The SideDish Newsletter Vol 3, 2008

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Volume 03 - 2008

whisk bullet Seasonal Fare Moroccan Bisteeya Baskets Filled with Chicken, Raisins & Cinnamon
whisk bullet Cooking Classes Sunday Night “Cooking Club” Class with Chef Bibby Gignilliat
whisk bullet The SideDish Special Free cooking aprons if you book a party by April 30
whisk bullet Recipe Contest Win a private cooking party for 16
whisk bullet In the Media Parties That Cook named 2008 Small Business of the Year!
whisk bullet Shop Great gift idea for Mother’s Day

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every guest a chef
Seasonal Fare
Dolma: Stuffed Grape Leaves with 
Rice, Pine Nuts and Apricot

Moroccan Bisteeya Baskets Filled with Chicken, Raisins & Cinnamon

Venture across the Sahara and become intoxicated with this new take on traditional Moroccan savory & sweet phyllo dough pies. New to our Spring Sumptuous Small Plates Collection, we’ll show you how to create mini phyllo dough baskets that hold bite-sized servings of juicy chicken, exotically spiced with saffron, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cumin.

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Cooking Classes & Events

Pitas“Cooking Club” Class with Chef/Owner Bibby Gignilliat
Greek on the Grill menu

Sunday, May 4th, 2008 @ Sur La Table, San Francisco
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Casual monthly cooking class and dinner with Chef/Owner Bibby Gignilliat! Perfect for date nights, epicurean singles, adventurous home cooks or a group of friends looking to get together for an easy dinner party. Guests cook, then dine on a four-course Greek on the Grill menu. $95 per guest includes wine!
Click here to sign up

Heirloom Tomato, Eggplant
 and Fresh Mozzarella Stacks with Arugula Salsa VerdeCooking Crush Launch Party: Singles Cooking & Wine Tasting
Thursday, May 1st, 2008 @ Crushpad Winery, San Francisco
6:00 - 9:00 pm
We’re teaming up with Crushpad for a fabulous evening of cooking and wine tasting for singles who share a love for food and wine. Each Cooking Crush event will explore a unique wine tasting theme, such as the wines of the Russian River Valley, and expert pairing with sumptuous small plates. Admission includes hands-on cooking class, wine tasting, pairings, and a winery tour. $95 per guest.
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Lettuce WrapsGourmet Dating: Singles Cooking Class in Chicago
Thursday, June 12th, 2008 @ Calphalon Culinary Center
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Featured this month on Metromix: Our popular singles class, where co-ed teams learn to cook an assortment of delicious appetizers and tapas. Cook up a little romance over Lettuce Cups with Gingery Pork & Shitake Mushrooms and Mexican Chocolate Fudge Brownies with Cinnamon Whipped Cream. $75 per guest.
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Click here to watch us on Metromix

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The SideDish Special

Receive free cooking apron party favors for your guests when you book a cooking party or team building event by April 30. To reserve your date, call 1-888-907-COOK or email Be sure to mention The SideDish Special coupon.

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Recipe Contest
Heirloom Tomato, Eggplant and 
Fresh Mozzarella Stacks with Arugula Salsa Verde

Win a private cooking party for 16!

You have just two more weeks to submit your best original appetizer recipe for the chance to win a private cooking party for 16 (retail value, $1,200). Email us your recipe with photo to by April 30th for your chance to win many great prizes. Entries will be scored on originality, taste, and presentation.

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In the Media
SBNThe San Francisco Small Business Network (SBN) named Parties That Cook winner of the coveted 2008 Small Business Owner of the Year Award. Nominees were judged on innovation of product/service, increases in sales, employee growth, community service and overall staying power. Owner Bibby Gignilliat will receive the award at the 24th Annual Awards Gala on May 22, 2008 at the Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco.


MetromixLast week, Chicago’s Metromix TV show featured Parties That Cook's Gourmet Dating for Singles cooking class. Show host and DJ, Pogo, joined a lively bunch of Chicago’s in-crowd to cook up a night of delicious small plates and lots of not-so-subtle flirting!

Click here to watch Metromix video clip


KGOTune in to KGO-AM 810 for Dining Around with Gene Burns on Saturday, April 26 at 11:30 am. Gene will be interviewing Parties That Cook Owner Bibby Gignilliat and Crushpad Winemaker Stuart Ake about their new gourmet cooking and wine tasting class Cooking Crush, which will take place May 1st in San Francisco.

Click here to read more about the Cooking Crush event


Bibby Gignilliat KenmoreParties That Cook Founder Bibby Gignilliat rallied the crowds with lively cooking demos at last week’s 2008 International Kitchen & Bath Show in Chicago. Bibby (pictured here with Parties That Cook Lead Chef Sarah Roseme) appeared as the culinary expert for Kenmore’s Make-It-Simple Team. Check out Bibby’s Make-It Simple website articles, which feature recipes and tips on cooking, entertaining and menu-planning.

Click here for Bibby’s Make-It-Simple article:
How to Host a Dinner Party that Cooks

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift.Sumptuous Small Plates

You and your mom will love the The Sumptuous Small Plates Deck available on

The Sumptuous Small Plates Deck is a collection of 30 deliciously fun appetizer recipes and tips to throwing a cooking party. Also available at the following Bay Area stores: Period George, The Pasta Shop, Nest, Zinc Details, Leige, Books Inc. on Van Ness, Isabella's Table, Draeger's Markets and The Spanish Table.

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