Singles Men Women Cooking Calzone Minestrone Sausage Pappardelle Tiramisu

Hello cooking friends! SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 1:00 – 4:00 - MENU IS BELOW


$32 –We’re all cooking together for about two hours! Limited to 5 men and 5 women.
This is a light-hearted, joking around, joyful event for people who take cooking seriously.
There will be an ice-breaker so we get to know each other.

1 - SPORTS EVENT! - From what I can tell NCAA National Championship events are April 6 and April 8, so this should not interfere with our party. Please advise me if you find that’s different. I do not have parties during major sports events.

2 - WOMEN IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST PARTY: In 2012 I spent over $450 out of my paycheck for the dinner parties, mostly due to first time women who were no shows. Those who have attended any of the parties realize that the expense of this event and the 20 hours of my time it takes to prepare means the people who participate are the type of individuals you can count on. Every time I think I figured out sign up and payment from first time women, I didn’t make it tight enough. Because of the number of ladies who have been no shows and not paid, ladies, if this is your first event and you RSVP, you will need to mail me a check AND PUT IT IN THE MAIL WITHIN 48 HOURS OF SIGNUP SO I WILL RECEIVE IT ON THE 3RD MAIL DAY. IF I DON’T HAVE YOUR CHECK ON THE 3RD DAY I WILL ASK YOU TO TAKE YOURSELF OFF THE EVENT. IF YOU DON’T DO THAT IN 24 HOURS, I WILL REMOVE YOU FROM THE GROUP. If you have paid in advance, there are no refunds if you don't show up. If you are a first time women and sign up so close to the event that you it’s too late to mail a check, and that is April 5, and you don’t show up, I will remove you from the group.
First time women: There are no excuses, no makeup events, no credits and this includes everything: illness, funerals, emergencies, car problems, can’t find your checkbook, out of town, etc., etc., etc.
I do not take pay pal or credit cards. I go to the grocery store and shop using my pay check.

3 - MEN (including new men) and women who have previously attended an event, you do not pay in advance, please pay in cash when you arrive.

4 - PHOTOS - it states in the description when you signed up for the group that the photo has to be a photo of yourself. Please do not sign up if you have not posted a real photo of yourself - (Jim, no worries, your photo is great).

LOCATION: My home near Yale & Wadsworth in Lakewood. Directions will be emailed to those who sign up.

CONVERSATION: Lots of time to talk in small groups during food preparation, more private one-to-one conversations if two guests wish to go out on the balcony which is fine! and the group conversation during dinner. The cooking event is not for people who come to talk excessively or dominate the conversation. Everyone has important things to talk about and share. I will ensure that the conversation is even and the guest who might be quieter in a crowd, gets to talk as much as anyone else.

Most ingredients are purchased at Whole Foods.

Classic Minestrone – Cook’s Illustrated

Calzone with Four Cheeses, Eggplant and Basil – Bon Appetit

Chopped Salad with Italian Vinaigrette – Cucina! Cucina!, Tukwila, Washington

Pappardelle with Sausage, Tomatoes and Mushrooms – Eccoqui, Bernardsville, New Jersey

Tiramisu with Brandy Custard – Rachel’s Wood Grill, Portland, Maine

Wine (red and white)

One glass of wine please, (it's not a big drinking event)

Please note - I really want stuff in the dishwasher. The stuff that is hand washed are the big pots and pans. The dishwasher is more sanitary for all the little items, silverware, and glasses. I don’t mind running the dishwasher multiple times for the event. When people hand wash a ton of stuff and lay in on the counter (takes up space!) and then ask me during the event where it goes and to put it away, I don’t want to do that during the event. So load dishwasher, rinse & stack if you must in a far away corner.

I am a volunteer and participate like everyone else and do this for the fun and joy of cooking and spending time with cooking friends. I spend more than I take in for the groceries and buy the best ingredients. If you want to know how much I spend for an event or for the meetup website ($144 a year) just ask, I track the expenses.

First time guests NEED TO SIGN GROUND RULES (Below) THAT YOU AGREE TO HELP WITH DISHES (I'll provide you a copy of the ground rules when you arrive, please just read them for now).
DISHES: Cleanup takes less than 30 minutes after dinner because everyone helps with cleanup and dishes so the kitchen is left tidy after the event. Everything but the pots and pans go in the dishwasher, all glassware including wine glasses go in the dishwasher, and we run a fast dishwasher load during dinner so cleanup isn’t too bad because everyone pitches in. When you finish your recipe prep, put your equipment in the dishwasher or in the sink.
AFTER DINNER CLEANUP: wash and dry large pans (take turns), load dishwasher, wipe off counters, put away the leaf in the table, drain dishwater, someone be a good egg and take out the trash.
PRACTICE HELPFUL GROUP BEHAVIOR: If you have downtime on your recipe, ask if other teams need any help.
WASH HANDS: at start of event and throughout the cooking process. Cooking sanitation class teaches that every time we touch anything (move a chair/shake a hand) and we are going to touch food, we should rewash our hands.
I agree to these ground rules. I am participating at my own risk and will not sue Diana Ohlsson. I understand that burns, allergic reactions or mishaps that I cause or incur will be my responsibility.
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Signed Print Name Date
(This is signed at the event, not before.)
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  • Mary J.

    Thanks for opening your kitchen to us and for all the planning and prep you do. Another delicious meal with interesting, fun kitchen-mates!

    April 8, 2013

  • Wes B.

    Great recipes, great food, great time! Wonderful bunch of people. It is so much more fun and relaxing to cook with other whle learning something new. And I get to enjoy it again! Wes

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out of town this time. Look forward to the next meet up

    April 4, 2013

  • Donna

    Would love to attend but have to travel

    March 28, 2013

  • Mary J.

    Looking forward to cooking with you again!

    March 25, 2013

  • Melanie M.

    My niece is visiting from Boston that weekend. Maybe next time!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Diana - I would like to sign up for this event but have some questions before I do (and yes, I read the caveat about first-time women and cost, etc. - I totally appreciate that). Would you be kind enough to email me privately so I can ask those two questions?


    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time last time, but unfortunately will be out of town that weekend.

    March 22, 2013

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