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Parties That Cook Heats Up the Kitchen with Chef Michael Chiarello

Earlier this month, guests attended what they thought was our normal Kitchen Challenge event. Little did they know that they would be joined and later judged by none other than Chef Michael Chiarello! You may remember that we featured his book, Bottega, in a past cookbook club, but if not, get the scoop here!

Chef Chiarello skipped a big introduction and surprised the guests by simply sneaking in and wandering around the kitchen while the teams were cooking. Try holding your composure when you have such an accomplished chef-lebrity walking around!

After the cooking, teams elected a spokesperson to present their dishes to Chef Chiarello one at a time. The spokesperson from each team explained why their team should win while our guest judge took his time tasting each dish. Chef Chiarello then thoroughly described what he liked about each dish and what the teams could do differently next time. (One of the keys to great cooking is making sure certain flavors do not overpower others!)

From the Moroccan Bisteeya to the Mexican Chocolate Chipotle Cookies with Smokey Salted Caramel Centers, it was a great menu. Everyone gave a valiant effort, but ultimately, the winner was the Mini Arepas with Oaxaca Cheese and Jalapeno Marmalade team — by a margin of 1 point! At the end of the event Chef Chiarello stuck around and was nice enough to sign cookbooks and take photos with guests (and Rosie). I’m sure everyone at PTC wished they could have been a part of this event!

Which celebrity chef would YOU like to see at a Parties That Cook event? Would your team be able to keep their cool under the pressure from this guest judge? Let us know!

Parties That Cook Takes Over a San Francisco Giants Game!

The sun was shining and our warehouse was bustling, but for once, the food was arriving and not leaving! Last week, the Parties That Cook team came together for a potluck tailgate party before heading over to AT&T park to support their San Francisco GIANTS! Tensions were high, as the Giants were playing the LA Dodgers (BOO!) in one of the first games of this season!

If you’re wondering what to make for your next tailgate or game day gathering, each dish below helped make this the Best Tailgate Ever! …Just sayin’.

PTC staff and a few lucky guests arrived at around 4 o’clock for the tailgate madness!
…But we were prepared.

Bibby’s Indiana Lobster Skewers
and Crissy’s Famous Brown Sugar Baked Butter Beans with Bacon!

Beth’s (Spicy) Kick Ass Mac n Cheese!

Jed’s Coleslaw to go with all those wings!

Rosie’s Onion Dip!

Bibby’s Happy Dip aka “off-road” dip!

Tommy’s Rockin’ Potato Salad!
Rebecca’s Greek Pasta Salad!

Mick’s Super Spicy Dip

Crissy’s Hoisin Chicken Wings!

Mick’s Bacon Explosion!!

More Explosions!

More wings!

Carolyn’s Bacon Cornbread (Mole-Honey Butter not pictured)

Melissa’s Deviled Eggs

Victoria’s Brownies!

Amazing Giants Cupcakes!


Look at these happy game goers!

Someone READING about the Giants instead of watching the game…

We had great seats above 1st Base, with a view of the Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove!

Part of the PTC Team!

We want to see YOU at the next Giant’s Game!
(…or cooking party!)

See these photos from last week’s Giants-Dodgers game, when PTC took over AT&T park, in larger scale on PTC’s Facebook page! Don’t be afraid to join the conversation, and leave comments!

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