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Teambuilding Cooking Events & Private Cooking Parties

If you're looking for an effective, fun way to bond with colleagues, a cooking party is an original team-building exercise that will leave you and your guests smiling long after the cooking is done. As team members learn essential culinary techniques and master new recipes, they also strengthen bonds and relationships in a fun, informal environment. And there's no better way to mark a special occasion - be it a bachelorette party, bridal shower, birthday or anniversary - than with a wooden spoon in hand and friends all around.

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Couples or very small groups: consider joining one of our cooking classes

Private cooking events include:

  • wine and appetizer reception
  • hands-on cooking
  • three-course meal paired with Italian wines
  • recipe packets
  • fun for everyone!

Located in the heart of Manhattan, our 4,000-square-foot cooking loft has two independent state-of-the-art kitchens and spacious dining rooms, and a spectacular view of the Empire State Building from each kitchen. We can accommodate groups of 12 to 150 people.

We will create a tailor-made menu for your group and pair your menu with our house wines. The cost of a standard event is $135 per person plus a 20% gratuity; NYS tax of 8.875% will be charged. If you like, we can add a wine tasting to your event.

Handsome RUSTICO COOKING aprons are available at an additional cost of $15 per apron. Signed copies of Micol Negrin's new cookbook, The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes, will also be available as of October 2014 as a special add-on for your event.

Each of our two kitchens boasts four oversize stainless steel work tables that can accommodate up to 40 people for mixing, kneading, and prepping food, and each of our two dining rooms offers seating for up to 80 people. See our FAQ for complete details.

We've created thousands of memorable events for corporate clients from across North America, Asia, and Europe. See a partial list of past clients. Choose from several menus or book a pizza party. To reserve, call 917-602-1519 or email us.

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Cooking Event Flow

When your group arrives, you'll enjoy a selection of freshly prepared finger foods with a glass of wine. We'll describe the menu, outlining basic techniques you'll master, then divide your team into stations. You'll cook for about an hour, whipping up an incredibly tasty three-course meal of your choice, then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor with specially selected Italian wines.

Menus are tailor-made for your group, and a wine tasting can be added for groups who are really into wine.

You can also order handsome RUSTICO COOKING aprons and signed copies of Micol Negrin's new cookbook, The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes as a special add-on for your event. At the end of the event, every guest will receive a recipe packet so they can recreate the delicious menu at home.

We'll happily accommodate vegetarians, as well as anyone with allergies and dietary restrictions.

Cost

Events are $135 per person plus 20% gratuity; NYS tax of 8.875% will be charged. House wines are included (half a bottle of wine per guest). There are no setup fees, room rental fees or other fees. Aprons and cookbooks are available as an extra, and a wine tasting can be added.

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.

Third floor kitchen and dining area

Second floor kitchen and dining area

Adding a Wine Tasting

If you're really into wine, a wine tasting featuring 8 different wines 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 avriety 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.

Call 917-602-1519 or email us to inquire about hosting this unique food & wine event at Rustico Cooking.

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There are few things better in life than a great wine. Perhaps great wines paired with great food... enjoyed in great company!

Adding a Chocolate & Wine Tasting

Our Wine Director, Costas Mouzouras, 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.

Call 917-602-1519 or email us to inquire about hosting this unique food & wine event at Rustico Cooking.

Our charismatic Wine Director, Costas Mouzouras, is an accomplished chocolate and wine pairing expert.

Adding a Premium Finger Foods & Wine Reception

To elevate your private cooking event to an unparalleled level of luxury, consider adding on our Premium Finger Foods & Wine 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 different finger foods (instead of the usual three served at a standard cooking event).

Finger foods will include chef-prepared seasonal delicacies like butternut squash phyllo rolls, crispy sea bass ravioli, asparagus and goat cheese frittata, spicy tomato bruschetta, homemade focaccia, herbed filet mignon skewers, crunchy olive polenta fries, and more.

The additional cost of the Premium Finger Foods & Wine Reception is $12.50 per person (plus gratuity).

Call 917-602-1519 to inquire about adding this unique feature to your private cooking event at Rustico Cooking.

Cooking Party Menus

The menus below are $135 per person plus 20% gratuity; NYS tax of 8.875% will be charged. Half a bottle per person of our house wine (red and white) is included. Pick a standard menu, or mix and match menu items as you like to create your own menu. If any item you select is unavailable or out of season, we will suggest the best possible alternative. (* Please note: a $10 plus gratuity surcharge per person will be added for Veal Scaloppine and Filet Mignon as indicated below.) Or consider hosting a pizza party!

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Cooking events at RUSTICO COOKING are hands-on, not demonstration. However, certain dishes are more interactive and "hands-on" than others, and require even more participation by attendees. These dishes are indicated with the following symbol ** and are ideal for team-building.

NEW: You can add on a delicious, refreshing homemade Caesar Salad prepared by our chefs for your event. The salad will be served family-style with the main course and the cost is $6 per person plus tax and gratuity.

HARVEST FEAST

  • Hand-Cut Tagliatelle with Peas, Prosciutto, & Cream ** (groups of 20 or less)
  • Tender Chicken Morsels in Wild Mushroom-Cream Sauce
  • Cauliflower Gratin with Smoked Mozzarella & Bacon
  • Chive-Scented Ricotta Gnocchi in Aromatic Herb Butter **
  • Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla-Scented Whipped Cream & Dark Chocolate Sauce **

NORTHERN ITALIAN FAVORITES

  • Parmigiano Souffle in Crisp Phyllo Baskets over Balsamic Baby Greens **
  • Braised Chicken with Aromatic Spices, Grappa, & Lemon-Garlic Gremolata
  • Roasted Baby Carrots & Fennel with Sage & Nutmeg
  • Goat Cheese & Asparagus Bread Pudding
  • Wine-Poached Fruit over Marsala-Laced Mascarpone Mousse **

FRESH ITALIAN CLASSICS

  • Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli with Caramelized Fennel & Balsamic Vinegar Splash **
  • Chicken Scaloppine in Lemon & White Wine Sauce
  • Roasted String Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic & Thyme
  • Braised Chickpeas with Spinach & Garlic
  • Double Chocolate-Chunk Brioche Bread Pudding with Warm Caramel Sauce & Vanilla Whipped Cream

FIREPLACE DINNER

  • Hand-Cut Tagliatelle with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, & Herbs ** (groups of 20 or less)
  • Veal Scaloppine with Shiitake Mushrooms, Pancetta, & Marsala Glaze ($10 per person supplement)
  • Roasted Asparagus with Parmigiano
  • Warm Potato Salad in Herb-Infused Olive Oil
  • Fudgy Date & Walnut Cake in Dark Caramel Glaze

ITALIAN HOME COOKING

  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Roasted Broccoli, Garlic, Chili, & Toasted Bread Crumbs **
  • Braised Chicken with Olives, Lemon, & Pine Nuts
  • Herb- & Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini **
  • Tuscan-Style Cannellini Beans with Rosemary
  • Individual Chocolate & Walnut Tarts **

TASTE OF SOUTHERN ITALY

  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Broccoli Raab & Sausage **
  • Chicken Cacciatora (With Garlic, Rosemary, & Tomato)
  • Roasted Sweet Pepper Medley with Basil, Tomatoes, & Ricotta Salata
  • "Smashed" Red-Skinned Baby Potatoes with Chives & Paprika
  • Light-as-Air Limoncello Mousse with Fresh Berries **

