Hands On Cooking Parties & Teambuilding in NYC

Cooking Parties & Teambuilding Events in NYC

Groups of 12 to 150 People

Mark your special occasion with a Rustico Cooking Party in the heart of NYC! For corporations looking for a team-building activity, a cooking party is an effective and fun way to bond with colleagues. And to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, bachelorette party etc... It doesn't get any better than cooking with friends and family all around... Smaller group? Consider joining a cooking class!

How does it work?

Choose Your Event Format

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Classic 5

Our most popular format - select 5 dishes from our vast menu, from appetizer to dessert... Details

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Pizza Party

Make dough from scratch and top your own pizza! Details

Pasta Party

Pasta Party

Make 2 different fresh pastas from scratch and sauce them! Details

Customize your event with these optional extras

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aprons

Add classic Rustico Cooking aprons to your event, or go all out and customize with your logo! Details

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Our Cookbook

Add copies of our cookbook "The Best Pasta Sauces" for your guests! Bulk discounts apply... Details

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Premium Reception

Dazzle your guests from the start with our Premium Finger Foods and Prosecco Reception! Details

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Friendly Competition

Add a cooking challenge to your event... Details

Wine Tasting

Add a wine tasting to your event for an evening to remember! Details

Wine & Chocolate

Add a Wine & Chocolate Tasting for the ultimate in luxury! Details

Our Facilities

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Client Reviews

"so impressed with Rustico's staff, food, elegant atmosphere and venue"
"the best holiday event our company has ever had"
"amazingly delicious"
"by far the highlight of our 3 day meeting"

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Client List

From AARP to Ziff Brothers Investments we've had hundreds of corporate clients raving about their event at Rustico Cooking!

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Media Events & Special Events

Our space is ideal for product launches, media and editor events, and blogger events. Each kitchen/dining room has a 50-inch flat panel display on an extensible pivoting arm that can be used for presentation purposes. And if you're looking for an elegant, state-of-the-art kitchen for video purposes, ask about renting the space for a half-day or full day.

Music

For cooking parties, we have a sound system with a selection of different musical styles. You can also bring your own MP3 player/iPod and we will connect it to our sound system.

Classic 5

For total flexibility, mix and match 5 dishes from our huge menu: an appetizer, a main course, 2 side dishes, and a dessert. Caesar salad is available as an add-on for $6 pp.

Or choose one of our teambuilding menus which maximize team interactions.

We'll happily accommodate vegetarians and anyone with allergies or dietary restrictions. We even have an entirely gluten-free menu.

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Pizza Parties

Pizza: One of Italy's greatest foods, and a truly fun dish to make as part of a group! If you're looking for an informal way to bond with your colleagues or connect with your friends, book a pizza party.

This is a great party idea for groups that really want to be very hands-on in the kitchen and who prefer small teams for the entire cooking process.

We'll round out your meal with a green salad and roasted seasonal vegetables, and finish up with a homemade dessert and espresso. Wine and beer, as well as sparkling water and soft drinks, are included.

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Pasta Parties

Pasta: So many shapes, so many sauces, so many possibilities. And so much fun to make! A pasta party is as hands-on as it gets. After the initial finger foods and wine reception, you'll prepare two of Italy's most delectable pastas from scratch, each with their ideal sauce.

We'll round out your meal with a green salad and roasted seasonal vegetables, and finish up with a homemade dessert and espresso. Wine and beer, as well as sparkling water and soft drinks, are included.

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Adding Aprons

Make your culinary event even more memorable for guests by purchasing handsome embroidered RUSTICO COOKING aprons as a souvenir (quantity discount: $15 per apron).

For very special occasions, we can even have your logo, or a message, embroidered on our Rustico Cooking aprons for a truly personal touch. Black, white or any color apron you choose! Please allow 3 weeks for such a customization. Rates vary according to quantities and complexity of the logo, but generally each apron will cost $22.50... Inquire when booking!

