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Can anyone recommend a personal chef who can accommodate my
restricted diet. I have a whole host of health issues that I
am dealing with and the doctor has restricted what I can eat.
I am already too busy to cook even without a restricted diet.
With restrictions, I'll never manage. Anyone out there in the
same boat have a name for a experienced chef who uses organic
high quality food and does home deliveries?
Starving but Don't Know What to Eat
Sorry about your restriced diet. I have been there
recently-I had to do an elimination diet last year. We used
the amazing services of Angie Needels. She is amazing, kind
and very knowledgable and creative when it comes to
restriced diets. Here is her website:
Over the years my family has enjoyed the services of Patch
Mowery. She's kind, reliable, and of course, an excellent
and flexible chef. We planned menus together (over phone
or email), and then she shopped and cooked several dishes
for my family (and cleaned up!) She knows a lot about diet
and health and would be a great resource for any busy
person. It was totally worth it! Feel free to email me for
any more specific questions. Her phone # is 650-468 5367.
There is a perfect chef for you in the East Bay. Please see
www.chez-ellen.com Ellen works specifically with people who
have dietary restrictions and creates customized meals. I
have used her service for 3 years. My family is gluten and
dairy free. And we have been very happy. Good luck! A busy
family with 2 kids
Personal Chef Alix Wall (www.theorganicepicure.com) has been
recommended on BPN by myself and others, and I know that she
has cooked for people with dietary restrictions before. She
makes delicious, healthy, mostly vegetarian meals in your
home, and she will work with you to deal with any
limitations. Check out her website and give her a call:
We're biting the bullet and realizing that we need to hire
someone to help us with cooking. Does anyone have any
updated recommendations for personal chefs? Our family is
especially interested in ones with a health and
sustainability focus - who prepare meals using whole,
seasonal, local, and organic foods (knowledge of the work of
Weston A. Price would be wonderful). Is there anyone out
there doing this kind of cooking? How much does it cost?
Thanks for any leads.
This might not be quite what you are looking for, but check out Three Stone
Hearth, a worker owned cooperative that cooks based on Weston A. Price's
teachings. You can order via the internet from a wide array of food each week
and either pick up from their kitchen on University Ave. in Berkeley, or have it
delivered. Everything I've tried has been delicious. Their website is
Renee King is a personal chef, and I've eaten meals prepared by Renee. They are
absolutely delicious. She is very attuned to her clients' needs and can prepare
meals to meet their dietary requirements as well as food preferences. If you
would like more information, visit her website at www.homeplatechef.net. Her
phone number is 510-691-8191.
I strongly recommend Alexandra Wall, better known as
the Organic Epicure. Her food is amazing. She is a lovely
person as well. Besides cooking for busy families, she also
specializes in cooking for new moms. She'll cook fish but
not meat. Check her out if you want to eat well, stress
less, and have some quality family time over dinner:
a happy eater
Try Alix Wall, the Organic Epicure.
She makes veggie and fish dishes only (no meat) and uses fresh, local, and
organic (you can find her at the Berkeley Bowl most mornings).
I, too, would like to recommend Osa Sister. I have never eaten so well since she
has started cooking for us on a weekly basis! Her food is hearty yet refined,
local, super fresh, diverse and always exciting. She has a discrete, respectful
presence when she is cooking in our home. She is very reliable, consistently
good each week and she leaves the kitchen spotless with labeled dishes in the
fridge that are seasoned to perfection. She provides us with weekly internet
forms requesting feedback and is always responsive to our particular needs and
requests. My husband and I searched for a personal chef for three years -- we
have found our chef in Osa. We HIGHLY recommend her. Osa (510) 725-7892
Michelle ''Osa'' Sister has been cooking for my family for three years,
and I have only the most wonderful things to say about her and the food
she makes. Truly outstanding, delicious food cooked with love and care
- you really FEEL different being so well nourished. I have some health
issues I'm dealing with and I also don't like to cook, so Osa is my right
hand woman. She has a very sweet demeanor, is thoughtful and
understanding, and incredibly hardworking. She always leaves my
kitchen cleaner than she finds it! Osa is flexible, creative, and organized.
She charges $35 an hour and I think it's worth every penny. Better-than-
restaurant quality food, lovingly cooked in your own home. I highly
recommend that you give her a call. Osa: 510-725-7892.
