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Looking for a uniquely fun corporate event or a different kind of night out for you and your friends? Selfup’s cooking classes are a perfect way to bring your group closer together while learning new skills and having a lot of fun. Our cooking experience will help you bring personal and professional relationships to a completely new level.

With classes like pasta making, sushi rolling, and cocktail concocting, your group will have a great time while also building camaraderie and boosting team spirit. All classes are led by Boston’s finest chefs and are designed to satisfy your tastebuds, fill your stomach, and encourage your team. Selfup offers options for teams small and large, and is sure to be the talk of the office. Team building has never been this fun - or tasted this good! Classes are priced per guest and include professional instruction, a full meal, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages, all conveniently located in downtown Boston. Contact us today to set up your Selfup experience!

Everyone loves to eat Italian food, but learning how to cook it from scratch is just as much fun! Who better to teach you and your friends the ins and outs of pasta than Chef Rudy ... moreDonalson, who has over 15 years of restaurant experience in the North End, Boston’s Italian district. In this fun-filled Selfup cooking class, located in the heart of downtown Boston, you’ll make a multicourse meal with Chef Rudy featuring Italian favorites like

Traditional Italian salad, served in a crispy, salty Parmesan cheese basket

Hand-shaped bulbs of fresh, chewy mozzarella cheese, stretched to perfection

Homemade pasta - including favorites like ravioli, tortellini, and fettuccine - all with delicious fillings and sauces so everyone is sure to make something they’ll love

A delectable tiramisu (the real star of the show!) you’ll create as you layer delicate ladyfinger cookies, soaked in a dark espresso, with a sweet and creamy mascarpone cheese mixture. 

The classic Italian dessert will end an unforgettable night filled with laughter, smiles, and good food. You’ll leave full to bursting with great memories and the skills to make tiramisu at home whenever you’d like - use your new powers wisely!
labelText|Salad, 4 types of pasta and dessert!
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The Cocktails Mixology Class Team Building event has been a favorite corporate team activity for many companies including Ernst and Young, Brown Brothers Harriman, Microsoft, Bain ... moreCapital, Agios Pharmaceuticals, Deloitte, Vista Print,, Amazon, Intel, and Google.

The environment and overall experience are exceptional. The bar ambiance is welcoming, music is upbeat, and guests are behind the bar shaking margaritas, stirring martinis and learning craft cocktail techniques. There are lots of laughs as guests order drinks from one another and compete in cocktail trivia. Guests are greeted with sparkling cocktails and enjoy additional cocktail tastings throughout the event. 

The event includes a gourmet cheese platter and charcuterie board. Additional catering options are available upon request.

Samples of Tastings*

Sparkling Cocktail - Elderflower Liqueur
Old Fashioned - House-made Turbinado Syrup, Luxardo Cherry
1930's Havana, Cuba Daiquiri - House-made Orange Bitters
Prohibition-style Bees Knees - Lavender-infused Acacia Honey
Pear Brandy Fix - House-made Pear Syrup, Egg White
House-made Coffee Liqueur - Organic Cuban Coffee, Cacao Nips
House-made Ginger Beer - (non-alcoholic)

*Samples may vary.
*Full Cocktails are not served. Cocktail tastings are provided in conjunction with an educational class.
Must be 21 years old or older. All guests must present ID upon arrival.
Please inform us of any allergies or dietary restrictions at least 3 days prior to class
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Authentic Japanese cuisine is one of the most intriguing and delicate ones in the world. It is not a mere food preparation but a continuous conversation between you and the master ... morechef. A true Japanese chef can read your eyes to make adjustments to what he serves you next. You are in the center of the process, not at the receiving end.

We took this unique approach of Japanese master chefs one step further with an authentic Japanese cooking class. Not only will you watch the mesmerizing process of Sushi preparation, but you will get to try your own hand at it. It is not one or two, but eight kinds of different dishes you will learn to prepare in this cooking class. It is fun, exhilarating and the best Sushi you will taste in Boston!

Chef Augusto spent most of his life working as a Sushi chef in Japan and is officially certified to practice around the world. There are many secrets to making world class Sushi, but in this cooking class Chef Augusto will show you all of his.

