MY FOOD STORY
My cooking career in NYC began while I was a nanny from 1996-1998. I cooked extensively for this family and was exposed to the needs of many mothers through birthday parties and play dates. One of the these mothers was Sara Moulton, the Executive Chef at Gourmet Magazine! She helped me create my personal chef business and I began to cook for other families. I was lucky enough to meet a pair of friends who were brand new Moms in 1999. These 2 amazing ladies are the cornerstone of what I offer today. I have been blessed all these years by their referrals and loyalty. Because of them, my specialty is weekly drop-offs for families and new parents. I have expanded into special events, cocktail parties, and corporate functions as well as in-home dinners. I am also proud to say that since 2000, I have assisted Steve Martin's chef, Andy Olson, whenever he needs an extra set of hands in their NY kitchen.
Basically, I cook healthy food with big flavors. Generally, I grill or steam with olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Next, I will add a more complicated layering of flavors - a vinaigrette, a chutney, salsa, or a glaze. Most all of my soups are a base of vegetable broth, tailoring as needed to chicken or beef. I rarely use a cream unless I am thickening with coconut milk or greek yogurt. I add a variety of dried fruits, nuts, and cheeses to my salads. I'm a big fan of vinegars, mustards, fresh herbs, and garlic. Most everything I deliver will be fully cooked and you will just need to reheat or assemble and toss. Almost all of my soups and stews can be frozen for later use.
A drop off typically will include 3 main dishes, 3 accompanying salads, 2 sides, and a soup. These 9 items you can divide up however you would like as lunches, dinners, or compliments to things you have prepared or bought yourself. Or, we can find the perfect set of items to suit your needs.
I shop with a focus on the best ingredients from the best New York has to offer. The standards being Whole foods, Barzini's, and Food Cellar. I also draw upon farmer's markets, neighborhood markets, and specialty item stores all over the city.
We agree on a price per hour for a 6 hour minimum. That includes time for shopping, preparation, clean-up, and delivery to your home. We set up a shopping budget for the cost of food. I will email the total of the food cost the night before or morning of delivery and then bring you the receipts when I deliver your meals. You reimburse me for that cost of the food. I find it is easiest if you write one combined check for the food reimbursement and the labor.
Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
I work with a very talented party planner, Melissa McNeeley, for large parties and together we provide a full range of services. She is able to help you with finding a space, rentals, flowers and decorations, staff, liquor and ice for your special occasion. I will help you choose the perfect menu and prepare it. We compliment each other and bring a special blend of flair, taste, and uncommon goodness to everything we do. Please visit her website to get a closer look at her style.
If it is a small cocktail party, brunch or an intimate meal in your home, feel free to contact me directly and I will be happy to organize the menu and staff. You can click on Sample Brunch, Dinner Options, Healthy Lunches or Hors d'oeuvres in the MENU PAGES to start planning your menu.
I look forward to helping you with all of your food needs.