I would like to highly recommend Gourmet By The Bay, for a wonderful personal
chef ! I have worked with Shoshana Klein and she makes delicious food. She uses
sustainable local and organic food, and cooks either vegetarian or not. She
takes great care in her work, is diligent, reliable and easy to work with. Also, she
works a lot with families and has a lot of experience with both personal chef
cooking and catering. She can be reached at: 703-8618. Good Luck...
I recommend Antonio Capezzuto. His meals are delicious,
organic, and healthy! We all (the 4 of us) absolutely love
his meals. He offers catering or chef prepared meals.
His contact information is
Reservations (510) 417-9670
Hope this helps!
Looking for someone to cook good, healthy, yummy meals.
Better than going out
I highly recommend Osa Sister as a personal chef. She's
been cooking for me for the past three years. She
specializes in organic, local, seasonal cuisine and can cook
any style of food you like, although her favorite style is
nutrient-dense omnivore food. She is very reliable,
trustworthy, and makes the BEST food I've ever had. Really,
gourmet-restaurant quality food, 100% healthy and
satisfying. It's made a big difference for our family. You
can contact Osa at 510-725-7892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact me directly.
Rebecca does *great* food. Healthy, super tasty, organic, and catered to your
needs. Big one pot meals or fancier multi-dish meals as your budget/taste
needs. It's $35/hr plus the food. Her email is email@example.com.
Rebecca Weinstein is one of the best cooks around the East Bay. She leans
towards hearty, peasanty type dishes, especially Italian, and has a knack for
inventing her own dishes. A lot of the produce she uses comes from her own
organic garden, and she makes yummy preserves and marmalades. She also
uses very green practices in the kitchen such as composting and not buying
She was very accomodating about shopping, delivering, or cooking on site as
the occasion required.
You can reach her at 510 655 0813.
I really love Antonio's cooking. He's made many meals for
my family and even my picky eater son loves it. His cooking
is very yummy and very authentic Italian cuisine. You can
reach Antonio at (510) 417-9670 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to
http://cucinapartenopea.com/ Good luck!
I would like to highly recommend Osa Sister. She cooks for us on a weekly basis
and I can honestly say I have never eaten so well. She provides a menu for our
approval before arriving at our house to cook. She is discrete, professional,
kind-hearted and very talented! She has LOTS of experience with different ways
of cooking, and has a diverse 'repertoire'. What she cooks for us are great
dishes made form wholesome, local ingredients. The meats and fishes she uses
are TOP quality and she seasons her food exquisitely. She also works to caters
to our particular needs -- I am a omnivore, my husband a vegetarian.
She leaves the kitchen spotless and the refrigerator full of
labeled dishes that last us through the week.
My husband and I searched for someone to do what
Osa does for us for almost three years. We have found
our chef in Osa. She's a true gift to anyone she works
for. Osa Sister: 510-725-7892, email: email@example.com.
I'm looking for some updated recommendations for a personal
chef for my brother who will be moving into a condo in
Emeryville shortly and who's in real need of reliable
healthy food options. He's got some physical disabilities
that make shopping and cooking challenging, and I was hoping
to hook him up with someone who could save him from a life
of cereal, pizza, and fast food!
Sister On A Mission
I would like to recommend a wonderful chef, Shoshana Klein. The name of her
business is Gourmet By The Bay Personal Chef Services, centrally located in the
East Bay. Her phone # is 510/703.8618. She's easy to work with, an amazing
cook and very creative. She's also a fabulous Caterer. I've eaten her food many,
many times, and love it. Give her a call...
I recently hired Lisa at Green Heart Foods to whip up meals for my family one
day/week. She comes one day and leaves food for 3 to 5. It's all really clean and
delicious; my kids even like it! I've found her prices to be competitive too. She
has a website: www.greenheartfoods.com. Check her out! Good luck in finding
To Sister on a Mission looking for meal options for her
brother, I have used a service called One Less Thing. The
owner delivers home cooked meals for an extremely reasonable
cost. She cooks healthy, comfort food and always has a
vegetarian option as well. The food is tasty, creative and
fresh. I've had her roast chicken, enchiladas, and meat
loaf, all delish. Oh, she bakes pies too if that interests
you. She may be willing to cook at your brother's place if
that's what you want. You can reach her at
firstname.lastname@example.org; put One Less Thing in the subject line.
