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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Real Cooking for Real People

Week 2: July 16-22, 2017

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How best to braise, roast, sauté, and bake succulent fare? Therese O'Connor, director of training for Cornell Dining and a wonderful chef and teacher, will introduce you to techniques that will improve your skills in the kitchen and transfer nicely to the meals you'd most like to cook at home.

In the handsome new Culinary Lab of downtown Ithaca's Coltivare Restaurant, we'll practice these techniques in the preparation of such dishes as lamb tagine, Mediterranean fish stews, savory yeast breads, farfalle with sage butter, and olive oil lemon cake.

Freed from complicated recipes and any hint of pretension, we'll pair foods with wines for meals that will wow your family and friends. We'll also enjoy a half-day visit to the Ithaca Farmers Market, seeking inspiration from its fresh produce and farm products. Facilities and materials fee (in addition to program fee): $240.

Therese O'Connor

Therese O’Connor is the manager of staff training and professional development for the over 400 staff in Cornell University Dining and Catering. Prior to this appointment in 2009, Therese spent twenty-six years as a faculty member of Cornell’s Hotel School,... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers the course, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy per adult $1,932, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy per adult $1,990, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,115

*This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option: $425. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience.