Chef David Straus
We SHOP ~ We COOK ~ We CLEANUP
WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?
|Graduate of Johnson & Wales
Culinary Arts Program
Member, United States Personal Chef Association
Chef David will come to your home and prepare a variety of 4-5 healthy
meals for you and your family (16 - 20 serving). Our service includes
planning, all grocery shopping and preparation, packaging and clean up:
with no fuss to you!
Are you familiar with the industry?
Once available to only celebrities, moguls
and tycoons, personal chefs have become as ubiquitous as personal
trainers and as affordable as personal pan pizzas
If you're a typical family, you're relying on Mom
or Dad and more on take out.
Hiring a personal chef service is cheaper
than dining out and a whole lot
How it Works
Chef David will come to your house for a brief meeting
to meet you, determine food preferences for members of your family, familiarize
himself with your kitchen, and set a date for service.
A menu will be sent to you for requested changes and
approval. David will pick from a list of agreed upon side dishes to use
the freshest ingredients possible.
On the cook day, David will shop early in the morning and arrive at your house around 10:00 AM. In addition to groceries, David will bring his own cooking equipment and supplies and prepare your reheatable menu selections, and your daily plated and served dinner.
After leaving your kitchen spotlessly clean: I will
then package, label and store your reheatable menu selections in your
refrigerator or freezer with heating instructions for you to enjoy at
your leisure. The day is finished by about 4-4:45 in the afternoon.
Elegant Fare Personal Chef Service can save you the
precious gift of time, sometimes up to 15 hours a week. At the end of
your busy day, you can sit down to a easily prepared gourmet meal within
15-20 minutes after you get home and enjoy relaxing, not having to cook.
Cost between $175 - $325 including all groceries
Average service for a family of four includes:
Service with 4 meals also available for a family of four:
3 Dinner entrées with 2-5 portions
Service for 2 is same price as four, but your meals will
Grocery prices assume shopping at local grocery stores. Groceries will cost more if you would like me to shop at an organic grocery.
I am also available to cook and serve private dinner parties in your home. Catering pricing is supplied separately at an hourly rate of $30 an hour. Catering menu and references available upon request.
Oriental Honey Garlic Chicken
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Grilled Salmon with a Fresh Lemon Dill Butter Sauce
Salmon and Sole in Phylo with a Sundried Tomato Sherry Filling
Personal chefs were once thought to be for the wealthy only. More recently, there has been a recognized need for a personal chef for those individuals who simply do not have the time, physical ability, or skills to prepare meals day in and day out.
Chef David began his catering career in the early 1990's, and launched
Elegant Fare Personal Chef and Catering Service in 1997. Elegant Fare
wants to bring the pleasure of being pampered and not worrying about
your party to all of our catered events.
Our experienced professional staff prides itself on their ability to
deliver the service that you expect, at reasonable rates. To keep standards
high, we cook and prepare food on site.
Elegant Fare charges differently than most catering companies. As a personal
chef business that maintains a low overhead, we can keep our costs down
to a minimum.
We charge a flat rate of $25 an hour per chef and server and a $1 set-up charge per person. We include a 15% charge on the total bill for serving pieces, menu planning and organization. This is not a tip for the servers, but for the service of planning, and silver, ceramic and marble serving pieces. This also includes all coordination of rental and beverage pickup and delivery.
Elegant Fare catering can act as planner for your entire event, and
manage the party from start to finish, or we can fill in as needed if
you have some other assistance in town during the event. We will take
care of all the party planning of your event from liquor at the bar to
the rental of china and tables. Our staff will provide service from bartending
to carving the food tableside.
In the past we've engaged locations and sent out invitations for clients when schedules have gotten compressed, relieving some of the pressure as the party date approaches! We have relationships with rental companies in town and typically procure everything for clients from tables and chairs to linen, china, glassware and silver. We work to organize your entire event so all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself with your friends and family. Our goal is to work with you to create a memorable event that fits the audience, the occasion and most importantly, your budget.
Click here to see our catering menu
|Classes are available for individual
and group instruction.
Elegant Fare will work with you on a menu. They will do all the grocery shopping and will bring all the ingredients, tools, and utensils required to complete the meal. Your guests bring his or her own chef knife* and cutting board. After all your guests arrive, we will have a short discussion about the menu. Your guests will then participate in a Hands On Cooking Class and prepare the menu with the guidance of a trained chef. You then will sit down with your guests and DINE ON YOUR CREATION. As a party souvenir, you and your guests take home a monogrammed apron and cookbook from your party.
*Knives sharped upon request
|Chef David is a graduate of
Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts, and Food and Beverage Management Programs.
He has been practicing the art of fine food preparation for 20 years. Over
the years David has found himself preparing food in restaurants, hotels,
private homes, and even on a yacht!
Chef David brings his vast experiences to each personal chef and catering client. He is a member of the American Personal Chef Association, and is certified in food sanitation.