Helping You Make Healthy Living a Habit

All classes are cooking demonstrations with generous tastings of each recipe.

Please Note: Register in person at the ARC or CRCE Member Services when facilities are open for operations. Please refer to the facilities schedule for hours of operation. Cooking class registration will close three days prior to the scheduled class to allow for grocery purchase. Cooking class registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.

We recommend that participants bring their own food containers in case there are leftovers.

*Please contact us with any food-related allergies or sensitivities a minimum of one week in advance of your scheduled class. We will do our best to accommodate your request and will contact you if we are unable to meet your needs. Please contact Alana Harris at for any additional questions.

Meal Prep Series

Cost (3 class series):



5:30-7 pm



Meal Prep Cooking Series (3-class package)
Sept. 25 2019 – Orchard Downs from 6:30-8 pm
Oct. 23, 2019
Nov. 13, 2019

Join partners from McKinley Health Center and Campus Recreation for a 3-class cooking series teaching students to engage in cost-effective, time-saving, and nutritious meal preparation. Don’t forget your takeaway containers! All participants will enjoy sampling 27 recipes and will receive ample portions to take home.

Instructional Cooking Classes 

Cost (per class):

Members: $10
Non-Members: $15


5:30-7 pm


We are under construction! See locations in descriptions below. 

Budget Bites (Illini Grove)
Sept. 10, 2019

Are you looking for ways to eat a balanced diet, but don’t feel like spending all that money? Come learn how to use simple ingredients to achieve your lifestyle goals!

Sushi 1.0 (Asian American Cultural Center)
Sept. 18, 2019

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to make your favorite sushi rolls like the professionals, then this class is for you! Come ready to make California rolls, sweet potato rolls, and a mouthwatering cucumber salad with all your favorite sauces.

Instagrammable Eats (Illini Grove)
Sept. 24, 2019

Are you an inspiring foodie? Do you want to learn about how to make your pictures look as good as the ones on the ‘gram? Join us to learn the tips and tricks while enjoying food that looks good enough to eat.

Italian Cuisine (Orchard Downs, **6:30-8 pm**)
Oct. 1, 2019

Get ready to explore Italy with exciting new flavors right here in Champaign-Urbana! Learn to make spaghetti and meatballs with a homemade sauce that will wow your friends and family.

Thai Cuisine (ARC Instructional Kitchen)
Oct. 16, 2019

Did you know that meals in Thailand are treated as celebrations? Come feast on your favorite Thai staples like Spring Rolls and Pad Thai.

Vegan & Vegetarian (ARC Instructional Kitchen)
Oct. 22, 2019

Wanna learn some new dishes for Meatless Monday or looking to learn to make the switch to a plant based lifestyle? Join us for a new take on macaroni and cheese and some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Saturday Brunch (ARC Instructional Kitchen; **11:30 am – 1 pm**)
Oct. 26, 2019

Do you like breakfast but don’t feel like getting up at 8:00am? Come make new friends over the most important meal of the day, at a reasonable time.

Mediterranean Cuisine (ARC Instructional Kitchen) 
Oct. 29 2019

Have you ever wanted to travel to Greece, but never had the time? This class will take your taste buds to Greece with delicious chicken skewers and homemade hummus. Join us for this delicious experience.

Halloween Inspired Desserts (ARC Instructional Kitchen)
Oct. 30, 2019

No tricks only treats at the Instructional Kitchen for this Hallowe’en class. Come with your friends to compete for who has the spookiest treat on Halloween Eve.

Sushi 2.0 (ARC Instructional Kitchen)
Nov. 5, 2019

Ready to get those next level sushi skills? Come learn how to make Spicy Crab Rolls, Bagel Rolls and more! You will also get to make your own sushi roll!

Moroccan Cuisine (ARC Instructional Kitchen)
Nov. 12, 2019

Have you ever seen the open air markets in Morocco? The smells of this cooking class will make you think you’ve traveled there already. Join us to enjoy delicious roasted eggplant and couscous, a moroccan staple.

Thanksgiving Cooking (ARC Instructional Kitchen)
Nov. 20, 2019

Ready to experience your first thanksgiving or just really love the holiday food? Either way, come make new friends and learn to cook some thanksgiving must-have foods like stuffing and sweet potato casserole!

Holiday Baking (ARC Instructional Kitchen)
Dec. 3, 2019

Want to learn how to impress your friends and family with your baking skills this holiday season? Then this class is the one for you! Come learn to make homemade fudge, candy cane cookies and more! After all, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.