Parties That Cook to Host 'Cooking for a Cause' Event Benefiting Room to Read

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Tickets now available for February 4th fundraiser at Crushpad in San Francisco.

Award-winning culinary events company Parties That Cook® today announced that it will host Cooking for a Cause, an interactive cooking event benefitting Room to Read, on February 4, 2010 at Crushpad, a San Francisco custom-wine company. The fundraiser is open to the public and all ticket purchases and event proceeds will go to Room to Read, a non-profit organization that helps millions of children gain access to education in developing countries. Funds raised at Cooking for a Cause will provide educational resources to children in Asia and Africa.

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Time: 5:45-9:00 p.m. PST
Location: Crushpad Winery, 2573 3rd St., San Francisco, Calif.
Cost: $95/person
To attend: Tickets are now available for purchase here.

At the event, guests will enjoy dishes from Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa—all regions served by Room to Read. Whole Foods Market will donate fresh ingredients for the menu and Crushpad will provide a variety of wines for attendees to enjoy. Guests will come together to create and enjoy mouthwatering dishes, such as Indian-spiced lamb burgers with cucumber raita, grilled shrimp skewers with mint-jalapeno sauce, and peanut and coconut pot stickers with sweet and spicy soy dipping sauce. After dinner, Room to Read Founder John Wood will share the organization’s story and why he has dedicated his life to providing much needed educational resources to children in developing nations.

Individuals unable to attend the event can still support Room to Read's efforts by making a donation to give the life-long gift of education to children in Asia and Africa here. Cooking for a Cause should be mentioned in the "tribute" field on the donation form. Tickets are not tax deductible, but donations made at the event will be.

About Parties That Cook
Parties That Cook stages deliciously fun cooking parties and corporate team building events in private homes and professional kitchens throughout Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Jose and Wine Country. Founder and Executive Chef Bibby Gignilliat pioneered the in-home cooking party concept in 1999, and extended the company’s hands-on, interactive culinary events to include a wide array of corporate team building events, cooking parties and cooking classes. For more information on Parties That Cook, please visit or call 1-888-907-2665.

About Room to Read
Room to Read is an innovative non-profit leader dedicated to promoting and enabling global education. Founded in 2000, the organization is based on the belief that education is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty in the developing world. Since then, the organization has supported over three million children by providing increased access to higher-quality educational opportunities. Room to Read has established more than 800 schools and over 7,500 bilingual libraries with six million books, and continues to support the education of more than 8,700 girls. For more information visit our website at

About Crushpad
Crushpad is a custom winemaking service with locations in San Francisco, Napa Valley and Bordeaux, with over 5,000 clients including wine enthusiasts, professional winemakers, fine-wine retailers and restaurants. Crushpad specializes in small-lot, luxury wine production from world class vineyards in California and Bordeaux. The company was founded in 2004 by wine industry veterans and technology industry refugees determined to liberate winemaking form its traditional stereotypes of impossible wealth, expansive chateaux and golden retrievers.


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