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Don’t Order Pizza Again!

February 23, 2014

We Americans are madly in love with pizza. When it comes to lunch or dinner we look for pizza. So much so that the average American is eating 46 slices of pizza each and every year. Think about it. Americans will eat about 3000 slices of pizza in a lifetime! That’s a lot of pizza each and every week. A lot of the same food each and every single week.

For the busy professional who can’t think of anything else to do for dinner, picking up the phone and ordering a pizza is the obvious thing to do. It’s the thing you do when you can’t imagine what to cook for yourself or yourself. Life is boring when you eat the same thing over and over again. Life should not be boring. Eating should fun and exciting. Who wants to go through life eating the same thing over and over again?

Chef Wendy has the answers for dinner boredom. She’s a trained professional who can provide culinary variety in your life. Chef Wendy is the perfect choice when you can’t think of what to have for dinner. Chef Wendy can create the ideal dinner for you. She will never bore you with the same old choices each week. She’s a skilled professional who likes to incorporate a wide variety of items into her meals.

The chef has over 600 recipes available for the working mother, busy single professional or just someone who loves to eat but wants a change from ordering pizza yet again. You’ll never be bored with Chef Wendy’s dinner choices. She has such a large variety of recipes at her fingertips that she won’t repeat a recipe for four months. Each week you’ll be pleased with her delicious, inventive recipes and skilled cooking. You’ll never be bored with Chef Wendy’s hearty, satisfying and wonderful meal choices. She can even make you a wonderfully mouth watering pizza if that’s what you really want. Skip the same old pizza choices. Rebel against dull dinner. Pick up the phone and order a really great meal from the Tucson personal chefs at Chef Chic today.

The Most Expensive Eats in the World

February 5, 2014

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows you have to spend some money. But no one could imagine the kind of money one could end up dishing out. Here are some of the most expensive meals in the world.

Samundari Khazana
The translation means seafood treasure. Served at the Bombay Brasserie in London, the meal comes with a Scottish lobster that’s coated in gold, Devon crab, four abalones, Beluga caviar, white truffle and four quail eggs. Easily the most expensive curry dish, bring your Platinum card because this one is going at $3,200.

Dragon Dog
It’s only going to cost you $100. This is a foot long bratwurst available at the DougieDog in Vancouver. Chef Dougie requests that he be given 12 hours notice to prepare this specialty. Outside of the finest Kobe meat cooked in olive and truffle oil, the Dragon Dog contains century old Louis XIII cognac, fresh lobster and a delightful picante sauce.

The Chef Tujague Bagel
It’s topped with white truffle cream, gold leaf and goji berry infused Riesling jelly. After caviar, white truffles are the second most expensive food by weight and only grow under oak trees in Alba, Italy. Did we mention it’s an underground fungus? Stop by the Westin Hotel in New York to get a bite. At a robust $1,000, this is going to be the most expensive piece of bread you ever enjoy.

Decadence D’Or
Chef Olivier Dubreuil created this delicacy for the Sweet Surrender at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. In its three year history, the $750 cupcake has sold well. Its exquisite chocolate comes from the Venezuelan Porcelana Criollo bean. It’s topped with edible gold flakes, Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac. The restaurant requests two days notice to prepare the treat which is served in a hand blown sugar Fleur-de-Lis.

At the end of the day, there’s no need to break the bank to enjoy a great meal. Let Chef Chic, your Tucson personal chef, do the cooking!

Organizing a Family Reunion: Tips and Tricks

January 17, 2014

A family reunion is a great opportunity for extended family members to get together and learn more about their lineage. However, planning such a large event with so many people can seem like an arduous task. If you’re hoping to do this, organization and assistance are your best allies. Here are a few tips that will help you plan and organize the perfect family reunion.

Recruit a Team

Get other people in the family involved by asking them to assist with planning and preparations. You should also start spreading the word about the big event well in advance, at least one year. This provides family members with adequate notice so they can adjust their schedules accordingly. Family members with kids are also a group to consider. If you want your reunion to be a kids-included affair, consider scheduling the event during the summer, on a long weekend or over Christmas break. This way, school won’t interfere with their ability to attend.