COMFORT FOOD

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage-Infused Butter ** (groups of 20 or less)
  • Roasted Chicken in Balsamic-Honey Glaze
  • Roman-Style Peas with Prosciutto & Onions
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Miniature Apple Puff Pastry Pie with Almond Paste Crumble, Caramel Sauce, & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (groups of 20 or less)

ITALIAN COUNTRY COOKING

  • Handmade Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Peppers, Olives, & Tomatoes**
  • Smoked Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion & Apple Sauce
  • Slow-Cooked Spinach with Nutmeg & Parmigiano
  • Roasted Wild Mushroom, Sage, & Parmigiano Bread Pudding
  • Hazelnut-Chocolate Cakes with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce **

EVENING IN MILAN

  • Roasted Wild Mushroom Risotto (groups of 30 or less)
  • Filet Mignon with Leek & Red Wine Sauce ($10 per person supplement)
  • Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Herbed Ricotta Mousse **
  • Old-Fashioned Polenta with Mascarpone & Chives (groups of 30 or less)
  • Amaretto & Dark Chocolate Semifreddo in White Chocolate Glaze (groups of 20 or less) **

RUSTIC FAVORITES

  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus, & Parmigiano **
  • Stuffed & Rolled Mediterranean Sea Bass with Fragrant Three-Herb Pesto **
  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Chili
  • Crispy Polenta "Fries" with Cayenne & Saffron Aioli (groups of 20 or less)
  • Pecan & Brown Sugar Cake with Cinnamon-Scented Whipped Cream

SEASIDE FLAVORS

  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Arugula, Roasted Grape Tomatoes, & Ricotta Salata **
  • Mediterranean Sea Bass with Ginger, Leeks, & Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Slow-Cooked Fennel, Zucchini, Artichoke, and Carrot Medley
  • Five-Herb Risotto (groups of 30 or less)
  • Crispy Fruit- and Chocolate-Stuffed Phyllo Triangles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream **

ITALIAN SEAFOOD FEAST

  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Shrimp, Tomatoes, & Asparagus **
  • Sicilian-Style Mediterranean Sea Bass with Pine Nuts, Olives, & Raisins
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Garlic
  • Broccoli Raab & Parmigiano Bread Pudding
  • The Ultimate Tiramisu **

TRATTORIA COOKING

  • Crispy Cheese-Stuffed Phyllo Triangles over Baby Greens **
  • Mediterranean Sea Bass in Saffron-White Wine Glaze
  • Fennel Gratin with Shaved Parmigiano
  • Rosemary-Scented Potato Torte
  • Maple Syrup & Apple Cakes with Crunchy Cinnamon Sugar & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

TASTE OF TUSCANY

  • Hand-Cut Tagliatelle with Savory Meat Ragu (groups of 20 or less) **
  • Chicken Scaloppine with Prosciutto & Provolone in Marsala Glaze
  • Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, & Peppers in Tarragon-Infused Oil
  • Tuscan Bread, Tomato, & Basil Salad
  • Miniature Cheesecake with Brown Sugar-Almond Crust in Warm Blueberry Sauce

EVENING IN NORTHERN ITALY

  • Mozzarella & Ricotta Ravioli in Basil-Scented Tomato Sauce (groups of 20 or less) **
  • Beef Scaloppine with Wild Mushroom & White Wine Sauce
  • Slow-Roasted Savoy Cabbage with Bacon & Garlic
  • Risotto with Roasted Butternut Squash & Leeks (groups of 30 or less)
  • Citrus Explosion Cake with Lemon Glaze & Berry Coulis

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MIX AND MATCH: CREATE YOUR OWN MENU

For those of you who prefer to mix and match menu items to create your own tailor-made menu, here are all our menu items listed by category; just pick one from each category, consult with our chef regarding your menu selection, and you're all set for a fabulous event!

Cooking events at RUSTICO COOKING are hands-on, not demonstration. However, certain dishes are more interactive and "hands-on" than others, and require even more participation by attendees. These dishes are indicated with the following symbol ** and are ideal for team-building.

APPETIZER (choose one):

  • Mozzarella & Ricotta Ravioli in Basil-Scented Tomato Sauce ** (groups of 20 or less)
  • Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage-Infused Butter ** (groups of 20 or less)
  • Hand-Cut Tagliatelle with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, & Herbs ** (groups of 20 or less)
  • Hand-Cut Tagliatelle with Savory Meat Ragu (groups of 20 or less) **
  • Hand-Cut Tagliatelle with Peas, Prosciutto, & Cream (groups of 20 or less)
  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Broccoli Raab & Sausage **
  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Asparagus, & Parmigiano **
  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Arugula, Grape Tomatoes, & Ricotta Salata **
  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Roasted Broccoli, Garlic, Chili, & Toasted Bread Crumbs **
  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Shrimp, Tomatoes, & Asparagus **
  • Handmade Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Peppers, Olives, & Tomatoes**
  • Roasted Wild Mushroom Risotto (groups of 30 or less)
  • Crispy Cheese-Stuffed Phyllo Triangles over Baby Greens **
  • Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli with Caramelized Fennel & Balsamic Vinegar Splash **
  • Parmigiano Souffle in Crisp Phyllo Baskets over Balsamic Baby Greens **

MAIN COURSE (choose one):

  • Chicken Scaloppine with Prosciutto & Provolone in Marsala Glaze
  • Chicken Scaloppine in Lemon & White Wine Sauce
  • Chicken Cacciatora (With Garlic, Rosemary, & Tomato)
  • Braised Chicken with Aromatic Spices, Grappa, & Lemon-Garlic Gremolata
  • Braised Chicken with Olives, Lemon, & Pine Nuts
  • Roasted Chicken in Balsamic-Honey Glaze
  • Tender Chicken Morsels in Wild Mushroom-Cream Sauce
  • Veal Scaloppine with Shiitake Mushrooms, Pancetta, & Marsala Glaze ($10 per person supplement)
  • Beef Scaloppine with Wild Mushroom & White Wine Sauce
  • Filet Mignon with Leek & Red Wine Sauce ($10 per person supplement)
  • Smoked Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion & Apple Sauce
  • Mediterranean Sea Bass in Saffron-White Wine Glaze
  • Sicilian-Style Mediterranean Sea Bass with Pine Nuts, Olives, & Raisins
  • Stuffed & Rolled Mediterranean Sea Bass with Fragrant Three-Herb Pesto **
  • Mediterranean Sea Bass with Ginger, Leeks, & Shiitake Mushrooms

SIDE #1 (choose one):

  • Fennel Gratin with Shaved Parmigiano
  • Herb- & Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini **
  • Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, & Peppers in Tarragon-Infused Oil
  • Slow-Cooked Fennel, Zucchini, Artichoke, and Carrot Medley
  • Slow-Cooked Spinach with Nutmeg & Parmigiano
  • Roasted Tomatoes Stuffed with Herbed Ricotta Mousse **
  • Cauliflower Gratin with Smoked Mozzarella & Bacon
  • Roasted Asparagus with Parmigiano
  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Chili
  • Roasted Baby Carrots & Fennel with Sage & Nutmeg
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Garlic
  • Roasted Sweet Pepper Medley with Basil, Tomatoes, & Ricotta Salata
  • Roman-Style Peas with Prosciutto & Onions
  • Roasted String Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic & Thyme
  • Slow-Roasted Savoy Cabbage with Bacon & Garlic

SIDE #2 (choose one):

