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Thursday, March 13, 2008

MCI cooking classes... and camps!

The camps are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23-27: ages 8-12; July 21-25: ages 13-17;
August 11-14: ages 8-12.
Tuition for each camp is $250, $225 for additional siblings. (Curriculum to come, I hear!) They’ll be hands-on, with faculty and community instructors.

Spring Favorites From Nectar Restaurant
Julie Francis: Chef/Owner Nectar
Monday, April 7: 6 – 9 p.m.

Join Chef Francis for a class using the ingredients of the season with French Mediterranean flair. Beginners $59

Party Like a Wok Star!
Chinese Appetizers with Mike Wong: chef/owner Oriental Wok
Wednesday, April 9: 6 - 9 p.m.

Chef Wong, owner of Northern Kentucky’s famed Oriental Wok will show you the secrets of entertaining Chinese style. Learn how to make potstickers, spring rolls and more! Beginners $59

Spring has Sprung Brunch
Catrina Leatherwood: chef/owner Taste the World in Cincy Catering
Saturday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chef Catrina focuses on the best Spring has to offer in this class on everyone’s favorite leisurely meal. Many dishes are easy to do and take the stress out of entertaining for family and friends! Beginners $59

Ghee This Tastes Great: Introduction to Indian Cooking
Yajan Upadhyaya: Cumin Indian Fusion Restaurant

Monday, April 14: 6 – 9 p.m.

Don’t know a chutney from a curry or a biryani from a makhani? Join Chef Yaj for a delicious and fun evening of exploring Indian Cuisine. Beginners $59

A Taste of Scotland
Patricia Helfenstine: Nicholson’s Tavern
Monday, April 14: 6 – 9 p.m.

Focus on traditional Scottish recipes with a lot of history behind them like savory salmon, chicken and leeks and more. Beginners $59

Vive la France! Classic French Dishes
Brian Whisman: Kroger Division Chef Coordinator
Wednesday, April 16: 6-9

Learn the trifecta of French classics with Chef Brian: coq au vin, salade nicoise and berry crepes. Beginners $59

Tastes Like Chicken—for teens
Robert Coletrane: MCI chef
Saturday, April 19: 1 – 4 p.m.

Teenagers 13 and up will want to take charge of dinner after this class. Chef Coletrane focuses on techniques for the perfect chicken: trussing, searing, roasting and more. Class will include multiple recipes plus a discussion of nutrition choices and safety tips as well. Intermediate/advanced, some knife skills necessary. $59

Cooking Your Life Healthier
Donna Lapasky: MCI Faculty Chef
Saturday, May 3: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

A great class for those with chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease or for anyone wanting to learn how to make better choices in the kitchen. Beginners $59

The Vegan Table--For Omnivores, Too!
Chris Keegan, MCI Faculty Chef
Saturday, May 3: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join Chef Keegan for this class on developing flavorful dishes for the vegetarian palate. Class will focus on seasonal produce as well as tips for healthier eating and ways to make dishes vegan, not just vegetarian. Beginners $59

Kids in the Kitchen—Wrapping It Up!
Catrina Leatherwood: chef/owner Taste the World in Cincy Catering
Saturday, May 10: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kids ages 8-12 can learn how to make their own healthy and yummy snacks and meals. Perfect for families who are always on the go. Class will also cover basic kitchen safety and nutritional choices. Beginners $49

Cake Decorating 201
Moe Thie: MCI Faculty Instructor
Saturday, May 10: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The follow up to Cake Decorating 101, focus on borders, simple flowers, edible images and creating special cakes for special events! Intermediate $59

Spring Favorites from the Palace
Romy Jung: executive chef, The Palace at the Cincinnatian
Monday, May 12: 6 - 9 p.m.

Take home a bit of Cincinnati’s elegant and innovative Palace Restaurant in this class with Chef Romy. Beginners/Intermediate $59

Chocolate: Savory to Sweet
Jared Whalen, chef, Chalk Food and Wine and Bill Sands, owner Marble Hill Chocolatier
Tuesday, May 13: 6 – 9 p.m.

Behold the power of antioxidants in this fabulous evening with chocolate in every course, plus learn the art of pairing wine Beginners $65

Start Your Grills: Grilling, Marinades, Rubs, Spices
Brian Whisman, Kroger Division Chef Coordinator
Wednesday, May 14: 6 - 9 p.m.

Join Chef Brian for a primer on the technique of the season: Grilling! Learn how to make sensational tasting meats with new and different spice rubs and marinades. Beginners $59

Boot Camp – Back to Basics!
Senior Master Culinary Chef John Kinsella & Chef Stefan Marcus: MidwestCulinary Institute
Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dice, slice, chop and chiffonade in the morning Knife Skills session with Master Chef John Kinsella. Then put those skills to use in the afternoon with Chef Stefan Marcus with a session on Roasting and Braising—and vegetables. Beginners/Intermediate $110

Wimbledon Champagne and Strawberry Fayre
Patricia Helfenstine: Nicholson’s Tavern
Monday, May 19, 6 - 9 p.m.

Get ready for the world’s most famous tennis tournament or just get some great spring and summer entertaining ideas with Chef Trish. Class will include shortbreads, pastry and more. Beginners $59

Small Plates: Summer Entertaining
Paul Dagenbach, DeSha’s American Tavern and Grill
Monday, May 19, 6 - 9 p.m.

Join Chef Paul for an evening of entertaining with style and ease, perfect for those lazy, hazy days of summer. Beginners $59


at 10:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to take many of these myself, but I can't pass for 17...most of the time.

at 6:42 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I would love to do a lot of these too, but the price is kind of high in my mind. I like at the Party Source where the classes are buy one seat, get one free. I wonder if they would do a deal if you sign three people up you can all go for $100 or something. Foodies, out there, is this the going rate for cooking classes? It might be a better investment to go to culinary school and get a certificate!

at 8:27 AM Blogger Kel Klump said...

Their classes are done very well. Jungle Jims also has classes that are done well when they are hands on. I am not a fan of having cooking classes where you never actually cook. I like their options for kids and teens too. Party source has the right idea with buy one get one (I would never pay 50 bucks to sit and listen to them talk about the food, but would rather participate). Depending on the content this is a great price for what you learn.

at 3:08 PM Blogger Kelly said...

These look like fun, but I do wonder about that one aimed at teens that requires them to have some knife skills. What teens do you know that have knife skills?

at 2:33 PM Blogger Brian Siegel said...

Great opps! Thanks for sharing!

at 9:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a great new place opening in West Chester this summer. Its called The Learning Kitchen. www.thelearningkitchen.com. One of my co-workers knows the owners and from what I've heard you actually cook in these classes! There are supposed to be hands on cooking stations where you get your own burners, pots, tools, etc. I can't wait to check it out since I've been looking for a place to really learn how to cook, not just watch someone else do it.

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