SOURCE: Parties That Cook

November 21, 2008 09:01 ET

Bailout This Year's Holiday Party With Appetite Stimulus Plan

In an Emergency Effort to Bailout Company Holiday Parties Across the US, Parties That Cook® Announces the "Appetite Stimulus Plan," a Comprehensive Solution to This Season's Corporate Cutbacks That Will Prevent Holiday Party Cancellations Nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 21, 2008) - Parties That Cook® (, the nation's premier culinary events company, today announced the "Appetite Stimulus Plan," a do-it-yourself holiday party where guests attend a cooking class, create a gourmet meal, then sit-down to a dining celebration. At a fraction of the cost of traditional holiday galas, forward-thinking companies across the US are turning to these interactive cooking parties as a clever way to stretch this year's corporate budget while still rewarding employees, building morale, and even doubling as a team building exercise. Parties That Cook offers mobile service in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Wine Country, Chicago Area, and Los Angeles, so companies don't even need to leave the office to host a holiday gathering.

"Nothing brings people together quite like the universal language of food," says Parties That Cook Founder and Executive Chef Bibby Gignilliat. "In the kitchen, there's an even playing field, where the admin, boss, and mailroom manager all have a chance to work together, learn from each other, and bond over a common goal." A former member of Williams-Sonoma, Inc.'s marketing team, Chef Gignilliat has been throwing cooking parties for nine years and received national acclaim for cooking party events that promote teamwork, boost morale, create community, and help colleagues bond over their culinary creations.

The most popular "Appetite Stimulus Plan" option is the Kitchen Challenge event, which draws inspiration from popular TV show Iron Chef, and takes the cooking party concept to the next level. Teams of guests compete against each other in a timed culinary showdown, where each team must come up with a themed meal with surprise ingredients and coaching from professional chefs. The team that whisks up the best entree for the judges' palate wins a prize based on presentation, teamwork, and taste. Everyone is deemed a winner at the dining celebration that follows.

"This was the most successful event we have done. The event really helped our team get to know one another. People let loose and got involved with one another. Our team was really tired by end of day, but once we got cookin' the whole party lit up! All morning today everyone was thanking me for such a great night," notes Parties That Cook customer Ashley Miller of Yoga Journal.

In a year of downsizing and economic turmoil, Parties That Cook's "Appetite Stimulus Plan" is saving one holiday party at a time with affordable and accessible cooking-themed events that build teamwork and provide a delicious dining reward for hard-working employees.

About Parties That Cook

Parties That Cook stages deliciously fun corporate team building events and cooking class parties in rented professional kitchens and private homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area -- including San Jose, Silicon Valley and Wine Country, Los Angeles and Chicago -- including its suburbs. For more information or to book a cooking school event, please visit or call 1-888-907-2665.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lauren Hahn
    Phone: 1-888-907-COOK (2665)