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Chef for all Seasons? Deal through teambuy today(Nov 26). $75 for chef at home for 2 people

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ylsf Nov 26, 2009 06:19 AM

Has anyone used the "Chef for All Seasons" for at home catering/chef before? This seems like a good deal but it is still $75 so I don't want to waste money if it isn't a great service:

(This link is only valid today - November 26, 2009 so if you click on this another day you will see a different deal of the day)
http://www.teambuy.ca/index.php

How much do people typically tip for these at home services? I guess it depends on service quality but is there an expectation of a minimum of 15%?

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    Chocolatemama Nov 27, 2009 01:22 PM

    Thanks for the Teambuy info! I bought one just now, but according to the order confirmation I received, mine was only the 27th one sold?!
    Here's a question: it says that only 1 giftcard per person, but does that mean 1 per table also?

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      Chocolatemama Nov 27, 2009 01:44 PM

      Just found the answer to my own question. It says on the site that each person dining at your table can use a gift card! This makes it an even better deal than I thought. I bought another one for my husband, meaning that we will get $80 worth of food for only $40! Also, because they had this offer just a few days ago, everyone who orders today will get what they want (unless orders surpass the maximum).

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      tracey Nov 26, 2009 03:18 PM

      Wow, thanks for the tip - I had never heard of teambuy before. I signed up and ordered two for Christmas gifts.

      1. jlunar Nov 26, 2009 01:09 PM

        ahahah, it got posted on RFD and the deal was done 2 hours later... I managed to get one and was pondering a second. Hopefully, it'll be nice/good!

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          ylsf Nov 26, 2009 01:42 PM

          Yeah, I didn't post on RFD this morning because I knew it would sell out very quickly and I wanted people here to get a chance. I also ordered one but was debating about a second one. I figured better to spread the wealth. Someone else posted it on RFD but I was planning on posting it there around the same time this afternoon. I hope others on here got in and ordered as well. I am definitely keeping an eye on that site (They also did the "District Bistro" $40 gc for $20 a few days ago. Seems like they have had a bunch of food/restaurant promos in the past too.

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            jlunar Nov 26, 2009 02:19 PM

            yeah, it's a site to watch for sure! I added them to my twitter list. we'll see if anything else pops up that's good (noticed the District GC as well).

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              jlunar Nov 26, 2009 10:11 PM

              District Bistro deal is back on! But I posted at RFD already, so git on it if you want it.

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                chocabot Nov 27, 2009 04:02 AM

                7:45 am and sold out? maybe i'm looking in the wronog place but it doesn't show up in today's deals...

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                  jlunar Nov 27, 2009 07:35 AM

                  Are you looking for the $40 for $20 GC? that one is live to me right now. The "Chef For All Seasons" sold out yesterday...

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                    chocabot Nov 27, 2009 10:00 AM

                    sorry, i misunderstood, i thought you meant the chef deal was back on...

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                  drjolt Nov 27, 2009 10:20 AM

                  Thanks for letting us know! I just signed up for one. My one experience with District was just okay, but for $20 off I figure I can give them another try.

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                    drjolt Nov 29, 2009 02:47 PM

                    Did you receive notice at midnight? I still haven't heard from them.

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                      jlunar Nov 29, 2009 07:44 PM

                      I didn't buy the District one, but for the chef for all seasons, I got an email and a link to a printable coupon.

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                Chocolatemama Nov 26, 2009 12:18 PM

                I'm curious what types of dishes would be offered for such a low price. I checked out the website and his menus sound fabulous, but at $75 for 2 people, I wonder what would be served? Has anyone spoken to him directly about this offer specifically?

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                  Wil Nov 26, 2009 11:39 AM

                  Can also confirm the quality...very good! My wife got him to come last year as my Christmas gift, this deal is HOT. Here are some of the dishes

                  http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s25/night_day_album/Mod_0009Medium.jpg
                  http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s25/night_day_album/Mod_0009Medium.jpg
                  http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s25/night_day_album/Mod_0009Medium.jpg
                  http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s2...

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                    1sweetpea Nov 26, 2009 01:51 PM

                    Wil, did you intend for all four photos to be identical? Not that the salad isn't gorgeous, but ... You might want to try a second post for the remaining photos.

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                      Wil Nov 26, 2009 02:40 PM

                      Opps!

                      You can also check the RFD thread I posted it there

                      http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s25/night_day_album/Mod_0009Medium.jpg
                      http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s25/night_day_album/Mod_0010Medium.jpg
                      http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s25/night_day_album/Mod_0013Medium.jpg
                      http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s2...

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                    Toronto Chower Nov 26, 2009 08:34 AM

                    Thanks for the tip. I just bought one of these as a gift for my dad.

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                      1sweetpea Nov 26, 2009 09:45 AM

                      I used Chadd McArthur a couple of years ago. As a gift, I worked with Chadd to customize a 5-course menu for my SO's parents in their home. I never personally met Chadd and didn't personally taste his creations, but the reports were very favourable. He arrived on time, armed with food and whatever equipment he needed. He set up in their kitchen, allowed them to observe him at work, served a fabulous dinner then cleaned up and packaged the leftovers and left them in the fridge, to be enjoyed the next day. The evening was a great success (my SO's parents provided wines from their cellar). I paid for the evening (and tip) in advance, by credit card, but normally there would be a 50% deposit, with the remainder (plus tip) due at the conclusion of the event. I'd call on Chadd again in a heartbeat. He was very professional, communicative and open to suggestions.

                      I don't recall how much we tipped, but we were generous. He was a one-man show that night. Even though I wasn't present at the dinner, I expected that as chef, server and dishwasher he was quite busy. For his efforts, I probably tipped 25% or so.

                    2. jlunar Nov 26, 2009 08:22 AM

                      huh. sounds like an awesome deal! The groceries are included, which is pretty darn good. Would make a nice gift for someone -- now to ponder who...

                      1. Davedigger Nov 26, 2009 06:40 AM

                        This sounds like a fabulous deal to me. If only I could come up with an occassion, I'd be all over this.

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