Cook-up a Team that Works Together!
“Let’s Take a Whisk” Team-building Cooking Classes are the perfect recipe for unforgettable corporate team-building events. Hands-on cooking classes encourage team-bonding, improve communication, and foster camaraderie, all while whipping up fun in the kitchen!
Consider a new option for corporate or group team-building in the eastern Iowa area. Innovative corporate cooking events can build teamwork and inspire camaraderie and collaboration – perfect for companies/groups looking to increase internal ROI, productivity and employee satisfaction.
1. Customize your event
Let me help you design the best team-building activity your company has ever experienced! Choose among several menu options or we’ll customize the event to fit your needs.
2. Choose a mouthwatering menu
Inspired by flavors around the globe, all menus highlight seasonal ingredients, and are designed to suit any palate or occasion.
3. Put on the finishing touches
From corporate gifts to special participation gifts (aprons, cooking utensils with your logo, etc.);
we guarantee a seamless planning experience and a complete team-building event that is effective, rewarding and deliciously fun!
Corporate/Group Team Building Events
If like many corporations and businesses, you’re searching for an ideal way to improve team morale, boost group communication, and bolster results, what better way than a day out of school learning new skills and having fun at the same time?
Studies have shown that Culinary Team-Building events are far more effective and produce longer lasting results than traditional team activities.
Your team will laugh and learn as they participate in the planning and execution of a menu utilizing many of the creative recipes we can provide!
Throughout the 3-hour session participants will discover that the only way to achieve their objectives is to work as a cohesive team, utilizing effective communication, planning and leadership.
Culinary Corporate or Group Team-Building is truly the ‘great equalizer’ bringing people together to improve communication, hone problem-solving skills, build morale and invoke spontaneous displays of joy.
The simple act of making good food together becomes the focus for sharing responsibility and making the most of each person’s individual skills. What better way to work toward a common goal than roasting pork tenderloin, steaming a medley of fresh vegetables or creating a decadent dessert?
After your team has prepared a taste-tempting 3- to 4-course meal, you’ll gather around the dining table together to enjoy the fruits of your labors.
Even if participants’ cooking skills are limited to nothing more than pushing a few buttons on a microwave, they will find a Culinary Team Building event both fun and educational.
People are continually amazed at the quality and presentation of the gourmet meals and appetizers they create without any previous cooking experience.
A day in the kitchen begins with participants arriving and wondering what they will be doing for the next few hours. Light appetizers and soft drinks will be served when everyone arrives.
Culinary Professional Nina Swan-Kohler will begin the program with introductions and a brief orientation of the activities for the day. This orientation last approximately 30 minutes.
The group is then divided into teams. You will have the opportunity to divide up your staff/employees into teams. Each team member’s name will be placed in a drawing to determine a “Top Chef!” Each “top chef” is presented with the recipes they will be preparing.
Each team will prepare part of the meal; maybe they’ll be making fabulous appetizer such as Olive Tapenade with Crostini, or a lovely mixture of salad greens tossed with a homemade vinaigrette, or roasted beef tenderloin with a cranberry wine sauce as the centerpiece entrée. . . or a mouth-watering Molten Chocolate Cake as part of their 4-course dinner. All their problem solving, timing and communication skills will be put to the test as they organize themselves and the timing of their dishes to assure that everything is ready to eat on-time, and in time for each course. The food preparation lasts for approximately 1 hour, followed by a sit-down dinner that lasts approximately 1½ to 2 hours. Each team serves their food “restaurant-style” to the other teams.
It’s during dinner when the real communication and team building occurs. People bond even further while dining together. This is the wonderful opportunity when everyone starts sharing about who they are when not a company employee. To reinforce this experience participants are asked to discover what they’ve learned from the team-building exercise, and how to apply it to their current working world.
Think inside and outside the bowl . . . Anything is possible!
