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A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week One

Lesson 01 - Getting Started
Wednesday

Have you dreamed of having fun and making money while cooking delicious food? Well, dream no more! In this lesson, you'll learn all about the wonderful world of catering. You'll find out what the catering business is really like and look into the ups and downs of having a home-based business. You'll get to explore your personal skill set, and finally, you'll do some cooking.

Lesson 02 - Quality Ingredients
Friday

Chefs often say that the key to great cooking is using quality ingredients. But what exactly are quality ingredients anyway? After this lesson, you'll know what they are and how to choose them. You'll also learn how to build your personal pantry so that you always have the right tools on hand for any kind of catering activity. You'll then work on collecting what every caterer needs: several exciting and delicious recipes.

Week Two

Lesson 03 - Preparing Beautiful Food
Wednesday

Since people are first attracted to food with their eyes, delicious food also needs to be beautiful. In this lesson, you'll discover techniques for making any dish visually attractive. You'll learn how to arrange and present food in creative ways. You'll find out about easy and effective garnishes and how to work with them. And then you'll get to practice your new skills with several recipes.

Lesson 04 - Appetizers
Friday

Appetizers and hors d' oeuvres are an important part of any catered meal. So in this lesson, you'll learn how to pair appetizers and hors d' oeuvres with entrées. You'll see how to make them attractive and how to present them to your guests. And last, but not least, you'll get several tried-and-true appetizers and hors d' oeuvres recipes.

Week Three

Lesson 05 - Main Courses
Wednesday

In this lesson, you'll learn the secrets caterers use to prepare delicious main courses. You'll find out how to choose the best main course, select the right ingredients for it, prepare it, and serve it to your guests.

Lesson 06 - Delicious Desserts
Friday

From brownies to cheesecake, everyone loves dessert! So, in this lesson, you'll explore different kinds of desserts and how to choose the right one for your event. You'll learn a number of dessert-making secrets and you'll have an opportunity to prepare several of them.

Week Four

Lesson 07 - Beverages
Wednesday

Drinks are an important part of any meal. As a caterer, you'll always want to serve beverages that are refreshing and unique. So in this lesson, you'll learn all about teas, coffees, and punches. You'll get delicious recipes you can try and you'll see how to garnish drinks for that extra special touch.

Lesson 08 - Serving It Up: Presentation
Friday

Stemware, flatware, dishes, oh my! Don't worry: serving dishes don't have to be cause for great concern. With just a few tips and tricks under your belt, you'll learn how to choose the best serving dishes and flatware for any occasion. In this lesson, you'll see how to keep things practical, but still make everything beautiful. You'll also learn how to formally arrange flatware for any occasion. And of course, you'll get more recipes.

Week Five

Lesson 09 - Condiments and Sides
Wednesday

Condiments and sides are a critical part of a great meal, but they can also be a big headache. Thankfully, with the skills that you'll learn in this lesson, you'll be able to provide condiments and sides without any fuss. You'll find out how to serve them easily, safely, and without a bunch of problems.

Lesson 10 - Event and Menu Planning: Make It Special
Friday

Menu planning may seem a bit overwhelming. After all, combining the right items with the right event can be difficult. But you can master this planning skill! In this lesson, you'll learn to create the perfect menu for the perfect event. You'll see how you can manage menu items and keep your menu from becoming boring or too complicated. You'll even find a number of sample menus and recipes you can use for your events.

Week Six

Lesson 11 - Managing the Business of Catering
Wednesday

Since catering is a business, you'll need to manage expenses and turn a profit. In this lesson, you'll learn about managing the business of catering. You'll learn how to price menus, figure profit, track your income and expenses, create contracts, and arrive at a healthy bottom line. The lesson will also teach you how to set personal boundaries and take care of yourself so that your catering business doesn't overwhelm your life.

Lesson 12 - Your First Catering Event
Friday

In this lesson, you'll explore the daily life of a caterer. You'll see how to work with your client, how to help your client choose the right food, and how to get a signed contract and down payment. Next, you'll discover how to organize your time, plan the event, and deliver your first job with great success. Afterwards, you'll be able to plan and complete your first catering job!

 
  • Learn a new skill or enhance existing skills for professional development or personal enrichment.
  • New sessions starting monthly with lessons and assignments released weekly.
  • 2-4 hours a week in a convenient six-week format.
  • Interactive learning environment. Classroom built around discussion areas where you can engage with classmates and instructors.
  • Expert instructors develop, lead, and interact with students in each course.
  • Award of completion from your learning institution with passing score.
  • Gain the knowledge needed to move forward with your education.
  • Start anytime. Access Granted upon registration.
  • Courses are designed to be completed within 6-12 weeks.
  • Interactive multi-media instruction with integrated assessment, allowing you to work at your own pace.
  • Professional instructors support you throughout your learning experience.
  • Confirmation of successful course completion.
  • Build industry skills or earn continuing education credits in a variety of fields.
  • Start Anytime. Access to all course material and assessments from day one.
  • Many tutorials can be completed in just a few hours.
  • Quick independent study. Learn something new or expand your knowledge while working at your own pace.
  • Material developed by industry leaders and student support offered.
  • Certificate of completion awarded with passing score.

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