandaise sauce, learn how to make a béchamel sauce, and fry up some crispy potato hash! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, July 28th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

204 - Date Night - Artisan Pizza Night

From-Scratch Pizza Dough, Homemade Pizza Sauce, Various Toppings

Learn how to make pizza dough from scratch that’ll be great every time, combine tastes and textures to complete a well-rounded flavor profile, and learn how to make a quick and easy pizza sauce that’ll be perfect for two or for ten! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, August 4th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

401 - Baking - Pie Crust and Biscuits

Salted Caramel Apple Galette, Buttermilk Biscuits

Perplexed by pie crust? This class will teach you how to make a flaky and tender crust that’ll be perfect for any recipe, in addition to the tricks to perfect buttermilk biscuits! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, August 11th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

301 - International - Pasta

Homemade Tagliatelle, Quick and Tasty Pasta Sauce

Learn how to make homemade pasta and a sauce that’ll turn out great, every time! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, August 18th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

101 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Searing

Seared Airline Chicken Breast with Herbed Pan Sauce and Ratatouille

Learn how to cut and sear like a pro! This class will feature learning proper knife skills, the best way to sharpen a knife, and the tricks to a perfect pan sauce. Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, August 25th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

201 - Date Night - The Perfect Steak

Seared Ribeye, Bearnaise, Duchess Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus

Grab a date and have some steak! This class will teach how to sear steak perfectly, how to tackle Bearnaise, and how to plate like a pro! Cost per participant $70.

Thursday, September 6th - 6:00pm-10:00pm

402 - Baking - Croissants and Puff Pastry

Traditional French Croissants, Walnut, Sage and Gorgonzola Palmiers

Learn how to make bakery-level croissants and a perfect quick puff pastry recipe that’ll be your go-to for any dinner party! Cost per participant $55.

Friday, September 14th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

302 - International - Chinese

Crab Rangoon, Vegetable Fried Rice, General Tso's Chicken

Skip the takeout tonight! This class will teach you how to make fried rice, Crab Rangoon and General Tso’s chicken that doesn’t have a delivery fee! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, September 22nd - 6:00pm-9:00pm

102 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Grilling

Grilled Flank Steak, Sweet Potato and Andouille Hash, Chimichurri

Break out the grill! This class will teach proper knife skills, a fun and easy summer sauce, and the tricks to grilling steak perfectly- every time! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, September 29th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

202 - Date Night - The Perfect Roast Chicken

Roasted Poussin, Herbed Parmesan Risotto, Glazed Tri-Color Carrots

Learn to make a meal that will wow them at home- crispy perfectly cooked roast chicken and creamy risotto will be your next at-home date night meal! Cost per participant $65.

Thursday, October 4th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

403 - Baking - Truffles

Peanut Butter Truffles, Coconut White Chocolate Truffles, Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles

Learn how to make truffles like a pro! This class will cover the basics of ganache flavoring and the professional way to coat truffles in chocolate! Cost per participant $55.

Friday, October 12th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

303 - International - Indian

Chicken Tikka Masala, Indian Style Basmati Rice, Naan

Love Indian food but don’t want to leave the house? This class will teach you how to make naan from scratch, delicious Tikka Masala, and basmati rice the way the Indian restaurants do! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, October 20th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

103 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Braising

Chicken Cacciatore, Rice Pilaf, Roasted Vegetables

Learn how to braise tender, fall-off the bone chicken and a perfect rice recipe while honing your knife skills! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, October 27th - 6:00pm-9:00pm

203 - Date Night - Stuffed Shrimp

Crab-Stuffed Shrimp, Creamy Pesto Orzo, From-Scratch Caesar Salad

Make a Caesar salad like the pros do! With stuffed shrimp and creamy orzo, this meal is perfect for a special night in! Cost per participant $60.

Thursday, November 1st - 6:00pm-10:00pm

404 - Baking - Bread

French Bread, Jalapeño Quick Break

Learn how to bake like a professional! This class will make French bread and a quick weeknight bread perfect for any occasion. Discover the difference between fermentation and chemical leavening agents. Cost per participant $55.

