Culinary and Food

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Call: 614.715.8022
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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. 

Read more about the Conservatory's instructors here.

Asian Desserts

Thursday, December 8, 6–8pm
Southeast Asia is known for incredibly rich food options, but what about the sweet side of the plate? Every hearty meal needs a sugary pairing to impress family and friends. With the holidays coming, wonderfully sweet, exotic, and easy desserts can become simply addictive. 
Presentation & tasting led by Alma Montano Saddam, PhD
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$40, $35 for members

DIY Holiday Tea Blends (Vegetarian)

Sunday, December 11, 12–2pm
Create your own herbal wellness tea blend just in time for the holiday season! Enjoy homemade herbal chai tea and seasonal refreshments while we guide you through the wellness benefits and how to blend these three teas: restful night tea, stress-less tea, and a warming winter bath tea. Package your gift for giving and check it off of your “holiday to do” list.
Hands-on & tasting led by Growing To Green Educator Erica Powell
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$35, $30 for members

International Soups & Stews

Monday, December 12, 6–8pm
Chase the winter chill away with delicious and warming soups and stews from all over the world. Watch and learn how to prepare African peanut soup, egg drop soup, Japanese curry, New England clam chowder and gazpacho. Paired with wine.
Presentation & tasting led by chef Jim Yue
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Mozzarella Cheesemaking (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Tuesday, December 13, 6–8pm
Learn simple techniques to produce a plain, salted loaf of creamy goodness or zest it up by adding aromatic spices. After preparing several batches of homemade cheese we will transform our new creations into hors d'oeuvres centerpieces, perfect for your holiday table. Paired with wine. 
Hands-on & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Latkes Unleashed

Wednesday, December 14, 6–8pm
Fry up a variety of traditional and untraditional kosher latkes with fun toppings and condiments for Hanukkah. Paired with a raspberry vodka jelly donut cocktail. 
Presentation & tasting led by personal chef Alison Gutwaks of AliBabka
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$40, $35 for members

Knife Skills: Knife Basics (Vegetarian)

Thursday, December 15, 6–8pm
Learn the basics of the most important tool in your kitchen. Keep it safe and sanitary while you unleash your inner chef. 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

Let’s Nabe! Japanese Hot Pot Cooking

Friday, December 16, 6–8pm
Learn the basics of this traditional Japanese soy-dashi soup and all the toppings, seasonal vegetables and meat needed. Prepare two variations of Japanese hot pots: sukiyaki and shrimp Tempura Udon soup with seasonal vegetables. Enjoy the feast of these Japanese winter hot pots with fresh rice and hot green tea. Vegetarian options available.
Hands-on & tasting led by Kaori Becker
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

New Year, New You! (Vegan)

Wednesday, January 11, 6–8pm
Whether your concern is weight, cholesterol, or blood pressure, learn how to dish up delicious meals that will help you reach your goals without having to deprive yourself of flavor. Enjoy a brief video plus three recipes, including an easy and tasty hot or cold morning meal that's easily portable if you're on the go, a Mexican kale salad that will make you a kale fan if you weren’t already, and a fabulous oil-free fajita stir-fry. 
Presentation & tasting led by Beth Perera, Certified Food For Life Instructor
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Suppers From The Governor’s Residence

Wednesday, January 18, 6–9pm
Experience the menu served to ten Governors from a National Governors Association Conference. Enjoy curried squash and pear bisque, herbed pork tenderloin medallions with rosemary-scented beurre blanc, mushroom bread pudding and a banana caramel tart. Paired with wine. 
Presentation & tasting led by June McCarthy, former executive chef at the Governor’s Residence
Location: The Wells Barn
$60, $55 for members

Making Pizza At Home

Thursday, January 19, 6–8pm
At what temperature do I bake it? For how long? Do I need a pizza stone? From making the dough to preparing your 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

Danish Delicacies (Vegetarian)

Saturday, January 21, 11am–1pm
Danish sweets are among the world’s finest and make the perfect accompaniment to your next coffee break. Learn how to make ableskivers, round filled pancakes, almond kringle bread and Danish butter cookies. Enjoy with tea and coffee.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Fireside Italian Dinner

