If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.
— Cesar Chavez

Corporate Team Building At Prep Kitchen Essentials

We approach corporate team building from the premise that good food inevitably brings out the best in people. Teamwork, coordination and cooperation are keys to success both at work and in the kitchen.

Our hands-on cooking classes foster cooperation among coworkers, highlight the skills of individual team members and enhance their abilities to work together effectively.

Corporate clients include Toyota, Apriem, Boeing, Wells Fargo, Too Faced, Tangram, Hurley, Gallo, Blizzard Entertainment, Generations Healthcare, TD Waterhouse, Long Beach Visitors and Convention Bureau, Merrill Lynch, Price Waterhouse, Wachovia Securities, Living Spaces and many more.

Culinary contests and competitions can be at the core of your class where you will be awarded points for categories like organization, cooperation, taste and presentation. 

For a unique and fun way to reward your employees, schedule a private cooking class that allows them to learn, share, and enjoy great food and good times far removed from the workplace.  From holiday celebrations to retirement parties, or to just get away for an afternoon, we provide the perfect venue and entertaining activities for company fun.

It not a secret: kitchens make great gathering places. Our kitchen is a fantastic place to host a group of clients and enjoy a social or business meal. Our surroundings are warm, inviting and professional and the food is delicious. Our classes provide an informative, casual, and cost-effective environment for your company to build new business relationships and acknowledge established ones.

Following is a partial list of classes and recipes we offer. Class time allows for about 5 recipes, depending on complexity. The themes and recipes below can be used for ideas and guidelines and are among our most popular private event recipes.  We are happy to provide full or partial guidance in the menu selection process. See menu suggestions below or download the entire list here:


  • Avocado, Burrata, Tomato Crostini
  • Bagna Caude with Bread & Crudités
  • Blue Cheese Soufflé
  • Braised Meatballs in Red-Wine Gravy
  • Brie & Apricot Crostini
  • Bruschetta
  • Chicken Saté with Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Cranberry Brie Bites
  • Parmesan Crusted Brussels Sprouts
  • Croquet Monsieur Palmers
  • Curried Deviled Eggs
  • Garlic Cheddar Bites
  • Flank Steak Crostini with Tomato Remolade
  • Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps
  • Fondue (Cheese, Meat) with Bread & Crudités
  • Goat Cheese Soufflé
  • Goat Cheese, Tomato Puffs
  • Grilled Salmon Skewers with Citrus Miso Sauce
  • Gruyere Gougers


  • Butternut Squash Soup with Fried Sage Leaves
  • Chicken Matzo Ball Soup
  • French Onion Soup with Gruyère Toasts


  • Mixed Greens with Beets & Goat Cheese and Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Blue Cheese Wedge Salad
  • Caprese Salad with Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil
  • Chopped Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
  • Chopped Italian Salad
  • Cobb Salad
  • Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese & Shallot Dressing
  • Mediterranean Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, Feta
  • Mixed Green Salad with Blue Cheese, Pears, Cranberries Walnuts, & Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Mixed Green Salad with Shaved Fennel, Orange, Feta Cheese, & Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Mixed Green Salad with Strawberries Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

PASTA MAKING CLASS – Pasta Made From Scratch

  • Baked Ravioli with Sausage
  • Campanelle Pasta with Sausage & Beans
  • Cannelloni with Meat Sauce
  • Cavatelli Pasta with Shrimp, Peas, & Mascarpone
  • Classic Ragu Bolognese
  • Classic Spaghetti Carbonara
  • Fettuccini with Pesto
  • Linguini with Shrimp, Tomatoes, & Feta Cheese
  • Pasta Primavera (Garden Vegetables)
  • Pasta with Cream, Peas, Parsley, & Mint
  • Pasta with Tuna, Capers, & Anchovies


  • Flatbreads with Assorted Toppings
  • Fresh Corn, Red Pepper, Sausage, & Fontina
  • Gorgonzola & Pear and Caramelized Onions Pizza
  • Grilled Eggplant Tapenade & Fresh Mozzarella


  • Artichoke Lasagna with Béchamel
  • Chicken Picatta
  • Chicken Saltimbocca
  • Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
  • Pasta al Pomodoro
  • Pork Roast braised with Milk & Fresh Herbs


