Cooking events can be customized for employee events, team building, and client appreciation. They are also perfect for marketing events.
Cooking event venues sell out early. To avoid disappointment, book well ahead of your preferred dates. Never lock in event dates until venue availability has been confirmed.
Fortunately, there are a number of great venues for hosting cooking events.
Calphalon Culinary Centres (Toronto & Chicago)
Up to 24 guests can enjoy interactive cooking at Toronto's Calphalon Culinary Centre, where Switzerland Tourism recently hosted a "cooking with a Swiss flair" event. It was an upbeat approach to destination marketing and an enjoyable way to learn about Switzerland: Before a brief presentation and short videos about Switzerland, guests relaxed and enjoyed wine, Swiss cheese and mini smoked salmon burgers.
Chef Carlos and Culinary Assistant Brian guided the group in the preparation of:
- Great Lakes Yellow Perch with Dill and Leek
- Steak au Poivre Filet with Haricots Verts
- Roesti Potatoes
- Swiss Dark Chocolate Espresso Mousse.
The Chef's Kitchen at the Calphalon Culinary Centre in Chicago gives up to 8 guests a behind the scenes look at professional kitchens. In the Hands-on Kitchen with 12 cooking stations, up to 24 guests prepare gourmet dishes and enjoy them in 1 of the 2 dining rooms.
Miele Galleries (U.S., Canada, Europe, UK, Asia, South Africa, South America)
Many Miele Galleries can be rented for corporate events. These bright and spacious galleries feature fully equipped kitchens with large cooking stations. Some provide ample space for large groups. For example, my company held an interactive cooking event for 230 people at the Miele Gallery near Toronto.
Experiment and put your own spin on cooking events but most of all, have fun.
For more information about planning cooking events, consult Cooking Team Building v Culinary Team Events.
Photo Credits: Cooking Team Building, Executive Oasis International