I know there have been many posts, but I have to put in one
plug for Eric C. Webster. I've checked around and I cannot
say enough about him.
He is a top chef from Sonoma County and has not only
flexibility to work with dietary needs of families, but of
tastes of children.
He also has an eye for making the food ''look'' good too. He
is also wonderful with kids and extremely personable. At
the very least give him a call and see what he can do for
Check his website.
Found the best personal chef
Our family would love to recommend a fantastic personal chef
who has been cooking 4-5 dinners/week for us for the last 6
years. Ellen only works with a few families at a time and
she has an opening in her schedule right now.
We are both full time working parents and putting a dinner
on a table for us and our 2 small children has been a
breeze. The meals are customized to our liking and made with
mostly organic produce and meats. The cost is what we
normally spend on groceries for the 4 of us anyway.
Ellen specializes in a variety of diets from gluten free to
Check Ellen's website:
Ellen far surpassed our expectations for a personal chef.
She not only cooks the most mouth-watering dishes, but she
is a vivacious young woman who is a pleasure to be around.
One thing I really like about her service is that she
creates individual menus for clients each week, always
taking into account likes, dislikes, special diets, and so
on. Every day I so look forward to eating one of her meals
with my family. I wish I could cook like that (and had the
time to do so!)
I highly recommend Chez Ellen Personal Chef. She can be
reached at 510-465-CHEF or email@example.com.
I'm looking for a personal chef to cook my husband and me
healthy, low-calorie meals, preferably 3 meals a day. We've had
fresh, prepared meals delivered through a weight-loss service
before, but the packaging/storing used was non-recyclable and
contributing terribly to landfill. That, along with two kids
under 3 and no time to cook healthily for ourselves, has
inspired us to investigate the personal chef route. Ideally,
we'd love someone who can cook delicious and creative meals BUT
who can ALSO help us lose around 10 - 15 lbs of weight each.
Some of you have posted recently re: vegetarian personal chefs,
but we are definitely meat-eaters, so I thought I'd try to
elicit other recommendations that you may have. Approximate cost
would be great to know too. Thank you in advance for your help!
I can whole heartedly recommend that you try Green Heart Foods.
Lisa is an amazing chef! I have enjoyed a variety of her creations, all
simply wonderful. Visit her website for pricing info, services, and a
full description of her qualifications and experience. She is a graduate
of the Culinary Institute of America in NYC and has additional specialized
training in nutrition counseling. While her experience with vegetarian
cooking is hilighted, I know she is happy to prepare delicious meat meals.
I have also seen first hand how her meal planning and preparation has
helped with weight loss.
I'm really struggling with preparing meals for my busy family
and interested to know if anyone has a recommendation for a
''personal chef''. My family has various dietary
restrictions, and I want to make sure that whoever is cooking
can deal with both vegetarian and meat dishes. We try to eat
only high quality, organic nutrient-dense foods. Also, how
much does this kind of thing cost?
waiting to be fed
I have just the gal for you! Michelle ''Osa'' Sister (yes, that's her
name) has been cooking for me (and some friends of mine) for two years
now. Her food is just amazing, and she does all the shopping, cooking
and cleaning up of your kitchen, leaving you containers of glorious
food for you to come home to. She charges $35 an hour. She can make
any kind of food: meat, vegetarian, vegan, raw. She is very skilled
at tailoring her menus to meet her cliets' very specific needs. She
uses local, seasonal and organic ingredients. I can't recommend her
highly enough; having her cook for me has had a profound impact on my
mental and physical well-being. Feel free to contact me for details.
Osa's contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-658-8194
We are looking for a more updated reference for a personal chef or meal
delivery service in Berkeley. Ideally, we would like to get a regular
delivery of healthy prepared meals for a small family, meals which can
be frozen and cooked/reheated when we need them. If you know of a good
service, we'd appreciate the recommendation!
