Culinary and Food

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Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Cooking classes at the Conservatory are held throughout the year on a variety of topics. Watch chef presentations, practice cooking techniques or make your own culinary specialties. Pre-registration is required. 

A note about gluten-free class offerings: The Conservatory's kitchens are not certified gluten-free facilities, so cross contamination from particles can occur. Classes indicated as "Gluten-Free" use only gluten-free ingredients, but students with severe allergies or celiac disease should take this into consideration. 

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Navigating Gluten-Free

Sunday, February 26, 1–2:30pm
Are you or someone you know trying to follow a gluten-free diet? Confused by contradicting information and products flooding the market? Join us for an afternoon of food and fun, all gluten-free! Discuss this diet in the context of our culture and our health. Enjoy a sampling of gluten-free foods and bring a recipe to swap with others interested in expanding their gluten-free knowledge and cooking.
Led by Conservatory Employees Allison Hendricks & Ashley Chaney
Location: The Wells Barn
$15, $10 for members

Boozy Hamantashen

Wednesday, March 1, 6–7:30pm
What’s better than a cookie? A boozy cookie! Come learn about Purim and make your own boozy kosher hamantashen while sipping cocktails. Prepare mojito and tequila sunrise hamantashen. Paired with tequila sunrise cocktails. Bring your own rolling pin, if you have one. 
Hands-on & tasting led by personal chef Alison Gutwaks of AliBabka
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$40, $35 for members

Knife Skills: Basics

Tuesday, March 7, 6–8pm
Unlock the secrets of cooking by learning to wield the most important tool in your kitchen. Learn how to prepare sesame peanut noodles, hot sour soup and Japanese curry rice. Bring a chef’s knife, if you have one.
Hands-on & tasting led by chef Jim Yue
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Great Greens (Vegan)

Wednesday, March 8, 6–8pm
Dark, leafy greens are too often limited to the salad plate. Let’s give them a chance to shine and boost our immune systems at the same time. Enjoy a green smoothie, green sorbet and a meal-sized quinoa and greens salad, plus tips on making your own pesto for use as a green pizza sauce! Popeye would be proud. 
Presentation & tasting led by Beth Perera, Certified Food For Life Instructor
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Bagels & Schmears

Saturday, March 11, 12–2pm
Learn the art of preparing traditional water bagels and the flavorful schmears to accompany them. In addition, you’ll learn how to make smoked salmon, one thing no bagel should be without.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Date Night: Taco Tuesday! (Gluten-Free)

Tuesday, March 14, 6–8pm
This fun date night features a Mexican fiesta, from Jeannie’s garden straight to your plate. Fresh tortillas, homemade refried beans, meat spiced with fresh herbs and spicy salsa create the perfect spread. Paired with margaritas.
Hands-on & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$60, $55 for members

Homemade Pasta

Tuesday, March 21, 6–8pm
Learn the art and science behind making wonderfully delicate al dente pasta through techniques passed down from generations of Italians. All you need is love, a little elbow grease and a good glass of wine. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by personal chef David Rose
Location: The Wells Barn
$55, $50 for members

Easy & Elegant Passover (Gluten-Free)

Wednesday, March 22, 6–8pm
Keep kosher for Passover without skipping on flavor or presentation. Alison will demonstrate exciting and innovative appetizers and desserts to try this Passover. Menu includes charoset, roasted beet and blood orange quinoa salad, unstuffed cabbage beef soup, salad of mesclun with avocado and honey basil dressing, and chocolate almond cookies. Paired with sangria. 
Presentation & tasting led by personal chef Alison Gutwaks of AliBabka
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$60, $55 for members

French Desserts: For Beginners

Monday, March 27, 6–8pm
Learn basic French baking and pastry techniques that are sure to impress as the finale at your next dinner party. Prepare classic French sweets, including profiteroles filled with lemon almond cream, mocha pots de creme and the ultimate classic: creme brulee. Paired with champagne.
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Culinary Educator Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Women’s Health Brunch

