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Custom Special Events & Hands-On Cooking Parties

ICE hosts over 500 culinary events each year, serving more than 20,000 guests. You are cordially invited...

Our hands-on cooking events are perfect for corporate entertaining, team building, closing dinners, press events and product launches, or for personal celebrations such as birthdays, anniversary parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or special reunions.

Combining the best elements of a cocktail party, a cooking class and your favorite restaurant, ICE cooking parties and group cooking events are an easy, seamless choice when you want to celebrate or entertain. Start planning your event.

ICE's exclusive events are educational, flavorful and fun!

Elvis Duran and his iHeart Radio team make sushi at ICE.A typical event is approximately 3.5 hours and begins with a 30- to 45-minute reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres or a tasting table. After your guests enjoy some light bites with a drink from the bar, our highly trained chefs will invite your group to put on aprons and hats for the cooking portion of the event. We'll put your guests to work while they learn skills, tips and techniques in a fun, interactive environment. The memorable and delectable activities culminate in an hour-long private dining experience. ICE's signature hospitality will leave your guests with a lasting impression — we’ll even do the dishes! Speak with our event planner.

Virtual Events Now Available!

We may not be able to book, plan and execute your live event with pandemic capacity restrictions, but we can now offer online events with the same benefits!

Our new private cooking classes range from 1 to 2 hours with live, professional chef instruction via Zoom. You will get an opportunity to see and interact with your group, connect with them, learn new cooking skills, ask questions as we go, plus go more in-depth with a Q&A session at the end of the class, and enjoy a 10-15 minute hang out after your guided demonstration.

View themed menu options:

Love tacos and ever wondered how they are made? You belong to this class. Chef Frank Proto will work with you in a few simple steps and to make wonderful edible wraps to carry some of your all-time favorite taco fillings.

  • Homemade flour tortillas
  • Lime crema
  • Adobo chicken
  • Pickled red onions
  • Simple syrup
  • Classic margarita

ICE will teach you how to make a classic paella from Valencia, in addition to one of Spain’s most popular tapas – pan con tomate – and a refreshing Spanish wine cocktail.

  • Classic paella Valenciana
  • Pan con tomate
  • Tinto de Verano

Plant-based and clean eating: We got you. Spend an exciting fun couple of hours and learn how to make these three summers and fall favorites.

  • Watermelon gazpacho
  • Sesame crusted tofu
  • Garlic-fried cauliflower rice

Miss your regular happy hours and the familiar sweet smells of your favorite NYC bakery? We are bringing you two easy, breezy recipes that will not take more 1.5 hours of your time.

  • Lemon short bread cookie
  • Lemon thyme elderberry martini

Explore the unique ingredients, simple techniques of Thai cooking, one of the most distinctive of Southeast Asia. In this VIRTUAL class, you’ll learn to cook authentic versions of some of the country’s most popular recipes.

Menu No. 1

  • Summer rolls with dipping sauce
  • Pad Thai
  • Mango Sticky Rice

Menu No. 2

  • Beef or chicken satay with peanut dipping sauce
  • Coconut Jasmine rice
  • Yellow chicken curry
  • Deep-fried bananas

Bourbon Steakhouse

Steak is always a satisfying dinner, but it gets more of a boost when paired with bourbon. Join us virtually for a night of steakhouse cuisine, where you will savor classic flavors updated with bourbon notes. You will prepare and enjoy:

  • Wedge salad with crispy bacon, blue cheese and bourbon vinaigrette
  • NY Strip steak au poivre with bourbon-cream sauce
  • French green beans with caramelized shallots
  • Bourbon sour

Whiskey Steakhouse

Bold whiskey and hearty steakhouse dishes make the perfect couple. In this virtual class you will make a meal that puts whiskey to use, including:

  • New York strip steak with mushroom-whiskey sauce
  • Whiskey-glazed carrots
  • German-style hash brown potatoes
  • Manhattan or old fashioned

NY Steakhouse

New York City has some of the most famous steakhouses in the country. These classic establishments are known for a distinctive homey atmosphere and a trademark cuisine that has been pleasing diners for decades. Spend a virtual evening learning the techniques and recipes you need to replicate your favorite steakhouse experience at home. You'll make and enjoy.

  • Caesar salad
  • Grilled New York strip steak with buerre maitre d’hotel
  • Creamed spinach
  • Classic gin or vodka martini

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For more information on cooking classes or hosting an event, click below to submit a request form, call the Special Events department directly at (800) 543-8834 or email

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