Want to show off your cooking skills while eating twenty different dishes all at once? Sounds like a crazy reality show right? A few weeks ago, Monica and a friend attended the launch party of Chaos Cooking</strong in one kitchen with only ten burners and one sink to share with over 50 fellow Chicagoans.
So you must be wondering how do over 50 people cook in one kitchen? Well think BYOU! Bring yo’ own utensils, peeps. I had to bring my own ingredients and supplies so I threw knives, bowls, cutting boards and such in a box and headed out. There were several pots in the kitchen for people to use, however, making the event a potluck style social with the twist of cooking on the spot with strangers.
People arrived at the spacious Test Kitchen located in Noble Square and were greeted by the bubbly hostess and event organizer, Victoria DeMatteo. As more people arrived, others immediately felt a sense urgency and started to prep their food. Cravzy provided VIPs (those who bought tickets early like me) one ingredient such as tofu, golden beets, asparagus, fish filets, chicken thighs and more. I selected Manila mangoes to prepare mango salsa.
Fellow Chicagoans of all different ages and backgrounds came together and had a great time cooking in chaos. Some dishes were from online recipes such as simple yet yummy mango sticky rice while others created their own dish and even brought electric grill for toasty bread with goat cheese spread and fresh asparagus. A few even stepped out of the box with unique ideas like beer soaked rice.
So if you have a creative and non-claustrophobic cooking spirit, check out the Chaos Cooking events, held once a month with friends and fellow Chicagoans. Sign up at Cooking Chaos website for future events or even host an event at your apartment. The next event is Spanish wines and tapas at our fave bistro, Blue Star Bistro & Wine Bar. Click here to RSVP for this event on June 12th.
What new dish would you make if you had to cook in chaos?