The SideDish Newsletter Vol 4, 2012

Parties That Cook
Volume 4, 2012
The SideDish Newsletter
Recipe of the Month
Video Tip of the Month
Cooking Classes
The SideDish Special
Caption Contest

New evidence suggests women find men in the kitchen a ‘mixed’ blessing.

Not that we don’t see tons of rock star men in the kitchen, but this made us laugh...

We posted this photo on our Facebook page. Entrants had less than one week to write their wittiest caption in the comments section. The best caption, submitted by Jonathan Bercovitch, won a ticket to one of our cooking classes. Congratulations Jonathan!
Business Card Contest
Have you recently attended a Parties That Cook event?
If you dropped your card in our contest jar, you were entered in a drawing to win a cooking class gift certificate. April's winner is Michelle Melen! Congratulations, Michelle!
Read Up On Our Blog
4.10.12 - Want an insider's look at our Spring Menus? Feast your eyes on March's cookbook club here.

4.9.12 - Looking for a recipe that tastes as good as it looks? Find your next masterpiece here.

3.29.12 - We all love a good happy hour. Catch up with Carolyn as you visit the real Portland here.

3.12.12 - Do you miss partying with us? Catch up on all the crazy antics in the field here.
What Clients Are Saying
"Everyone in our group was raving about how much fun they had last night, with one of our members stating it was the best team building event he has been to in the last 10 years!"
Jenell Halvorson, Corporate Event

"You guys made me look like a rockstar. Not one single complaint about these events. I, myself, had a great time."
Kristi Lewis, Genentech

"The event was a success because our group had an opportunity to focus on a "non work" project together. The interaction was invaluable. The PTC guidance was fabulous."
Patrick Sheridan, Cal Lighting

"Fun to do something where everyone was engaged and creating something."
Erik Hansen, Robert Bosch Healthcare, Inc.
Job Opportunities
Now Hiring: Chefs in Seattle and Portland.
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Put a Spring In Your Step
Kaiser cookingThe first quarter of the year flew by, but Spring brings fun events like the Cooking Up Success for Women’s Initiative benefit, the annual Mother's Day Brunch cooking class, and our first mixology class, Cooking with Cocktails.

Full steam ahead!
The Parties That Cook Team
Recipe of the Month back to the top
Open Face Rock Shrimp Sliders with Lotus Root Pickles and Rainbow Micro GreensOpen Face Rock Shrimp Sliders with Lotus Root Pickles and Rainbow Micro Greens

Spring menus have arrived! Time to turn in your Brussels sprouts and Winter squash, and break out your artichokes, fava beans, and rhubarb. These gorgeous Rock Shrimp Sliders were a favorite at Spring recipe testing, and now it's your turn!

Click here for more Seasonal Recipes
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How to Select an Avocado How to Select an Avocado

Avocados may be available year-round, but that doesn't mean you'll always get a ripe one. This short video will teach you how to select perfectly ripe avocados in the grocery store!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for the latest Video Cooking Tips and Tricks.
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San Francisco & Bay Area Cooking Classes
Cooking Up Success - Tickets are Limited!
When: April 18
Where: Ferry Building
What: Join Parties That Cook and Women's Initiative for a lively evening of cooking and wine, as you help low income women launch their own businesses and create jobs in our Bay Area communities!

Mouthwatering Mission - Sold Out!
When: May 5
Where: Cooking at La Cocina
What: Get a taste of the Mission as you embark on an informational tasting tour, stopping into various local businesses for samples, bites, and tasty treats. Then, head to La Cocina for a Parties That Cook hands-on cooking class featuring a Latin-themed menu!

Mother’s Day Brunch Cooking Class
When: May 13
Where: Ferry Building
What: This Mother's Day, treat your mom to a special day of delicious food and sparkling wine as you whip up a gourmet brunch together. Then, sit down and enjoy the meal with new friends.

Date Night Couples Cooking
When: June 8
Where: Dacor Kitchen
What: Spend quality time with your sweetie, learn new culinary skills, and meet other fun couples while you cook! There’s nothing better than enjoying a delicious gourmet meal of your own creation. With recipes and photos emailed to attendees after the event, you can reminisce and recreate your favorite dishes together at home.
Chicago Cooking Classes
Date Night Couples Cooking
When: April 20
Where: Charlie Baggs in the Belden Stratford
What: Grab a date, and join our lively chefs at this hands-on cooking class. Heat up the kitchen as you learn new culinary skills and meet other fun couples. With recipes and photos emailed to attendees after the event, you can practice your new skills and recreate your favorite dishes whenever you like!
Seattle Cooking Classes
Date Night Couples Cooking with Wine
When: April 21
Where: Efeste WInery
What: Escape to Woodinville for a romantic evening of hands-on cooking and sipping wine. Mingle with other couples as you create a gourmet meal of international small plates. Recipes and photos are emailed to attendees after the event, so you can reminisce and recreate your favorite dishes together at home.
Portland Cooking Classes
Cooking Up Cocktails
When: May 18
Where: Bull Run Distilling Co.
What: Sample seasonal cocktails, learn new cooking techniques, and create a delicious meal of international small plates at this mixology and cooking class. This class is great for singles and couples!
Media back to the top
Looking for a fun team building activity in Chicago? The folks at BizBash have compiled quite the list of ideas! Read more here.
These basic commands from business guru Bruce Judson can help you start and run a business on your own. Read more here.
This month, you've got two opportunities to support a women's nonprofit in San Francisco. The tablehopper shares the details on both benefit dinners. Read more here.
The SideDish Special back to the top
$200 Off your event when you Book by April 30th and mention The SideDish Special. Only valid on new bookings of 16+ guests. Not valid with other discounts.

Our stove is filling up fast! To reserve your date by phone or email:
888-907-COOK or

Plan Your Event!
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Are you ready for Mother's Day?
Recipe CardsAvoid the rush, and give Mom the gift of cooking with a Parties That Cook cooking class gift certificate. From Mother’s Day Brunch in San Francisco to Cooking with Cocktails in Portland, we’ve got plenty of options for you to cook up some fun! Classes are perfect for beginners and established foodies looking to learn new tips while mingling in the kitchen. The best part is: gift certificates can be redeemed at any time throughout the year!

Check out more gift ideas, including the new recipe card deck, More Sumptuous Small Plates, filled with 30 delicious recipes, party tips and mouthwatering photographs. Take advantage of our Recipe Deck Gift Set while supplies last.

Get the Sumptuous Small Plates deck along with More Sumptuous Small Plates for just $29.95!

Order Gift Certificates by phone or email:
888-907-COOK or

Gift of Cooking
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