This post was not sponsored or perked in any way. I paid for my Kitchit service in full. Just wanted to pass along a cool thing.
When I was young and pictured myself as a woman, one of the things I envisioned was hosting glittery dinner parties where I floated around in chiffon, my arms full of gold bangles. (Auntie Mame was and is one of my favorite movies, if you want insight into my aspirations.)
But evenings dripping candles and cocktails have not been my hostess reality. The Gorilla and I entertain a lot, all kinds of gatherings, but the intimate dinner party has eluded me. I get tripped up over the food. And what is a dinner party without dinner?
I’m a decent cook, but you know what I am? A stage fright cook. Dishes I’ve made a zillion times will fall apart if there’s a guest at the table. I simply can’t saute under pressure.
But a few weeks ago I had several new-ish friends that I wanted to introduce to one another and I was in the mood to really tackle the whole dinner party thing. I decided on Wednesday to host ten people for dinner on Saturday. And I didn’t want to cook. Naturally I turned to facebook for suggestions on this conundrum and Rachel from Club MomMe recommended Kitchit.
I went to the Kitchit site and GENIUS. You register, then input the style of gathering you want to host: size, fancy or casual, food restrictions, etc. Kitchit gives you personal chef options that you can browse and then choose your best fit. You can also add customizations like having a server for plated food (although I didn’t do that, we opted to eat family style).
Kitchit normally asks for at least 3 days notice, but maybe they heard the desperation in my plea. On Thursday before my event on Saturday, I was paired with Chef Ronnie Woo. We spoke on the phone and as soon as I realized we were on the same page, I booked him with a deposit.
Over the next couple of days, Chef Ronnie and I tweaked the menu via email and text. He was easy to work with and very friendly, even accommodating a last minute request. On Saturday he arrived two hours before my party with all the groceries and made himself at home in my kitchen. We used my pots and pans and serving pieces, and he was completely self-sufficient.
My guests arrived and we had cocktails for a bit before wandering over to the dinner table. Before each course, Chef Ronnie introduced the food and answered any questions. He left quietly during dessert, as previously arranged. All payment and gratuity is taken care of through Kitchit, so there’s no awkward host moment where you must leave the table to settle up.
When I went into the kitchen after dinner, it was spotless, the dishwasher was running, and the leftovers were in containers in the fridge. Shopping, cooking, serving, cleaning, DONE. It was like there hadn’t just been a party of ten wining and dining on the patio. I could focus fully on my guests and not worry for a moment about the quality of the main event.
Okay, so, having a personal chef come into your home isn’t something you’d want to do weekly or anything, but for a special occasion, I can’t recommend Kitchit highly enough. The cost is comparable to taking a group to dinner at a nice restaurant, but the atmosphere of the evening was so much better. The Gorilla and I have already come up with new dinner party ideas and Kitchit’s service makes me so much less afraid of pulling them off.
Kitchit is available in LA, the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago.