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!

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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

Summer 2017 Small Plates Menu

The Parties That Cook Summer 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. 

Guests & Recipes                                                                                     

1 to 15 guests, select 4 recipes
16 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

Savory Items

Individual Chicken Pot Pies with Carrots, Onion, Peas and Thyme topped with Puff Pastry
Shrimp Toasts on Crispy Brioche Points with Sesame Seeds 
Open-Faced Reuben Sandwiches with Pastrami-Seasoned Beef, Sauerkraut and Muenster Béchamel
Fried Chicken and Waffle Bites with Maple-Sriracha Butter
Summer Corn Pudding with Parmesan, Garlic and Herbs Baked in Phyllo Cups  
Home-made Ricotta Crostini with Heirloom Tomato Jam 
Lamb Sliders with Quick-Pickled Cucumbers and Indian Makhani Sauce
Summer Vegetable Pakora with Zucchini, Onion and Carrots with Cilantro Chutney 
Roasted Jalapeño and Black Bean Dip, House-made Masa Crackers and Summer Fruit "Pico de Gallo"
Crispy Red Pepper Falafel with Spiced Green Tahini Sauce 
Hand-Rolled Scallion Pancakes with Chile Oil and Tamari Dipping Sauce 
Pan-Seared Peanut and Coconut Dumplings with Sweet and Spicy Sauce 
Mini Kale Caesar Salads served in Crispy Parmesan Cups 
Grilled Beef Yakatori Skewers with Shiso Béarnaise 
Spicy Thai Chicken Larb Lettuce Cups with Toasted Rice Powder, Lime and Red Onion 
Fresh Spring Rolls with Thai Basil and Thinly Sliced Beef with a "Pho" Broth 

Sweet Items

Tahini Sandwich Cookies Filled with Chocolate Cream and Toasted Sesame Seeds 
Peach and Blueberry Parfait Cups with Lemon Mousse and Oatmeal Crumble 
Tostones with Coconut Dulce de Leche and Piña Colada-Macadamia Topping 
*Items in Italics are deep-fried. Please limit selection to one.
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