Say hey, good looking – what you got cooking? If your answer is, “Nothing, I can’t cook. I’m ordering dinner from Uber Eats,” you might want to invest in cooking classes. Cincinnati has several cooking schools that can teach you, and in many cases, your children, how to cook up a brand new recipe.
1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine; www.artichokeotr.com.
An artichoke is a vegetable – and also the name of this venue, which offers informal one-hour classes and sit-down two-hour classes. All events are BYOB (bring your own booze). Guests sample whatever is being made in class and get copies of the recipes to bring home. Past classes include “Steakhouse Secrets,” “Intro to Indian” and “Italian Seafood Risotto dinner.” All classes are reservation-only and require advance payment. The establishment also sells a variety of cookware, kitchen tools and appliances, seasonings and more.
Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes usually take place on Thursday evenings, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The one-hour demonstration-only style classes accommodate up to eight students and cost $50 per person.
Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center
620 Greenup St., Covington; www.bakerhunt.org.
This three-acre center offers cooking classes tailored to specific age groups. The class categories available are parent/child team classes, date nights, specialty workshops and youth multi-week boot camps. Their children’s cooking classes include “Lego Cooking Camp,” “Food Around the World Cooking Camp” and “Harry Potter Cooking Camp.” Cooking classes for adults include “Bastille Day Dinner Date,” “Beer Brewing Lecture and Demo Interactive Class” and “Colonel De Spice Class – Surf and Turf.” The center also teaches drawing, painting, ceramics and mosaics, mind and body, assorted media and fiber arts classes.
Classes are taught from Monday through Saturday. The earliest classes start at 9 a.m., and the latest classes end at 9 p.m. There are one-day workshops that last one-and-a-half to three hours. Prices range from $30 to $150. They offer two to four-week classes with one class per week, and each class lasts one-and-a-half to three hours. The cost ranges from $40 to $200. There are eight-week classes with one class per week, and each class lasts one-and-a-half to three hours. These classes cost $95 to $200.
Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield; www.junglejims.com.
Jungle Jim’s is famous for selling food from all over the world. It also offers a variety of cooking classes that last two to two-and-a-half hours in duration. They offer hands-on and demonstrative classes. Both types of classes provide the students with a sample of the dish, a complete recipe pack and wine or beer samples.
Demonstration classes hold a maximum of 12 students. Hands-on classes are smaller in size. Jungle Jim’s also offers daytime, couples, express, beer and food, wine and food, wine tasting and virtual classes. There are a wide variety of classes such as Grilled Tuscan Dinner, Italian Menu for the Grill and Steakhouse Dinner.
Most classes are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes range in price from $87.50 to $175. They also hold classes in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, Italy. In the past eight years, more than 200 Jungle Jim’s students studied in Italy.
1206 Main St., Over-the-Rhine; www.macaron-bar.com.
Do not let the name fool you. This venue is not a bar but a bakery that is focused exclusively on French macarons. It offers three categories of hands-on classes that teach how to make the macaron cookie. Students usually work in pairs, and a single-ticket student may get paired with another.
“Intro to Macarons” is a three-hour class that teaches how to make the cookie shell and some filling flavors. “Macarons for Kids” is for kids ages 8 to 12. A parent or guardian must be present during the classes. “Advanced Macarons – Decorating” teaches the techniques of piping melted chocolate, using sprinkles and edible inks, and piping special shapes and colorful designs. The “Intro to Macarons” and “Advanced Macarons – Decorating” classes do not admit children under age 10 and require a paying adult to accompany a child under age 15. Students take home all of the macarons that they make.
Hours are Monday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two adult classes cost $109 per student, and the kids’ class costs $75 per student.
Out of Thyme
11915 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township; outofthymechef.com.
If you heard the phrase “out of time,” you might think that this venue was a clock shop. However, Out of Thyme is a cooking studio that offers hands-on cooking classes, which are usually two to two-and-a-half hours in duration. The students eat a meal after the cooking is complete and receive recipes to take home with them. Classes are separated by age group. Some of their classes are “Sweet and Savory Breakfast Baking,” “Cook the Book: Star Wars Galactic Baking” and “Cocktails and Appetizers.”
They usually host three to four public classes per month including a kids-only class (ages 9 to 14), one for adults (21 and older) and one general class (14 and older). Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are also evening classes from Tuesday through Friday that commence at 5:30 or 6 p.m. and last two to three hours. A full bar is available for all classes and events. Classes generally cost $60 to $85 per person.
Sur la Table
2673 Edmondson Road, Norwood; www.surlatable.com.
Sur la table means “on the table” in French. This store sells pots, pans and a variety of cookware. It also teaches four types of cooking classes: in-store classes, online classes, private events and Sur La Table Culinary Institute. They offer a wide variety of classes including French, Italian, Greek, Mediterranean, Asian, Mexican, American, South American and baking. Class sizes range from one to 16 students. Attendees work in groups of four for two to three hours to complete a meal set to a class theme. “Date Night” is a class designed for couples and includes Rustic Italian Dinner, Caribbean Cooking and A Taste of Morocco.
Classes are held every day of the week. The cost ranges from $59 for Knife Skills and Family Fun to $79 for all other basic courses. In the summer, they host kids (ages 7 to 11) and teens (ages 12 to 17) camps, which are two hours in duration per day for four to five days. The camps range in price from $199 to $249.
Tablespoon Cooking Co.
1731 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine; www.tablespooncookingco.com.
Though it has “tablespoon” in its name, the school works with all dining utensils. It provides hands-on classes such as Fresh Pasta, Cinnamon Rolls and Knife Skills. The school offers Camp Tablespoon for kids in the summer.
Classes typically take place on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. The school sells tickets to the classes, which cover instruction from their professional chefs, two drinks from their bar and all the food that the students make and eat in class. Tickets usually cost $95 to $115 per person.
The Learning Kitchen
7659 Cox Lane, West Chester; www.thelearningkitchen.com.
This cooking school teaches classes for kids, adults and date nights. They offer Children’s Summer Culinary Camps for kids between ages 8 and 16. Each student or couple gets a workstation equipped with ingredients, two induction cooktops, a cutting board, a chef’s knife and kitchen tools. There are American regional and international cooking classes such as An Evening in Rome, Authentic Chinese: Sichuan and Easy French Cooking.
Hours are Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Individual classes cost $75 to $85 per person. Date night classes cost $170 to $200 per couple. There are also Parent-Child Date classes, which cost $130 to $150. During classes, the school sells soft drinks, beer, wine and hard seltzers.
7400 Given Road, Indian Hill; www.turnerfarm.org.
The cooking school, which teaches both private and public classes, is located on a working organic farm. Chef Katy Turner teaches students how to cook seasonal and healthy meals featuring ingredients from Turner Farm or other local growers and producers. After cooking, the guests dine and drink wine together. Some of the classes include Cast-Iron Halibut with Roasted Vegetables, Blackberries, and Arugula; Moroccan Millet Salad with a Side of Wild Greens (Vegetarian), and Cast-Iron Vegetable Lasagna (Vegan).
The farm is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cooking classes tend to start at 6 p.m. and end at 8 or 8:30 p.m. The cost varies but often ranges from $100 to $120.