Private Parties

We’re all yours: in-person and online!

Choosing 18 Reasons' 18th Street Kitchen for your special event supports our free cooking and nutrition education program for low-income families, Cooking Matters. More than 3,500 low-income Bay Area families receive free food skills education and grocery donations from 18 Reasons each year. Thank you for supporting our nonprofit cooking school! 

In-Person Private Parties: Our 18th Street Kitchen classroom is located in the heart of the Mission District in San Francisco. As we host in-person events for the first time in over a year, we are limiting in-person Private Parties to 10 guests in a cooking class, 24 guests in a seated dinner, and 45 people for a meeting. We require all event attendees to comply with these COVID-19 safety precautions.

We offer three in-person options for Private Parties: Cooking Classes, Dinners, and Catered Parties and Meetings. With long wooden tables, a marble and iron bar, a cookbook library, and food-themed art, our classroom offers a beautiful setting for your group. Your rental of our 18th Street Kitchen includes our classroom space, a gender neutral restroom, tables, benches, dishes, silverware, glassware, cloth napkins, assorted vases, votive candles, and access to our projector, Wi-Fi, and sound system. Our alcohol license allows beer and wine to be served.

Online Private Parties: Our online events are perfect for teambuilding with colleagues working remotely and for celebrating with friends and family who are unable to travel. Our online students testify how empowering it is to learn new recipes in a home kitchen.

We have three online options for Private Parties: Cook Along (a hands-on cooking class), Kitchenside Chat (a live, interactive demo), and Chef’s Channel (a pre-recorded demo). Our menus reflect fundamental cooking techniques, ingredients accessible in grocery stores, and joy! We finish our classes with a toast to a job well done!

Details and pricing are below. All taxes included. In addition to the costs below, a 5% service charge will be added to the invoice.

After requesting a private party, we will contact you within five days to follow up on your request. Questions? Contact us at

In-Person Private Parties

Private Cooking Classes

Our Chef Instructor will provide a special experience for you, friends, family, or colleagues.

Rental price includes use of our 18th Street Kitchen classroom, staff, a cooking lesson with ~4 menu items, ingredients purchased from Bi-Rite Market, and 2 glasses of our house wine per guest. You may consider our seasonal selected menus, or opt for a custom menu to fit your tastes. In-person private cooking classes are limited to 10 individuals as of July 2021.

A 3-hour class (including dining time) with one of our seasonal selected menus follows this cost structure:

  • Base fee $1300 plus $75 per person. 
  • Additional rental time is available at $75 per half hour.
  • If you would like us to design a custom menu for your group, there is an additional $175 fee.
  • For private classes occurring in Nov-Dec, there is an additional 10% charge.

Private Dinners

Let us take care of you from start to finish. 

One in-house chef will work with you to design and prepare the perfect menu for your occasion, with the use of our dining room for 3 hours. We often serve our meals family-style at our tables, but can also create buffet-style and standing reception menus. Private dinners are limited to 24 guests as of July 2021. Rental includes our 18th Street Kitchen classroom space, chef, staff, a custom menu, and ingredients purchased from Bi-Rite Market. Alcohol is not included, though guests may bring in wine and beer (no spirits allowed onsite) with no corkage fee. Prices start at $2,400 for 10 guests.

Catered Parties and Meetings

Rent our beautiful and convenient classroom and design your own party or meeting.

Ideal for birthdays, baby showers, and other family milestones! We recommend ordering food from our friends at Bi-Rite Catering. During the day, our classroom is an ideal space for meetings, co-working, wine or food tastings, and team building retreats. We have a projector, Wi-Fi, and a sound system for guest use. This rental type includes our 18th Street Kitchen classroom space and staff. It does not include use of the commercial kitchen behind our classroom space. Guests may not stay past 11 pm. Capacity Limit: 45 people. 

  • Parties (3-hour minimum): Daytime event prices start at $750 (daytime events must end by 3 pm). Evening event prices start at $1,000 (must end by 11 pm). Includes two staff members to set up and clean up.
  • All-day meetings (8:00 am-4:00 pm): $1,000. This includes one staff member to set up and clean up.
  • Additional rental time available at $75 per half hour.
  • For rentals occurring in Nov-Dec, there is an additional 10% charge.
The 18 Reasons team has excellent virtual teaching practices. There were no hiccups or issues at all. They were helpful, friendly, and fun. We all LOVED the recipes, and several of us have already recreated them at home.
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Online Private Parties

Cook Alongs: Interactive, Hands-On Classes

Our chefs will guide you every step of the way in the comfort of your home kitchen!

This option is perfect for groups 20 or smaller where everyone wants to cook. You'll choose either a 60- or 90-minute class from our selected list of menus that reflect the flavors of the season. If you have a specific theme in mind, we create custom menus for an additional fee. An instructor will lead you and your group through recipes, plus a facilitator will assist with class flow and ensure all guests are attended to. We provide a shopping list a week prior to class, so guests shop before class. If your party is based in San Francisco, you can opt for ingredient kits for pick-up from our Mission location; we are unable to deliver groceries. We provide a recipe document and a link to meet virtually (Zoom or Google Meet). After class finishes, you'll have the virtual room to enjoy the meal on your own and spend quality time with coworkers, friends, or family.

Pricing depends on length of class: Pricing starts at $375 for a group of 5 for a 60-min class, $425 for a group of 5 for a 90-min class.

  • 90-min hands-on class starts at $425 for up to 5 screens. Add $50 per screen over 5, but no more than 20 total screens.
  • 60-min hands-on class starts at $375 for up to 5 screens. Add $40 per screen over 5, but no more than 20 total screens.
  • If you would like us to design a custom menu for your group, there is an additional $175 fee.
  • If you would like us to record the class, there is an additional $35 fee.
  • For private classes occurring in Nov-Dec, there is an additional 10% charge.

Kitchenside Chats: Interactive, Demo-Only Classes

Pull up a chair at our chef's kitchen and watch them work while having the opportunity to ask them anything!

This option is ideal for groups larger than 20. Kitchenside Chats last up to 60 minutes. Our instructor designs a custom menu for your group, demonstrates the recipes live on camera, and happily chats with you, as if you were guests in our home! Guests do not need to cook along, but can ask questions and comments by typing or over audio. We provide a recipe document and a link to meet (Zoom or Google Meet) a few days before class. We recommend pairing this class with a favorite beverage or snack for a delicious and informative time. Guests can email us if they need any kitchen advice after class has concluded.

  • Kitchenside Chats are $1000.
  • For private classes occurring in Nov-Dec, there is an additional 10% charge.

Chef's Channel: Custom Pre-Recorded Cooking Demo

Give your audience a fun and personalized cooking lesson!

Ideal for a large group (100+) and conferences. Based on your event theme or audience interests, we record a cooking demonstration customized for your audience. You can view a sample video we created for a partnership with Community Foods Market in West Oakland below. We’ll edit and send you the finished video for you to play at your convenience during your special event. You will also receive a recipe document to share with attendees.

Pricing starts at $700.