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Portland Team Inspires Corporate Teamwork with Family Style Dining

Early this month we brought you an event recap from a sunny Seattle corporate cooking party. Now, it’s on to Portland we go. Funny enough, our gal Carolyn experienced and wrote about both of these events — that’s what you get when you’re the “Northwest Manager”! Take it away, Carolyn.

One of the reasons why I love working with Parties That Cook is the variety of culinary experiences we offer. I can trust that, as a chef, my experience at each event will be just as varied as that of our guests.

For the longest time, our Sumptuous Small Plates format was my favorite. Guests not only cook together, but also mix and mingle like at a cocktail party! And who doesn’t love a good cocktail party?? Another favorite of mine has been the intense Kitchen Challenge. This high energy event brings out the competitive edge in our guests, testing their creativity as they come up with their own recipes using our pantry of ingredients.

Recently, a new Family Style twist to our classic Chef’s Table event has caused a shift in my list of favorites. The words “Family Style” evoke nostalgic memories of everyone gathered around the dinner table, enjoying each other’s company. The magic of cooking together continues at the dining table when the platters of food come around. You see one guest holding the platter while a neighbor serves both of their plates. It’s a great display of sharing, teamwork, and complimenting colleagues on a job well done – isn’t that what team bonding is all about?

Up in Portland, a group from Intel recently experienced the magic of our Chef’s Table, Family Style. Intel host, Cari Williams, had told us that her group was going to be in back-to-back corporate meetings, and our cooking event was a natural team building extension. What better way to strengthen connections and unwind than at one of our cooking parties? We knew our Family Style format would be perfect for this group.

The group arrived at one of our favorite venues, In Good Taste, where we had all the cooking stations set up. We greeted guests with a beverage and bites from our antipasti platter. After a brief skills demonstration, the cooking began. Guests commented on how much fun it was, and seemed to really enjoy spending time together. Kari later commented, “It was great team work. The event was successful because the PTC team did a fantastic job setting expectations ahead of time.” Want to know what they cooked? Ready, Set, Drool!

First Course: Risotto-Style Pasta Primavera with Sweet Peas, Leeks and Mint
Main Course: Chicken Cooked Under a Brick with Artichokes, Capers, Shallots and Pecorino
Side: Sauteed Green Beans with Hazelnut Picada
Dessert: Goat Cheesecake with Glazed Seasonal Berries and Almond Crust

The food was exceptional and everyone was so proud of what they had created! We heard lots of “Ooh’s” and “Aahh’s”, “How beautiful”, “This smells so good!”, “Looks delicious!”.

Guests also took home a brand-new PTC apron. According to Cari, “Having the aprons was a hit. We took them back to our team meeting and signed them so each member has an apron with all of our signatures…makes for a nice memento.” A few guests wanted to continue honing their culinary skills at home, so our Small Plates Recipe Deck was the perfect take home for them. What nice souvenirs!

Big thanks to Cari and her Intel team! We loved cooking with you and are so glad you experienced the magic of our Chef’s Table, Family Style. Hope to see you in the kitchen again soon!

Parties That Cook’s Friday Event Blog: Intuit and Coupons, Inc.

This week, our Friday event blog is featuring two very different events. Both events were held at wineries. Both events had between 20 and 25 guests. Both events were for corporate groups that left feeling full and happy. How can two events that are so similar be so different, you say?

Intuit hosted the first event at the beautiful Thomas Fogarty Winery. Host Fay H. selected a traditional Chef’s Table after being referred to Parties That Cook by other departments within Intuit. “It was all great,” she later reported. We knew it was a hit when she said she couldn’t think of a thing that would have made their event better. Fay continued, stating that she “loved having everything there waiting for us…” and “loved the teamwork of cooking together.” Sounds like happy customers at Intuit!

Coupons, Inc. hosted the second event at Byington Winery. They decided to go with an exciting Cupcake Wars event with an added wine tasting portion. Jed was the Lead Chef on this event, and they loved him! Derrick D., the Coupons.com host, explained that the best part of the event was “Having Jed and Amy. They were both brilliant in their presentation and fun to work with. What great representatives for your company — very helpful. Jed kept the party light and fun. The event was a complete success.” We could not have hoped for better!

Derrick was also stumped when asked if we could have done anything to improve the event. He stated, “No. I think the format and timing was perfect. Byington Winery is an absolutely beautiful place for this event. We have some great memories to share.” And so do we! We loved the photos from their Cupcake Wars so much that we have added them to our Facebook page! Check them all out here.

All in all, host Derrick thought that “Cupcake wars hit us as a great, fun idea. Pairing it with the tour and tasting after was a huge plus for us. We’d definitely do this again and use Parties That Cook as our planner.” It’s like music to our ears!! We are looking forward to working with Coupons.com (and Intuit!) again soon!

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Hope to see you in the kitchen soon!