Detroit area personal caterers give expert advice
Who we talked to
Chef Rachel Nobles, owner
Dinners by Design
What services do you offer?
Chef Barbara Hughes: "I come into the home and do all the cooking for a business week's worth of dinners. I also do grocery shopping, small parties of under 40 people, wine tastings and interactive dinner party lessons."
Chef Brian Ramirez: "The main service is where we put together two weeks of dinners. I also offer cooking classes, private in-home classes, small dinner parties and I'm a barbecue cook for hire."
Chef Rachel Nobles: "The main service I do is five different entrees of four servings each cooked in the client's home. I also do romantic dinners, interactive cooking lesson dinner parties and private cooking lessons."
How do you charge for your services, and what's the cost?
Chef Barbara Hughes: "It roughly starts at about $300 for five days' worth of meals with two servings."
Chef Brian Ramirez: "It's about $345 for two weeks of dinners for two including groceries."
Chef Rachel Nobles: "It depends on what they like. Once they pick out a menu, I can give them a cost expectation."
Do you have a set menu?
Chef Barbara Hughes: "I find out what the customer likes and set the menu from there."
Chef Brian Ramirez: "I have a 400-item menu. If they don't like something, I make what they want."
Chef Rachel Nobles: "It's completely tailored to the client's likes and dislikes."
What dish is your specialty?
Chef Barbara Hughes: "My specialty is a golden mushroom soup."
Chef Brian Ramirez: "Chicken enchiladas with Spanish rice."
Chef Rachel Nobles: "Salmon in a fresh pastry with a champagne-butter-chive sauce."
What's one spice or ingredient you couldn't live without and why?
Chef Barbara Hughes: "Garlic - it just flavors everything. But that doesn't mean I use copious amounts of it."
Chef Brian Ramirez: "I'd have to say garlic. You can use it as a replacement for salt without changing the flavor."
Chef Rachel Nobles: "Garlic. I love Italian food and you must have garlic for that."