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December

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January

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Grilling with Ellen - Steakhouse Dinner

Instructor:
Ellen Mueller

Description:
This class is returning by popular demand! A sumptuous dining experience awaits! Ellen is your step-by-step guide to grilling a juicy and tender filet. No need to dine at a fine steakhouse when you can present your guests with an incredible home cooked meal.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Hands-On

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Grilling with Ellen - Steakhouse Dinner

Instructor:
Ellen Mueller

Description:
This class is returning by popular demand! A sumptuous dining experience awaits! Ellen is your step-by-step guide to grilling a juicy and tender filet. No need to dine at a fine steakhouse when you can present your guests with an incredible home cooked meal.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Sushi Basics

Instructor:
Calvin Tam

Description:
Sushi made simple and easy! Calvin teaches you the fundamentals of sushi that include preparing sushi rice and making basic rolls, hand rolls and nigiri. You will eat and roll for two hours!

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12:00 - 2:00pm
Hands-On

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Healthy Living
with SkinnyMom

Instructor:
Brooke Griffin

Description:
Cincinnati’s own health and fitness expert joins us at the Jungle for an evening of healthy food and fitness tips. Brooke created her SkinnyMom brand as a resource for all things food, fitness, health and nutrition. Don’t miss a chance to enjoy her favorite recipes that include full nutritional breakdowns and Weight Watchers Points. So if you are counting points, we want to count you in!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Winter
Comfort Soups

Instructor:
Karen Gibson

Description:
Cold evenings call for warm companions and a bowl of hot soup makes everyone happy. Soup lovers will enjoy the new and unique soups Karen - a soup addict herself! - will introduce to you.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Super Bowl Sunday

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
Don’t fumble on the biggest game night party of the season! Reserve your seats for this fan-friendly foodfest. You’ll score winning points with this spread worthy of a Super Bowl extravaganza.

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11:00am - 1:30pm
Demonstration

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Small Breads

Instructor:
Rita Heikenfeld

Description:
Small breads fit easily in the palm of your hand, but fill your mouth and tummy with big flavor. Join Rita for this partial hands-on class where you’ll make and take your own hand-formed peasant round. Sit back and watch as Rita demonstrates more of her favorite breads and shares her tips for successful bread making.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Hands-On

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Make and Take Spaghetti
and Meatballs

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
In this make-and-take class, bring a 7 to 8-quart pan with you to take home your batch of spaghetti and meatballs made in class. We’ll have a simmering batch for you to enjoy after all your hard work making the menu. You can toast your success with a glass of wine!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Handmade
Pasta Workshop

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
It’s time to get up close and personal with pasta. This class is for the dedicated pasta lover who has a passion for learning to make handmade pasta from scratch. You’ll learn two ways to hand craft pasta using the traditional crank method and also using a Kitchen Aid. The ravioli stamp you use in class is yours to take home along with some of the fresh pasta you make in class. Class size is limited to four students.

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11:00am - 2:00pm
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Make and Take Spaghetti
and Meatballs

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
In this make-and-take class, bring a 7 to 8-quart pan with you to take home your batch of spaghetti and meatballs made in class. We’ll have a simmering batch for you to enjoy after all your hard work making the menu. You can toast your success with a glass of wine!

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11:00am - 1:30pm
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Knife Skills

Instructor:
Chef Mike Garaghty

Description:
Join Chef Mike from Wüsthof Trident of America with Knife Skills 101 class. This is a "roll up your sleeves and work with the chef" class! He will cover how to choose the proper knife, how knives are made, knife safety, care and use and of course proper cutting techniques.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Knife Skills

Instructor:
Chef Mike Garaghty

Description:
Join Chef Mike from Wüsthof Trident of America with Knife Skills 101 class. This is a "roll up your sleeves and work with the chef" class! He will cover how to choose the proper knife, how knives are made, knife safety, care and use and of course proper cutting techniques.

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11:00am - 1:30pm
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February

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Braising the Bar

Instructor:
Rob Seideman

Description:
Braising is Rob’s favorite cooking technique because it transforms ordinary ingredients into sumptuous dishes. Innovative, delicious cuisine and a wealth of culinary information are a hallmark of his not-to-be-missed classes.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Authentic Italian Winter Warmers

Instructor:
Kim Baretta

Description:
As a professional cater and world traveler, Kim will introduce you to the pleasures of Italian cuisine. Her rich pasta, simmered sauces and succulent meat deliver satisfying and aromatic flavors you can recreate at home.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Homemade
Italian Pizza

Instructor:
John Bostick

Description:
Turn your kitchen into an Italian pizzeria! John will explain the basics of pizza-making - from the fundamentals of dough to techniques for creating bubbling hot pizzas in a home oven.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Hands-On

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Private Class

Description:
Tired of the same old ideas for meetings, team-building, reunions and parties? Need a new place for get-togethers with co-workers, family and friends? Schedule a Private Cooking Class designed just for you and your group! Our cooking classes are always fun and informative, and you can select from two different formats: demonstration or hands-on. Menu options are endless.

