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09/16/2013 - Autumn, Holiday Creations Cooking Classes Now On Sale At MCI

September 13, 2013


Robert White
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Autumn, Holiday Creations Cooking Classes Now On Sale At MCI
The Creations Cooking Classes at Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute are back, with a focus this year on the upcoming holiday season.

Many of the classes are designed for members of the general public who have a serious interest in food – and some for novices who wish to start exploring the world of food preparation. Two classes are designed specifically for kids and families.

“We’ve gotten terrific response on the basic idea of these cooking classes,” said Joe Moss, executive director of the Midwest Culinary Institute. “Rather than just hear a talk or watch a demonstration, people like the idea of actually cooking something side by side with recognized culinary experts, in kitchens that are designed specifically for teaching.”

The Creations Cooking Classes, which are co-sponsored by MCI and Kroger, were put on hold in the spring and summer of 2013 to allow time for a review of the format and the range of offerings.

The result of that review was a new three-year contract between MCI and Kroger to renew and revive the program.

“What we had to do was bring the program back closer to its roots, and pare back some of the more esoteric offerings to keep it cost-effective,” Moss said.

The lineup of Creations Cooking offerings for autumn 2013 and the holiday season is focused on mainstream dinners and dishes for people who are planning to entertain. As before, the average cost for a class is about $65, with a low of $55 and a high of $85 for classes involving wine pairings and dinners.

All classes will include time for participants to enjoy their culinary efforts, as well as recipes to take home. Some, not all, include wine. Space is limited to 16 for most classes.

To register for a class, please call (513) 569-5800 or visit Creation Cooking Classes’ new online ordering system at . Gift certificates are available for all classes. Previously purchased Gift Certificates may be redeemed for all classes, but registration must be made by phone at (513) 569-5800. Classes and menus are subject to change.

Here’s the lineup of classes for the 2013 fall and Holiday Season:


Saturday, September 28: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Crepes and Breakfast Pastries
Andrew Johnston, Corporate Chef
Don't let the holidays start crepe-ing up on you!  Start early in perfecting your sweet and savory crepe creations.  Learn a few quick and easy holiday breakfast pastry recipes that will put a smile on the face of even the biggest early morning scrooges.

Beginners, $65


Friday, October 4: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Entertaining with an Autumnal Buffet
Marilyn Harris, author/host of WKRC's "Cooking with Marilyn"
Celebrate the season with a casual dinner party featuring foods we love to serve in autumn.  This delicious menu takes you from appetizer to a yummy fall desert.  Marilyn Harris believes that the hosts should enjoy the party as much as the guests and gives you recipes that are not difficult and can be prepared ahead. This will be a hands-on cooking experience with personal instructions and interaction with your fellow students.  Wine included.

Intermediate, $75


Thursday, October 10: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Back to Basics - Sharpen Your Knife Skills
Sean Kagy, Executive Chef, MCI's Summit Restaurant
Slice and dice your way through the evening as Chef Sean Kagy takes a break from breaking in new culinary students and turns his attention to you. Learn how to maintain a sharp edge in the kitchen. This class is for novices to home professionals

Teen or Adult Beginners and up, $65


Friday, October 11: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Gluten-free Dinner
Jaime Carmody, Certified Personal Executive Chef, Out of Thyme, Ltd.
Eating for a healthier lifestyle does not have to be boring. This menu includes Chicken & Prosciutto Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette, Tuscan Tomato Salad with Feta Quinoa Cakes with Swiss & Herbs Polenta Fries, and S'Mores Bars. Bon appétit indeed!

All skill levels, $65


Wednesday, October 16: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Weeknight Meal
Brian Whisman, Division Chef Coordinator, Kroger
Quick and easy weeknight recipes and shopping tips for people with busy schedules. Yes, you can have home cooked meals every night of the week!

Beginners, $65


Thursday, October 24: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fishin' at Home
Sean Kagy, Executive Chef, MCI's Summit Restaurant
Take the mystery out of your seafood and prepare perfect fish at home every time! Chef Kagy will put your knife skills to work as he gives you helpful tips for preparing beautifully fresh seafood. Whether it's roasting, frying or steaming, Chef Kagy will teach you how to prepare, cook and present the perfect fish dish!

Beginners/Intermediate, $75


Saturday, October 26: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Freakishly Good Fruits and Vegetables for Kids and Teens (ages 10 and up)
Jasmine Rose Lensing, Executive Chef, Summit Country Day School
Healthy eating habits should start early in life! Using seasonal vegetables and fruits we will create healthy, delicious snacks and entrees that kids will love and have lots of fun preparing!  As a bonus, Jasmine will present Healthy Halloween dishes you can create with your very own pumpkin.  (Parents are welcome but not required to stay)

Beginners, $55


Friday, November 15: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fundamentals of Pairing Food and Wine
Laura Landoll, Level III Sommelier, Grand Cru Wines
Sean Kagy, Executive Chef, MCI's Summit Restaurant
This class will feature six tasting courses served and paired with assorted wines to evaluate how various components, flavors and textures can result in a match made in heaven...or elsewhere. Never be intimidated by a wine list again!

Intermediate, $85


Wednesday, November 20: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Sides
Brian Whisman, Division Chef Coordinator, Kroger
Let Chef Brian do some of the work for you this year with new twists on holiday classics.

All skill levels, $65


Thursday, November 21: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
What Starts Well Ends Well
Sean Kagy, Executive Chef, MCI's Summit Restaurant
Whether hosting a dinner party or a quiet dinner for two, great appetizers and desserts make the evening memorable! The Summit was voted by Open Table voters as the restaurant most "fit for foodies" come see why!

Intermediate, $55


Thursday, December 5: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Easy but Elegant Holiday Entertaining
Marilyn Harris, author/host of WKRC's "Cooking with Marilyn"
Have fun making some of Marilyn's favorite recipes for the holiday season. This class features dishes to include in your holiday menus that are tasty and seasonal without demanding too much time. This will be a hands-on cooking experience after which you will enjoy tasting your culinary efforts accompanied by wine.

Intermediate/Advanced, $85


Friday, December 6: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Pig and the Piedmont
Laura Landoll, Level III Sommelier, Grand Cru Wines
Advanced Sommelier Laura Landoll will discuss a bit of history and geography of the Piedmonte region of Italy, then explore the white and red varietals that pair so well with pork and have wine critics buzzing. The class includes appetizers from the Summit Restaurant.

All skill levels, $65


Saturday, December 7: 10a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fun and Easy Holiday Treats (ages 8 and up)
Chef Glenda Stanton and Chef Michael Vanfleet, Pastry Chefs, MCI's Bakery Hill
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Let us put some frosting into your next snow day by teaching you to decorate holiday cookies and cupcakes that the whole family will enjoy!

Beginners, $45


Wednesday, December 11: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Appetizers for the Holidays
Brian Whisman, Division Chef Coordinator, Kroger
Join Chef Brian for an assortment of hors d' oeuvres perfect for starting any holiday party. As always, he will have make-ahead and shopping tips.

Beginners, $65

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