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manhattan event locations
CityNew York, NY
Venue TypeCooking School/Event Space
Open Since1975
Size42000 sq. ft.
Capacity150 (Standing) / 90 (Seated)
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SetupDemonstration Kitchen (seating up to 84 people at round tables or 65 classroom style, can be combined with foyer area to hold a cocktail party for up to 150)

5 Kitchens (seating up to 24 banquet-style), additional Function Rooms (seating up to 90 banquet-style, standing/cocktail-style up to 150)
FurnishingsVulcan Ranges, Traulsen Refrigerators, Hobart Mixers/KitchenAid Mixers, Bogard Triple-Deck Ovens

This unique full-service venue and cooking school in the Gramercy/Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan consists of 42,000 square feet of event space spread over five floors. The warm, inviting and inspiring educational facility runs the most successful private cooking event program in the nation, offering events that are perfect for New York City corporate entertaining, team building and closing dinners, or for personal celebrations such as birthdays, rehearsal dinners, or special reunions. Combining the best elements of a cocktail party, a cooking class and an informal banquet, the facility's cooking parties are an easy, seamless option when you want to celebrate with and entertain a group. Group events can be lunches or dinners, and typically last three-and-a-half hours. Private dining rooms and custom menus are also available for various types of luncheons, dinners or cocktail events.

Private Dining (Lunch and Dinner)

A typical private group event, available for intimate groups of 16 or larger parties of up to 100, begins with an open bar of wine and beer and an hour of passed hors d'oeuvres in the new 6th floor private dining room. Then, you and your guests will be invited to sit down and enjoy a full-service three or four course meal prepared by venue's talented culinary team.

Hands-On Cooking Events

In addition to its regularly scheduled classes, the school runs a unique and fun private cooking party event program for groups of 12 to 90 guests. These special events are great for corporate team building or entertaining in New York City, as well as personal celebrations, such as NYC birthdays, anniversaries, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers, and special reunions. The format is a lunch or dinner where cooking is part of the entertainment. A typical event runs 3 to 3 1/2 hours: 1/2 hour for wine and hors d’oeuvres, 1 to 1 1/2 hours of cooking, then a sit-down, full-service three-course dinner where you all enjoy the meal you’ve made. While you will not cook from scratch, you will learn specific techniques, and the chef-instructors and assistants will be on hand to guide you. The staff is prepared for both the eager novice and the experienced home cook. The school’s atmosphere lends itself to learning and participation leavened with fun!

Private NYC Wine Tasting, Beer Tasting and Mixology Classes

These two-hour events begin with a hearty cheese platter, served with an aperitif appropriate to your theme. Your instructor will then invite you to sit down for a tasting of selected wines or beers. This fast-paced 90-minute presentation will focus on evaluating wine or beer for quality, taste and style. Eight varieties will be sampled. Typical topics include Italian wines, Champagne or Microbrewery Beers.

Celebrity Chef Events

The venue can arrange a culinary extravaganza for you and your clients or friends. They'll bring in one of the country's hottest chefs to prepare a fabulous dinner especially for your group. You'll learn secrets, get a chance to ask the questions you've always wanted to ask, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime meal. You'll begin with passed hors d'oeuvres and end with a full-service, sit-down lunch or dinner, including wine. Two formats are available: Hands-On, where you and your guests actually don aprons and work side-by-side to help the chef with the cooking or Demonstration, where your group watches and listens while your chef cooks dinner right in front of you.

Event Spaces

The school's facilities include twelve teaching kitchens and four traditional classrooms, all outfitted with optimum equipment. The Demonstration Kitchen is perfect for press events and large parties, equipped with a full-sized overhead mirror which reflects 16 burners and 2 separate workstations. The kitchen has four convection ovens, ample refrigeration space, and microphone capabilities. An additional pantry kitchen out of view in the back is equipped with two additional ovens, ten more burners and more refrigeration. This room can seat up to 84 people at round tables or 65 classroom style, or can be combined with our foyer area to hold a cocktail party for up to 150.

The Function Rooms are perfect for sit-down dinner parties, wine tastings, seminars, or meetings for a maximum of 90 people seated at rounds or for a cocktail party for up to 150 people. Depending on availability, a prep/galley kitchen is available at an additional cost.

From bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, bachelorette and bachelor parties to birthday and anniversary celebrations or closing dinners, the cooking school has the recipe for a fantastic New York City party!

CateringThe venue offers on-site catering and allows insured outside caterers to rent its kitchen facilities.

Sample Menus - Fall 2009/Winter 2010 Menu
Audio/Videowireless microphones (2 handheld, 4 lavaliers)
Cool FeaturesChoose from an assortment of "classes" to serve as a centerpiece for your event -- whether it be pizza making or mixology, you and your guests are sure to have a memorable experience...and skills to take home.

Who has been enjoying these private cooking events? The answer is media firms entertaining advertisers, software companies hoping to build cross-divisional rapport, securities firms hosting their clients, pharmaceutical sales reps "team building" after national sales meetings and law firms organizing events for summer associates. Likewise, private cooking events have proven to be a great idea for birthday, anniversary, engagement, shower, graduation and family reunion events. And some couples have found that the school's events are a great way to entertain friends, particularly when no one has a dining room or kitchen(s) as large as theirs!
Past ClientsAmerican Express, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, Earnst & Young, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Bon Appetit, Comedy Central, Entertainment Weekly, Food Network TV, Food and Wine Magazine, Fortune Magazine, New York Magazine, Calvin Klein, L'Oreal, Tiffany's, Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Mercedes-Benz, Pepsi, Time Warner, Whole Foods

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