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Hands-on Cooking Parties

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The Institute of Culinary Education in New York runs the most successful private cooking event program in the nation.There’s only one place in New York City...

Where the bankers don aprons, and creative directors roll out dough: it's an ICE cooking party! At ICE's unique hands-on lunch or dinner events, cooking is the entertainment.

Your party will be divided into groups, each cooking a different part of the menu that you’ve selected. You will learn specific techniques and kitchen "tricks" that will get you thinking like a chef. Our Chef-Instructors are experienced professionals, and have a comprehensive knowledge of virtually all cuisines, along with the experience to make cooking fun and entertaining. As one of the leading culinary education centers in America, the school’s atmosphere and professionalism are geared for a fun learning experience. These events are ideal for corporate teambuilding and entertaining, as well as personal celebrations including birthdays, showers, or dinnerwith special friends!

A typical cooking event runs 3 to 3 1/2 hours: 1/2 hour for wine and hors d'oeuvres, 1 to 1 1/2 hours of hands-on cooking, then a sit-down, full-service three-course dinner where you all enjoy the meal you've made.

An open bar offers wine, beer, and soft drinks throughout your event. Our house wines (both a white and a red) are included, but you have the option to upgrade your wine selection or add a premium liquor bar for mixed cocktails.

Our maximum group size is 90 people, and our minimum group size ranges between 12-16 people, depending on the season. Our largest kitchen holds a maximum of 40 people. For 42-60 people, we will put you in two kitchens; for corporate cooking classes of 60-90 people, you will be allocated three kitchens. In each case, the group will dine together in one kitchen.

Contact Us

Book your private cooking event at the Institute of Culinary Education and enjoy a unique and delicious evening with friends or colleagues. To learn more about hosting a Special Event at ICE's premier facility, please click here or contact the Special Events Department by phone at (800) 543-8834 or email specialevents@ice.edu.