Every Hands On Gourmet event is custom designed for each client. The common theme for all of our events is hands-on/interactive cooking alongside professional chefs. Our cooking parties and culinary team building events can take on many flavors and never get stale.

SMALL PLATES  A roving, social, non-stop feast of different textures and flavors. More like a cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres. Guests will create a number of smaller dishes and fill up while they talk, eat, drink and cook. Ideal for networking, large groups, client entertaining and active teams on the go.
THE SIT DOWN DINNER  A warm, peaceful yet lively gathering. Our Sit Down Dinner is a touch more intimate and formal. This type of event works well for smaller groups or those that work together. After the group works together to make the food, they pull up chairs to enjoy the meal that was created.
MEET THEN EAT  Start your group’s experience with necessary business from strategy sessions to board meetings. Provide a fun, relaxing finale by finalizing the retreat with a hands on cooking and eating experience. Hands On Gourmet can also provide catered food for additional meals during your business retreat.
AT A WINERY  Cook and dine at one of our venues in wine country or even in the city at an urban winery. Take advantage of the location and add a vineyard tour, a wine tasting or even a meeting with a wine-maker. That magical aura of a winery makes for a very unique event.
FOOD AND DRINK PAIRING  Spend an evening learning about how food and drink mix and match. Sushi and sake, beers and brats, wine and tapas or cocktails and canapés. Choose your potion and we’ll work with you to create a delicious menu to accompany. Something different, not to be missed!
COMPETITIVE CHEFS  A little friendly competition never hurts. H.O.G. supplies the tools to challenge each group to create dishes that will be judged on taste, flavor, presentation and teamwork. Do a victory dance then sit down to share the meal together.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST  Each team has a pre-made ginger bread house kit that includes sides, panels, and royal frosting in piping bags for glue.  In addition there are extra walls, hard candy, edible garnish, and Exacto knives.  Here’s where the fun begins. The challenge is to take the supplies and make spectacular architecture. Lavish windows, decks, fire pits? Is there a unique theme or period piece that will set them apart?

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CUPCAKE WARS This is a really fun event involving cupcakes, fondant, royal icing and different kinds of candies, piping bags and spatulas.  It’s intense and fierce, it’s easy bake oven meets corporate strategy session, it’s creative and fun.
“It’s not the winning or losing, it’s just the playing that counts.”

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