Parties That Cook Launches Fourth Branch for Culinary Events in Portland, Oregon

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Portland Businesses Can Now Build Team Spirit By Bonding over the City’s Leading Passion: Food.

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The number one attribute of a successful market is a food-loving population. If a city is excited about its local restaurants, markets, and artisan foods, then we know we’ll find an appreciative audience for our services.

Parties That Cook®, the nation’s premier culinary events and corporate team building company, launches operations in Portland on Thursday September 22, 2011. Portland makes the company’s fourth location; it's second in the Pacific Northwest. Originating in San Francisco, Parties That Cook also has branches in Chicago and Seattle.

Bibby Gignilliat, Founder and CEO of Parties That Cook, is thrilled to be joining the vibrant Portland food scene, even though Portland is a smaller city than the company’s other bases of operation. “We discovered that the number one attribute of a successful market is a food-loving population. If a city is excited about its local restaurants, markets, and artisan foods, then we know we’ll find an appreciative audience for our services,” says Gignilliat.

Founded in 1999, the company has been revolutionizing corporate team building through its unique hands-on cooking events. These culinary events create an atmosphere of camaraderie and collaboration for businesses looking to increase internal ROI and productivity by working together more efficiently, boosting morale and rewarding employees. Guests have fun while learning time management, trust, and teamwork as groups meet recipe deadlines and see real-time results.

One key benefit of Parties That Cook is their unique ability to produce an event anywhere. “We’re all about mobility and customization. As long as we’ve got running water, we’ll build you a fun and fully functional kitchen classroom,” says Gignilliat. While private homes and offices are often utilized for the team building activities, Parties That Cook has produced countless events at wineries, dance halls, kitchen showrooms, art studios and farms.

Along with Parties That Cook come several plum job opportunities for Portland food professionals. The company will be hiring an operations manager, chef instructors, servers and other key positions that will be attractive to the city’s avid culinary professionals.

Parties That Cook will not only be bringing culinary team building expertise, it also brings an ethos of excellence well-suited to Portland’s business climate. The company has recently been granted certification by B Corp, an organization that certifies and promotes transparency in social and environmental performance standards, higher legal accountability, and builds business constituency for good business. “We became a B Corp to be part of a community of businesses that are proving you can be successful while taking care of people and planet. Parties That Cook is proud to be part of a community that fosters this new way of thinking in business practices,” says Gignilliat.

Parties That Cook is proud to have served over 50,000 guests from small independently owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Facebook, Intel and Kraft and created millions of memories in the 12 years in business. To quote Ashley Miller from Yoga Journal, “This was the most successful event we have done! It really helped our team get to know one another. We loved the chefs! They were fun and kept us laughing. Our team was really tired by the end of our day, but once we got cookin', the whole party lit up!"

About Parties That Cook
Parties That Cook stages deliciously fun cooking parties and corporate team building events in private homes and professional kitchens throughout Seattle, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Jose and Wine Country. Portland and Oregon Wine Country are the latest areas of operation for the company. Founder and CEO Bibby Gignilliat pioneered the mobile 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.

4 Cities, 12 years, 50,000 Guests, A Million Memories!


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