Small Plates

Small Plates

Reception-Style Cooking Party

Looking for a fun and casual team building activity? A 2 1/2 hour event, our Small Plates party is the perfect option for small and large-scale company events. After enjoying our complimentary antipasto platter and beverage of your choice, guests don their aprons and are treated to a lively, interactive cooking demonstration by one of Parties That Cook's top chefs. The group is then divided into teams that will then work together to prepare a spectacular menu of international tapas.

Social Team Cooking Events

With upbeat background music and a festive atmosphere, the Small Plates event is a great mix-and-mingle format, as guests cook together and share their creations with the rest of the group. Team members naturally develop stronger relationships and build trust and confidence in each other throughout the event. Food is the universal language and nothing brings people together better!

Our Small Plates experience is more than hors d'oeuvres on a platter – it's cooking as a social event that takes you around the globe with colleagues and friends.

Pricing & Services

Prices for our Small Plates vary based on guest count and venue rental fees. Prices are based on a minimum of 15 guests, however we can accommodate groups smaller than 15. Prices start at about $149 per person, depending on your guest count and venue selection.  Cost is all-inclusive of professionally trained staff, ingredients, venue fee, party rentals, travel fee (if applicable), non-alcoholic beverages, and service fee.

Our event sales team stands by ready to give you all the details including a customized proposal for your event. Ask us about event enhancements like our Small Plates Challenge format, optional appetizer and menu upgrades, custom logo aprons, wine education sessions, meeting facilities, specialty rentals and more.

Our proposals are all-inclusive except for wine and beer – there are no hidden fees!

Plan your Small Plates Event



Small Plates

What to expect

Delight your taste buds with the perfect meal of hearty appetizers. Guests are divided into teams to prepare a variety of internationally inspired tapas recipes during this popular event. Once the cooking is finished, everyone shares dishes with each other cocktail party style! This is a standing 2 1/2 hour event.

SAMPLE Timeline - Small Plates

*We can start your event at any time!

Guests arrive and enjoy beverages and complimentary antipasto platter
Parties That Cook presents a brief cooking demonstration & reviews the event program
Guests begin to cook
Cooking ends and guests transition to the reception
Event ends and guests depart

Our 2017 Winter Menu Collection

The Parties That Cook Winter Menu offers a taste from global markets. Seasonal produce and sustainably sourced local proteins inspire a unique twist on a menu without borders.  Upon arrival, your guests are welcomed with our complimentary antipasto platter of cheese, crackers, olives and salumi. Your team will learn the latest cooking techniques, experiment with exotic ingredients, and prepare unforgettable dishes together. We can accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.

1 to 14 guests, select 4 recipes
15 to 34 guests, select 5 recipes
35 to 124 guests, select 6 recipes
125 to 199 guests, select 8 recipes
200+ guests, select 10 recipes

Items in Italics are deep-fried. Please limit selection to one.

^ Gluten-free or can be made gluten-free upon request
* Vegan or can be made vegan upon request
+ Dairy-free or can easily be made dairy-free


Savory Bites

  • “Poutine”-Potato and Cheese Poppers with Mushroom Gravy^
  • Spicy Korean Gochujang Glazed Beef Meatballs with Sesame Seeds+
  • French Onion Soup Crostini with Gruyère and Cognac^
  • Salt Cod Croquettes with Saffron Aioli^
  • Chicken and Lemongrass Potstickers with Sesame Dipping Sauce*+
  • Tostones with Jalapeño Marmalade and Queso Fresco^*+
  • Smoked Trout Beignets with Caraway, Orange and Cranberries^+
  • Mini Shepherd’s Pie with Beef and Mashed Potatoes^
  • Wild Mushroom Crostini with Sherry, Garlic and Manchego^*+
  • Crispy Fried Chicken Po’boy Sandwiches with Cabbage Slaw
  • Buckwheat Blinis with Caramelized Shallots, Sautéed Arugula and Crème Fraîche^++
  • Flank Steak and Kale Caesar Roulades with Parmigiano-Reggiano^++
  • Asian Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Carrots, Peanuts and Cilantro^*+
  • Tortilla Española with Potato, Chorizo and Romesco^*+
  • Chicken Tikka Kebabs with Tamarind Chutney^⁺
  • Lentil-Cashew Hummus with Handmade Seeded Crackers^*+
Sweet Bites
  • Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes with Vanilla Cream Sauce
  • Carrot-Cake Thumbprint Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting^
  • Butterscotch Pudding Cups with Hazelnut Brittle^
Small Plates Food

Other Cooking Event Formats

Chef’s Table

Seated Dining Experience

Guests work in teams to prepare a delicious, four-course menu culminating in a seated meal with formal dining service.

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Kitchen Challenge

Iron Chef-style Cooking Competition

Armed with three basic ingredients and a pantry, teams face off in a timed competition to create the winning dish! May the best team win.

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