What to expect if you use a Personal chef Vera's services for a party or an individual event:
few helpful tips to make your stress-free party a success and joy:
When I come to prepare your party or special dinner, most likely I'm coming to your house for the first time. I'll appreciate if you can spend few minutes upon my arrival to show me around the kitchen, where do you plan to present appetizers and where the main course will be served. What can you do to make both of our lives easier? Just a few little steps will help:
Make a virtual inventory: do you have enough plates, silverware, and glasses for each of the guests? Don't forget that we'll serve multiple courses and we might not have time to wash plates in between. Unless you have plenty of your grandma's beautiful china pieces you want to show off - you might want to consider renting plates and silverware, or for a less formal setting, even getting some nice looking disposable dishes. Let me know if I can help.
I'll need as much counter space available, as possible. I'll bring a lot of stuff with me, plus I'll need a space to start plating the dishes before we bring them to the table. Please, remove all gadgets that aren't necessary for the evening, from the kitchen counter.
I can use your serving platters and trays if you have them. If not, I'll bring my own.
I'll need some space in the refrigerator to keep dishes cold before cooking or serving them, and then for leftovers.
From the moment I "move-in" with my stuff, the kitchen will be mainly off-limits for anybody else. You may understand it but trust me, there is always Aunt Annie who "just sneaks in to reheat dinner in the microwave for her picky child" :) or other guests coming with food and trying to stick it in the fridge you just emptied for me. It may happen at the worse possible time when I need to take out hot pots from the oven or in the middle of plating. Of course, we'll try to accommodate, but it's better you gently direct your guests to stay out of the kitchen. Small children especially! They don't understand the danger.
Arrange things you're going to need ahead of time so you don't need the kitchen yourself - it helps to set up drink station away from the kitchen, set up the flowers for the table, prepare wine glasses, drinking glasses, napkins, any other glasses you may need, wine bottle openers, beer openers ahead of time, scissors, slices of limes or lemons, and have it all ready on the bar. Keep an extra roll of paper towel handy. A bag of ice in the cooler is a plus.
Although I'm a big dog's lover, it's not wise and safe to have pets running around when a professional preparation is going on in the kitchen. In the best scenario I can mess up a dish when distracted, in the worse case, someone can get hurt. I once had a situation when hostess's Chihuahua jumped on the couch and started helping herself to an array of Filet Mignon appetizers on the side table. Before anyone noticed, half of our work was ruined and wasted.
The same goes for the guests. We all love to gather around the kitchen and chat about food, but it's not such a good idea when a chef is trying to prepare several dishes at the same time, and need a space and concentration. Kindly point your guests where they can leave gifts, purses, bottles they brought, jackets, keys, cell phones and other items they love to place on the kitchen counter. I need that counter for serving the food or for my prep. If you devote a place where they can leave their stuff, it helps big time!
Please, have the dishwasher and garbage can empty so we can use it. Show me where extra garbage bags are so I don't have to bother you during the party. Usually, we can find "all the usual suspects" in the kitchen somewhere but it saves time.
All I want for you is to spend a beautiful, relaxed evening, without any worries, filled with laughter, good time - and, of course, a delicious, Instagram-ready food!
~ I want to say THANK YOU for making my husband's surprise dinner party so amazing! You were an absolute delight to work with from the very beginning. I know it was tough sometimes since I could not always talk when my husband was around. From the moment I read your reviews, I knew it would be you. I did not consult anyone else, how could I?
All of my guests are still talking about you and your delicious food. Your personality is awesome, warm, and loving! You felt like family from the moment I met you. About the food.....the spicy eggplant & peppers dip-WOW! I could eat that everyday!
The shrimp criolli-superb. The stuffed mushroom were so delicious-absolutely the best I have ever had. The salmon tartar-what can I say? It was devoured before I could get another bite!
~ What can I say? Vera exceeded expectations - which were already impossibly high - given the fact that I was having a party to celebrate a very important event in my family - a 60th wedding anniversary!!
She came through the door - like Mary Poppins and made everything appear seamless. She was in an unfamiliar kitchen with an entire family in the house and she made herself right at home and fit right in as she prepared an incredible meal from start to finish.
