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Here Is a Look at What to Include on Your Easter Menu

April 7, 2017

The Easter Holiday is nearly here, and now is a great time to start planning ahead for your Easter feast. Easter is a terrific time to gather with family and friends over a hearty and seasonal meal. With services from a personal chef, you can avoid the hassle of cooking and cleaning, and instead enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Here is a closer look at some items that you may want to include on your Easter menu.

Salads and Sides

When you are planning out your Easter menu, you can let seasonal ingredients really shine. Salads with crisp butter lettuce or hearty romaine will provide a refreshing accompaniment to the main course. Spring vegetables, such as carrots, turnips, and peas, can all be incorporated into a variety of flavorful and healthy side dishes.

Savory Mains

An Easter lunch or dinner should feature a main course that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Traditionally, lean meats such as ham, pork loin, and lamb are served with the Easter meal. If you choose to serve ham as your main course, you can select between various glazes that feature smoky, sweet, or spicy flavors.

Delicious Desserts

No holiday meal would be complete without a scrumptious dessert at the end. Rather than serving a heavy dessert, you can lighten up the meal with cakes and tarts that feature fresh fruit. Key lime pie, lemon tarts, and rhubarb cakes are all fantastic accompaniments to the Easter meal. If you will have young children attending your feast, you may also want to provide chocolate eggs in Easter baskets.

If you are getting ready for your upcoming Easter celebration, let Chef Chic do all of the work. With our catering and personal chef services in Tucson, you can plan a fabulous Easter meal, without having to step foot in the kitchen. To learn more about the benefits of using our catering for your next event, give us a call at (520) 406-2757.

Tips to Switch to a Special Diet

April 21, 2017

Diet has an important role to play in our overall health and wellbeing. Whether you have just been told to start a health-conscious diet by your doctor, or you are dealing with newfound food allergies, there are many different diet plans that can be tailored to your needs. With services from a personal chef, you can gain inspiration and encouragement as you make the journey on your new diet. Here is a look at some tips for switching to some of the most common special diets.

Gluten-Free

If you are allergic to wheat or suffer from Celiac Disease, your doctor may recommend that you go on a gluten-free diet. On a gluten-free diet, you will need to avoid grains that contain gluten, including wheat, rye and barley. In order to make the switch, it is important to read food labels to make sure that you are not accidentally consuming wheat.

Dairy-Free

While some people who are on dairy-free diets also avoid meat and eggs, other dairy-free diners simply avoid ingredients that contain milk and milk products. When you go dairy-free, you can start cooking with milk substitutes, such as almond milk and coconut milk. These dairy-free ingredients have become more readily available in recent years.

Paleo

Paleo is a popular diet trend for those who are seeking weight loss or overall health benefits. On the Paleo Diet, you will essentially be eating like our caveman ancestors did long ago. A personal chef can teach you how to prepare lean meats and eggs, while avoiding grains, dairy, and other foods that are not allowed on the diet plan.

If you have been uncertain about how to get started on your new diet, the team at Chef Chic will be there to help you. As a leading personal chef in Tucson, we offer catering and personal meals designed for the dietary needs of our clients. Give us a call at (520) 406-2757 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your diet goals.  

Big News for Chef Chic!

March 27, 2017

Today, after over fifteen years, we’re releasing an updated brand identity, which includes a new logo, colors, and font. We believe the new look really expresses what we’ve become since 2001: We want you to say WOW before you even take your first bite!

Since our founding in 2001, we’ve changed quite a lot: we launched new products, added staff, added a café for the employees at the AZ Daily star and so much more so we felt that our old logo wasn’t a true representation and didn’t fit us anymore. Needless to say, it was time for a change.

Our design goal was to better match how we look to our values and the clients we serve.

We believe this modern take communicates a commitment to our mission of making you say WOW before the first bite.

We hope you like this new look and feel for Chef Chic, lets us know what you think! Check out the new look of our website as well! www.chefchicaz.com

We are also launching a new program called Share a Chef. If you want a chef cooking for you and have a friend or friends that eat like you do, we can cook one of our packages for all of you to split! You both get meals but at a smaller fee. Call today for details.

Tips for Successfully Trying New Foods

March 10, 2017

Whether you are a picky eater, or you are trying to find new foods to accommodate a special diet, there are a couple tips to help you broaden your palate. There are many ways to enjoy new dishes, such as substituting ingredients and making a list of your likes and dislikes. Read on for more helpful tips to try out new foods.

Tip #1: Eat dishes based on known preferences.

Instead of automatically turning down dishes or foods, look for dishes filled with the items you love to eat. If you dislike seafood dishes—and automatically turn away dishes filled with shrimp or shellfish—then ask if there is a substituted version filled with chicken or pork. You can often enjoy new foods and dishes, even if you dislike a certain ingredient.

Tip #2: Determine the deal breakers and allergies.

Another way to try out new foods is to figure out your allergies and deal breakers. Do you avoid foods based on their textures, colors, or smells? If you dislike certain foods because of their smells or taste, then you can look for dishes without those attributes. For example, if vinegar is a turnoff, then you may avoid many different foods such as ketchup and pickles. However, these foods can be made with different acids and flavors to create a similar taste.

Tip #3: Make a list of positive foods and flavor associations.

With a list of the foods and flavors that you enjoy, your personal chef can make various dishes to suit your palate. There are countless ways to use various ingredients, whether you want something sweet, spicy, or crunchy. Make a list of the foods you enjoy to find similar new foods and dishes you may like.

Chef Chic is your place to find great new foods and dishes. With your personal chef in Tucson, AZ, you and the entire family will find great options to combat pickiness and broaden your range of accepted foods. Please call us at (520) 406-2757 to speak with our catering team about our extensive menu.

Planning Your Easter Feast with a Tucson Caterer

March 24, 2017

An Easter feast in Tucson can feature a broad range of meals, from barbecue to tamales. No matter your preference, your Tucson caterer can accommodate so your Easter feast is a success. Continue reading to learn more about planning an Easter feast with your caterer.

Consider Your Storage Space

Part of an effective Easter feast, or any sort of get together, is to consider how much storage space you can use. Consider every available option in your home, such as your refrigerator, freezer, pantry, countertops, and mobile coolers. If you are concerned about the amount of storage space available, speak with your caterer. She may have available space or can work with you on the appropriate time to bring perishable dishes to your party.

Write Out an Action Plan

To successfully pull off any party, you must write out a plan. This plan will include the estimate of guests, the timeframe of the event, and activities. When planning your Easter feast, add the details to your party plan. These details should include the dishes and how much they feed, the time of the caterer’s arrival, where each dish will be stored, and any necessary details specific to preparing or serving a dish. By having this information written down, you will feel more confident and prepared about your upcoming Easter feast.

Discuss an Appropriate Meal Plan

Prior to your Easter event, ask your guests if there are any food allergies, sensitivities, or preferences. Though you may not be able to accommodate everyone’s desires, it is polite to take your guests’ preferences into account. With this list of allergies and preferred dishes, you can discuss an appropriate meal plan with your caterer.

Work with Chef Chic this Easter to deliver an exceptional meal. We cater events all over Tucson, AZ for various reasons, including holiday parties and corporate get togethers. We will work with you to create a varied and enjoyable meal for all of your guests. Give us a call at (520) 406-2757 to get started.

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