by Sandy McLeod
Do you enjoy cooking, but not all the time? For many, one way of truly relaxing while on a vacation is NOT to cook at all. Asheville is known for its culinary talent. But you can opt for a personal chef, instead of a restaurant.
Locals who live in the Western North Carolina area can bring personal chefs into their homes for special occasions or as a regular addition to their daily lives.
For visitors, instead of going out – consider a visit from a personal chef. Compared to a restaurant it is not that much more expensive to stay in with your loved one and enjoy some fantastic food cooked right in the kitchen.
In Asheville, there is a selection of chefs specializing in all sorts of culinary styles. A personal chef will purchase all of the ingredients for a meal (or more than one) and come to your own kitchen to cook it. In the 25-cabin resort I own and manage, many of the guests do not want to leave the beauty of the woodland forest or the fireside to have dinner in a restaurant. So a quick call to a personal chef is a great alternative.
Indulge your appetite! Check out these personal chefs and select one that appeals to your own taste buds – or try a few.
The Savory Palate
The Savory Palate is owned by Holly Hale, a Johnson and Wales Culinary School graduate. For small dinner parties, The Savory Palate will come to your location and provide a menu for $45-50 per hour plus food costs. There are some sample four course meal menus on The Savory Palate website. Hale has been running the Savory Chef since 2001 and she is well-respected as a culinary talent.
Thyme Savor Personal Chef
For between $200 – $300 the personal chef will come to your residence or vacation rental and bring a variety of cooking styles and choices to the table. These include:
Weight Watchers, Atkins, & South Beach menus, Cooking Light Entrees, diabetic menus or adaptations made to regular recipes, vegetarian fare, international cuisine, comfort foods and more. The Thyme Savor personal chef caters to the person with a special diet easily. Chef Denise, the owner, was raised on a farm and learned to cook from scratch. As part of Thyme Savor’s philosophy, Chef Denise believes in cooking “healthy, nutritious, custom designed meals.”
Changing Seasons and Kwan Yin Medicine
Changing Seasons is a personal chef service with an emphasis on healthy vegan, macrobiotic and living food options. This type of food appeals to many living in and visiting the Asheville area. Check the Convenience Service on the website which will apply to those visiting Asheville and staying in a vacation rental. Prices begin at $70 minimum for the chef and food is additional. Changing Seasons is a wonderful option for those on a strict diet with very specific food choices as part of their daily routine.
The Personal Cook
The owner and chef of the Personal Cook, Erika Wiseman, was trained at the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts and is a Certified Military Food Technician. The personal cook embraces an expanded continental type of menu, right down to bologna sandwiches, lamb burgers and smoked bratwurst. The personal cook comes to the residence or vacation rental in Asheville and will deliver meals just about anywhere – even outdoor locations like a gazebo.
Each of these personal chefs has their own personal style and culinary training. Menus may differ and cuisine does, too. Most everyone has a way of eating that meets their needs and satisfies their own palate. No matter what your choice, it makes sense to treat yourself to a personal chef while at home, entertaining, or even on vacation in Asheville, N.C. Sit back and let someone else do the cooking for once.
Bon Appetite! Book a cabin in Asheville with a fully appointed kitchen, hot tub, and stocked, wood burning fireplace.