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February 28, 2020

The Traveler’s Table returns for another season

Welcome to “The Traveler’s Table” Cooking Series

Each region of the country has its own flavors and tastes that make it unique from other geographical areas.

In 2020, The Center for Rural Development’s “The Traveler’s Table” Cooking Series takes a culinary journey across the United States.

Chef Mete Sergin will teach you how to prepare traditional foods from different regions of the country—from the Southern states to the Bayou.

You’ll also get to experience some of the regional foods right here in Kentucky, including a derby favorite, Kentucky Hot Brown, Mid-Western dishes, Southern grits, Southwest/Tex-Mex, and jambalaya from the Bayou. We even have two cooking classes planned for our youngest generation of cooks, Little Chefs, children ages 5-15.

“The Traveler’s Table” Cooking Series

  • Little Chefs Easter Class: March 21
    Little Chefs will make adorable Easter Bunny cookies and kid-sized pizzas. (Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.)
  • Traditional Kentucky Dishes: April 25
    Enjoy a Kentucky Derby favorite, Kentucky Hot Brown, old-fashioned spoon bread, and chocolate chip bourbon pecan pie.
  • Midwest: May 9
    Prepare classic Mid-Western casserole, Johnny Marzetti; delicious meat hand pies, known as pasties; and Kringle, the official state pastry of Wisconsin.
  • South: June 27
    In the South, grits are a staple for down home, Southern hospitality. Get ready to make shrimp and grits, along with tangy Florida Key Lime pie.
  • Southwest/Tex-Mex: July 11
    Who doesn’t love Southwestern Tex-Mex dishes? Enjoy tasty street tacos, street corn, and Mexican fried ice cream.
  • Bayou: Aug. 15
    In New Orleans, the locals like to chow down on a popular sandwich, called the muffuletta, piled high with meat and cheese. You will love it too, along with everyone’s favorite, jambalaya, and beignets, the official state doughnut of Louisiana.
  • Little Chefs Cooking Class: Sept. 19
    Little Chefs will learn how to make cake balls, donuts, and ham and cheese pinwheels. (Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.)

Remember all of our cooking classes are now held on Saturdays
The regional and Little Chefs cooking classes are held from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development. Our cooking classes are fun and interactive. Everyone gets to enjoy the food and take home recipes from each class.

Registration information
Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for students (ages 8-15). *All Little Chefs (ages 5-15) must be accompanied by a paying adult.

***For a limited time, you can attend all six adult cooking classes and receive $20 off your series ticket package.***

Please reserve your seat online or give us a call at 606-677-6000. For more information about our cooking classes, email the Business & Community Training Center at

“The Traveler’s Table” Cooking Series is presented by The Center’s Business & Community Training Center and sponsored by Kroger Marketplace in Stonegate Center.


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