Class Schedule: Foundation/Basics Classes

Every good cook needs to start somewhere and these classes will help! Whether it's a basic class on chicken, learning essential knife skills or a specific foundation skill like learning how to make fresh pasta; these classes will help build a solid foundation of cooking knowledge.

Mary Cooney

Hands-On Pasta: Tortellini & Ravioli 

Hands-On Class
In this scratch made pasta class you will learn step-by-step how to make two types of Italian pastas, fillings, and delicious sauces that will surely become family favorites. Roll up your sleeves and get hands-on experience learning from our expert instructor, Mary Cooney. Recipes include: Cheese Filled Tortellini with Swiss Chard, Ricotta, and Parmesan; Meat Filled Tortellini with Pork, Prosciutto, and Mortadella, both served with Homemade Tomato Sauce; and Chicken and Prosciutto Ravioli with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Bravo! This menu will be paired with wine.

Mary CooneyMonday, September 22 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Matthew Somich

Seafood 101 

Chef Matthew Somich is back with all new recipes in this basic seafood class. Learn new and different ways to prepare that meatless meal. Matt will share his knowledge of how to choose the best product and walk you through techniques and skills that help you become more seafood savvy. You will learn how to make: Maryland- Style Crab Cakes; Shrimp Bisque; Grilled Fresh Whole Fish with Sherry Vinaigrette and Arugula Salad; and Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Horseradish Parsnip Purèe. This menu will be paired with wine.

Matthew SomichTuesday, September 23 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Mary Cooney

Family Night: Italian 

Hands-On Class
Spend quality time with a family member or friend in the Culinary Center Kitchen and create a lovely meal in which everyone shares in the preparation, cooking, and dining experience. Mary Cooney will guide you through an Italian menu you are sure to repeat at home. Chicken Tenders Sautéed with Wine and Rosemary; Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil; Broccoli Sautéed with Garlic and Olive Oil; Garlic Bread; and, one of the Cooney family's favorite desserts; Chocolate Almond Pie. $75.00 for 2 people.

Mary CooneySunday, September 28 • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM • $75.00  

Sherry Monaghan

Magic of Maple 

The homey scents and flavors of autumn describe this delicious menu in which one of everyone's childhood favorite flavors; Maple, is the star. Join Sherry Monaghan as she creates wonderful recipes rich with maple flavor. Fennel Maple Breakfast Sausage with Cinnamon Maple Applesauce; Fall Salad with Maple Vinaigrette; Chipotle Maple BBQ Brisket Taco; Mustard Maple Grilled Salmon with Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts; and we'll finish with a fall favorite; Apple Crisp with Maple Cream Sauce. This menu will be paired with beer.

Sherry MonaghanThursday, October 2 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Kelly Kresge


Couples Hands-On Class
Beer is what we're cooking with in this fun, football friendly menu from our Beer Queen, Chef Kelly. To kick it off you'll make Beer Cheese and Beer Bread; along with Spicy Beer Nuts! Then on to her Beer Soaked Chicken Wings and delicious Slow Braised Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Slaw. Just in case of overtime - don't worry; Chocolate Beer Brownies with a Beer Caramel Sauce will cover it!

Kelly KresgeSunday, October 5 • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM • $135.00  

Matthew Somich
George Punter

Craft Beer and Bacon 

Join Chef Matt and George Punter team up for this delicious bacon and craft beer inspired class. Bacon is undeniably one of the most enticing flavors of all and the latest trends and offerings of craft beers are truly exciting. Matt will teach you how to make these delicious recipes and George will educate you on how to make that perfect beer choice. The Ultimate BLT; Bacon Wrapped Monkfish with Potato Chive Pancakes and Porcini Mushroom Foam; Porter Braised Pork Belly with Celery Root Purée; and Pain Perdue with Guinness Bacon Ice Cream.

