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Banquets / Events

Group ToursFrom bus tours and business parties to elegant weddings. Niagara Falls Culinary Institute has a wide array of capabilities to suite any clientele.

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

Adult Cooking Classes

Adult Cooking ClassesThe Niagara Falls Culinary Institute is proud to offer private cooking, baking, wine classes and demonstrations at our state-of-the-art facilities.

Please view our Adult Packet and then call 716-210-2550.

Kids & Teen Classes

Kids &amp Teen ClassesThese private classes are ideal for Birthday Parties, Boy and Girl Scout Cooking Badges, or a fun class to provide your group with a unique cooking experience.

Please view our Kids Packet or our Teens Packet and then call 716-210-2550.

 

Event Inquiry Form

After reviewing our informational packets above, please fill out our Event Inquiry Form if you are interested in booking an event with us. You will be contacted by our staff to discuss further details of your event.

July Classes

Friday, July 14th (CLOSED)
6-8:30pm - Keep Cool Cocktails
Tame the dog days of summer with tropical spirits and easy to make cocktails. Cost per participant is $55.

Thursday, July 20th (CLOSED)
6-8:30pm - Rolling in the Summer
Summer Rolls, a rice paper wrapped Southeast Asian delicacy, served cold these are the perfect way to spice up a hot summer meal. Cost per participant is $55.

Saturday, July 22nd (CLOSED)
5-7pm - Get Tutti Frutti with Your Mini Fruit Tarts 
Learn how to create your own mini fruit tarts bursting with the flavor and the flair of little Richard. Cost per participant is $55.

Friday, July, 28th
6-8:30pm - Prosecco, Moscato d’Asti, & Other Italian Sparklers
Learn about the refreshing world of Frizzanti sparklers from Italy. Cost per participant is $55.

Saturday, July 29th
5-7pm - Satays
From kebabs in the West to yakitori in the East, Asian streets are dotted with vendors selling this delicious type of street food. Join us as we share recipes for you to prepare at home. Cost per participant is $55.

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

August Classes

Friday, August 11th
6-8:30pm - Summer Brews: Beyond Wheat, Wit, and Weiss
Explore a range of summer beer styles from across the region and the world. Cost per participant is $35.

Saturday, August 12th
5-7pm - Your Hike Never Tasted So Good: Trail Bars for the Active Life
All natural wholesome goodness packed with energy. An Easy way to stay fit while leaving out the preservatives. Don’t be fooled, these don’t taste like low calorie snacks. Cost per participant is $55.

Thursday, August 17th
6-8:30pm – Steak, It’s what for Dinner!
Nothing says summer quite like a steak on the grill. Explore the various choices of meat cuts, tips on buying a great piece of beef and great methods of preparation, and consider saving money by buying large roasts and cutting your own steaks. Cost per participant is $65.

Friday, August 25th
6-8:30pm - Rieslings from All the Regions of New York State
Study the various regional differences of this classic white wine made in the far-flung zones of the Empire State. Cost per participant is $55.

Saturday, August 26th
5-7pm - Sushi
Literally meaning vinegared rice, this classic Japanese dish is about far more than just raw fish. Learn the classic shapes and styles, as well as modern variations on this technique. Cost per participant is $55.

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

September Classes

Tuesday, September 5th
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 $55 (one parent, one child team).

Friday, September 8th
6-8:30pm - End of Summer Spirits Challenge with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
A short 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 two Free Community Education Classes of their choice! Cost per participant is $50.

Saturday, September 9th
5-7pm - Skillet Apple Coffee Cake, Its’s What’s for Dinner!
… Lunch…. Or breakfast... Caramelized fresh apples swimming over a rich golden chiffon cake. So good you won’t want to wait until dessert. Cost per participant is $55.

Thursday, September 14th
6-8:30pm Canning and Pickling
Preserving fall’s harvest to enjoy all year round. Learn a variety of techniques including quick pickles, fermented pickles (including sauerkraut and kimchi). Take your own pickle jar full home with you! Cost per participant is $55.

