Q: When are classes held and how long do they last?
A: Classes are held nightly starting at 7pm and usually last around 2 ½ hours. Please refer to our event calendar (link here) for the most up-to-date schedule. All class reservations must be made in advance. Unfortunately, we do not allow walk-ins.
Q: How many people are in a class?
A: We like to keep it cozy with around 10 people per kitchen.
Q: Oh, so you teach classes here?
A: In a nutshell, yes. The long version is that we host BYOB, dinner party-style cooking classes. You cook (with our guidance), you drink, you eat, we clean up.
Q: Where are you located and how do I get to you?
A: We are located in the little yellow house at 819 W. Armitage Avenue, around the corner from Halsted. If you feel like driving, there is street parking in the neighborhood and valet available for $13—drop off is in front of Summer House Restaurant at 1954 N. Halsted. Since having a drink (or four) with dinner is part of the fun, we always suggest taking a cab or hopping on the Brown Line and getting off at the Armitage stop. If you like the bus you should take the #8 bus down Halsted or the 73 crosstown.
Q: Are you able to accommodate my dietary restrictions or food allergies?
A: We can do our best but our menus are pretty set as we cook everything family style. If you do have an allergy or dietary restriction please let us know in advance.
Q: Do you sell gift certificates?
A: Yes, please give us your money.
Q: How do I sign up for a class?
A: We release a new class schedule every month with a variety of menus. Just go to our calendar page (link here), click on the date(s) you’re interested in and sign up for open spots! We do limit reservations for public classes to 4 people (so you can make friends).
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We ask for 48 hours advance notice if you need to cancel. If you cancel within less than 48 hours, you are responsible for the full cost of your reservation. We are happy to have you transfer your reservation to eager friends.
Q: What is the difference between a private class and a public class?
A: Do you like meeting people? Perhaps making new friends is exhilarating? Then public classes are for you! Those are the nights when we pick the menu and people sign up for the open spots and you get to meet, cook, and eat with other guests. Private classes are when you are determined to rock your own playlist, choose your menu and the guest list for a selected night.
Q: Do you use the kitchen for anything else?
A: We do indeed! We rent out our kitchen and dining spaces for all kinds of fun including private events, recipe incubation, photo and video location shoots, and pop-up dinner parties. We also work with catering companies and others who need access to professional kitchen equipment and workspace on an hourly or long-term basis. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us (773-697-4109) so we can give you more info.
Q: Can I drink while you let me play with fire and sharp objects?
A: YES! We are BYOB so we encourage you to let the good times roll and bring your favorite bottle of vino or beer (crafty or hipster). We do sell wine and beer on-site in case you don’t have time to shop, somehow forgot that this was an important part of a dinner party or you want just one more glass to share with your newfound friends.
Q: I had a great time – should I tip the staff?
A: Totally up to you. The chef instructor and our kitchen helpers work hard and love what they do. If you feel they made your experience extra special I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.
Q: Speaking of cash money, how do I pay?
A: We like cash but get that it’s not the most convenient. So, we happily accept major credit cards as well (or checks, if you’re super old school).
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