StP: Need ideas for a "Great Gathering"
We are part of a school community that has a "Great Gatherings" event rather than an auction. Basically, families sponsor an event (like a mother-daughter tea party, wine tasting, game night) and others pay to attend that event. We want to do something for adults (no kids--we are doing a different event for kids) that won't break the bank for us, but will be polished, thoughtful and well-regarded. Any ideas for a place that does tastings, classes, etc. that is different or a bit "behind the scenes." We are sure that we don't want to do classes at Cook's of Crocus Hill (did that before)...any ideas you wonderfully creative people? It would probably help to tell you that we will spend up to $500 for an event that needs to accomodate 12 people (at least).
Specific random question: has anyone ever done Pedal-Pubs? Fun?
Someone mentioned beer tasting. There are two great people in the TCs who organize beer tastings for events just like this:
(the second link is to the beer store, but it's the owner of the store, Jason Alvey, who I know does beer tasting events. Give him a call)
I've done a wine tasting at a restaurant with a wine distributor who had taught at Cooks as our expert for a benefit. Was able to wheedle wine donations from some local stores. And had a couple bottles in brown bags for our expert to diagnose for fun.
You could do the same thing with a beer tasting.
And, not food, but we had a flower arranging demonstration at a local florist to benefit a group. We brought in some wine and appetizers to make things fun. That was a good evening. The florist believed in our cause. And perhaps it helped their business a bit too.
(Hey Seige -- good to know that you don't have to pedal if you're under 5'3''! Now that I know that I *really* want to try it. But will have to be sure it's not with a group of other short people.)
Yes, you definitely don't want a bunch of shrimpos like me on the Pedal Pub or it'll be problematic! :) That said, it probably depends a little bit on your body type too. If you were 5'3", but were short-waisted and a bit longer legged (that all being relative) you might be able to reach the pedals. I have about a 25" inseam, if I'm lucky, so the pedals were an absolute no-go for me. Oh - and don't wear flip flops or sandals - can't tell you how many people lost shoes along the way. Intoxicated shoe loss is never good. LOL
It's not St. Paul, but I know that Create Dining Studio in Mpls (just across the river in NE) does a lot of this sort of thing. They've got a variety of options according to their website - http://www.createcaters.com/dining_st...
Events we have hosted:
* Corporate Dinners
* Groom’s Dinners
* Wedding Receptions
* Art Openings
* Birthday Celebrations
* Anniversary Celebrations
* Wine Tastings
* Wine Dinners-we do a lot of these
* Cheese Tasting
* Interactive Dinners
* Cooking Demonstrations
* Chocolate Demonstrations (we have an in-house chocolatier
) * Etc, you get the idea.
As for St. Paul, Meritage has a wine school. Maybe they could put something together for you?
Also in St. Paul, I know that Allee Metro will host events after hours in their Courtyard which is adorable! Very Parisian. It wouldn't be classes or anything like that, but you could bring in food and host people in a really fun atmosphere.
I have done the Pedal Pub and it is a lot of fun! Extra fun for me since I'm only 5'3" and my feet didn't reach the pedals so I didn't have to do any of the work! :) We did the Selby/Grand route. You have to bring your own food/beverages and then you can make a variety of stops at different bars along the way. And while it's fun, I'd say it's only as fun as the people you have with you. It's not like the driver is a huge source of entertainment or anything (very nice, mind you but certainly not like someone teaching you to cook, etc.). Oh and according to my husband who is 6'3" - the pedaling is actually a pretty good workout.
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Hmmm...how about a private ice cream making session at Izzy's? I'm afraid I don't know how much that costs, but you could always call. I know there are a couple of 'hounds who have done it, so, maybe they can chime in.
I've always wanted to take the sushi making class at Tanpopo. I don't know ANYTHING about it, though.