Friday, September 22nd
6-8:30pm - Cabernet Franc from all the Regions of New York State with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Compare this Loire and Bordeaux red wine as it is made here in the diverse zones of New York. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, September 23rd
5-7pm Dim Sum
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. Cost per participant is $55.

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

October Classes

Friday, October 6th
6-8:30pm - Fall into Autumn Cocktails with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Explore the colors and flavors of Fall with Bourbon, Rye, and Rum spirited creations. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, October 7th
5-7:30pm - Everybody Loves Brittle                                                                                                              
In this class, we’ll be making peanut bacon, sesame and cocoa nib brittle from scratch! Cost per participant is $55.

Monday, October 9th
5-7:30pm - Columbus Day Monte Cristo Party
Spend your day off learning to make classic French toast stuffed with ham, turkey and Swiss cheese, served with maple syrup, powder sugar, and jam. $45 (ages 12-18)

Friday, October 27th
6-8:30pm - Octoberfest Done the right way with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Come in and try and variety of beers and learn what makes them worth the wait. $35

Saturday, October 28th
6-8:30pm - Pasta - It’s all in the Dough!
Learn to make a versatile fresh pasta dough that can be used to make a variety of flavors and types of fresh pasta. Find out how to make a great sauce to pair. You just made pasta night that much better! $55.

Monday, October 30th
5-7:30pm - Creepy Monster Meatloaf Madness 
Learn to make a scary monster hand shaped meatloaf with mash potatoes and vegetables. Don’t forget to dress up for the Monster Mash! $45 (ages 7-12)

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

November Classes

Tuesday, November 7th
5:30-8pm - Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich
Learn to make your own chicken Souvlaki. Warm pita, grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, and Greek vinaigrette. $45 (12-18yrs old)

Friday, November 10th
6-8:30pm - What you should be drinking this Thanksgiving with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Explore great wines and beer to compliment any memorable Thanksgiving dinner. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, November 11th
6-8:30pm - Truffles class
A perfect dessert for two. Fill and roll these chocolate delicacies like a pro. Learn to use liquor to make your guests boozy delights that will leave them craving for more. Dark, milk and white chocolate, fudgy nut truffles filled with mounds of sweetness. Cost per participant is $55.

Friday, November 17th
6-8:30pm - What you should be drinking this Thanksgiving with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Explore great wines and beer to compliment any memorable Thanksgiving dinner. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, November 18th
6-8:30pm - It's all in the Stuffing this Thanksgiving
The proof is in the stuffing. Learn to make the best sides to pair. With tips on how to make the juiciest bird. You might have just volunteered your house for next T-Day too. $55

Tuesday, November 28th
5pm-7:30pm - Make your own Gingerbread Wonderland!
Decorate your own gingerbread house with all the frosting and candies you can imagine! You could even enter in the children’s division of our Gingerbread Competition in December. Cost per participant is $50 (one house per person)

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

December Classes

Tuesday, December 5th
5-7:30pm - Truffles Galore
Learn how to make Oreo, peanut butter, and chocolate Truffles from scratch. Dessert like a professional. $45 (ages 12-18)

Friday, December 8th
6-8:30pm - Holiday Wines with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Taste classic options for your holiday table that will impress your guests and not depress your wallet. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, December 9th
6-8:30pm - Fondue for You
Warm-up your Winter with the two classic types of fondue – cheese fondue, and fondue Bourguignonne. Served with fresh vegetables, baguette and selection of meats. Cost per participant is $55.

Friday, December 15th
6-8:30pm - Holiday Wines with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Taste classic options for your holiday table that will impress your guests and not depress your wallet. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, December 16th
5-7:30pm - Make your own Gingerbread Wonderland!
Decorate your own Gingerbread house with all the frosting and candies you can imagine! You could even enter in the children’s division of our Gingerbread Competition in December. Cost per participant is $50 (one house per person)

Friday, December 29th
5-7:30pm - Mega Cupcake Decorating Party
Learn how to pipe your own flowers and rosettes. Roll, cut, and shape fondant to become a decorating pro. You can use the skills learned in class to decorate any sized cake. After you create your very own masterpiece comes the best part… eating a MEGA sized cupcake. Cost per participant is $40.

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

January 2018 Classes

Friday, January 12th
6-8:30pm - New Year Spirits Challenge with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
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.

Saturday, January 13th
5-7:30pm - Dim Sum
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! 
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. (7-12yrs old)

Friday, January 26th
6-8:30pm - Underappreciated & Excellent Wines from the Niagara region with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Explore great tasting wines from vineyards within a day’s drive. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, January 27th
5-7:30pm - Healthy Trail Bars for a Healthy Lifestyle this New Year 
All natural wholesome goodness packed with energy.  An easy way to get fit while leaving out the preservatives.  Don’t be fooled, these don’t taste like low calorie snacks. Cost per participant is $55.

Tuesday, January 30th
5-7:30pm - Celebrate Your Day with Cake Pops
Learn to roll, coat, top and sprinkle your way to a variety of your favorite flavors dipped in gobs of goodness. $45. (ages 12-18)

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

February 2018 Classes

Friday, February 9th
6-8:30pm - Wines from the Americas with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Expand your palette and knowledge of wine from across the Americas. Cost per participant is $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 valentines. You can use the skills learned in class to decorate any sized cake.  Cost per participant is $40.

Wednesday, February 14th
5-8:00pm - Valentine’s Day Surf, Turf and Chocolate Truffles
Grill your own Tenderloin and Shrimp like a pro. Hollandaise, Asparagus and Roasted Potatoes.  Finish your evening with chocolate truffles. ($150 per couple) (wine available for purchase)

Tuesday, February 20th
5-7:30pm - Post Presidents Day Buffalo Bash
Celebrate Buffalo style -Chicken Wings, Blue Cheese, Celery and Carrots. Authentic Beef on Weck with Au Jus. $45 (ages 12-18)

Thursday, February 22th
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. (ages 7-12)

Friday, February 23th
6-8:30pm - Ice Wine Experience with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Explore Ice Wine, learn its history, and taste regional and varietal differences. Cost per participant is $55.

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. $55.

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

March 2018 Classes

Friday, March 9th
6-8:30pm - New world vs. Old World wines with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Experience the differences in body, taste, mouthfeel and finish between the old and the new world of wines. Cost per participant is $45.

Saturday, March 10th
5-7:30pm - "Chopped" Competition: Win 2 free cooking classes ($110 value).
2 hour head to head competition- mystery basket. The clock is ticking. Winner will be chosen based on flavor, temperature, appearance, proper cooking technique, cleanliness and organization. $55 (no professional experience)

Friday, March 16th
6-8:30pm - St. Paddy’s Day Beers with Savor Restaurant’s Sommelier
Taste a range of beers that complement the spirit of St. Paddy's Day. Cost per participant is $35.

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

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. (ages 7-12 )

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. (ages 12-18)

Register Now

You may register by clicking on the register now button and filling out the corresponding form. Registration is also available in person or by phone. For more information please call 716-210-2525 Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm.

Questions

Please contact Niagara Falls Culinary Institute at 716-210-2525.

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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Youth Camps

Are your children always asking to "help" in the kitchen? Do they ask you how to cook? Let us help your children learn to become a whiz in the kitchen. Niagara County Community College and the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) are pleased to present our 2017 Summer Camps in Culinary & Pastry Arts.

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Kids Camp

July

Summer Camps - Week

Tuesday, July 4th - Friday, July 7th (CLOSED)
9am-3:00pm - Teens 1B (13-17 yrs)
Day 1: Chicken chowder cassoulet, garden salad with house made croutons and chocolate eclairs
Day 2: Steak and pepper stir fry over basmati rice, candied bacon and maple ice
Day 3: Blackened chicken and sundried tomato Alfredo, scratch fettucine, mile high pudding pie
Day 4: Pork carnitas tortes, scratch Mexican rolls, pickled jalapenos, and chocolate chip brownie bars
Cost per participant is $205.