Assign Responsibilities

For those family members who volunteered their services in the planning process, consider assigning different responsibilities. Tasks like games, presentations, pictures, souvenirs, apparel, decorations, invitations and music can all be assigned to individual members. Doing this helps everyone feel more involved, and it also evens out the work load so nobody is overly burdened.

Provide Direction

As the head of the planning committee, it’s important to let others know what, specifically, they should be doing. Write down the details of the tasks you assign, along with the date it has to be done by. This can be achieved more easily with event planning software.

Conduct Progress Meetings

Every two months or so, hold a meeting of your planning committee to discuss the overall reunion progress. Use this time to follow up on tasks, add or amend ideas or address any roadblocks. It’s important to communicate openly and clearly with one another. Otherwise, problematic misunderstandings will be inevitable.

Hire a Caterer

Of course, one of the most important considerations of a family reunion is the food. There will be lots of hungry people attending, so you need to make sure they’re happy. If you’re looking for a great caterer, call the personal chefs at Chef Chic for all of your Tucson catering needs.

Gluten Free Is All the Rage!

January 5, 2014

As we exist in the age of information, it can be observed that an increasing number of the celebrities in America are adopting gluten free lifestyles. Over the past several decades, the United States has seen rampant increases in food allergy conditions including Anaphylaxis (the allergy of tree nuts and peanuts) and Celiac disease (the autoimmune disease resulting in a toxic reaction to gluten). Not all people are dropping dead of these extreme reactions, of course. Most people affected are merely intolerant of gluten, causing dilapidating health problems such as bleeding internally and loss of bone density. Gluten had not been a part of the human diet through evolution until sometime around ten thousand years ago. As a result, the human stomach can not fully break down gluten, even today. This is true in all people, not just those with known gluten intolerances.

Famous ESPN sports broadcaster Keith Olbermann went gluten free years ago as he lives with celiac disease. He supports his gluten free diet publicly, not as the next big thing, but as a serious choice with many positive health-related benefits. Keith is not alone in his dietary decision, either. Lady Gaga announced in 2012 that she would adopting a gluten free diet as a method to lose weight. Restaurants are notified prior to her arrival regarding her new diet because though very difficult, she is taking it very seriously. Another gluten free advocate is Drew Brees, NFL quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He credits this decision as greatly boosting his energy and general sense of physical well-being. Many athletes are realizing that gluten intolerance is a real issue which is only taking away from their total physical potential. Businesses are beginning to pick up on these food specialty needs. Many grocery stores now have labels on its stock specifying if contents are gluten free, vegan or set apart for another dietary need.

One Tucson catering company credits its success to seeing to the needs of those who have food allergies and intolerances. Chef Chic has been awarded for multiple accomplishments in customer service excellence and is revolutionizing the catering industry. Awareness of these increasing dietary needs is very important for the health of this country and its inhabitants.

What Could You Do With an Extra Hour?

December 18, 2013

Imagine having an entire extra hour every day. If you are busy professional, this may seem like a wonderful dream. Sometimes people realize they are so busy that they wish they could literally make the day even longer. You may not be able to make your day actually longer. What can you do? You can save an entire an hour every single day if you don’t have to spend that time cooking for yourself and your family. Just think about all that time and what it could mean for your life.
Here’s a list of what you can do with a whole hour each day.
1. Play catch with your kids. Even if they break throw the ball a little too hard, you would still have the time to fix it.
2. Actually read and even reply to all your daily email. Better yet, have the time to delete each day’s spam. Personalized replies to your friends and relatives are an ideal way to keep in touch with everyone important to you.
3. Learn to juggle. Impress your friends with your new found skill at parties and other family gatherings. While it might take more than a single hour, five hours in a week should give you ample time to practice.
4. Plan a wonderfully romantic evening with your husband. Have the time to find that right restaurant, perfect dress, flattering accessories and even the babysitter who will show up early and stay late.
5. You could do nothing at all! Wouldn’t that be nice for a change? Imagine an entire hour each day where you have no responsibilities or demands on your time. Imagine sitting down quietly with your own thoughts and nothing else to worry about.
6. Take a long hot bath. Pour bubble bath in your tub, add candles to the sides, start the hot water, grab a romantic novel and relax.
All this can be yours if you let Chef Wendy, your personal chef in Tucson, do the cooking for you. Open up your schedule give yourself a chance to do important things. Give her a call at 520-406-2757.

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