Gourmet by the Bay Personal Chef is great.
its owned by Shoshanna Klein, who is very experienced, clean
she uses fresh local and organic produce and will listen to
what your needs are. I really enjoyed her food.
her number is 510-703-8618 and e-mail is
gourmetbythebay at sbcglobal.net
We have been using a wonderful personal chef for almost 3
years now. It all started when my morning sickness prevented
me from being able to be anywhere near food and was only meant
to be a temporary solution. But Patricia (aka Patch) is so
perfect for our family and so flexible and willing to
accomodate our needs as they have changed, that we have kept
her on. Currently, she comes to us one night a week to cook
us a delicious dinner in our home AND does all the clean up so
that we can actually sit and enjoy our children and eachother.
We all look forward to the ''Patch Night'' and the kids get in
on the fun of picking the dinner menu each week. She has also
in the past done prepared meals for us and can stock up a
fridge or freezer as the need may be. She cooks in your
kitchen or hers, your choice. She shops at the Berkeley Bowl
and goes for seasonal fresh menu choices. She has an extensive
repertoire of recipes that she lets you select from. Her
rates are very reasonable and she does all the shopping and is also willing to
pick up extra grocery items if you need them. She is like
family to us and when she's here it is really just like her
business motto, ''mom's in the kitchen''. I cannot recommend
her highly enough. Her email is patchcooks at gmail.com
I've reached a point of being too busy with my job and family
duties, and I'm ready to outsource the dinner cooking so I can
relax a little more. Can anyone recommend a personal chef in
the Berkeley/North Oakland area who specializes in vegetarian
cuisine? I'd prefer the person to be able to make a wide
variety of dishes, and maybe even get us eating more
seasonally (and locally). I'd like someone who can make
healthy food but also comfort dishes, can make stuff for adult
palates and kid palates... Thanks in advance for helping me
Tired and Hungry
Lexa Walsh is a great cook, a vegetarian, and has a lot of
experience with personal chef-ing. She's an artist and musician
and does a lot of cooking and catering jobs to earn extra money.
She's a friend of mine and I have eaten so many amazing meals
over the years of knowing her I can't count them! I think she
can cook just about anything, even meat, and she's used to
cooking for familes. She can be reached at 510.282.6311 or
toychestra at yahoo.com
Great personal chef. Focuses on healthy AND yummy.
121 Maiden Lane
Oakland, CA 94602
email: cateredproductions at earthlink.net
I hear ya! When my daughter was born 10 months ago, we decided
to outsource the cooking, too, since we did not have family in
the area to help out. We also have a 4-year-old.
We googled in ''vegetarian personal chefs in Berkeley'' -- we
are vegetarians -- and had the pleasure of meeting and hiring
Deb Janes of Garden Gourmet (http://www.gardengourmetchef.com).
Deb would come to our home once a week to do all the food
shopping -- she made it a point to buy only seasonal and organic
food -- and cook in our kitchen three meals, which would last us
up to six days (lunch AND dinner). A typical menu was rich in
flavor and diverse in foods across the world: for example,
mushroom and cheese enchiladas with a side dish of tortilla
soup, a crustless spinakopita with a Greek salad and an Indian
dish and side dish. Not only were the meals delicious and we
looked forward to them every Monday, but they were way healthier
than anything we could have eaten at a restaurant or even I had
time to cook up at home. My husband and I used to comment how
different Deb's Indian food tasted since it did not have as much
oil as the restaurants use.
She charged us $250 a week, plus ingredients. We typically paid
around $300 a week. Please note that you can always use the
service for a short amount of time -- like we did -- or use it
to supplement your own cooking like once or twice a month. Trust
me, it is a HUGE help!
Deb, by the way, can be reached at deb at gardengourmetchef.com or
510-985-1065. Hope this helps!
I would highly recommend Alix Wall. She has her own personal
chef business, the Organic Epicure (www.theorganicepicure.com
415-793-9074) and makes delicious, healthy vegetarian and fish
dishes (or all veg if that's what you prefer). I shopped around
a bit when I was looking for someone to cook for my family, and
found Alix to be competitively priced as well. She's cooked for
us for several months now and we've liked everything she's
prepared - I don't think she's even made the same thing twice
yet! We have a 1 yr old and 3.5 yr old who also like her food.
Alix does a wonderful job of incorporating the veggies from our
weekly CSA box and is very responsive to our needs. Feel free to
contact me (or Alix, of course) if you want more details.
