Learn about different cultures through food

Starting summer 2013, individuals can learn how various cuisines relate to different cultures and unique heritages with a new series of courses available through Triton College's School of Continuing Education.

Through a partnership with Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield, the following classes will be available starting the summer 2013 semester:

Mexican Cuisine

Mexican cuisine is known for its blending of indigenous and Spanish influences, and also for its use of local agriculture. Mexican staples include corn, beans, potatoes, tomatoes, chocolate, eggplants, avocados and many varieties of squash, vanilla and chilles. In this class, you'll learn about traditional Mexican dishes, including tamales, bunueolos, mole and other delicious fare.

Cost: $175

Meets: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 20 (8-hour course)

Location: Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL

Italian Cuisine

There's one word to describe the relationship that Italians have with food - Amore! In this class, you'll learn the art and history behind the Italian sequence of eating: antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno and dessert. Taste history as you explore and learn how to prepare dishes inspired by specific regions of Italy. You'll also learn about the vast range of artfully made Italian cheeses, wines and coffees.

Cost: $175

Meets: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 13 (8-hour course)

Location: Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL

Polish Cuisine

Polish cuisine is wholesome, hearty and full of flavor. The staples of the Polish diet are meat, bread, potatoes and other root vegetables that can be grown in Poland's cool atmosphere. In this class, you will explore Polish foods, such as pierogi, paczki, placki, borschst and babka. You'll also learn about the varieties of vodka originating from this spirited country.

Cost: $175

Meets: 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27 (8-hour course)

Location: Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove, IL

To register, contact the Triton College School of Continuing Education at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500 or visit www.triton.edu/ce.