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Team Building Activity - Simple Rustic Italian
Team Building Activity - Simple Rustic Italian
The best of Italy awaits as your team gains confidence and cooking skills to take home.
Work with your group in this hands-on team building cooking class covering a number of staple Italian dishes. Guided by Chef David, your team will master classic techniques for a gourmet meal made from scratch.
Whisk together a lemon vinaigrette to top an arugula salad. Next, you'll pound chicken and lightly fry it before topping with capers and lemon for classic piccata. Sauté rapini with a touch of butter to accompany the piccata and learn the secrets to perfect risotto. For dessert, you'll stuff creamy pistachio cannolis.
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
Lemony Arugula Salad
With pecorino cheese, cannellini beans and shallots
With capers, lemon, shallots and parsley
With arborio rice, Parmesan and vegetable stock
With pastry shells, heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and chocolate
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please mention this in the message field when you submit your booking request.
- Minimum Guests 6
- Maximum Guests 12
- Meal Courses 3
- Event Duration 2.5 hours
- Labels Corporate, Gourmet, Group, Italian, Pastry
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef David
14 Mar 2023
Chef David was AWESOME!! We had such a great time. And David's sarcastic humor was top notch...and his cooking skills aren't bad either :-P Kidding...he was a great teacher, and very relaxed with so many things happening at once. Any level of cooking skill would do great in this class...and probably any class that is taught by David. Thank you for a wonderful experience!
13 Mar 2023
Chef David is a knowledgeable and fun instructor! It was a great experience!
12 Mar 2023
Terrific class! Chef David was so knowledgeable and we had a ton of fun!
11 Mar 2023
Chef David is a great instructor and I left feeling confident in my culinary skills. I also feel that I will decrease my time in cooking prep now. Thank you for the great experience. ?
27 Feb 2023
Chef David was personable, knowledgeable and overall a blast to cook and learn from. He is a amazing chef and I highly recommend him
12 Feb 2023
High energy. Great teacher. Food was yummy. Nice space.
08 Feb 2023
I will be back ‼️
05 Feb 2023
So incredible, fun, and inviting space! Delicious food too. We've done a class with Chef David twice now, and we plan on coming back for more!
05 Feb 2023
So fun and delicious! David taught us how to make an amazing meal!
05 Feb 2023
This was incredible , will definitely do it again
02 Feb 2023
Chef David is such a pleasure! We absolutely loved our experience. Learned so much about the details of cooking/knife skills and also thoroughly enjoyed his space. So clean and aesthetic and Chef David is so warm and welcoming. We will definitely be returning!
01 Feb 2023
Chef David was efficient and courteous. Definitely learned a lot.
30 Jan 2023
Took a class for knife skills and cooking bruschetta/ratatouille/polenta/mousse and loved it! David was very informative, approachable, and energetic! It was a fun experience to try.
30 Jan 2023
Experience was spectacular! Cooking, learning, networking, and of course enjoying the meal was great.
19 Jan 2023
Had a great class with Chef David!
11 Jan 2023
Great experience! Chef David was personable, taught us ALL the things and the food was savory and delicious!
30 Dec 2022
Chef David was awesome! I can’t wait to take another class!
14 Dec 2022
What an excellent evening! We as a team had the best experience with David and the food was even better than anticipated. The space was great to do the class then also relax and enjoy it. We think we found a new holiday tradition :)
10 Dec 2022
Jacklyn was friendly, knowledgeable, and a great teacher. She kept us all involved and engaged, and guided us in preparing a really tasty meal. Thanks so much
08 Dec 2022
This class was fantastic! Chef David was immediately welcoming and engaging. The space was amazing, the food was great, and it was all thanks to Chef David!
20 Nov 2022
Had an amazing time with David!
13 Nov 2022
Chef David was friendly, knowledgeable, and a fantastic chef to lead our dinner. We had a wonderful time, and truly enjoyed the experience. Can't wait to do another class!!
12 Nov 2022
Our food turned out SO good— perfect way to celebrate a birthday
05 Oct 2022
Chef David was great and so fun to hang out with. David is patient, knowledgeable, and a great teacher. Not to mention the food was incredible! Thank you, David!!
17 Sep 2022
My fiancé and I really enjoyed the class. Chef David was super entertaining and made us feel super comfortable with having him in our home. Will definitely book services again soon!
05 Aug 2022
David was absolutely a fantastic teacher. We had so much fun learning and enjoyed the delicious meal.
23 Jun 2022
Chef David was great! We learned a lot of great cooking and knife techniques.
15 Apr 2022
Chef David was amazing! We celebrated my wife's birthday and we were so pleased with his at home cooking lesson. Not only is Chef David a great teacher, he is patient, kind and funny! It was a blast and we will be scheduling another lesson soon!
