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 Spring Menu

Our 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


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

Savory Items

  • Spring Vegetable Pakoras with Asparagus, Spring Onion, and Cilantro Chutney gluten freedairy freevegetarianvegannut free
  • Artichoke Fondue with Parmesan, Garlic, and Herbed Baked Phyllo Cups vegetariannut free
  • Bacon-Wrapped Peaches with Fontina Cheese and Balsamic Honey Glaze nut free
  • Indian Spiced Chicken Sliders with Tamarind Chutney and Pickled Onions nut free
  • Mini Savory Pastelitos Turnovers Filled of Beef Picadillo with Chipotle Aioli dairy freenut free
  • Chive Blini with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche nut free
  • Crostini of Homemade Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Marmalade vegetariannut free
  • Skewers of Roasted Lamb with Indian Makhani (Tomato) Dipping Sauce gluten freenut free
  • Little Fish “Tacos” in Jicama Tortillas with Tropical Avocado Salsa gluten freedairy freenut free
  • Sweet Pea and Mint Galettes with Prosciutto and Sour Cream nut free
  • “Poutine” Potato and Cheese Poppers with Mushroom Gravy vegetariannut free
  • Coconut Crusted Sea Scallops with Chili-Mint Dipping Sauce gluten freenut free
  • Avocado, Nectarine, and Roasted Corn Guacamole with Seeded Tortilla Points gluten freedairy freevegetariannut free
  • Pork and Scallion Dumplings with Chili-Oil Dipping Saucedairy freenut free
  • Grilled Beef Brochettes with Peaches, Red Onion, and Tomatillo Salsa gluten freedairy freenut free
  • Soft Pretzel Bites with Spicy Housemade Honey-Mustard and Beer Dipping Sauce dairy freevegetariannut free

Sweet Items


  • Mini Boston Cream Pie Trifles with Chocolate Ganache and Strawberries vegetariannut free
  • Sweet-Tart Mini Meyer Lemon Squares with Raspberry Sauce vegetariannut free
  • Warm Lavender Tea Cake with Homemade Lemon Curd vegetariannut free
  • Mini Cinnamon Streusel Sour Cream Coffee Cakes with Raspberries vegetariannut free

More Cooking Event Formats

Pasta Wars

Homemade Pasta Cooking Competition Event

Teams are challenged to create pasta masterpieces including a delicious sauce made from scratch.

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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 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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Sushi Showdown

Sushi Competition Event

In this technique-driven Chopped-like team building activity, guests are divided into small teams and face off in a timed sushi battle.

View Sushi Showdown Details