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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.

If you have a good knowledge and understanding of how to prepare these five sauces, you can make just about anything. The Five Mother Sauce are: Espagnole, Béchamel, Veloute, Hollandaise and Tomato. First you'll learn how to make a roux. Then you'll use your roux to make Béchamel, Veloute and Espagnole.  Chef will demonstrate Hollandaise and will have prepared Tomato Sauce for you to enjoy.

Chef will explain how these 5 sauces are the foundation to many complex sauces...and now that you've learned the basics, you'll feel prepared to expand your culinary prowess!

  • Béchamel served over Pasta
  • Veloute served over Croutons
  • Espagnole served over Croutons
  • Hollandaise served over Grilled Asparagus
  • Tomato Sauce served over Pasta
  • Rhinegeist Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase


  • Caramelization
  • Knife Skills
  • Plating
  • Reduction
  • Saucing
  • Simmering
  • Seasoning

7-Day Cancellation Policy. 
Call for Same Day Scheduling.

Chef Instructor: James Hanser

Chef James grew up in rural northwest Ohio, moved to Cincy in 1998 and started working in the restaurant industry.  He fell in love with the craft.  Mostly self-taught, he has honed his skills over the years working for nearly every restaurant group in town... Jeff Ruby's Steakhouses, Boca Restaurant Group, Orchids at Netherland Plaza, Whole Foods Market, Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, and many independently owned restaurants along the way.  In 2018, James started his own company called "Have Knives. Will Travel." as a personal chef, caterer, and in home instructor.  He loves all types of food, but he is totally obsessed with braising, curing, and smoking meats and pickling. Inspired by his mother, a lifelong teacher, he began teaching at The Learning Kitchen and is loving every minute of it!

Our recipes use common ingredients that may or may not be specified in the menu, including various fruits and vegetables, nuts, meats, spices, wheat flours, etc. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction we should be aware of, please call or email before attending the class. We may or may not be able to accommodate.


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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.