Cultural Cooking

Legacy Learning teams with ACE?Community Center for international cuisine classes

With a new year comes new Legacy Learning Boone River Valley workshops. Visit ACE Community Center the second Saturday of each month to create a new dish with experienced chefs.

The second cooking class is this Saturday at ACE Community Center from 1 to 4 p.m. with supper to follow from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Cost for the workshop is $40 per couple. There is also a materials fee of $25 which includes the meal for two.

Local cooks will instruct participants in the fine art of cultural cooking.

The following meals will be featured in 2018: February – French food with Peter Anselman; March – Irish soda bread, potatoes and food celebrating St. Patrick’s Day; April – Thai food including spring rolls, fresh fruits and vegetables and more to celebrate the advent of spring; May – A selection of foods from different regions in Mexico; June – Summer picnic using foods from the community garden; July – An island experience in cooking from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic including a pig roast and the fixings; August – Caning with the ISU Extension with light meal to follow; September – Salsas from around the world, including recipes from past ACE Salsa Festival winners; October – German cooking to prepare for Oktoberfest; November – Holiday traditions around the world; December – Cookies in the Cabin for all generations.

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley and ACE Community Center will also be inviting residents from the community to join in. Not only will attendees get to make the food of another culture, they will have an opportunity to get to know more people throughout the community who come from these diverse backgrounds.

Register by calling (888) 832-0012, (515) 450-4973 or by visiting When registering, please put in the notes which month you are planning on attending.

ACE Community Center is located at 1440 East Second Street.

Other events

February Wild Gatherings events planned by Legacy Learning Boone River Valley include an opportunity to learn about welding with Doug Abbott.

Abbott will teach basic welding with sessions on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Webster City High School Welding Shop. Each session will be limited to four students to allow the instructor to assist each student. Participants will be encouraged to experiment. Those attending are advised to dress warmly in comfortable, spark resistant clothing. Bring leather gloves and a helmet if possible.

The following day, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Abbott will lead a Nature Works Garden Novas workshop at the high school welding shop.

Students will create simple decorative garden stakes to accent a potted plant, garden path or as a highlight in the garden.

Prerequisite is the skills pre-worshop offered on Saturday.