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.

Flavors of North India with Chef Anita Razin
Thursday, 5/3 6pm-8pm, ARC Kitchen | Chef Wendy Gonzalez

Menu: Silk Road Chai, Dal or "Red Lentil Soup", Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes with Roasted Cumin and Turmeric, Creamy Chicken Curry with Fresh Bay Leaf and Cinnamon Basmati Rice, Cucumber Raita with fresh Mint
Members: $35
Non-Members: $45

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Vegan Baking 101
Saturday, 5/12 11am-1pm, ARC Kitchen | Chef Wendy Gonzalez

Menu: Chocolate Avocado cupcakes, Lavender and beet cheesecake, Sweet potato butter bars

Members: $35
Non-Members: $45

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Paleo Cooking at Home
Tuesday, 5/22 6pm-8pm, ARC Kitchen | Chef Wendy Gonzalez

Menu: Sun-dried tomato cauliflower pizza, Veracruz Fish with Zucchini Pasta, Vegan and Paleo strawberry cream pie
Members: $35
Non-Members: $45

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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. For more information, visit:

International Street Foods (Dinner and Conversation)
Thursday, 4/26 5:45pm-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen - Sponsored by the Program in Religious Studies

Street foods have a long and rich history, today it has become a mainstay in urban culture, large cities and small towns alike. Thesmells and sounds from these vendors continue to tempt passersby on the street around the world. Quick, easy and delicious food served throughout the world will be shared with participants. From Hispanic street tacos to Chinese Fried noodles, come discover the flavors regions around the world have to share. More information.

Food and Faith (Dinner and Conversation)
Wednesday, 5/9 6-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen - Sponsored by the Program in Religious Studies

Ramadan and other religious celebrations honored through feast and fast.  Explore the influences religion has had on traditions of feasting and fasting practiced throughout the world.  We will explore Ramadan, Passover, and other religious holidays and the food and traditions associated with them. 


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

Conversation Kitchen: Safe Treatment Strategies for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Thursday, 4/19 4:30-6pm (ARC Kitchen) - Christie Mortales, Ph.D.

Christie's talk features her research on Mulitple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body;s own immune system attacks the neurons of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). This leaves people affected with MS with any number of disabilities such as impaired speech and mobility. There is no cure, and current treatments often have toxic side effects. Christie’s research focuses on (1) how a molecular network called the galectin-glycoprotein lattice controls the functions of immune cells, (2) how a compromised lattice on specific immune cells cause them to promote MS, and (3) how one special sugar can fix a damaged lattice and become a potential, safe treatment for MS.

Following her talk, you are welcome to join Chef Jessica VanRoo and learn how to Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Coffee.




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.