Am I alone in thinking that cooking can be a really fun thing? I don’t think so. Who can resist gathering with like-minded people, chopping up some veggies, sautéing, plating and then eating a fabulous new recipe?

I’ll be the first to admit that my regular dinner repertoire has gotten a little boring. A little chicken here, a little pasta there. I’d be all game for a fabulous, unique event that could teach me a new trick or two, especially if I could do it in the company of friends.

Cooking parties can be for business or pleasure. Imagine your office learning how to work together by taking a cooking class, rather than attending an afternoon of boring speakers in a hotel conference room. What a fun way to spend a girls’ night out! Each location has a little different pricing, focus or method, so find the one that works for you.

In addition, most of these cooking centers offer individual classes. So go ahead, make your dinners a little better and have a little fun along the way.

Calphalon Center

1000 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL
(312) 738-2700

This state-of-the-art Calphalon Culinary Center is a unique event for private and corporate parties. You’ll have the best equipment and professional chefs to impress your guests. The center boasts not only an amazing first-class kitchen, but a dining room, a reception area and a banquet room. A first-class meal will be waiting at the end of your inspiring event.

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The Chopping Block

Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 644-6360
Lincoln Square

4747 N Lincoln

Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 472-670

Group parties are a specialty at The Chopping Block. They’re ready for baby showers, client entertaining, leadership workshops, family reunions, bachelorette parties, and more! Class topics and objectives are customized to meet your goals, schedule, and budget. Wine tasting can also be included.

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Wooden Spoon

5047 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

If you’re looking for a custom-tailored, fuss-free private event, the Wooden Spoon is a great venue. Let the chef show you how it’s done, or join in the cooking process. Choose from a full Italian, French or Mexican meal, or maybe you’re in the mood for some appetizers, the team at Wooden Spoon will help you create the perfect experience.

Heat and Spice

925 West Cullom Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 742-2331

Classes are available at your location or theirs – they can also assist you in leasing a kitchen if you don’t have one available. Your party could focus on Thai, Indian or Mexican cuisines – or even Grilling classes during the summer months. The party concludes with a sit-down dinner. Classes are taught by the director and the cooking instructors.

Kristin McCann is working mom with two young girls. She strives to have fun, quality time with her family and a fulfilling professional career – even though many believe the two to be mutually exclusive.

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