Best of Cincinnati 2014

 


 

September

Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Mushroom Madness
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs at the Fairfield Location

Many people must be mad about mushrooms because we’ve been asked to repeat this popular class during the day! Try a rich morel, sample truffle oil and enjoy the robust flavor of the beloved mushroom. Mushrooms add the ultimate umami taste sensation, but fungi fanatics already know this!

On the Menu

  • Shrimp Scampi Stuffed Mushroom Caps
  • Wild Mushroom Soup with Sherry and Thyme finished with Truffle Oil
  • Warm Mushroom Salad with Arugula and Prosciutto
  • Chicken with Morels
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms, Cranberries and Pecans
  • Frozen Bourbon Pecan Toffee Pie

Thursday, September 25 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $50.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.

Dan Frey

Dave Schmerr
Wine and Food

Wine and Food: Wine and Food Lover’s Dinner from Italy
with Dan Frey and Dave Schmerr at the Fairfield Location

Dan and Dave recreate their wine and food lover’s trip to small wine estates and fine restaurants in Tuscany and Piedmonte. Join them as they prepare some of their favorite Italian dishes and pair them with delicious Italian wines.

On the Menu

  • Baccalà Daniel - a special salted codfish appetizer
  • Lasagna Florentine - a creamy, rich white lasagna
  • Braciola Quattro Fratelli - cheese-stuffed veal rolls
  • Cheese Course
  • Limoncello Cheesecake - a sweet ending!
  • Dave’s Wine Selection
  • Franciacorta, Quattro Mani (Lombardy, Italy) - Champagne-Method sparkling wine
  • Barbera from Roero - on the banks of the Tanaro River
  • Bolgheri Rosso, Grattamacco (Tuscany, Italy) Classic Super-Tuscan red Montecucco
  • Riserva, Colle Massari (Montecucco, Italy) Sangiovese blended with Cabernet

Saturday, September 27 | 12:00 - 3:00pm | $65.00 per person

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Ellen Mueller
Hands On

Hands-On: Grilling Cedar-Planked Shrimp with Ellen
with Ellen Mueller at the Fairfield Location

The grilling season isn’t over! The cool weather of fall is perfectly suited for the warm flavors you’ll enjoy as you grill shrimp on a cedar plank. Don’t put the cover back on your grill - we’ve got a whole lot of grillin’ to do!

On the Menu

  • Pancetta and Cheese Stuffed Baby Peppers
  • Cedar-Planked Shrimp with Chipotle-Pumpkin Seed Salsa
  • Pepper Jack Grits
  • Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
  • Salted Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies

Tuesday, September 30 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

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October

Rita Heikenfeld

Marvelous Mains in 45 Minutes or Less
with Rita Heikenfeld at the Fairfield Location

Fast and fabulous entrees are perfect for a homey dinner or for casual entertaining. These main dishes are deliciously different from the norm and have become favorites with Rita’s family, friends and clients.

On the Menu

  • Fish en Papillote with Julienned Vegetables and Aromatics
  • Broiled Asparagus
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary, Thyme and Balsamic "Mop"
  • Sweet Potato Coins
  • Chicken Tagine served over Toasted Couscous
  • Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake with Cocoa Frosting

Thursday, October 2 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Eat the Heat
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs at the Fairfield Location

Chili Heads - prepare to be engulfed in flames of flavor! For those who love hot sauce and food with a lick of fire, the place to be is The Cooking School during the Weekend of Fire festival. Don’t be alarmed, the food is high in flavor that everyone will enjoy.

Each student receives a complementary ticket to the Weekend of Fire festival for Saturday, October 4th.

On the Menu

  • Fireball Shooters
  • Satan’s Straightjacket Stuffed Peppers
  • Leigh’s Homemade Hot Sauce
  • Grilled Homemade Chorizo Sliders with Sriracha-Honey-Mustard Sauce
  • Nashville-Style Hot Fried Chicken
  • Creamy Slaw
  • Coconut Fire and Ice Cream

Saturday, October 4 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Fall Hors d’oeuvres with Garnish Catering
with Kim Baretta at the Fairfield Location

Join this experienced caterer as she helps you prepare for holiday parties. Whether an intimate gathering or a large crowd, Kim’s impressive and delicious food will make this year’s party season enjoyable and entertaining for you and your guests.