We oohed and ahhed as each course came out……smiles all around. In the end we were sad to see her go as she had become not just our personal chef for the night but also a key player in a lovely celebration.
I recommend her HIGHLY. She is the BEST.
Dana Cole, visiting Boca Raton, FL
we had 9 women at our Retreat and we would 110% recommend her!
"It was absolutely amazing working with Chef Vera, not only was she professional, on time - she was SO fun to work with! We had 9 women together for a retreat and all of us loved each dish. Everything tasted amazing and the attention to detail was incredible too.
We each LOVED her and her amazing food. The presentation was beyond what I could have thought was possible and I would HIGHLY recommend her!
to post great food pictures on Facebook or Instagram to make your friends jealous they weren't invited!
~ I wanted to thank you SO MUCH for such a delicious and lovely dinner you cooked for us on Saturday. All of the girls were raving and ourBachelorette was so happy. The food was absolutely delicious - I wish I could pick a favorite dish, but I simply cannot. Maybe the meatballs, but that eggplant and roasted peppers dip was to die for.
We ate EVERY leftover on Sunday for brunch. YUM! Everything was perfect and I hope you know that you did an amazing job. The night was perfect.
Thank you again for an amazing meal and for planning with me over the last few months. I appreciate it all so much. I will certainly be calling again next time I am in Boca or Ft. Lauderdale!!!
Haley Karlsruher, visiting Ft. Lauderdale, FL
~ Chef Vera is a true professional!! From start to finish she ensured our party was a success. She is personable, sweet, efficient, and extremely detail oriented. She is a highly talented chef who prepared a delicious meal for me and my husband, and our 20 guests.
Needless to say, it was a huge undertaking and she created amazing, beautifully prepared food. We were all impressed with Chef Vera. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to hire a personal chef. Thank you for making our party such an enjoyable and memorable event.
Jami Leventhal, West Palm Gardens, FL
By hiring me as your Personal Chef, you took a major step towards your stress-free party. One, where you actually enjoy your guests instead of worrying about stuff going on in the kitchen.
Instead of spending countless nights running a scenario in your head, stressing about what you forgot, and making never-ending lists
of to-dos, we'll do the planning together once, and I'll take it from there.
The snapper, potatoes, vegetables, mango salsa were all so yummy. And of course the apple strudel was delicious. More than anything, I think your personality made the night so amazing.
Everyone loved you and they all had a wonderful time because of you. So a million thanks to you and you will definitely be hearing from me again and from some of my guests as well. I had to pass on your contact information to them!
Najla Mayo, Davie, FL
~ Hi Vera, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed your services, on the occasion of my husband’s 95th Birthday Party combined with our 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.
It was such a rare privilege to be able to bring your delicious and delectable offerings INTO MY HOME! Everyone remarked about the beautiful presentation of the hors d’oeuvres, and the various entrees. For an entire evening my guests and I felt that we were being treated to a truly unique food experience. How do I know? They told me! Over and over again. So Vera, thank you for the memory of a lifetime.
With love and affection
Joyce & Mort Vogel, Delray Beach, FL
~ My first choice !
Vera is a delight and her cooking is inventive and delicious. A professional who cares about presentation. And the kitchen is clean at the end of the night. I will always choose Vera first!
Linda Krat, Boca Raton, FL
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She left the house cleaner than she found it and she was a true pleasure to work with! I wish she lived in Charlotte so I could work with her all the time! Thanks again Vera - we all LOVED you and your amazing food!!!! xoxo"
Karly Wood & the Diamond girls, visiting Fort Lauderdale, FL
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I hired Vera to cook for 23 people for a birthday party. I am blown away with how amazing her food was. She was such a professional and so sweet and friendly. My guests couldn't stop raving about the food ranging from Salmon Tartare, mini crab cakes, Petit Filet Mignon appetizers to tacos and chocolate mousse. I will never look anywhere else, she is the best. Thank you for making my night so memorable.
Noelle Villanueva, Boca Raton, FL