March is National Nutrition Month, so stir up some fun with a cooking class. Guests can watch the demonstration by a local chef and then feast on samples of his or her creations as they mix and mingle. Be sure to offer your chef a chance to market his or her restaurant or personal cooking services in exchange for the free demonstration. And, make copies of any recipes prepared at the party so that guests can make it at home.
If you don't have a kitchen available for the demonstration, don't fret - here are some no-kitchen options:
Knife Skills Teach your guests the correct way to cut up vegetables without cutting off any fingers. Give away a set of knives as a door prize (you can order some high-quality of inexpensive knives from Ikea).
Grill Master Serve up some grilling secrets, remove the mystery behind rubs vs. marinades, and go over special tools and gadgets. You could also add a twist by making it a George Foreman grilling class, for those folks grilling indoors.
Fresh Eating Teach your guests to cut the calories by cooking fresh - demonstrate a few salads, no-cook gourmet sandwiches, or fresh hors d'oeuvres.
Crock-Pot Cooking Expose your folks to a few crock-pot techniques and share some yummy recipes for those people with big appetites but little time.
Take a Field Trip Don't be afraid to go off-site for a full-on cooking class. Some high-end supermarkets and appliance stores will offer classes, and you can try negotiating a discounted rate in exchange for promotion within the community. You can also ask a restaurant to host your group before or after hours - a restaurant kitchen would make a perfect setting for a class, and folks could be encouraged to stick around after for drinks or to order a meal.
Don't forget that Apartment Life offers branded aprons, which you can order for yourself or use as a door prize. For more details on how to order, talk to your Area Director.