In-Home Dining, Personal Chef and Private Catering prices come in 3 flavors and vary depending on the amount of labor and preparation that go into each event. They are as follows:
Traveling Chef – Least Expensive:
With our help, you create your own grocery list and do the shopping, provide all the pantry items, pots, pans, bowls, spoons, spatulas and assorted cookware and we show up with our knives, cutting boards, jackets and aprons and provide the food service. This requires the least amount of time and labor on our part – making it the least expensive and most affordable way of hosting an event where the food is prepared fresh in your home for you and your guests. Service fee range: $90 – $400 – Learn more.
Cookware Service – More Expensive:
We provide you with a grocery list which is effectively detailed down to the item and you do the shopping and provide the groceries. We arrive with all of our own kitchen supplies, spices and cookware to provide the food service. This is still a time and labor intensive process for us – which makes this a more expensive way of hosting an event where the food is prepared fresh in your home for you and your guests. Service fee range: $135 – $535 – Learn more.
Full Service – Most Expensive:
We organize all of the menu items and grocery list, do all of the shopping and preparation, bring all of our own supplies, spices and cookware and show up on site to provide the food service. This is the most time and labor intensive for us – thus the most expensive way of hosting an event where the food is prepared fresh in your home for you and your guests. Service fee range: $145 – $675 – Learn more.
Traveling Chef Service:
1/4 Day – 2 hours: 90.00
1/2 Day – 4 hours: 200.00
3/4 Day – 6 hours: 300.00
1 Day – 8 hours: 400.00
Cooking and Cookware Service:
1/4 Day – 2 hours: 130.00
1/2 Day – 4 hours: 275.00
3/4 Day – 6 hours: 390.00
1 Day – 8 hours: 535.00
Full Cooking and Shopping Service:
1/4 Day – 2 hours: 145.00
1/2 Day – 4 hours: 350.00
3/4 Day – 6 hours: 475.00
1 Day – 8 hours: 675.00
Additional hours or part hours are billed at 55.00 dollars per hour.
For any event requiring a second chef add $200 for the half day – $400 for the full day.
Depending on the amount of food items and complexity of the preparation we may require a second chef for parties of 8 or more. Much of this depends on the level of service, party arrangements, meal timing and complexity.
Fees for Personal Chef services and Private Catering include the chef, food preparation and cook times, serving of the food and clean-up. Our prices usually include our specialty spices, seasonings and kitchen equipment needed for the job, but do not cover items such as fresh herbs, butter, oil, sauce components or other items related to grocery.
For Full service, all groceries will be hand selected and purchased by the chef and brought to your home the day of the event for the cost of the food plus a gratuity of 20% of the grocery bill. This way you have complete control over the cost of the food, while the chef is responsible for the quality.
For specific menu questions, reservations, personal shopping service and event planning assistance please email me @ michael (at) novachef dot com or call (571) 318-9776
Here is the breakdown of an elaborate Full Cooking and Shopping Service dinner for 2. The story for this dinner can be found here.
Grocery bill: $170.00
Grocery Gratuity: $34.00
Two hour Chef fee: $145.00
One Additional Hour: $55.00
Minus Party of 2 Discount: – $50.00
$354.00 for A long, wonderful dinner in your home, served at a very comfortable pace. It is an extravagance, and doesn’t always have to be that much. By choosing fewer courses and less food – A good portion of the price can be taken off the top. I simply put this here to give you an idea of what a very extravagant meal would cost versus something more conservative.