Kids’ birthday parties are always a fun occasion, what with all the parlor games, magic shows and other forms of entertainment that are common fare of such celebrations. But what if, aside from having fun, your child could also learn some skills during her birthday party?
Such is the concept of birthday parties held at The Cookery Place at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. First opened in September 2011 by partners Paul Samson, Jan Viray and Rhenee Sy as a venue for hobbyists, chef Paul says that “Most of the culinary schools in the country are the ones you go to when you want to become a chef, but there is none that caters to those who want to do cooking just for recreation -- particularly kids and moms -- so we thought of putting up a mini-cooking school for them”. From there, The Cookery Place slowly but steadily gained a following among the circles of culinary enthusiasts by word of mouth.
These days, birthday parties are regularly held in this compact but well-equipped venue. “Some kids hold their celebrations here every year because they really enjoy it,” enthuses chef Paul, “and it’s a really memorable occasion for them”.
The program is designed so that even kids as young as 4 years old can ably participate. “On the first hour, we do a detailed demo [on how to cook the recipe], then we do a hands-on session with the kids, and then finally, they eat what they just cooked,” explains chef Paul, adding that they recommend the most basic package which includes pizza making, spaghetti and meatball cooking, and cupcake decorating for very young kids.
The kids’ birthday party package for 6 kids, which costs P7,000, includes the 3-hour use of the kitchen and dining areas, the recipe ingredients, kiddie aprons and toques, a chocolate birthday cake, a Happy Birthday banner, and unlimited strawberry or grape juice or iced tea. The venue can accommodate larger groups of up to 16 kids at a time.
Cooking instructions are demonstrated by either chef Paul or chef Jan, with the help of 2 to 3 adult assistants. They help ensure the safety of the kids, especially in using kitchen tools and the oven or other machines. “Of course, the parents or companions can always assist, but we only allow that if the kids are very young,” adds chef Paul.
Aside from kiddie party packages, The Cookery Place also holds other activities such as bridal showers, team building sessions, and couples’ cooking classes, which is quite popular among newlyweds or even soon-to-be-married couples.
To inquire about their class schedules or book The Cookery Place for your child’s party, call 822-7068 or visit their Facebook page.
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Watermarked photos are by Mark Chester Ang; non-watermarked photos are courtesy of The Cookery Place.