Q&A

Q: When do you hold classes and how long do they generally last?

A: Classes are held nightly starting at 6:30 or 7pm and usually last around 3 hours.

Q: How many people are in a class?

A: For open events, we typically keep it cozy with 10-12 people per kitchen. For private parties, we can get up to 24 people in one kitchen and up to 50 if you take over the full space!

Q: Oh, so you teach classes here?

A: In a nutshell yes. The long version is that we host BYOB, dinner party-style cooking classes. You cook (with our guidance), you drink, you eat, we clean up. We also do catered dinners, private brunches, cocktail receptions, and all-around awesome shindigs.

Q: What is the difference between a open Class and a private event?

A: Do you like meeting people? Perhaps making new friends is exhilarating? Then open class are for you! Those are the nights when we pick the menu and people sign up for the open spots and you get to meet, cook, and eat with other guests. Private classes are best if you are determined to make the guest list, pick the menu, and rock your own playlist for a selected night.

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Q: How do I sign up for an Open Class?

A: We release a new class schedule every month with a variety of menus. Just go to our calendar page, click on the date(s) you’re interested in and sign up for open spots! We do limit reservations for open classes to 4 people (so you can make friends).

Q: How do I schedule a private event?

A: To schedule a private event, send an email to reservations@thesocialtable.com or give us a call and we’ll get you set up.

Q: Can I drink while you let me play with fire and sharp objects?

A: YES! We encourage you to let the good times roll (that's dinner party 101) We have a great selection of red, white and sparkling wine available for purchase in-house. We're also BYOB, so you're welcome to bring your favorite bottle of vino or beer (crafty or hipster).

Q: How about kids classes

A: We love working with young chefs! While most of our open classes are for adults only, we throw awesome private kids cooking parties! We keep everything totally hands-on and have menu options to suit all ages. Best birthday ever, anyone?

Q: Where are you located and how do I get to you?

A: Just look for the little yellow house at 819 W. Armitage around the corner from Halsted. We are a few blocks away from the “Armitage” brown line stop, on the #73 and #8 bus routes, and there is both street parking and valet service for those of you that drive. Please see the “Contact Us” page for more information.

Q: Are you able to accommodate my dietary restrictions or food allergies?

A: We’ll do our best but open class menus are pre-set and we cook everything family style. If you do have an allergy/dietary restriction, please let us know at the time of registration and we’ll see what we can do! If you’re a private event host you get to build your own menu (freeeedom!), so in that case we’re happy to work with you ahead of time to avoid any problematic ingredients. Pesky glutens!

Q: Do you sell gift certificates?

A: Yes, please give us your money.

Q: Speaking of cash money, how do I pay?

A: When you sign up using the online calendar, you can enter your credit card info directly through the site. If you did not pay during registration, please call us ASAP. We’ll need a credit card on file to hold your reservation.

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Q: What is your cancellation policy

A: We need 72 hours advance notice if you need to cancel. If you cancel within less than 72 hours of your event, you are responsible for the full cost of your reservation.Keep in mind that seats are transferrable, so if you can't make it but a friend can take your place, that's cool with us!

Q: I had a great time – should I tip the staff?

A: Totally up to you. The chef instructor and our kitchen helpers work hard and love what they do. If you feel they made your experience extra special we're sure they’ll appreciate it.

Q: How do I stay up to date on all things The Social Table?

A: Sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter.

Q: Do you use the kitchen for anything else?

A: We do indeed! We rent out the space for all kinds of fun including private events, recipe incubation, photo and video location shoots, and pop-up dinner parties. We also work with catering companies and others who need access to professional kitchen equipment and workspace on an hourly or long-term basis. Email us (cooking@thesocialtable.com) or call us (773-697-4109) and we can give you more info.

Q: Does bacon make everything better?

A: Yes. Yes it does.

Q: Is it ever okay to eat low-fat cheese?

A: Nope.

Q: Never?

A: Never.