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Private Cooking Class Dinner Parties

Cooking class dinner parties are a great way to celebrate a life event with group of friends or family. Have your group join you around the butcher block for an event full of hands-on entertainment, delicious food and lots of laughter. Private cooking class dinner parties make great birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, bridal showers, baby showers, engagement parties or any other life event celebration.

Click on a culinary event format below for detailed information

Collaborative Menu
How many chefs can stir the pot? Cooking elbow to elbow with your friends, learning new culinary techniques, sipping wine, laughing, sharing memories and a group-made meal is a great way to celebrate one of life’s milestones and your friendships.

Duration: 3 hours

Layout: 30 minute reception with appetizers and beverages

1 1/2 hours hands-on cooking
1 hour dining at our lakeside tables

Your party will be led by chef instructors to create a pre-determined four course meal of your choice. The complete meal consists of appetizers (the only items prepared in advance by your chefs – so you can be greeted with them upon your arrival), a salad or soup course, an entrée and a dessert course served with our signature Blue Ribbon coffee. You can compose your menu course by course or you may choose one of our popular themed menus. You’ll find all of those options here on our Seasonal Menu Options(LINK). If you have some other recipes or menu themes in mind, we are very happy to accommodate them.

With this format your guests work collaboratively to create a gourmet menu that they’ll sit down and enjoy together. Once the cooking is done, our chefs will plate and serve your gourmet meal to you as you dine at our lakeside tables.

Some noteworthy optional additions:

  • Wine Tasting or Blending Competition
  • Contemporary Hands-on Mixology Class or Competition
  • …or we’re happy to customize this format so it will accommodate whatever you have in mind.

Blue Ribbon’s wine and beer package available or host may supply their own wine and beer. A corkage fee of $5 per bottle of wine will apply.

Classic Iron Chef Competition

Become the star of your own kitchen stadium as you compete with friends for the title of Master Chef! Everybody gets fired up during this fast-paced kitchen competition packed with culinary adventure and fun.

Duration: 3 hours

Layout: 30 minute reception with chef’s choice appetizers and beverages

1 1/2 hours hands-on cooking
1 hour dining at our lakeside tables

Our Classic Iron Chef Competition is one of Blue Ribbon’s most popular formats. During the 90 minutes of hands-on cooking time, each group, with the help of a professional chef, conceives of and executes a complete meal consisting of a protein, side dishes and a dessert. The chef will assist teams as much or as little as they would like. Different ingredients for each group’s protein component are assigned and sample recipes utilizing those ingredients are provided. Each team’s creations are served buffet style creating a breathtaking presentation. This is a perfect format if you are trying to please many different palates. Judging takes place behind the scenes (by chefs that are not working with your event) and the winning team is announced during dessert. Which team will reign supreme?

Some noteworthy optional additions:

  • Wine Blending Competition
  • Contemporary Hands-on Mixology Competition
  • …or we’re happy to customize this format so it will accommodate whatever you have in mind.

Blue Ribbon’s wine and beer package available or host may supply their own wine and beer. A corkage fee of $5 per bottle of wine will apply. 

Food Truck Wars

We’ve caught the street food fervor! With their innovative flair, pop culture allure, and culinary exploits, food trucks have become one of the most en vogue trends. At Blue Ribbon Cooking School it has inspired an exciting new format for cooking parties!

Duration: 3 hours

Layout: 30 minute reception with appetizers served directly from a food truck of your choice* or street food small bites created by your Blue Ribbon chef instructors and beverages

1 1.5 hours hands-on cooking
1 hour dining at our lakeside tables

During the first 30 minutes of your party, your guests will enjoy appetizers at Blue Ribbon Cooking School served to them directly from the food truck of your choice* or street food small bites provided by our chefs. During the event introduction, we’ll present the dynamics of cooking and serving in a food truck and tips for working within these parameters. Your guests will keep these concepts in mind as they conceive of and execute menus for the Competition part of the event.

After enjoying appetizers, guests are divided into groups (randomly or predetermined by you). Each group will choose a member to represent them during the random drawing of their Food Truck Theme. They will then have 90 minutes of hands-on cooking time, and the help of a professional chef, to create 2 savory main dish selections and one sweet treat that embody the theme they have drawn. In addition to the food, each group is responsible for creating a name for their truck as well as designing a full written menu of other food items the truck would offer.
Each team’s creations are served buffet style creating a breathtaking presentation. This is one of our formats that work well if you are trying to please many different palates. Judging takes place behind the scenes (by chefs that are not working with your event) and winners are selected according to flavor, ability to adhere to the theme, a well-rounded menu, and how well they dynamics of food preparation and service in a food truck were considered in the execution of their food and overall menu. The winning team is announced during dessert.

* Food trucks are an additional cost. Please call our office for a list of food trucks that collaborate with Blue Ribbon on these events. Note that availability of specific trucks is dependent upon their schedule.

Some noteworthy optional additions:

  • Wine Tasting or Blending Competition
  • Contemporary Hands-on Mixology Class or Competition
  • …or we’re happy to customize this format so it will accommodate whatever you have in mind.

Blue Ribbon’s wine and beer package available or host may supply their own wine and beer. A corkage fee of $5 per bottle of wine will apply.