Culinary is catching on in a big way across America, as evidenced by the opening of the new Silver Dollar City Culinary & Craft School. The new Center brings participants behind the scenes for some home-style cooking, as well as to learn the techniques of creating handmade crafts.
Culinary classes are overseen by the theme park’s Master Craftsman of Culinary Arts, Debbie Dance Uhrig (pictured, left), featuring Silver Dollar City specialties as well as items from guest chefs.
Classes feature expert instructors, hands-on demonstrations, sampling, take-home recipes and gift bags with extras such as cookbooks, all for a cost of $10 per person. Classes are offered several times a day, with class size limited to 34, registration required.
Blending fall harvest-fresh vegetables with seasonings and a variety of ingredients for hearty meal-in-a-bowl specialties, such as Silver Dollar City’s Calico Potatoes and famous Savory Skillet Succotash, a favorite of Silver Dollar City guests and spotlighted in “Best of the Midwest” by Midwest Living Magazine.
Great American Pies
What’s more American than homemade, fresh-baked pies? From creating the perfect crust to filling with the tastiest berries and the best of the fruits, become a Blue Ribbon expert! Plus learn tips for unique toppings, such as the fluffiest meringue, that not only look impressive but bring rave reviews.
American Classic Cookies
Everyone loves cookies! Bake a variety of traditional American favorites — but with secrets of generations mixed in. Each cookie featured will have its own unique recipe that’s a tablespoon or two from the expected. Showcased cookies include many favorites of the Heartland, such as Silver Dollar City’s famous made-from-scratch Ginger Cookies, an heirloom family recipe for soft, chewy cookies, named one of the top 20 recipes by Midwest Living.
The Great Pumpkin!
What’s more synonymous with Fall than pumpkins? Participate in the creativity of cooking and carving, including baking the perfect pumpkin pie, treats, breads, fritters, cakes, cookies … even soup! Plus expert instruction on unusual pumpkin carving and decorating with pumpkins, gourds and the colors of the season.
Soups to Warm the Soul
Serve a hearty helping of culinary comfort with homemade, fresh, slow-simmered soups and stews. Learn the art of creating specialties From the Heart to Warm the Soul, such as Silver Dollar City’s famous Potato Soup and legendary Miners’ Stew. Recipes range from soups and stews designed as a full meal or a gourmet first course to the perfect bring-along for gatherings with the gang!
Culinary & Craft School classes are presented within an all-new 3,000 square-foot timberframe building at the park. Styled as a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, the building is a blend of American heritage traditions and state-of-the-art conveniences, including a Kitchen Showroom with Viking appliances, flat-screen TVs for overhead views and tiered seating for close-up viewing.
For more information or to register, go to www.silverdollarcity.com.
The internationally-awarded theme park in Branson, Missouri, presents six world-class festivals from March through December with foods ranging from festival specialties to home-cooked feasts.