Cake and cuisine classes
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will offer a six-week cake decorating class this spring featuring cake decorator Robin Taylor. The Tuesday classes will begin April 23.
The cost for the class, which is designed for beginner and intermediate cake decorators, will be $60 per person. The classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Culture Center.
Class participation is limited to 20 students and pre-registration is required. All students will receive a list of necessary supplies and instructions for the class upon registration.
The spring session of the First Lady's Culinary Cultures cooking classes begins April 15. The session includes three classes at a cost of $60, which includes instruction in two of the classes and a demonstration and tasting on the third.
The spring session includes "Spring Time Soups" with John Wright of Bridge Road Bistro on April 15, "Deli Secrets" with Judy Burne of AAA Catering on May 6 and "Grilling Out" with Paul Smith of the University of Charleston on June 3.
Summer and autumn sessions registration also available. To register, call John Morrison at 304-558-0220 or email john.d.morri...@wv.gov.
Classes and theater
The Greenhouse of Teays Valley will offer cooking classes and a dinner theater in April.
HollyPops Party at 6:30 p.m. April 23 features Holly Hale who will share recipes for buttercream icing and cupcakes with homemade marshmallow fondant. The $25 cost includes an appetizer buffet.
Grilling Class at 4 p.m. April 20 features Chef Joe Reckard's preparation of more than 12 grilled foods, which guests may sample. Cost is $30.
Sushi Class on April 25 includes hands-on direction for creating custom rolls without the inclusion of raw fish. Cost is $30.
"Speakeasy of Murder" interactive dinner theater performed by Murder and Merriement at 7 p.m. April 26 and 27. Cost is $40.
Reservations are required. Call 304-397-6316.
Healthy kids's recipes
Epicurious joins first lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture as hosts of a nationwide recipe challenge that it originated to promote healthy eating among America's youth.
Parents or guardians and their children, ages 8-12, are invited to create and submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable and tasty.
Each recipe must adhere to USDA's MyPlate at ChooseMyPlate.gov guidelines for healthy meals. Entries must represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half the plate or recipe.
All entrants have the chance to win a trip to Washington and the opportunity to attend a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House this summer, hosted by the first lady.
Submit recipes through May 12 online at http://recipechallenge.epicurious.com. Winners will be notified at the end of June.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230 with information to be included in Food Notes.