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Personal Chef Service

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.
Ashley M.
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!
Chris H.

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.

Pricing

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.

Read from a few of my satisfied customers
Sample bi-weekly service:

Classic Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Salmon Chowder with Minted Garlic Bread

Chicken and Bell Peppers in Thai Coconut Curry with Rice

Pork Chile Verde with Lime and Cilantro Rice

Moroccan Lemon Chicken with Couscous

Weekly Service

Bi-Weekly or Monthly Services

$320

plus tax and cost of groceries

Up to four portions of four entrées
(depending on your needs),
each with one or two
complementary side dishes

Meals are stored in the refrigerator.

$320

plus tax and cost of groceries

Four portions of five entrees,
each with one side dish
-or-
four portions of six entrees
without side dishes

Meals are stored in the freezer.

$370

plus tax and cost of groceries

Six portions of five entrees,
each with one side dish
-or-
Six portions of six entrees
without side dishes

Meals are stored in the freezer.

Click here to get your service started today

Entertaining

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.
Cindy M.

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
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Chicken with Mediterranean Spice Paste

Potato Salad with Garlic Mayonnaise and Chives

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Grilled Asparagus with Aioli, Red Wine Syrup and Hazelnuts
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Key Lime Bars and
Seven-Layer Bars

Southern Summer Dinner
for 10 to 30

Pimento Cheese with crackers

Boiled Shrimp
with Rémoulade Sauce

Cajun-Spiced Pecans
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Flat-Iron Steak with Vidalia Onion Jam

Oven-Roasted Dungeness Crab with Herbs

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Red Pepper Vinaigrette

Marinated Cucumbers

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta and Basil
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Berries and Peaches with Lavender Shortcake

Mediterranean Dinner
for 2 to 20

Salumi and Cheese Board
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Sous Vide Flat-Iron Steak with Choka (Smoky Tomato Sauce)

Green Couscous
(Couscous with herbs, pistachios and arugula)

Roasted Carrots and Fennel with Yogurt and Harissa

Mediterranean Green Salad with Fresh Herbs, Dried Cranberries and Almonds
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Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries

Contact Chef Jennifer to receive a custom quote for dinner parties, catering and holiday meals.

Holiday Meals

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.

Click here to see the entire Holiday menu.

Gift Certificates

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.