Community Education FAQs

When are Community Education classes/events offered?
Who can participate? Do you have to be an industry professional?
How do I register for a class or event?
What do I bring to a hands-on kitchen class?
Do you sell gift certificates?
Can I book a private class or event?
Do you offer corporate events or team building?
What happens if a class or event gets canceled?
Will I receive a diploma or certificate after completing your classes?
What are your program & refund policies?
Where are you located and where can I park?

When are Community Education classes/events offered?

The Community Education program runs between September and June, while Walnut Hill College is in session. There are no Community Education classes or events offered in July or August or when the College is closed for holidays and breaks.

Who can participate? Do you have to be an industry professional?

Not a chef? Don’t know the difference between a Chardonnay and a Pinot Blanc? Not a problem – you’ve come to the right place! The Community Education program is specifically designed to offer non-credit cooking classes and events to people who enjoy food and fine dining and are interested in expanding their skills and knowledge – or just want to have some fun! You do not need to have culinary school or restaurant management experience to register for any of our program offerings.

The Community Education Program is open exclusively to participants 18 years of age or older, unless expressly stated in class or event description.

How do I register for a class or event?

Please visit our online store and click on the “Community Education” category.

What do I bring to hands-on kitchen class?

Click here to view the contents of our recommended Community Education Tool Kits. We ask that students please treat their tools responsibly, as the college is not responsible for any lost tools. People working in pairs are welcome to share tools if they wish, but we recommend that each student bring a personal apron and tasting set (ie. fork, knife, spoon).

Most students already have these consumer items in their own kitchens. If you don’t, don’t worry! These items and many more can be purchased in the kitchen section of most department stores or at our College Store during business hours.

Do you sell Gift Certificates?

Yes! Community Education classes and challenge dinners make wonderful and unique gifts. You can purchase a Community Education gift certificate in our online store here.

If you are in possession of a plastic gift card issued by the Business Office and would like to convert it for use in the online store, please contact communityed@walnuthillcollege.edu.

Can I book a private class or event?

Absolutely! If you’d like to book a hands-on kitchen class or a wine challenge dinner just for you and your friends, please visit our Private Classes page.

Do you offer Corporate Events or Team Building?

Walnut Hill College now offers corporate cooking events where YOU become the chef for a night! Join our professional chef instructors to team up and implement a multi-course menu—learning how to communicate with and rely on each other to create the dishes successfully from start to finish! Learn more here.

What happens if a class or event gets canceled?

The Office of Community Education strives to provide a full and diverse catalog of classes and events. However, from time to time we are simply unable to reach the enrollment minimums required. When this happens, we unfortunately must cancel the under-enrolled class or event. Participants are informed of such a situation by the enrollment deadline, barring any emergency or inclement weather that renders such notice impossible. In the case of any cancellation, a registrant will receive a refund as outlined in our Refund Policy. It is extremely important that participants provide up-to-date contact information in the event that we need to reach you regarding a cancellation or other alert.

Will I receive a diploma or certificate after completing your classes?

All Community Education classes are non-credit. They are classes offered in the spirit of personal enrichment and are meant to be taken for recreation. We do not issue diplomas or certificates for these classes and they are not recognized as part of the college’s AS or BS degree programs. If you are interested in enrolling in one of our majors, please visit our Degree Programs page.

What are your Program & Refund Policies?

BASIC PROGRAM POLICIES:
All classes and events are located at Walnut Hill College unless expressly stated in class or event description. All classes and events must be pre-paid in full prior to a participant’s arrival on campus. Students cannot be admitted into a class or event that is already in progress. We reserve the right to cancel or limit the size of any class or event and/or to alter its location, curriculum, ingredients, chef, recipes, tuition, fees and policies as deemed necessary. Students may be required to bring their own cooking utensils to hands-on kitchen classes; if this is the case, it will be expressly stated in the class description. The Community Education Program is open exclusively to participants 18 years of age or older, unless expressly stated in class or event description. For safety reasons students in our hands-on kitchen classes are strongly advised to wear closed toe shoes with a non-slip sole at all times. Injuries or damages resulting from the participant refusing to follow these suggested dress code guidelines will be the sole responsibility of the participant and the College will not be held liable. Shellfish and tree nuts are used on campus. Community Education hands-on kitchen classes make no guarantee of vegetarian, vegan or other special diet options unless expressly stated in class description. Participants with special food needs/allergies are asked to use their best judgment when enrolling.

REFUND POLICY:
We do not give refunds or allow make-ups for “no call, no shows” or for missed classes or events. Should a class or event be canceled by the Office of Community Education, or if a registrant requests to withdraw his/her enrollment seven (7) business days or more before the class or event date (or in the case of a multi-night course, seven (7) days or more before the first day of that multi-night course), the registrant will receive a full refund of the tuition paid in the same method it was rendered.

In the event of a weather emergency, the Office of Community Education will offer a rescheduled class or event date at the earliest possible opportunity. If a registrant elects to not attend on the rescheduled date, store credit for the price of the class date, less 50% will be issued.

Given our capacity to prepare and serve food and beverages, as well as hire the required staff and reserve the required event space for Community Education programming, it is highly unlikely that the College would be able to mitigate many losses caused by cancelations. In the event the participant cancels registration for any reason, the College will be entitled to the following cancelation fees based on the date the participant cancels:

  • 6-3 days prior to the Class/Event Date = 50% of the Tuition Paid
  • 2 days prior to the Class/Event Date = 75% of the Tuition Paid
  • 1 day or less prior to the Class/Event Date = 100% of the Tuition Paid

Please allow at least 3-5 business days to receive a refund. The registrant is free to choose either a refund to the original credit card used for purchase or store credit. The same cancelation fees and policies outlined above will apply regardless of whether the refund is returned to a credit card or is converted into store credit.

Where are you located and where can I park?

All Community Education classes and events take place inside the historic Allison Mansion at 4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, unless expressly stated in the class or event description. Guests are welcome to use our FREE gated parking lot directly off of Walnut Street between 42nd and 43rd Streets. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Please enter the main entrance to be directed to your class and event by a College representative.