  • Chive-Scented Ricotta Gnocchi in Aromatic Herb Butter **
  • Braised Chickpeas with Spinach & Garlic
  • Tuscan-Style Cannellini Beans with Sage & Rosemary
  • Old-Fashioned Polenta with Mascarpone & Chives (groups of 30 or less)
  • Crispy Polenta "Fries" with Cayenne & Saffron Aioli (groups of 20 or less)
  • Roasted Wild Mushroom, Sage, & Parmigiano Bread Pudding
  • Broccoli Raab & Parmigiano Bread Pudding
  • Goat Cheese & Asparagus Bread Pudding
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • "Smashed" Red-Skinned Baby Potatoes with Chives & Paprika
  • Rosemary-Scented Potato Torte
  • Warm Potato Salad in Herb-Infused Olive Oil
  • Tuscan Bread, Tomato, & Basil Salad
  • Five-Herb Risotto (groups of 30 or less)
  • Risotto with Butternut Squash & Leeks (groups of 30 or less)

DESSERT (choose one):

  • Pecan & Brown Sugar Cake with Cinnamon-Scented Whipped Cream
  • Hazelnut-Chocolate Cakes with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce **
  • Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla-Scented Whipped Cream & Dark Chocolate Sauce **
  • Fudgy Date & Walnut Cake in Dark Caramel Glaze
  • Amaretto & Dark Chocolate Semifreddo in White Chocolate Glaze (groups of 20 or less) **
  • Maple Syrup & Apple Cakes with Crunchy Cinnamon Sugar & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • The Ultimate Tiramisu **
  • Double Chocolate-Chunk Brioche Bread Pudding with Warm Caramel Sauce & Vanilla Whipped Cream
  • Crispy Fruit- and Chocolate-Stuffed Phyllo Triangles with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream **
  • Individual Chocolate & Walnut Tarts **
  • Light-as-Air Limoncello Mousse with Fresh Berries **
  • Miniature Cheesecake with Brown Sugar-Almond Crust in Warm Blueberry Sauce
  • Citrus Explosion Cake with Lemon Glaze & Berry Coulis
  • Wine-Poached Fruit over Marsala-Laced Mascarpone Mousse **
  • Miniature Apple Puff Pastry Pie with Almond Paste Crumble, Caramel Sauce, & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (groups of 20 or less)

TEAM-BUILDING MENU FOR SMALL GROUPS (up to 40 people)

  • Handmade Cavatelli Pasta with Arugula, Grape Tomatoes, & Ricotta Salata **
  • Stuffed & Rolled Mediterranean Sea Bass with Fragrant Three-Herb Pesto ** OR Roasted Chicken in Balsamic-Honey Glaze (choose one)
  • Herb- & Cheese-Stuffed Zucchini **
  • "Smashed" Red-Skinned Baby Potatoes with Chives & Paprika
  • The Ultimate Tiramisu **

TEAM-BUILDING MENU FOR LARGE GROUPS (more than 40 people)

  • Goat Cheese & Asparagus Bread Pudding **
  • Stuffed & Rolled Mediterranean Sea Bass with Fragrant Three-Herb Pesto ** OR Roasted Chicken in Balsamic-Honey Glaze (choose one)
  • Roasted String Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Garlic & Thyme
  • Chive-Scented Ricotta Gnocchi in Aromatic Herb Butter **
  • Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla-Scented Whipped Cream & Warm Strawberry Sauce **

GLUTEN FREE MENU

  • Roasted Wild Mushroom Risotto (groups of 30 or less)
  • Chicken Cacciatora (With Garlic, Rosemary, & Tomato)
  • Roasted Sweet Pepper Medley with Basil, Tomatoes, & Ricotta Salata
  • Crispy Polenta "Fries" with Cayenne & Saffron Aioli (groups of 20 or less)
  • Hazelnut-Chocolate Cakes with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce **

PIZZA PARTY MENU (groups of 30 or less)

  • Create-Your-Own Pizzas (see here for more information on event flow)
  • Mixed greens in balsamic vinaigrette
  • Roasted seasonal vegetables
  • Homemade dessert selection
  • Espresso

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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.

Here's how it works: when you first arrive, you'll enjoy a selection of just-made finger foods with wine and beer. Then, after about 30 minutes, your group will divide into small teams; each team will make pizza dough from scratch, then roll out and top their dough using the ingredients that strike their fancy from a colorful array of vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, and more. Once the pizzas are baked, we'll slice and serve them to your group family-style at our lovely dining table, so everyone can taste everyone's creations.

We'll also serve a green salad and roasted seasonal vegetables, and finish up with a selection of homemade desserts and espresso. Wine and beer, as well as sparkling water and soft drinks, will be provided with the meal. The cost is $135 per person plus tax and gratuity. We can host this sort of event for up to 30 people (the minimum is just 12 people), and the cost includes half a bottle of house wine per person and 1 beer per person.

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. A bonus: You'll get to take your pizza dough home after the event, since you'll be baking off dough that our chefs will have prepped the day before (one of the tricks to really delicious, airy pizza is that the dough has to rise overnight at cool temperatures).

CREATE-YOUR-OWN PIZZA TOPPINGS

  • Mozzarella
  • Smoked mozzarella
  • Ricotta
  • Mascarpone
  • Ricotta Salata
  • Gorgonzola
  • Goat cheese
  • Prosciutto
  • Italian sausage
  • Salami
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • San Marzano tomatoes
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Anchovies
  • Olives
  • Capers

Adding Aprons

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

For very special occasions, we can even have your logo, or a special message, embroidered on our Rustico Cooking aprons for a truly personal touch. Black or white apron, you choose! Please allow 3 weeks for such a customization. Minimum 24 aprons. Rates vary according to quantities and complexity of the logo, but generally each apron will cost $22.50... Inquire when booking!

Our Staff

Micol Negrin

Micol Negrin

RUSTICO COOKING was launched in 2002 by Milan-born Micol Negrin. After obtaining a Psychology Degree at McGill University despite gnawing doubts that what she really wanted to do was to cook, Micol decided to take the plunge and enrolled in culinary school. With a degree from Canada’s premier culinary academy, L'Institut du Tourisme et de l'Hotellerie du Quebec, Micol moved to New York City and became the Editor and chief writer for The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana. For six years, until she resigned, Micol wrote and edited full-time... but in her heart, she knew she wanted to be back behind the stove, cooking for people who wanted to experience a true taste of Italy and teaching Italian cooking to anyone eager to roll up their sleeves.

And so, once again, Micol followed her dreams. In April 2002, she started teaching Italian cooking in NYC. Then, in January 2005, she opened a state-of-the-art cooking loft in Midtown Manhattan, where she and her husband Dino De Angelis host cooking classes, cooking parties and team-building events.

Author of two highly acclaimed cookbooks (the James Beard-nominated Rustico: Regional Italian Country Cooking and The Italian Grill, both published by Clarkson Potter), Micol is not only a skilled Italian chef, but an accomplished writer and well-respected authority on Italian cuisine. She teaches Italian cooking across North America and has written for major publications (including Fine Cooking, Cooking Light and Bon Appetit). Micol writes a blog and just completed her third cookbook, The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes, to be published by Ballantine Books (a division of Random House) in October 2014; Dino did the food photography.

