A: The short answer: Food. Fun. Great people. Adorable décor. The long answer: We host hands-on, brunch & dinner party style cooking classes in a unique & intimate setting. Your group works with our chef-instructor to prep, cook, and enjoy an amazing family-style meal. You leave happy, full, and feeling good about the world.
A: For open events, we keep it cozy with 10-12 people per kitchen. For private events, we can fit up to 24 people in one kitchen and up to 50 if you take over the full space!
A: For open classes, we pick the menu, set the date and time, and then individuals, couples or small groups of folks can sign up for open spots in that class. If you love making new friends and are eager to get your hands dirty in the kitchen, open events are for you!
Private events are best if you have a group of 5 or more, want to pick the menu, rock your own playlist, and have the kitchen all to yourselves.
A: Take a look at our schedule & sign-up page, find the event you want to attend, and sign up right through the website. As a surly old man once told me, "Not everything has to be difficult."
A: Ooh someone loves you and bought you a gift certificate to The Social Table! To use, follow these easy steps:
1) Check out our calendar and find the experience you want to attend.
2) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Tell us the name/date of your chosen event, number of spots you'd like to reserve, and provide the gift certificate # and issue date.
4) We will confirm your reservation in short order!
A: Yes, please give us your money.
A: We add new class dates + menus every 2-3 months to keep up with the changing seasons. If the calendar looks sparse, that probably means we're about to add new events, so stay tuned. If you would like to be notified when new class offerings are posted, ask to join our newsletter and you'll be the first to know.
A: For the quickest response, send an email to email@example.com or give us a call and we’ll get you set up.
A: YES! We encourage you to let the good times roll--that's “dinner party 101.” We love food around here and know how an exceptional drink can enhance your dining experience. We offer a hand-picked assortment of wine & beer for purchase—reasonably priced, we promise. You can also BYOB so grab your favorite bottle of vino or crafty, hipster beer and get on over here.
A: All TST meals are prepared family-style, so we cannot make individual accommodations for open classes. If you have a serious food allergy or dietary restriction and aren't sure if a certain menu will work for you, please let us know. We are here to help. If one menu doesn't work, we will be more than happy to help you find another one that does.
If you’re a private event host you get to build your own menu (freeeedom!), so in that case we’ll work with you ahead of time to avoid any problematic ingredients. Pesky glutens!
A: Whoa! A little early in the relationship to discuss that, don’t you think? Just kidding. ☺. We love working with young chefs! Unless we say otherwise, our open classes are for adults only (21+). At private events, kids of all ages are welcome. In the summer, we hold cooking camps designed specifically for kids (8-12) and teens (13-17). Registration posts in the spring.
A: If your GPS fails you, 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 and on the #73 and #8 bus routes. Uber drives also know us well.
A: In order to provide our guests with the best experience possible, we do adhere strictly to a 1-week cancellation policy. Reservations for open events cannot be refunded or rescheduled within 1-week of the event. No exceptions. If you cannot make it, we recommend that you transfer your reservation to a friend that would enjoy the experience in your place. Thank you for understanding!
A:Gratuity is not included in the ticket price. The Chef-Instructor and Dishwasher are the cornerstone of every great event, so if you enjoyed your experience, tips are sincerely appreciated. Gratuity can be added when you purchase your ticket OR you can give gratuity with cash/credit at the end of your event.
A: If our schedule allows, we do occasionally rent out the kitchen for recipe incubation, photo and video shoots, or team meetings. Ask us for more info!
A: The Social Table is proud to partner with BlueStar Kitchen® which built our ranges --the heart of each kitchen space. We are also proud to serve Nespresso® Coffee and to chop with Victorinox® chef knives.
A: It does.
A: Yep. And we love you for it.