Friday, November 9th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

304 - International - Korean BBQ

Beef and Pork Bulgogi, Rice, Scallion Pancakes

Learn how to make a fun and easy communal meal that’ll be the hit of your next dinner party! Spicy grilled meat is wrapped in lettuce leaves with a wide array of toppings and sides, perfect for a crowd! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, November 17th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

104 - Foundation - Knife Skills/ Sauces

Eggs Benedict with from-scratch English Muffins, Roasted Asparagus Gratin and Chorizo Potato Hash

Learn how to make a splash at your next brunch with this technique- heavy class! Poach a perfect egg, make hollandaise sauce, learn how to make a béchamel sauce, and fry up some crispy potato hash! Cost per participant $55.

Saturday, November 24th - 6:00pm-9:30pm

204 - Date Night - Artisan Pizza Night

From-Scratch Pizza Dough, Homemade Pizza Sauce, Various Toppings

Learn how to make pizza dough from scratch that’ll be great every time, combine tastes and textures to complete a well-rounded flavor profile, and learn how to make a quick and easy pizza sauce that’ll be perfect for two or for ten! Cost per participant $55.

Booking Policies & Procedures

  • You are not fully registered for a class until you have paid in full. We accept credit, cash, or checks made out to the "College Association of NCCC". All payments must be made 3 business days prior to the class date. Please call 210-2525 or 210-2550 to make a payment over the phone or if you need assistance registering for a class.
  • Class fees can be paid by phone using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) or in person with cash, check, or a Niagara Falls Culinary Institute gift card.
  • Registration for classes closes 3 days prior to class date.
  • Class registration can be made by phone between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday – Friday, by calling 716-210-2525. Payment by credit card is due at the time the phone reservation is placed. A receipt of payment will be emailed once the payment is processed.
  • Refunds will not be given for cancellations less than one week in advance of the class. In the event of illness or incapacitation, exceptions to the refund policy made by made only if accompanied by a written doctor's recommendation. Cancellations outside of one week in advance of the class will be given a full refund or credit. Please note that decisions to run classes are based on enrollment numbers. Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment.
  • Classes canceled due to low enrollment, inclement weather or any circumstance beyond the individual’s control will be refunded completely in the form of payment originally made. Listen to major news outlets on the radio or TV for class cancellations in times of bad weather.
  • The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute reserves the right to change any menu or instructor, or to cancel any class at their discretion.
  • Adult classes are offered from ages 16 and up.
  • Alcoholic beverages may be made available for consumption in some classes. Class participants will be asked to present valid ID to prove they are of legal New York State drinking age and will be held responsible for limiting their consumption of alcohol to safe amounts.
  • A valid driver’s license or photo ID along with a copy of your receipt is required for checking in to class.
  • For summer camps, early drop off or late pick up requires a $25.00 daily fee will be added to your total payment. In the event your child needs to be picked up via someone other than their parent or guardian please send in a signed note with dates and names of persons.

Participation Guidelines

  • For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, participants should wear long pants, a shirt with non-flowing sleeves and flat, closed-toe shoes. Class participants will be working with knives and around hot stoves/ovens, therefore, tank tops and flip flops are not recommended. Long hair should be tied back.
  • We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class.
  • Allergy and dietary restrictions: Facilities may contain dairy, eggs, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans which account for most known allergens. Be aware that cross contamination may occur among food products and we cannot guarantee that our food will be safe for customers with food allergies.
  • Guests who appear to be under the influence will not be allowed to participate in Community Education classes or private cooking parties for the safety of all of our guests and staff.
  • Groups arriving for private cooking parties more than 30 minutes past the start of the party will be assessed a $100 fee.
  • Private cooking party groups must provide a finalized guest list with names of all participating.
  • Private cooking party groups must make a deposit at the time of booking. The rest of the balance is due 3 business days prior to the event date.
 
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