Banana Leaf is a Columbus family-owned and operated vegan and vegetarian restaurant that has been serving customers for over seven years and has more than 50 years of combined experience. The restaurant serves Worthington, Dublin, Columbus, and Ohio State University and prepares all the ingredients and spices in their kitchen. Banana Leaf provides dine-in services with buffet and menu choices, catering services, and cooking classes. The vegan cooking class features a demonstration of six different dishes and provides the recipes. Appetizers are served. Banana Leaf caters Punjabi, South Indian, and Gujarati food to various events including small dinner parties and events of more than 1,000 people. The business is licensed to cook at most hotels and conference facilities and as well as on-site and off-site cooking, the business provides event management services. Gluten-free cooking is also available and free menu consultation is provided. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Customers remark on their service, friendliness, food, prices, and the atmosphere.
Columbus, OH(614) 459-4101
Columbus Culinary Institute is a school that provides a hands-on culinary arts program. The 12-month diploma option and the 18-month associate degree option both provide student with business and cooking skills. The associate degree includes classical, international, and contemporary cooking techniques, foundational skills, menu development, plating, and an eight-week externship. The diploma option has a 70% job placement rate. Columbus Culinary Institute has five professional kitchens that have brand name fridges, commercial ovens and ranges, professional steamers, blenders, fryers, and mixers, and utensils and cookware. There is also student housing available. Culinary Arts Program Director Chef Matthew Schenk has more than 25 years of culinary industry experience. He has degrees from Ohio Dominican University, Johnson & Wales, and Michigan State University. Chef Tom Hunt is an instructor and also has more than 25 years of culinary industry experience. In 2012 he won the ACF Columbus chapter Chef of the Year award. Chef Nicole Bennett is an instructor with over 15 years of culinary industry experience and she graduated from the Florida Culinary Institute.
Columbus, OH(614) 944-4200
Feasts From The Pantry is a Powell business that serves the Central Ohio Area and Columbus. The business offers catering and cooking classes. Cooking classes are for beginners to experienced cooks and the variety of three-hour classes includes Chinese favorites, Mexican favorites, appetizers, desserts, soups and stews, rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces, cookies, Easter dinner, breakfast and brunch, and summer vegetables. Students can take leftovers home along with recipes. The business offers catering for weddings, galas, office parties, birthday parties, and corporate parties. Food is prepared fresh from scratch. Menus include salads, homemade soups, grinders, kabobs, brunch, breakfast, kids, meat entrées, Italian entrées, beverages, and desserts. Customers remark on their skill, professionalism, customer service, and food.
Powell, OH(614) 563-5078
Glass Rooster Cannery is a Sunbury business that provides classes for beginner and more experienced cooks. The business offers food storage, canning, and home spun cooking classes. The classes use local and fresh ingredients and topics include preservative-free bread, pastas, breads, and pizza, and hors d’oeuvres for dinner. Canning and preserving classes include topics such as jams, dehydrating, fermenting, vegetable and fruit juices, and pressure canning. Glass Rooster Cannery also offers cooking parties, private sessions, hands-on lunches, and tours. The business hosts events and provides catering with menus tailored to the customer’s needs, offering several menu options, soups, sides, and desserts. There is an arts and antiques bar that offers local artists’ accessories, jewelry, furniture, and knick knacks. Glass Rooster Cannery also sells plants, seedlings, and seeds and offers gift certificates.
Sunbury, OH(614) 499-2958
Positively Plants is a Columbus business that provides events and cooking classes. Classes are two hours long and feature three different recipes. Topics include women’s health, cancer prevention, diet and dementia, kick start your health, and food over medicine. Lunch and learn sessions for employees are 60 to 90 minutes long. Positively Plants offers beyond the basics for those who have already taken other cooking classes. Beth Perera has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition and a Starch-Based Instructor certification. She provides classes in Columbus and surrounding areas but is available to travel to present her cooking classes. Customers appreciate Beth’s guidance, generosity, knowledge, and passion.
Columbus, OH(802) 342-2946
Savoir Cooking & Wine is a Powell business that provides private events, wine tastings, and hands-on cooking classes. The business provides a variety of cooking classes including gourmet vegetarian, cooking with beer, Spanish tapas, fish preparation, bread, and weekday meals. Private events include bridal showers, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, kids’ parties, and nights out with friends. Demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes can be arranged. Founder Mike McCauley is a certified executive chef and has more than 14 years of professional kitchen experience. Customers appreciate his friendliness, talent, guidance, and tasty food.
Powell, OH(614) 547-7804
SPAGIO is a Columbus restaurant that has been serving customers for over 30 years. The restaurant also offers a wine lounge, catering, and cooking classes. Cooking classes are informative and upbeat and cover a variety of topics. The classes are interactive and take place at the Aubergine Private Dining Club. Participants can sip on wine while learning and sampling the chef’s dishes. The wine lounge has thousands of types of beer and wine from around the world. SPAGIO offers box lunches for picnics, lunch meetings, and other events, and provides catering for rehearsal dinners, graduations, parties, showers, and more for up to 120 guests. The staff can provide guidance with the theme, venue, entertainment, theme, and menu design. SPAGIO won the National Restaurant Association’s Good Neighbor award in 2010. Chef Hubert Seifert is a Hocking College McClenaghan Center for Hospitality and ECOT board member. Restaurant hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wine lounge hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Gift cards are available. Customers appreciate their service, delicious food, knowledge, and friendliness.
Columbus, OH(614) 486-1114
The Seasoned Farmhouse is a Columbus business that provides events and cooking classes for home cooks. The business offers seasonal cooking classes on a variety of topics including one tray meals, lemon sweets, dessert verrines, homemade yogurt, curries, vegan cookies, knife skills, Mexican food, salmon, brunches, steak, Italian desserts, and pasta. The Seasoned Farmhouse offers cooking demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes. Classes last from 90 minutes to three hours. The Seasoned Farmhouse’s private events feature gardening and cooking demonstrations for birthdays, team-building events, and more. Chef Tricia Wheeler graduated from The French Culinary Institute in New York City at the top of her class. The Seasoned Farmhouse offers gift certificates. Customers appreciate the hospitable instructors, variety of cooking classes, and the space.
Columbus, OH(614) 230-6281
Woodhaven Farm is a Columbus business that has been serving customers for over 22 years. The 10-acre farm provides social and corporate events, demonstrations, special events, and cooking classes. There are hands-on and demonstration cooking classes available that include a sampling of all the dishes. Some of the offerings are soups, stews, and braises and cooking restaurant foods at home. Woodhaven Farm also offers cooking parties for ladies nights out, anniversaries, theme dinners, bridal showers, fundraisers, and birthday parties. The farm also has a supper club and offers team building through cooking. Woodhaven Farm can customize the menus. Chef Tami J. Cecil attended the Culinary Institute of America and has owned a restaurant and worked at others. She has been working full-time on the farm for over 14 years. Customers remark on their dedication, attentiveness, the food, and the environment.
Johnstown, OH(614) 470-2665