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A hands-on cooking workshop for culinary fun between foodie friends as they prepare favorite recipes and demonstrate creative cooking techniques with food and food presentation.
friends & food
...a group cooking experience
the taste-buds will remember!

2-night group package
check in after 4pm -  Noon check out
per availability for your group 8 to 16 persons

$229 per person INCLUDES tax/tip

Includes 2-nights lodging in TIMEAWAY LODGE
2 gourmet breakfasts, champagne & dessert reception,
kitchen & food service facility, private use of entire lodge.

Franchesco's Ristorante chef's table dining experience seated in the prepartion area to watch as your meal is created.
dining at the
...a tasting adventure while watching the chefs create!

1-night couples package
SUNDAY through THURSDAY nights only
check in after 4pm -  Noon check out
per availability 2 to 6 persons

table reservation fee $10 advance notice necessary

Minimum 1-night stay in GETAWAY LODGE required.
FRANCHESCO'S CHEF'S TABLE reservation guaranteed.
Franchesco's dinner/drinks cost is guest responsibility.

Tired of the usual sit & watch cooking class or cooks workshop? Try the River House COOKS WEEKEND for guaranteed culinary fun for both the taste-master and the cooks!
Timeaway Lodge kitchen is the place to be for taste-testing
fun as the group prepares favorite recipes for each other
and enjoy this unique best-of-recipes cooking getaway.
The Getaway Lodge features chef's table dining for a gourmet breakfast named Best-in-the-Midwest. The innkeeper welcomes guests to come out and visit as the meal is prepared.
Getaway Lodge features chef's table dining for their gourmet breakfast named Best-in-the-Midwest.  Guests are welcome
to come watch the cook and visit as breakfast is prepared.

cook's package schedule

After all have arrived, relax and start the weekend with a
Champagne & Dessert reception provided by innkeeper as
you all get ready for Saturday cooking feast.
Start the day with gourmet breakfast served by innkeeper;
10am-5pm share cooking demos with one another along with
some sample tasting in the spacious Timeaway Lodge kitchen;
After 5pm the women get pretty and the men get handsome
while the innkeepers put on the dining glitz and serve up
your culinary achievements with a memorable candlelight dinner.
Enjoy gourmet breakfast as you vote for best cooks demo
& recipe; "Best-of-Weekend" certificate awarded.

about chef's table dining


    A chef's table is a table located in the kitchen of a restaurant reserved for VIP tasting menu and special guests. Patrons are usually served by the head chef. Restaurants usually require a minimum party and charge a flat fee per person. Chef's tables are provided only by top-rated restaurants and are often available only by specific invitation.
    Chef's tables are located either in, or adjoining, the kitchen where diners may feel like they are part of the creative cooking action. The concept is as old as dining itself.  Once-upon-a-time we all (unless we were the lords of the manor) sat in the kitchen to eat.  That's before we grew up, or gentrified, and migrated to the dining room.  Over time, restaurants followed suit moving diners away from the commercial kitchen...And from the fun.


Everyone is the master of at least one great recipe.
A weekend getaway is a time to be with friends
for the one thing we all enjoy...GOOD FOOD!

cook's package policy

1.  Group leader collects recipes and determines demo menu.
2.  Usual cookware-bakeware-dishes-utensils provided at B&B.
3.  Recipe ingredients & specialty utensils or cookware
     responsibility of group.
4.  Innkeeper will do any food shopping requested as long as
     grocery list provided minimum 48 hours in advance. It is
     assumed group will reimburse cost.
5.  Certificate awarded for best demo & best recipe.
6.  Certificates awarded by participant blind vote.
7.  Participation assumes permission for future recipe
     publication with provider byline credit.
8.  No refund within 30 days prior to arrival.
Chef's Table dining is $100 per person+beverage/tax/tip.
It is paid at restaurant by guest.

It's every food lover's fantasy. You arrive at the well-known restaurant with your partner. The waiter comes to escort you
to your table.  You bypass all the other diners seated in cozy
groups in the main room.  You pass the bar, a private room
or two, and find you've entered the holy of holies...The kitchen.

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Getaway Lodge and Timeaway Lodge
11052 Ventura Boulevard
Rockford - Machesney Park, IL 61115
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