Joni’s personal chef services and pricing

Supporting you in your journey of good health is my pleasure, my wish, my dream. Personally, since putting attention to my health during the past 22 years, I’ve gone through phases of trials and tribulations. During this past 5-year phase the one thing that has kept me strong and vital is my relationship with food. My success and satisfaction with cooking and eating propelled me to do the same for others — support them with nourishing food, their relationship with food, and their security with the foods they eat. My personal chef services have a variety of ways that can support you. I’ll begin with this list, I’ll update it as I progress.

In this post you’ll find this information:

  1. Types of food items
  2. Types of diets
  3. Types of meals and pricing
  4. Packaging options
  5. Ways to reduce costs
  6. Benefits of private catering
  7. Link to my food gallery

1. Types of food items (but not limited) to:

  • entrees
  • sides dishes
  • soups
  • salads (perishable item*)
  • condiments (includes: dips, sauces, spreads, chutneys, spice blends and more)
  • drinks (fresh juices and smoothies, these are perishable items*)
  • snacks
  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • frozen foods
  • dehydrated foods (extra fee because most require overnight drying time)
I prefer to use (and support farmers) who grow produce that is organic, pesticide free, bio-dynamic, fair trade, etc. I prefer to use (and support ranchers) who have meats* that are 100% grass-fed, clean, sustainably raised and harvested. Includes: beef, poultry, lamb, pork, buffalo, goat, organ meats, wild game. I prefer to use eggs from organic, free range, pastured-raised, soy- and corn-free chickens. NOTE: I do not make homemade preserved foods (pickles, kimchee, kraut, etc). I get these items from other vendors.

2. Types of diets:

3. Possible types of meals and pricing:

  1. $200(+food cost).
    • Frozen burgers, frozen loafs, frozen pancakes.
      • 24 burgers (vegetarian, meat or fish). These can be patties flavored for breakfast or gourmet burgers. Will have diced veggies and herbs, spices.
      • 24 servings of baked loafs (vegetarian, meat or fish). This is two 9×13 baking pans cut into 12 pieces each.
      • 24 pancakes (gluten free and sugar free, can be dairy free and or egg free).
    • Benefit is to be able to pull out one or two or three items directly from the freezer and reheat. Thawing the food the night before in the fridge is optional. (Reheating instructions will be given.)
    • Packaged in freezer ziptop baggies. (vacuum sealer bags are an option)
    • Click here to see examples.
  2. $350(+food cost).
    • 2 meals per day for 3 days for 2 people
    • could include repeating meals
    • includes some perishable items*
    • optional frozen foods, snacks
    • packaged family style (see description under “Packaging options”, below)
    • Click here to see examples.
  3. $450(+food cost).
    • 2 meals per day for 5 days, for 2 people
    • includes some repeating meals
    • optional perishable items*
    • optional frozen foods, snacks
    • packaged family style (see description under “Packaging options”, below)
    • Click here to see examples.
  4. $tba(+food cost).
    • 2 meals per day for 7 days, for 2 people
    • includes some repeating meals
    • some perishable items* for the first 3 days
    • some frozen meals
    • packaged family style (see description under “Packaging options”, below)
  5. $tba(+food cost).
    • 2 meals per day for 2 weeks
    • includes some repeating meals
    • optional perishable items* for the first 3 days
    • most of the meals are frozen meals
    • limited to foods that freeze well
    • packaged family style (see description under “Packaging options”, below)
  6. $tba(+food cost).
    • Another idea goes here, based on your needs.

Scroll down to see how to reduce costs, and to see the food gallery.

Here are more details:

Each meal includes a soup or salad or side dish, and main entree. Most dishes are one-of-a-kind, created as I go, based on your favorite foods, the produce I find at the market(s), from recipes and my culinary inspirations.

My service fee includes: shopping, prepping, cooking, packaging, delivery, cleanup and tax. Gratuity is not included, and is very much appreciated.

Food cost is extra: meal options do not include the cost of the food. Food cost varies depending on type of diets (meat, vegan, raw, others mentioned above) and to be paid by the client.

Extra fee: Advance menu planning is $80. Meaning to say that I charge an additional fee of $80 when the client requires advance review and agreement of the menu because this requires time (designing the menu, and back’n forth emails and or tele calls).

*Perishable items are foods with 1- or 2- or 3-day shelf life.

4. Packaging options:

  • frozen foods, such as the burgers, loafs, pancakes can be packaged in freezer ziptop baggies (low time consumption = low fee).
  • other frozen foods can be put in ziptop freezer bags, glass containers with tight-fitting lid and or vacuum sealed bags (vacuum sealed bags is more time = additional fee).
  • individual meals with one serving packaged in one container. This is for grab’n go convenience, easy to grab from the fridge and take with you to the office or on the road (more time consumption = higher fee).
  • a meal for two people with¬† can be put in two in one container (more time consumption = higher fee).
  • family-style packaging is the quickest and easiest. This is one type of dish in one container.

Packaging can be in glass containers with tight fitting lids, canning jars with screw-top lids, and or “to-go” containers. Best to use the client’s containers, and for the client to have 2 sets of glass containers.

5. Ways to reduce cost:

  • my service fee will be reduced when you prepay for a month.
  • my service fee will be reduced when you package the food.
  • my service fee will be reduced when you do the clean up.
  • the food cost can be reduced by:
    • buying in bulk, from a CSA, online ordering, buying food at the farmer’s market.
    • using food from your freezer, pantry, garden.

6. Benefits of a having a personal chef:

  • you have prepared and cooked food designed specifically for you based on your likes, dislikes, food sensitivities, allergies, dietary needs, health needs.
  • you have the ease of packaged foods to fit your lifestyle (see packaging options, above)
  • you are free of menu planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, packaging, delivery and clean up.

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¬†Click here to see “Joni’s food gallery.”