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Unless you learned how to cook from your parents, you probably had to learn everything you know about the kitchen on your own.
If you’re like me, that knowledge is still severely limited. Home-Ec wasn’t my thing in high school, so through all of these years in the real world, I’ve just been winging it with Pinterest tutorials and questionable internet recipes.
I’ve made some progress, but I’ve decided cooking classes are the next step in my path to successful meals. Since I am officially ready to move on from ramen and grilled cheese, I’ve rounded up some of the best cooking classes in Columbus.
Located in the heart of Clintonville, The Seasoned Farmhouse offers an incredible variety of cooking classes. By coordinating the classes with seasonal foods, food challenged people like myself can not only learn how to cook, but how to put a menu together by what’s available during the season. If you’re too scared to go alone, The Seasoned Farmhouse offers classes for groups as well as individuals.
The courses are scheduled seasonally, with classes running from April through June, July through September, October through December, and January through March.
Taking cooking classes to the next level, The Kitchen in German Village offers a unique experience called “participatory dining”. With help from the professionals, you and your friends can learn to prepare a top-notch dinner, and then enjoy your hard work with a glass of wine afterward.
There is no set price because pricing changes based on the ingredients you’ll be working with. If you’re looking for a little extra fun, check out one of The Kitchen’s many themed nights.
The private cooking classes offered by Hills Downtown Market are a great way to spend a night with your closest friends. You’ll spend the first hour of your class in demonstration mode where a “professional foodie” will walk you through the preparation.
The second hour is spent enjoying the hard work, discussing wine pairings and chowing down. Wine and champagne are included in the cost, and The Hills offers a variety of meal packages including seafood, beef, poultry, and vegetarian options.
Whether you’re looking for a private event or a scheduled class, Sur La Table can accommodate your every cooking whim. Located at Easton Town Center, Sur La Table is super family-friendly, even offering daytime cooking classes for kids.
So get out of your own kitchen and go make a mess at Sur la Table. Like their website says, they’ll even take care of the dishes. Prices vary depending on the class and instructor, so be sure to check out their calendar for more information.
One of my favorite places in Columbus for cooking-related needs has to be 1400 Food Lab. They offer a variety of classes, including a class on how to teach cooking classes. At 1400 Food Lab, you can learn everything, from making the perfect curry to home butchery.
Savoir Cooking + Wine in Powell has an incredibly comprehensive array of classes that you can sign up for, which makes it perfect for home cooks like myself who aren’t really sure where to begin. From knife skills to Chinese take-out inspired recipes, you can learn just about anything from the helpful staff at Savoir. They even offer a Mother’s Day Brunch class where you and your mama can create something delicious all while sipping on mimosas.
Don’t worry about whether or not your food will be good. Just get out there and try! You got this!
Orginally published 2/22/17. Updated 3/10/20.
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