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The Best Pasta Sauces Cookbook

Give your guests a memento of their event at Rustico Cooking: The Best Pasta Sauces cookbook. This full color book by Rustico Cooking founder Micol Negrin was just published (October 2014) and is available for $20 plus tax for bulk orders (10 or more) or $22.96 plus tax for smaller orders. Your guests are sure to treasure this special gift!

Look inside the book!
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Premium Finger Foods and Prosecco Reception

To elevate your private cooking event to an unparalleled level of luxury, consider adding on our Premium Finger Foods & Prosecco Reception: instead of house wine, we'll pour everyone a glass of bubbly Prosecco upon arrival, kicking off the festivities in high style, and we'll serve five delicious finger foods (instead of three).

Finger foods can include anything from phyllo rolls, crispy ravioli, soppressatta, skewered shrimp frittata, bruschetta, homemade focaccia, herbed filet mignon skewers, crunchy polenta coins, and more... Our chefs let their imaginations go wild and always come up with new things! You can see some examples by clicking on the pictures below!

Premium Finger Foods + Prosecco Reception

Premium Finger Foods Only

Prosecco Reception Only

$12.50 plus tax & gratuity per person $7.50 plus tax & gratuity per person $7.50 plus tax & gratuity per person
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Friendly Competition

We offer two types of competitive events. Here's the rundown.

Iron Chef Competition

Quick Fire & Food Trivia Challenge

Teams make an appetizer from brainstorming to concept to execution, based on a secret ingredient. The rest of the meal is prepared by our chefs. Teams make a full Rustico Cooking Menu and will be presented with several challenges in and out of the kitchen.
Additional $30 plus tax & gratuity per person Additional $15 plus tax & gratuity per person
Focused, intense competition /single dish Multi-faceted competition /full menu

And the winner gets...

Don't forget to add gifts for everyone on the winning team...copies of The Best Pasta Sauces cookbook make the perfect gift for the winners!

The Best Pasta Sauces cookbook

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Adding An Iron Chef Competion

For groups who REALLY want to go all out and compete, we offer a full Iron Chef competition for groups of up to 30 people. After your finger foods & wine reception, you'll head into the kitchen, where you'll break up into teams. Each team will brainstorm about their menu, then prepare a composed appetizer plate from an array of pantry items and a mystery ingredient. Each team will prepare sufficient sample portions for a buffet, so all guests can taste each of the teams' creation, as well as a single presentation plate for our chefs/judges. After the cooking competition, our judges will announce the winning team and you'll all enjoy a buffet meal consisting of the appetizers you created, a main course, a side dish, and a dessert prepared by our chefs.

The additional cost is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Gifts for the Participants

The Best Pasta Sauces cookbook

You can also add on gifts for everyone (or just the winning team) on the for an additional cost: copies of chef/owner Micol's new cookbook The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes or embroidered RUSTICO COOKING aprons are a great idea.

For a less expensive competion that features cooking an entire menu peppered with smaller scale challenges both during the cooking portion and the dining portion, check out the quickfire competition

Quickfire Competition Friendly Competition Overview

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Adding a Quick Fire Challenge & Food Trivia Competition

If you want to inject a little competitive spirit in your private cooking event, consider a Quick Fire Challenge & Food Trivia Competition! The cooking time will be about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on your menu and group size, followed by a spirited, lively competition in the kitchen. Our chefs will ask that your group break up into smaller teams (anywhere from 2 to 6 teams depending on your group size) and each team will compete in a series of fun kitchen games and a short but intense food trivia challenge. Our chefs will announce the winning team; if you're on that team, bragging rights will be yours for the night!

The additional cost is $15 per person plus tax and gratuity. You can also add on gifts for everyone on the winning team for an additional cost: copies of chef/owner Micol's new cookbook The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes The Best Pasta Sauces cookbook or embroidered RUSTICO COOKING aprons are a great idea.

