ABOUT OUR EVENTS:
What are the length of your events:
All of our events are two hours long and require a minimum of one hour set up and break down before and after the event. La Diva Cucina finds that is the perfect amount of time for guests to relax, learn, eat plenty of food and just enjoy themselves!
Where do you conduct your programs?
La Diva Cucina partners with a variety of venues in the Miami-area. Because we do not need a kitchen to conduct our events, La Diva Cucina works with high-end venues that offer different amenities, availability, locations, and pricing. We work in furniture showrooms, kitchen showrooms, event spaces, condominium community rooms and art spaces. Because our partnerships are city-wide, we are usually able to offer you event venues near or in the area of your team’s or guest’s hotel.
How do you conduct a cooking class without a kitchen?
Working in a traditional restaurant or home kitchen, there is not enough room for even 10 people in most cooking spaces. With our programs, we work on tables set for each module of the program and work together. If a cooking component is required, we’ll use a portable butane burner with a canister with a safety shut off. This burner is safely used commonly throughout the industry for demonstrations, catering, and events.
Why do you offer appetizers instead of mains? Will there be enough food for my guests?
Yes! In the spirit of creating a team atmosphere, we find that making appetizers with everyone working together on the same dish at once is more conducive to team building. All of our programs include three appetizers and there is plenty of each appetizer for the guests. However, some apps will be more/less filling than others and we can guide you in the best choices to take the place of a meal. Because guests eat as they make each dish, everyone is eating for the class duration. We are also happy to provide pre-made platters as add-ons.
Can we change out certain appetizers or drinks?
Yes, menus can be mixed and matched based on available choices and venue chosen. Some venues will not have an oven, so those apps will not be available at that venue. Sometimes a small surcharge will be applied, depending on the item.
We would like a customized program, is there an additional charge? Can’t we just add on another appetizer, not on your menu?
La Diva Cucina is more than happy to add another item that is not currently offered on our menu or create a customized program for your team. However, there is an additional consultation fee. Our programs include dishes that have been tested in our kitchens, work logistically for the program and includes a break down of ingredients and amounts for shopping as well as all equipment required in a packing list. To add a new appetizer, we must first research and find the best recipe, test the recipe, figure if it will work, how much time will it take, how much the ingredients cost and create a pack/equipment list and shopping list. Therefore we cannot simply switch out our menu to a dish we are not familiar with without compensation for the additional work involved.
I have guests with special dietary needs, can you accommodate them?
Absolutely! We can assist in picking menu items so everyone can enjoy the class. Some appetizers may be adapted and will incur a surcharge.
BYO cake, dessert and drinks:
La Diva Cucina allows outside desserts and drinks into our events, however, there is a per head service charge for our staff to serve and includes disposable plates, cake cutter, forks, wine key, bucket, ice, cups, etc. Please indicate this option to our staff when booking your event.
What do I wear to a cooking class?
Dress comfortably and casually as you would if you were cooking at home. Everyone will be standing for most of the class and some aprons will be provided. Your company or group may order branded custom aprons or bar supplies for the event, just let our staff know upon booking.
Why is pricing the same or more than going to a restaurant?
When you hire La Diva Cucina for your team building event or group cooking class, you getting a special, exclusive event including your own staff in a private space for only your friends, family or guests. Additionally, when you book with La Diva Cucina, your guests are getting the benefit of years of industry experience from our host La Diva, who along with her unique flair for engaging guests, is nothing short of a fun and dynamic hostess. After all, not just anyone is able to teach AND entertain a crowd, but La Diva can and a great time is had by all.
WE PAY ABOVE INDUSTRY WAGES with tax and gratuity included. La Diva Cucina pays fair wages to keep our team motivated and happy.
Finally, creating an event for a group, from 8 to beyond 50, takes a lot of time, logistics, and preparation. If you’d like to understand everything that goes into creating your special event, give me about an hour of your time so we can run through it! (But seriously, it’s a LOT!)
What is the largest group you can accommodate?
With any event, it is all about budget and logistics. We’ve done team buildings from 6 guests to over 150! Contact us today to set up a quick chat on how we can utilize your budget to get the most engaging event for your buck!