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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 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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Miso Marinated Cod Bento Box

Wednesday June 26th 6-8 pm

This meal is inspired by the bento boxes of Japan, because they are very well rounded and tasty meals.  Miso (deeply umami japanese bean paste) marination is a bit of magic that you'll start translating to more than just fish!

You'll start with an iceberg lettuce and cucumber salad with carrot ginger dressing, just like you get at any sushi or hibachi restaurant, so fresh and bright.  Next, you will learn about the magic of miso marination, why it makes your fish taste so good, and what else you can use it on.  You will sear the fish in a pan and saute some garlicky buttery bok choy to go along side. All of this will be served with white rice.

  • Salad w/ Carrot Ginger Dressing
  • Miso Marinated Cod
  • Garlic Butter Edamame
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase

Amped Up Sandwiches

Thursday June 27th 6-8 pm

Life is like a sandwich, you have to fill it with the best ingredients. We're making a couple of delicious sandwiches, one served with oven fries and the other with chips. We'll finish it all off with cherries jubilee, an awesome and easy summer dessert!

Working at your own cooktop, you'll make each sandwich. The first is a seared chicken breast with a Lemon-Basil Gremolata, and Sundried Tomato mayo on toasted Challah, super flavorful.  The second is a like a fancy grilled cheese out of a French bistro: Brie, Apple and Smoked Ham on a pan toasted baguette.  To finish, we will make the perfect sweet treat to balance out the salty sandwiches.  Cherries jubilee consists of cherries which are flambeed (light the pan on fire!) with a delicious sauce, served over cold vanilla ice cream.

  • Chicken, Gremolata, & Sundried Tomato on Challah
  • Smoked Ham, Brie, & Apple on Toasted Baguette
  • Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries & Potato Chips
  • Cherries Jubilee!
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase

South American Summer

Monday July 8th 6-8 pm

Sliders are a great way to feed a crowd and keep it interesting with lots of different combos of meats and toppings.  If you're like me and you could always go for a bit more, sliders are awesome for getting that satisfied feeling.

Working at your own cooktop, in this class you'll make two Chipotle Cheddar Beef Sliders with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, two BBQ Chicken Sliders w/ Homemade BBQ sauce, and potato, bacon, and sweet corn hash on the side.

You will make the barbecue sauce yourself in class!! Every person will make about a cup of sauce, use what you want on the slider, and take the rest home!
  • Chipotle Cheddar Beef Sliders
  • Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • BBQ Chicken Sliders
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce
  • Potato, Bacon, & Sweet Corn Hash
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase

2 Sliders and a Side

Tuesday July 2nd 6-8 pm

South American food combines big bold flavors and the comfort of home cooking.  Try something new in this class! It's going to be a busy one as we cook four South American inspired dishes that make an awesome summer meal. Plantains, Beef Skirt Steak, Grilled Corn, and Black Beans are all on the menu.

Cooking at your own cooktop you'll learn everything you need to know to recreate this dis hat home.  We'll start with Tostones, or twice-fried plantains with a garlic dipping sauce.  If you've never had fried plantains, you don't know what you're missing! For the second course we've got three pieces that all have a ton of flavor. A dry spice rubbed and grilled skirt steak, elotes a.k.a. Mexican grilled sweet corn with a rich and savory topping, and stewed black beans flavored with garlic, onions, and cumin.  

Seriously, this is one of those meals so comforting you'll want to spend the rest of the day just relaxing in the shade, sipping margaritas.

  • Tostones (fried plantains) w/ Garlic Dipping Sauce
  • Dry-Rubbed Grilled Skirt Steak
  • Elotes (Grilled Corn w/ Sauce)
  • Frijoles Negras (Black Beans)
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase

Authentic Chinese: Cantonese Stir Fries

Thursday July 11th 6-8 pm

Our second class in the "Authentic China" series is here, taught by Chef Timmy Kirk, who lived and worked in China for 5 years!  This time he's covering the Guangdong Region (formerly called Canton), the home of Cantonese Cuisine, one of the most famous regional cuisines around the world.  You'll learn the proper techniques for a successful stir-fry.

A classic and well-rounded menu in China isn't too different to the western way.  This meal has some veggies, some meat, and some starch.  The difference lies in the techniques and flavor profiles.  

The first dish is a stir-fry vegetable with a common ginger sauce served on many vegetables in China.  The second course consists of two dishes. The protein is a dish simply translated as "Cumin Beef" but it's so much more than that, it's bursting with flavor that keeps you coming back for more.  Finally, the starch of the day is stir-fried egg lo mein, guaranteed to be better than the take-out place around the corner; these are the real deal.  

  • Gailan (Chinese Broccoli) w/ Ginger Sauce
  • Cumin Beef w/ Peppers & Onions (like black pepper beef, but better!)
  • Stir Fried Egg Lo Mein
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase

Imagine yourself sitting on a patio in the French country-side, sipping wine, with the wonderful aromas of a home-cooked meal wafting out of the kitchen.  This is the feel you'll get when you eat this meal. 

We'll start with a nice light salad perfect for summer, with a lemon vinaigrette. For the main course we'll do a French classic, coq au vin, which means chicken braised in wine, which comes with a rich creamy sauce, so delicious. On the side we'll grill up another summer vegetable, asparagus, with a bit of an unconventional method, but with proven excellent results!

  • Radicchio Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette
  • Coq au Vin Blanc (White Wine Braised Chicken)
  • Smoky Grilled Asparagus
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase

Super Fast Summer Meals

Tuesday July 23th 6-8 pm 

We've got three meals that require no sides so you can whip up a quick and tasty meal that doesn't heat up your whole house and you can get back to having summer fun.  You'll make each of these three meals, so you definitely won't go home hungry, and you'll probably even have leftovers.

First up, we've got a very summery, and kind of fancy, version of grilled cheese made with sourdough, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, and the best tomatoes we can find at the market. 

Next, we'll make a salad that is entree-worthy.  This is a northern Thai meal that will make you rethink salads. It's got a bunch of summery herbs and greens, a garlic, pepper, and lime dressing, then gets topped of with marinated grilled skirt or flank steak. Super delicious. 

Finally, we'll make an Italian classic, Pasta Primavera.  Primavera actually means springtime in Italian, but it makes a great summer dish too, because it's pasta with a LOT of fresh veggies and a LOT of parmesan cheese, made lighter and brighter with the addition of lemon juice and fresh herbs.

  • Caprese Grilled Cheese w/ Chips
  • Thai Steak Salad
  • Pasta Primavera
  • Local Craft Beer, House and Premium Wines available for purchase

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.