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).

UCI Campus Recreation Cooking Classes return Fall 2019
Cooking with the Professor Foods of Syria with Dr. Amal Alachkar
Tuesday, 4/23 6pm-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen

Dr. Alachkar will prepare three dishes (Mujaddarah, Kubbeh, and Freekeh with chicken); the three dishes are made from different kinds of wheat, which is an essential ingredient of Syrian daily meals.  Amal will share her thoughts on the impacts of the Syrian war on ingredients of daily Syrian meals, particularly the besieged cities in Syria. As well, she will discuss how the Syrian crisis helped thrive Syrian-food worldwide, as Syrian refugees introduced flavors of their home into their new resettlement countries. 

More Information on the Illuminations website.


Conversation Kitchen: Brazil with Latin American Studies 
Thursday, 5/9 6pm-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen

More Information at Conversation Kitchen.
Dinner with Aristotle / Tea with Buddha: Introducing the Intellectual Virtues
Tuesday, 5/21 6pm-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen

This evening of philosophy explores the intellectual virtues of honesty, humility, and tenacity, all essential to scientific and humanistic inquiry and to student academic success. The meal will feature food from ancient Greece, followed by matcha tea prepared by guests in the Buddhist fashion. Program presented by Professor Duncan Pritchard (Philosophy) and Professor Elizabeth Tinsley (East Asian Studies and Religious Studies).

More Information at Conversation Kitchen.
Taco USA: A Conversation Kitchen with Gustavo Arellano 
Tuesday, 6/4 6pm-7:30pm, ARC Kitchen

Tacos have crossed cultures and sparked new conversations among chefs, taco lovers, and the communities where they live and work. We will taste and compare tacos and learn more about foodways, food writing, and food studies from taco historian, food writer and provocateur Gustavo Arellano.
Gustavo Arellano is author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. He is the former publisher and editor of Orange County's alternative weekly OC Weekly, and the author of the column ¡Ask a Mexican!, which is syndicated nationally. Arellano has won numerous awards for the column, including the 2006 and 2008 Best Non-Political Column in a large-circulation weekly from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the 2007 Presidents Award from the Los Angeles Press Club and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

More Information at Conversation Kitchen.

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.