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Team Building Exercise (food related) in Calgary

kayahead Mar 10, 2008 03:51 PM

Hi Chowhounds

I need help in thinking of a fun and food-related team building activity to do in and around Calgary. I am thinking something that involves cooking and or eating/drinking. I know that theCookbook Company does some really nice classes, and I am looking into that as well, but I am also interested in any other ideas or options you may know about, including wine classes. Also, do you know if the Callebaut store does anything along these lines?

Thansk sooo much for your help.

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  1. Major_9000 RE: kayahead Mar 10, 2008 03:59 PM

    Cookbook Company offers wine courses in association with Metrovino and you can do something private and customized to what you need. They apparently have a new kitchen but I haven't seen it.

    Also, Willow Park Wines will do a private food and wine pairing event.

    I've been to private events organized at both and had lots of fun.

    P.S. I think that is a great team building idea!

    1. sarah galvin RE: kayahead Mar 10, 2008 05:04 PM

      How many people will be involved?

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        kayahead RE: sarah galvin Mar 10, 2008 05:38 PM

        Thanks for the responses! I will be sure to check out Willow Park Wines also

        Its going to be about 20 people I think

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        aktivistin RE: kayahead Mar 10, 2008 06:02 PM

        A tour of Big Rock Brewery is another option a bit outside of the city. I think the cost for a tour of the brewery, a beer-tasting, and a customized six-pack to take home is $20/person. Big Rock also has catering/banquet menus which certainly look tasty, but I haven't tried any of it.

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          sweeterpea RE: aktivistin Mar 16, 2008 07:18 AM

          Big Rock's food is extremely tasty, we had a casual work party there in early January.

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          aktivistin RE: kayahead Mar 10, 2008 06:06 PM

          Oh, one more idea: making chocolates! I took the Fun with Chocolate class at SAIT this past Saturday. Excellent, fun class, with many chocolates to take home. The class is no longer being offered through SAIT (though it will be offered through Lindt *at* SAIT).

          The instructor, Andreas Schwarzer has a website, http://www.ffc.ca/ and said that if enough people are interested, he can put together a class and customize it to the participants' interests. You can try e-mailing him for more info. via the contact info on the site.

          Andreas is associated somehow with Lindt, so I suspect any class would use Lindt couverture.

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            sirdinealot RE: aktivistin Mar 11, 2008 07:56 AM

            If Banff works for you, Fuze holds hands-on teambuilding cooking classes in their demo kitchen. Some of the classes incorporate a wine component. I think there is a list of their classes on their website.

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              Catch22 RE: sirdinealot Mar 12, 2008 11:04 PM

              I can vouch for Fuze. A group of us did that in late January for some business meetings. There was 16 of us and it was cozy. They could easily fit a group of 20 or so. We cooked and ate our own 4 course meal and it was a great time. It was the "must do" event for our meetings. They also do a wine tasting in the restaurant. A whole separate group from our company did that while we cooked in the kitchen.

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