On the Menu

  • Cranberry Pitcher Martinis
  • Shots of Butternut Squash and Pear Soup
  • Mini Chicken Marsala Bites served on Chinese Spoons
  • Spiced Lamb with Mint, Feta and Red Currants served in Phyllo Cups
  • Mini Grilled Brie, Grape and Walnut Sandwiches served on Baguette Rounds
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin Brochettes with Chili Sauce
  • Mini Crabcakes with Remoulade Sauce

Tuesday, October 7 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $55.00 per person

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Le Creuset Favorite Recipes
with Trish Ranallo, territory manager for Le Creuset at the Fairfield Location

If you want to know the best methods to cook with Le Creuset, Trish can teach you everything you want to know! She’ll focus on good, fast food that’s flavorful, uncomplicated and easy to prepare in Le Creuset cookware.

Each student receives a gift from Le Creuset. One lucky student in each class receives a 4.25 quart Marseille soup pot with a stainless steel knob (retail value $250)

On the Menu

  • No-Knead Bread with Compound Butter
  • Pasta Fagiole - a favorite Italian soup
  • Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes
  • Almost-No-Stir Risotto - easy and delicious!
  • Apple Tarte Tatin

Thursday, October 9 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Friday, October 10 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Carol Tabone

Laura Rinsky

A Festive Holiday Hors D’oeuvres Party
with Carol Tabone and Laura Rinsky at the Fairfield Location

Sophisticated and always in style, a fancy cocktail party is a lovely way to entertain a large group. Ours even includes a dessert so guests will end the evening on a sweet note! Laura and Carol teach you how to create a successful party by having a good balance of color, texture and richness. Do-ahead tips included!

On the Menu

  • Crab "Cupcakes" with a Cream Topping
  • Mini Scallion Meatballs with an Asian Dipping Sauce
  • Indian-Inspired Chicken Skewers with a Spiced Yogurt Dip
  • Brie Wrapped in Puff Pastry with a Tomato Chutney
  • Baked Potato Crisps with the "Works"
  • Mini Phyllo Cups with Gorgonzola, Prosciutto, and Fig Preserves
  • Roasted Pear Crostini with Blue Cheese
  • Chocolate Friands - a two-bite extra rich and moist chocolate cupcake

Monday, October 13 | 11:00am - 2:00pm | $55.00 per person

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Carol Tabone

Dave Schmerr
Wine and Food

Wine and Food: The Wine and Food of Germany
with Carol Tabone and Dave Schmerr at the Fairfield Location

Sausage and sauerkraut is just the beginning of German food. The country has a rich and diverse assortment of food and a long tradition of producing wine! Join Carol and Dave as they transport you to Germany where you can sample the unique and wonderful flavors from this region.

On the Menu

  • Kielbasa cooked in White Wine, Brown Sugar and Mustard - served with Crusty Bread Rounds
  • Chicken with Riesling - a dish served up and down the wine route
  • New Potatoes tossed with Butter and Parsley
  • Asparagus and Beet Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
  • The Ultimate German Chocolate Cake
  • Dave’s Wine Selection
  • Gewurztraminer - slightly spicy, dry white wine that’s balanced and flavorful
  • Riesling Kabinett - Germany’s most popular style, slightly sweet and vibrant
  • Spatburgunder - light, fragrant Pinot Noir from Germany
  • Riesling Spatlese - medium sweet wine from riper Riesling grapes

Saturday, October 18 | 12:00 - 3:00pm | $65.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.

Jessica Vu
Hands On

Partial Hands-On: Baking with Bites of Nostalgia
with Jessica Vu, owner of Bites of Nostalgia at the Fairfield Location

Having recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Jessica has worked hard to create and perfect some of her favorite recipes into Celiac friendly, tasty - and shockingly - gluten free goodies. Don’t give up that late-afternoon, fresh-from-the-oven treat with a cup of coffee!

On the Menu

  • Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies - make in class, take home to bake
  • Glazed Lemon Pound Cake - served with fresh fruit, a year-round go-to treat
  • Double Chocolate Brownies - no knock-off of the real thing!
  • Grandma’s Banana Bread - moist, light and fragrant

Thursday, October 23 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Ellen Mueller

Ellen’s Greek Grill
with Ellen Mueller at the Fairfield Location

In this demonstration class, Ellen brings the sun-sational tastes of the Greek Isles to you! As our resident Greek, she’ll introduce you to a new grilled way to serve traditional stuffed grape leaves and the sides that make a great Mediterranean meal.

