Sage Culinary Studio Grows, Enters 2nd Year
COMING RIGHT UP: Sage Culinary Studio teaches the importance of healthy diets to children while involving them in the kitchen.
Sage Culinary Studio is celebrating its second birthday. What began as an answer to Catherine deCamp’s search for a cooking class for her six year old daughter, Sage now boasts two locations with the newest studio nestled in the Regal Plaza shopping center at the SpiritBank Event Center.
“What is Sage?” is a common question to owner Catherine deCamp. Many believe that Sage is a cooking school for aspiring chefs but it’s actually a haven for foodies of all ages. The children’s cooking studios are as elegant as the adult studio and the recipes are just as challenging. Children prepare dishes like cocoa rubbed flank steak, roasted vegetables, au gratins and molten lava cake. “Sage is a place where children begin learning the basics of cooking and etiquette by preparing meals with a dessert, then setting their places at the table and eating the fruits of their labor with their peers.” deCamp says.
Sage’s mission is to give people the ingredients they need for a lifetime of cooking enjoyment. Television viewers are constantly watching commercials from fast food establishments and frozen convenience foods that make cooking at home seem like a bother or too time consuming. Sage strives, to teach children and their parents that cooking is fun and in less than an hour and a half, they can produce a nourishing meal and dessert from raw ingredients, set their place at the table, and enjoy eating their meal with their families and friends.
Sage Brookside location has one cooking studio and a retail space that is small and quaint, filled with children’s cooking toys and gifts. Sage Southside features two children’s cooking studios in its 2000 square foot loft, and a large state-of-the-art cooking studio for adults. The Southside location has a huge retail area with kitchen gadgets, cookware, bakeware, hand-made aprons, spices-by-the-ounce and a coffee bar featuring Tulsa’s own Topeca coffee.
The children who come to Sage are having a blast and beg their parents to bring them back. Their enthusiasm for cooking brings a smile to deCamp’s face every day. “Many parents, who never learned to cook, are thrilled that there is a place where their children can learn to nourish their bodies with wholesome, raw ingredients. They don’t want their children growing up, moving out and not having a clue about feeding themselves without resorting to frozen dinners and takeout. Others are happy that there is new venue for birthdays in Tulsa where children are learning a life skill while they are having fun.” says deCamp. “We strongly believe our hands-on classes build cooking confidence in all ages and we are thrilled when someone calls and says they are cooking their Sage recipes all the time.”
It’s not just children whipping up some fun. Adults at Sage roll up their sleeves and cook with the chef instead of watching from a table. The adult classes are taught by a variety of guest chefs, some from Tulsa’s top restaurants and catering companies. For those who would rather watch the cooking action than participate, tapes their wildly popular OK Foodie radio show at Sage every Tuesday evening. The shows feature a local celebrity chef who prepares three to four courses while being interviewed by KRMG’s Dan Potter. The dinner also includes wine pairings from Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar. A live audience gets to dine on the courses and enjoy the show. OK Foodie is aired on each Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a.m.
Sage is more than cooking classes, with birthday parties for children and adults, field trips and corporate team building sessions. Cooking camps are held during the fall, spring and summer breaks. During the holiday season Sage has several special cookie, cupcake and gingerbread house decorating sessions for children. Gift cards are available at both locations.
To celebrate their second birthday, Sage is offering its children’s cooking classes for $25 through Oct. 29, at both locations.
For more information, visit www.SageCulinaryStudio.com or call 918-364-7243.