Striving to Build Communities Through Cooking

Striving to Build Communities Through Cooking

We actively participate in our community by partnering with various local food, small business, and non-profit organizations.

Fundraising Spotlights

Women's Initiative for Self Employment

Parties That Cook hosted theThird Annual Cooking Up Success for Women’s Initiative, a cooking party fundraiser,on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at The Ferry Building in San Francisco. Like the previous Cooking Up Success for Women's Initiative eventson February 2, 2011, andMarch 26, 2010, all event proceeds go to Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, a non-profit organization that provides education and microloans to more than 22,000 low-income women in the Bay Area to enable them to become entrepreneurs. After a short cooking demonstration by Parties That Cook founder and Women's Initiative Board Member, Bibby Gignilliat, the group was divided into teams to prepare the evening's menu of international tapas. Guests mingled with program graduates at a "marketplace" featuring their products, and listened to an inspiring speech byAzalina Eusope on her journey through the program and success after graduating. Women's Initiative Board Chair, Nancy Sheppard, presented their “Recipe for Success,” sharing heartwarming stories of how they’ve revitalized the Bay Area community for 24 years. The proceeds from the event came to over $17,500, enough to put 18 women through the program.

Room to Read

Parties That Cook made its largest charitable contribution to date by donating a hands-on cooking event - Cooking for a Cause benefiting Room to Read. Parties That Cook teamed up with Crushpad Winery and invited 170 guests to tour the winery, sample original Crushpad wines and experience a lively interactive cooking event led by Parties That Cook professional chefs. After a short cooking demonstration by Bibby Gignilliat, featuring fun kitchen tips and tricks, the group was divided into teams to prepare the evening's menu inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia, India and Africa, countries that Room to Read serves. Room to Read CEO, John Wood, was present throughout the event and shared the organization's compelling story.All ticket purchases and proceeds went directly to Room to Read. In total, we raised $25,813 to support girls' education in the developing world, providing scholorships for 103 girls to attend school for an entire year.Special thanks to Crushpad Winery, Whole Foods, Abbey Party Rentals, JAZ Equipment Rentals, Coast Rent-A-Truck, Soulflower Floral Design and Equator Coffee for their support.

Charitable Giving

We are proud to donate to 50+ charitable organizations annually.
Examples in each of our markets include:

Dress for Success
Special Olympics Northern California
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Girls On The Run

Make A Wish Foundation
American Red Cross of Chicago
The Chicago Chamber Musicians
Starlight Children’s Foundation of the Midwest
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago

MPI Oregon Chapter
Donate Life Northwest
Western Oregon Athletics
Northwest Children's Fund
Amercan Cancer Society Relay for Life