How To Holiday in 2020: Interactive Experiences for Your Next Virtual Party
It’s no secret that the holiday season will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Our party planning experts at Lettuce Entertain You have curated fun and delicious virtual experiences from game nights and cocktail classes to pasta making and handroll tutorials for you to plan for your friends, family or co-workers. Fire up those Zoom accounts and check out these ideas for how to throw an epic virtual holiday party.
UNFORGETTABLE INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES
Engage in a litte friendly competition through a series of party-game challenges paired with a meal from Aba, a wine-tasting, or a cooking demo! The Taste of Game Night is a two hour virtual experience and includes your choice of a 30 minute interactive component followed by 90 minutes of party games. This experience is for 12-96 participants, prices vary. To book A Taste of Game Night, contact Liz at DalcyEvents@leye.com.
Interactive Wine Tastings or Wine Pairing Dinners with RPM Restaurants
RPM’s team of Sommeliers can create an educational experience special for you and your guests, whether it be an interactive wine tasting via Zoom or curated coursed menu with wine pairings. The Executive Chef team will lead you through preparing the dinner, while the Wine Director discusses the wine pairing. Travel through Italy, Argentina, Greece and many more exotic destinations with these fun and interactive wine experiences. These virtual classes are available in Chicago or D.C. To book a virtual wine tasting or wine pairing dinner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Happy Hour the Italian Way with Osteria Via Stato
Perfect for a virtual Friday staff get-together or an evening with friends, Osteria Via Stato’s Aperitivo Kit includes a personal cheese and charcuterie box, antipasti and a choice of specialty cocktail or wine. The kit is $45 per person, plus tax and can be picked up at Osteria Via Stato at 620 N. State St. or delivered locally in Chicago, with an additional fee. Please note, this experience does not come with a live Zoom component. To book, contact the special events team at 773-433-5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Gingerbread House Workshop with Beatrix
Get into the holiday spirit with a family-friendly virtual event! Join Beatrix Partner and Executive Pastry Chef, Yasmin Gutierrez as she guides you through an interactive Gingerbread House Workshop. The workshop is approximately 40 minutes and includes the history of holiday gingerbread, tips and tricks to decorating your gingerbread house and more! Each participant will receive an already assembled house, icing, candies and decorative treats. Add-on a Holiday Cocktail Kit for the adults to enjoy and choose from Traditional Eggnog, Mulled Wine or a Cocktail Kit of your choice. The cost is $39.95, plus tax per Gingerbread House Decorating Kit and $45.95, plus tax per Cocktail Kit (serves two), plus a virtual event fee. Contact email@example.com to book this holiday experience.
VIRTUAL COOKING AND BAKING CLASSES
Virtual Burrata Lasagna Making Class with il Porcellino
Make lifelong memories in the kitchen with the il Porcellino famiglia during an interactive Virtual Burrata Lasagna Cooking Class. Guests will be provided with all the ingredients, plus antipasti like Tuscan Cheese Bread and Green Chopped Salad and led by the chef team on how to make this decadant dish. The class is $49.95, per person, plus tax. Guests will pick up their cooking kits the day of the virtual event at 59 W. Hubbard St., in Chicago. Looking to cook but lasagna isn’t your thing? The il Porcellino team can customize a menu just for you and your guests. To book this experience, contact Allie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon Ami Gabi’s new Virtual French Cooking Classes showcase the steps to creating a three-course dinner including Frenchie Meatloaf in a lentil-bacon sauce with pommes purée, for $75 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Add on Mon Ami Gabi Pinot Noir for an additional cost. Guests will also have the opportunity to ask questions and personalize the experience. To book one of the Mon Ami Gabi chefs for a Virtual French Cooking Classes, contact email@example.com or call 773-348-8886 with your preferred dates, group size and any questions. Pick-up is available at the restaurant, with local delivery at an additional cost.
