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Experience Italy:
Cuisine, Culture, and Conversation


Food is Love

Everyone eats. Everyone has a relationship with what they eat. And we usually, hopefully, eat together. It is in that spirit of food and community that the Stir Cooking Club was born.

Kate Zaidan has the awesome opportunity to build relationships with people all over the city as she runs her father's Mediterranean foods store in Cincinnati's Findlay Market. What she saw as she worked, slinging spices and quizzing people on their recipes, is that food is instantly disarming. People were connecting at her counter, no matter where they came from. And that is what drove Kate to start this cooking club, a great love of people and food.

Stir is a variation on the traditional cooking class model. Instead of learning from an expert, Stir brings together community members to share their skills and expertise in a safe and structured setting.


"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."