With today’s busy lifestyles it’s hard to make time to menu plan, shop for groceries and provide a delicious, well-balanced dinner for yourself and your family.
That’s why Home Plates personal chef service is the perfect way to make dinner the easiest part of your day.
At the end of a long day, instead of cooking, you simply reheat a meal that I have prepared specially for you, and enjoy the free time, the clean kitchen, the fabulous food and the peace of mind you get by knowing you’re giving your family a healthy, high-quality meal.
Many families lead busy lives, and ours is no different. That’s why we are incredibly grateful for Jennifer’s pre-prepared meals for our family! They are not only healthy and organic, but they are tasty as well! Anytime I want to stock the freezer with prepared meals, Jennifer is the first person I think of. During the holidays, she also helps curate the perfect menu to feed the countless family and friends that make their way to our house.
It has been great working with you for over a year. You really made a difference for me both in saving time and in helping me transition from an animal based diet to a vegan one. You operate with a very high level of professionalism, always on time and communicative, and the food you make is delicious! I discovered a lot of new things I never would have tried on my own!
How it Works
Your Personal Chef Service starts with a visit to your home. During the visit I will conduct an interview and complete a detailed food questionnaire that includes questions about your food likes and dislikes, allergies and other special diet preferences. In addition, we will discuss which meal plan will work best for you and your family, and schedule your first cook day.
A few days before your service, I will send a menu personalized to your taste and any dietary needs for your approval. On your scheduled cook day, I will shop for the groceries needed for the meals on your menu. After shopping I will arrive with all of the equipment needed to complete your meals, cook the food in your home, then package and refrigerate or freeze each item.
I will leave thawing and reheating instructions for each item and by following these instructions your meals will taste like they were just prepared. I will leave your kitchen clean and your home smelling wonderful.
In order to best serve your food needs, I charge a flat fee for my services (based on the service and servings you request), and then add the cost of your groceries to that fee.
My fee includes menu planning, shopping for your custom ingredients, preparing and packaging your meals and kitchen clean-up when I am done. Washington state sales tax will be added to my fee and the cost of groceries.
A pricing guideline is shown below. Other options may be available if these don’t fit your needs. Contact me for details.
My husband and I have been using Jen’s weekly dinner services for just over a year. My husband frequently tells me it was the best decision I have ever made to hire Jennifer to cook for us!
Both my husband and I work really long hours. Having Jennifer’s weekly meal service not only makes our busy lives easier, but healthier! We can count on having delicious meals every night that are also healthy. Jennifer puts together great well-rounded meals every week. The seasonal salads that use different types of fruits and dressings are my husband’s favorite. He is always amazed at how the fruit and vegetable pairings taste so good together. My favorite meal is Jennifer’s beef bolognese pasta sauce.
In addition to the variety of delicious food that we get to eat every week the convenience is an added bonus. Not having to grocery shop every weekend or scramble at night to find something to eat (which usually ended up being unhealthy fast food) is great. I love getting home from work on Tuesday and the house smells amazing from Jennifer cooking and the fridge is stocked up for the week with well organized meals.
Our family is very lucky to have found Jennifer!
I have been utilizing Jen as my family’s personal chef for almost three years. I am surprised she has stayed that long because I am a very difficult customer! I have transitioned from eating absolutely anything, to gluten free, to paleo to FODMAP. (One of the most restricted diets out there!) She has held my hand through the whole process. She has been patient, kind and supportive. Eating her food typically results in full-mouth, uninterpretable expletives, and grandiose hand gestures as we rave to each other how good everything is! She is efficient and tidy in the kitchen and is always respectful of our privacy and time. Her culinary expertise, and good-natured humor are a great combination. I would highly recommend her to anyone who would like to alleviate the stress of trying to prepare excellent, healthy meals for their family.
In our busy lives we were constantly battling the ability to eat healthy at home. We would get home late and cook quick meals or pick up food on the way home. Tired of feeling so behind, a friend recommended Jennifer to us.
