Holiday season is all about parties. Ugly Sweater parties, cocktail parties, black-tie events, and especially dinner parties.  The calendar books up from the start of December until everyone jumps on a plane, train or automobile to head back for some quality family time.

If you are thinking of throwing a dinner party but cannot bear the thought of all that planning, cooking and (gulp!) dish-washing, do not fear.  Cookhouse has you covered with their motto: “Cook together, have fun, make a mess. We’ll clean up.”

Founder Jen Wu and her business partner Amy Bryan leveraged their diverse set of experience in event planning, business development, marketing and, of course, eating, to open the gorgeous space on Jack Kerouac Alley, just above Vesuvio Bar. Tasteful interior from Geremia Design and state-of-the-art appliances from Purcell Murray help party organizers flex their cooking skills and impress guests.  Just a few of the Cookhouse abundant offerings include pots, pans, dishware, eleven burners, three ovens, ample counter space, and a pantry of spices and Tupperware to boot. Hate having to rent and transport plastic furniture? Head to Cookhouse.

With all the logistics taken care of, you only have to focus on the menu, grocery shopping and thoughtful touches to complete a kick-ass dinner party without the hassle or the clean up.  The large Cookhouse loft space comfortably fits up to 25 seated guests or 42 standing.  Rent the space for 2, 4, 6 or 12 hour blocks.  Check out the website or contact Cookhouse directly to book an event. The rates are very reasonable, and in this economy, we need a little good news on the entertainment front.

Anne Pao is a contributing food writer for SF  When she is not satisfying carnivorous tendencies, you can find her adventuring in the Bay area outdoors.  For more Pao reads check out her blog at