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That’s Amore!

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
Join us for Valentine’s Day to celebrate the love of Italian food with the one you love. The perfect match of wine - each couple will share a bottle - and food will make this a special day to remember. Don an apron and enjoy the afternoon in our kitchen. Love is in the air!

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11:00am - 1:30pm
Hands-On

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Carol’s Favorite Italian Soups

Instructor:
Carol Tabone

Description:
Soup is the ultimate comfort food! One always feels a little better after enjoying a steaming bowl of soup especially when the wind is howling outdoors. Carol has gathered a collection of her favorite Italian soups filled with the incomparable flavors of Italian cooking.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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A Tribute
to Hazelnuts

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
Indulgence in a nutshell - that’s the impact hazelnuts make in this elegant menu. Enjoy the crunch and flavor hazelnuts bring to the table. No tribute to hazelnuts would be complete without Nutella and this sweet ending will leave you hungry for more!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Grilling with Ellen
The Italian Grill

Instructor:
Ellen Mueller

Description:
Everyone who enjoys Italian cooking will learn to prepare a delicious meal. An Ohio winter can’t stop you from enjoying the warm flavors of Italy. A cup of coffee and the Nutella dessert is an unforgettable way to end the class.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Grilling with Ellen
The Italian Grill

Instructor:
Ellen Mueller

Description:
Everyone who enjoys Italian cooking will learn to prepare a delicious meal. An Ohio winter can’t stop you from enjoying the warm flavors of Italy. A cup of coffee and the Nutella dessert is an unforgettable way to end the class.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Off the Beaten Path
A Return to Italy

Instructor:
Don Govoni

Description:
After our second fun-filled adventure "Off the Beaten Path" in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, Don returns to Jungle Jim’s to recreate some of the delicacies we enjoyed on the tour and to introduce a few new dishes. Join us as we savor the flavors of this beautiful region, also known as "the breadbasket of Italy." Whether you are interested in going on the tour in May 2015, or just enjoy learning about Italian food and culture, we invite you to enjoy un bel pranzo insieme - a lovely lunch together.

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12:00 - 3:00pm
Wine and Food

March

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A Plethora
of Potatoes

Instructor:
Jamie Carmody

Description:
Meet the varieties of potatoes that make up this spud-tacular menu. Potatoes take star billing in every dish. Sliced, diced, baked or fried, the versatile potato is a perennial comfort food favorite.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Warming Winter Dishes from
Ancient Cuisines

Instructor:
David Warda

Description:
Hardy recipes inspired from the cuisines of Persia, Assyria, Armenia, Lebanon and Turkey focus on whole food goodness. David returns to entertain and nourish with grains, nuts, dried fruit, traditional spices, seasonal produce and exotic ingredients.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Wine and Food
with French Flair

Instructors:
Angela Willett, Joe Clark and Dave Schmerr

Description:
A culinary collaboration takes place at Jungle Jim’s! Join Angela Willett, co-proprietor of La Poste in the heart of the Clifton Gaslight district, her husband, Joe Clark, wine expert from Cutting Edge Selections and Jungle’s own Dave Schmerr. Together they present food and wine with a delicious French influence that guarantees a memorable experience.

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12:00 - 3:00pm
Wine and Food

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Dishing Up French Wine-Friendly Snacks

Instructor:
Joanne Drilling

Description:
Get the inside scoop from Joanne about what it’s like (super hard) to select Cincinnati’s top ten restaurants. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the entire process - the weight gain and all the other good stuff! Enjoy delicious food and wine that’s perfect for dining and dishing!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Pies for People
Who Don’t Love
Making Pastry!

Instructor:
Bryn Mooth

Description:
If the idea of kneading, rolling and shaping pastry dough sounds intimidating to you, never fear! Start with impressive appetizers made with packaged puff pastry dough, then create a savory pie with a no-roll crust and finish with a super-easy free-form fruit tart.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Think Spring

Instructor:
Susan Diehl

Description:
Spring is just around the corner and the days are getting longer and brighter. Join Susan as she prepares a simple, yet elegant meal that’ll have you believing that spring is really here!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Pasta Favorites

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
Pasta... Somehow we never tire of pasta. So many shapes, so many sauces, so many possibilities. Fresh pasta is even more enticing: there’s the enjoyment of eating it and pleasure of making it from scratch. Plenty of pasta will be plated for your enjoyment, so please join us!

