Stir Studio Kitchen in the Cleveland area offers cooking classes in Hudson

Stir Studio Kitchen, the entertaining Cleveland-based cooking class home, is opening a new location in downtown Hudson.

Charlie Denk first opened Stir in 2019 in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland and expanded to Chagrin Falls a year later.

Now Stir is expanding to Hudson and starting classes in August. Stir will be located at 16 Clinton St., in the First & Main development.

Visitors to Stir will not only learn how to cook a delicious meal, but also have fun, Denk said.

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“We try to move away from educational cooking classes,” he said. “We’re not a place to bring a notebook. The kitchen isn’t rigid. At Stir, you should feel like you’re partying.”

Charlie Denk, owner and founder of Stir Studio Kitchen, removes packaging from an oven at his new location in Hudson.

Denk said Stir is a unique cooking class company. He doesn’t sell merchandise because he wants people to feel like they’re in their own kitchen. The recipes are accessible and adapted to allergies and other dietary restrictions.

“We want to be hospitable and memorable. We don’t source ingredients from a crazy market that you don’t have access to,” he said. “Everything we cook with, you can also cook with.”

Blending classes focus on individual recipes to create a complete meal. In August, Stir will teach guests how to cook a variety of international dishes from India, Italy and Asia.

Blending classes focus on individual recipes to create a complete meal.  In August, Stir will teach guests how to cook a variety of international dishes from India, Italy and Asia.

This summer, Stir’s seasonal dish is homemade cornbread with honey butter, pork tenderloin dressed with minced fennel and apple, and a side herb potato salad. And to top it off, a vanilla pastry cream with peaches is offered for dessert.

Denk said he and his team try to focus on adventurous and unique recipes that aren’t local staples.

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“Even though we’re from Cleveland, we try to stay away from the pierogi,” he said. “People in this region have an emotional attachment to pierogi. We’ll leave that to your grandmother, who probably has the best recipe.”

Denk said the best cooking advice he follows is that of chef and documentarian Anthony Bourdain: Have a dish that you cook really well.

“For me, it’s Indian food,” he said.

This month, Denk and his team will teach guests how to cook na’an bread, palak paneer, chana or chicken masala with a side of fragrant basmati rice. For dessert, a chai spiced pudding.

“Part of being human is cooking and sharing what you create,” Denk said. “Nothing is better than when someone hooks you up with a signature dish.”

Stir Studio Kitchen in Hudson.

Stir also offers private group lessons and company outings. Private group lessons typically cost $80 per person with a minimum of $600, according to Stir’s website.

Guests can bring their own wine or beer at no additional cost.

Public lessons are limited to guests 21 and older.

The monthly class schedule is posted online at stirstudiokitchen.com. Denk urged those interested to register early as August is nearly sold out. But he said the September courses will be released soon.

“Hudson seems like a town full of energy with people ready to have a good time,” he said. “Our MO is to bring a bottle of wine, turn on some music, and put on a theatrical and culinary performance.”

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