Matthew Somich and George PunterTuesday, October 7 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Kate Kennard

Clean & Lean Weeknight Dinners 

Spend an evening at the Culinary Center with Kate Kennard, a Holistic Health Coach, and learn how to plan and prep a week's worth of Clean & Lean dinners for your busy family. In this class you will learn what you need to prep ahead so that you can pull that weeknight meal together in a snap! Complete with grocery list, a prep sheet, and the recipes for the week, this class is a must for that busy family or those looking to eat for health, weight loss, and nutrition. Kate's menu includes: Buffalo Cauliflower Wraps with Avocado Lime Dressing; Super Food Stir-Fry with Brown Basmati Rice; Zucchini Boats with Southwest Quinoa Filling; and Black Beans & Forbidden Rice with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing.

Kate KennardThursday, October 9 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $65.00  

Jack Zindorf

Stir Crazy 

No one knows how to use a wok like culinary instructor, Jack Zindorf. In this stir fry class, Jack will show you how to become expert at stir frying for throwing together that quick weeknight meal. You will learn how to season and care for your wok, as well as learn the many uses to whip up that quick and tasty dinner. Jack's menu includes: Bang Bang Shrimp; Stir Fried Beef Stroganoff; Thai Basil Chicken; and Vegetarian Pad Thai. This menu will be paired with wine.

Jack ZindorfMonday, October 13 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $65.00  

Zebbie Borland

Princess Tea Party 

Attention little princesses! Bring your mom or grandma to the Culinary Center today for an afternoon Princess Tea Party. Come dressed in your frilliest frock and join our Queen tea party expert, Zebbie Borland for an afternoon of lovely tea party confections that will make this afternoon one to remember. Zebbie will teach you how to serve a proper English tea. Along with your tea you will dine on Warm Scones with Devonshire Cream and Strawberry Jam; a variety of Tea Sandwiches; Fruit Wands; Mini Blueberry Muffins; Pretty Petit Fours; Homemade Mints; and Pretty Pink Punch with an Ice Mold made with Edible Flowers! Each princess will decorate her own Teapot Cookie to take home. $45.00 for one adult and one child.

Zebbie BorlandSaturday, October 18 • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM • $45.00  

Mary Cooney

Fabulous Fall Pies 

One of the most loved comfort foods is homemade pie. Join Mary Cooney for this class as she shares all new delicious pie recipes perfect for baking on a cool autumn day. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and get ready to enjoy a piece of pure comfort. Apple and Dried Fig Pie with Hazelnut Crust; Sweet Potato Meringue Pie with Traditional All-Butter Pie Crust; and Toasted Coconut Cream Pie with Whipped Cream and a Pâte Sucrée Crust. Light snacks will be served.

Mary CooneySunday, October 19 • 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM • $65.00  

Sherry Monaghan

The Heart of it All: Midwest Favorites 

Come hungry to this class! Sherry Monaghan will have your mouth watering as she shows you how to make these simple and hearty Midwest legendary favorites. From Minneapolis comes the Juicy Lucy - an incredibly cheesy burger; from Cincinnati; Chili, of course; from Up North; the Pastie; a hearty savory pie that eats like a sandwich; from Chi-town; the classic Italian Beef; and from America's Dairyland; Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup. This menu will be paired with beer.

Sherry MonaghanWednesday, October 22 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Chef Lee Anne House


Join us for one hot cooking class! Chef Lee Anne House is the developer of her very own award-winning HouseMade Sriracha. Lee Anne has gained knowledge and experience working in Dayton's best local restaurants and she'll show off her cooking prowess highlighting her sauce in unique and delicious ways. Sriracha Veggie Hummus Taco; Shrimp and Kale Grits; Zucchini and Squash "Noodles" Red Curry Flank Steak; and Coconut Bread Pudding with Hot Chocolate Sauce. We'll pair this class with both wine and beer.

Chef Lee Anne HouseFriday, October 24 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $65.00  

Julia Hoy

Family Night: All American Meal 

Hands-On Class
In this class, Julia Hoy will teach you how to make traditional family favorites healthier and lighter without sacrificing taste. These recipes will satisfy any night of the week. Learn to make a classic but Quick Tomato Soup that is great as a starter or side dish. Julia will also make a lighter version of Breaded Chicken Tenders; and everyone's favorite comfort food, Macaroni & Cheese; for dessert, the perfect fall treat Pumpkin Maple Walnut Bars with a Nutty Streusel topped with ice cream. $75.00 for 2 people.

