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Upcoming cooking lessons
I received a mailer last week about upcoming cooking classes offered by the Midwest Culinary Institute. The hands-on classes are led by some of Cincinnati's most highly acclaimed chefs in one the center's 12 state-of-the-art culinary and pastry kitchens at Cincinnati State.
Saturday, March 1, 1 - 4 p.m.
MCI instructor Catrina Leatherwood leads the class for kids ages 12 and up. The class will focus on healthy choices, as well as basic kitchen and safety skills
Beginner, $49 ($39 for each additional sibling)
Saturday, March 8, 1 - 4 p.m.
Kick up some fun in the kitchen with Jean-Robert de Cavel
Saturday, March 15, 1- 4 p.m.
Cake Decorating 101
Learn to prep, fill, and ice the perfect cake. Cake decorating 201 will be offered in the future.
Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Boot Camp - back to the basics!
Chefs Chris Keegan and Stefan Marcus of the MCI will help you practice your knife skills to be put to use with an afternoon session on roasting and braising.
Kroger is also offering a $10 gift card for all class attendees. For more information or to register, call MCI at 513-569-1621