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What is a cooking party?

It's approximately a 3 hour get together where everything you don't already have is brought to you (groceries and equipment), and then you and your guests help cook the food. Look over the list below, then call or email us and we’ll talk about a format that fits your needs: hands-on or demo, menu items, pricing, and logistics. A great time with friends with little to do in advance.

If you don't want to have a party but would like to learn how to prepare something, personal lessons are available and are always hands-on. See below for pricing or contact us for information.

PARTY TOPICS

Here is a list of some menus we offer. For other ideas check the dinner party options link below.
If nothing here suits you, let us know what you would like to learn and we will see if we can accomodate you...I'm sure we can!

All of these topics include Learning, Cooking, and Eating as part of your experience and are conducted in your home kitchen using your equipment; or ours if you don't have something needed for a successful party.
Class materials always include recipes.

Art work courtesy of Lori Neill

KNIFE SKILLS (Always hands-on)

$50 per person

Fear and loathing in the kitchen? If you avoid cooking because it takes too much time to prepare, learning knife skills could reduce your prep time by at least 50%. In addition to saving time, you'll gain confidence which makes the whole cooking experience more fun!

FINGER FOOD

$60 per person

Doesn't everyone love eating with their hands?
MENU: Chorizo and Fontina Stuffed Dates, Cheese and Mushroom Toasts, Grilled Chili Shrimp

EGGS, EGGS, AND MORE EGGS

$50 per person

Eating breakfast out can be an expensive way to get your morning protein. Boil, poach, scramble, bake, or fry your way to a great eggs-cuse to stay home and cook your own breakfast.
MENU: Eggs at least 3 different ways

SWEET THINGS

$50 per person

Bakeries are there for those who don't like to bake. However, there are many delicious simple recipes you can make yourself without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.
MENU: Blueberry Poppyseed Coffee Cake, Mom's Banana Bread, Apple Crisp


SOUP'S ON

$55 per person

Soup is good any time of year! Learn how to make soups that don't need to "stew" for hours to get tasty.
MENU: Chicken Chili, Mushroom Barley, Carrot Top

CHINESE BBQ PORK TAKE OUT

$60 per person

Chinese BBQ Pork, what's not to like about it? Learn how to make some and then use it 2 ways...really 3 ways since you can eat it as it comes out of the oven.
MENU: Asian BBQ Pork, BBQ Pork Fried Rice, BBQ Pork Egg Foo Yung

VEGGIES AND GRAINS

$50 per person

Salad is a great meal or side dish. Some require a little bit of cooking and others do not. Whatever the season there is always something at the market you can make into a beautiful salad.
MENU: Depends on the season.

COCKTAILS AND TAPAS

$60 per person

What a great way to pretend you're on vacation! (This is perfect for a bridal shower!)
MENU: Mojito Cocktail, Red Sangria, Goat Cheese in Tomato Sauce, Chorizo and Fontina Stuffed Dates

I SEAFOOD, I EAT IT

$70 per person

Fish doesn't have to be scary to prepare yourself. In fact, it can be so easy you will be surprised!
MENU: Spicy Shrimp and Arugula Salad, Scallops With Red Pepper Sauce, Tilapia and Sweet Peppers

DINNER PARTY

PRICES VARY - SEE MENU OPTIONS LINK BELOW

Putting together a menu and executing a meal takes some planning so everything is cooked and ready to serve at the same time. Planning courses that complement each other requires some skill as well. This class will give you a preparation plan for a meal you can prepare for dinner.
MENU: A 3 course meal you choose from menu options

FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

PRICE VARIES BASED ON WINE PREFERENCES - minimum $100 per person

Which wine varietal is better with a dish? Is white really only good with fish while red is for meat? How do you choose from all those different varietals and blends out there? A guest wine lover will unravel the mystery for you. You’ll be able to taste wines as you prepare the meal to see how different wines can really complement the food.
MENU: Salmon Ceviche, Mediterranean Chicken, Roasted Pears with Pomegranate Glaze

PERSONAL COOKING LESSON PRICING

Any of the topics listed can be taught for 1 - 3 people as a personal hands-on lesson. Custom menu may incur additional fees.
Personal cooking lesson for 1 person: $100 per hour with a 2 hour minimum
Personal cooking lesson for 2 people: $180 per hour with a 2 hour minimum
Personal cooking lesson for 3 people: $240 per hour with a 2 hour minimum

For recipes, book and tool recommendations, and cooking tips visit my blog.


 

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