Tuesday, July 11th - Friday, July 14th (CLOSED)
9am-3:00pm - Kids 1B (8-12 yrs)
Day 1: Classic sloppy joes, creamy mac and cheese, homemade bread, and rice crispy cereal bars
Day 2: Breakfast wraps, homemade muffins and fresh-cut fruit cocktail
Day 3: Chicken quesadilla, homemade pico de gallo and Mexican fried ice cream
Day 4: Buffalo chicken salad with diced carrots and celery. Chocolate chip cookies.
Cost per participant is $195.

Tuesday, July 18th - Friday, July 21st 
9am-3:00pm - Teens 2A (13-17 yrs)
Day1: Mediterranean flat bread BLT, arugula, tomatoes, Greek dressing, and cupcake decorating
Day 2: Beef and veggie satays with peanut sauce, basmati rice, and chocolate fondue fruit skewers
Day 3: 18 hr. pulled pork, homemade rolls, Tex-Mex slaw, kicked up BBQ sauce, and scratch milkshakes
Day 4: Grilled chicken souvlaki gyros, pita bread, chopped romaine, and feta. Apple bomb tarts a la mode
Cost per participant is $205.

Tuesday, July 25th - Friday, July 28th (CLOSED)
9am-3:00pm - Kids 2A (8-12 yrs)
Day1: Scratch pizza, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, pepperoni, & classic worms in dirt
Day 2: Grilled cheese with homemade bread, pasta salad, and marbled brownies
Day 3: Homestyle chili, fresh baked cornbread, and scratch ice cream bars
Day 4: Pork and veggie stir fry and homemade fortune cookies
Cost per participant is $195.

Summer Camps - One Day

Monday, July 17th (CLOSED)
9am-3:00pm - Teens (13-17 yrs)
Breakfast of Champions
Make your own omelet with assorted toppings, scratch home fries, bacon, & sausage. Strawberry shortcake biscuits.
Cost per participant is $70.

Monday, July 24th
9am-3:00pm - Kids (8-12 yrs)
Breakfast Anytime
French toast with homemade challah bread, whipped cream, maple syrup, 10x sugar, & fruit smoothies.
Cost per participant is $70.

August

Summer Camps - Week

Tuesday, August 8th - Friday, August 11th (CLOSED)
9am-3:00pm - Kids 2B (8-12 yrs)
Day 1: Classic sloppy joes, creamy mac and cheese, homemade bread, and rice crispy cereal bars
Day 2: Breakfast wraps, homemade muffins and fresh-cut fruit cocktail
Day 3: Chicken quesadilla, homemade pico de gallo and Mexican fried ice cream
Day 4: Buffalo chicken salad with diced carrots and celery. Chocolate chip cookies.
Cost per participant is $195.

Tuesday, August 15th - Friday, August 18th 
9am-3:00pm - Teens 2B (13-17 yrs)
Day 1: Chicken chowder cassoulet, garden salad with house made croutons and chocolate eclairs
Day 2: Steak and pepper stir fry over basmati rice, candied bacon and maple ice
Day 3: Blackened chicken and sundried tomato Alfredo, scratch fettucine, mile high pudding pie
Day 4: Pork carnitas tortes, scratch Mexican rolls, pickled jalapenos, and chocolate chip brownie bars
Cost per participant is $205.

Summer Camps - One Day

Monday, August 7th 
9am-3:00pm - Kids (8-12 yrs)
It’s a Pizza Party
Scratch dough, homemade pizza sauce, hand-pulled mozzarella, assorted toppings, & a homemade vanilla ice cream sundae bar. Cost per participant is $70.

Monday, August 14th 
9am-3:00pm - Teens (13-17 yrs)
Make Your Own Chinese Food
Sesame chicken, vegetable stir fry, homemade fortune cookies, pork & scallion potstickers. Cost per participant is $70.

 
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