FAQ

Q: What exactly happens at the social table?

A: The short answer: Food. Fun. Great people. Adorable décor. The long answer: We host hands-on, brunch & dinner party style cooking classes in a unique & intimate setting. Your group works with our chef-instructor to prep, cook, and enjoy an amazing family-style meal. You leave happy, full, and feeling good about the world.

Q: How many people are in a class?

A: For open events, we keep it cozy with 10-12 people per kitchen. For private events, we can fit up to 24 people in one kitchen and up to 50 if you take over the full space!

Q: What is the difference between an open class and a private event?

A: For open classes, we pick the menu, set the date and time, and then individuals, couples or small groups of folks can sign up for open spots in that class. If you love making new friends and are eager to get your hands dirty in the kitchen, open events are for you!

Private events are best if you have a group of 5 or more, want to pick the menu, rock your own playlist, and have the kitchen all to yourselves.

Q: How do I sign up for an open class?

A: Take a look at our schedule & sign-up page, find the event you want to attend, and sign up right through the website. As a surly old man once told me, "Not everything has to be difficult."

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Q: How do I use my gift certificate?

A:  Ooh someone loves you and bought you a gift certificate to The Social Table! To use, follow these easy steps:
1) Check out our calendar and find the experience you want to attend. 
2) Send an email to reservations@thesocialtable.com.
3) Tell us the name/date of your chosen event, number of spots you'd like to reserve, and provide the gift certificate # and issue date. 
4) We will confirm your reservation in short order!

Q: Oh, you sell gift certificates?

A: Yes, please give us your money.

Q: How often do you add new events?

A: We add new class dates + menus every 2-3 months to keep up with the changing seasons. If the calendar looks sparse, that probably means we're about to add new events, so stay tuned. If you would like to be notified when new class offerings are posted, ask to join our newsletter and you'll be the first to know.

Q: How do I schedule a private event?

A: For the quickest response, send an email to reservations@thesocialtable.com or give us a call and we’ll get you set up.

Q: CAN I DRINK WHILE YOU LET ME PLAY WITH FIRE AND SHARP OBJECTS?

A: YES! We encourage you to let the good times roll--that's “dinner party 101.” We love food around here and know how an exceptional drink can enhance your dining experience. We offer a hand-picked assortment of wine & beer for purchase—reasonably priced, we promise. You can also BYOB so grab your favorite bottle of vino or crafty, hipster beer and get on over here.

Q: Can you ACCOMMODATE MY DIETARY RESTRICTIONS OR FOOD ALLERGIES?

A: All TST meals are prepared family-style, so we cannot make individual accommodations for open classes. If you have a serious food allergy or dietary restriction and aren't sure if a certain menu will work for you, please let us know. We are here to help. If one menu doesn't work, we will be more than happy to help you find another one that does.

If you’re a private event host you get to build your own menu (freeeedom!), so in that case we’ll work with you ahead of time to avoid any problematic ingredients. Pesky glutens!

Q: Thoughts on kids?

A: Whoa! A little early in the relationship to discuss that, don’t you think? Just kidding. ☺. We love working with young chefs! Unless we say otherwise, our open classes are for adults only (21+). At private events, kids of all ages are welcome. In the summer, we hold cooking camps designed specifically for kids (8-12) and teens (13-17). Registration posts in the spring.

Q: WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED AND HOW DO I GET TO YOU?

A: If your GPS fails you, look for the little yellow house at 819 W. Armitage around the corner from Halsted. We are a few blocks away from the “Armitage” brown line stop and on the #73 and #8 bus routes. Uber drives also know us well.

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Q: Is there parking?

A: We partner with the valet service around the corner ($14-cash only). Drop-off is at 1954 N. Halsted (in front of the restaurants Stella Barra/Summer House Santa Monica). There is also a self-park garage at 1933 N. Halsted and metered parking on Armitage/Halsted.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

A: In order to provide our guests with the best experience possible, we do adhere strictly to a 1-week cancellation policy. Reservations for open events cannot be refunded or rescheduled within 1-week of the event. No exceptions. If you cannot make it, we recommend that you transfer your reservation to a friend that would enjoy the experience in your place. Thank you for understanding!

Q: I HAD A GREAT TIME – SHOULD I TIP THE STAFF?

A:Gratuity is not included in the ticket price. The Chef-Instructor and Dishwasher are the cornerstone of every great event, so if you enjoyed your experience, tips are sincerely appreciated. Gratuity can be added when you purchase your ticket OR you can give gratuity with cash/credit at the end of your event.

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Q: DO YOU USE THE KITCHEN FOR ANYTHING ELSE?

A: If our schedule allows, we do occasionally rent out the kitchen for recipe incubation, photo and video shoots, or team meetings. Ask us for more info!

Q: Love your look. who are you wearing, TST?

A: The Social Table is proud to partner with BlueStar Kitchen® which built our ranges --the heart of each kitchen space. We are also proud to serve Nespresso® Coffee and to chop with Victorinox® chef knives.

Q: DOES BACON MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER?

A: It does.

Q: IS IT EVER OKAY TO EAT LOW-FAT CHEESE?

A: Nope.

Q: NEVER?

A: Never.

Q: Did i really just read through your entire faq page?

A: Yep. And we love you for it.

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 (reservations@thesocialtable.com) 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).

Q: How do I stay up to date on all things The Social Table?

A: Sign up for our newsletter (link here), follow us on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter.

Q: Does bacon make everything better?

A: Yes. Yes it does.

Q: Is it every okay to eat low-fat cheese?

A: Nope.

Q: Never?

A: Never.