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Confessions of a Parties That Cook Staff Member

For this round of Parties That Cook “Confessions” we bring you thoughts from one of our event servers. She reflects on the her first impression of PTC, as well as what she’s noticed since joining our team.

Proud Guests

When I first saw the posting that PTC was hiring event servers, I was intrigued. I immediately clicked through to the PTC website and found myself impressed by the concept. Guests work together, sharing ideas and contributing to one goal: making a fantastic meal.

It’s also impressive to see how a woman-owned business has grown into what it is today. PTC is now a private and corporate event powerhouse, well established in 4 major US cities. It’s easy to understand how this happened…
- PTC Founder and CEO, Bibby Gignilliat, is very involved in the company’s operations and direction.
- The hard work and dedication of each member in the PTC family is apparent in the office and at every event.
- Wonderful testimonials from the clients after events means we must be doing something right!

Corporate Team BondingI have loved being a server for Parties That Cook since October, 2013. With my corporate background, I especially love the idea of bringing colleagues together. Our guests may hold positions at different levels within an organization, and they may or may not work together on a daily basis, but coming to a Parties That Cook event, they will bond.  Hands-on cooking is an excellent corporate team building activity for any organization. Connections made, bonds strengthened, and communication improved at a Parties That Cook event will carry over into the office.

 

 

 

 

Parties That Cook Runs with the Best: Nike Corporate Kitchen Challenge

Nike fun!It’s been a while since we heard from our Portland team, so let’s check in with them, shall we? There’s been a flurry of exciting activity up there, but luckily Carolyn was able to give us the scoop on a recent Kitchen Challenge! As you may recall from the blog a couple weeks ago, the Parties That Cook Kitchen Challenge is a distinctive mix of The Apprentice and Iron Chef. Fast-paced and competitive, the event never fails to get the creative juices flowing while bringing out the fun inner chefs of our guests. Our latest international corporate group from Nike was no exception!

In Portland, there’s no better place to host a Kitchen Challenge than at one of our favorite venues, Jeld-Wen Field, home of the MLS Portland Timbers Soccer Team. You can’t escape the competitive spirit! Before revealing the secret protein, starch and vegetable, Portland Lead Chef Laura began this cooking competition by presenting entertaining cooking tips and tricks. Teams would be working with flank steak, orzo pasta, and green beans. Preparation, techniques, and additional ingredients would be up to the team members. As usual, the only recipe we provided was for dessert: Boston Cream Pie Trifle with Strawberries. Yum! As Laura counted down to the start of the timed hour of cooking, anticipation built, and then the hustle and bustle began!

Nike Kitchen Challenge Team 1Both teams came up with dishes that represented its members – one team had an Asian influence from four of their teammates, and the other team added an Italian flair to their orzo pasta by making it orzo “risotto”. All the food was very creative and delicious!

Nike cooking competition team 2Ruby, our Nike host, graciously told Laura that the Kitchen Challenge was “fun and engaging because it offered both structure and the opportunity to think creatively and play.” High compliments indeed! Seeing as the food was delicious and the guests had a marvelous time, I’d say our PDX team scored a perfect 10 on providing the framework for another great event. Good job team!