Dino De Angelis

Dino De Angelis

Micol's husband, Dino De Angelis, earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal. The couple moved to NYC in 1995, when Dino was hired to do cutting-edge biomedical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During the summers, Dino took time off from research to photograph Italian food and landscapes for Micol's cookbooks and magazine articles. In 2006, Dino decided to take a plunge himself, and went into the family business full time. Dino designed and maintains the Rustico Cooking website and blog, and teaches at RUSTICO COOKING.

Gerri Biordi

Gerry Biordi

Gerry Biordi developed a passion for feeding people when living in Bologna, where she learned authentic Italian cooking from the best cooks imaginable: Italian grandmothers! She learned all their coveted recipes, their techniques and tricks that make Italian home cooking so special. Upon her return to New York, Gerry started Sarabella Catering, and enjoyed planning parties and events for several years. She graduated from the Culinary Management Program at the Institute of Culinary Education, and interned at The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana, working in the kitchen and on magazine photo shoots, and at Indiana Market and Catering. Gerry has always believed that people who don’t have time to cook need a better option than take-out or expensive restaurants; that's the idea behind her personal home chef service, Sarabella Cooks, a meal delivery program that delivers fresh, homemade food for the week right to your door.

Costas Mouzouras

Costas Mouzouras

RUSTICO COOKING's Wine Director was born and raised in Cyprus. From a childhood pruning, harvesting and stomping grapes in the family vineyard, Costas was fascinated with how wine is made and develops, and how it brings people together. Costas moved to NYC when he was 19, where he began working full-time on his BA.

Today Costas runs Gotham Wines & Liquors in Manhattan, where he has set many new trends. He lectures on wine to food industry professionals and amateurs, and is a regular radio show guest wine expert (every Monday in season on WSNR Radio). He has been quoted in the Wine Spectator and the New York Sun among other publications.

To keep in touch with what's new, what to stock, and what to recommend to his loyal following, Costas tastes 25 to 30 wines per week. Costas believes that wine should be enjoyed in moderation, but definitely imbibed! Costas hosts RUSTICO COOKING's private wine tastings for such diverse clients as AmEx, Victoria's Secret, Roche, Unilever, Nestle Waters, KPMG, Arts & Entertainment Television Network, and more.

Elizabeth Simms

Elizabeth Simms

Having worked in four NYC restaurants, Elizabeth M. Simms is now a personal chef, caterer, culinary writer and teacher. Though cooking had always interested her (culinary shows on PBS were some of the few tv programs her mom allowed her to watch growing up), she attended and graduated from Brandeis University. However, sending away for a culinary school brochure during her senior year cultivated the idea that maybe neither academia or a desk were meant to be. Following a half-year stint working in offices post-graduation, it is now five years later, and one finds Elizabeth happily ensconced in her right place.

Melissa Ricketts

Melissa Ricketts

While working professionally for several years in the corporate arena, Melissa decided to focus on her true passions: food and travel. After graduating with highest honors from the Institute of Culinary Education and externing at Gramercy Tavern, she launched Dynamic Cuisines, a personal chef service. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Lauren Wilson

Lauren Wilson

Since completing her culinary training at Toronto's George Brown Chef School in 2008, Lauren has worked in various capacities in the food world - from restaurant cooking to cheesemongering, online sales to catering, teaching cooking classes to writing for print and online media. She completed a research project at George Brown examining the career motivations, ambitions, and expectations of students, with the aim of better understanding the low female representation at the executive level of professional kitchens. She is now working on course development related to her research. Lauren received a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing from McGill University, and worked for an environmental non-profit organization that works to promote certification for sustainable forest management. After eating up all the good bits of Toronto, Lauren followed a trail of crumbs to Brooklyn, where she is cooking, eating, writing, and teaching at Rustico happily.

Caitlyn Nies

Caitlyn Nies

Caitlyn graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Certification in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Subsequent to her graduation, she pursued her passion for cooking by enrolling in the Culinary Arts Program at the Institute of Culinary Education. Upon her certification in Culinary Arts she began working at Vetro By Russos on the Bay, in Howard Beach, as a prep and catering cook. In her desire to combine her passion for teaching with her culinary passion, she now works independently, conducting both adult and children’s personal cooking classes. In addition to her work at Rustico, she does private catering and personal chef work, specializing in Weight Watcher conscious meals. You can find her selling her creations, each Saturday, at the local Farmer’s Market in Breezy Point, Queens.

Anthony Contrino

Anthony Contrino

Anthony earned a Grande Diploma in Classic Pastry Arts from The French Culinary Institute. He staged in Beziers, France and has worked in bakeries, restaurants and in catering. When not teaching at Rustico, he works as a freelance pastry chef, food consultant, food stylist, recipe tester and developer and as a culinary producer.

Sunny Gandara

Sunny Gandara

Sunny Gandara is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in NY. A native of Norway, Sunny has also lived in Rome and developed her passion for food in Italy before moving to the States where she earned her B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. Sunny is equally enthusiastic about wine as she is about food; she is a Certified Wine Educator and holds the Diploma from the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust).

Client Testimonials

Click here for a review of a private cooking party, posted by a client who hosted a birthday party at RUSTICO.

Click here for a review of a corporate cooking party at RUSTICO.

Read a review of our hands-on cooking classes in the New York Daily News and Time Out New York Magazine!

I want to take the time to thank you both for your continual communication, patience and organization for our event on February 7th. Not only was the space and event exactly what we were looking for, but the entire staff was courteous, knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Everyone is still talking about what a wonderful time they had, and how much they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and delicious food! Speaking of the food... it was amazingly delicious and we are all patting ourselves on the back on a job well done. Everyone left wanting the recipes and to try them at home with our brand new aprons! This was a wonderful team-building experience! I think your staff could tell from the constant laughter how much fun we truly had. Also, we wanted to comment on how impressed we were with the staff's organization and preparedness, and the cleanliness and sanitation of your facility. It is obvious you hold your kitchen to very high standards!! Thank you so very much for this experience and we will be sure to recommend Rustico Cooking to others!! Mary Joy, Louis Vuitton-Moet Hennessy

The event last night was amazing and I could not begin to know where to thank you, so I will just dive right in. The menu was fantastic and the wine complemented the food perfectly. You and your staff were tremendously helpful and kept our Googlers very busy and happy. As you know our group is diverse but equally enthusiastic. You and your staff were attentive to our every need and created a great evening for everyone. Thank you once again for such a good time! Steve, Google

Thank you so much for orchestrating a wonderful evening!! We were having so much fun that the night flew by so quickly. The food was absolutely delicious and I can't wait to try my hand at some of those recipes at home. Thank you again for a fantastic and very memorable party. Pam, NYC

Dear Micol & Dino: We had a wonderful time & thoroughly enjoyed working with you from the planning aspect to the event itself. Your organization, clarity & attention to detail left little for us to do other than to create 'the menu together' & enjoy the day. The venue & cooking the meal was a complete surprise for Jennifer and served to create a memorable event for her wedding shower. All the guests loved it and I think many will return to have their own parties. The kitchen and venue were gorgeous, immaculate & spacious, yet it created a very intimate & warm environment for a celebration. Ruth & I were both thrilled that we chose Rustico Cooking to do this event and thank you for your generosity of spirit! Thank you for your work & love of what you do...Peg, NJ

What an absolutely spectacular event experienced at Rustico! Thank you for being so wonderful to work with. Your suggestions, follow up and patience were instrumental in easing any apprehensions we may have had (is this the right event? Will people have a good time etc?) early on in the decision making process. Feedback from our clients has been amazing. Your team is also top notch. Gerry is lovely. Patricia, Kimpton Hotels

