Cooking school to expand with additional Cleveland location

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- A Main Street staple of all things culinary is expanding its reach a bit farther north than Summit County.

The Western Reserve School of Cooking, 140 N. Main St. will maintain its Hudson location, while opening a second location at 2800 Euclid Avenue, near the Cleveland State College campus, according to Catherine St. John, who has owns the cooking school with her husband, Carl.

The school will be sharing the ground floor of the building with the Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen and the Economic Community Development Initiative, according to St. John.

"They approached us about doing a teaching kitchen across the hall from them," St. John said of the culinary kitchen owners.

The WRSC will also offer cooking classes as well as a variety of other classes and opportunities at its 1,300 square-foot Cleveland location

"It will give us the opportunity to start taking on larger corporate team-building events," St. John said. "Things that I have to turn away right now, because I don't have the space [in the Hudson location]."

St. John said plans for use of the entire space are still being completed, but the second location will not have the larger retail section, like the Hudson shop.

"We re going to have a small retail section there with racks, with products which will be used in classes," St. John said. "We are hoping to use a lot of the people in the CCL Kitchen as teachers."

St. John often gets requests for team building sessions with up to 30 people, which she cannot do at the Hudson location.

"At the Hudson location I am squished at 12," St. John said. "I am constantly turning away business."

The new location will offer the same type of classes as the Hudson store, which includes knife skills, sausage making and sushi making.

"We have to make sure we have space available for some of these larger things," St. John said.

The space can also be utilized for meetings, dinners and food photography shoots, St. John added.

"It's going to be a little nicer than a commercial kitchen," she said. "It's going to end up looking like a high-end home kitchen."

The new space will allow the school to do more diverse projects and expand.

St. John emphasized the school will not be leaving Hudson, just opening a second location.

"We are are not looking to leave Hudson," St. John said. "We are still very committed to being in Hudson. We live in Hudson and we raised our kids in Hudson."

The school has been in Hudson for 40 years under a variety of names and owners, St. John said.

"I started teaching there in 1994 when we moved to Hudson," St. John said.

St. John and her husband purchased the school just over 8 years ago.

The couple plans to stay in Hudson "as long as the community still continues to support us," St. John said.

St. John, who has received grants from the city of Cleveland and the ECDI, is hoping for a late fall opening, perhaps October or November.

The new location will have at least two full-time employees and several part time, St, John said.

For more information on both locations visit www.wrsoc.com.

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