Say hey handsome – what do you have to cook? If your answer is: “Nothing, I can’t cook. I’ll order 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 kids, how to cook a brand new recipe.
1824 Elm St., over the Rhine; www.artichokeotr.com.
An artichoke is a vegetable — and so is the name of this venue, which offers informal one-hour classes and two-hour sit-down classes. All events are BYOB (bring your own boze). Guests sample what is prepared in class and receive copies of the recipes to take home. Previous courses include Steakhouse Secrets, Intro to Indian and Italian Seafood Risotto Dinner. All courses are reservation-based and require prepayment. The facility also sells a variety of cookware, kitchen tools and gadgets, condiments, and more.
The opening hours are Tuesday to 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 are usually held on Thursday evenings between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. The hour-long demonstration-only style classes accommodate up to eight students and cost $50 per person.
Baker Hunt Arts and Culture Center
620 Greenup St, Covington; www.bakerhunt.org.
This 3-acre center offers cooking classes tailored to specific age groups. Class categories available are parent-child team classes, date nights, specialty workshops, and multi-week boot camps for teens. Her children’s cooking classes include Lego Cooking Camp, Food Around the World Cooking Camp, and Harry Potter Cooking Camp. Adult cooking classes 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, various media and fiber arts.
Lessons take place from Monday to Saturday. The earliest class starts at 9am and the latest class ends at 9pm. 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 courses with one class per week, and each class lasts between one and a half and three hours. The cost ranges from $40 to $200. There are eight-week classes, with one class per week, and each class lasts between one and a half and 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 around the world. It also offers a variety of cooking classes that last from two to two and a half hours. They offer practical and illustrative courses. Both types of classes offer students a tasting of the dish, a full recipe pack, and wine or beer tastings.
Demonstration classes have a maximum of 12 students. Hands-on classes are smaller. Jungle Jim’s also offers daytime, couples, express, beer and food, wine and food, wine tasting, and virtual classes. There is a wide range of courses such as Tuscan Grilled Dinner, Italian Grill Menu and Steakhouse Dinner.
Most courses take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Courses range from $87.50 to $175. They also teach courses in Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Over the past eight years, more than 200 Jungle Jim students have studied in Italy.
1206 Hauptstrasse, above the Rhine; www.macaron-bar.com.
Don’t let the name fool you. This place is not a bar but a bakery that focuses solely on French macarons. It offers three categories of hands-on courses that show how to make the macaron cookie. Students usually work in pairs, and one single-ticket student can be paired with another.
“Intro to Macarons” is a 3-hour class that teaches how to make the cookie shell and some filling flavors. Macarons for Kids is for children aged 8 to 12. A parent or legal guardian must be present during class. Advanced Macarons – Decorating teaches the techniques of squirting melted chocolate, using sprinkles and edible ink, and squirting special shapes and colorful designs. The Intro to Macarons and Advanced Macarons – Decorating courses do not admit children under the age of 10 and require a paying adult to accompany a child under 15. Students take home any macarons they make.
The opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 12 to 8 p.m., Friday from 12 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 are $109 per student and the children’s class is $75 per student.
11915 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township; outofthymechef.com.
If you’ve heard the phrase “out of time,” you might think this place was a watch shop. However, Out of Thyme is a cooking studio that offers hands-on cooking classes that typically last two to two and a half hours. Students eat a meal after cooking and receive recipes to take home. The classes are separated by age groups. Some of her courses are Sweet and Savory Breakfast Baking, Cook the Book: Star Wars Galactic Baking, and Cocktails and Appetizers.
They typically host three to four public classes per month, including a children-only class (ages 9 to 14), an adult class (age 21 and over), and a general class (age 14 and over). Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are also evening courses from Tuesday to Friday, starting at 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. and lasting two to three hours. A fully stocked bar is available for all courses and events. Tuition typically costs $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 the Sur La Table Culinary Institute. They offer a wide range of courses including French, Italian, Greek, Mediterranean, Asian, Mexican, American, South American and Baking. Class sizes range from one to 16 students. Participants work in groups of four for two to three hours to complete a meal on a class topic. Date Night is a couples course and includes Rustic Italian Dinner, Caribbean Cuisine and A Taste of Morocco.
Lessons take place every day of the week. Costs range from $59 for Knife Skills and Family Fun to $79 for all other basic courses. During the summer, they host camps for children (ages 7 to 11) and teens (ages 12 to 17) that last two hours a day for four to five days. The camps cost between $199 and $249.
tablespoons Cooking Co.
1731 Elm Street, over the Rhine; www.tablespooncookingco.com.
Although the name includes “tablespoon,” the school works with all eating utensils. It offers hands-on classes like fresh pasta, cinnamon rolls, and knife skills. The school offers summer camp tablespoons for children.
Classes usually take place on weekdays in the evenings and on Saturdays in the mornings. The school sells tickets for the classes, which include lessons from their professional chefs, two drinks from their bar, and any food that students prepare and eat in class. Tickets typically 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 dating. They offer children’s summer culinary camps for children between the ages of 8 and 16. Each student or couple is given a work station equipped with ingredients, two induction hobs, a cutting board, a chef’s knife and kitchen utensils. There are American regional and international cooking classes like An Evening in Rome, Authentic Chinese: Sichuan, and Easy French Cooking.
The opening times are Monday to Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Private lessons are $75 to $85 per person. Date night classes cost $170 to $200 per couple. There are also parent-child date courses that cost $130 to $150. During classes, the school sells soft drinks, beer, wine and soda.
7400 Given Road, Indian Hill; www.turnerfarm.org.
The cooking school, which offers both private and public classes, is located on a working organic farm. Chef Katy Turner teaches students how to cook seasonal and healthy dishes using ingredients from Turner Farm and other local growers and producers. After cooking, we eat together and drink wine. Some of the classes include Cast Iron Halibut with Roasted Vegetables, Blackberries and Arugula; Moroccan millet salad with wild vegetables (vegetarian) and cast-iron vegetable lasagne (vegan).
The farm is open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cooking classes usually start at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Costs vary but often range from $100 to $120.