Tuesday, January 24, 6–9pm
Rich and Steve return with a fabulous fireside dinner and an impressive menu to recreate for your friends and family. Dishes prepared include osso bucco, rich polenta and a chocolate semifreddo with bittersweet chocolate sauce. Paired with wine.
Presentation & tasting led by Steve Stover & Rich Terapak
Location: The Wells Barn
$60, $55 for members

Everyone Deserves A Treat (Gluten-Free)

Thursday, January 26, 6–8pm
Learn how to prepare goodies that both soothe your sweet tooth and empower you to live a healthy lifestyle. Ingredients often overlooked will be used to create delectable gluten-free desserts, including black bean brownies and chocolate avocado pudding. Expand your horizons and indulge!
Hands-on and tasting led by OSU Educators chef Jim Warner and Colleen Rinehart
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Classic Mediterranean Dishes

Sunday, January 29, 12–2pm
Discover Mediterranean cuisine beyond basic falafel and gyros. Join in on a culinary excursion and learn how to make homemade hummus, baccala salad (not to be confused with baklava) and the king of protein, roast lamb. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by personal chef David Rose
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Super Healthy Super Bowl

Monday, January 30, 6–8pm
Make healthy and nutrient-rich dishes to change your Super Bowl celebration into a Super Healthy Super Bowl! Watch and learn how to prepare vegetarian buffalo wings, cashew chicken wraps and mushroom mini pizzas. Paired with beer.
Presentation & tasting led by chef Jim Yue
Location: The Wells Barn
$55, $50 for members

A Taste Of Vietnam

Tuesday, January 31, 6–8pm
Take a trip to Vietnam through your taste buds as you learn the in’s and out’s of some of the country’s most iconic dishes, including banh mi sandwiches, a shortcut pho and fresh summer rolls. 
Hands-on and tasting led by Conservatory Culinary Educator Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Healthy Sweets For Your Sweetheart

Wednesday, February 1, 6–8pm
Instead of gifting unhealthy foods to those we love the most, let’s give heart-healthy treats that will help, not hurt, the loves in your life. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this class is perfect timing to learn how to make incredible sweets for your sweetheart. We’ll prepare rich brownies, homemade "nice cream" and gluten-free cookies that take just minutes to whip up and bake.
Presentation & tasting led by Beth Perera, Certified Food For Life Instructor
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Handmade Chocolates (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Saturday, February 4, 1–3:30pm
Make an assortment of hand-rolled chocolate truffles and chocolate-covered strawberries. Take home a box for your Valentine!
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$40, $35 for members

Artisan Bread, Three Ways (Vegetarian)

Sunday, February 5, 12–2pm
Starting with a versatile and easy yeast bread recipe, we will learn to make savory herb bread, soft sandwich bread and gourmet cinnamon rolls. Enjoy your creations at the end of class with cheese and artisan jams.
Hands-on & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Knife Skills: Vegetarian And Loving It (Vegan)

Tuesday, February 7, 6–8pm
Learn how to control your kitchen knife to get the most out of delicious vegetables. Have fun while preparing enchiladas, tacos, vegan chili and nachos. 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

Date Night: Mexican Fiesta

Monday, February 13, 6–8pm
Bring your sweetheart to share in the preparation and enjoyment of a delicious Mexican meal, including beef tamales, green chile posole, guacamole, and Valentine churros. Paired with beer.
Hands-on & tasting led by chef Jim Yue
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$60, $55 for members

Tres Soups

Thursday, February 16, 6–8pm
Learn three Mexican-inspired soups to keep you “caliente” this winter. Prepare creme of poblano, a spicy poblano pepper and potato cream soup, Albondigan, a spicy meatball and vegetable broth-based soup, and chicken and hominy soup. Paired with Mexican beer.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Champagne Brunch

Saturday, February 18, 11am–2pm
Impress your friends with this doable and delicious winter menu, including eggs scrambled with asparagus and Gruyere served in puff pastry baskets, glazed sausages and Canadian bacon, orange-scented scones with cranberry butter and crepe souffles au citron. Paired with champagne.
Presentation & tasting led by June McCarthy, former executive chef at the Governor’s Residence
Location: The Wells Barn
$60, $55 for members

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 and tasting led by Conservatory Culinary Educator Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members