From the first meeting she was great. She was incredibly thorough in figuring out our likes and dislikes, and then set out to create delicious food for us. She makes a combination of super quick microwave meals, crock-pot meals, and ones that require just a bit of easy prep work (like putting it in the oven…).
We’ve asked for everything to be nearly carb free and she’s introduced us to a host of veggie recipes that actually get my husband to eat vegetables! It has saved us a huge amount of time, and unexpectedly, money, since we are no longer picking up take out or wasting a bunch of food in the fridge.
If you enjoy entertaining, but hate the stress of cooking, Home Plates is the perfect solution for you.
I’ll work with you to create the ideal menu for whatever kind of party you’re having. I’ll take the party’s theme and your budget into account, and of course the tastes and dietary restrictions of you and your guests. I’ll be cooking everything in your own home, so you know it will be hot and fresh when it’s time to serve.
I can accommodate parties of two to 60 guests.
Well, you knocked it out of the park! Everything was delicious. Everyone had a great time, and you played a big part in making the evening a successful one. Thank you very much for your hard work.
Following are just a few examples of custom menus. Contact Chef Jennifer to start planning your event today.
Brunch Buffet for up to 50
Lemon Cream Scones with Lemon Curd, Butter and Jam
Mini Leek and Asparagus Frittata
Baked French Toast Bites
Honey Yogurt Dip with Fruit
Smoked Salmon Platter with Dill Cream Cheese and Plain Cream Cheese
Grill Party for up to 60
Olives al Forno with Bread
Grilled Marinated Vegetables with Fresh Mozzarella
Chicken with Mediterranean Spice Paste
Potato Salad with Garlic Mayonnaise and Chives
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Grilled Asparagus with Aioli, Red Wine Syrup and Hazelnuts
Key Lime Bars and
Southern Summer Dinner for 10 to 30
Pimento Cheese with crackers
with Rémoulade Sauce
Flat-Iron Steak with Vidalia Onion Jam
Oven-Roasted Dungeness Crab with Herbs
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Red Pepper Vinaigrette
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta and Basil
Berries and Peaches with Lavender Shortcake
Mediterranean Dinner for 2 to 20
Salumi and Cheese Board
Sous Vide Flat-Iron Steak with Choka (Smoky Tomato Sauce)
(Couscous with herbs, pistachios and arugula)
Roasted Carrots and Fennel with Yogurt and Harissa
Mediterranean Green Salad with Fresh Herbs, Dried Cranberries and Almonds
Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries
Preparing a meal can be one of the most stressful aspects of the holidays. Let Home Plates do it for you! I’ll provide the side dishes, desserts and will even prepare a turkey, prime rib or ham for roasting. All you have to do is follow easy cooking instructions to get a fabulous meal on the table, stress-free! Click below to see all the available dishes, or contact chef Jennifer to create a custom menu.
Home Plates gift certificates are the perfect gift for new parents, newlyweds, clients, aging relatives or anyone who would appreciate having delicious meals cooked specially for them. Gift Certificates are available starting at $50 and can be used toward personal chef service, a dinner party or a holiday meal.
After my wife and I had our first baby last year, Jennifer prepared some amazing meals so we didn’t have to worry about shopping or cooking when we returned from the hospital. The food was incredibly delicious and really easy to manage. All we had to do was heat and eat! I would recommend getting in touch with Jennifer if you are expecting, or if you just want to have some great meals at your fingertips!
Chris A., gift certificate recipient
About the Chef
Hello, my name is Jennifer Harris. I have loved cooking ever since I was a young girl, sitting in the kitchen watching my father cook. This love has grown into a passion in my adulthood. I take great joy in preparing good food for friends and family and I’m excited to have the chance to cook for others. I have been in business for more than 14 years and I am a past President and current Treasurer of the Puget Sound Personal Chef Association. I am a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy in Phoenix. My self-taught culinary skills span more than 30 years, and my formal training includes classes at several sites around Puget Sound.
I enjoy preparing cuisines from all over the world, but my personal favorites include Mediterranean and Northwest Seasonal Cooking.
I live with my husband and our two big dogs in Bellevue. I love animals, so don’t be surprised if an occasional treat shows up for your pet.