Frequently Asked Questions:
Private Events @ Cooks
Where can I find more details about virtual events?
More details about our Kitchen Connections - Social Events can be found here. To have all of your questions answered, please fill out our inquiry form found here, or call us at 651.288.7237 and our event team will guide you through designing a tasty experience.
What is Cooks' Commitment to the Health and Safety of our guests and employees during COVID-19?
Like so many of you, we spend time learning about COVID-19 and how it's impacting our community. Here at Cooks, that means understanding how it affects our environments and then making the necessary adjustments to our work and operations. We have one objective that guides us: keeping our students and employees safe.
CDC recommendations align with and support Minnesota Food Safety and Handling Standards. In our schools, we use approved food grade sanitizers. Hand washing stations are present in all locations and sanitized frequently. Gloves will be available, but will not replace frequent hand washing in accordance to Minnesota Food Safety and Handling Standards. All utensils and cooking tools are ran through commercial grade dishwashers and environments including workstations/counters/handles/tables/chairs are cleaned both during and after every use. We fully align with all guidelines published by the Minnesota Department of Health.
All of our teams are trained on the importance of safe food handling and leaders are certified by the State of Minnesota.
Employees have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs of sickness or if they have been in contact with someone who has been sick prior to arrival to the cooking school and to stay home. We ask and expect the same of our class attendees.
Guests and employees will have their temperatures taken and be required to wash their hands upon arrival. Guests and employees are also required to wear a mask at all times except for when eating and drinking and are advised to practice social distancing during the class. Cooks will have masks available for purchase.
We will continue to make changes to our protocols and procedures based on CDC and Minnesota Department of Health advisories.
How many guests can you accommodate in your cooking schools?
St. Paul: 50 guests // Minneapolis (North Loop): 125 guests // Stillwater: 20 guests.
How do I get to you, and where do my guests park?
Maps and parking information for our locations can be found the locations page.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes. We also suggest layers since the school may be cold at first, but will heat up as things get cookin’!
Do you provide aprons for cooking in your schools?
Yes. Or you can customize them for your guests to take with. Please inquire about pricing.
What do the kitchens look like?
Visit the Our Spaces page to see images of each location.
Are you handicap accessible?
Can you accommodate food allergies?
Yes, just let us know during the planning stages and we will work our magic with our chefs.
Do we receive the recipes from the menu that we cook?
Yes! Each guests will receive a packet of recipes that includes the various courses prepared. We can even provide them to you in advance to place your own custom touches on them.
How do I schedule a private event?
We suggest that you plan at least six to eight weeks out in order to reserve your preferred date. Once you are ready to solidify a date, a signed agreement and deposit are required to make your reservation.
Do you have set private event times?
Being that the event is custom, you get to pick your start time, provided we have availability. We can host private groups for brunch, lunch, dinner and everything in between!
What if I have to cancel?
We hope that you do not have to miss out on the fun! But if you do, please contact our event sales team and they’ll walk you through the process.
Does pricing differ between weekdays or weekends?
Being that everyone eats on a daily basis, we believe that our pricing should not change based on the day of the week. We do maintain food and beverage minimums for private groups at each of our locations. Please contact us for more details.
How long does a hands-on cooking event last?
We ask that guests block their calendars for a 3-hour window of time for events happening in our cooking schools and approximately one hour for virtual events. This allows for a bit of social time on the front end to get a glass of wine, snack on an appetizer, then dive into the cooking and wrap up with dining. A professional chef and culinary team will be with you throughout the experience.
Can I customize the event to my tastes?
Yes. We can customize the menu, the beverages, the timeline, and style of experience. Our event team is happy to think outside the box with you!
Can I rent your kitchen without hosting a cooking event?
Yes. Our kitchens are available for meetings, focus groups, photo shoots, videography or commercial cooking, just to name a few ideas. Rental pricing is per hour. Please contact us for more details and custom needs.