Dining out. It’s like guerrilla warfare sometimes. You wrestle with the bartender for a drink, snipe at the maitre d’ for a seat, and practically have to engage in hand-to-hand combat just to get a cab afterward. An alternative: Schedule a private cooking party at Bespoke Cuisine, where you and your pals work in a state-of-the-art kitchen preparing a four-course meal customized to your taste (Thai, Mexican, organic). When all the chopping, dicing, and sautéing is done, dinner is served in a charming exposed-brick room with fifteen-foot beamed ceilings. Add in some well-chosen tunes and wines, and it’s like having your own private restaurant on Randolph Street. Best of all, no fighting over who has to do the dishes. Bespoke Cuisine, 1358 West Randolph Street, at North Ada Street (312-455-8400).