Thank you so much for inquiring about my cooking demos and book signings for my brand new cookbook – The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure & Simple! You may have heard from private parties as well as groups and organizations that have invited me that these demos are always a great success, a wonderful fund-raiser, and a real fun night out: Dinner and a Show, as my fans call them! I hope we do some interesting events together.
WHAT OCCASION MIGHT CALL FOR A DEMO/DINNER PARTY?
- A Fund Raiser for your favorite cause or any organization
- Showcasing a line of products
- A date with friends who enjoy cooking as much as you do: we can format this as a workshop or a seminar, where all guests participate, for groups of 10 and under.
- A Sheva Brachot party
- A bridal shower party
- A birthday party
- An office party
- A group of older friends or colleagues looking to simplify and streamline the preparation of their meals along healthy guidelines, even if it means cooking only for one!
- A group of high school pre- or post-graduate children looking to get primed for cooking on their own.
- Young brides setting up house along wholesome and sensible guidelines
- Empty nesters looking to streamline their meals, nutritiously and with no fuss.
- Young busy moms feeding their families in a jiffy, in good health and in style
PRESENTATION FEE: I charge a flat fee for my presentation, plus transportation costs. The flat fee starts at $1,000.00 and may increase based upon number of guests, location and type of venue. The balance must be paid on the day of the demo. In order to secure the reserved date, I request a 50% deposit. As soon as the date is secured, I get to work: we compose a menu together. Then I work on the recipes, send you shopping ingredient list, utensil list, room layout etc….
Please scroll all the way down to the demo archives for menu ideas!
DEMO TOUR AND LONG DISTANCE TRAVELING: In case of a demo tour (2 or more consecutive demos in the same out-of-town location), host organizations share transportation costs. In cases when the demo venue is long distance and involves flights, I recommend same-city host organizations coördinate between two or even three events on three consecutive days. In this case the presentation fee remains $1000.00 each. In case the organization invites me for just one event at long-distance venues, the single presentation fee will start at $1500.00 for shorter distances (Montreal, Chicago, Florida etc….) and $2000.00 for longer distances (Israel, California, Europe etc…)
ASSISTANTS: We select assistants, the larger the group the more assistants. They are always taken from the guest list, and they are always delighted for the opportunity to work with a chef. We always get more than we need.
PREP WORK: I arrive 2 full hours before the demo is called for. All ingredients must be in the kitchen, assistants must arrive at the same time I do, and we start prepping for the demo.
DEMO TIMING: Demo lasts 2 hours and is followed by dinner. Every guest is handed a booklet of the recipes we are making.
BOOK SIGNING: During (or right after) dinner, we take the time to inscribe my cookbooks for guests who wish to purchase them. Most often, when the authors are present, guests are delighted to buy their books. You can order the books directly from me at wholesale prices, and sell them to your guests at any price you would like, just as long as the final price doesn’t exceed the listed retail price.
SETTING: Since your setting is most often a commercial, institutional, or upscale private kitchen, I trust you have all counter space, oven, stove, refrigeration, etc… The demo takes place in the hall or room adjoining the kitchen. The guests are seated in rows of chairs facing me. I stand from an “island” of 2 8-foot tables, set up with all the ingredients I need for the demo. As soon as the demo ends, we serve dinner, either from a buffet or directly to the guests at their tables.
UTENSILS: Typically, we need the following items for any demo (this list gets refined according to the menu we choose, but these items are constant): A clip-on mike is an absolute must; a solid-color black apron, food processor with all blades, cutting boards, cutting knives, peelers, oven mitts, 2 portable burners for the demo, mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, disposables dishes, cutlery and platters for serving. Everything else: pots, pans, skillets, etc…, we determine after we choose a menu.
VERY LARGE EVENTS (100 guests and over): In the event the demo turns into an all-out catered affair (and it often does), the format is as follows: According to the size group, I arrive a couple days in advance, work with a whole staff and get the whole meal ready, and on party day, the demo is just a dummy for small servings, which doesn’t get eaten. I have done a few events in this format (Chabad Atlanta, Chabad Caracas) which were a great success and where the headcount reached over 300! I will give you estimates for these events as the case may be.
Please do not let this list daunt you. I am a pro, I am very organized, I do this all the time in the most far-flung locations, and the evening is always a great success. I promise you a wonderful event!
Looking forward to cooking with you soon, all the best, Lévana.
Check out previous class schedules for menu ideas:
October 2011 – April 2012
May 2011 – September 2011
October 2010 through April2011
April 2010 through August 2010
October 2009 through March 2010
May 2009 through September 2009
September 2008 through March 2009
May 2008 through September 2008
October 2007 through April 2008
April 2007 through September 2007
October 2006 through March 2007
March 2006 through September 2006
October 2005 through March 2006
May 2005 through September 2005
Here are just some of the venues where I have given a demo:
|Angel Fund. New York City|
|Bloomingdales. Elizabeth, NJ|
|Cantors’ World. Princeton Convention Center, NJ|
|Chabad Chatsworth. Los Angeles, CA|
|Chabad of the Valley. Los Angeles, CA|
|Chabad Studio City. Los Angeles, CA|
|Chabad West Side. New York City|
|Chabad. Boston, MA|
|Chabad. Branford, CT|
|Chabad. Caracas, Venezuela|
|Chabad. Fort Lauderdale, FL|
|Chabad. Los Angeles|
|Chabad. Naples, FL|
|Chabad. Norfolk, VA|
|Chabad. Prospect Heights, NY|
|Chabad. Salt Lake City, UT|
|Chabad. Westmount, Canada|
|Chabad. Westport, CT|
|Chai Center. Birmingham, MI|
|Emek High School. Los Angeles, CA|
|Fairway Supermarket. New York City|
|Hachanasat Kallah. Monsey, NY|
|Javitz Center. New York City|
|Kimpatorin. Brooklyn, NY|
|Kings Supermarket. Short Hills, NJ|
|Machon Chana School. Brooklyn, NY|
|Nachalat Hatorah School. Monsey, NY|
|Park Avenue Synagogue. New York City|
|Private. Beverly Hills, CA|
|Private. Flatbush, NY|
|Private. New Rochelle, NY|
|Private. West Hampton, NY|
|SHARE. Chelsea Piers. New York City|
|UJA. Greenwhich, CT|
|UJA. Philadelphia, PA|
|UJC. Parsippany, NJ|
|Williams-Sonoma. Bergen County|
|Williams-Sonoma. Time Warner Bldg., New York City|
|Y Riverdale. New York City|
|Y Suffolk. Suffolk County, NY|
|Young Israel. Kendall, FL|
|Young Israel. New Rochelle, NY|