Detroit area personal caterers give expert advice

Detroit area personal caterers give expert advice

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."

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