Interactive Cooking Parties

Selection of side dishes in ParisTired of having typical dinner parties? Want to learn to cook foods from around the world?

Here’s the place to start. Invite a few friends over for a night of shared cooking, gentle intuitive instruction and lots of fine food. You pick the theme and I’ll develop the menu, bring the groceries and necessary utensils. Then we pair your guests up and set them to work cooking the dinner.

It’s always an event to remember!

The following are samples to help your brainstorm a party tailored to your interests:

Tour of Italy

  • Fried Meat Stuffed Olives
  • Shrimp Wrapped in Pancetta with Lemon Aioli
  • Roman Style Stuffed Risotto Croquettes
  • Roasted Red Peppers with Bagna Cauda
  • Goat Cheese & Scallion Ravioli w/ Black Olive Butter
  • Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Fig Port Sauce
  • Panna Cotta with Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar

The Thrill of the Grill

  • Goat Cheese & Jack Quesadillas with Roasted Corn Salsa & Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • Grilled Side of Salmon with Lemon Ginger Sauce over Basmati Rice
  • Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce & Sweet Potato Grits
  • Grilled Stone Fruit with Coconut Ice Cream & Walnut-Rum Sauce

Tastes of the Caribbean

  • Caribbean Guacamole w/ Plantain Chips
  • Coconut Shrimp w/ Citrus Aioli
  • Seared Scallops with Sweet Chile Glaze
  • Coconut Rice
  • Cheese & Shrimp Stuffed Poblano Peppers w/ Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
  • Grilled Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin Skewers
  • Pineapple Upside Down Rum Spice Cake
  • Coconut Ice Cream with Fruit Compote

Dinner in Tuscany

  • Polenta Crisps with Anchovy Sauce
  • Pansotti with Walnut Sauce
  • Pork Loin in the Style of Porchetta
  • Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

Tale of Two Curries

  • Pakoras
  • Goa Chicken Curry
  • Thai Coconut Shrimp Curry
  • Pulao (Indian Fried Rice)
  • Tomato Chutney
  • Raita (Indian Cucumber Relish)
  • Naan

A Trip to Spain

  • Garbanzo Fritos
  • Gazpacho Malaga
  • Salad of Oranges, Onions, and Black Olives with Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Manchego & Goat Cheese Puffs
  • Chicken, Pepper and Spanish Olive Empanadas
  • Chorizo, Chicken & Shellfish Paella
  • Blood Orange Flan

Wine & Food of the Pacific Northwest

  • Oregon Cheese Selection
  • Pear and Hazelnut Salad with Oregon Blue Cheese and Warm Tart Cherry Vinaigrette
  • Wild Mushroom Ragu on Toasted Brioche
  • Double Salmon Cakes with Apple Ginger Chutney
  • Plus wine paired with each course

Mardi Gras Celebration

  • Andouille Corn Dogs
  • Crab and Crawfish Cakes wih Creole Remoulade
  • New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp
  • Mardi Gras Pasta
  • Chicken & Andouille Gumbo
  • Carnival King Cake

French Countryside

  • Classic French Gougeres
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Tomato and Zucchini Tarts
  • Salmon Papillotes with Fennel & Olives
  • Potato Gratin
  • Souffle au Grand Marnier

A Greek Feast

  • Marinated Assorted Greek Olives
  • Roasted Eggplant and Sesame Dip & Fresh Pita Bread
  • Spanikopita (Spinach & Feta Pie)
  • Classic Greek Village Salad
  • Shrimp Baked in a Pot with Feta Cheese
  • Greek Lamb Patties with Garlic and Oregano
  • Cucumber Yogurt dip
  • Honey Walnut Baklava

Moroccan Cuisine

  • Spice Rubbed Salmon with Moroccan Salsa
  • Moroccan Lamb Kebabs with Mint Parsley Yogurt Sauce
  • Chicken Tagine with Olives and Lemon
  • Apricot Couscous
  • Moroccan Almond Cookies

Trader Vic Style Cocktail Party

  • Chicken Satays with Red Curry Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Shui-mai with Nuoc Cham (Vietnamese Dipping Sauce)
  • Pearl Balls with Asian Dipping Sauce
  • Seared Scallops with Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Cha Siu Pork with Chinese Mustard and Plum Sauce
  • Grilled Pineapple
  • Plus some classic Trader Vic Mixed Drinks

New World & Old World Spain

  • Black-Eyed Pea Fritters with Crabmeat Stuffing
  • Corn Cakes with Melted Cheese & Pepper Puree
  • Shrimp in Garlic-Paprika & Sherry Sauce
  • Spicy Moorish Pork Tenderloin Kabobs
  • Cod with Creamy Ragu of Tomatoes, Basil, Potatoes & Onion
  • Apple-Stuffed Crepes with Dulce de Leche & Walnuts