The Chopping Block has been bringing people together over food and wine for over 24 years. Now, we're doing it online with our virtual private cooking event programming. Our award-winning virtual events are boosting company employee morale and/or personal loved ones' joy, as people are gathering together over food and wine virtually.
These virtual experiences are designed for guests interested in planning a cooking activity privately for their family, friends, colleagues and or clients, near or far and all together! Our team will work directly with you to create a fun, engaging and educational experience.
Choose from four different types of virtual private event experiences:
These private virtual Cook Along events will engage guests in a fun cooking activity as you cook together in real time with your very own private chef guiding you and providing feedback on what's happening in your kitchen along the way. You'll enjoy interacting and cooking together with your guests near and far.
These virtual experiences will educate you and your guests with entertaining and delicious global recipes paired with fun cocktails. In these events, guests can choose their level of engagement to do as much or as little cooking and mixing as they like.
These private virtual "Mix-A-Longs" events will educate and engage you and your guests while having fun mixing along delicious cocktails in real time with your very own private mixologist guiding you along the way.
These private virtual wine tasting events will provide your very own private sommelier to educate you and your guests with fun, entertaining and insightful wine knowledge. Taste and cheers with each other, near or far.
Spring menus are available March through May 2022.
Grilling menus are available May through October 2022.
We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Wild Fork to provide gourmet ingredients for select custom menus for our virtual private cooking events. Wild Fork's high-quality ingredients pair perfectly with our professional-level of instruction to bring your colleagues, friends, or family members together over food, no matter where you are located. Learn more about Wild Fork and why Frozen is Fresher.
Choose from four custom menus featuring Wild Fork foods and have the ingredient kits delivered to your guests' home or office prior to the virtual private event.
Fill out our virtual private events inquiry form to begin the conversation to get you and your family, friends, colleagues or your fabulous clients cooking together with The Chopping Block!
"Hosting an event for 110 virtual staff can get complicated, but The Chopping Block made our virtual event so easy. Planning the event was seamless and Sara, our instructor, was fantastic. Our cookinar was so helpful as we all learned cooking tips and tricks, and the recipes were easy to follow. I've heard nothing by high praises from our staff members. We would definitely look into another event at The Chopping Block!"
-Emily Petraglia, American College of Chest Physicians
"The event was above and beyond our expectations as Chef Sara was a very engaging instructor and we received great feedback from our guests. While we certainly hope to physically back in their kitchen next year, the virtual iteration provided a great opportunity for people to join us who normally wouldn't and to host the event at a lower cost at a time where we need to be more financially conscious."-Elena Dennis, Chicago Bar Foundation
"A huge thank you to The Chopping Block for such a fun virtual demo event. It was a great way to bring our community together at a time when we can feel so far apart."-Sarah Willis, University of Chicago
"The Chopping Block offered a unique, engaging virtual fundraising experience for our donors and stakeholders during our second largest fundraising month of the year—Pride. TCB has been a long-standing collaborative partner with our culinary work placement program, which made the event more enticing for our audience. Our greatest concern was the technology to orchestrate multiple speakers, but TCB executed the event seamlessly. Oh, and we planned the event in under two weeks! Shelley, Mindy and the entire TCB staff was responsive and helpful throughout the entire process—especially with theming the featured course menu and instruction. We surpassed our fundraising goal thanks to this virtual event, and we’re grateful for the talents of staff, efficient planning, and patience from everyone at TCB."
-Rhett Lindsay, Center on Halsted
"Thank you , Team Chopping Block. The crew had a blast and are having fun sharing their images from our cooking event. You have a customer for life."
~Vince Williams, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council
"Everybody had a great time! It was such a fun and interactive experience for our group, and they really enjoyed learning new cooking techniques. The chef is great at what she does and encouraged people to ask any questions as she was cooking, and they did. This was such a great way to get some team bonding time."
~Shana Scalise, Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
"All of my friends had a blast - it was a great way to get together! The logistics were very well organized, and The Chopping Block made it super easy for me to plan a party. Everyone really enjoyed the menu, and we had a blast learning cooking tips from the chef! it was a very fun way to celebrate with our friends and see one another when we all live across the country."
~ Lisa Steele
"Our event was the first time I truly felt “connected” in a social way with our marketing team since the start of the pandemic. The chef and moderator were such a pleasure to work with and added to the relaxed and fun environment. Our experience with The Chopping Block allowed for our team to learn and laugh together in a fun virtual environment with the bonus of dinner at the end."
~ Hailey Evans, Pepsico
"Our friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we created a truly positive COVID-inspired memory. I’m thrilled I found you on the internet and that modern technology allowed us to so easily link our friends around the country together. We have nothing but good things to say about The Chopping Block!"
~ Scott FIsher
"Our first virtual holiday party was such a success! Everyone had a great time, and the recipes were absolutely delicious. It was really easy to follow along, and I received nothing but high praise on the whole experience!"
~ Kathrina Dubnicek, Vantage Leadership
"It was an awesome event, and I received a lot of positive feedback from students afterwards. I loved how interactive the event was, and what a fun atmosphere the chef and moderator created by doing trivia throughout via the poll function on Zoom, answering participants' questions, sharing information about the food items we were using and demonstrating cooking techniques. The pacing of the class was perfect, and I appreciated having cameras pointed right at the stovetop so I could easily look to that screen as an example. Thanks to the whole team at The Chopping Block for an awesome experience!"
~ Maggie Rose, University of Chicago