Hello cooking friends! FRIDAY, MAY 24, 6:00 – 9:00 MENU IS BELOW IMPORTANT DETAILS.
$30 –We’re all cooking together for about one and a half hours ! Limited to 5 men and 5 women. You get a copy of recipes.
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.
READ 3 ITEMS FIRST BEFORE YOU SIGN UP:
1 - 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 have it 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, last day to mail check is May 21, 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.
2 - MEN (including new men) and women who have previously attended an event, you do not need to pay in advance, please pay in cash when you arrive.
3 - 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.
Salmon marinated in soy sauce, sherry, olive oil and tarragon served with a cream, white wine, shallot, avocado sauce – recipe from a catering company in San Francisco
Jasmine Rice infused with sautéed chopped apple, red bell pepper and orange - recipe from Roy’s
Exotic Fruit Salad (mango, kiwi, peaches, pineapple, berries, drizzled in a white grape syrup flavored with lime, star anise, whole clove and fresh mint and a sprinkle of ginger snaps – recipe from Golden Door Spa
Coconut Cake – a recipe recently printed in House Beautiful – don’t laugh – it looks decadent with cake flour, lots of eggs, buttermilk and heavy cream, a glaze of coconut milk, and coconut icing
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).
COOKING PARTY GROUND RULES
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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