Cooking as a Local Cultural Experience

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City is known for its hands-on cooking classes, expert demonstrations, and unique team-building experiences. But beyond heating up appetites and expertise, the Center serves an even more important role.

“The role of The Culinary Center is really to be an advocate for local businesses and to show people the food scene that is going on here,” says manager Donna Riani. “We want to put the spotlight on them with the focus on local foods.”

Today — 10 years since Blackfish Café owner Rob Pounding founded the center – advocacy means showcasing local purveyors like the Jacobsen Salt Co., based out of Netarts Bay, Corvus Landing Farm in Neskowin, and Carlton Farms Gourmet Meats of Carlton.

A recent Saturday hands-on class in Asian cuisine saw students cooking up seven different recipes, including scallion pancakes, summer rolls and marinated flank steak. Starting this year, the Center will offer a course in street food.

“There is a lot of wonderful food coming out of food carts, roadside stalls and food trucks,” Riani says. “The first one I want to do is Italian street food, specifically shining a light on the cuisine of Sicily. We’ll focus on the iconic dishes, such as cannoli and Sicilian pizzas.”

Check out the Culinary Center in Lincoln City class schedule online. The Center is located at 801 SW Hwy 101, 4th Floor, Lincoln City. Questions? Call (541) 557-1125.