This post is written by Maggie Mecklenborg, membership services coordinator for Experience Columbus. You can follow her on Twitter @MaggieMeck. Photos are courtesy of Nicole Pallante, blogger at A Local Choice.
The Kitchen - Located in historic German Village, The Kitchen is one of Columbus' best communal cooking and immersive dining experiences. While at The Kitchen you can expect to create a meal, enjoy one another’s company and learn a new skill or two. This 1920's venue has a vintage feel with beautiful oak hardwood floors, brick walls and antique tin ceilings that sets the mood for an intimate and fun evening with your friends, family and co-workers to enjoy. Anne Boninsegna and Jen Lindsey, owners of The Kitchen, also host private parties, catered and corporate events.
The Seasoned Farmhouse - The Seasoned Farmhouse, a French Country-inspired participatory dining experience in Clintonville, celebrates seasonal ingredients from farms and artisan producers throughout Ohio while offering a unique variety of hands-on cooking classes and events. Chef Tricia Wheeler, creator and owner, of The Seasoned Farmhouse believes that “there is nothing more rewarding than cooking for the ones you love." Her learning garden, cookbook library, and specialty culinary boutique are some examples that make The Seasoned Farmhouse a culinary destination. Woodhaven Farm - Chef Tami Cecil, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and formerly worked for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, runs the 10-acre farm where visitors work together in teams to prepare gourmet meals. Chef Tami specializes in corporate team building experience by creating an atmosphere that promotes comfortable interaction among the team members and an emphasis on having fun with corporate team building. Her classes include both demonstration and hands-on participation with a generous sampling of all dishes prepared. Glass Rooster Cannery - Haven't you heard? Canning is the hottest new food trend. Who doesn't love to enjoy fresh, local food for as long as possible? Jeanine Seabrook, owner of The Glass Rooster Cannery, welcomes novice and experienced cooks of all ages to join her on the farm, located 6 miles north of New Albany, to learn how to store a safe food supply efficiently from home grown sources. She offers classes and events on canning, food preservation, cooking and simple living. You can also buy in-season produce and resources to grow your own produce on site, along with their homemade soup mixes, bread mixes, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, and canned goods. While you are there make sure to visit their Art and Antique Barn, filled with made-in-Ohio hand-crafted items and one-of-a-kind pieces of history. Glass Rooster Cannery offers farm-to-fork lunch menus, experiential events and tours, and can accommodate cooking parties, large groups, from 20 to 200.