From September until the end of June, we offer various hands-on Culinary and Pastry cooking classes, as well as Wine and Beer Challenge Dinners, restaurant management courses, ServSafe® Certification Classes and much more. Take a look through the course catalog and put yourself on the path to developing your skills to their full potential today!
I'm not a chef, can I still take your classes?
When are your Programs Offered?
Community Education classes and challenge dinners are only offered between September and June. Prospective students are encouraged to browse our current course catalog to see what's being offered. There are no Community Education classes or challenge dinners offered when the College is closed for holidays or Spring and Summer break.
How To Register
Enrolling in a Community Education Class or a Challenge Dinner is very simple. Just fill out a registration form and send it to us via email or US Mail. We regret that we cannot register you if you don't first fill out and submit an official registration form, so please read the following directions carefully to make sure your registration process is as quick and easy as possible!
REGISTER ME BY EMAIL
Download a registration form, fill it out and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Not sure how? Just do any one of the following:
1. Edit form in Adobe Reader using the “Sign” function and e-mail new file
2. Print form, fill it out, scan it and e-mail the scan to us
3. Print form, fill it out, take a clear photo of it and e-mail the photo to us
REGISTER ME BY US MAIL
Fill out a registration form and enclose tuition payment before mailing to:
The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
C/o Community Education
4207 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
What do I bring to class?
The list of tools Community Education students need to bring with them to class can be viewed here. Most people already have these consumer-grade items in their home kitchens already. If you don’t, don’t worry! These items and many more can be purchased at our College Store located at 4100 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Who are these classes for?
Not a chef? Not a problem! You've come to the right place! The Community Education program is specifically designed to offer non-credit cooking classes and events to people who enjoy cooking and baking as a pastime and are looking to expand their skills in the kitchen - or just to have some fun! You do not need to have culinary school experience to register for our classes. Whether you are a homemaker, busy professional, alumni or simply enjoy cooking as a hobby, we invite you to enroll now and explore all facets of the industry.
Did you mean to enroll in the College's degree program to earn an Associates or Bachelor's degree? Please click here to be redirected to the Admissions section of our website.
Do you have a group looking to celebrate a special event in a unique way? Why not book a private Culinary Arts Class, a Pastry Arts Class or a Challenge Dinner just for you and your group? We can accommodate parties of 12-14 for private cooking classes and groups of 20-30 for private Challenge Dinners. Email email@example.com with your request and we will do our best to accommodate your party. Please note: Private Group Cooking Classes are only available Monday - Friday between 7:00-9:30pm. Private Challenge Dinners are only available Tuesday and Wednesday between 6:30-9:30pm. Date availability may be limited due to College functions, instructor schedules and the degree program's academic calendar. Private classes and dinners may vary from the normal tuition price listed in the Community Education catalog.
Booking a Team Building Cooking Event
Team Building doesn’t have to be all board rooms, stuffy conferences and lecture halls. What if your corporate team building event could be beneficial to building a sense of community and collaboration among your team and could be fun and delicious, too! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more information on pricing and availability. Please note: Date availability may be limited due to College functions, instructor schedules and the degree program's academic calendar.
All classes are located at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. All classes must be pre-paid in full. Registration deadlines are one week before the start of a class, provided there are still seats available. Students cannot enroll in a course that is already in progress. We reserve the right to cancel or limit the size of any class and/or to alter its location, curriculum, ingredients, chef, recipes, tuition, fees and policies as deemed necessary. Classes are non-transferable. Students are required to bring their own cooking utensils to class, as specified. The Community Education Program is open exclusively to participants 18 years of age or older, unless expressly stated. For safety reasons students are advised to wear closed toe/rubber soled shoes in the kitchens at all times. For weather updates please refer to our hotline at 267-295-2399. Shellfish and tree nuts are used on campus. Community Education classes make no guarantee of vegetarian, vegan or other special diet options unless expressly stated in the class description. Students with special food needs/allergies are asked to use their best judgment when enrolling.
The Community Education program strives to provide a full and diverse catalog of classes and events. However, from time to time we are simply unable to reach the enrollment minimums required for a class to be able to run. When this happens, we unfortunately must cancel the under-enrolled class or event. Participants are informed of such a situation by the enrollment deadline - barring an emergency or inclement weather that renders that type of notice impossible. In the case of any cancelation, a registrant will receive a refund as outlined in the section below. It is extremely important that you provide up-to-date contact information on your registration form in the event we need to reach you regarding a cancelation or other alert.
We do not give refunds for “no-shows” or missed classes or events. Should a class or event be canceled, or if a registrant requests a refund up to one (1) week before the start of a class or event (or, in the case of a multi-night course, before the first night of that course), the registrant will receive a full refund of the tuition paid in the same method it was rendered. A 15% processing fee will be applied to all other valid refund requests. Paper gift certificates/vouchers are non-refundable. If you wish to cancel your enrollment in a multi-night course on the first night of that course, a 50% fee will be assessed; no refunds will be given after the first night. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks to receive a refund.
Community Education Classes and Challenge Dinners make wonderful and unique gifts. If you'd like to give one as a gift, please fill out the registration form and indicate in the box provided on the form that the Class or Dinner is a gift and that you are the primary contact.
Don't know what to give? You can purchase a Walnut Hill College gift card that does not expire and can be applied to any Community Education program offering - as well as all the shops and dining rooms on campus! Buy one in our Pastry Shop or over the phone with our Bursar's Office at 267-295-2325.
Location & Parking
All cooking classes and Challenge Dinners are located in the Allison Mansion at 4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (driving directions can be found here). Guests are welcome to use our Visitor's Parking Lot directly off of Walnut Street between 42nd and 43rd Streets. Parking is free, but it is first come/first served. Please see the attendant in the Security Pavilion to direct you to your class or event.