02 Apr 2022
We had the best time with Chef David! He was so helpful and patient with us when teaching knife skills. We will definitely be using these skills when we cook in the future. Such a fun, delicious evening!
31 Mar 2022
Chef David came a long way, to the southwest suburbs, and was an absolute blast to have and an incredible instructor. He was high energy and kept us entertained with his own chef stories. The meal prep and cooking was a breeze with his expert instruction and the meal itself was delicious. Chef David's personality and culinary expertise were really a joy to experience.
14 Mar 2022
Chef David was a great teacher and great company. We loved our experience.
22 Feb 2022
Chef David was wonderful! My partner and I had a great time. He gave us great tips, taught us knife skills and was all around a great instructor and person. I would definitely recommend Chef David!
21 Feb 2022
This experience was so much fun! My partner and I both love to cook, but have never taken a formal class and had never made Southern food at home. It was great to have David walk us through everything step by step and even teach us some skills we'll be using everyday from here on out! David is so friendly and getting to know him during our lesson was the icing on the already great cake. We're super excited to make these recipes again for all of our friends and family.
16 Feb 2022
Great chef, great time.
16 Feb 2022
David was amazing. We had so much fun and he’s a great teacher. I appreciated how kind and funny he was. Obviously the food was fantastic. Perfect evening.
11 Feb 2022
Chef David treated my friends to a fantastic evening! They absolutely loved their time with him and LOVED the food!!! This was such a fun wedding gift :)
09 Feb 2022
Chef David was phenomenal! My friends and I learned a lot from him and he was so fun!!
09 Feb 2022
Chef David was amazing, he allowed us to Comfortably be ourselves and gave great instructions on how to prepare the meal. He was early, super friendly and just overall a good time. I learned a few techniques for meal prep and cutting styles that I use in the kitchen… 10/10 would recommend. As soon as some other meals by him are listed we will be booking him again. Thank you.
07 Feb 2022
Chef David was great, the food was very good and we learned something about cooking, cutting and meal prep. Mission accomplished with much fun. We'll be gifting Cozymeal for my son's B-day. Hopefully, David can do that one also.
31 Jan 2022
We love Chef David! They brought such a positive energy to the experience, and were had a very supportive teaching style. The recipes they brought us were delicious and fun to make.
25 Jan 2022
Chef David was an awesome chef to work with! He brought a lot of energy, taught us a bunch of cooking skills/tips, and overall made the night an unforgettable experience. I couldn't recommend him enough!
07 Jan 2022
Chef David was wonderful. He was such a great teacher and we really enjoyed the experience. We will definitely recommend him to our friends and family.
06 Jan 2022
Chef David was incredible. Despite a brief snafu of locking myself out of my apartment, David was super patient, understanding and reassuring while we waited on the locksmith. I'm a pretty inexperienced cooker, and David was the perfect chef and teacher for me (and us). He taught us some really useful techniques the I look forward to using in the future and explained every step of the process throughout. Can't recommend Chef David enough for a class for anyone in the Chicago area!
19 Dec 2021
Our evening with Chef David was amazing! He was so professional, friendly and helpful. I would recommend this experience a million times over. Don't wait, book your evening with Chef David.
13 Nov 2021
Instead of going out to dinner at a restaurant, we thought it would be a great date idea to have Chef David come into our home and cook a meal. We were blown away by how nice and comforting Chef David made us feel. We were both novices in the kitchen and Chef David turned us into the best cooks on this side of the Mississippi. He was very hands on with his teaching and was able to talk us through the whole process clearly and accurately. His personality makes it very easy and fun to have him in your kitchen for 2.5 hours. I would recommend this experience to anyone. 10/10
12 Nov 2021
David was great. Friendly, patient. Taught us a lot. Felt like we had a house guest we had invited over who was teaching us lots! Would recommend
30 Jun 2021
Working with Chef David was awesome. He has a strong background in cooking classes and it was clear that he knows how to teach! He was super professional and very fun to work with. He taught some very useful techniques that I am definitely going to be incorporating into my cooking and I also learned really interesting facts about ingredients that we were using (I have a whole new perspective on cutting peppers now!). I highly recommend Chef David for anyone in the Chicago area.
$ 105 Per person
all-inclusive: 2.5-hour class, 3-course meal and taxes.
Meet your chef
Chef David has spent the past five years working as a culinary instructor at one of Chicago’s premier cooking schools where he teaches hands-on cooking classes covering topics from the building blocks of cooking to intensive boot camp-style classes. Chef David also has experience as a private chef and has spent time working in the kitchen of one of Chicago’s most famous restaurants under a James Beard award-winning chef.
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