Thank you for everything! The group was still talking about the pizza-making and tasting the next day. Everyone has a great experience! Looking forward to working together in the future.Tracey, Turner

Our team wanted to extend our thanks to all of you for your help in our event!! We had a wonderful time and it was, by far, the highlight of our 3 day meeting. The team couldn't stop talking about how much fun they had and what a great time it was cooking with their colleagues. It definitely helped us get to know our teammates as people and see their "out of work" personalities and talents. You were fantastic hostesses and really helped us put together a great meal. We found it to be so tasty and all of us cleaned our plates!!! Thanks again for all your help in coordinating the logistics, determining the menu, and ensuring a seamless, wonderful, fun, delicious time for my team. We hope to see you again soon!!! Jennifer, NYC

Micol, it was definitely an AWESOME event last night... Thanks for hosting a kickass event. You guys ROCK! Edward, IUG Business Solutions

THANK YOU for the lovely event. Our entire team was so impressed with Rustico's staff, food, elegant atmosphere and venue. We were truly pleased with the way the event worked out, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves immensely (our CIO even called it the "best" holiday event our company has ever had)! I also want to point out how terrific your sommelier was: he was truly a professional and even some of our wine experts learned some things from him! Thanks again! Dianne & Katrina, Aviva Investors, NYC

Micol & Dino, My daughter Jen's Culinary Bridal shower could not have gone better, at Rustico on Sunday afternoon, it was perfect. Your chefs were all fabulous, everything ran extremely smoothly, and our guests had a truly wonderful time. The wine, appetizers and every recipe we made and devoured were delicious. I had envisioned the cooking time would be a relatively serious atmosphere, I could not have imagined that everyone would be so engaged and having an exuberantly spirited time, enjoying the chefs and other guests. Everyone had a spectacular time, and I am so happy we decided to hold the shower at Rustico. Thank you for making everything so wonderful, you have a fabulous business. We also thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class months ago, and we will surely be back again. Debbie (& Jen), MA

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful time last night. Everyone truly enjoyed themselves. We laughed and cooked and ate!! What more could you want!!! Gerry, Caitlyn and Lance were exceptional. We had more fun with them and they quickly became part of the crew. We learned a lot and everyone was excited to go home and make the dinner for their loved ones. Even folks who had never set foot in a kitchen before, were impressed. Thank you again for everything. We will definitely be back and I will definitely be recommending Rustico. Geri, The Priceline Group

Dear Micol and Dino... It was one of the best decisions I had ever made to have this venue for the party... everyone thoroughly enjoyed and had so much fun. Your staff was phenomenal and Gerry wound up having a special bond with my son John (who can be a bit of a buster but a great kid) and that somewhat set the tone for the evening. People commented on the great room and I loved the way the table was set up, totally conducive to socializing and having testimonials. The entire evening was great! You were a pleasure to deal with. Your flexibility and cooperation made the event fun to plan. I wish you continued success... and have no problem recommending this venue to friends and family near and far. Trish, NY

I just wanted to write to say thank you for a wonderful afternoon on our Team Building Cooking Event. The entire process from first making contact with you to the final event was wonderfully organized and seamless... The relaxing atmosphere and the welcome was very much appreciated. The teamwork that you & your staff showed set the tone for the event and made the event even more enjoyable and memorable. Discussing the experience whilst we were eating the fruits of our labor, every member of the UKTI Team said that they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I can say now a few were apprehensive about their cooking skills. Mainly me. As you saw the lunch was extremely popular from the number of my colleagues that came back for seconds. The menu that you provided and the dishes that we eventually chose complemented each other very well. It is obvious that a great deal of thought has gone into the menus. I cannot praise your efforts enough. Once again it was an absolute pleasure to meet you and spend time with you. I will gladly recommend your services to colleagues and friends for future teambuilding events. Harjit, British Consulate-General NY

Our group had the best time Monday evening. They were still talking about the experience yesterday morning. We are fondly remembering the flavors of the risotto and wishing we could have it every day. The team-building experience held great value for us... Many thanks for taking such great care of us and for keeping to your word that it would be a memorable experience. Karen, American Cancer Society, Eastern Division

Thanks for everything last night - Krista and her friends were saying that this was the best Sweet Sixteen event they have ever been to! Sydney and Melissa were fantastic, and the food was unbelievable. We all had a wonderful time. I have a feeling you will be seeing us again in the future! Allan, Hackettstown, NJ

Thank you so very much for another wonderful event. Your staff was amazing and the food was awesome. Everyone has been raving about what a great time they had and it was so well orchestrated by your staff that it went better than we could have planned. I'm sure we'll be back again!! Anne, Boston Consulting Group

The event was amazing! You and your staff were very attentive to our every need, extremely helpful and you kept our attendees busy and happy. Thank you again for such a good time and creating a great evening for everyone. Joanna, Bank of America

I would like to thank you very much for all of your help in setting up the event for me and my team. Everything really went beautifully. The timing of the whole event was perfect. We all enjoyed working with your extremely friendly and informative staff. I think a few of us even learned a few things! Many people on my team remarked on how this was the most creative and fun team building event that they have ever participated in. I would certainly recommend it to other people within our organization. Jen, Accenture

We cannot thank you enough for our time spent at Rustico. You were successful at helping everyone feel like a master chef and you could not have taught the classes with more charisma or poise. Your level of professionalism is impressive and it was our pleasure to have shared the evenings with you. We look forward to working with you again in the future. Katie & Michael, Chilton Investment Company

I'd like to extend our appreciation to you and your staff, especially Gerry, for a wonderful culinary event. Our entire team enjoyed the hands on preparations of a delectably enjoyable meal. It met all our expectations and more. Barbara, Time Warner Cable

Micol, I must tell you that they had a wonderful time! I was told the food was not good -- it was EXCELLENT! They really needed that break last night and thank you for making it so enjoyable for them. Vita, Mercer

We had a wonderful time... Your staff was incredible! Everyone here enjoyed themselves and that really is due to the quality of service your team provided. We received very positive feedback on the event and everyone truly had a fabulous evening. Costas was a very entertaining part of the evening and Gerry coordinated the flow of the event seamlessly. The rest of the crew (Melissa, Elizabeth) were wonderful too so please give the entire team a big THANK YOU from me. Jordana, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Our group really enjoyed the evening. Chef Gerry, Lauren and Gyula were/are the BEST! Chef Gerry even took the time to show me other techniques and answered the cooking questions as well as explained the why and how. All worked out perfectly - thanks to you and your Cooking Gurus. Even though I personally expressed my feelings to them when I left last evening, please extend them once again. I will and have already mentioned Rustico to some colleagues here at Pfizer this morning. Geraldine, Pfizer

Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. Everyone absolutely loved the cooking lesson and dinner. We are all very eager to try out the recipes. It was the best holiday party we've had! Morgan, Fourth Wall Events, NYC

Thanks so much for having us. Our clients absolutely loved it. Give my regards to Elizabeth who was fantastic with our group. I appreciate the ease of which everything was done… from booking the event to the actual event itself. I'll definitely keep you in mind next time I have a client outing. Eugene, NBC Universal

THANK YOU both so very much! Everyone is raving about the wonderful time they all had. You did such a good job of involving EVERYONE (including my father who I have never seen cooking in all of my 49 years!). Your studio/kitchen is beautiful, the food was just delicious and the experience you provided was outstanding. Terry & John, Warren, NJ

