Happy 2016 Everyone!
As we go into the New Year, and I get a lot of questions about Seattle Chef Joe Pricing, and Services, I thought I would attempt to clarify this for everyone.
Weekly (Bi Monthly, Monthly) Personal Chef Services FAQ:
What does it include?
We work with you to design menu’s that work for your family’s diet. Whether you are Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, or eat whatever you want, we do it all.
Planning: It all starts with the Menu Proposal, where we send you what we are thinking for your household, then we ask that you have any changes back to us 2 days prior to service so we can plan the shopping.
Shopping: Next is the shopping, we generally take care of that for. We shop according to your wishes; #Organic, #FreeRange, #WholeFoods, #Safeway, we want take that role for you.
Cooking: We travel to your house, and cook in your kitchen.
Clean Up & Packaging: We clean up after ourselves & put everything in the fridge. Basically the only way you should know we were there, is by you having delicious food prepared for you in your fridge. We also do #Crockpot Meals, so you can have something ready when you get home.
How much does it cost to have a Seattle Personal Chef?
We charge Groceries + Time. Groceries are not marked up at all, but the exact cost. Time includes Shopping, Travel, Cooking, & Cleaning. While we do our best to shop smart for you, we are even more mindful to push the #Culinary Limits without stretching the time.
Can I add or change meals?
Yes! The worst thing we can do is charge you for something you don’t want. We want you to be as excited to eat, as we are to cook for you. We continually ask our family’s for feedback so we can give you the best meals around. Some of our craziest and tastiest meals have been designed by listening to what our Family’s want to try, and working make that happen. We are not stingy when it comes to the portions, so please let us know if you would like smaller portions.
Can you cook for multiple dietary issues under one roof?
Yes! Everyone of our #SeattleChefJoe Family’s is extremely important to us. We figure you can go to any restaurant and settle for something to eat. We don’t want you to settle, and we’re not looking to over schedule ourselves. We would rather spend time focusing on each of our family’s. Essentially we believe that if you are going to do something, then do it well!
Seattle Chef Joe Catering #FAQ:
Do you have menus to choose from?
Yes we do, however we find that most of our clients are looking for something different. Whether you are looking for specific flavors, or to follow a theme, just let us know.
How do you charge?
We charge a Per Person + Onsite Hourly for our staff. The Per Person covers the food & any shopping or planning before the event. We always strive to use the best ingredients possible, and most of the Per Person Cost ingredients instead of admin. The Onsite is to pay our staff while we are catering your event. We do not automatically include gratuity unless asked.
Can you work within a budget?
Yes, we will gladly work with you to meet your budget; just let us know what it is so we can plan accordingly.
Can you provide Plates, Utensils, and Glassware?
We work with several local Party Supply Rental Companies. We can either recommend them to you depending on event location, or setup the rentals and charge you the rental fee. We only charge rental costs, nothing more.
Are there travel fees?
If you are more than 30 minutes from Seattle, then we charge Time for each of our staff.
Do you require a deposit?
Yes, but only on the Food, the Onsite it done entirely at the end of your event. Generally 50% with 25% non refundable.
Is cleanup included?
Generally yes, it is part of the Onsite Hourly. For Home Caterings we ask that you leave us an empty dishwasher, and we’re happy to fill & run it with any dishes that we haven’t done by hand.
Is the cooking interactive?
Yes, our chefs often encourage conversation while we are working your event. We love meeting people. Some of our clients take pictures during the event, and we would love to get copies if you don’t mind us posting them on social media.
Do you do Corporate Catering?
Occasionally yes. It really depends on the budget.
As you can see, we get tons of questions, and say keep them coming! We will be creating an FAQ Page for the site shortly.
Also, while we take our ingredients serious, we try to remain as flexible as possible so everyone gets the individualization they want. This includes helping folks succeed with their #2016Resolutions.
For 2016, we are looking forward to meeting each of you in the kitchen.