Alexandra Wall is a wonderful personal chef.
she specializes in veggiterian, organic, localy produced
seasonal dishes made with lots of care and inovation. she makes
a very wide veriaty of dishes from the gormet to the common,
daily, comfort foods.
a couple of months back, i did some siding work for her and
agreed to get part of the compensation in her prepared meals- it
was wonderfull! i'm a man who really enjoys fine food and i was
blown away by the quality and tastiness of her cooking. i highly
recommend her as a personal chef.
here's Alix's info:
email- alix at theorganicepicure.com
I was in a very similar situation and ended up hiring Deb Janes
of Garden Gourmet Chef as my personal chef (we are a vegetarian
family). Her cooking is SO GOOD, and she is just the loveliest
person to have around. Cost-wise, though it seemed expensive at
first, it's made such a difference to my mental health that I
think having Deb is a great deal. What a relief to not have to
cook dinner every night, and to know that we are all nourished
with the best quality foods available! You can reach her at
510-985-1065, or deb at gardengourmetchef.com
A happy customer
With one young kid and another on the way, I'm considering a meal prep
or personal chef service. I'm interested in current recommendations.
Also, I like the idea of organic, healthy and not more than $800-$1000
per month for 4-6 meals a week. Is this realistic?
need help with food!
Great chef, great guy, healthy, GREAT food:
Tony Baczewski (pronounced ba-CHEF-ski)
121 Maiden Lane
Oakland, CA 94602
Your parameters are do-able, but, I would think, barely. Let's say you
are asking for 20 meals a month. They would be $40 per meal, which in a
restaurant would be fairly typical, unless tacqueria or fast food.
However, if you are a family of (almost) 4, and it takes an hour to
prepare the meal, that would be from $5-7 per person, with $15-20 for the
chef, not much by pro chef standards, especially including delivery.
This is compounded by the organic food request; as you know, organics are
still considerably more expensive. I don't know how much meat/fish you
eat, but that number starts to get less realistic with animal protein,
especially organic. Kim
My friend Shoshana Klein is a caterer and personal chef. She focuses on
healthy, organic cooking. I have been to parties she has catered and the
food was great. Her food is simple, clean and delicious. You can contact
shoshanaklein at sbcglobal.net
I've recommended her before, but she's not listed in the
archives... Alix Wall (www.theorganicepicure.com) is a great,
local (N. Oakland), personal chef with a winning personality and
fabulous food. She cookes mainly vegetarian (with some fish
dishes), uses organic ingredients, and really cares about
providing nutritious meals. Oh, and she ''specializes'' in
preparing foods for new moms. She has cooked for me numerous
times and it's always delicious. Check out her website, email
her at alix at theorganicepicure.com, or give her a call:
Meal Prepation Services
I am looking for a recommendation for a personal chef. We just had a baby and are in desperate need
of healthy and tasty meals. Delivery is ok. Looking for a gourmet chef only.
Hello, I can highly recommend chef Ellen Doren (Chez Ellen Personal Chef Services).
She does everything from preparing meals in my home to catering my dinner parties.
I feel so lucky to have her services--she seems to be in great demand these days.
She takes great pride in what she does. She puts a lot of time not only into
hand-selecting the best local and organic ingredients, but also in preparing
personalized and inventive menus for our family each week. Even my kids love what
she cooks! What's more, Ellen is very personable and pleasant and trustworthy. I
wish I could cook like her, but I have neither the skill or the time. Her phone is
I would like to recommend Ellen Doren. I am not sure if she currently has openings
for new clients. My family loves Ellen's cooking. Most of the time she delivers for
us because we are remodeling our house. We are a gluten- and dairy-free family and
she still is able to cook gourmet meals with the freshest ingredients. We were on
the waiting list for a while and now very lucky to have her cook for us. It is
definitely worth every penny. And it is more affordable then one might think.
I am about to have a baby -- my second child. Because I am the family cook -- and I
don't have extended family nearby to help -- I was hoping to hire someone
temporarily. It could be a group service, in which this person drops off meals to my
family and then goes to other households. There is one caveat: We are vegetarians,
although we do eat eggs and dairy. What would such a service cost? Any
When I had my second baby, we used Sandy Der from Tao de
Kitchen, and were really pleased. http://www.taodekitchen.com/
Her website has pricing listed (we did something like her one-
dish option that you'll see there, and that definitely made it
more affordable). We are vegetarians, and she had some really
great vegetarian choices for us. Very thoughtful, creative and
hearty, not just a meat-eaters version of a meatless dinner.