Let me thank you for the scrumptious meal and Micol's gracious, gentle presence. It was a wonderful experience, precisely what we were looking for. Anne, Weight Watchers

I just wanted to thank you for a FABULOUS evening. The event couldn't have gone smoother if we tried. ALL of my girlfriends were shocked and thought the place was great. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience for some of them :) I really appreciate all of your help with picking out what I thought was a perfect menu. I know that I asked a ton of questions, but you guys worked with me every step of the way and for that I am grateful. Gerry and Raquel were both extremely knowledgeable about the food they prepared. I am sure all of your staff are wonderful, but I felt very lucky to have these special 2. This was a 25th birthday celebration I will always remember. Michelle, NY

Our group had a wonderful time last night. We had been in a meeting room all day so it was such a pleasure to come and relax, laugh and have fun at such a great team building event! We certainly did not need any ice breakers at the table last night as your chefs might mention there was alot of laughter and noise throughout the evening. The food and service (and wine) was fabulous. I will certainly recommend to all my friends and hope to come back with a group of friends myself too in the near future. Kathy, GE

Thank you so much for hosting our event. The feedback I received from my customers was fantastic. Several mentioned that it was the best client event they had ever been to. I plan on making it an annual event. Thanks again for everything. Lori, Citi

Thank you all so much for making our team event a success. Everyone enjoyed themselves. The food that we created with the help of your expertise was absolutely delicious, and we all enjoyed the wine tasting which was very educational. Thank you and all of your staff for a wonderful afternoon. Nancy, NBC Universal

Dear Micol and Dino: I am so glad we chose Rustico Cooking to host this event. It truly shows how professional you, Dino and Chef Elizabeth were at quickly re-organizing a new start time since our guests arrived late due to unavoidable delays. We truly have an amazing group of people we support and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves (especially their keepsake aprons!). I've had nothing but incredible feedback about the dinner. Thank you for being so flexible and accommodating and for giving our group such a fun event! Angelina, BlackRock

The team had an AWESOME time and it was so much fun!!! Gerry was FABULOUS!!! She made everyone get involved and there were no slackers!!! Just the way I wanted it! Thanks so much for the great day and I have passed the word on to my colleagues as to what a great event it was and for them to consider it for their future events!!! Mary, Tiffany's

Everyone had a blast. Thank you for an amazing experience and a great lesson in cooking. We loved the wine and chocolate tastings so please thank Costas for me as well. Christine, L'Oreal

Everyone had such a great time. To be honest with you, I'm not very fond of cooking myself so I was a little intimidated but, it was so much fun! The staff was very friendly (our chef Raquel was awesome). Hopefully, we'll get to have another fun event at RUSTICO COOKING. Veronica, Ann Taylor

Micol: I just had to thank you for the most fabulous day we had today. I was very excited when my friends had decided that a cooking class would be a perfect birthday present for me. They were so right. I have taken several classes before but this one was hands down the best. You were terrific and patient. Even my friends who never cook had a great time. The menu was all my favorite foods. The food that we prepared was perfect. We had so much fun cooking, eating and drinking. This is something I will never forget and made my 60th birthday a very special one. Jill, NJ

Thank you on behalf of Moelis Capital Partners for a wonderful evening. The cooking class was fun, hands-on and came out delicious. The wine tasting was informative, and had a great selection. The entire team was helpful, fun and knowledgeable. The event was a hit, so I wanted to thank you for all the help in planning the evening and catering to our specific needs. It was a great experience. Gina, Moelis Capital Partners

Our group had a fantastic time at our event yesterday. You and your staff did a great job, especially with a group our size. The food was great and the cooking instruction and teambuilding went over extremely well. I heard at least 2-3 times from our CEO that he thought it was a great event! Thank you again for making our 2011 Outing such a success! Barbara, Quality Health

We all had a GREAT time last night. Everyone loved the space and we really had a great time being hands-on with the meal. Elizabeth and Caitlyn were wonderful too. They were very personable and gave the guests enough instruction to take the ball and run with it to create an amazing meal. Thank you very much for a wonderful evening! Carrie, Maverick Capital

Thank you for an incredible evening! You made my planning easy – I got rave reviews as Maid of Honor for taking everyone to your loft! I will certainly pass on my recommendations to other groups looking for something unique and fun to do. We’re all very impressed. Much thanks for your time and expertise! Ali, Boston, MA

We had a ball last night. Gerry was wonderful - not only did she manage to keep everyone in line (which is no small task), but she also did it with grace AND got everyone involved - including Grandma!!! We enjoyed every minute of the cooking class and would gladly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and unique idea for a party or gift. My mom had the time of her life - and is going to be talking about it for a looooong time! Casey, West New York, NJ

Thank you all for a truly spectacular dinner party. We had such an amazing time and so did all our friends. Everyone is still telling us what a creative idea the party was, how much fun they had, how much they learned, and how delicious all the food was! I loved seeing everyone so into the cooking preparation. The evening surpassed my expectations and was a wonderful way to celebrate Ben's birthday. We will continue to recommend Rustico Cooking to all our friends and colleagues. Thanks for everything! Hillary, NYC

Thanks for the wonderful experience. Everything went flawlessly and beyond our expectations. We look forward to another event with Rustico in the future. Please send our thanks to the Chefs who assisted as well. They were also awesome. Rachel, Unilever

Wow, we have already received many phone calls exclaiming how wonderful the evening was. I have to hand it to you guys: you are so exquisitely professional that all of your effort goes almost unnoticed. You make the process seem effortless, which of course it isn't. I want you to know that I greatly appreciate all the attention and investment of energy you gave to make last night memorable. It is rather special living in New York City and cultivating relationships with special people and places. Rustico Cooking (and the pillars named Micol and Dino)....well, what can I say other than thank you. Ken, NYC

On behalf of NPD, I wanted to express my sincere thanks and kudos on a job well done! Our event last week was executed perfectly and went off without a hitch. I think folks had a lot of fun, learned some new tricks in the kitchen, became more educated on wine and most importantly our goal of team building was met. Thank you also for making sure my guests with special dietary needs had accommodations: I had no doubt it would be a wonderful evening based on my past experience with Rustico and look forward to working together again in the future. Chrystal, NPD

Thanks for giving us such an enjoyable evening... everyone had a good time and loved the meal. Your doing some of the preparations certainly made the cooking a breeze for us; yet fooled us into thinking we were responsible for the delicious results... The convenience of your facility and the beautiful room and equipment added to our enthusiasm. Janet, Skadden Arps

I just wanted to write and say THANK YOU for throwing us a fabulous cooking party last night. Micol, everything was delicious, and you did such a good job teaching us techniques, pacing us through cooking all the dishes, and letting everyone enjoy themselves. Rachel LOVED the entire experience. Dino, thanks for helping organize everything and set everything up. Everything ran smoothly, and we were very pleased. I hope to attend another class at Rustico sometime soon, and I will definitely recommend it to others. Thanks again! Brooke, NYC

We THOROUGHLY enjoyed our time at Rustico and with you and Dino. The memories of the good food and good atmosphere still linger vividly. And to be sure, I've been whipping up many of the things we made... They were divine. My family is a varied group -- as most every family is -- and we are grateful to your school for a place that pulled us all together in such a great way. See what wonderful food and atmosphere can do?! Ahh, but I'm preaching to the preacher! :) I hope to work with you again soon and certainly, I'll recommend you to friends at every turn. Vickie, NJ

