Valentines Day is Coming

NEW! Romantic Dinner for Two
Prepare an elegant (but easy) four course dinner and enjoy a romantic evening with your special someone. Begin with butternut squash soup and winter salad with Champagne Vinaigrette. Move on to petite filet mignon and crab cake with braised cabbage and Béarnaise Sauce, then finish with a flourish serving Chocolate Bouchons and fresh whipped mint cream. Discuss how to create perfect ambiance, advance preparation and take home recipes. Demonstration course. Instructor: Greg Hutsell
Cost: $65 (MD senior adults: $65)
Course #: XCO-030-A3
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
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Swarovski Crystal Tiny Heart
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this little heart is created with Right Angle Weave using 20 stunning Swarovski Crystals and seed beads. Create something beautiful for yourself or a loved one! All materials and bead kits are included in the cost. Instructor: Anne Townsley
Cost: $40 (MD senior adults: $40)
Course #: XXZ-376-A3
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Washington Road Campus, K122
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Chocolate Lovers Beware
Create a tasty assortment of sweet chocolate treats while discovering the wide variety of chocolate available in the market and their use in preparing desserts and petit fours. Prepare a scrumptious sampling of chocolate desserts and truffles then tuck the wrapped goodies into a special box for gift giving. Yum! samples please! Hands-on course. Instructor: Tim Norwood
Cost: $70 (MD senior adults: $70)
Course #: XCO-009-A3
Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 5 and 7, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)
Carroll County Career and Technology Center
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NEW! Warm Winter Wines & Spirits
Cozy up and stay warm this winter with Sherry, port, brandy, Cognac and other fireplace-friendly wines and spirits. These libations are ideal companions to a variety of desserts, cheeses, cigars and après ski! Instructor: Bernie Vogel
Cost: $65 (MD senior adults: $65)
Course #: XCO-037-A3
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
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About our instructors…

Greg Hutsell has been cooking all his life. Using fresh local ingredients, he has developed his own classic style that can be sampled at A Little Bit of Tuscany and at his own cooking school L’Ecole Culinaire. His classes are tailored to students of all skill levels and students can look forward to lots of hands-on experiences with a delicious tasting at the end.

What students say about Hutsell:

"Excellent class. The instructor is very knowledgeable and engaging."

"Excellent course! Outstanding instructor! Would like to see more courses like this."

"I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I would like to see more classes like this."


Tim Norwood, a graduate of the Baltimore Culinary Institute, has been teaching culinary arts at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center since 1997. A sought after teacher, he brings his exuberance and expertise to the classroom. Norwood enjoys creating unique dishes using basic techniques and then experimenting with the flavors of authentic ethnic ingredients and combining them with bounty found in local grocery stores.

What students say about Norwood:

"Tim was very knowledgeable and personable. I will definitely be taking more classes taught by him."

"The food was great! He (Tim) was very energetic and explained what he did in an easily understandable manner."

"Tim was fabulous. Food prepared was excellent."


Anne Townsley, a bead artist, brings her enthusiasm for beads to each unique course. A very popular teacher, Anne will help you gain the knowledge, techniques and patterns to create beautiful jewelry.

What students are saying about Townsley:

“Anne Townsley was a good efficient instructor. Her class was interesting.”

“(Anne) was very patient and gracious as I was not an advanced student.”

“Anne is very patient, well organized, creative and gets the info across clearly.”


Bernie Vogel began his wine education while in the restaurant business in the late 1970s. He has been in professional fine wine sales and distribution for over 20 years and is currently a Fine Wine Specialist.

What students say about Wine Appreciation 101:

“Very informative and fun course. Bernie is extremely knowledgeable about the subject, and he made the wine ‘travel around the world’ an enjoyable experience, even though it was a whirlwind tour. I will definitely be trying new wines and regions as a result of this class.”

“Loved the course and all things taught by Bernie.”

“This is a terrific course! Bernie has a very entertaining and effective presentation style that makes a 2 ½ hour session very short. He conveys his material with confidence and has a clear mastery of the subject.”

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