Students in 60- to 90-minute classes at the Cheesy Gourmet learn how to make bagel-ready spreads, sliceable block cheeses, and crumbly feta using nothing but cheesecloth and a splash of milk. Participants can snack on provided cheese and crackers or sip wine they brought themselves as they watch Cheesy chefs demonstrate techniques inside a quaint kitchen painted robin’s-egg blue. After the class, guests leave with enough cheesecloth to make their own cheeses or dairy-based paper-maché art projects at home.
Signature service: Fundamentals of Drawing
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Young Rembrandts
Pro Tip: Young Rembrandts teaches drawing and visual learning skills for children ages 3-and-a-half to 12.
Portrait painting used to require a subject to sit for hours on end, forcing them to first take tedious lessons on not moving from willing ventriloquist dummies. Thankfully, modern technology allows Daniel Dean to take a more practical approach. When a client commissions a portrait, Mr. Dean first snaps hundreds of images of them during a photo shoot, focusing on capturing natural expressions that show their personality. As clients return to their daily lives, he refers to the images to produce works of art. The result is a life-like, yet uniquely stylized, oil painting.
Every stroke of Mr. Dean’s brush is guided by his extensive art background. The artist trained as an oil painter, and earned an undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati. When not painting, he shares his expertise as an adjunct professor at UC and the University of Dayton, and trains younger students during classes held at his studio.
Mixologist Molly Wellman and chef Dan Wells combine their expertise at Japp's Cocktails and Candy Classes, where they teach groups to concoct their own cocktails and candies. In classes that are half hands-on learning and half demonstration, students twist handmade candy canes or make sheets of nutty peanut brittle. Glasses brim with virgin cocktails mixed with ingredients such as plum cider or root beer bitters; for an additional fee, a bartender will splash in shots of liquor. After classes have ended, students leave with their own printouts of the day's recipes.
A kaleidoscopic array of lustrous gemstones dangles from a turquoise-tinged wall at Classy Beading, highlighting the vast arsenal of baubles that guests use to craft custom pieces of jewelry. Staffers keep more than 50 strands of colorful, precious gemstones on deck every day and enhance the ornaments' elegance with a bevy of accent beads. They dispense jewelry-design wisdom as budding artisans forge their own bracelets and necklaces during on-site workshops and parties, which they can also host at patrons' homes or moon colonies.