BY @ANNE DIMON
The Waring House, a five-minute drive from downtown Picton, Ontario, offers culinary-focused team-building programs with hands-on classes for up to 20 people. The region is known for its many culinary offerings and classes emphasize local products and produce.
At the self-contained Cookery School, which has a designated working kitchen, groups are divided into teams working at various stations to create a complete meal. A full day program can include planning the menu, shopping with the chef to gather ingredients from local producers, cooking and baking the various dishes and finally dining together.
Add-on options include a beer or wine tasting, a trip to Waring House, a tour of the property-owned Barley Days Brewery, or an arts component (with resident artist). In addition, chefs are available teach classes in specific cuisines or techniques (how to make a perfect pie crust, etc.).
A cooking-focus team building activity works because “the group learns to work together to challenges,” says chef Jordan McGuinness, Cookery School director.
The 100-acre property was once a family farm. Today, it offers a total of 49 units, including “inn” rooms in the original farm house, and guest rooms and suites in two lodges that were built in 2008 and feature geothermal heat/air-conditioning, a solar-powered hot water system and countless other sustainable features.
In addition, The Waring House offers a total of 5,900 square feet of indoor event space. Its largest hall accommodates up to 175 for a banquet. It also has extensive outdoor space; a pub; and on-site spa. In addition, planners will love that the one contact from start to finish is veteran event planner Henriette Labelle-Campbell.