Our Sushi menu includes:
Sake-maki / salmon hossomaki
Tekamaki / tuna hossomaki
Kappa-maki / cucumber hossomaki
Temaki zushi / temaki
Sake uramaki / salmon uramaki
Kariforunia uramaki / California uramaki
Oshizushi / pressed sushi
Maki Atsui / hot roll
labelText|As good as Sushi gets!
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Learn to make your own pizza that rivals any pizzeria! Chef Joe Gatto will start off this pizza making team building by guiding you through the process of making your own homemade ... moreextraordinary Pizza dough. Just when you think your mission nears its end, you will realize that things are just starting to happen. Out will come bowls with hot water, salt and ice, and you will move on to stretching your own Mozzarella cheese. With top-notch dough and freshly made cheese, there is only one thing left to build an ultimate pizza pie, the toppings! You will have a plethora of those to choose from to put together your own world-class pizzas and calzones. 
labelText|Gourmet Pizza Made Easy!
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Learn to cook your favorite dumplings from scratch! Ditch the white takeout boxes and streaming services for a fun night out making your favorite dumplings from scratch! Chef Rudy ... moreis a Cape Cod native who has over 15 years of chef experience running four restaurants in the North End. He’s mastered his skills in several ethnic cuisines - including dim sum! In this social environment, conveniently located in downtown Boston, you’ll learn how to make all your favorite dim sum treats using traditional Chinese ingredients and utensils. Dumpling varieties include: 

Dim Sum Style Dumplings filled with savory pork and tender veggies, either steamed or pan fried.

Pot Stickers stuffed with your choice of mushrooms and chicken, shrimp, or pork and pan-fried.

Jiaozi Dumplings, filled with chicken and vegetables. A specialty around Chinese New Year and considered very lucky!

It’s impossible to eat all of these dumplings you’ve handcrafted and not have a great time. With drinks, friends, and Chef Rudy, we guarantee your Selfup experience will have you smiling - and dim sum!
labelText|Dumplings from scratch!
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Craving the rich foods of a traditional French Bistro but can’t make the trip across the pond? Chef Joe Maglio, the former Saucier Chef at Las Vegas’ Palace Court, takes you on a fun-filled ... morejourney of the menu of a classic French Bistro without ever leaving downtown Boston. 

You’ll start your Selfup cooking experience with the traditional Escargot de Bourguignonne - snails sauteed with a homemade compound butter so that the tender, clean flavor of the snails weaves into the savory bite of garlic butter, the tang of perfectly selected white wine, and the gentle snap of shallots. To elevate it further, you’ll work your sinfully rich snails into a puff pastry, complete with a richly complex gorgonzola cream sauce. 

Your next course - the Filet au Poivre - is certain to spoil your taste buds with a spicy demi glace made from the filet drippings, Brandy, and green peppercorns. A prime cut of meat expertly paired with a sauce so delicious you’re sure to be sopping it up with a baguette makes an impeccable main course. 

The only dish that could follow a meal like this is the classic Bananas Foster. You’ll learn how to recreate this flambeed tableside classic in your own kitchen as you caramelize bananas until their natural sugars crystalize, and then are served warm over vanilla ice cream. 

This cooking class is a perfect romantic night out for couples, or fun adventure for friends or coworkers. After your au revoir, you’ll be able to recreate these French Bistro classics in your own kitchen.
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Bring friends, family, or colleagues together for a delicious learning experience as they taste some of the best artisan chocolate bars from around the world. They’ll be surprised ... moreto discover so many unique flavors in chocolates crafted with cacao beans grown in different countries. Your group will come away with a deeper appreciation for how chocolate is made and how to tell the difference between high-quality chocolates and mass-market products. This team building event is ideal for all kinds of occasions, such as employee birthday celebrations, product launches, a workday break, or an after work social event.

Under the guidance of Beth Kirsch, Boston’s Chocolate Connoisseur, your group will explore the tastes of three milk chocolates and three dark chocolates (please note in the comments if your group prefers to taste more milk or more dark chocolate). Everyone will receive a takeaway bag of Beth's Chocolate bark.
labelText|Chocolate journey around the world
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Gather your friends for a fun-filled evening of learning authentic Cuban cuisine! Chef Gatto will teach you everything you need to know about creating flavorful, classic Cuban dishes. ... moreYour group begins with creating one a classic Cubano pressed sandwich. You will learn how to make and bake the iconic Cuban bread, then pair it with ham, roasted pork before topping the whole creation with swiss cheese, mustard and a healthy helping of pickles. You will then learn the final twist on this delicious creation by grilling the entire concoction on a sandwich press with butter.

What is a delicious sandwich without sides? Chef Gatto will take the experience a step farther by showing your group how to make the most delicious homemade potato chips you will ever taste! And to finish the evening off, your group will come together in a grand finale by creating a classic Cuban dessert, arroz con leche. This is a Cuban take on rice pudding, created by boiling rice and milk together with cinnamon and other spices for a delicious ending to your evening!
Fiesta Cubana!
Gather your friends for a fun-filled evening of learning New England cuisine! Chef Gatto will teach you everything you need to know about creating flavorful, classic Eastern American ... moredishes. Your group begins with creating classic mini lobster rolls. You will also learn how to make and bake the iconic brown bread, then pair it with corn on cob, Maine crabcakes, and baked stuffed haddock or scallops steamers. 

