Best of Cincinnati 2014
Italy - off the beaten path

Benvenuti in Italia! Travel to Cento, Italy with Leigh to meet our host, Don Govoni, for our fourth unique culinary tour "o the beaten path" in the Emilia-Romagna region. Enjoy eight nights in beautiful Cento at the Hotel Europa and take leisurely day trips to the mountains, the plains and the Adriatic coast, all the while sampling the region’s splendid cuisine. Indulge in local specialties including handmade tortellini, cappellacci, and artisanal cured meats and cheeses. Eat, drink and be merry alongside the locals at a sagra as they celebrate and share their local specialty. Taste regional delicacies like borlenghi and tigelle – foods that even most Italians have never heard of, accompanied by local wines including the real Lambrusco. Savor the bounty of the sea where local sh and shellsh unique to the Adriatic are expertly prepared. These are just a few of the epicurean delights that await those who join us on this tour. Don spends months each year in his ancestral home and is excited to again showcase this region that is seldom explored by tourists.

  • Wine and Food Pairing dinners featuring American, Italian and French cuisine
  • Gluten-Free and Special Diets
  • Hands-on Sushi
  • Pizzas – hearth baked, grilled and stuffed
  • Holiday themed classes
  • Bourbon, Tequila and Food Pairing Dinners
  • Hands-on Bread Baking
  • So much more...


Local, regional, national and international chefs make up our instructional team each session. In-house wine and beer experts along with distillery representatives provide current information that enhances the exciting menus and delectable recipes our chefs cook up for class. It has never been easier or more convenient to experience a culinary adventure right here in Cincinnati!

Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Dear Friends of the Cooking School,

We have certainly enjoyed the spring and summer session at the Cooking School. The third annual culinary trip to Emilia-Romagna was amazing, especially the trip to Bologna for a class at Gelato University. If we weren’t obsessed with authentic Italian gelato before, we are now! Consider joining us in May 2016 as Don Govoni leads us on another unique and food-filled trip. We have photo albums of each trip on display at the school, so feel free to look at them and ask us questions.

Many unique classes are being offered this fall. Dan Shatto of MadTree will be here to talk about beer and food pairings. If you are a fan of this local brewery, come join us. Not a fan of beer? Our wine and food classes continue to be popular. Carol Tabone is taking on Italian street food in October and local wine maker, Chip Emmerich of Burnet Ridge Winery, will bring his fine wine to pair with fine food in November. The bourbon pairing class is offered again because of the overwhelming demand. These classes always fill up, so register early!

New for fall, we are offering Date Night cooking classes on two Friday nights. If you are looking for a fun experience with your partner, join Ellen Mueller for grilling on our indoor deck. A casual atmosphere, good food and friendly people are sure to make it a memorable night out.

And of course, we have some great holiday classes planned. We’ve worked hard to present some holiday menus this fall that you’ll use year after year. Many of our students make it a tradition to join us each year for holiday classes and we look forward to seeing you in class. Thank you for your support of the cooking school. This fall we celebrate our 20th year in business and our success is due to you.

We’ll see you in the kitchen!

Bon Appétit,
Leigh Barnhart Ochs - Cooking School Director


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