Julia HoySunday, October 26 • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM • $75.00  

Matthew Somich

How To: Sausage Making 

Hands-On Class
Join Chef Matt for this hands-on class and you will learn how to make your own sausage! You'll be amazed at how much better fresh sausage tastes and how easy it is to make at home. We'll use the freshest ingredients to make: Bratwurst; Red Wine and Garlic Sausage; and Chicken Fontina and Basil Sausage. This menu will be paired with beer.

Matthew SomichTuesday, October 28 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Mary Cooney

Hands-On Teen Class: Pasta from Scratch 

Hands-On Class
Join Mary Cooney for this hands-on class and learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch! You will get expert instruction and learn the skills necessary to make fresh pasta and turn it into these delicious entrées: Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil; Meat Filled Ravioli with a simple Homemade Tomato Sauce; and, for the perfect side to go along with these dishes a Baby Greens Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette that you will make over and over again. We'll end the meal with a sweet treat!

Mary CooneySaturday, November 1 • 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM • $75.00  

Matthew Somich

Beef 101 

Learn fundamental skills in this information-packed class with all new beefy recipes. Leave this class with delicious recipes perfect for a family dinner or formal dinner party. Chef Matt Somich will teach you how to make Beef Goulash with Spaetzle; Chili Con Carne with Skillet Corn Bread; Herb Crusted Prime Rib Roast; and Grilled T-Bone Steak with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions. This menu will be paired with wine.

Matthew SomichMonday, November 3 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Julia Hoy

Souper Winter Meals 

Julia Hoy will show you how soups can range from simple to complex with an almost endless array of interchangeable ingredients to make them your own. Come warm yourself with these wonderful versatile recipes: Asian Egg Drop Soup; Traditional Mexican Albondigas Soup with Meatballs, Fresh Herbs, and Vegetables; Julia Child's Classic Potato Soup with variations; a lighter version of New England Clam Chowder with Bacon, Thyme, and Sherry; and a sweet, dessert-style Warm Spiced Plum Soup. This menu will be paired with wine.

Julia HoyTuesday, November 4 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $65.00  

Chef Carrie Walters

How To: Thanksgiving Dinner 

Thanksgiving dinners are known for complicated menus with numerous dishes to prepare, and the whole process can be very intimidating. In this class, Chef Carrie will teach you everything you need to know to serve up a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner your guests are sure to remember. Carrie will show you that with a proper plan in place, even the gravy will turn out perfect. Recipes are updated and are all "real food" - no cans of soup here! The menu includes Home-Style Dressing; Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Gravy; Green Bean Casserole; Fresh Cranberry Relish; Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crunch Topping; and, of course, the Turkey - a free-range, vegetarian-fed, fresh bird - roasted to juicy perfection; and, for dessert Grandma Tobias Pumpkin Pie, fresh from the market. This menu will be paired with wine.

Chef Carrie WaltersTuesday, November 11 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Ed Bartush

Knife Skills 101 with Wüsthof Expert Ed Bartush 

Hands-On class
Wüsthof expert Ed Bartush will help you become more confident in the kitchen as he teaches fundamental knife skills essential for food preparation. Ed will discuss the importance of sharpening, and how to hold your knife for maximum performance and efficiency. He will demonstrate proper cutting techniques and guide you through hands-on practice. This is the perfect class to learn about different types of knives and the benefits of different blades. Each student will go home with a Wüsthof 3.5" Classic Pairing Knife - a kitchen essential! Light snacks will be served.

Ed BartushWednesday, November 12 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Chef Rick Schaefer

Holiday Celtic Breakfast 

Dayton's popular hometown Caterer Chef Rick Schaefer, has been on the catering scene since 1986. Help us welcome him to DLM's Culinary Center while he shows us how to make an outstanding Holiday Celtic Breakfast. Chef Rick is excited to share his passion for food and entertaining. He will share some tricks of the catering trade to help you survive this busy season in the best of taste! We'll get this menu started with Irish Coffee; Traditional Irish Scrambled Eggs with Chives and Crème Fraîche on Toasted Farmhouse Bread; Corned Beef Hash; Grilled Scottish Salmon with Chef's Dill Sauce; Colcannon, and for a delicious ending; Guinness Cupcakes.