For a more focused competition that features brainstorming, conceptualizing and executing a single dish, check out the

Iron Chef Competition. Friendly Competition Overview

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Adding a Wine Tasting

If you're really into wine, a wine tasting can be added to your private cooking event for an additional fee ($350 for the wine speaker's fee regardless of the number of attendees, plus a wine budget per person to be determined by you; most clients spend from $10 to $30 per person). The wine selection will be customized by our Wine Director for your event, and he will pair the wines with the menu you choose.

These events combine a hands-on cooking class (30 to 45 minutes of cooking) with an informative, entertaining wine tasting that will give you the unique opportunity to taste a variety of Italian wines and learn what makes them special. Each wine will be introduced by our wine speaker, its flavor profile and best pairings discussed.

You'll be greeted with a glass of wine and a selection of finger foods upon arrival. After you've had a chance to relax and mingle with guests, you'll roll up your sleeves and cook in our state-of-the-art kitchen. Finally, you'll sit down to enjoy a wine tasting and a three-course meal paired with wines. You'll taste a total of 3 to 8 wines throughout the course of your event depending on your wine budget.

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Adding a Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Our Wine Director, Costas Mouzouras (pictured right), is an expert at pairing chocolate and wine. Together we've devised a luxurious event for chocolate and wine lovers: a chocolate and wine tasting.

These events begin with a relaxing finger food and Prosecco wine reception, followed by a hands-on cooking class in our state-of-the-art kitchen. Next, you'll enjoy a sit-down meal during which you'll savor the 5 dishes you've prepared (an appetizer, a main course, two side dishes, and a dessert of your choosing) paired with a specially selected white and red wine.

And then the chocolate magic will begin: Costas will present you with 6 bite-size chocolates from top chocolatiers, and pair them with an amazing line-up of wines (some sweet, some not), ensuring that you'll never think of wine or chocolate the same way again.

This unique event is perfect for anyone looking for a new way to entertain wine-loving friends at home: you'll surely want to share the pleasures of what you've learned at your very own chocolate and wine dinner.

This amazing experience can be added to your private cooking event for an additional fee ($350 for the wine speaker's fee regardless of the number of attendees, plus a wine and chocolate budget per person to be determined by you; the range is from $30 to $40 per person). The wine selection will be customized by our Wine Director for your event, and he will pair the wines with the menu you choose.

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Pricing & Options

We can host 12 to 150 people! The minimum charge for a private event will cover you for up to 12 people (in December, the minimum group size is 16 people). Smaller groups are welcome as long as the minimum payment is met. Couples or very small groups: consider joining one of our cooking classes.

Base Price

Classic 5, Pizza & Pasta Parties 135.00 pp + 20% gratuity

Optional Add-Ons

Rustico Cooking Aprons (10 or more) 15.00 ea
Rustico + Your Company Logo Apron 22.50 ea
The Best Pasta Sauces Hardcover Book (10 or more) 20.00 ea
Premium Finger Foods Reception 7.50 pp + 20% gratuity
Prosecco Reception 7.50 pp + 20% gratuity
Premium Finger Foods & Prosecco Reception 12.50 pp + 20% gratuity
Iron Chef Competition 30.00 pp + 20% gratuity
Quick Fire + Trivia Challenge 15.00 pp + 20% gratuity
Wine Speaker 350.00 + 20% gratuity
Wine Tasting / 3 Premium wines 10.00 pp + 20% gratuity
Wine Tasting / 8 Premium wines 20.00 pp + 20% gratuity
Wine & Chocolate Tasting 30.00 pp + 20% gratuity
Beer 5.00 ea + 20% gratuity
Wine Magnum 35.00 ea + 20% gratuity
Second Main Course 20.00 pp + 20% gratuity
Second Appetizer or Dessert 12.00 pp + 20% gratuity
Caesar Salad 6.00 pp + 20% gratuity
30 minutes overtime 15.00 pp + 20% gratuity

NYS tax of 8.875% will be added. House wines are included (half a bottle of wine per guest). There are no setup fees, room rental fees or other fees.

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