Chaos Cooking event in New Orleans (pictures)

Chaos Cooking and Brooklyn Brewery joined forces and put on a kickbutt dinner party tonight in New Orleans.

Joe and Margaret started Chaos Cooking in Brooklyn. They made Vietnamese shrimp rolls at the #NOLAmash event tonight. (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

Joe and Margaret started Chaos Cooking in Brooklyn. They made Vietnamese shrimp rolls at the #NOLAmash event tonight. (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

How Chaos Cooking describes itself (previous coverage):

An international community of incredible people who share a passion for food, drinks and good conversations. Our staple event is where everyone brings the ingredients for one dish and then cooks together in one space. All recipes must be finished and space returned to original condition by the end of the event, while everyone is socializing, enjoying drinks and eating tasty dishes.

And, boy did the party tonight deliver.

At least 30 (maybe more – we were cooking not counting) people showed up at the secret location ready to rock and roll. Pots rotated on and off the stove (shrimp curry, couscous, steamed clams, collard greens). Prep stations took over the yard and the laundry room. We tried new foods and learned new recipes. We saw a mega wok in action.

We met so many fun people tonight. Thanks to our host, Johnny, for opening his house to a bunch of strangers.

And thanks to Joe and Margaret for starting Chaos Cooking in Brooklyn. Joe said the concept works because it gives people something to do. Everyone was busy tonight chopping onions, cleaning shrimp, washing dishes and/or prepping the grill. The activity, Joe said, removes the awkward stranger talk.

Joe wants to have another Chaos Cooking event in New Orleans. To stay in the loop, sign up on the site.

These delicious pork sliders with homemade pickles went fast. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

These delicious pork sliders with homemade pickles went fast. (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

These clams were divine. (photo via @NewinNOLA on instagram)

These clams were divine. (photo via @NewinNOLA on instagram)

The party moved outside as the sun went down. (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

The party moved outside as the sun went down. (photo via @NewinNOLA on Instagram)

One partygoer broke out the mega wok to cook duck wontons. Impressive! (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

One partygoer broke out the mega wok to cook duck wontons. Impressive! (photo via @newinNOLA on Instagram)

Check out our Storify post for more photos. 

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