  • Baba Ganoush
  • Braised Chicken in Aromatic Sauce
  • Broccolini with Olives & Garlic
  • Citrus MIso Salmon with Fragrant Couscous
  • Date & Walnut Phyllo Rolls with Greek Yogurt & Honey
  • Greek Yogurt & Honey
  • Greek Salad
  • Melitzanes Imam (Spiced Eggplant)
  • Meze Platter with Hummus, Tapenade and Bagna Cuada
  • Moussaka


  • Braised Beef in a Red Wine Sauce with Creamy Polenta
  • Frisée Salade with Goat Cheese & Hot Bacon Vinaigrette
  • Garlic & Gruyère Mashed Potatoes
  • Leek & Potato Gratin
  • Macaroni Gratin
  • Mediterranean Braised Lamb


  • Ajillo Mushrooms (Garlic Mushrooms)
  • Alcachofas en su Salsa (Artichokes in Their Sauce)
  • Arroz con Leche (Rice with Milk)
  • Empanadas
  • Ensalada Andaluza
  • Escalivada (Roasted Vegetables)
  • Gazpacho
  • Sausage with Sweet Peas and Mint
  • Tomato Toasts with Manchego and Romesco Sauce
  • Roasted Cauliflower and Manchego Hand Pies
  • Ceviche
  • Artichoke and Asparagus in Green Garlic Sauce
  • Ham and Chicken Croquettes
  • Montego & Caramelized Onion Empanadillas
  • Paella a la Valenciana
  • Paella Vegetarian
  • Patatas Bravas (Crisp, Spiced Potatoes)


  • Apricot Yogurt Cake with Orange Honey Syrup
  • Beghrir (Flatbread)
  • Chicken Tagine With Chickpeas
  • Apricots & Almonds
  • Couscous with Olives & Roasted Tomatoes
  • Moroccan Chicken Stew with Chickpeas, Kale and Sweet Potatoes
  • Fish Tagine with Peppers And Olives


  • Chana Masala
  • Curried Chickpeas with Onions & Green Chiles
  • Curried Spinach with Saag Paneer
  • Dahl Cooked in Coconut Curry
  • Fire Roasted Eggplant
  • Lamb Tikka with Crispy Onions
  • Mattar Paneer
  • Murch Korma

SUSHI (Sushi classes incur additional cost per person)

  • California Rolls
  • Caterpillar Rolls
  • Crunchy Shrimp Rolls
  • Cucumber Sake Cups
  • Miso Soup
  • Perfect Sushi Rice


  • Asian Grilled Salmon
  • Asian Noodle Salad with Marinated Flank Steak
  • Bao Dumplings
  • Braised Bok Choy with Garlic
  • Buddha’s Delight
  • Char Siu Bao (Steamed Buns with Barbecued Pork Filling)
  • Chow Mein
  • Fried Rice
  • Garlic Spareribs
  • Ginger Scallion Noodles (ala Momofuku)
  • Green Prawns with Noodles
  • Green Papaya Salad
  • Jet Tila’s Pad Thai
  • Long Life Noodles
  • Pan Seared Sesame Salmon with Ponzu Sauce


  • Caramelized Onion Risotto
  • Mushroom Risotto
  • Risotto Milanese (Parmesan & Saffron)
  • Risotto with Artichokes & Parmesan
  • Risotto with Asparagus, Peas & Prosciutto
  • Risotto with Radicchio
  • Risotto with Tuscan Kale & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • Russ Parson’s Asparagus & Shrimp Risotto


  • All Salads above are or can be Vegetarian
  • All Flatbreads above are or can be Vegetarian
  • All Pastas and Risottos above are or can be Vegetarian
  • Farro, Radicchio & Roasted Beet Salad
  • Fettuccine Primavera
  • Fettuccine with Sundried Tomato Pesto & Feta Cheese
  • Mixed Grilled Vegetables with Garlic, Herb, & Citrus Marinade
  • Moroccan Chick Pea Stew
  • Pasta with Arugula, Spinach, Preserved Lemons, & Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Pasta with Mushrooms, Herbs, & a White Wine Cream Sauce
  • Pasta with Seasonal Vegetables & a Goat Cheese
  • Penne with Zucchini & a Lemon Caper Herb Sauce
  • Raclette -Melted Cheese with Potatoes, & Charcuterie
  • Romano Cheese & Herb Omelettes
  • Savory Crepes (Cheese, Mushroom, Herbs)
  • Seasonal Vegetable Frittata
  • Spanish Tortilla with a Tomato Sauce


