Let’s admit it, some of us are better in the kitchen than others. It could be you, or it could be your significant other. Or maybe you are really lucky and BOTH of you are cooking rockstars. Either way, cooking classes are always a great date option, especially if you choose to learn something new!
Cooking classes in Columbus can provide you with the ultimate bonding experience, as well as a way to meet other couples (aka future double date). Most classes cater to all skill levels, some are paired with alcoholic beverages, and all will give you new recipes to add to your collection.
To help you sort through the options, we’ve broken down local classes into three categories: ongoing daily classes, ongoing monthly classes, and quarterly classes.
Ongoing Daily Classes
Dream Dinners (Powell)
Turn something that might be boring and tedious into a fun date night! Dream Dinners allows you to assemble your own family meals for the week. The shared responsibility of this household “chore” will eliminate the “what’s for dinner?” question, and allow you extra free time during the week. Pricing is done per-serving and is based on what you select.
Sur La Table (Easton)
Presenting multiple classes each day, this is the go-to spot for availability and variety. Every Friday and Saturday date night exclusive classes are offered. Ranging from surf & turf to cooking with wine, Spanish themed to desserts, you can be sure to find meals you both will enjoy. Throughout the week classes are held for kids, teens, and girls night out.
Pro-Tip: Don’t decide to go until the week of?! No sweat. Many classes are offered at discounted prices if there are seats still available.
Ongoing Monthly Classes
1400 Food Lab (Upper Arlington)
1400 Food Lab is a shared commercial kitchen space for people who are just starting out with their business. With over 100+ makers, they are able to offer a variety of cooking classes, giving you the opportunity to learn from the pros themselves. You can tell the makers love to interact with you and teach you about their passion. They have an ongoing event list, so make sure you are checking it regularly, as the classes often sell out! Recently spotted a make your own pizza, Indian chicken tikka masala, and Chinese soup dumplings classes for ranging in price from $50-$65/person!
Franklin Park Conservatory (Columbus)
The beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory brings in local experts to share their love of cooking and teach creative ways to utilize local organic produce. Cooking classes focus on the culinary specialties of a certain region, some paired with wine. FPC is a supporter of Community Supported Agriculture, where community shareholders and the farm operation share the benefits and risks of the food production. They also offer a cooking from the garden series featuring products from Great River Organics, where you learn tips and tricks for recipes using seasonal items from local organic farms. Also, be on the lookout for their next Book Club Series featuring an author-led discussion and a paired hands-on experience.
$15-$75/person, save $5 if you are a member of the FPC
Local Matters (German Village)
Want to cook for a cause?! At Local Matters you can do just that! Created in 2008, their goal is help create consistent access to healthy, affordable foods in the community. Their classes are offered regardless of skill level or ability to pay. There are a select number of free seats for each class. After those fill up, then you pay what you can. There is even an option to pay it forward by buying a seat for someone else.
Our Cupcakery (Dublin)
We couldn’t compile a list of cooking classes without including one from our favorite course – dessert! Classes are mostly focused on the art of decorating, but you may see a baking one pop up here or there.
Savoir Cooking + Wine (Powell)
Savoir literally means “to know” in French. And that is exactly what Chef Mike McCauley wants you to take away from this experience – knowledge. The classes we are eyeing are their wine pairing and brunch options. Located in Powell, Savoir Cooking + Wine holds a couple of classes each week. Date night exclusive options are available.
$49-$75/person or $100-$175/couple
The Seasoned Farmhouse (Clintonville)
Founded by Chef Tricia Wheeler of Edible Columbus, on the idea that “the kitchen is the heart of the home and the garden is a place of comfort and joy.” The Seasoned Farmhouse brings local farmers, artisans, and culinary experts together to share their love of cooking with you. Menus are planned around the seasonal offerings and feature a variety of culinary options. Classes are posted four times a year and offered year round.
Spagio European & Pacific Rim Cuisine (Grandview)
A 30-year staple in the Grandview community, Chef Hubert Seifert loves to give back to the community. Presented as more of a cooking show, you will be able to watch, take notes, and interact with Chef Hubert as he prepares five dishes while you’re sipping wine. Once the dishes are complete, you will be able to sample from each of the choices he prepared. Classes are offered on Saturday afternoons from 2-4pm.
Glass Rooster Cannery (Sunbury)
For those of you who are avid gardeners, you might want to consider taking a canning class at the Glass Rooster Cannery. The classes give you a hands-on experience, as well as teaching you the whys and how-tos of canning. $10 of each ticket is donated to Slow Food Columbus.
The Kitchen (German Village)
Looking for a truly unique experience? Then, look no further. The Kitchen offers participatory dining in dinner party form. Normally, you would show up for a dinner party and the food would already be prepared. But, not here! You work together to cook the meal with a handful of complete strangers. If you ask us, there is no better way to get to know your partner or to meet some new friends! Upcoming parties include: Ohio’s Summer Harvest, Celebration of Bourbon, and Fall Harvest. If alcohol is not included, then there is a full bar available for standard prices.
More places to take a cooking class in Columbus
Here is an additional place that has offered cooking classes in the past.
Quinci Emporium (follow on Facebook for upcoming events)
Previous classes include: summer sauces, fresh pasta, and homemade ricotta. We can’t wait to see what is next!
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