Culinary and Food

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Call: 614.715.8022

Fax: 614.715.8195

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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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
Begin with the basics of herb garden design for
home use including companion planting.
Sunday, April 23, 1–3pm  Registration closed.
Fresh Uses For Culinary Herbs
Discover which parts of the herb plants can
be used and for what purpose. Make and try
some recipes of pesto, salad dressing,
pesto and herb butters.
Sunday, June 25, 1–3pm  Registration closed.
Techniques For Harvesting & Preserving Herbs
Harvest herbs and learn creative methods to
preserve the flavors of fresh herbs. Make and
take an infused vinegar and a bundle of fragrant herbs.
Sunday, July 23, 1–3pm  Registration closed.
Using Dried Herbs From The Garden
Learn how to convert dried herbs from the
garden into flavorful dip mixes, rubs and tea.
Make and take home recipes and samples
of seasoning mixes and tea.
Sunday, August 27, 1–3pm  Registration closed.

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)

Series registration closed.

Healthy Chinese Food (Vegetarian)

Tuesday, August 22, 6–8pm
Love Chinese food but want to keep it healthy? Learn how to make and enjoy low-sodium egg drop soup, steamed baby bok choy, baked spring rolls and kung pao chicken tacos.
Presentation & tasting led by Herb Chen, Alma Saddam & Cora Munoz
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$40, $35 for members

Rich & Steve’s 35th Anniversary!

Tuesday, August 29, 6–9pm
Back by popular demand! Rich and Steve celebrate 35 years of teaching with a special cooking class. The dynamic duo 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 Rich Terapak and Steve Stover
Location: The Wells Barn
$65, $60 for members

German Delights For Oktoberfest

Tuesday, September 5, 6–8:30pm
Learn how to make traditional Oktoberfest menu items just in time for the holiday, including kaese spaetzle (German mac ‘n’ cheese), jagerbraten (sauerbraten) and the obligatory kartoffelpuffer (crispy potato pancakes). Paired, of course, with beer.
Presentation & tasting led by June McCarthy
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$60, $55 for members

Exotic Indian Cooking

Tuesday, September 12, 6–8pm
Join us for an Indian menu with a focus on health, creativity and new delicious flavors. Learn how to prepare Moong lentils, eggplant bharta, a combination of seasonal vegetables and Indian spices, and a refreshing yogurt and cucumber relish with bread. Paired with wine.
Presentation & tasting led by Veena Bansal
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Thriving With Diabetes

Thursday, September 14, 6–8pm
A clinical and culinary combination that will help you thrive with diabetes, not just survive. Learn from a nurse and certified diabetes educator who loves to turn things around in the kitchen and will use taste as her most effective tool. Bring all of your questions for the lecture portion of this class, then learn how to prepare coconut shrimp and chocolate cheesecake strawberries.
Hands-on & tasting led by OSU Certified Diabetes Educator, RN and Type 1 Diabetic Colleen Rinehart
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Easy Dinner Party Ideas

Monday, September 18, 6–8pm
Learn how to make an easy, stress-free menu that you can turn to for all of your dinner party needs, from fancy guests to last-minute neighbors. Prepare a garden-fresh handheld appetizer, lemon-scented vegetables, roasted salmon with puff pastry and a quick dessert. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educator Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Scandinavian Sunday Supper

Sunday, September 24, 5–7pm
No need to head to IKEA for your meatball fix. We’ll learn to make classic Swedish meatballs along with rye crispbread with cheese and lingonberries, smashed potatoes, quick-pickled cucumbers and for dessert, Norwegian krumkake (waffle cookies) filled with whipped cream. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Knife Skills

September through December
It begins, forged in fire and stamped in steel, with the everyday kitchen knife. In this class, you will bring your weapon of choice and learn basic cutting techniques that can unlock your abilities in the kitchen, and open you to a world of culinary adventure.  Learn to cut, slice, mince and brunoise with safety and efficiency, and get that personal instruction that you can't find from online videos. Join us and unleash your inner chef and culinary spirit.


