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Turn your next private party into a hands-on culinary experience your guests will remember forever

Let CulinaryLab help you create your next team-building, client-appreciation or corporate event today.

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Average Rating 4.9

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11, 295 followers

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Why book your event with CulinaryLab

All-inclusive arrangement

We provide all the equipment, supplies and staff for your private party. You can just show up and have fun.

Your event will be an experience

You and your guests will get a hands-on culinary experience that starts with a cooking class and ends with full service sit-down dinner.

Chef created menus

We offer several menus created by our team of Professional Chefs. Choose your package and we’ll teach you and your guests how to perfect the recipes step-by-step.

Various team building formats

Team building formats include skill development, problem solving and adaptability exercises tailored to your needs.

Kitchen and venue in the epicenter of the Orange County food scene

All events are held at 4th Street Market, a kitchen and outdoor venue in downtown Santa Ana.

We can cater to dietary restrictions

Whether vegan, paleo or anything in between, menus can be adjusted to accommodate your guests.

All-inclusive arrangement

We provide all the equipment, supplies and staff for your private party. You can just show up and have fun.

Your event will be an experience

You and your guests will get a hands-on culinary experience that starts with a cooking class and ends with full service sit-down dinner.

Chef created menus

We offer several menus created by our team of Professional Chefs. Choose your package and we’ll teach you and your guests how to perfect the recipes step-by-step.

Various team building formats

Team building formats include skill development, problem solving and adaptability exercises tailored to your needs.

Kitchen and venue in the epicenter of the Orange County food scene

All events are held at 4th Street Market, a kitchen and outdoor venue in downtown Santa Ana.

We can cater to dietary restrictions

Whether vegan, paleo or anything in between, menus can be adjusted to accommodate your guests.

Companies we’ve done events for

I wanted to send a brief note to express my gratitude for all of the hard work that went into last evening's event at Google.

Linda, Christie, Frank and Fred, we could not have done it without CulinaryLab’s help. The kitchen and facilities staff were amazing. Thank you.

And, Kaylee and Chef Ryan, thanks so much for bringing a really innovative and fun evening to us at Google Irvine. I had so much fun working with you. Thank you, thank you.

Thank you soooooo much! Kaylee,Chef Ryan and the whole CulinaryLab team, please tell them thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this happen. This event was amazing and everyone loved it!

Hi Kaylee, Thank you so much for everything!! You and the CulinaryLab team did an amazing job at executing the event extremely well. Please give them our thanks. It was definitely the highlight of the week for us! And thanks so much for the photos! We’ll definitely shoot you a review and wish you success in 2020.

Thanks again to you and CulinaryLab for hosting our non-profit event last night. It was, without a doubt, a big hit with our entire organization.

You guys created the perfect atmosphere for our celebration. Chef Mike and his staff were great -- so friendly and patient. Finally, not only did everyone have a great time, but I think we all gained a new appreciation for the culinary arts.

We will definitely be coming back in the future!

Thank you again for Friday! We all had a great time.

What makes CulinaryLab different?

One-of-a-kind experiential dining experience

Not only do you and your guests get a hands-on cooking experience, you can customize your meal. Each event is like a cooking class combined with a served dinner party.

We are a team of professional
chef instructors

We enjoy engaging groups through teaching. Whether you prefer an event that’s more educational or social, you’re certain to learn something new about food.

We host you at 4th Street Market

You’ll enjoy a culinary experience at a commercial kitchen and outdoor venue in the heart of the food scene in downtown Santa Ana. Everything you need for your event will be provided.

Simply pick the type of event you want

Exclusive cooking class

Team building event

Private party

Client appeciation gathering

Whether you just want to sit back and relax or you prefer a more hands-on, experiential event, we can create the perfect private party for your needs. Learn about all our options and how to start planning your event by booking your free call today

What our clients say about CulinaryLab events


“We used CulinaryLab to host our non-profit event last night for about 20 people. It was, without a doubt, a big hit with our entire organization!

Kaylee, the Event Specialist, created the perfect atmosphere for our celebration. Chef Mike and his staff were great — so friendly and patient. We will definitely be coming back in the future!”

Glen M.

Irvine, CA.
March 11, 2018

“This was the best cooking class I have taken. While it was a 3 course meal for a birthday, we still got in there and rolled our own pasta, grilled our meats and veggies and piped our Baked Alaska - great way to get hands on in a fun atmosphere. While they are technically geared for professional cooks, this was a great special event.”

Coco M.

Palos Verdes Peninsula CA.
January 25, 2018

“Chef Ryan Wagner, BEST EXPERIENCE last night!

So much fun, you killed it! All night long everyone talked about the delicious appetizers, fun & tasty interactive first course , fabulous main courses and the best desert! Thank you Chef!!!!! Check out the Culinary Lab!”

Cathy M.

Yorbia Linda CA.
December 28, 2017

An innovative public food hall and commercial kitchen space in the heart of Orange County

For our events we have partnered with 4th Street Market to bring contemporary cooking techniques & experience to Orange County. We provide the kitchen, the venue and everything required for an event tailored to your needs.

Address

4th Street Market (4SM)
201 4th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

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Parking

For the event you can have your guests park in the garage that is conveniently located right behind the venue. Also, the parking can be pre-paid for all guests by the host.

We bring an experience that is unique to any event or private party"

We bring a unique hands-on experience to every event or private party”

We are a professional cooking school first & foremost, but something we love to do is working with our corporate and private clients on events. Our team of professional chef instructors host classes for team building, experiential dinners, anything to get people engaged around cooking. Regardless of whether you’re a group that likes to participate a little, relax and drink wine, or you want to get in there and get your hands dirty, we can create an event for you.
What’s unique about us is that we are professional chef instructors and we are used to engaging people and teaching them. So, whether the event is more social or educational, you can expect to learn something about food. Whether it’s for new cooking competencies, a team building event or just a social event where they get to play with a few elements and we cook the rest of the meal… We bring a unique hands-on experience to every event or private party.

Ryan Wagner

Chef Director & Founder

We highly recommend this cooking school for events, and the guests left with plans to return for either a class series or an event if their own!!
Many thanks to Ryan Wagner and his brilliant team for putting together a fantastic cooking class to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The yummy menu was a double whammy – learning new skills in the kitchen and experiencing delicious food combinations. Our 12 guests raved about the experience both during and after.
Setting up the event was easy, Chef Ryan and kitchen manager Viola took into account some dietary restrictions (1 paleo, another lactose intolerant) and created a food experience that was enjoyed equally by everyone. We took a little longer than planned creating our first course (chatty group), and so the kitchen team swung into action to seamlessly adjust the prep in the 2nd course so that we could still eat on time.

M.R

Long Beach, CA
January 30, 2018

Interested in an unforgettable food experience hosted by our team of professional chefs? Contact us today!

How to start planning your private event

1. Fill out the form to schedule your free call

The earlier you submit your request, the better because dates fill fast!

2. Tell us what you have in mind for your event

During your call, we’ll discuss dates, availability, menu selection, dietary restrictions and other details needed to create your ultimate food experience.

3. Confirm the event

We’ll put together a complete plan for your private party. Once you confirm everything, we get to work. Then all you do is show up and have fun.

Learn more about
booking an event today

Request a free call to discuss planning your private party

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