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Kitchen learnin' with Central Coast Culinary



I’d like to say that with spring, many great food events arise with the blooming flowers, but living on the Central Coast, there is always something food-and-wine related happening. Like Debbie Duggan’s Central Coast Culinary, or CCC, a company that offers event planning, catering, and most importantly, cooking classes.

If the name Debbie Duggan sounds familiar, that’s because she’s been a household name in SLO for many years now. She’s been a guest lecturer at Cal Poly for the Food Science and Nutrition Department, taught classes at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, and even had a segment on KSBY titled “What’s cooking with Debbie Duggan.”

Now, Duggan takes all of her culinary education and experiences, and shares them with SLO through her culinary classes. Each month there is a class schedule and menu that is laid out on her website, and every class is a new, tasteful experience. Whether you’re a beginner, or just looking for ways to spice up your own dishes, all appetites are welcome. From crockpot simmers, to Mexican entrees, Mediterranean specials, and Italian lovers, Duggan has a little something for everyone.

Even if you’re looking for something new for your kid to do that doesn’t involve them staring at an electronic gadget, CCC offers kids’ classes a few times throughout the month. They receive a hands-on experience for an opportunity they will hopefully remember when they go off to college. And if you’re fresh out of ideas to celebrate birthday parties, CCC will host kids’ parties, or cater and plan a festive bash for you.

Though it feels like spring is already winding down, and we’re gearing up for summer, Duggan creates holiday oriented classes as well. And if that doesn’t offer enough spice in your dish, join Duggan for a foodie day trip to San Francisco on June 4, or even a whole week of cooking in Italy! The Italy Culinary Trip takes place every year during Italy’s white truffle season in October, so if you can’t make it this year, there’s always next year. The white truffle festival includes all things truffle, and you can’t have a festival without wine, so toast and taste with live music streaming in the background.

Duggan’s culinary classes take place at 2078 Parker St., Suite 110 (behind Smart and Final), in SLO. They also offer custom classes during the day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or 12 to 3 p.m. with a minimum of six people. All reservations for classes are held by payment only, and the average price is about $60. Details of these culinary classes and trips can be found at

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