Osteria Via Stato’s Italian-Style Cooking or Baking Classes
Looking for a hands-on experience? Osteria Via Stato can help you host chef-led live Zoom cooking and baking classes. Executive Chef David DiGregorio will take you step-by-step in creating Hand-Rolled Ricotta Cavatelli. The cooking experience features an antipasti, a seasonal hands-on preparation of pan-sauteed Ricotta Cavatelli, along with a finished dessert, Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta. The kit is $59 per person, plus tax and can be picked up or delivered locally in downtown Chicago, with an additional fee. Add a bottle of Sommelier-selected sparkling, red or white with for $20, plus tax. Prefer to skip right to dessert? Osteria’s Apple Crostata Baking Class teaches you how to make the Italian version of an Apple Pie. The baking kit includes a chef’s rolling pin, pastry cutter and ingredients for three full crostatas. The kit and class is $59 per person, plus tax and this experience is available to ship nationwide. To book one of Osteria Via Stato’s interactive classes, contact the special events team at 773-433-5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rollin’ with Naoki: Sushi Rolling Class
Join Sushi Chef Naoki Nakashima for a hands-on sushi rolling class featuring two of his most popular rolls, the Spicy Tuna and Salmon & Shrimp. The class includes a pre-recorded video sharing all of Chef Naoki’s tips on choosing the freshest fish, perfecting the perfect roll and how to customize your sushi at home. A sushi rolling mat, finished dessert and ingredients for four rolls are included in the kit which is $89, plus tax. This kit can be picked up 5 W. Ontario St. or delivered locally in Chicago, with an additional fee. To book, contact the special events team at 773-433-5330 or email email@example.com.
Virtual Pasta Making Class with RPM Restaurants
RPM Italian’s Chef Christian Fantoni leads guests through the tips and tricks of making your favorite pasta shapes via a live Zoom. Add on appetizers and a dessert to complete the meal. No special equipment is necessary and the cooking classes can be customized based on your tastes, budget and skill level. Prefer to focus on something sweet? RPM’s pastry team can also put together baking classes for you to re-create some of their signature desserts at home. These kits are available in Chicago and D.C. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to create your Virtual Pasta Making Class.
Create the Ultimate Virtual Seafood Experience with Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago
From a Sushi Rolling Class to an Oyster Shucking Demo, Shaw’s is bringing the experience of your favorite crab house right to your home. Choose from a Virtual Sushi Rolling Class with Chef Naoki who will teach you and your guests how to make hand rolls. Each sushi kit, priced at $35 per person, plus tax, includes all the ingredients to create a Tuna and Cucumber Hand Roll, Salmon Avocado Hand Roll, Yellowtail Scallion Hand Roll and sides. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to shuck an oyster, plan a Virtual Shucking Class with a pre-recorded oyster shucking demo plus oysters. Each kit includes a shucking knife, Shaw’s apron, housemade hot sauce, and a voucher for a dozen oysters for $65, plus tax. If you prefer to host a Virtual Dinner party, treat your group to a Build-Your-Own Lobster Roll or Surf & Turf Dinner. Each kit comes with all the ingredients for a full meal, plus instructions on how to put it together, price varies based on selections. To book one of the virtual experiences at Shaw’s, contact Erin at email@example.com.
Virtual Sushi Making Class with Sushi-San
From handrolls to maki, Master Sushi Chef Kaze Chan can share how to make it all with this interactive and virtual experience. Learn how to make different types of maki like hosomaki, chumaki and futomaki and get tips on how to make the perfect sushi rice. Guests will then roll their own maki along with the sushi chef. Guests will be provided with everything they need to make the maki at home including a makisu as well as an assortment of snacks from Sushi-San to enjoy throughout the class. Prefer handrolls? The team can also coordinate a handroll making class. The class is $75, per person, plus tax and the kits can be picked up at 63 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago the day of the event. To book this experience, contact Allie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef Cory Morris is offering cooking classes where all your guests will receive a comprehensive grocery list, personalized recipe and an interactive, step-by-step Zoom cooking class. Explore the Whole30 style of clean and healthful eating and learn to make a Whole Roasted Seasonal Fish or Grilled Steak with Romesco. Prefer to spice things up? Experience an introduction to Indian cooking with the classic dish, Chicken Tikka Masala. In addition to the grocery list and personalized recipe, this option comes with a custom spice mix that is $25 per person, plus tax. The chef fee ranges from $750 – $1,000, plus tax pending the dish chosen. To book, contact the special events team at 773-433-5330 or email email@example.com.
