There’s nothing worse than finishing a long day at work, only to have to decide what’s for dinner. And everyone has a limit for how much takeout they can order in one week. Ditch the routine dinner stress and try your hand at something new. From date nights and work events to casual classes with friends, these local spots are here for you.
Looking to spice up your kitchen in quarantine? Metropole is prepared to give you the building blocks to become the at-home chef you’ve always wanted to be. Enroll in just one class or a full semester, and bring the restaurant experience home to you. A portion of the proceeds from each cooking class is donated to the LEE Initiative’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program.
609 Walnut St., downtown, (513) 578-6660, www.metropoleonwalnut.com
Out of Thyme
This kitchen studio isn’t going easy on its students just because they’re virtual now. With two to three virtual classes per month—each are about two hours long—you can expect the same tips and tricks and one-on-one time with the instructor as you’d get in person. And they even host classes for kids.
11915 Montgomery Rd., Symmes Township, (513) 781-4637, outofthymechef.com
This cookware collection is located at Findlay Market and its virtual classes are perfect for any wannabe chef, no matter the level. While their classes are demonstration only, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about the particular dish and techniques. Unlike many other classes, you get to set the menu to whatever interests you.
1824 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 263-1002, www.artichokeotr.com
The Learning Kitchen
The Learning Kitchen lives up to its name, emphasizing the importance of the hows and whys of a recipe. While their most popular menu item is chicken piccata, they have several different menus to choose from. With their chef walking you through every step of the way, you’re sure to end up with a delicious product.
7659 Cox Ln., West Chester, (513) 847-4474, www.thelearningkitchen.com
The Cooking School at Jungle Jim’s
Translating 25 years of in-person class experience into a virtual setting since last summer, The Cooking School brings the Jungle Jim’s experience into your home. They’ve been putting on award-winning classes for the past eight years, so let’s just say they know a thing or two about cooking. Whip up a tasty meal with them or just watch—it’s up to you.
4450 Eastgate South Dr., Eastgate; 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield (513) 674-6059, junglejims.com/the-cooking-school-at-jungle-jims/