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Private Events

The Chicago area has some of the most beautiful venues
in the United States!

Ask us to organize a Private
Breakfast, Luncheon or Dinner
Cooking Class or Fundraiser, for 10-500!

Cooking with the Best Chefs has organized events since it first began in 1990. We can organize three to six courses, depending upon your needs and budget. Whether your school, club, religious, or civic or nonprofit organization, needs to raise funds, we can help take the hastle out of fundraising. We can also help families plan fun birthday or anniversary celebrations and even bridal showers. We can provide either a chef demonstration or a hands-on class depending upon your needs. We also will gladly cater weddings and civil unions in the greater Chicago area.


Since we have taught more than 12,000 cooking and baking classes, we have thousands of recipes to choose from when offering you menu choices. We will work with you to develop a menu from appetizers to dessert and everything in-between that's right for your event. For very large groups of 75 persons or more, we can also recommend table layouts, televised screens for viewing dishes being taught, sound system, decorations and signage, tables and chairs if needed, chefs and cooks, servers, and barstaff. Entertainment and/or music can be provided. We can also accommodate diet restrictions. And we can involve some of your group in the teaching of the dishes, depending upon your requirements and instructions.

If you're planning a fundraiser, we can design an event around your theme and show you how much attendance is required to meet your financial goal. We design and produce the event and you produce the crowd. But we can assist you with marketing if you require it. The Lavery Company, which owns Cooking with the Best Chefs, has provided marketing communications services, since 1973.

Contact Bill Lavery to arrange a meeting: 224.353.3300 or

Furnish us with as much of the following information as you can:

  • the name of your group
  • main contact, telephone number and email address
  • the date and time you have in mind for your event
  • your group's financial goal and estimated attendance
  • if you have a theme in mind and if you'd like the event at your location or have us present you with a list of considerations.