What does the fee include? The fee includes initial consultation, menu planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, food packaging, simple reheating instructions, and clean-up.
How many entrees will I receive? The number of entrees depends on what you want. Some clients prefer only a few meals per week; others want meals prepared on a daily basis. We can discuss the options to provide a service that accommodates your specific needs. Meals can be packaged according to your preference as well (individual portions or family-style).
Where do you cook? Food must be prepared on site in order to comply with state health regulations. Meals are either prepared in your home or in a licensed commercial kitchen.
What equipment do I need to provide? The only equipment required is a stovetop, oven, and reasonable counter space. The chef will bring along all necessary pots, pan, and utensils on your cook day. We will also need access to some refrigerator and freezer space in order to store your meals (usually one shelf each).
How much time do you need in my kitchen? The amount of time required depends on the number and type of entrees being prepared for you. The time usually ranges from between 4-6 hours.
Do I need to be home if you cook in my kitchen? It is not necessary for you to be home during your cook day. The chef will simply need access to your home at the beginning of the day. Your kitchen will be spotless when we leave.
How often do you come? Services are available on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. We will work with you to determine what frequency of service will best meet your needs.
What geographical areas do you cover? TasteBuds Personal Chef Service primarily offers services in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Are all the meals frozen? TasteBuds will develop a customized menu for you that incorporates a variety of types of meals. For example, a typical service could include 1-2 fresh meals (stored in your refrigerator for consumption within 1-3 days) plus 2-4 frozen meals (packaged and stored in the freezer for consumption at your convenience). As always, we will work with you to determine the best mix of meals for your needs.