  • Beef Burgundy
  • Braised Beef Stroganoff
  • Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomatoes with a Pan Sauce
  • Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry with Asian Vegetables
  • Chicken Braised with Mushroom, Tarragon Cream Sauce
  • Cuban Braised Pork with Rice
  • Grilled Chicken & Vegetable Skewers
  • Grilled Flank Steak or Grilled Chicken with Sundried Tomato Pesto
  • Grilled Rib-Eye with a Bearnaise Sauce
  • Herb Crusted Pork Roast with a Mustard Cream Sauce
  • Herb Roasted Whole Chicken with Homemade Gravy
  • Lemon Chicken Roasted with Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes, & Artichokes
  • Mediterranean Roast Pork with Mustard Herb Sauce
  • Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with a Lemon & Caper Pan Sauce
  • Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with a Mushroom Cream Sauce
  • Pan Seared or Baked Salmon with Fresh Mango Salsa
  • Pan Seared or Oven Baked Salmon with Lemon Oil
  • Pan Seared Pork Chops with a Mushroom, Shallot Sauce
  • Pan Seared Steak with a Brandy, Mushroom Pan Sauce
  • Pan Seared Tuna or Salmon with a Ponzu Sauce
  • Peruvian Steak and Potato Stir Fry
  • Poached Fish with Dill Sauce
  • Pork Chops with Apples & Brandy Cream Sauce


  • Braised Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Bechamel and Bread Crumbs
  • Caramelized Onion Rice Pilaf
  • Caramelized Onion Risotto
  • Celery Root & Potato Gratin
  • Garlic & Herb New Potatoes
  • Garlic Oven Fries
  • Garlic Smashed Potatoes
  • Glazed Carrots with Cardamom & Spices
  • Gratin Dauphinois (Potato Gratin)
  • Greek Style Israeli Couscous
  • Green Beans with Shallots & Mushroom Cream Sauce
  • Gruyère & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Haricots Verts (Green Beans with Garlic & Parsley Butter)
  • Herb & Parmesan Polenta
  • Herb & Parmesan Risotto
  • Herbed Couscous
  • Leek & Potato Gratin
  • Lemony Brussels Sprout Slaw
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Orzo with Peas & Parmesan
  • Perfect Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Root Vegetables


  • Almond, Pear, & Rosemary Tart
  • Almond, Yogurt, & Olive Oil Cake
  • Apple & Cherry Tart with Whipped Cream
  • Apricot Yogurt Cake with Orange Honey Syrup
  • Bittersweet Soufflés
  • Blueberry Cobbler with Vanilla Whipped Cream
  • Bourbon Pecan Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream
  • Burgundy Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce & Whipped Cream
  • Butterscotch Pots de Cremes
  • Chocolate Cabernet Torte
  • Chocolate Caramel Tart
  • Chocolate Pots de Crème with Spiced Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Soufflé
  • Chocolate Tart with Crème Fraiche & Fleur de Sel
  • Classic Apple Tart with Whipped Cream
  • Cranberry Poached Pears
  • Cardamom Shortbread Cookies
  • Crepes with Orange Sauce
  • Cupcakes of Any Kind
  • Flambéed Bananas with a Rum Caramel Sauce & Crème Fraiche
  • Flambéed Peaches with Spiced Whipped Cream
  • Fondues
  • French Apple Tart with Cranberries & Streusel Topping
  • Fresh Strawberry Tart with Crème Fraiche & Balsamic Reduction
  • Lemongrass Pot de Crèmes
  • Lemon Chiffon Pie with Gingersnap Crust


  • Bread Basics
  • Cake Basics
  • Cake Decorating
  • Cupcakes
  • Julia Child

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