Date Location Registration Link
Tuesday, September 26, 6–8pm American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
Tuesday, October 3, 6–8pm The Wells Barn
Monday, October 23, 6–8pm The Wells Barn
Tuesday, November 7, 6–8pm American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
Monday, December 4, 6–8pm American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion

Hands-on & tasting led by chef Jim Yue
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Pumpkins: From Garden To Plate

Thursday, October 5, 6–8pm
Join Conservatory Educators Charlie and Allison as they continue the horticulture + culinary education series. This time, visit the Community Garden Campus to learn about the epitome of the fall harvest, pumpkins. Learn how to grow and care for a variety of pumpkins, then prepare spiced roasted pumpkin, warming pumpkin chili and a classic pumpkin dessert with a twist.
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educators Charlie Richardson and Allison Hendricks
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

A Taste Of Vietnam

Monday, October 9, 6–8pm
Take a trip to Vietnam through your tastebuds 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

Cheers To Your Health (Vegetarian)

Wednesday, October 18, 6–8pm
Gear up for cold season and learn how to make delicious, healthy tonics. We will prepare kombucha, a fermented tea rich in probiotics and antioxidants and Fire Cider, a folk remedy for avoiding the common cold. 
Hands-on & tasting led by Conservatory Educator Charlie Richardson 
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$30, $25 for members

Perfect Pies (Vegetarian)

Tuesday, October 24, 6–8pm
Use local fruit to create perfect pies. Learn the art of making handmade crust and delicious fillings, just in time for the holidays!
Hands-on & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Bagels & Bialys (Vegetarian)

Saturday, October 28, 10am–12pm
Learn the art of baking traditional water bagels and classic bialys. In addition to learning how to make and form the dough for both of these classic breads, we’ll make some easy “without a recipe” schmears to enjoy as toppings. This is a perfect family activity; children over the age of 10 welcome to join.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$35, $30 for members

Holiday Appetizers (Vegetarian)

Thursday, November 2, 6–8pm
Looking for some new ideas for your holiday entertaining or nibbles to keep your hungry Thanksgiving guests happy while the turkey roasts? These four easy appetizers are sure to please: butternut squash tart (including homemade tart dough), pesto, olive, and roasted pepper goat cheese torta, polenta wedges with tomato tapenade, and Cabreles cheese and membrillo tartlets. Paired with wine.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Artisan Bread For The Holidays (Vegetarian)

Monday, November 6, 6–8pm
Starting with a versatile and easy yeast bread recipe we will 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
$55, $50 for members

Roasting Turkey & The Fixin’s

Thursday, November 9, 6–8pm
Learn how to roast a juicy, flavorful turkey for the holidays and pair it with traditional stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, and cranberry salad. Paired with wine.
Presentation & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

Favorites For Entertaining

Wednesday, November 15, 6–9pm
Rich and Steve wrap up their 35th year of teaching cooking with all-new recipes for entertaining. Everything can be made ahead so that you can relax with your guests! Enjoy roasted fennel, burrata and citrus salad, whole grain barley with mushrooms and walnuts, roasted beef tenderloin and classic sticky toffee pudding. Paired with wine. 
Presentation & tasting led by Rich Terapak and Steve Stover
Location: The Wells Barn
$65, $60 for members

Holiday Macarons (Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Saturday, December 2, 10am–1pm
Learn to make French meringue macarons and buttercream and add a French touch to your holiday cookie tray. Prepare hazelnut macarons filled with Nutella and gingersnap macarons filled with brandy spice buttercream.
Hands-on & tasting led by Mary Beth Einerson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$55, $50 for members

Holiday Jams (Vegetarian)

Tuesday, December 5, 6–8pm
Looking for something unique to grace your holiday table? Join us to learn how to make festive jams using fruit and spice. Enjoy and share your creation on bread warm from the oven. Each student takes home two jars to share.
Hands-on & tasting led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members