Taco Bars, Margarita Making Kits & Classes with Tallboy Taco
It’s the perfect pair: tacos and margaritas and you really can’t have one without the other, right? Tallboy Taco is offering Taco Bars, Margarita Kits and Classes that will transport you to the beach vacation you wish you were on this holiday season. Join a mixologist-led Zoom Margarita Class and add on a build-your-own Taco Bar featuring hand-pressed corn and flour tortillas, traditional toppings, and your choice of protein. The Margarita Kit includes Casamigos Tequila (375ml), fresh limes, three housemade mixes; Yuzu Sour, Hibiscus Lemonade, and Pineapple Agua Fresca, lime-tajin salt, plus a cocktail jigger and collectable Cantaritos glassware for $65 per kit, plus tax. The Taco Bar for two guests is $49.95, plus tax and for four guests is $99.95, plus tax. If you opt to include the live Zoom with the mixologist, the fee is $250, plus tax. The kits can be picked up at Tallboy Taco located at 676 N. St. Clair St. To book contact the special events team at 773-433-5330 or email Tallboycatering@leye.com.
VIRTUAL COCKTAIL EXPERIENCES
Beatrix Cocktail Boxes for Your Office Happy Hour
Looking for a fun (and safe!) way to say “thanks!” to your team at the office or celebrate an upcoming milestone with family & friends? Enjoy Beatrix’s cocktail kit boxes that come complete with recipe cards, shakers, perfectly portioned ingredients and all you need to mix up a Pineapple Habanero Margarita. Each box yields about two cocktails and is $42.95, plus tax. Please note, this experience does not come with a live or taped Zoom experience. To order, email Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Beatrix location nearest you.
Mix Up a Negroni with il Porcellino’s Virtual Negroni Making Class
Learn the history and technique behind one of Italy’s most iconic cocktails, the Negroni, as well as multiple variations to try at home with il Porcellino’s Beverage Manager, Kiva Wenig, for this virtual experience. Guests are provided with all the ingredients to make the cocktails along with antipasti like Housemade Focaccia, Prime Beef Meatballs, Di Stefano Burrata, Green Chopped Salad, and Tiramisu for dessert. The class is $65.95 per person, plus tax and the kits can be picked up the day of the event at il Porcellino at 59 W. Hubbard St. To book contact Allie at email@example.com.
Cocktail or Mocktail Making Class with RPM Restaurants
RPM Restaurants introduced a fully customizable experience that comes with all the ingredients and real-time professional guidance to enjoy a special occasion at home. Perfect for date night, group happy hour, birthday parties, corporate events and more. For groups located across the country, opt for a mocktail experience and the RPM team will curate a gift box filled with all of the ingredients and garnishes needed, sans the alcohol. Join a live Zoom with RPM’s beverage team as they teach everyone how to add the spirit of their choice if they so choose. Email firstname.lastname@example.org book your personalized virtual cocktail party.
Virtual Wine Pairing Experience with Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago
Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago is offering the ultimate wine pairing experience with Sommelier, Kat Hawkins. Customize your wine experience with either a pairing menu, happy hour or wine tasting awith pre-selected half bottles of wine and Kat will walk you through the suggested bottles via a live Zoom. To create your custom wine tasting experience with Shaw’s, contact Erin at email@example.com.
Book a Virtual Mai Tai Class with the tiki experts! Master mixologist Kevin Beary will take you through the history of tiki culture and share how to create the featured cocktail. The virtual cocktail classes start at $250 for an hour class, plus the cost of the Mai Tai package which ranges from $35 for the package without rum, plus tax or $65 for the package with rum, plus tax. Shipping can be done locally or nationally. If whiskey is more your thing, book a customized virtual whiskey tasting with the Bub City team. To book a Virtual Mai Tai Class email ThreeDotsParties@leye.com. To book your customized virtual whiskey class, email BubCityParties@leye.com.
Limoncello Making Class with Osteria Via Stato
Join a mixologist-led live Zoom Limoncello making class and learn the history, tips and tricks to create this traditional Italian digestive. The kit includes an infusion jar, two bottling jars, simple syrup, funnel, strainer, peeler and recipe card. This kit is $74 per person, plus tax or add a bottle of Basic Vodka and lemons for $49, plus tax, per person. The kit can be shipped nationally without alcohol included or picked-up at Osteria Via Stato at 620 N. State St. To book, contact the special events team at 773-433-5330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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