GO: Viva Tastings
December 17, 2012
This year, Faulhaber wanted to do something different to celebrate the holidays. With an office full of self-proclaimed foodies, and just a bunch of girls who love food, we headed downtown Toronto for an expert cooking class at Viva Tastings. Owned by Cordon Bleu trained chef, artist and caterer Karen, Viva-Haynes and assisted by Anne Hynes, also Cordon Bleu trained, Viva offers full service catering, cooking classes, and corporate team building.
Although some of us questioned how enjoyable cooking with your co-workers would be, we had a delicious experience! It was BYO wine for the three hour cooking class, which we enjoyed with some hors d’oeuvres before we got started. We divided and conquered to tackle the 7 course meal that included filo wrapped chicken with brie, fennel soup and molten lava chocolate cakes. The highlight dish? Arctic char dip. In one word – MMM! While we whipped up our culinary creations in Viva’s state-of-the-art kitchen, we took the time to get to know each other a little better.
Luckily, you aren’t expected to be a culinary genius, so chef Karen and sous-chef Anne rotated amongst us to ensure we would actually want to eat what we were cooking, and to give us helpful tips. They made it seem so easy! As an added bonus, our meal was not only tasty, but it was also healthy! Viva offers locally sourced, fresh, artisan, and sustainable food.
We were surprised at how quickly, through team work and a LOT of help from Karen and Anne, we had prepared our team feast! We each served our slaved over dishes, and sat around the kitchen to enjoy the fruits of our labour as a team. In addition to being a treat for our taste buds. Karen also uses the cooking experience to facilitate a corporate growing experience – how delicious! While We took time to go around the room and share something new we had learned about our partner, and we reflected on the past year as a team and what we’ve accomplished.
We laughed, we cried, we feasted. Oh, did we feast. Aside from a few over-zealous chocolate lava cakes, our delicacies turned out flawlessly (in our opinion anyways)! Karen and Anne were beyond fabulous, and we strongly recommend a visit to Viva Tastings as an alternative for your typical office party!
Fun Fact: Karen also owns and runs 6 Degrees, an underground kitchen dinner party. How chic! Visit Viva Tastings for more information on how to get your invite or to book your next event!
You can also find Viva Tastings at St. Lawrence Farmer’s Market every Saturday Morning.