SOURCE: Parties That Cook

March 24, 2008 12:02 ET

Parties That Cook & Crushpad Mix It Up With San Francisco Singles

Parties That Cook and Crushpad Announce the Launch of Cooking Crush, an Innovative Wine Tasting and Cooking Class Geared Toward San Francisco's Lively Singles Scene

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - Parties That Cook®, the nation's premier culinary events company, and Crushpad, San Francisco's urban winery that is democratizing winemaking, today announced the launch of Cooking Crush, an evening of wine tasting and cooking for singles. The official kickoff event will take place Thursday, May 1st, 2008 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Crushpad's state of the art winemaking facility in San Francisco. Tickets are $95 per guest and may be purchased at Admission includes wine tasting and pairing with a menu of international appetizers. Cooking Crush events will be offered on a monthly basis in San Francisco.

Cooking Crush guests will be greeted by the Parties That Cook culinary team and Crushpad winemaking team with a nibble, nametag and glass of wine. A tour of the winery will follow, including explanation of key steps in the winemaking process. Singles will mix and mingle over a series of comparative barrel tastings from Crushpad's library of ultra-premium wines. Each Cooking Crush event will explore a unique wine-tasting theme, such as the wines of the Russian River Valley or blind tasting Rhone whites.

Guests will then be treated to a lively introductory cooking lesson by the Parties That Cook chefs featuring tips such as the fastest way to dice an onion without a tear. Singles will be split into co-ed teams to work on an array of Sumptuous Small Plates designed to pair with the wines being tasted. Each team will work on a recipe from the evening's tapas menu, all while sipping wine and listening to upbeat music. The group will savor the fruits of their labor with new friends, or perhaps a crush! After the event, copies of the recipes, digital photos and e-mail address aliases will be sent to the group.

                     Cooking Crush Launch Party Menu

                Chorizo and Potato Spanish Tortilla Bites
               Cornbread Tartlets with Ricotta and Tomatoes
           Lettuce Cups with Gingery Pork and Shitake Mushrooms
            Miniature Smoked Salmon Croque Monsieur Sandwiches
           Crostini of Fava Beans and Mint with Shaved Pecorino
         Cheddar, Bacon and Leek Quesadillas with Tomatillo Salsa
       Mini Gyros Pita Pockets with Grilled Lamb and Tzatziki Sauce

Visit or call 1-888-907-2665 to purchase tickets to Cooking Crush. Tickets are $95 per guest, space is limited.

About Parties That Cook

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

About Crushpad

Crushpad is a San Francisco-based custom winemaking facility with over 5,000 clients including wine enthusiasts, professional winemakers, wine bars, retailers and restaurateurs. Crushpad specializes in small-lot, luxury wine production from California, Oregon and Washington's most notable vineyards. The company was founded in 2004 by wine industry veterans and technology industry refugees determined to liberate winemaking from its traditional stereotypes of impossible wealth, expansive chateaus and Golden Retrievers. For more information about Crushpad call Hayden Moulds at 415-864-4232 x231 or visit

Contact Information

    Bibby Gignilliat
    Phone: 1-888-907-COOK