Ideas for Tastings, Classes, Pop-Ups

 Food-Focused Social events

Let us create an engaging social event in your home, centered on an intriguing cuisine, surprising food pairing, or a private cooking class. These custom-designed social events are centered on the pleasures of cooking and eating. Read about details and pricing for in-home events and tastings , or get in touch to schedule a party. Meanwhile, here are a few sample ideas to get you started: 


Indian Tapas

This experiential cooking class focuses on fun finger foods inspired by Indian street foods and cuisine. Gather your friends for an evening of rolling fluffy potato samosas, frying pakora, home-made naans and easy chutneys to accompany. Learn how to pair beer or wine with richly-spiced food to accentuate the flavors at play in your food, and enjoy an evening with one of the richest culinary traditions on the planet.

Mediterranean Tour: Food From Spain, Greece, Lebanon and Beyond

Go beyond Italian pasta and Greek gyros in a meal designed around the common threads of Mediterranean cooking. We'll experience flavors woven through many countries in the region, and learn about other influences in food from less well-known cuisines. Experience smoked paprika from Spain, ground sumac from Lebanon, harissa from North Africa and other unique flavors and combinations. Join us for a night in the Mediterranean! 



Beer tasting for Chicks: Ladies' Night In

Are you wondering what the micro-fuss is all about with the surge of craft beer brewing in Minnesota? What is the difference between a lager, an ale, an IPA or an IBU? Bring your girls over, we'll answer every question you can throw at us about the art of beer-making.  Learn some of the terminology around beers and brewing, prepare and pair seasonal tapas with a variety of craft beers from Minnesota and beyond, and talk about how to learn what YOU like in a beer and a food pairing. Leave armed with the knowledge to belly up to the bar, and like the Brew-mistress you are, confidently order something that you know you'll enjoy. 


Custom Recipes

Try your hand at some of these recipes, created by June Apple Kitchen and requested by our customers!


Chocolate Masala Chai Cake

The base for this luscious Chai-spiced dark chocolate cake was adapted from Deb Perelman at to include all the warming flavors of your favorite chai latte.

Makes 1 8" square cake.

  • 6 tbls. salted butter, soft
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup masala chai mix, or a combination of this with buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

Heat your oven to 350 degrees F, then butter an 8" baking pan and line the bottom with a square of parchment. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg, yolk and vanilla until combined. Scrape down the bowl, then sprinkle the baking soda, powder, and ground spices over the top of the batter, and finally beat again until very well combined. Add the masala chai mix/buttermilk and mix to combine. The batter will likely curdle, but don't worry about it. Add the sifted cocoa and flour, and mix until just barely combined. Scrape the batter into your pan, and smooth the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and flip right side up to cool completely before frosting.


ChaI Spice Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tbls. masala chai mix
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves

Beat butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the masala chai mix and vanilla, then beat until combined and whipped, about 1-2 minutes more.


Recipe 2, Coming SOON!



RECIPE 3, coming SOON