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Private chef for Thanksgiving dinner?

gansu girl Aug 5, 2011 01:15 PM

Hi Hounds,

In mid-September I'm having some major surgery and I'll be out of cooking commission for 6-8 weeks, then slowly working my way back. My husband and I were really looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving this year, but I think it's going to be too much for me to handle.

So trying to have the best of all worlds, my husband conjured up the idea of having someone come to our home, prep us a Thanksgiving feast, serve it up, then leave. Husband has committed to the cleanup.

Does anyone know if such a service exists? Have recommendations for us?

Thanks in advance,


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    NorthshoreChef Sep 16, 2011 04:55 AM

    Have you found someone to do this yet? I Would be happy to discuss this with you!

    1. BostonZest Aug 6, 2011 06:42 AM

      SInce others will also have similar requests for the holiday and I recall some great work on this topic done by Chris VR with a good discussion last year, here are links. This is about take out but might also be an option for you.


      I have not used but have heard good things about Au Soleil Catering from the L'espalier and Sel de la Terre team.



      Sel de la Terre
      774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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        Gabatta Aug 5, 2011 01:52 PM

        I don't have any recs on the chef, but best wishes for a quicker than expected recovery!

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        1. re: Gabatta
          Wannabfoode Aug 5, 2011 02:28 PM

          any catering
          service or private chef will do this for you. and clean up is usually included in the price

          1. re: Wannabfoode
            gansu girl Aug 6, 2011 04:30 AM

            That's great, but I'm looking for specific recommendations, too - never hired anyone to do anything before and we'd like it, of course, to be really good!


          2. re: Gabatta
            gansu girl Aug 6, 2011 04:32 AM

            Thanks so much!

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            Bellachefa Aug 5, 2011 01:43 PM

            I know in the past, Summer Shack/Jasper White does a take out Thanksgiving meal with deep fried turkey. But I'm pretty sure it is a Wed pickup and reheat thing. Good luck with your procedure and recovery.

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            1. re: Bellachefa
              gansu girl Aug 6, 2011 04:32 AM

              Yeah, deep-fried turkey's not this crowd's bag, anyway and I'm never very thrilled w/Summer Shack food. But thanks for the good wishes!


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