The SideDish Newsletter Vol 8, 2011

Parties That Cook
Volume 8, 2011
The SideDish Newsletter
The SideDish Special
$200 off your event if you book by August 31st
Seasonal Fare
Little Grilled Avocado Tacos with Tomato Salad and Chipotle-Lime Crema
VideoTip of the Month
How to Select an Avocado
Cooking Classes
Date Night Couples Cooking
Cooking Farm to Table
Sizzle & Swirl
Mouthwatering Mission
Job Opportunities
Chefs & Culinary Instructors
Professional Servers
Cooking Class Gift Certificates
Read Up On Our Blog
Eleven events in three days: Check! For a recap of one action-packed week, get the inside scoop here.

Tired of the same old rhubarb recipes? Get a taste of something new here.

Find out what really happens in the eye of a storm. Read the Wrigley Event Blog here.
Meet Our Partner Venues
Looking to pair your cooking event with an onsite meeting space? Check out some of our favorite venues that offer both in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Seattle and Portland!

SF Bay Area:
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Bently Reserve

Catalyst Ranch
Now We're Cookin'
Logan Square Kitchen

Pravda Studio
The Wine Outlet
415 Westlake

Ambridge Events Center
The Little Church
What Clients Are Saying
"As a planner, the best part was that Tanya and the staff really took over and completely handled our group when it was time to begin. I'm not used to that and it made it so I could really enjoy myself and participate as well. From a participant perspective, the best part was being able to see another side of the people I work with. I learned something new about everyone! It was definitely a bonding experience.  I talked to a handful of people (all men) who said that they didn't expect the event to be fun, and when it was over they came to me and said they had to admit that they loved it."
Samantha Young

"Successful event, plenty of great conversation and fun. The wine and appetizers in the beginning were great and the energy was high from beginning to end. I don’t think anyone was disappointed with any part of the experience!"
Wendi Moradian
Council of Business Advisors

“The team collaboration, venue, the tips from the chef, recipes and wine pairing –every part of the event was GREAT!! It was really perfect.”
Kerri White

“After talking to Beth and hearing the process and plans I was convinced this was the thing to do. The best part was seeing what my fellow workers created and then eating it. This was successful because the team definitely worked together and enjoyed the evening -it was fantastic."
Don Bicking

“We had an excellent time tonight. We were in San Francisco for vacation and were really looking forward to this class. It totally lived up to expectation. The staff was so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The recipes were tasty and could easily be made at home. Thanks for a great experience.”
Meredith D. and Trudy A.
Indian Summer Tapas Class
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The Evolution of Cooking Farm to Table!
Parties That Cook’s newest corporate event offering, Cooking Farm to Table, is now open to the public on a few select dates this fall! Join us at Canvas Ranch in Petaluma, CA (on 8/13 and 9/17) or Willie Green’s 100% Organic Farm in Monroe, WA (on 10/2) for an in-depth farm tour, lively hands-on cooking class and mouthwatering 4-course dinner in the field.

Summer may be coming to a close, but we can help ease the transition with even more exciting events this fall. Upcoming classes include Date Night Couples Cooking in Chicago, Sizzle & Swirl Wine Tasting & Cooking in Seattle and Bay Area favorite Mouthwatering Mission tasting tour and cooking class in San Francisco. We hope to see you in the kitchen soon!

Bon Appetit!
The Parties That Cook Team

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Business Card Contest
Have you recently attended a Parties That Cook event? If you dropped your card in our contest jar, you were automatically entered in a drawing to win a cooking class gift certificate. This month’s winner is Carlin Fuerst from Riverbed Technology! Congratulations, Carlin! Keep your eyes peeled for your prize.
The SideDish Special back to the top
Receive $200 OFF your private cooking party or team building event when you book by August 31, 2011.

Our stove is filling up fast! To reserve your date:
Call: 1-888-907-COOK

Be sure to mention The SideDish Special. Not valid with other discounts.

Plan Your Event!
Seasonal Fare back to the top
Warm Lavender Tea Cake with Homemade Lemon CurdLittle Grilled Avocado Tacos with Tomato Salad and Chipotle-Lime Crema
Time to squeeze in your last few grill items of the summer! This simple recipe for fresh Little Grilled Avocado Tacos is a delicious way to impress others with your grill skills.

Click here for the Little Grilled Avocado Tacos with Tomato Salad and Chipotle-Lime Crema Recipe

Click here for more Seasonal Recipes
Video Tip of the Month back to the top
How to Select an Avocado How to Select an Avocado
Picking the right avocado is no guessing game. Learn how to avoid overripe avocados with this helpful video tip.

View this video here.

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for the latest Video Cooking Tips and Tricks.
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San Francisco & Bay Area Cooking Classes
Date Night Couples Cooking Class
Date: August 12
Location: Dacor Kitchen
Price: $85 per guest
Cooking Farm to Table
Date: Aug 13 & Sept 17
Location: Canvas Ranch
Price: $135 per guest
Date Night Couples Cooking Class
Date: September 23
Location: Dacor Kitchen
Price: $85 per guest
Mouthwatering Mission
Date: October 8
Location: Starts at Mission Pie
Price: $95 per guest
Chicago Cooking Classes
  Date Night Couples Cooking Class
Date: September 23
Location: Charlie Baggs
Price: $85 per guest
Seattle Cooking Classes
Sizzle & Swirl: Wine Tasting and Cooking Class
Date: September 17
Location: Seattle Wine Outlet
Price: $95 per guest
Cooking Farm to Table
Date October 2
Location: Willie Green’s Organic Farm
Price: $125 per guest
Media back to the top
Check in on this entrepreneur interview with Parties That Cook founder, Bibby Gignilliat. Read the full article here.
Take a sneak peek inside a Parties That Cook Sumptuous Small Plates corporate event, as experienced by designer, writer, artist and Eventbrite event promoter, Amanda Appiairus. Cravings begin here.
Check out these tips for how to deal with the different types of problem employees. Read about it here.
Marcia Gagliardi of Tablehopper has some cool new cooking classes on her list! Get the complete scoop here.
Job Opportunities back to the top
Parties That Cook is seeking high energy, service-oriented individuals who share our passion for cooking and entertaining. We are currently looking for Lead Chefs and Servers in San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Portland.

Read more about these job opportunities here.
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Parties That Cook Gift Certificates and Recipe Decks!
Recipe Cards Give the gift of cooking with a Parties That Cook cooking class gift certificate! From the new Cooking Farm to Table classes near San Francisco to the classic Date Night in Chicago and Sizzle & Swirl Wine Tasting & Cooking in Seattle, gift certificates can be redeemed at any time throughout the year. Classes are perfect for beginners or established foodies looking to learn new tips while mingling in the kitchen.

Check out more gift ideas including the Sumptuous Small Plates recipe deck, filled with delicious recipes and beautiful photographs.

Gift of Cooking

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