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Get Creative With These Interactive Event Ideas

Get your guests talking with these interactive event activations

A karaoke and ramen party at Ramen-san – Lincoln Park? A cookie class with one of the best pastry chefs in town with Beatrix? An epic raw bar with live oyster shuckers with Shaw’s Crab House? We can make all these things happen and more for your next corporate catering need or social event. We’re here to help you think outside of the traditional seated dinner when it comes to planning a fun and memorable event that will leave your guests talking.

Which Lettuce Entertain You Retaurant is the best pick for your next event? Check out our guide to all of our private event spaces nationwide. 


Slurp Noodles and Sing Karaoke at Ramen-san Lincoln Park

Ramen-san Lincoln Park's private party buffet

Rest your vocals ladies and gentleman because Ramen-san in Lincoln Park is now booking paries for up to 40 or your closest colleagues, friends or family at their new lower level space. Complete with hot noodles, Asian-inspired bites, and craft cocktails, turn your party into a karaoke party as the space is equipped with microphones, speakers, and a TV. To learn more, contact Ramen-san Lincoln Park


Get a Front Row Seat to a Celebrity Chef Demo at The Dalcy

chef CJ demo at The Dalcy

The days of a boring buffet are over, instead, food and drink stations can have an element of personalization and drama. At The Dalcy, a private events hall in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, guests can opt for a House-Made Stracciatella Demo and station with various toppings to choose from, a cooking demo from Top Chef Alum CJ Jacobson, or build-your-own Hummus bar. Bring the drama with the Cherry Wood Smoked Manhattan station, where the cocktails are smoked with cherry wood chips in front of the guests or even a customized Mediterranean Mule station. These experiences are available at The Dalcy for a mininmum of 50 guests and pricing per person varies based on the stations selected.  Visit to book your next event or contact


Made-to-Order Handroll Bar in Your Own Home with Sushi-san

Handroll bar at Sushi-san Willis Tower hand rooll being roled

Hosting a dinner party at home and looking for a fun way to impress your guests? Book Sushi-san’s pop-up handroll bar! It includes all four of signature handrolls: Crunchy Fatty Tuna, Salmon Avocado, Negi Hamachi, and Kanpyo, made to order by a sushi chef. Enhance this experience by adding on made-to-order nigiri and sashimi. For more information


An Impressive Raw Bar, Complete with Live Oyster Shuckers with Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago

Shaw's Crab House roaming oyster shucker

The Shaw’s Crab House team believes shellfish are not only stunning but can instantly elevate any occasion. Shaw’s has been the Windy City’s seafood experts for nearly four decades, so when we tell you they know how to present an impressive raw bar to your guests, we know they mean it. For a hassle free experience at home, guests can opt to order pre-shucked oysters on the half shell from Shaw’s or kits from the restaurant’s preferred purveyors such as Island Creek Oyster Farm or Taylor Shellfish, which also offer the option to purchase an oyster knife and other tools. And if you’d prefer to be completely hands-off, consider hiring one of Shaw’s roaming oyster shuckers , who can engage with your guests and add an entertaining and educational element to the night. Shaw’s Crab House, renowned for its signature King Crab Legs, can also elevate your private event with the exclusive Whole King Crab broken down tableside for your guests. Inquire about Shaw’s Crab House – Chicago or Schaumburg.

Here’s how to host an epic raw bar at home from the experts at Shaw’s Crab House.


Mix and Stir at a Limoncello Making Class with Osteria Via Stato

Osteria Limoncello Class

Do as the Italians do and book a Limoncello Making Class for your next event at Osteria Via Stato. Chef David DiGregorio’s ‘cello program highlights seasonal fruits and ingredients by infusing them when they’re at their peak. Guests can participate in an interactive class which includes peeling and infusing their personal limoncello to enjoy at home followed by a three-course  Italian Dinner. The price is $84.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). To book the Limoncello Making Class, email

Sip on Creative Drinks at these Cocktail Stations at RPM Restaurants

rpm restaurants bloody mary

The first signature cocktail in the hands of your guests will set the tone for the rest of the celebration and signature cocktails aren’t just for weddings anymore! A cocktail station greatly contributes to the look, feel and theme of your event! The vibrant, warm colors of a Spritz Station can create the ambiance of summer, a Hot Toddy brings an Après Ski vibe, or a Bloody Mary Bar complete with fresh seafood garnishes screams brunch bash. Plus with Zero Proof Cocktails gaining popularity, you can also provide this elevated style of tailored beverages to guests who don’t drink. These over-the-top boozy stations can be recreated at one of the RPM Restaurant spaces, in your home or office. For more information email

Planning a holiday party? The RPM events team is sharing tips and tricks for customizing this festive occasion. 

Throw a Pizza Making Party with Summer House – North Bethesda
Pizza making party at Summer house
Bring your little chefs to Summer House for Kids Pizza Making! Every Monday – Thursday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, kids 12 and under can craft their own pizzas at the official pizza counter with our chefs for $7.95 plus tax (gratuity not included).
Make a reservation at Summer House – North Bethesda.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with a Cookie Class at Beatrix

Easter Cookie Kit from Beatrix

Another idea for a super sweet event? Gather your group for a seasonal Cookie Decorating Class and learn how to decorate like a pro. Make it boozy by adding a cocktail station and enjoy bites from Beatrix. For more information visit or contact


Learn the Art of Sushi Making at Miru

Miru Hamachi Ponzu Roll
Indulge in the art of sushi making at Miru at the St. Regis Chicago. Learn from city’s top sushi chefs the delicate techniques behind crafting perfect sushi rolls, from selecting the freshest ingredients to mastering the art of rice preparation. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned sushi enthusiast, this class promises an unforgettable experience for your guests. The sushi making event includes Edamame, Shishito Peppers, three Nigiri and two rolls per person, as well as a sake welcome cocktail a nd is $150 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Reach out to for more details and to book.

Feast on Stone Crab and Learn How to Crack ‘Em at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab – Chicago

Joes privae event stone crab

Joe’s Seafood in Chicago has introduced a new private party experience centered on their renowned Florida Stone Crab. Guests are treated to a four-course dinner featuring three generous servings of Stone Crab Claws per person, plus learn how to crack ’em from the experts. The restaurant provides all the necessary tools for a seamless experience, including aprons, protective glasses, mallets, and a cutting board to ensure every guest can confidently crack their own stone crab, so just bring your appetite! The experience is $149.95 per person plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to book the Stone Crab dinner at Joe’s Seafood – Chicago, click here. 
Sip and Savor a Sommelier Led Wine Tasting at The Oakville Grill & Cellar
Oakville wine tasting

The Oakville Grill & Cellar will transport your guests to Napa Valley without ever leaving Chicago. The restaurants’ sommelier team will hand-select select pours and lead an interactive and education wine tasting for your party. Add on chef-curated cheese and salumi boards to nosh on during the tasting and end with the West Coast cuisine from Chef Max Robbins. For more information or to book a wine tasting for your event, click here. 


Host a Pizza Party on a Boat this Summer with Pizzeria Portofino
Pizzeria Portofino Boat Catering
Ahh Summertime Chi is coming and nothing screams Chicago summer like boat day on Lake Michigan. Did you know that Pizzeria Portofino will cater some of the restaurants signature food and drink directly onto your boat? It’s true! Choose from an array of food and beverage packages or order a la carte. Orders can be placed on the Pizzeria Portofino website under ‘Catering’ or through our team at

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