The formal sit-down at home is as fashionable and trendy these days as any other forms of a dining experience. Today people find hosting sit-downs entertaining and enjoyable with a hired personal chef at the service.
The menu for a sit-down experience includes 2-3 appetizers, a main dish, and a dessert. You have an option for the appetizers served formally or informally — if you choose finger-food menu items — while arriving guests enjoy drinks and chat with each other. Your main dish is plated and served to the guests seated at the table. Some main dishes (for example, paella) benefit from an informal setting, where food is placed on the table, and the guests help themselves.
If you are planning a party for a specific date and time, please check my availability a few weeks in advance. We need time to discuss and finalize the menu, your budget, eating preferences, and diet restrictions. Your booking is complete after you confirm the quote with all the details.
Please expect an email three days before the event asking for re-confirmation or change of plans. You have 24 hours to reply. You can cancel or postpone your reservation once free of charge. After you respond with confirmation for a specified number of guests, a revision fee applies if the number of guests is reduced — 50% per canceled person.
I arrive in your kitchen for 1 – 2 hours in advance, depending on the menu items. After your main dish is served, I clean your kitchen, pack my equipment, and leave to let you enjoy the food and the company with the dessert ready to serve at your convenience.
Formal sit-down menus are $100 pp for two, $85 pp for a group of 4, $65 pp for a group of 5 to 12. Prices do not include the cost of ingredients. Therefore you can be as conservative or wild with your ingredients and portion sizes as you wish. I source my ingredients from the respectable local farms and businesses as well as worldwide foods suppliers. You are welcome to provide yours.
I collect payment in full at the end of the event, check (preferred, pay to Lyukum Cooking Lab) or cash. Gratitudes are appreciated.