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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Where are cooking classes located?

3295 Walden Avenue, Depew, New York 14043
716 818-1140

Our Classes

What are the age limits for your classes?

Adult classes - ages 16 and up*
* Children ages 14 and 15 may attend an adult cooking class if accompanied by an adult.  We recommend only one underage child per accompanying adult. Tuition for an underage child is the same as that for an adult.

How often do your classes change?

You will find new classes offered each quarter along with popular favorites, seasonal, and holiday classes.

What should I wear to the cooking class?

For kitchen safety and sanitation reasons, students should wear long pants, a shirt with sleeves, and flat, closed-toe shoes. We will provide you with an apron to wear during the class. Dangling or excessive jewelry is not recommended.

Does your menu ever change from what's listed in your newsletter and on your website?

We make every effort to remain true to the advertised menu, while reserving the right to substitute ingredients or menu items. Due to seasonality and availability, occasionally it may be necessary to substitute ingredients.

Will I get a copy of the recipes to take home?

Yes, you will receive a recipe packet to refer to during the class and take home with you.

Can I bring leftovers home with me?

Unless indicated otherwise in the description of the class, students are discouraged from taking leftovers out of the facility. Some classes, such as desert classes, students will take home what they make. In these cases appropriate packaging is provided in class.

What is the format of your classes?

Hands-On classes give you an opportunity to learn by doing as you're guided by our instructors through all the techniques you need to prepare your class menu.

In a Hands-On class will I work with others in a group?

Yes. In all Hands-On classes, you will work in a small group. In most classes the groups are comprised of 4 students, but the number can vary by class enrollment and subject.

Private Event Information

Do you offer special events such as teambuilding cooking classes or cooking parties?

Yes, you can choose the class style and menu perfect for your upcoming event by selecting from our library of class offerings or from the current culinary program. Whether you are thinking about a unique teambuilding exercise for your employees, trying to find just the right place for a birthday celebration, or looking for a stress-free way to throw a dinner party, we can customize a special event to meet your needs. Special events include but are not limited to: teambuilding, birthday parties, bridal showers, recruiting functions, holiday parties, special occasions, supper clubs, luncheons, corporate sales and fund raising.

Gift Cards

How do I give someone a class as a gift?

Gift cards may be purchased by phone or in person. You may also purchase gift cards online at CulinaryArtsCenter.com. Gift cards may be purchased for any amount you choose. You may have the gift card mailed directly to you or mailed to the recipient with information about Culinary Arts Center classes and registration information.

Can I use a gift card to buy a class?

Yes, gift cards may be redeemed for classes.

Do your gift cards expire?

Gift cards never expire.

Allergy and Dietary Concerns

Can you make special arrangements to accommodate food allergies?

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.

Do you offer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free classes?

Many of our classes contain vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free dishes. Please us for more information on a class that may be suitable for you.  We encourage you to learn skills and techniques in our classes then modify at home to suit your needs.

Registration, Pricing, Cancellation, and Waiting List Information

Do I have to register in advance or can I just show up?

All classes require advanced registration.

How much does it cost to take your classes?

The price of each class is listed in the class description found in the newsletter and on-line at CulinaryArtsCenter.com.

Do you have a waiting list for sold out classes?

Yes, waiting lists are maintained for sold out classes. Please call or email us at waitlist@CulinaryArtsCenter.com to have your name added to the waiting list. You will be notified if a space becomes available.

How do I register for a class?

Call or visit the Culinary Arts Center, or enroll online at CulinaryArtsCenter.com

What happens if my class is cancelled?

Should a cancellation occur, we will attempt to notify students and issue appropriate refunds.

What is your cancellation policy?

Refunds will be issued for all cancellations made by Culinary Arts Center, or by guests who cancel no later than seven days prior to class. Within seven days, refunds will be issued only if your spot can be filled from our waitlist. We regret any inconvenience.