How does a personal chef service work?

The Carefree Table personal chef service offers delicious, high quality, affordable meals based on a customized menu using only the freshest ingredients available.  Contact me for a no cost consultation and we will discuss the food likes and dislikes of everyone in your home, including any allergies and any special dietary requirements.  l will use this information to design a customized menu for you and we will set your first cook date.  Similar to other home services, it is not necessary for you to be home when I’m cooking.  I can cook while you’re working, running errands, or relaxing – whatever works for you! In addition to the cooking, I will also do all the shopping, selecting the freshest and highest quality ingredients available.  Then I will arrive at your home with groceries in hand, along with my own equipment and tools. Depending on your menu, cooking and clean up will take between 4 and 6 hours. I will package and label all meals, leaving them in your refrigerator or freezer. A menu listing all items and heating instructions will be left behind (along with a clean kitchen!).  Weekly or bi-weekly service is recommended. However, less frequent options are available based on your needs.

What is included with my service?

Various packages are available for your personal chef service based on the number of entrees you chose.  All services include the following:

  • In-home consultation
  • Custom menu planning
  • Grocery shopping
  • Preparation of entrees and side dishes
  • Packaging and labeling of all meals
  • Detailed menu with heating instructions
  • All the clean up!

How much will my service cost?

The packages listed below are samples of the services and pricing that are available. The benefit of a personal chef is that if one of the packages does not fit your needs, I can customize one for you!  Pricing does not include the cost of groceries.

  • 5 entrees with 4 portions & side dish (20 servings) = starting at $250 + groceries
  • 4 entrees with 4 portions & side dish (16 servings) = starting at $225 + groceries
  • 3 entrees with 4 portions & side dish (12 servings) = starting at $200 + groceries

Additional services can be provided and will be priced individually.  These services include:

  • Additional food shopping (staple items)
  • Kids’ entrees
  • Packed lunches (including soups, stews, and pasta salads)

* Prices effective January 1, 2015 and are subject to change.  Disposable packaging materials are included in the price. Reusable containers can be purchased for an additional fee.

What areas do you serve?

The Carefree Table will serve clients in the Pittsburgh metro area and northern suburbs.  I will be happy to talk to you about opportunities in other areas – just let me know!

What other services do you provide?

I am happy to provide services for dinner parties, cocktail parties, and tailgates.  Please contact me and we can collaborate on an awesome menu for your next home event!