I have exactly the person you want to talk to. His name is
Philip Gelb, and he is a vegetarian Personal Chef. He's a
friend of mine, and I've had dinner at his home, and he
does amazing things with food. You can call him at
452-2568, email phil at philipgelb.com, or visit his
Phil Gelb is an incredible vegan chef. He even makes his own tofu and
soymilk! He is
mostly into making Japanese and Medeteranian food but will cook whatever
Every meal he has cooked for me has been an incredible treat. I always
feel healthy and
satisfied after eating his food. Check him out at philipgelb.com.
My good friend, Alix Wall, is a fabulous cook who is starting up
her personal chef business in the East Bay. While she
specializes in meals for new moms, her food would be great for
any vegetarian family (or couple), and she will also cook fish
on request. She recently completed the natural chef training
program at Bauman College in Berkeley. When I had a baby eight
months ago, Alix brought us healthy and delicious food that
included ratatouille with garbanzos, polenta squares, and a
seasonal fruit dessert. There was a lot of food, but it kept
well in the refrigerator for a few days. The name of her
business is The Organic Epicure, and you can reach her at
alix at theorganicepicure.com or at (415) 793-9074.
Deb Janes is a personal chef who cooks the MOST delicious
vegetarian food for busy families. Her business is called Garden
Gourmet Chef. She will shop for you, buy the best organic
ingredients, come to your house to cook, fill your fridge with as
many meals as you like, and then clean your kitchen so it looks
like nothing ever happened! I think her prices are very
reasonable. Deb's culinary skills are topped only by her
wonderful personality. I highly recommend her services for
anyone struggling with how to eat healthy while juggling work
and family. She has helped my family tremendously. Check out
her website! www.gardengourmetchef.com.
Personal Chef for SF Family
I would like to find a personal chef (or person knowledgeable in
cooking) for a family of four, who could come to my house in the
Berkeley Hills and help me design an easy, healthy meal plan for my
family (two twin boys age 2), and help me learn how to cook the meals
We recently had our second baby and my parents hired a personal chef for us for a month. Her
name is Jen Aquino and her operation is called ''The Joy of Not Cooking''. She has an extensive
13 page menu and her food is fabulous. She prepares food for you once a week and you can have
her cook at your house or deliver. I'm not sure if she's interested in teaching, but you can
always ask. She's incredibly pleasant to work with. joyofnotcooking.net
Re: Organic/Vegetarian meal delivery service
Hope I'm not out of line to recommend my husband's business, but
I am a frequent and lucky consumer of his healthful and organic
cooking - his business is the Pedaling Gourmet. His is
technically a personal chef business, rather than meal delivery;
however, incase you have trouble finding organic/vegetarian
delivery options, please check out his website at
Personal Chef for SF Family
I was hoping that I could get some recommendations for ''personal
chefs'' who can come into our home in San Francisco and cook our
meal for the night, including several other meals we can either
keep in the refrigerator or freezer. I have read what has been
listed but was hoping I could get more recent recommendations.
I have a friend who has this in NY and with their busy/crazy
schedule, it's added so much to their life! I would like to find
someone who cooks very healthy(not over the top healthy though),
but of course very YUMMY. Additionally, someone who is fairly
reasonably priced would be an added bonus.
Thank you so much and I look forward to hearing of any referrals-
Four Star Private Chefs (www.fourstarchefs.com) or Town and
Country (www.tandcr.com) are both agencies that could help
match you with an appropriate person.
Erica Long is a personal chef in San Francisco. Her number is
(415) 753-6176. She catered some office parties for us and did a
great job and has also cooked for us on occasion. She's very
nice, flexible and happy to work with your nutritional needs. I
know she can either cook at your house or deliver meals to you
(you talk about the menu and number of servings and whether
you'll be freezing some.) Any questions feel free to email.
Tell her Marissa referred you.
I would like to recommend Chez Ellen Personal Chef Services.
Ellen is a fantastic chef, she totally understood what I was
looking for. She designs a personal menu for me each week and
sends it to me for my review. I really look forward to her
meals each day because between my job and the kids I have no
time to cook a delicious, nutritious and dare I say it --
gourmet -- meal each night. Ellen really delivers. She can be
reached at 510-428-CHEF.
