Gather Round Family Chef Service
Hired 3 times
1 year in business
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Ariel is incredibly knowledgeable about all things cooking! After each two-hour session at my house, I had new wonderful meals ready to eat. In all, she taught me how to make eight meals and showed me basic cooking skills along the way so that I could make lots of other meals. She helped me select interesting vegetarian meals and showed me how to use new tools and new ingredients. I would highly recommend Ariel to anyone looking to enliven their dinner routine. I was so stuck about making dinner but now I have new recipes and skills so that dinner is not such a chore anymore. Thank you, Ariel!Dec 30, 2019
From my first outreach to her through to when she left the evening of our dinner, Ariel was fantastic. She helped me host a dinner party to celebrate the marriage of a dear friend. I wanted it to be an interactive cooking lesson rather than a catered dinner -- a group experience. Ariel suggested a menu and then taught our group of two couples how to make a fantastic and easy Portuguese seafood stew, gazpacho, and a fresh summer fruit crisp. She even brought a bonus appetizer. Everyone was engaged no matter their expertise in the kitchen. Ariel made us feel confident and successful as we made our own feast. It was a great night!Nov 27, 2019
I wanted to celebrate my husband’s birthday in an original and fun way. He loves eating Indian food, but he hadn’t cooked much of it before. Ariel showed the whole group (two couples) how to make vegetarian Indian classics: chana masala, aloo gobi, raita, and of course basmati rice. With her guidance, we even made our own naan! While we sat down to feast on our delicious creations, Ariel took care of the kitchen cleanup. Lastly, she left us with the recipes so that we could cook these dishes on our own. From start to finish, Ariel made the process clear and easy. It was a tremendous birthday party and a memorable cooking lesson!Dec 12, 2019
Thank you for saving dinner! I was at the end of my rope for meal planning and cooking for a household that included two carnivores, two vegetarians and one flexitarian. Meal planning and cooking had become overwhelming. Because I have a full-time job during the week, I was dedicating almost my entire Sunday to meal prepping and becoming increasingly frustrated when my efforts didn’t hit the mark. I saw someone recommend you on the listserv and found what I didn’t realize I was looking for. Working with you relieved the stress around meals and gave me back my Sundays. You introduced us to new flavors and dishes and helped us identify areas of common ground. Thank you for the delicious and relaxing dinner time memories!Jun 28, 2020
Hiring Ariel was the best decision for our budget and our weight loss program! I love to cook, but like most people, work takes up all the available space. We’d fallen into a trend of eating out, buying carry-out, and/or indulging on pizza almost every night of the week. When I did plan to cook, I often just did not get around to it and had to throw away spoiled food. I hesitated to hire a personal chef because it seemed like a extravagant luxury, but with Ariel we’re actually spending less money on food and getting more value. No more weekday meals out, no more carry-out, no more throwing away food, slimmed our budget. No more eating way too late, and way too much, slimmed our waistlines. The meals are so delicious and varied, and the prep is so easy, that every evening is a special event. Ariel has introduced us to new nutritious and delicious foods we thought we would never try and makes family favorites from my own recipe file. We don’t feel deprived, so it’s been easier to control the portion size and calorie intake. Ariel is a find, and we are so grateful for her help.Jan 8, 2020
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?The best way to contact me is to reach out through my website. The price listed on Thumbtack is a rough estimate for the general public. Based on our discussion, I'll follow up with options that will help streamline your weeknight routine and get everyone around the table without stress or guilt. The right solution for your family might be different than the listed price. I offer a discount of 10% for monthly commitments paid upfront.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The best way to contact me is to reach out through my website. We'll start with a phone call about your vision for the family dinner and what's getting in the way. I'll follow up with options that will help streamline your weeknight routine and get everyone around the table without stress or guilt. We'll officially begin working together with a meeting in your home. I'll get acquainted with your family's food preferences and your kitchen's systems before crafting your first week's menu. On the cook day, I'll show up with all of the groceries needed to fill your fridge with great food that you can feel good about. I'll take care of the cooking, the clean-up, and the serving instructions. All you have to do when you come home is gather your family around the table, take a breath, and enjoy the meal.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I’ve been there. For fourteen years I battled a long commute and a demanding job as a teacher. My spouse works long hours to preserve democracy. My kids go to two different schools. For me, family life often felt like solving a riddle at a full sprint. Meanwhile, I’m grateful for the lessons I learned around my childhood dinner table. Try new things. Eat the veggies. Share your day’s joys and trials. A family gathers at home. To give my children the healthy food habits and table manners that I got at home, I had to find a way to juggle all the balls. Through the past decade, I’ve made it a priority and a habit to gather my family together around the table. And it’s not just about gathering… I know how to do it in a way that eliminates everyone’s stress, most importantly mine. Now that I’ve figured it out, my family and I have dinner together every night. I cook a wide range of meals that are seasonal, worldly, and fresh. My kids eat everything. I know how important it is to have family dinner every night, and that’s why I’m helping families do the same thing.