What is a delicious sandwich without sides? Chef Gatto will take the experience a step farther by showing your group how to make the most delicious homemade potato chips you will ever taste! And to finish the evening off, your group will come together in a grand finale by creating a delicious Boston cream pie accompanied by yummy blueberries for a healthy ending to your evening!
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Looking for a great way for your team to connect and spend quality time together? The Asian Dumpling Party is an excellent option for bringing people together, as you will learn to ... morecreate to cook your own dumplings in a fun, informal setting!

Chef Chen seeks to impart her passion for dumpling cooking upon each and every one of the class participants. She honors her family’s heritage and her own personal memories by carefully yet informally instructing students in the art of dumpling making. Here you will learn everything you need to know about dumpling making, from constructing the skin to creating the fillings to learning the five traditional folding and crimping techniques!

In this class we will have:

Chinese Tapas (may include a selection of skewers, wontons, bao and dessert dumplings)

Imported Chinese Tea

Scallion Pancakes

Savory Dumplings (Choose two: Signature Pork, Chicken, Vegetarian, Seafood)
labelText|A Fun-Filled Evening!
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Learn to make pizza that rivals any pizzeria! Chef Joe Gatto will start off by guiding you through the process of making your own homemade extraordinary Pizza dough. Just when you ... morethink your mission nears its end, you will realize that things are just starting to happen. Out will come bowls with hot water, salt and ice, and you will move on to stretching your own Mozzarella cheese. With top-notch dough and freshly made cheese, there is only one thing left to build an ultimate pizza pie, the toppings! You will have a plethora of those to choose from to put together your own world-class pizzas and calzones.

This event includes a craft cocktail add-on presentation and tasting.

Our cocktail tasting menu comes in 5 parts:

*Sparkling Elder Flower Cocktail
*Turbinado Old Fashioned
*1930's Havana, Cuba Daiquiri
*Prohibition Bees Knees with Lavender infused Acacia Honey
*Pear Brandy Cocktail infused with lemon, lime and orange zest
*House-made Ginger Beer
labelText|Gourmet Pizza Made Easy!
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Grab your friends and book an evening to learn one of the most valuable and entertaining culinary skills around, creating fresh pasta! Once you have experienced freshly made pasta, ... morethe stuff from the box will never taste as appealing, and you can learn to create this delicious Italian staple at the instruction of an authentic Italian chef while creating a memorable evening with those closest to you! This class is somewhat unusual, as the majority of Boston cooking classes tend to shun traditional Italian cooking, so this is a real treat, as just about everyone loves pasta!

As a group, you will learn how to make two different kinds of pasta from scratch. These are tortellini and gnocchi, both of which are absolutely amazing in their flavor and consistency. As we all know, it is not just the pasta that makes the dish but the sauce as well, so the evening will culminate in the creation of a deliciously authentic ragout! Afterward, the best part awaits you, which is enjoying a well-deserved indulgence in some delicious food coupled with a perfectly paired glass of wine!
labelText|Delicious Evening of Fun!
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Eating healthy can be delicious and fun! In this class, Chef Gatto strives to show groups that they can create dishes that are heart-healthy yet still absolutely delicious! Working ... morefrom the ground up,
teams join together to create a main course and a side dish completely from scratch that is both
satisfying and good for the body!

Groups begin with creating a salad made from the ancient grain farro. Farro has many health
benefits over other common starches such as rice and potatoes, and it is easy to work with and
absolutely delicious! Teams begin by cooking the farro in water until it is softened, after which it is
combined with fresh tomatoes and various herbs to create the perfect beginning to a healthy meal!
Instead of using pasta, the main course involves zucchini noodles which the groups will form as a
team. These zucchini noodles pack just as much flavor as their carbohydrate-heavy counterparts, and
supply a double dose of nutrition as well! Once the noodles are created, Chef Gatto will show everyone
how to create a flavorful avocado pesto accompanied with fresh sautéed shrimp for a dish that will
make you understand how delicious healthy eating can be!
Good for the Body and Palate!
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For an unusual and memorable team building experience, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. Beth Kirsch, Boston’s Chocolate Connoisseur, will take your employees on an adventure around ... morethe world as they taste a variety of bean-to-bar chocolates. Then they’ll work together to create scrumptious chocolate treats. Teamwork is rarely this easy, fun, and delicious. People of all ages—and from every type of company—will enjoy this interactive, bonding activity that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
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 The whole purpose of team building is relationships. The ability to connect (personally and professionally) between colleagues has a direct impact on work performance.