I am writing on behaf of my high school friend who has started
her own business, ''The Joy of Not Cooking'', as a personal chef.
She prepares wonderful food, has years of experience and is
sweet, enthusiastic and dependable. Jenny is a trained personal
chef who prepares multiple meals at one time for families who do
not have much time to do it for themselves and who would enjoy
a good home cooked meal. Only the freshest, hand selected
ingredients are used. For more information, check out her web
site ''JoyofNotCooking.Net'' or call her at 510-388-0643.
I'd like to recommend my talented friend Leslie Perlman who both
teaches piano and cooks professionally.
Here's her info:
'The Colors of Dinner'
I have been cooking professionally for many years, both privately
and at a well known Berkeley restaurant. I will prepare and
deliver delicious, seasonal and healthful food to your home. I am
also available for small parties.
Has anyone ever tried Jessie et Laurent or Jennifer Knapp as a
home chef/ home food delivery service? Are there other great
alternatives in the Berkeley area that provide healthy, tasty and
affordable food to a family preparing for the arrival of
multiples? Any hints welcome.
We've used Jessie et Laurent for extended periods, on and off
for many years and they are terrific. The food is lovely, the
ordering easy online weekly, and it is totally consistent and
dependable. Do look at their website menus and see if the food
fits your eating style and tastes. A personal chef is also a
great option also and I recommend you look at the American
Personal Chef's Association listings and check out the different
chef websites. I have not used Jennifer Knappe but I've heard
she's very good. You'll have more flexibility and highly
personalized food with your own chef. We were thrilled with J&L,
and I loved the quick delivery, no mess, easy ordering. Plus,
some things freeze well for later use.
I would like to recommend Lori Mazon as a home chef. She cooked
for us when we had our first and second child. Her meals are
delicious and plentiful enough that we made it last a few days
which helped out so much. Her number is 925-685-2498 and her
email address is culinary_capers AT yahoo.com. Enjoy!
I highly recommend Oakland personal chef Nancye Benson.
510.459.7480 We used her pesonal chef services when
we had our son and it was the most enjoyable and
intelligent thing I could have ever done to make my life
easier. I felt so much healthier and less frazzled becuase I
always had something good and healthy ready to go in the
fridge. I liked the things she made, she worked with us on
my special diet which involved no dairy and I still remember
all the things she made us! - ready for us to put in the oven
and cook and sometimes just heat and serve. She is
currently working with clients that eat all Organic, gluten free
diets so I know she can do anyting you want. And her little
touches are supurb, better than other of these ''services''. I'm
not sure of her pricing now but when we used her she was
compeditive with others and I liked her style a lot. try
Chris Becker, of the Pedaling Gourmet, is a personal chef who
has cooked for me a number of times. Prior to becoming a
personal chef, he worked at Boulevard Restaurant, Paula Leduc
Catering and the Four Seasons in New York.
Chris is an athlete who focuses on healthy fare featuring
seasonal, organic ingredients and creative menus. The food is so
delicious you would never know it's also good for you, I
promise! I suggest you try his service.
Here is his website -
Sorry for the late response, but I just saw the post. I have
used Jessie et Laurent and found their food to be excellent.
They are also very friendly and helpful. But you basically have
to order from what they have available for the week, although
they will work with you on special dietary needs.
On the other hand, I have been using a wonderful personal chef
for over a year. Her name is Ellen Doren, and she is a member
of this group. Her business is Chez Ellen and she does catering
as well as meal preparation. For her personal chef service, she
will meet with you to discuss your dietary needs and likes and
dislikes. Then she prepares menus for your approval. She comes
to your home and prepares the meals at whatever interval you
work out -- for us she comes every other week and makes 6 meals,
three for the fridge and three for the freezer. That way we
have almost half our dinners taken care of. We started using
Ellen when I was 6 months pregnant and my husband tore his
Achilles tendon so we were a pretty low-functioning pair. But
we continue to use her because with two kids and two working
parents, getting a meal on the table every day is no easy task!
Ellen's email is chez_ellen at yahoo.com. Good luck!
Re: Meals for L.A. Friend
In reply to LA-area meal delivery service, I have a good suggestion. Check
out the following website:
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