Winter Cooking class registration is OPEN. Registration is available online, via the UCI Campus Rec App and in person at Campus Recreation Services (2nd floor, ARC - MC, visa, cash/check). For more opportunities cooking or custom events, please contact Chef Jessica!

Cooking classes are open to all UCI students and ARC Members. All others interested in taking a cooking class, please contact Campus Recreation Services (949-824-3738) to verifty availability and rates. Vegetarian options are available with most cooking classes. Some classes do go over the posted time. Please contact Jessica VanRoo,, at least 7 days prior to class for additional information. Please review the Campus Recreation Refund Policy (pdf).

For Winter 2018, as part of the UCI Wellness Program for Faculty and Staff, a special subsidized discount of $20 dollars off of all “Member Rates” is available for all UCI Employees (non-student positions only). To receivethe discounted rate you must register by phone or in person and provide your UCI Employee ID Number and Department. No refunds for online or previous purchases. No limit for number of classes purchased per employee. Only 1 discounted rate per class. Must be used by employee only.

Pies and Tarts
Saturday, 2/3 11am-2pm, ARC Kitchen | Chef Wendy Gonzalez

Menu: All Purpose Pie Dough, Spinach and Gruyere Cheese Quiche, French Chocolate Tart with Pate Brisee, Lemon Meringue Pie with Graham Crust
Members: $35
Non-Members: $45

Classic French Desserts
Saturday, 2/24 11am-2pm, ARC Kitchen | Chef Wendy Gonzalez

Menu: Madeline, Chocolate Dipped Profiteroles, Tarte Tatin
Members: $35
Non-Members: $45

More Macarons and Truffles
Saturday, 3/3 11am-2pm, ARC Kitchen | Chef Wendy Gonzalez

Menu: White Chocolate Raspberry Macaron, Chocolate S'more Macaron, Spiced Bittersweet Truffles, Toasted Almond Truffle
Members: $35
Non-Members: $45

Mexican Sweet Breads and other Favorite Desserts
Saturday, 3/10 11am-2pm, ARC Kitchen | Chef Wendy Gonzalez

Menu: Assorted Conchas, Churros, Tres Leches Cupcakes
Members: $35
Non-Members: $45

Workshops will be held at the Anteater Recreation Center’s Demonstration Kitchen. A full three-course meal will be included. Due to the popularity of this program, the registration system will accept 200 rsvp’s and 100 participants will be randomly selected to attend.

Workshop 1: Foods of Japan & Korea (Dinner & Conversation)
Wednesday, 1/17 6-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen -

Participants will delve into the world of rice, green tea, and fermented foods while observing the importance of presentation.


Workshop 2: Lunar New Year (Dinner & Conversation)
Thursday, 2/15 6-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen

The Lunar New Year has different significance to different cultures around the world. We will delve into how the Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year with food.


The Department of Campus Recreation – in collaboration with the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion – has created Conversation Kitchen, a unique series of culinary workshops designed to explore the significant influence that food has in defining and shaping culture across the world. Each free workshop will focus on an area of the world undergoing conflict and transformation today. What is the role of food in mediating conflict, communicating values, solving problems, reflecting locale, and expressing our common humanity? Chef Jessica VanRoo, Campus Recreation culinary education director, will present a three-course menu with dishes from the region. Hosts representing the countries in question will be present during the workshop to discuss their food traditions and experiences. Participants will gain an understanding of different cultures by sharing a meal among friends.

Chef Jessica VanRoo holds a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management and a Certificate in Chinese Cooking from the Wei Chuan Cooking Academy in Taipei, Taiwan. She served as the assistant culinary director for Sur La Table, as well as a faculty member at Orange County School of the Arts, before joining UCI Campus Recreation in 2010.

The Conversation Kitchen series also is supported by Illuminations, the Program in Religious Studies, the International Student Excellence Programs (ISEP) and UCI Libraries

Impression Formation: Aesthetics, Legitimacy and Perceptions of Police
Thursday, 11/30 4-5:30pm, ARC Kitchen - Rylan Simpson

 Most 'police interaction' occurs in relatively unceremonious settings without exchange of formal dialogue between the public and the police (e.g., observing an officer in passing). Understanding factors that can influence these frequent, but important, interactions is thus particularly fruitful for informing both policy and practice. The present research, therefore, employs an experimental methodology to evaluate the effects of officer appearance on perceptions of the police. The results reveal that variation in appearance elicits significant variation in perceptions of officers. I discuss these results, and their implications, with respect to impression formation, legitimacy, and perceptions of the police more broadly. View More Details


Shakespeare in Mexico
Thursday, 12/7 4-5:30pm, ARC Kitchen - Letty Garcia

Letty’s research talk about her dissertation will be accompanied by churros and hot chocolate. After the talk, guests will have a chance to learn more about the preparation of this beloved pastry and sweet drink. Open to graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, staff, and community!

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All Cooking Class Participants: All classes are hands on and require participant involvement. Due to food and supply purchases for the Cooking classes there will be no refunds or credits within 7 days of scheduled cooking classes. Please contact Jessica VanRoo by email or or 949-824-0459 if you have any questions.