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The Learning Kitchen is Greater Cincinnati's premier cooking class destination. Our take on cooking is simple: it should be easy, fun and delicious. Discover Your Inner Chef in our truly hands-on cooking classes, you'll cook at your own cooktop and eat all you cook...no group cooking here!

Our State-of-the-Art Kitchen was designed around our educational cooking classes. Whether you're a gourmet chef, seasoned home cook or don't know the difference between a stock pot and a sauté pan, you'll find classes that give you the confidence and skills to cook great food.

Our beautiful Kitchen Boutique invites you to touch, linger and ask questions. We encourage you to try products in the kitchen before you buy. It's an exciting, new shopping and learning experience.

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Thanksgiving 101 to the Rescue

There's still time to learn the essential skills for pulling off the perfect Thanksgiving meal.



Thanksgiving in a Nutshell

A little intimidated by Turkey Day?  We're here to help you prepare!  Many Thanksgiving cooking classes will cook up a turkey and the chef will demonstrate how to carve it, but we had another idea... What if each person cooked a cornish hen and then carved it themselves? This way everybody can learn how to carve with first hand experience, since the cornish hen and a turkey have almost exactly the same anatomy! That's not all though, read the full description for everything you'll learn...

The hen will be great practice for Thanksgiving when you need to carve the turkey, but what about the rest of the meal?  You've got to have mashed potatoes, and were making an excellent rendition with buttermilk and you'll learn how to make sure they come out fluffy and full of flavor. Another technique you'll learn is "glazing", and that doesn't just mean pouring a sticky sweet sauce on top, we're doing the classic french method, which you can also use to glaze sweet potatoes, parsnips, and more!

So that you can get hands on experience with the harder stuff, chef is going to demo the more straight forward stuff, and talk you through how it's done.  For one, they'll show you how to make gravy with a deep flavor by starting off with a roux, excellent on your turkey or your mashed potatoes.  Second, they'll make a cranberry mostarda, which is kind of like cranberry sauce, but wayyyyyy better, and really makes an excellent sauce for turkey, or in this case, cornish hen.

Guests receive a 20% discount on future classes and 10% discount on any in-store purchase on the day of class!

Menu:
  • Roasted Cornish Hen
  • Maple-Glazed Carrots
  • Fluffy Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy (with a roux)
  • Cranberry Mostarda (like cranberry sauce, but WAY better!)
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase
Skills:
  • Roasting
  • Poultry Carving
  • Gravy
  • Glazing
  • Seasoning
  • Sauces
  • Knife Skills
  • Plating

It's not too early to book your Private Event for the Holidays.



 

Corporate Holiday parties, private family celebrations, team building, appreciation events, and friends just looking to spend a fun afternoon or evening together...let us make your event memorable. 

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5 Mother Sauces Workshop

The Five Mother Sauces "Live them, love them, learn them." There are five mother sauces, and their importance is immeasurable. Learn these five sauces and you'll know the secret to many great recipes.

Date Night Rosemary Steak w/ Bacon Scallion Potatoes

This steak class is perfect for a date any night of the week or a Saturday dinner party. In this class, you and your date will share a cooking station and eat everything you prepare.

Kids Class: Desserts

Everyone loves desserts! In today's class you'll make 3 different desserts each teaching different cooking skills.

Nov 23
Date Night Filet and Risotto
Nov 25
NEW CLASS! Thanksgiving Galettes
Nov 26
NEW CLASS! Thanksgiving in a Nutshell

Frequently Asked Questions


Cooking Classes


Who should take cooking classes?
Anyone!  Our instructors are excited to teach cooks of all levels.  We occasionally offer classes specifically for beginners, advanced cooks and children.  Young adults between 14 and 15 years of age are required to attend with an adults, except "Kids Classes". Ages 16 and up may attend by themselves.  Knife Skills Classes are for ages 16 and up.  Date Night Classes are for adults aged 21 and older


Who teaches the classes?
A variety of chefs in the Cincinnati area teach cooking classes at The Learning Kitchen so we can offer the broadest range of skills, experience and tastes.


What is the fee for classes?
Prices vary based on the ingredients and format of the class. Please check the cooking class calendar for the price of the class you are interested in.


How do I register?
You can register and pay for classes using our cooking class calendar and shopping cart. You can also register over the phone or at our store.

When do you update the class calenar?
We always show the current month and the next month's classes on our class calendar. A new month is posted on the first day of the month. To have the best opportunity to attend the class of your choice, visit our class calendar at the beginning of each month.


How should I dress for class?
Please wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes and clothes. High heels are not recommended in our kitchen for safety reasons. You will be provided with an apron to wear during class. You may want to pull back long hair.

When should I arrive for class?
Before class begins, you'll need to sign-in, choose a cooking station and choose a beverage, so we encourage guests to arrive 10-15 minutes before the class start time. Station selection is on a first-come, first-choose basis, so arrive early if you want to be next to friends. During a Date Night, you will always stand next to your date. Come even earlier if you want to look around the Kitchen Boutique before class.

How much will I get to eat during class?
All of our classes are completely hands-on and each guest will prepare the menu at individual cooktops, so each guest will eat a full portion of the day's menu at the end of class. During Knife Skills, 5 "Mother Sauces", The Five Master Skills class and other "Skills" classes, the portions will vary based on the skills being taught. You'll never go away hungry and will have leftovers to take home in many classes.

Do your classes include beverages?
House and Premium Wine Selections are available by the glass or bottle during most classes, Mondays through Saturdays. We also offer a variety of local craft beer. Guests must be at least 21 years old to purchase or consume alcohol and we ask that all guests drink responsibly. Fruit infused waters are offered at no charge during all classes. 

Can I buy the equipment and kitchen tools we use during class?
Yes! Nearly everything used in the kitchen is available for purchase in our boutique. Class participants receive a discount on products the day of class. View discount details.

Can I schedule a private cooking lesson or have a party or team-building event in your kitchen?
Yes! Our classes can be personalized for groups of 8-24. See our Private Events section for more information.

How many people are needed to hold a class?
Typically, we'll hold a class with a minimum of three guests. Certain classes may require higher enrollment. Low enrollment notices will be issued on the morning of class. If a class needs to be cancelled due to low enrollment, The Learning Kitchen will offer the scheduled guests a $5 credit toward a transfer to a new class.

Can I cancel or change my reservation?
A minimum 48-hour notice via phone or in-person (not email) is required for class cancellations or rescheduling for reservations of one to three guests.  A minimum 7-day notice via phone or in-person is required for class cancellations or rescheduling for reservation of four or more guests. In the event we have a waiting list for your class and we are able to fill your spot with someone from that list, we will issue a store credit for the cost of your class which can be used toward a future class. 
 
If you are unable to attend a class, you are encouraged to send someone in your place.

We cannot make exceptions.



What if class is cancelled due to weather?
If class needs to be cancelled due to inclement weather or for any other reason, we'll make every attempt to contact each registered student. We'll also post the class closings on the local television and radio stations. A full credit will be issued if we cancel a class.