Friday, February 6, 2015


The Old Arcana, the “from scratch” restaurant located in downtown Arcanum, Ohio, is announcing a new Cooking Class Series for adults and kids, held in the restaurant monthly from February through June 2015.

The Old Arcana’s cooking classes have been designed to teach students how to prepare familiar flavors with elevated techniques. Each class features recipes that utilize seasonal ingredients as well as elements procured from local farms.

Classes include a blend of demonstrations from the Old Arcana kitchen team as well as hands-on lessons that attendees will prepare themselves. Adult classes are designed to be an entertaining “evening out” for individuals, couples or groups. Each class includes a lively hands-on lesson in the Arcana kitchen including appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. Students will enjoy a full multi-course meal at class end and will the take home the recipes for all items prepared that evening.

Kid’s classes are designed with recipes that are friendly to kid’s skill levels, but still produce a unique and impressive end result. The Old Arcana kitchen team will handle all knife-related pre-prep and transfer of recipes to the stove or oven, so the lesson is safe for all ages. Kids get to eat what they prepare at the end of class as well!

The Cooking Class schedule at The Old Arcana from February through June includes:
February 24, 2015 – Kid’s Class: Better than your Mom’s Lasagna
Lasagna and Very Berry Tiramisu

February 26, 2015 – Italy in the Country: Arcana Beef & Sausage Lasagna
Prosciutto wrapped figs, Mixed Greens with fennel, blood orange, figs, walnuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette, Beef & Sausage Lasagna with fresh garlic tomato sauce and herbed ricotta, Bakehouse Baguettes with Compound Butter, Tiramisu

March 4, 2015 – Culinary Basics: The 5 Mother Sauces
Learn how to make the 5 “Mother Sauces” of Classic Cuisine: Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, Hollandaise and Tomate.

March 24, 2015 – Kid’s Class: Meatballs & Pop Tarts… yes, they go together
Meatballs in tomato sauce and home-made pop tarts

March 25, 2015 – Irish Comfort Food
Sampling of Irish Cheeses, House Mustard and Rye, Guinness Braised Corned Beef with Sweet Cabbage & Apples and Smashed Garlicky Potatoes, Bread Pudding with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Sauce

April 21, 2015 – Kid’s Class: Spring Rolls and Ice Cream!
Veggie spring rolls, spring rolls and sweet rhubarb sauce

April 22, 2015 – Spring with Kraut Creek Lamb
Asparagus and Mushroom Tart, Roast rack of Lamb with Crispy Roast Potatoes and Sweet Pea Puree, Charred Butter lettuce with buttermilk dressing, House Ice Cream with Rhubarb–Ginger Compote

May 26, 2015 – Kid’s Class: Healthy and Delicious
Fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies, roast chicken breast with mango salsa, angel food cake

May 27, 2015 – The Great Spring Slim
Vegetable Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup), Sesame Ginger Salmon en Papillote, Ginger & Lime Granita

June 23, 2015 – Kid’s Class: Chicken Salad and Strawberry Shortcake!
3 kinds of Chicken Salad, Strawberry Shortcake

June 24, 2015: Chicken Basics with King’s Farm
Chicken Stock the Right Way, Chicken Salad 3 ways, White Bean & Rosemary Crostini, Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken with Rosemary & Thyme, Roasted Potatoes and Citrus Glazed Carrots, Strawberry Shortcake

Register for Cooking Classes at The Old Arcana online at, stop by the restaurant in person, or contact the Old Arcana at 937-692-0068 to register by phone. Early registration is recommended, as each class is limited to 8 students.

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