On the Menu

  • Greek White Sangria
  • Greek Farmer’s Salad with Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Beef-Stuffed Grape Leaves with Tomato Sauce and Feta Dressing
  • Lemon Pearl Couscous
  • Green and Yellow Beans with Olive-Shallot Butter
  • Orange Yogurt Cake

Tuesday, October 28 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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November

Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Gifts from the Kitchen - Making Spirits Bright
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs at the Fairfield Location

We’ll help you make spirits bright this holiday season with delicious and inspiring gifts from the kitchen. Toast the season of giving with an Amaretto Cranberry Cocktail and enjoy the rest of class sampling the newest culinary gifts on our "Nice" list!

On the Menu

  • Small-Batch Amaretto
  • Smoky Tomato Ketchup
  • Apricot Bourbon Mustard
  • Blackberry-Brandy Vinaigrette
  • Bittersweet Bacon Chutney
  • Red Chili and Cheddar Crackers
  • Grape Tomato Jam
  • 6-Minute Glazed Pecans
  • Olive Oil Granola
  • Smoked Ham, Leek and Gruyère Galette
  • Pecan Pie Muffins
  • Candy Cane Kiss Kettlecorn
  • Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge
  • Royal Wedding Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Tuesday, November 4 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $55.00 per person

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Wednesday, November 5 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $55.00 per person

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Friday, November 7 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $55.00 per person

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Saturday, November 8 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $55.00 per person

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Rita Heikenfeld

Meals in a Bowl
with Rita Heikenfeld at the Fairfield Location

Uncommonly delicious dishes that are one-bowl meals! Everything you need in a meal is served up easily for a family and guests alike. Rita will share tips, tricks and surprising twists you won’t want to miss!

On the Menu

  • Ancho Pork and Hominy Stew - spicy and warm
  • Jalapeno Cheese Bread - perfect with soups and stews
  • Ribollita - a hearty Tuscan soup
  • Pad Thai with Shrimp - a flavorful, simplified version
  • Blueberry Crisp - sweet oat topping gives a crispy crunch

Tuesday, November 11 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Madhu Singha
Hands On

Hands-On: Classic Indian Cuisine with a European Twist
with Madhu Singha at the Fairfield Location

The Europeans entered India by the 15th century looking for new lands to conquer. Inevitably this led to the creation of fusion foods which have become closely associated with Indian cuisine and are well known dishes.

On the Menu

  • Mulligatawny Soup - a savory British creation
  • Chicken Vindaloo - a Portuguese-inspired favorite
  • Chicken Tikka Masala - warm and spicy British dish
  • Fugad de Repolho - a simple cabbage and coconut Portuguese combination

Wednesday, November 12 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Ellen Mueller
Hands On

Hands-On: Grilling Flatiron Steaks with Ellen
with Ellen Mueller at the Fairfield Location

The flatiron steak is gaining in popularity. When grilled to perfection, this juicy, deep-flavored steak is the centerpiece of the plate. Learn how to prepare this cut of beef with Ellen, our in-house grill expert.

On the Menu

  • Baked Gouda with Brandy and Walnuts
  • Grilled Citrus-Herb Rubbed Flatiron Steaks with Olive Tapenade
  • Warm Potato Salad with Arugula
  • Garlic-Parmesan Green Beans
  • Spiced Carrot Cake

Tuesday, November 18 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.

Wednesday, November 19 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

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Leigh Ochs

Chip Emmerich

Dave Schmerr
Wine and Food

Wine and Food: An Afternoon with Burnet Ridge Winery
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs, Chip Emmerich and Dave Schmerr at the Fairfield Location

The Cooking School hosts a sumptuous holiday dinner paired with delicious Burnet Ridge Wines. When the weather turns chilly, Chip joins Leigh and Dave for an afternoon of fine food and wine suited for any special occasion.

