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"Cooking Class party" caterer

MSK Aug 26, 2006 03:50 AM

We are looking to give a holiday party in our home in the north bay for a group of 12. We thought it would be fun to have a cooking class with the chef before dinner.

We have been to events such as this in the past but don't know of a caterer that would have this capacity.

Anyone have any ideas?

  1. MSK Dec 12, 2006 04:58 AM

    It was “Ravioli Gnudi” actually.......

    "Ricotta Gnocchi with Spinach, Pine Nuts, Smoked Bacon and Rosemary Butter
    Nude Ravioli — the filling for classic ravioli recipe minus the pasta. You’ll make the dough and form the dumplings. Toss with Niman Ranch bacon, roasted nuts and a light herbaceous broth to make a dynamite first course."

    Not at all tedious!! Very Yummy!

    1. MSK Dec 11, 2006 05:14 AM

      Wow!!! What a night!

      This was awesome!I'm sold on Hands on Gourmet!

      I can't tell you how easy and fun this evening was! I've used many caterers before but they made planning this party a piece of cake! I kept second guessing myself to make sure I wasn't missing something...it was just too easy.

      The Menu was great and they were very flexible....... accommodating to one in our party who had food allergies. We made our own mozzarella, pizzeta's, gnocchi, chicken marsala and choc desert.

      The staff was warm, personable and fun. they totally understood how involved or uninvolved the guests wanted to be as more wine/beer was consumed.

      They arrived completely prepared with all the supplies and kept the evening moving.

      Service was tops!!

      The food was delicious and we all had so much fun!

      We highly recommend these guys!!!

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        lawrence Dec 11, 2006 07:51 PM

        awesome. glad your experience turned out great with them! the things i liked about them the most were the easy planning and coordination as well as the quality of the staff.

        gnocchi huh? sounds tedious but i'm sure the wine helped... =)

      2. MSK Oct 19, 2006 06:29 PM

        I've booked Hands on Gourmet and will report back.

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          lawrence Oct 19, 2006 08:41 PM

          ooo... i hope it goes well! tell molly and stephen that lawrence from cnet says hello if you get the chance. =)

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          AmySherman Oct 10, 2006 11:55 PM

          Another one to check out is SF Culinary Adventures

          http://www.sfculinary.com/

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            Batton Oct 10, 2006 10:21 PM

            I recently went to a Parties that Cook in-home event that was fantastic and fun! Their chefs came in and taught us great cooking tricks/tips and guided us along as we cooked our entire delicious meal. We all had a blast and got to know each other during our cooking time, then had the chance to relax and be served the fruits of our labor. It was a superb idea and they do it all-we just showed up! They even did all the cleaning. These parties are the best, they're so much more creative than having a catered dinner.
            Good luck with your planning! here's a link for you to check out if you're interested:
            http://www.partiesthatcook.com

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              stroopoleon Aug 28, 2006 05:58 AM

              Try Parties That Cook. Bibby teaches classes at Sur La Table on Maiden Lane & also hosts cooking parties like what you described.

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                baozhen Aug 26, 2006 08:50 PM

                Try Tante Marie Cooking School in SF! I took a weekend cooking class there that was a wonderful experience; and I know that they do cooking parties.

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                  lawrence Aug 26, 2006 08:31 AM

                  i worked with "hands on gourmet" last year for a 40 person team event. i'm sure they could accommodate a smaller group at your home or nearby easily. the partners who run the show are great and the chef is pretty creative in his menus and fun to cook with. they specialize in "cooking class" parties and are great with special requests.

                  good luck with your event and let us know what you end up doing and how it goes! i personally think these kind of parties are so much fun. I've had several requests from my team to do a repeat party this year...

                  http://www.handsongourmet.com/

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                    MSK Aug 28, 2006 03:19 AM

                    Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!

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