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 5-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 and Dessert – Honey Sweet Fruit Salsa Sundaes
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 ($75.00 pp)
Meal Option #2:
Take a culinary journey to Italy with this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizers and Beverage – Bruschetta with Artichoke Topping and Dessert – Individual Puff Pastry Cherry Cheesecakes
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 ($75.00 pp)
Meal Option #3:
Take a culinary journey to the Great Northwest (US) for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer – Zucchini and Tomato Puff Pastry Tart and Dessert - Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes with Cherry Sauce
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 ($80.00 pp)
Meal Option #4:
Take a culinary journey to Trinidad and Tobago for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer – Pan-Fried Plantains and Dessert - Homemade Mango Sorbet, plus Toasted Coconut Cookies
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) ($75.00 pp)
Meal Option #5:
Take a culinary journey to Italy for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer – Olive Tapenade and Dessert – Tiramisu Parfaits
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 ($75.00 pp)
Meal Option #6:
Take a culinary journey to Hawaii for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer – Creamy Pineapple-Macadamia Nut Spread and Dessert - Individual Black Lava Cakes with Chantilly Cream
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 ($75.00 pp)
Meal Option #7:
Take a culinary journey to Mexico for this menu.
Team #1 – Appetizer – Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas and Desssert – Honey-Sweet Salsa Sundaes
Team #2 – Salad and Bread - Tossed Greens with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette, and Cheesy Herb Biscuits
Team #3 – Soup - Mexican Beef Soup with Chipotle Corn Chutney . ($65.00 pp)
Meal Option #8:
Take a culinary journey to celebrate! (Available October through February) Cranberry-Pomegranate Spritzers; Cranberry-Pecan Spread over Ginger Cookies, Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Creamy Cranberry Sauce, Rice or potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas with Browned Butter; Chocolate Molten Pie. ($85.00 pp)
Menu Option #9:
Take a culinary journey to the jungle for this menu. Sweet and Spicy Dip with Animal Crackers, Mango Salad with Lime Dressing, Monkey Bread, Black Bean Soup, Grilled Wild and Wacky Chicken Breasts or Marinated Flank Steak, Roasted or Grilled Vegetables and Zebra Cake. ($75.00 pp)
Menu Option #10:
Take a culinary journey that is all Black and White for this fun menu. Black and White Pasta Salad, Creamy Potato Soup with Black Bean Puree, Cauliflower and Raisin Salad, Chicken in Puff Pastry with Balsamic Reduction, Sautéed Mushrooms, and Flourless Chocolate Cake (or Zebra Cake). ($75.00 pp)
Gluten Free Options
Menu Option #11 –
5-Course Gluten Free Dinner – On the menu: Creamy Olive Spread on Nut Thins, Tossed Spinach with Roasted Red Peppers and Pine Nuts with Red Wine Vinaigrette, Creamy Asparagus Soup, Italian Herb-Marinated and Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Jasmine Rice, Sugar Snap Peas with Browned Butter Sauce and Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake. ($80.00 pp)
Menu Option #12
Healthy and Elegant Gluten Free Dinner - On the menu: Roasted Raspberry-Chipotle Dip and Nut Thins, Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette, Creamy Sugar Snap Pea Soup, BBQ Salmon on Cedar Plank or Honey-Rosemary Marinated and Grilled Chicken, Orange-Glazed Carrots, Jasmine Rice and Peachy-Keen Ice Cream Dessert. ($80.00 pp)
Menu substitutions are available for the above suggested menus. Some of the menus above can be modified to accommodate dietary issues.
Alcohol Option: If you want to provide alcohol (beer or wine) for your group, you will need to provide the beverages and sign a legal document accepting liability for your group. There is also a small up-charge of $2.00 per person when alcohol is added to your event to cover extra glassware, etc. needed.
Photos and Videogram Option: If you would like to have photos taken of your group in action preparing and enjoying the meal together, there will be an additional fee of $50.00.
Payment: Prices above are based on paying cash or with a check. If you must pay by using a credit card, there will be a 3% additional handling fee.
• 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 few weeks lead time. However many items are available via my boutique.
• 50% of the total estimated fee is due when booking your event.
Team-building Cooking 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
“It was very useful and fun. It was superb!” February 2014
Martha May, HR, Rockwell Collins
“The team-building experience with Nina was awesome. I’d highly recommend it.” February 2014
Patty Nelson, HR, Rockwell Collins
“Great time getting to know people I thought I knew, even better.” February 2014
Mike Bell, HR, Rockwell Collins
“This was a great experience filled with fun, teamwork and great food!” March 2014
Rod Dooley, HR, Rockwell Collins
“What a fun way to spend time together – creating something we are proud of and learning about each other at the same time.” March 2014
Jacy Haetke, HR, Rockwell Collins
“Nina’s Team-building cooking class was a fun and relaxed way to spend time together and improve our team.” April 2014
Lea Montross, HR, Rockwell Collins
“For a self-disclosed non-cook, I loved it!” April 2014
Mike Miller, HR, Rockwell Collins
“A wonderful host, with an awesome atmosphere for a great team-building experience.” July 2014
Neil Joss, Aegon USA
“The team-building event was great! Quite a hit with our group. It exceeded our expectations of what we wanted to get out of the team-building outing. I’m so glad we came.”
“We really enjoyed the photos and Videogram, too. You did a very nice job!!! It really was a wonderful event for my team! ” August 2014
Lisa Carson, Senior Asset Manager for Aegon USA Realty Advisors, LLC
“It was a unique opportunity to get to know my co-workers while making a wonderful meal together.” August 2014
Brooke McLaughlin, Aegon USA
“The food was amazing and this was a great team-building experience.” September 2014
Jess Bailey, Grainger
“Great time spent with teammates and time to learn about each other.” September 2014
Matt Kinley, Grainger
“Let’s Take a Whisk” – Together!