Q: Party Style vs. Workshop?
Workshop-style class. You’ll have a work station, set up with pre-measured ingredients and all the food and equipment you’ll need for class. Our chef-instructors will provide interactive demonstrations for each step of the recipe before sending you back to your station to try it yourself. You’ll work individually or in pairs (depending on the menu) to complete the meal. When all the cooking is finished, you’ll sit down to enjoy what you’ve made.
Party-style class. This class is still hands-on, but designed as a collaborative cooking experience. There will be 2-3 stations, each with a chef instructor making different parts of the meal. You’ll be able to choose which station to go to, and can feel free to switch stations during class. Our chef-instructors will provide group demonstrations and one-on-one guidance at each station. Since you’ll work in groups, you won’t make every recipe from the menu. But, when all the cooking is finished, you’ll sit down to enjoy the entire meal – regardless of what you helped make, of course!
Q: Do you offer kids classes?
A: Although we occasionally host offsite kids events, we aren’t able to host any classes for kids or have kids in our regular classes. Due to a policy change at Findlay Kitchen (where we currently host classes), only students 16 and older may enter the facility. We were disappointed to have to hit the pause button on our kids’ classes, however, we are very excited to announce that we’ll be moving into our own space in 2020 and will be resuming our kids’ programming there! Please join our e-mail list to get updates.
Q: How much do your classes cost?
A: Most of our hands-on cooking classes range from $69-$89 per person (+ tax and fees). Your ticket includes instruction from our professional chefs, craft beer and wine, all the food you cook and enjoy during class, and any leftovers to bring home! We also offer a monthly Wine Essentials class ($49 per person), and have a Cookbook Club (tickets are $30 per person).
Q: Everything is sold out! When do new classes come out?
A: We release classes 1 month in advance on the first Friday of every month to those on our e-mail list. Our classes tend to fill up very quickly (like, within a few minutes of going on sale!), so we recommend joining the e-mail list so you can be among the first to know when we add new classes. If you want to join the waitlist for a sold out class, please send us an e-mail with your request! firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all classes have been postponed through May 1st. Because we will be rescheduling those classes, our future class releases will be delayed. We appreciate your patience!
Q: How do I buy a gift card?
A: Please go to our Gift Cards Page for more information.
Q: Do you offer private events?
A: We do! Please send us a message using the form on our Private Events page. *Please Note: at this time we are not able to accommodate private classes for anyone under the age of 16. We hope to be able to offer this in the future!*
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: All purchases are non-refundable. If for any reason you are unable to attend class, please contact us as far in advance as possible.
For cancellations requested at least 7 days before the class begins, you’ll be given the following options:
- Receive TBSP credit in the form of a gift card equal to the full amount of the purchase
- Transfer to another class
- Transfer subject to seat availability at the time of the transfer. You may transfer into a class of equal or lesser value, or pay the difference in order to transfer into a class with a higher ticket price.
- Give your ticket(s) to someone you know
- If you choose to give your tickets to someone you know, please include new attendee information along with your cancellation request.
Cancellations made within the 7 days prior to the class start will not be eligible for refund or credit. If you need to cancel within this period, please contact us as far in advance as possible. (Updated: 05/02/19)
Q: What’s included in my class ticket?
A: For our hands-on cooking classes, you’ll get hands-on instruction from professional chefs, craft beer and hand-picked wine from small producers, a booklet of recipes from class, all the food you cook and enjoy during class and any leftovers to bring home! We offer a seasonally rotating selection of wines from small producers as well as local craft beer.
Q: Can you accommodate dietary restrictions or food allergies?
A: Each class ticket page should include information about which common dietary restrictions we are able to accommodate, so please check there before registering. Either way, we need advanced notice (2 weeks minimum) to accommodate any dietary restrictions or food allergies. If you have questions, please contact our staff and we’ll do our best to guide you to the right class.
Q: Are your classes hands-on?
A: Yes! At a Tablespoon cooking class, you’ll learn through hands-on experience – chopping, stirring, smelling, tasting, etc.
Q: How do I redeem a gift card?
A: We have recently made the transition to selling tickets directly on our website. This means you can now redeem gift cards directly on our website by entering the redemption code at checkout. Note: This only applies to gift cards purchased after 11/23/18. If your gift card was purchased before this date, or you don’t know your redemption code, please contact us to redeem.
Q: Who teaches the classes?
A: Class will be led by one of our chef-instructors, who are all seasoned culinary professionals. We also feature guest instructors from local restaurants, so check out our calendar to see who’s cooking next!
Q: Will we eat in class?
A: Yes! In most of our classes, you’ll eat what you make at the end of class. The only exception to this would be knife skills, which just has a light dinner at the start of class. We advise eating a snack before arrival since most of our classes run about 3 hours.
Q: What is cookbook club?
A: Tablespoon’s Cookbook Club is a monthly potluck where everyone brings a different dish from the same cookbook. It’s a great way to explore everything a cookbook has to offer without having to do all the cooking by yourself. We typically meet on Tuesdays at Oakley Wines. Cookbook club is a monthly ticketed event. You may purchase individual tickets to each month’s meeting, or sign up for a 12 month or 6 month Cookbook Club membership (2020 options coming soon!). Although everyone brings a potluck item to share, your ticket goes towards securing the venue, 2 glasses of wine (chosen especially for the cookbook), and supplementary dishes from TBSP chefs! We make sure that regardless of what everyone brings, you’ll always have a well-rounded meal. The chosen cookbook for each month can be purchased at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Commons (mention TBSP Cookbook Club for a 20% discount!), on Amazon, or you can borrow one from your local library. Don’t have time to grab a book? Pick a recipe from the author’s website or blog, or bring a food item related to the theme! Anything goes as long as you’re having fun! We also encourage you to join our facebook group and start sharing ideas! There, you’ll find a monthly sign-up sheet where you can share the recipe you’re bringing.
Q: Are your classes okay for beginners?
A: Absolutely! We welcome all skill levels. Our chef-instructors and staff will work with you to ensure everyone in the class is comfortable, learning something, and having fun!
Q: Can we bring our own drinks?
A: Only non-alcoholic beverages, please. Beer and wine are included with most classes, but you’re welcome to bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverages with you.
Q: Where are classes held? Where do I park?
A: Most of our classes are held at Findlay Kitchen, a shared commercial kitchen located near Findlay Market in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood (1719 Elm St. Cincinnati, OH 45202). Our Wine Essentials class is held at Revel OTR (111 E. 12th St. Cincinnati OH 45202) and Cookbook Club is at Oakley Wines (4011 Allston St. Cincinnati, OH 45209).
For classes held at Findlay Kitchen, we recommend either street parking or parking in one of the Findlay Market lots. The closest one to us is the West lot. More information about the Findlay Market lots can be found here: http://www.findlaymarket.org/parking.
Q: How many people are in each class?
A: Most of our hands-on cooking classes have 12-14 people. Our wine essentials class holds about 20. Most private events can hold up to 24.
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: For our cooking classes, please wear closed-toed, non-slip shoes and comfortable clothing. Hair should be pulled back or tucked under a hat. Aprons will be provided for you.
Q: Do I need to bring anything to class?
A: All equipment and ingredients for class will be provided for you, including knives and aprons. You can bring food-safe containers for leftovers, but we’ll have some available if you forget. For the Knife Skills classes, you’re welcome to bring your own knives to use, but it is not required.
Q: Should I tip the staff?
A: It’s totally up to you! If you felt our staff made your experience extra special, we are sure they would appreciate a tip.
Q: I am coming with friends. Can we sit together?
A: Yes, please let us know in advance so we can plan the seating accordingly.