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, event format and venue rental fees. Prices are based on a minimum of 15 guests, however we can accommodate groups smaller than 15. We create a customized proposal(s) for your group. 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

Small Plates Menu, Fall 2018

Our Fall Small Plates Menu incorporates the best seasonal, local ingredients with internationally inspired recipes. In effort to create the perfect culinary journey for your group, please consider the dietary restrictions of guests when selecting recipes.


Dietary Symbol LookupGuests & 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

  • Oatmeal-Crusted Fried Chicken Skewers with Buttermilk Dressing nut free
  • Petites Pissaladieres: Miniature Onion and Black Olive Tartlets nut free
  • Crostini of Smashed Cannellini Beans and Salsa Verde dairy freevegetarianvegannut free     
  • Cornmeal Crusted Pizzettas with Pancetta, Pears and Creamy Blue Cheese nut free
  • Spicy Korean Gochujang Glazed Beef Meatballs with Sesame Seeds dairy freenut free  
  • French Onion Soup Crostini with Gruyère and Cognac nut free
  • Green Bean and Delicata Squash Tempura with Spicy Ponzu vegetarianvegannut freedairy free   
  • Flank Steak and Kale Caesar Roulades with Parmigiano-Reggiano gluten free
  • Mini Shepherd’s Pie with Beef and Mashed Potatoes nut freegluten free
  • “Fish and Chip” Croquettes with Malt-Vinegar Aioli nut free
  • Tortilla Española with Potato, Chorizo and Romesco nut freegluten free
  • Tostones with Jalapeño Marmalade and Queso Fresco vegetariannut free
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes with Spiced Cranberry Compote vegetariannut free
  • Chicken Tikka Kebabs with Tamarind Chutney gluten freenut free
  • Lentil-Cashew Hummus with Handmade Seeded Crackers dairy freevegetarianvegan
  • Blue Cheese and Pecan Puff Pastry Spirals vegetarian  


Sweet Items

  • Mini Winter Fruit Crisps with Pecan Streusel and Vanilla Whipped Cream vegetarian
  • Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate Dipping Sauce vegetariannut free
  • Brownies Layered with Mint Topping and Chocolate Ganache vegetariannut free
  • Mini Gingerbread Gâteau with Salted Caramel Sauce and Cinnamon Whipped Cream vegetariannut free

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

Small Plates Food

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