Saturday, April 1, 11am–1pm
Treat the women in your life with fresh, healthy ideas for breakfast, dinner or breakfast FOR dinner! Learn how to prepare a savory tofu scramble, loaded hash browns and an oatmeal blueberry cinnamon pancake bake.
Presentation & tasting led by Beth Perera, Certified Food For Life Instructor
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Artisan Bread & More (Vegetarian)

Monday, April 3, 6–8pm
Starting with a versatile and easy yeast bread recipe, learn to make a savory herb bread, soft sandwich bread and gourmet cinnamon rolls. Share and enjoy your creation with cheese and artisan jams from Glass Rooster Cannery. Paired with wine. 
Hands-on & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Sweet & Savory Crepes

Wednesday, April 5, 6–8pm
Learn the art of making the French street food staple with two types of batters and a variety of fillings and folds. Paired with wine.  
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

All Around Asia (Gluten-Free)

Wednesday, April 12, 11am–1pm
Join in and learn the secrets behind some of Asia’s most iconic and flavorful foods. Dishes prepared include Pad Thai, Vietnamese summer rolls and Japanese okonomiyaki. 
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educator Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

European Pastries

Saturday, April 15, 11am–1pm
Travel across the pond and learn how to make classic European pastries, including flakey Austrian strudel, English pasties with beef, potatoes and carrots and a no-fail French croissant perfect for wowing friends and family.
Hands-on & tasting led by June McCarthy
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Kitchen Herb Series

Sundays, April 23, June 25, July 23 & August 27, 1–3pm
Series focusing on how to grow, harvest, preserve and use culinary herbs. A tour of the herb garden on the Scotts Miracle-Gro campus will be included.


Starting An Herb Garden  Sunday, April 23, 1–3pm 
Fresh Uses For Culinary Herbs  Sunday, June 25, 1–3pm 
Techniques For Harvesting & Preserving Herbs Sunday, July 23, 1–3pm 
Using Dried Herbs From The Garden Sunday, August 27, 1–3pm 

Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educators Christie Nohle and Erica Powell
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$75, $60 for members (series)
$25, $20 for members (per class)

Knife Skills: Intro To Knife Basics (Vegetarian)

Monday, May 1, 6–8pm
Unlock the secrets of cooking by learning how to wield the most important tool in your kitchen safety and efficiently. Paired with beer. 
Hands-on & tasting led by chef Jim Yue
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$60, $55 for members

Rich & Steve’s 35th Anniversary!

Tuesday, May 2, 6–9pm
Rich and Steve celebrate 35 years of teaching with a special cooking class. Join us as we mark this milestone with a classic menu of their all-time favorites, including salmon rillettes, salad with warm braised dried cherry chutney, Gorgonzola Dolce, watercress and balsamic reduction, grilled leg of Ohio lamb, potato and wild mushroom gratin and chocolate macadamia nut cake with creme fraiche. Paired with wine.
Presentation & tasting led by food enthusiasts Rich Terapak & Steve Stover
Location: The Wells Barn
$65, $60 for members

Cinco de Mayo Party

Friday, May 5, 6–8pm
Celebrate the holiday while learning how to make pork and cheese arepas with tangy cabbage slaw, refried beans, apple cucumber salsa and Mexican chocolate pots de creme. Paired with margaritas.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Making Pizza At Home

Tuesday, May 9, 6–8pm
At what temperature do I bake it? For how long? Do I need a pizza stone? From making the dough to preparing toppings and creating a delicious sauce, take a culinary journey while you craft delicious homemade pizza. It’s so good your friends will encourage you to open a pizza shop! Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by personal chef David Rose
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Foods For Cancer Prevention (Vegan)

Wednesday, May 10, 6–8pm
Give yourself the best chance for a long, cancer-free life by feeding your immune system healthy and nutritious foods.
Presentation & tasting led by Beth Perera, Certified Food For Life Instructor
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Fabulous Fungi

