• Culinary Team Building

  • Culinary in Grand Rapids

Teamwork has never been so delicious! Everyone loves food and there is no better way to forge new bonds and make new memories than playing together in the kitchen! Our riverfront 1200 square foot culinary studio is the perfect spot for your team’s next outing. You can choose from one of our popular culinary events or let us design one just for you.

Your event will deliver just what your team needs, whether it is simply a fun time out of the office together or a way to achieve some learning objectives in a fun, new way. We have designed events for clients to learn new strategies for stress or conflict management, learn some basic design thinking principles, improve communication or problem solving skills or manage change.

Our rotating team of chefs offer entertaining and useful demonstrations and tips throughout the team building events. Your event can be designed to be hands-on, chef demo or a hybrid of both. Our team will work with you to create the perfect menu and theme for your next team building experience!

Some examples of events we have planned for clients

Popping Up!

There is a fun new trend in the culinary world: pop-up restaurants. In this fun, fully interactive event, teams will create a unique pop-up of their own. In the time allotted, each team will name their pop-up, create a unique tag line and jingle, along with preparing their signature dish!

You ARE a food network star

Addicted to the food network or know someone who is? This is your chance to hit the big time! Each team will choose a theme for their own food network show, prepare a signature dish and get ready for their 2-3 minute pitch to the Thought Design Network execs.


A fun, interactive event that gives participants new insights into the effects of change and tools for healthy, positive responses to unexpected or discontinuous change through a fun culinary experience. Get ready for some surprises!

Around the World

Is your team high on adventurous spirit but low on frequent flyer miles? Take a quick trip somewhere exotic and be home for dinner (if they aren’t too full from our feast!). Pick a cuisine you like – Moroccan, Italian, Thai, Spanish, Greek, etc. – and we’ll design a culinary experience that your team will rave about.

Dessert, anyone?

After a fabulous dinner prepared by Chef Justin, your guests can roll up their sleeves and make their own dessert. All the benefits of the team building experience, with a sweet reward at the end.

Fancy Schmancy Holiday Cookies

Teams will make a variety of gourmet cookies and will take home (or enjoy right away!) a total of seven dozen.

Thoughtful Chocolate Creation

Participants will learn how to temper chocolate and how to make brain nourishing fillings from the best quality dark chocolate and organic ingredients. All the pleasure with only half the guilt! Each person will take home two dozen handcrafted chocolates.