You're the best... I have received nothing but compliments on your Friday cooking class... everyone really enjoyed themselves. Thank you for making "me look good"!! Linda, NYC

Many thanks for all your help in making our holiday cooking class a huge success! My colleagues had a wonderful time and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Now we can all say that we know how to make Handmade Cavatelli! Chef Elizabeth and her team were excellent! Thanks so much again for making our holiday office outing a success - it definitely brought us all in the full holiday spirit! Jeremy, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Your focus to every detail is amazing and you have helped orchestrate what we have now come to know as a fabulous evening to remember and the absolute right choice for our firm's networking Dinner Series... I will encourage any and all I know to consider Rustico Cooking for an event rather then a typical sit-down meal at a typical fine Restaurant. We will be back again, and look forward to it! Kevin, Graybar

Micol - I can't thank you enough for an amazing night of fabulous wine, sumptuous food, and most importantly - FUN! We have a fairly new group and it was such a great team building experience for everyone involved. From start to finish, you proved to be a warm and gracious Italian hostess who not only located a great space to hold the event but who coordinated the menu, wines, food, and social atmosphere. My group can be hard to please at times, as they have done it all, however, I received such positive kudos the next day - I was speechless. Thank you again for an amazing night of food, cooking and fun. I would recommend your classes to one and all. Andrea, Ladies' Home Journal

The feedback that I got from our people was incredible. They said that it was the best event ever. Thanks for doing such a great job. The two women we worked with were really spectacular. I can't say enough good things about them. We will definitely be back. Betsy, Cooper & Dunham LLP

I must thank you for a sensational, memorable evening!! Gary was on cloud nine the whole time, and beyond. And all the guests seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. I've had effusive notes of thanks from all over. I thought the menu was exceptionally well-organized and executed down to the very last detail, and yet it all appeared spontaneous and fun for everyone involved. Your invisible talents at doing all this are extraordinary. My only fear now is "How do I top this for next year?" You are the best!!! Richard, NYC

Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for your hospitality. The professionalism of you and your team combined with the wonderful menu and lovely setting made our afternoon a rousing success. Paula, Personnel Decisions International

We had a wonderful evening at the Rustico Cooking Studio. You made the class a fun learning experience and the dinner was delicious. Thank you again for creating such a memorable culinary experience for me, my colleagues and our guests. Michael, Cooking Pleasures Magazine

Micol, thank you for a fabulous time. My team loved it. The secret to slicing an onion was the water cooler conversation of the morning. And you have inspired us to start our own cookbook. I think that your style and the recipes are spot on... I am a raving fan of Rustico Cooking! Mary M., Women & Co.

Micol, a great team building was had by all! Our department is still talking about it!!! Dr. Toni (who just happens to be our company's infectious disease doctor) was very impressed over how sanitary everything in your facility was... Both you and your staff's professionalism was outstanding. Thank you for making our event a success!!! I will definitely recommend you to other departments in our company for their team building day. Arlene, Eisai

We cannot thank you enough for everything! From our first moment there, you put us at total ease. The whole team had a wonderful time and could not stop talking about it the next day! More importantly, it gave us a chance to get to know new team members in a relaxing and informative environment. Jodi, LexisNexis

Thanks so very much to you both, Elizabeth,Lauren, and Jessie. It was a wonderful evening!!! The ambiance of your facility is so right: we felt like beautiful people in a very chic place. The food was scrumptious. My, were we good cooks... so, good that some dishes we did not even work on came out so well by magic!! Elizabeth, Lauren, and Jessie were friendly, warm and gracious. The A/V worked perfectly. You were both organized and thorough in doing the planning. I could have asked for nothing more. Candace, NJ

The entire group and the Four Seasons LOVED Rustico!! We plan to host this event next year and hopefully other events as well. Thank you for all your help throughout the planning process -- it was very easy, I must say! Kelly, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Thank you. It was a wonderful space and you are a great host. If I could ever act as a reference to you and your company please feel free to call on me. Thank you again for a wonderful evening. Nick, NYC

Thanks so much for being such wonderful hosts and instructors. My group had a wonderful time and we're looking forward to coming back and trying more things on your menu! It was a great bonding experience and you were wonderfully patient with us. Lisa, Prefer Network

From start to finish, the event was terrific! We loved how we were able to collaborate with you to plan the menu, taking into account dietary restrictions and personal preferences. Your responsiveness to our suggestions and your expertise made the event run seamlessly. Everyone enjoyed the environment– being in a professional kitchen with such great equipment to learn and experiment with was exciting. Your skill in coordinating everyone to work together and accomplish the seemingly complicated task of preparing a gourmet meal is impressive. The event was so collaborative and fun that not only did we learn new things about cooking technique, Italian cuisine and wine but also about each other. At the end of the evening, it was so fun to sit down and enjoy our wonderful meal. The night ended to rave reviews from everyone involved – we cannot wait to do it again. Jennifer, Update Legal

We thoroughly enjoyed last night... everyone is talking about how great the food turned out! Thank you for your wonderful instruction and amazing recipes. I will be sure to use them when I have company over. Anisha, Deutsche Bank

Micol, thanks for everything. The evening was more successful than I even hoped it would be. It will be the benchmark for all of our future gatherings. Lisa, Houston, TX

It is quite fair to say our event was better than we anticipated. As you know it is not often that our expectations are exceeded. We received calls the very next day thanking us for such a perfectly executed elegant event. Our clients were quite impressed. You and Costas were the perfect team and I really liked his laid back style. It was just the right touch of wine and education and fine drinking... the wines were excellent as well. Futhermore, your staff was warm and kind... JJ, JJ Burns & Co

Thank you so much to you and your staff for showing us a wonderful time on Saturday afternoon! Everyone raved about the cooking class. What a great way for everyone to get together and have fun! We were all impressed at how good everything tasted... not bad for a bunch of first-timers. I'll be trying out a few of your recipes this week from your cookbook; I'm sure they will be great as well. Thank you again for your hospitality and for a wonderful day! I will definitely be back to cook with you soon. Nikki

Thank you so much for everything! My entire team was so impressed. Thanks for making me look good! The food was fantastic. I am hopeful that Ill be able to make the chicken scaloppine for my boyfriend next weekend (along with the chocolate molten cake: amazing). Thanks! Rae, Nickleodeon

On behalf of our team, I would like to express our sincerest thanks for your help with our team building event. Everything was fantastic!! Our team is still talking about how much fun they had and how wonderful the entire meal tasted. I will certainly pass along this experience to other teams within our organization. Once again, thank you for a memorable event and we look forward to cooking with you again in the future. Cathie, General Motors Asset Management

We had a great time yesterday. Your loft is amazing. Your staff is fantastic (and Gerry was a lot of fun). I wasn't really sure what to expect but you exceeded all expectations. I will highly recommend you to my colleagues and will look to visit you again. Thank you for a wonderful team building experience! Frank, Wells Fargo

We had an absolutely wonderful time! I received so many compliments throughout the event and last night, and most of all, my daughter was thrilled. The place was clean and lovely, even better than I expected. Your team was great and worked very well together. Thank you for your help! Joanne, NYC

Gerry and Elizabeth were a lot of fun and very efficient - I was impressed by how well they were able to pace the event and keep us exactly on schedule. I took a ton of photos and the team had loads of fun - the ravioli and tiramisu making were definite highlights. And all the food turned out to be excellent! Thanks again! Donna, PwC

