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Seeking Private Chef for Christmas Day in Boston

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tschoenberg Nov 13, 2010 12:02 PM

I'm doing some freelance work for a high end concierge company based out of LA (I'm in NYC) and we've recently acquired a new client who is in need of a private chef in Boston for an eight person lunch on Christmas Day. The company I'm working for caters to high net worth clients so it could be a good gig for someone. I'd be grateful for any suggestions/leads you can send my way.

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    terrilynn RE: tschoenberg Nov 14, 2010 01:37 PM

    You might try contacting the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and asking if they will send out a post to their jobs board. As a graduate, I frequently receive alerts when people are looking for personal chefs.

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      tschoenberg RE: terrilynn Nov 16, 2010 01:18 PM

      Thanks so much I'll follow up with them.

    2. StriperGuy RE: tschoenberg Nov 14, 2010 02:03 PM

      I have a friend who does exactly that for work. She has worked for lots of Hollywood types etc. Perhaps post some contact info and I will connect the dots.

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        cambridgedoctpr RE: StriperGuy Nov 14, 2010 02:12 PM

        striper, do you know everyone as well as everthing?

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          trueblu RE: cambridgedoctpr Nov 14, 2010 04:28 PM

          Well said Svidrigaïlov.

          tb

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            StriperGuy RE: cambridgedoctpr Nov 14, 2010 08:06 PM

            The chef in question is a good friend of mine.

            She used to live in LA and was a private chef to celebrity types full time. A really good Christmas day gig might be something of interest to her... Might not.

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            tschoenberg RE: StriperGuy Nov 16, 2010 01:18 PM

            Would love to get her information. Thanks.

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              tschoenberg RE: StriperGuy Nov 16, 2010 01:21 PM

              Sorry forgot to post my info. I can be reached at Tamarschoenberg@gmail.com. I work for a concierge company based out of LA called Element.

              Thanks again,
              Tamar

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                StriperGuy RE: tschoenberg Nov 17, 2010 05:34 AM

                I'll forward your contact info along. If she is interested she will be in touch.

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                  tschoenberg RE: StriperGuy Nov 17, 2010 05:47 PM

                  Great. Thanks very much.

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                    grant.cook RE: tschoenberg Nov 19, 2010 12:57 PM

                    I think you can get one through the Barbara Lynch group.. I once had Colin Lynch, who works at Menton now, come cook as a gift from my wife.

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                    Menton
                    354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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                      tschoenberg RE: grant.cook Nov 20, 2010 01:35 PM

                      This is great. I was just thinking of contacting the people at No 9 Park. I assume this all leads to the same people? I'll be sure to ask.

                      Many thanks for your suggestion.

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                      No 9 Park
                      9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

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                        itaunas RE: tschoenberg Nov 24, 2010 09:46 AM

                        Same group, the catering part was out of the South End before, possibly South Boston now but here is the site for it to call direct.

                        http://www.9athome.com/

            2. Gio RE: tschoenberg Nov 20, 2010 04:40 AM

              JJ Gonson is a Cambridge based personal chef, Cuisine Enlocale, who also presents culinary events all over the Boston area and beyond. Here are her web sites:

              http://www.enlocale.com/

              http://blog.enlocale.com/

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                tschoenberg RE: Gio Nov 20, 2010 01:35 PM

                My client was very specific about all organic cuisine. Great lead, thanks.

                Tamar

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                  femmevox RE: Gio Nov 24, 2010 08:51 AM

                  I was at a con ference catered by Cuisine en Locale. True, it was local and organic, but they charged $10 per person for a meager cup of soup and bit of Birkenstock homemade bread. The soup was just veggies floating in water, lame and tasteless.

                  I was actually stunned, because I want folks to have the sense that local, organic food is tasty and luscious. This was like something out of Oliver Twist--"please sir, can I have some more?"

                  Or like that old Jewish joke "The food was terrible." "Yes, and such small portions!"

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                    grant.cook RE: femmevox Dec 1, 2010 07:54 AM

                    I am always wary of people worshipping too much at the "organic altar" - its a term that in some ways is getting co-opted by agribusiness.

                    The things behind it - sustainable farming, minimal use of pesticides, are noble, but how "free range" is your average free range chicken these days? Its important to look beyond. I have bought grass/pasture-fed beef from a small farm out in VT on occasion, and I asked the farmer if they used antibiotics. Her response was "Not in general, but if the cow's ill, we're not going to let it die because we wouldn't give it an antibiotic." Makes you appreciate that its a tougher issue than just saying "Everything MUST be organic before I'll touch it..."

                    Of course, if the client asks, say yes... you can treat it like most of the "Beef in Barolo" that people consume in restaurants..

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