On the Menu

  • Wild Mushroom Soup with Thyme and Cognac
  • Green Salad with Gorgonzola and Hazelnut Stuffed Pears, Crisp Pancetta and Hazelnut Vinaigrette
  • Rosemary Crusted New York Strip Roast with Port-Balsamic Sauce
  • Stuffed Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar
  • Haricots Verts with Herb Butter
  • Dark Chocolate Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate-Red Wine Glaze
  • Chip’s Wine Selection
  • Pinot Gris
  • Tuscan/Sangiovese
  • 3 Kings Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Purple Trillium

Saturday, November 22 | 12:00 - 3:00pm | $65.00 per person

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John Bostick
Hands On

Hands-On: Homemade Italian Pizza
with John Bostick at the Fairfield Location

Turn your kitchen into an Italian pizzeria! John will explain the basics of pizza making - from the fundamentals of dough to techniques for creating bubbly hot pizzas in a home oven. Create, eat, ask and enjoy!

On the Menu

  • Tomato Pizza Sauce
  • John’s "Sure-Fire" Pizza Dough
  • Pizza Margherita
  • Pepperoni Pizza
  • Pizza Insalata with Basil Vinaigrette
  • Spiced Carrot Cake

Tuesday, November 25 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $65.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.

December

Leigh Barnhart Ochs

A Plate Full of Christmas Cookies
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs at the Fairfield Location

Fill your home and cookie jar with the spirit of Christmas! Leigh’s collection of very merry, Santa-worthy cookies are sure to please friends and family. Start your season of baking early with these all new holiday cookies. Nibble cookies and enjoy a light snack during the class.

On the Menu

  • Chocolate Peppermint Biscotti
  • Sparkling Luxardo Cherry Cookies
  • Gilded Dark Chocolate Stars
  • Red Velvet Crinkles
  • Raspberry Almond Cookie Slices
  • Pecan Chews with Small-Batch Bourbon
  • Vintage Cinnamon Crisps
  • Orange-Coconut Rum Balls
  • Millionaire Toffee Bars

Thursday, December 4 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.

Friday, December 5 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $50.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.

Carol Tabone

Dave Schmerr
Wine and Food

Wine and Food: Carol’s Traditional Christmas Dinner
with Carol Tabone and Dave Schmerr at the Fairfield Location

Join Carol for this festive class while she prepares her traditional family recipes. You will learn how to make homemade ravioli while Dave accompanies the class with an outstanding wine selection!

On the Menu

  • My Mom’s Crab Dip with Vegetable Dippers
  • Ravioli Two Ways: Spinach/Ricotta filling and Sausage/Ricotta filling
  • Carol’s Best Meatballs and Sausage simmered in a rich Tomato Sauce
  • Mixed Green Salad with Pears and Almonds - tossed with Balsamic Dressing
  • Cheese Course
  • Carol’s Favorite Tiramisu
  • Dave’s Wine Selection
  • Champagne - a wine that goes well with any dish!
  • Chianti Classico - medium-bodied, rich with a red cherry overtone
  • Rosso di Montalcino - Sangiovese at its best
  • Barolo - a rich complex red from Northern Italy

Saturday, December 13 | 12:00 - 3:00pm | $65.00 per person

Please call 513.674.6059 to check for available seats.

Susan Diehl

The Season to Celebrate
with Susan Diehl at the Fairfield Location

As the holiday season approaches, join Susan for a stress-free dinner party with a spectacular do-ahead menu. Enjoy the magic of the season with friends and family without the hustle and bustle.

On the Menu

  • Cranberry Framboise Martini
  • Arugula, Orange and Grapefruit Salad
  • Beef Brisket with Wild Mushrooms, Cranberries and Rosemary
  • Marmalade Glazed Carrots with Candied Pecans
  • Potato, Celery Root and Fontina Gratin
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Cake

Tuesday, December 16 | 6:00 - 8:30pm | $50.00 per person

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Leigh Barnhart Ochs

Simple Soups 5
with Leigh Barnhart Ochs at the Fairfield Location

Our annual end-of-the-year class! Everyone enjoys a bowl of hot soup and this year Leigh ladles up a distinctive menu of delicious soup that will see you through the shiver of cold winter days.

On the Menu

  • Winter Vegetable Soup with Coconut Milk and Pears
  • Hearty Lentil and Ham Soup
  • Baked Potato and Leek Soup with Cheddar and Bacon
  • Stuffed Pepper Soup
  • Quick Onion Cheese Bread
  • Lemon Fig Olive Oil Cake with Fig Mascarpone Gelato

Thursday, December 18 | 11:00am - 1:30pm | $50.00 per person

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