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11:00am - 1:30pm
Demonstration

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A Bourbon
Pairing Dinner

Instructors:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs, and Peter Wagner

Description:
Bourbon should be enjoyed with spirited food to maximize the full palate of flavors in both the food and bourbon. "Whiskey Pete," the Brown Forman Ohio Whiskey mbassador, will guide you through the complexities of bourbon when paired with Leigh’s distinctive menu. If you enjoyed the sold out class in 2011, don’t hesitate to join us again for a new menu!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Sold Out

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The Wine and Food of Normandy
and Brittany

Instructors:
Carol Tabone and Dave Schmerr

Description:
Carol and Dave present you with a class featuring wine and food from one of France’s most fascinating regions! The beautiful long coastline of this area produces great seafood and the fertile soil inland produces delicious dairy and pork dishes with an abundance of apples.

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12:00 - 3:00pm
Wine and Food

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April

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Indian Breads

Instructor:
Madhu Singha

Description:
A common accompaniment to most meals, Indian breads are as diverse as the culture. Join Madhu as she teaches you the techniques for making popular Indian breads. If you enjoy the breads of India, this is your opportunity to learn to make them yourself!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Hands-On

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Take Me Out
to the Ballgame

Instructor:
Susan Diehl

Description:
Baseball is not the only attraction at major and minor league baseball stadiums around the country. Unique and local foods are being showcased as well. Fans are choosing unusual fare over the traditional hotdog. Susan will introduce you to some of the wackier ballpark foods! And of course, beer will be served!

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Mojo Tago
Made to Order

Instructor:
Brian Reed

Description:
Brian is building a brick and mortar carry-out and also a restaurant in Columbus opening early 2015. He’s a busy guy! But not too busy to teach you the fundamentals for a fiesta customized for family and friends. He’s all about the good food, fun and finding your MOJO! Come and mix it up!

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11:00am - 1:30pm
Demonstration

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The Wine and Food of Southern Italy

Instructors:
Carol Tabone and Dave Schmerr

Description:
Carol and Dave present a menu flled with the passion and robust flavors from this part of Italy. You’ll be transported to this splendid region while sipping Dave’s Italian wine selection.

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6:00 - 9:00pm
Wine and Food

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Sip. Savor. Repeat
A Wine and
Cheese Party
with Le Creuset

Instructor:
Trish Ranallo

Description:
Done right, a simple wine and cheese party can turn into an unforgettable experience. Explore and enjoy good food and drink with Trish who will show you how to throw a perfect party. Jungle Jim’s own wine expert, Dave Schmerr, will select the wine pairings.

Each student receives a gift from Le Creuset. One lucky student receives a Round Platter with Cutting Board ($99.00 retail value).

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Mad About Choux

Instructors:
Carol Tabone and Laura Rinsky

Description:
Join Carol and Laura for an evening of everything Choux, where you will learn not only the secrets of making the famous Choux pastry, but also some traditional and not-so-traditional fillings.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Grilling with Ellen
A Spring
Bistro Dinner

Instructor:
Ellen Mueller

Description:
Blossoms on the trees - spring is in the air! Time to take off the cover of your grill and open it up. A flank steak is a great way to jump into the new grilling season which deserves a fresh, new menu.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
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Grilling with Ellen
A Spring
Bistro Dinner

Instructor:
Ellen Mueller

Description:
Blossoms on the trees - spring is in the air! Time to take off the cover of your grill and open it up. A flank steak is a great way to jump into the new grilling season which deserves a fresh, new menu.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Hands-On

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Cicchetti
The Frequent
Foodie Class

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
The Cooking School staff wants to thank our loyal students for their patronage. Join Leigh for cicchetti – small Italian plates to share. Relax and enjoy an afternoon of exciting flavors and good wine as our guest.

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11:00am - 1:30pm
Frequent Foodie

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Fish Without Fear
Spring Edition

Instructor:
Rita Heikenfeld

Description:
Yes you can! A must for those who love seafood but are overwhelmed with choices and ways to prepare it. Perfect for spring, you will enjoy these recipes again and again.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Demonstration

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Low-Country
Shrimp Boil

Instructor:
Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Description:
The ultimate summer party experience! Be the first in your neighborhood to host a traditional shrimp boil. Perfect for laid-back, casual entertaining. Learn how to prepare the table and then make this easy prep, one-pot meal that turns an ordinary summer evening into a festive occasion.

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6:00 - 8:30pm
Hands-On