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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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Flavor Dynamics and Palate Training

Have you ever really focused in on how to taste and balance flavors in food? Drawing ideas from the book turned Netflix series "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat" by Samin Nosrat, and using the massive knowledge pool of other books like "The Flavor Bible" we will experiment to gain a better understanding of how we use the 5 tastes to our culinary advantage. As a bonus, we'll finish by "flavor tripping" with miracle berries that turn sour foods sweet!

We will do a series of experiments to help you understand the difference between taste and flavor, and to really hone in on each of the five tastes, and how each of them interact with each other.  You will try each individually, then combine some, and try them in different amounts.  

For practical experience, we will have a variety of ingredients available for you to choose from, and with chef's input and some of your own experimentation, you will make a salad containing ingredients with each of the five tastes. If done successfully, you'll end up with something really delicious. For the main course, we will make a pesto, incorporating each of the five tastes as well, and serve it over pasta.

To finish, we're going to "flavor trip" by eating miracle berries then tasting a variety of sour and bitter foods and drinks, and you'll be amazed at how they taste. It's really fun.

Menu:
Three "Choose Your Own Adventure" Courses
Salad w/ Five Tastes & Vinaigrette
Pasta w/ Fresh Pesto
Fruits & Other Goodies for "Flavor Tripping" Dessert


Activities:
Blindfold Taste Test
How Flavors Interact Taste Experiment
Flavor Tripping

May 29th 6-8 pm 

 


 

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 about one day before the scheduled 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 7-day notice via phone or in-person (not email) is required for class cancellations or rescheduling. This policy is in place to keep the costs of our classes as low as possible and ensure that seats are sold to those committed to attending.

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.