My article on the cooking classes at Warsaw’s One Ten Craft Meatery, a restaurant located downtown across from the courthouse, originally appeared on Flavor 574 in September 2015. The monthly classes are still occurring, a testament to their popularity. Taking a break during the busy summer months, the cooking classes will resume soon.
Have you ever found your cooking skills lacking? Do you wonder how chefs like Jason Brown from Warsaw’s One Ten Craft Meatery prepare their dishes? Have you ever wanted to handle one of those extremely large and sharp kitchen knives and discover the secret to how kitchen staff slice and dice so quickly and adeptly without fear of Gordon Ramsey yelling and swearing at you in the King’s English? Do you like wine?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, the monthly cooking classes at One Ten in downtown Warsaw might just be what you need to give that overworked microwave of yours a break.
Monthly cooking classes at One Ten are small, intimate affairs limited to 10-15 people. Your interactions are with Jason himself, the owner and head cook at One Ten, with your willingness to participate the only limit to this hands-on experience. You can grab a knife and help prepare the vegetables or you can act as expeditor and prepare each dish’s presentation. Some participants choose to do nothing at all and simply sit back, relax, drink a bunch of wine and have a delicious meal prepared for them in a private setting.
Participation was across the spectrum in the class I attended, with some attendees taking a hands-on approach by preparing salads, stuffing chicken and mixing pasta. Still others simply stood back and enjoyed the camaraderie, preferring to take mental notes and pictures as they sipped on a glass of one of the complimentary wines. Questions were also encouraged — the more you learned and enjoyed yourself, the more fun Jason had, which only resulted in a more jovial atmosphere, never mind all the wine that was being consumed.
At $75 per person, the value is tremendous. Forget all the cooking knowledge you’re gaining. Participants are treated to a multi-course meal with bottomless glasses of wine (complimentary wine is limited to a few choices with other wines and wine cocktails available at their normal price), making the $75 fee a more than generous price point at a restaurant the stature of One Ten.
Classes typically take place on the last Monday or Tuesday of each month. However, you can find exact dates on their Facebook page.
Interested in a private cooking class? One Ten offers that as well – you can contact them directly for more information.
And the trick to rapidly slicing food items without chopping off the top of your fingers? Well, you’ll just have to attend the cooking class to find out that little tidbit.