Private Chef Services
Do you want to arrange a special meal for you and your family/friends? I have many years of experience working with just about every kind of special food need. Whether you are vegan, paleo, keto, vegetarian, omnivore, or only eat raw foods, I can cater a meal or party to your specifications. Or, if you would like personal instruction about how to bake breads (including gluten-free), make sauerkraut, can preserves with the bounty of your garden, or learn how to use fresh herbs, I would love to assist you! I can also help you to make sense out of an unruly fridge and/or pantry and make magic out of chaos!
You can hire me to come to your home or rental to prepare a special dinner for an intimate party of four or more people. We can include appetizers, herb-infused beverages, homemade pasta and/or bread, herb butter, pesto, soup or stew, delicious sauces, a one of a kind salad, grilled meat, or vegan/ gluten-free pizza or focaccia!
I can also cater larger parties of up to 30 people.
Depending on the menu, the size of the group, the style of the meal, and the specific dietary needs of the party, the cost will range from $25-$125/person, plus the cost of the ingredients and any needed rentals.
Blindfolded Meals: A Feast of the Senses
It's amazing how when you take away the power of vision, our other senses come into sharper focus, and so does our capacity for presence.
This meal includes a relaxing aromatherapy and singing bowl ceremony before we sit at the table, to set the tone of presence and openness to new experiences. It's highly suggested that you embrace this feast "hands-on"-- with no utensils-- cloth napkins and hot water are provided.
Depending on the menu and the number of courses, this meal ranges from $80-$130 per person, plus the cost of the ingredients. You can have anywhere from six to twelve courses. Some of the courses will receive new embellishments while you are eating them!
Whatever you want to learn how to cook or bake, whether it be pastry, bread, homemade pasta, gluten-free crackers, vegan dips/spreads, or coq au vin, I probably know how to make it. Some baked items require several hours of resting the dough, and sometimes things have to rest overnight, so we will have to work our schedule around the needs of the particular food. If you want to work with me on the organization and cleaning of your fridge/pantry as we are waiting for things to happen, we can do that. Or, we can just spend a few hours on a certain dish you've been wanting forever to create!
I can also teach you how to make garden produce into pickles, preserves, pesto, or fermented foods, and how to can any fruits you have in abundance into jams, jellies, or syrups.
My charge for this service is $50/hour for any hands-on personal instruction, plus reimbursement for gas and food expenses.
Fridge and Pantry Magic
Do you have items in your fridge and pantry that have been sitting around for months or even years, that you've been meaning to do something special with, but lack the know-how or inspiration to put to use? I can help! This is actually one of my very favorite ways to work with food! I can bring a few basic items and turn all those special items into treats that will delight you for the week to come!
My charge for this service is $50/hour for instruction and help with organization/cleaning of fridge and pantry.
Depending on my schedule for the week, I will need at least 72 hours notice for any of these services, but prefer to schedule you a month ahead of time.