Meal Option #1:
Take a culinary journey to Mexico with this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer – Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas
Team #2 – Salad and Soup – Tossed Mixed Greens with Chipotle-Ranch Dressing, Triple Corn Soup
Team #3 – Entree – Herb-rubbed Pork Tenderloin (roasted or grilled) and Side Dish - Black Bean Salsa and Rice
Team #4 – Dessert and Coffee – Honey Sweet Fruit Salsa Sundaes
Meal Option #2:
Take a culinary journey to Italy with this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizers and Beverage – Bruschetta with Two Toppings (Artichoke and Tomato Basil) Mock White Wine Spritzer
Team #2 – Salad and Bread – Italian Spinach Salad (salad) and Focaccia Bread
Team #3 – Entree and Side Dish – Italian Chicken and Vegetables with Balsamic Reduction and Sugar Snap Peas with Browned Butter Sauce
Team #4 – Dessert and Coffee – Individual Puff Pastry Cherry Cheesecakes
Meal Option #3:
Take a culinary journey to the Great Northwest (US) for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer and Beverage – Zucchini and Tomato Puff Pastry Tart and Cherry Spritzer
Team #2 – Salad and Soup – Mixed Greens with Pears and Cherries with Hazelnut Vinaigrette and Potato Chowder
Team #3 – Entree and Side Dish – Rubbed and Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa served with Jasmine Rice
Team #4 –Dessert and Coffee - Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherry Sauce
Meal Option #4:
Take a culinary journey to Trinidad and Tobago for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer and Beverage – Pan-Fried Plantains and Trinidadian Punch
Team #2 – Salad and Soup – Mixed Greens with Strawberry, Mango and Avocado with Passion Fruit Vinaigrette and Callaloo (spinach) and Crab Soup
Team #3 – Entree and Bread – Curried Chicken and Potatoes in Roti (flatbread)
Team #4 – Dessert and Coffee – Homemade Mango Sorbet, plus Toasted Coconut Cookies.
Meal Option #5:
Take a culinary journey to Italy for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer and Beverage - Olive Tapenade and Mock White Wine Spritzer
Team #2 – Salad and Soup – Italian Salad and Red Wine Vinaigrette and Italian Sausage Soup
Team #3 – Entree and Side Dish – Panko-Coated Tilapia (or chicken) with Balsamic Butter Sauce and Penne Pasta with Asparagus
Team #4 – Dessert and coffee – Tiramisu
Meal Option #6:
Take a culinary journey to Hawaii for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer and Beverage – Party Pina Colada Spritzers, Creamy Pineapple-Macadamia Nut Spread
Team #2 – Soup and Salad – Curried Chicken and Potato Soup and Tropical Fruit Salad
Team #3 – Entree and Side – Jerk Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Mango-Red Bell Pepper Salsa and Coconut Rice
Team #4 – Desert and Coffee – Individual Black Lava Cakes with Chantilly Cream
Menu substitutions are available for the above suggested menus. Prices start at $75.00 per person.
• Set a date.
• Determine the menu (from my list of options).
• Determine special needs (gluten free, vegetarian, etc.) for your group.
• Determine if you would like to provide your group with aprons, whisks or other cooking utensils as take-home keepsakes. These items require a 1-month lead time. However many items are available via my boutique.
• 50% of the total estimated fee is due when booking your event.
Classes are held at 460 Hickory Court, Robins, Iowa 52328
(Robins is located about 2 miles north of Cedar Rapids.)
Testimonials from recent team leaders:
“My entire team loved Nina’s Team-building Cooking Class. The experience was great for getting to know each other, developing teamwork and having fun.”
Craig Oehlert, Manager at Rockwell Collins
“Let’s Take A Whisk” was a unique team building experience that we’ll not soon forget. Everyone in our group loves to eat, but not everyone loves to cook, so I took a risk and it really paid off. Nina and her staff were very supportive in our preparation. The food we cooked was fantastic and we had a lot of fun. I would definitely do this again.”
Thanks again for a great experience! September 2012
Dan Gordon, Manager at Transamerica Life & Protection
“Let’s Take a Whisk” – Together!