Team Building Activity: Cook Classics From the Italian Kitchen

Teams can discover their skills for creating rustic Italian cuisine in this culinary team building activity, courtesy of Chef David. He'll show your crew how to prepare robust Italian recipes in the delicious Old World tradition. 

Your crew will begin with a green salad featuring bright arugula and the zing of lemony citrus essence. Then, they'll prepare hearty chicken piccata with capers and shallots for a tempting handmade entrée, while a creamy parmesan risotto and sauteed rapini make delicious side dishes. For dessert, your team will finish up with traditional cannoli, a crispy pastry shell filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese and drizzled with creamy chocolate. 


Lemony Arugula Salad

With pecorino cheese, cannellini beans and shallots

Chicken Piccata

With capers, lemon, shallots and parsley

Sautéed Rapini

Classic Risotto

With arborio rice, Parmesan and vegetable stock

Pistachio Cannoli

With pastry shells, heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and chocolate

  • Minimum Guests 6
  • Maximum Guests 12
  • Event Duration 2.5 hours
  • This is a BYOB venue and alcoholic beverages are not available for sale. You are welcome to bring beer and wine to enjoy during class.

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25 Apr 2023

Chef David was excellent and the space was professional and conducive to the experience. He didn’t just teach us several great recipes, he taught us knife skills, space preparation and other cooking skills over the course of the lesson that we will use for years to come. He also easily addressed allergies so that everyone could enjoy the full meal. He made the lesson seem easy and fun, a true testament to a great teacher, clear instructions and an organized kitchen and plan. We enjoyed it and highly recommend him to anyone considering a cooking class.

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23 Apr 2023

This was so much fun! Can’t wait to go back. David was fun and knowledgeable, the space was super cute, and the food was delish. All recipes I now feel very comfortable making at home.

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13 Apr 2023

WHAT A BLAST!!! I've been talking about our Spanish Tapas Cooking Class to anyone who would listen for days now :) It was THE MOST FUN experience. Chef David's kitchen is such a vibe! My fiance and I are always looking for different things to do for date night, and this one was by far, my favorite yet. Chef David let's you take lead, while also teaching you particulars along the way. I not only had fun, but I also learned some new skills! Being able to sit down and enjoy the meal together we created at the end was so rewarding. We will definitely be back to Chef David's kitchen for another cooking experience! And I have to mention...he even had GF bread for the pan con tomate which made my evening that much better! Thank you Chef David for being SO AWESOME!!!

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Chef David
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With experience as a private chef, Chef David brings years of knowledge and skills to the culinary classroom. He honed his skills under the guidance of a James Beard Award-winning chef at one of Chicago's most famous restaurants. Over the past five years, Chef David has worked as a culinary instructor at one of Chicago's premier cooking schools where he teaches interactive cooking classes. Topics range from the basic building blocks of cooking to intensive boot camp-style classes. 

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