Iron Chef Contest
Health & Nutrition Seminar
Food & Wine Pairing Class
Design a custom class
Looking for a new way to get your staff energized, or a special reward-experience event? Chef JoAnna offers several exciting, fun and educational Team Building class options to meet your specific needs. Each session is customized, so that each event is unique, perfect, and memorable. You may have discovered the perfect event for your business group!
- There's NO strenuous physical activity. No trust-falls. No hula-hoops. No zip-lines. Nothing requires any special exertion.
- Choose a "short & sweet" session as a fun reward, or invest a little more time for an in-depth structured team-building experience.
- Doesn't matter if you can't fry an egg - Everyone's got the skills necessary to be successful in Chef JoAnna's Team Building classes.
Team Building events bring your employees together by encouraging "Face-to-Face" interaction. Chef JoAnna draws on her background in Human Resources to develop food-related activities that help people grow and share with each other in a different setting, giving everyone a chance to collaborate, cooperate and connect in an off-beat and fun experience.
Food is a universal language -- nothing brings people together more than sharing a meal.
Companies can avoid the expense of man-hours spent traveling to & from an offsite venue. Chef JoAnna understands that time is money, and helps you realize a savings advantage. Chef JoAnna will come to your office and do the entire session onsite. (Off-site venues are available, upon request. You can choose to host lunch at the venue, too!)
"Designing Desserts - Team Building Event"
Our Flagship Team Building Class, designed by Chef JoAnna.
As goal oriented team-building exercises, our corporate events are designed to create a bonding type atmosphere. This option encourages cooperation, instead of a format that fosters competition.
This class can be set up in your own office, whether we use a kitchen, common space or the boardroom.
Off-site venues are available, upon request. You can choose to host lunch at the venue, too!
The session typically takes around 3 hours (but can be shortened to 2 if needed), including two hands-on activities. During this time we take photographs which we will post online after the event, for your team to view and enjoy.
Class size depending on the space available, best suited to groups between 8 and 30 participants.
"Iron Chef" Style Contest
Best for blending groups of people who don't usually work together.
It's natural for people to want to remain in their own comfort zone, but when everyone's chopping veggies, stirring sauces, and garnishing desserts, you're going to interact on a very intimate level with those on your team.
Chef JoAnna takes pride in delivering a fun, dynamic, and mouth-watering event every time. Clients respond with raves about their experience!
The session typically takes around 4 hours from start to finish. Depending on the skill level of your participants, you can have your team make the entire meal, or just a single course such as the appetizer or the dessert. (Chef JoAnna will provide the additional courses; catering fees will apply).
Class size depending on the space available, best suited to groups between 8 and 16 participants.
Ignite creativity with mouth-watering smells and delicious flavors!
Do you have a team of writers or other creative people who need something new and interesting to motivate them? Perhaps you have a group of scientists, or people you want to think like scientists?
Everyone has fun while tasting new & interesting foods! This guided tasting is much more than a plate of Hors d'Oeuvres and a cocktail! Teams of pairs take turns to figure out what they're eating, using all their senses while sharpening their communication skills,and understanding how suggestion and predisposition alters perception. Teams get switched up and rotated "speed dating" style, so everyone gets to sit with new teammates for each part of the class.
Participants get to enjoy the nuances of flavors they haven't considered before. They'll exercise their descriptive vocabulary & listening skills while giving their tastebuds a workout.
This class is short and sweet, and can be completed with only two hours of active staff participation.
Can be done on-site in your office space. Off-site venues are available, upon request. You can choose to host lunch at the venue, too!
Class size depending on the space available, best suited to groups between 8 and 25 participants.
Health & Nutrition Seminar
This team building event teaches healthy cooking plus a whole lot more.
Food has always brought people together, and this "Hands-On" class focus on a team approach to making all dishes from scratch. Learning to cook healthy foods is a great way to build camaraderie within your company.
Chef JoAnna explains and demonstrates key techniques, while each team creates and learn by doing. After cooking together for about one and a half hours, teams will sit down, relax, and eat! Chef JoAnna and her staff handle all the clean up.
Class size depending on the space available, best suited to groups between 8 and 14 participants. For larger groups at your home or office, consider a demonstration class, for up to 25 participants.
Off-site venues are available, upon request.
Food & Wine Pairing Class
Celebrate the achievement of important company milestone with a wine tasting class!
Let's face it, your well-paid staff doesn't need another embroidered fleece jacket or insulated mug. When your team has earned a reward, give them a fun experience instead of another trinket.
Research indicates that "experiences" make us happier than "things"... Chef JoAnna's Food & Wine Pairing Class will not only be a wonderful evening shared by your team, it will give them practical knowledge of how to select and enjoy wine.
Read more here: Chef JoAnna's Food & Wine Pairing Class
Class size depending on the space available, best suited to groups between 6 and 16 participants.
Off-site venues are available, upon request. You can choose to host a meal at the venue, after the tasting.
No matter which format you choose, all lessons cover:
- Proper cooking techniques
- Plating and presentation techniques
- Planning, timing and service
- Safety & sanitation instruction
- Nutrition and health information
Of course, every participant will receive recipes for everything taught in class. If you make something spontaneously, Chef JoAnna will prepare a document and send it via e-mail after the sesson.
Design a custom class!
- Because you're working with a professional chef, everyone can be accommodated. If you have vegetarians, vegans, folks who keep kosher, or folks who require gluten-free or allergen-free food, it's fine. All classes can be adjusted so that everyone can participate.
- You can pre-arrange your teams so that people who need to work together can do so, or choose to have randomized team assignments.
- Private instruction, in your own office, is less intimidating than going to a "professional" training kitchen.
- Because the event takes place in your office, Chef JoAnna doesn't have any overhead costs to pass along. Not to mention, you save the expense of compensating employee travel time!
- Off-site venues are available, upon request. You can choose to host lunch at the venue, too!
- Chef JoAnna has no retail store affiliation, so you won't listen to any sales pitch for expensive kitchen equipment.
When you've decided on a food-related team building activity, Chef JoAnna is the best choice. She has a passion for the culinary arts that shows through with every event. A natural teacher, she will explain, clarify, and explain again until everyone understands and is comfortable.
How can I prepare for a Team Building event?
Once you've booked a event Chef JoAnna will send a questionnaire to help define your goals, so that she can help you reach them. Depending on your group, you may want to gather info from your participants ahead of the event, as well. Just choose a date, and reserve a space (conference room, kitchen, lunch area, etc.) for the entire day, to allow for set up and clean up. Decide if you want to bring in lunch or refreshments, and make sure you allot additional time for service.
How long do Team Building lessons last?
You should allow at between 2 to 4 hours for any of these sessions. Chef JoAnna will arrive an hour early to set up, and will stay until the clean up is complete.
What does a Team Building session cost?
Costs vary depending on what you want to do and how many people will be attending the lesson.
Fees always include:
- Chef's time, including the time spent preparing the lesson and shopping for groceries*
- Each participant will receive an apron and a chef's toque, which is theirs to keep.
- Personalized instruction, with detailed explanations before the activity and coaching throughout the event.
- Use of specialized tools such as a Crème Brûlée torch, pasta machine, mandoline or other equipment
- Recipe booklets, including Safety & Sanitation guidelines and class-related materials, customized for your group.
- Guided debriefing with a question & answer session.
- Participants will receive a certificate customized to the event, with awards and prizes as applicable.
- ...and of course, Chef JoAnna and her staff will handle all the clean up.
Note: Cost of groceries may not be included in the class fee. Receipts will be presented for reimbursement on the date of the lesson.
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