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How a Personal Chef Saves You Money

When I tell people I’m a personal chef, I often hear the following: “Wow! I’m not rich enough to afford that kind of service.”

It’s an understandable reaction. Most people assume that having a chef prepare customized meals for them, especially on a regular basis, would break the bank. Unless they happen to be a professional sports player or movie star.

I have good news: personal chef services aren’t actually as expensive as they seem!

Let’s break down the numbers so I can show you what I mean.

Say you and your family of four eat out 7 times a week—a few times for lunch and a few times for dinner. At an average meal price of $15 per person, plus tip, that amount would be around $510. Let’s also add that $250 you just spent on groceries for the week, back when you thought you’d have more time to cook.

Add the time cost of driving to the restaurant, waiting for your food, and then waiting for the check (for each meal you eat out!), and you may realize you’re not saving much by eating out all the time.

Now say you hire a personal chef to cook those meals instead. No need to worry about tax or tip. And the time savings alone are worth the price—how heavenly it is to open the refrigerator and find dinner already prepared, ready to quickly heat and serve!

The best part? The meals are made from scratch, infinitely healthier than restaurant fare, and tailored to your taste preferences and food allergies. No need to compromise your intentions to eat healthier. No more rotting vegetables in the fridge—and that means grocery savings, too. By the way, did you know that according to the United Nations Environment Programme [] 30-40% of the US food supply is wasted? That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month!

Most of the people who say they can’t afford a personal chef direly need one. They don’t have time to cook. They want more time around the table with the family. They have food allergies that don’t allow them to eat at restaurants. They end up throwing out half the groceries they buy at the end of the week. All of these problems become non-issues with help from a personal chef.

If you’ve been wanting to hire a personal chef but thought it was out of your budget, we need to talk. About the Table is committed to bringing you and your family together at the dinner table for more connection and conversation over delicious, home-cooked meals. Visit our Personal Chef page for more information and sample menus, or contact us to find a meal plan that works for you.

Trade Phones for Food

Trade Phones for Food

My business is called About the Table, because I truly believe that the table has the power to unify us. It’s a place where we can relax, connect and nourish our bodies. It offers an opportunity to leave our worries behind and focus on enjoying a homemade meal, sweet treat or cup of tea. It’s where we break bread and ask our loved ones, how was your day?

Unfortunately, in our modern lives, texts became more important than talks and Facebook became more popular than face time (and I don’t mean the app). There doesn’t seem to be much etiquette around the table when cell phones are invited to the party. The phone pings or rings and our attention is instantly diverted.

Now, I’m not preaching here. It happens to me, too. Phones just have that affect on us. That’s why I devised a new rule in my house: Trade Phones for Food. During meals, the phones are put to the side and replaced with something irresistible, like a warm bowl of beef stew, a pile of crisp chicken cutlets or a fresh-baked loaf of zucchini bread.

It may not be so simple to tell your family to turn off the electronics because dinner is ready. You might experience a bit of resistant. So I came up with some fun ideas and games to help you along:

Trade Phones for Food (and Conversation)

The Basket Bribe: Leave a basket by the kitchen table and stock it with your family’s favorite treats: small bars of dark chocolate, individually-wrapped truffles, packets of peanut butter, or fresh fruit from the farmer’s market. Then, have them drop their phones in the basket in exchange for a treat. Once the meal is over, they can reclaim their electronics.

Social Media Game: If your family has trouble disconnecting with social media, then bring it to the table—sans the phone or laptop. The trick is to make a game out of it, so it’s actually more fun than their favorite app. Can your family tell you about their day in 140 words or less? Who can come up with the best hashtag to describe dinner? How would you style your plate for Instagram?

Trending Conversations: We all know how important trends are and how much we love to discuss them. So have each person jot down a few topics or questions on individual index cards. The topics can be something that’s trending on social media, in the news or in their personal lives. Mix up the cards and have each person draw one. Next thing you know, you’ll be engaged in meaningful conversations about issues that are specifically important to you and your family. You never know what you’ll learn or discover.

Your Turn: These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you try one or have your own creative way to trade phones for food, let me know in the comments below.