Private Parties


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About Private Parties

COVID-19 update: As we keep our 18th Street Kitchen doors shut due to the coronavirus, we continue to offer private online classes, perfect for teambuilding and for celebrating milestones. Our menus reflect fundamental cooking techniques, ingredients accessible in grocery stores, and joy! By cooking in real-time with our instructors, we can coach you through any questions or challenges that arise. If you're worried about the ability to cook along, our instructors can advise guests with ingredient substitutions and accommodations for allergies and dietary restrictions. We finish our classes with a fun competition and a toast to a job well done!

We will reopen our 18th Street Kitchen for in-person events when it is prudent to do so. In the meantime, connect with friends and loved ones by cooking together in our online classes!

Choosing 18 Reasons' 18th Street Kitchen as a venue 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! 

Our 18th Street Kitchen is located in the heart of the Mission District in San Francisco. With long wooden tables, a marble and iron bar, a cookbook library, and food-themed art, our classroom offers a beautiful setting for your private party. We can accommodate up to 25 people in a cooking class, 32 people for seated dinners, or 49 people for standing parties. You may view recommended layouts of our classroom in this slideshow.

We offer private cooking classes led by our instructors, as well as dinner parties prepared just for you by our in­-house chef. You may host a party for a special occasion (e.g., showers, birthdays) and order in food from Bi-Rite Catering. During the day, our 18th Street Kitchen (which is equipped with a projector, Wi-Fi, and a sound system) is an ideal space for meetings, co-working, and teambuilding retreats.

Your rental of our 18th Street Kitchen includes our classroom space, a private 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.

Before selecting a date, please review our public event calendar. We have one event space to offer; if we are scheduled for a public event on our calendar, we are unable to host your private event at that same time.

To request a private party at our 18th Street Kitchen, please tell us more about your event (scroll down to complete the Google Form), and we will contact you within five days to follow up on your request.

Photos above courtesy of Karey Green



Private Party Options

Private Online Cooking Classes
Our chefs will guide you through cooking with friends, family, or coworkers in the comfort of your home kitchen!

Our private online classes range from 1.5-2.5 hours and can accommodate up to 40 screens participating in an interactive class. An instructor will create a custom menu for your tastes and an 18 Reasons event lead will assist with class flow and ensure that all guests are attended to. We currently do not have the staff capacity for ingredient delivery; we can provide an ingredient and equipment list for your class at least one week in advance. Click here to review suggested menus. Price starts at $290.

Hosting a virtual conference for a large audience? We can provide a demo-only class (live or recorded) for 25–60 min. Tell us more about your event in the request form below.

Private In-Person Cooking Classes
(Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)

Our chefs will design a special experience for you, friends, family or colleagues at our beautiful 18th St. Kitchen classroom in San Francisco.

An ideal size for a hands-on cooking class in our space is 12-15 people, but we can accommodate groups of up to 25 people for a more social experience. 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. Please see our public event calendar to explore our range of classes, and click here for sample menus. Class offerings depend on teacher availability.

A typical 3-hour class accommodates the following cost structure:

  • For groups 5 or less: $900
  • For 6-8 guests: $195 per person
  • For 9-11 guests: $185 per person
  • For 12-14 guests: $175 per person
  • For 15-25 guests: The first 14 guests are $175 per person, with additional guests at $80 per person. 
  • Additional rental time available at $75 per half hour
  • For private classes occurring in Nov-Dec, there is an additional 10% charge

Private Chef Dinners
(Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)

Let us take care of you from start to finish. 

One of our chefs will work with you to design and prepare the perfect four-course menu for your occasion. We serve our meals family-style at our tables, and we can accommodate up to 32 guests. Price includes our 18th Street Kitchen classroom space, chef, staff, a four-course menu, and ingredients purchased from Bi-Rite Market. Alcohol is not included. Click here for sample menus. Prices start at $2,150 for 10 guests.

Catered Parties and Meetings
(Temporarily suspended due to COVID-19)

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

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. Limit: 49 standing people. 

  • Parties (3-hour minimum): Daytime event prices start at $750 (daytime events must end by 3 pm). Evening event prices start at $950 (must end by 11 pm). Includes two staff members to set up and clean up.
  • All-day meetings (8:00am-4:00pm): $1,000 cost. This includes one staff member to set up and clean up.
  • Additional rental time available at $75 per half hour.

Taxes are included in our prices; gratuity for staff is not included.