Micol, as always we throughly enjoyed the evening. Your staff made my guests feel involved and welcome. Marcy was so thrilled to have been able to share her birthday in such a wonderful environment. The food was delicious. Thank you again for helping me make it a meaningful and memorable birthday. Forever grateful... Randy, NY

Just want to thank you for such a great night!!! The food was delicious! The party went so well and everyone really enjoyed it. They were raving about it after we left! Gerry was wonderful and such a pleasure to teach us all. We're a very loud family and we could have stayed all night! Please thank her again from all of us! Lori & Mike, NYC

Micol - thank you SO much! We all had a GREAT time! The food was excellent and the wine was a great complement!! Mark (and the rest of us!) really enjoyed ourselves!! We will definitely do it again!! Jenn, NYC

We all had a fantastic time. What a great group experience! Cooking definitely is a team bonding experience. Thanks again. Lois, NBC

Thank you for a truly enjoyable evening. You and your staff were wonderful. You provided a very fun atmosphere for us to simply show up, get right into the action, and then relax and enjoy the benefits of our hard work. The next day, my team members could not stop talking about the evening. The wine tasting was very educational, and the wine selection was a perfect match to the evening’s menu. Everyone raved how fantastic the meal was... Andrew, Pfizer

Micol, thanks again for the class last night. It was so much fun - and I really learned a lot. The food (and wine) were wonderful. Thanks again for a great evening. Sharon, American Express

Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed the night, and I'm still getting thank yous in my in-box from people at the client's. I've already heard comments from my management that we might be able to do a class with other clients as well, and if so you can be sure where we'll call - the decision is an easy one. I know I'll be back and can't wait until then. Ben, First Health

Thank you so much for a wonderful evening-an evening that surpassed all expectations. You and your staff were accommodating, prepared and very hospitable. The meal was excellent while the wine tasting was fun and informative. MKM owes you a debt of gratitude for helping us host such a tremendous event. Thank you again for everything and we will definitely see you soon! Brian, MKM Partners

Thank you for a wonderful evening! We had an absolutely fabulous time, it was really beyond our expectations. I can only hope that with time I can duplicate tonight's results at home. Everyone enjoyed your instruction, the food, and the wine. Margaret, Saddle River, NJ

We all had another wonderful experience at Rustico. Your staff is excellent (especially Gerry and Eve) and so very accommodating. The food was amazing, particularly the Tiramisu enjoyed by all. I will definitely recommend Rustico to my coworkers and I hope our team can do it again in the near future. Mary Ann, Coach

Micol was sensational as she taught us what to do, got people to have good fun, and facilitated a very relaxing atmosphere. Great job on her part and that of the staff... it was all extremely enjoyable and definitely worth a repeat and a recommendation to our colleagues. Eduardo, Pfizer

Thanks for orchestrating such a wonderful evening. Everyone had a terrific time, most importantly, the groom Jason. Elizabeth was a superb ringleader keeping everyone engaged and ultimately well fed. Personally, I greatly appreciate how pleasant it was to work with you on this. Again, many thanks. Jim, NYC

THEY LOVED IT!!! I got a wonderful message from my boss this morning and he said the event was PERFECT. Thank you both so much, I have to get over there and thank you in person. Please thank Chef Gerry. Deborah, Ithaka

I participated in the event this past Tuesday hosted by the Royal Sonesta Hotel Group. I had a great time, the chefs were wonderful as was Costas. Not only did I learn but I had a great time doing so. Everything was so delicious and I would like to make all these recipes again. Doreen, National Coffee Association

Elizabeth and her team on site were all fantastic! My team is a rowdy bunch and the event was well managed despite it. I've heard great feedback from the team and want to sincerely thank everyone for making this such a success. Sarah, CBS Interactive

Our group had a fantastic time as always and thinks Rustico's entire staff is just the best! Look forward to working with you again in the near future! Lauren, Spencer Stuart

We had a blast! What a wonderful space you have! All the chefs were great and Costas was a big hit! I know I learned a lot and had such a great time! You both were amazing at setting up our event so last minute. Thanks for making our event run so smoothly. John, Royal Coffee New York

We LOVED Rustico! What a fantastic and most enjoyable (and delicious) menu/evening & event. I'm so pleased we found you. Best wishes and thanks to Elizabeth who was simply outstanding. She had a great vibe and perfect balance of chef meets educator and genuine interest in who we are and what our company is about. It was really such a joy and I look forward to bringing other groups back to Rustico in 2012! Edie, Liveperson

On behalf of everyone, a special thank you goes out to you for making our holiday party a unique event. Everything from the wine tasting to the delicious food made for a very special evening. Your signed award-winning cookbook was also exceptional. Thanks again. We hope to do it again next year. Iris, NMA Entertainment & Marketing

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photo by Dino De Angelis

Sauteing our way to a fabulous dinner.

photo by Dino De Angelis

Sitting for dinner and a wine tasting.

photo by Dino De Angelis

Wine-poached shrimp over baby greens.

photo by Dino De Angelis

Everyone is busy cooking.

photo by Dino De Angelis

Limoncello mousse ready to be devoured.

photo by Dino De Angelis

Wolf ranges - Only the best appliances at Rustico Cooking!

photo by Dino De Angelis

Rolling out fresh lasagna sheets requires team work.

More photos here

General Information

Private Cooking Parties

Details on our parties are available in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rustico Cooking is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and is easily accessible by subway, bus, or car, steps from the Empire State Building.

PHOTOS: Take a look at our state-of-the-art cooking loft here.

WHEN: We offer both daytime and evening events... Let us know when you want your party!

WHERE: Our address is

Rustico Cooking
40 West 39th Street
Third Floor
New York, NY 10018. We are between 5th & 6th avenues.

GETTING THERE: You can take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to Grand Central, or the F or V trains to Bryant Park-42nd Street. If you prefer the bus, take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 along Fifth and Madison Avenues, or the M6 and M7 along Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

PARKING: If you are coming by car, there is a parking lot on West 39th street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, on the north side of the street (closer to Fifth).

WHAT TO WEAR: Flat shoes and comfortable clothing are required for your safety and comfort. Please avoid high heels and loose sleeves.

COST: Standard Private Parties cost $135 per person, plus a 20% gratuity. NYS tax of 8.875% will be charged. This includes a finger food and wine reception at the beginning of the event, followed by hands-on cooking, and a three-course meal (one appetizer, one main course with two side dishes, and one dessert) served with two wines. Pizza parties are also available. Minimum group size is 12 guests (16 guests in December). NYS tax of 8.875% will be charged.

CONTACTING US: The best way to reach us is by email at micol@rusticocooking.com or dino@rusticocooking.com. We can also be reached by phone at (917) 602-1519.

VISITING US: We run events and classes in the morning and the evening, so all visits are strictly by appointment - no walk-ins... Please email us or call us ahead if you wish to schedule a visit, and we will gladly find a mutually convenient time.

graphic by Dino De Angelis

We are located at 40 West 39th Street, Third Floor, New York NY 10018

our kitchen

Reservation Deposit

Ready to book a particular date and time for your cooking event? In order for us to hold the date for you we require a deposit which covers you for 12 guests at $135 pp plus 20% gratuity. NYS tax of 8.875% will be charged. You can do so by calling us at 917-602-1519 or by using the secure payment link provided here. All major credit cards are accepted, as well as Paypal if you have an account.

Please note the payment is not refundable or transferable to another date, since we will be refusing parties for that same date.