Wednesday, May 17, 6–8pm
Prepare coveted morel mushrooms in a variety of ways and learn tricks of the trade from an experienced mushroom hunter. From whipping up a tasty morel soup to frying them to perfection, indulge in these rare treasures and leave with a wealth of knowledge. Paired with wine. 
Hands-on & tasting led by OSU Educators chef Jim Warner and Colleen Rinehart
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Knife Skills: Knife Basics (Vegetarian)

Monday, May 22, 6–8pm
Welcome to the class that is going to take your kitchen cooking to the next level. Learn how to safely and effectively use a chef’s knife. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by chef Jim Yue
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$60, $55 for members

Famous Country Bread Of Tartine Bakery

Wednesday, May 24, 6–8pm
The acclaimed San Francisco bakery is famous for its country bread. Its creator, Chad Robertson, has developed a method to produce a loaf of bread reminiscent of the best artisan country bread you’ve ever had. The method is not just a recipe, but a technique. It involves natural leaven, starting the bread the night before, a resting period, a special folding method to develop the bread’s ultimate crumb and crust and a baking method using a preheated closed container that simulates a steam injected oven. We’ll condense all of this process into a two-hour class that’s easy to follow and replicate at home. Students go home with their very own starter.
Presentation & tasting led by Jim Budros
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

French Desserts: For Beginners (Vegetarian)

Wednesday, May 31, 11am–1pm
Learn basic French baking and pastry techniques that are sure to impress as the finale at your next dinner party. Prepare classic French sweets, including profiteroles filled with lemon almond cream, mocha pots de creme and the ultimate classic: creme brulee. 
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educator Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$40, $35 for members

Pizza Date Night

Friday, June 2, 6–8pm
It’s a perfect night for pizza! Learn how to make pizza at home with handmade crispy or thick crust and your own fresh toppings. Quicker than delivery and tastier, too. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$65, $60 for members

Strawberries: From Garden To Plate (Vegetarian)

Saturday, June 3, 12–2pm
Join Charlie and Allison as they continue the horticulture + culinary education series. Venture into the Community Garden Campus to learn about and harvest fresh strawberries, then hit the kitchen to prepare a delightful strawberry salad, strawberry shortcake and easy refrigerator jam. 
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educators Charlie Richardson and Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Homemade Pasta

Thursday, June 8, 6–8pm
Learn the art and science behind making wonderfully delicate al dente pasta through techniques passed down from generations of Italians. All you need is love, a little elbow grease and a good glass of wine. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by personal chef David Rose
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

British Tea Party (Vegetarian)

Sunday, June 11, 11am–1pm
Join us for a proper English tea including finger sandwiches, Victoria sponge cake with strawberries and cream, British-style currant scones and, of course, a cup of tea.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Salmon Enchanted Evening

Wednesday, June 21, 6–8pm
Looking to improve your seafood game? Dive into the world of seafood and learn the health benefits of fish, as well as buying and cooking tricks. Prepare an entire meal revolving around spinach, feta and ricotta stuffed salmon and classic crab cakes. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by OSU Educators chef Jim Warner and Colleen Rinehart
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Chinese Takeout At Home

Thursday, June 22, 6–8pm
Is Chinese takeout your guilty pleasure? If so, this class is for you! You’ll learn how to make crispy, creamy fried wontons, perfectly prepared egg rolls and a stir fry so good, you’ll want to stay in for Chinese. The best part: it’s healthier than take out! Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by personal chef David Rose
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Skinny Pasta (Vegan)

Wednesday, July 12, 6–8pm
Contrary to popular belief, carbs and starch are not fattening. Learn three quick and easy pasta dishes that are ideal for summer get-togethers. Low in fat, 100% plant-based and oil-free with huge flavor. 
Hands-on & tasting led by Beth Perera, Certified Food For Life Instructor
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Celebrate Local Foods Week! Can Your Own Tomatoes (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Wednesday, August 9, 6–8pm
Celebrate Local Foods Week by learning how to can your home-grow tomatoes. Explore science-based techniques to preserve safe, quality food. Go home with a jar of canned tomatoes.
Hands-on & tasting led by OSU Extension Educator Jennifer Lobb
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$40, $35 for members