Through team building activities, you get to know and appreciate different personalities. Over the years, team building has evolved from simply rock climbing and games.

More companies are taking up team building cooking classes as a way of getting to know each other. You discover hidden skills you didn’t know you had as you learn new ones along the way. You also bring out your team spirit and creativity in making different dishes.

A team building cooking class in Boston will practically equip you with new culinary skills. The activities are tailored to be fun, engaging and more importantly encourage teamwork. 

9 Dishes You Will Learn During a Team Building Cooking Class

  1. Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale

The Italian dinner is a favorite cooking activity for many companies. The Boston master chefs teach you a step by step procedure of how to make fresh pasta. Working together as a team, you prepare and roll the dough all the way to completion.

During this activity, you also learn how to stretch mozzarella, prepare cheese tortellini and tiramisu. Finally, time to enjoy the Italian dinner together as a team!

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  1. Cocktails Mixology Class

Who doesn’t love making a good cocktail?

The cocktails mixology team building activity is often requested by a number of companies. And for good reason. This activity will help you and your team identify various ingredients used to make the cocktails. You will engage in a fun cocktail trivia and create unique memories. Read more about the cocktails mixology class here.

  1. Authentic Japanese Sushi

In recent years, cooking class team building events have evolved. They are more accommodating of other foods from all over the world. The Authentic Japanese Sushi is one of these dishes.

It is an intriguing dish that allows you to learn from the best Japanese master chefs in Boston. It requires you to be detail oriented, listen and communicate in order to recreate your own dish sushi dish.

Some of the exciting dishes you will make will include; kariforunia and tekamaki.

  1. Home Made Dumplings

Nothing brings a team together more than making dumplings! The master chefs transform the cooking class into one big party. The Asian Dumpling party is the perfect way for people to interact and know each other while making a tasty meal.

The chefs will require you to tell your stories about food during this team building event. This will also help you know what lessons and skills you will take from this experience.

  1. Pizza Making Team Building Class

Pizza making is one of those team building cooking class ideas that will never ran out of style.

During office parties, birthdays and celebrations, you will mostly find boxes of pizza. Eating ready-made pizza is enjoyable, but nothing is more enjoyable than eating your self- made pizza.

And nothing makes the experience better than working together to create a perfect pizza.

The chefs will show you how to prepare pizza dough from scratch. You will have a variety of ingredients to choose from. The fun doesn’t stop there; you get to stretch your own mozzarella cheese and use as many toppings as you want!

  1. French Cooking Team Building Class

Creating French cuisine is not always the easiest task. It’s even harder when you have to create your own ingredients from the ground up.

Luckily, our master chefs make the process seem like a walk in the park. In this self-up French cooking class you will simple tricks from the chef that will help you create perfect French dishes.

As a team, you will learn how to make crepes by preparing the dough, make French Bistro salad, French beef stew, etc. The best part? Enjoying the delicious meal you have prepared as a team!

  1. Chocolate Tasting

Chocolate tasting is one of the most famous team building events in Boston. Together with the team, you taste and appreciate different chocolates from all over the world. The team will get to taste three white and dark chocolates to identify different flavors and textures.

The Boston’s Chocolate Connoisseur will teach the team how to make delicious chocolate treats. The chocolatier guarantees fun and tasty experience in which you get to learn tricks in chocolate making.

  1. Cuban Team Building Class

Cuban cuisine is known to have a protein and a lot of rice! A cooking class team building activity such as the Cuban class teaches you about flavor and creativity.

The master chef will start you off on an easy dish like the Cuban pressed sandwich and Cuban bread. The chef will show you how to make sandwich sides such as delicious potato chips and finish off with a Cuban dessert.

Everything will be made from scratch so that you can learn as much as you can.

  1. Healthy Eating Team Building Class

This is one of the most crucial lessons you will learn in a team building cooking class. This is because we spend so much time at work. It’s easy to forget to eat well and resort to unhealthy food from the vending machine.

Your master chefs for the day will take the team through how to prepare and eat healthy meals. This is simple and quick meals packed with nutrition to last you through the entire day.

As a team, you will start off by preparing salads from ancient grain farro. Farro is used because of its immense health benefits over other starches like potatoes. Together as a group, you will also prepare healthy zucchini noodles as well as an avocado pesto. This will be accompanied by a sautéed shrimp to make a fully balanced highly nutritious meal.

What other team building cooking class ideas would you like to learn?

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You will learn how to cook in a fast, easy and exciting way from top master chefs in Boston.