Chef Rick SchaeferThursday, November 13 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $65.00  

Chef Elizabeth Wiley

A Day in the Kitchen with Chef Wiley 

Hands-On Class
Spend the day in the Culinary Center with Chef Elizabeth Wiley, creator and owner of The Meadowlark and Wheat Penny Oven and Bar . The day will begin with the class developing a menu in the CC with Wiley and then shopping together at the market, gathering more inspiration along the way. There are no set menus and no recipes provided before, during, or after the experience. We suggest taking notes! The best part is that students help prepare dishes with Wiley's guidance, and then dine together on the creations. One or two wines or beers will also be selected, according to what the chef feels will best complement the food. Our Day in the Kitchen classes offer an intimate, unique, and highly educational experience gleaned from one-on-one interaction with the chef, plus a whole lot of fun!

Chef Elizabeth WileySunday, November 16 • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM • $95.00  

Sherry Monaghan

Around the World in a Dish 

Chicken and Rice for dinner again? - not tonight! Join Sherry Monaghan for this class and she'll show you how to change it up with these international dishes that are easy and uncomplicated and will have your family running to the dinner table. French Onion Soup; Moroccan Beef Tangine; Pork Tinga; Spicy Chicken Pad Thai; and a French Canadian Meat pie, traditionally served at the holidays; Tourtiere. This menu will be paired with wine.

Sherry MonaghanMonday, November 17 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Matthew Somich

Chicken 101 

Chef Matt is back for another great chicken class with all new recipes. Matt will once again concentrate on basic cooking methods, knowledge, and techniques with delicious results. Join this class and learn how you can turn one of our favorite staples into something special. Paprika Chicken with Herbed Spaetzle; Oven Roasted Citrus Chicken with Baked Rice Pilaf and Pan Gravy; Vietnamese Chicken Bahn Mi Sandwich; and Sautéed Chicken Cutlets with Port Wine and Mushroom Pan Sauce. This menu will be paired with wine.

Matthew SomichTuesday, November 18 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00  

Sherry Monaghan

Family Night: Spanish  

Hands-On Class
Today's menu celebrates the vibrant and rich tradition of Spanish cuisine. Sherry Monaghan will teach you how to prepare these fun and tasty Spanish dishes that will add a new take on the family dinner! Catalan Tomato Bread; Red Onion and Orange Salad; Albondigas (Meatballs) en Salsa; Pinchiots (Pork Kebabs); Chorizo Grilled Cheese; and el postre; Catalan Crème. $75.00 for 2 people.

Sherry MonaghanSunday, November 30 • 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM • $75.00  

Zebbie Borland

Let's Decorate A Gingerbread House 

Hands-On class
Decorating a gingerbread house during the holiday season is a traditional family pastime. Join Zebbie Borland for this hands-on class and learn the step-by-step process for decorating your very own gingerbread house. All icings and candies for decoration will be provided, but feel free to bring some of your own to personalize your house. This is a great activity for parents and children to do together. Sign up early; Seating is limited.

Zebbie BorlandMonday, December 8 • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $50.00  

Zebbie Borland

Let's Decorate A Gingerbread House 

Hands-On Class
Decorating a gingerbread house during the holiday season is a traditional family pastime. Join Zebbie Borland for this hands-on class and learn the step-by-step process for decorating your very own gingerbread house. All icings and candies for decoration will be provided, but feel free to bring some of your own to personalize your house. This is a great activity for parents and children to do together. Sign up early; seating is limited.

Zebbie BorlandWednesday, December 10 • 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $50.00  

Jack Zindorf

Crêpes Savory and Sweet - All New Recipes 

Hands-On Class
Jack Zindorf is back with all new recipes in this hands-on crêpes class. Crêpes are one of the most versatile and simple, yet classic ways to make an ordinary meal extraordinary whether it be breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. You will learn the basic techniques of making the perfect recipe that will hit the spot for that savory or sweet craving. Crêpes Quiche Lorraine; Cheese Blintzes topped with Preserves; Savory Crêpes filled with Wild Mushrooms and Cheese Filling; and Bananas Foster Dessert Crêpes. This menu will be paired with wine.

Jack ZindorfTuesday, December 16 • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM • $75.00