Frequently Asked Questions
How does Appetites plan the menus?
Chef Lindsay will meet with you and your family before the first cookday. She will note likes, dislikes, allergies, and special diets. The menus are e-mailed to you a few days before your cookday for your approval or changes. Check out the Sample Menus page for some examples.
What if my kids are picky eaters or my family has dietary needs?
Chef Lindsay can always work with your diet. She has cooked for many families with small children and can reserve a portion of the meal with less or different seasoning for them so that they can eat with the rest of the family. She is skilled at designing menus for clients who are on healthy weight-loss diets and has experience with gluten-free, lactose-free, and sugar-free diets also.
How often do you cook for me and how many meals do you cook in one cookday?
You can choose to have a Weekly or Bi-Weekly Meal Plan. Chef Lindsay can make 3–5 menu items per cookday. If you choose the Bi-Weekly Meal Plan, she will double the portions of the menu items, giving you 6–10 meals. Special pricing is available for salads, lunches and desserts.
Do I need to provide cooking equipment?
Chef Lindsay brings her own cooking pots, pans, sauces, and spices. If she should need to use any of your kitchen equipment it will be cleaned and put away.
How do I reheat the meals?
All meals will be cooled and refrigerated or frozen. Clear instructions for reheating are on the package labels. Many of the meals can be microwaved, while some reheat better in the oven.
What do I need to do to prepare for the cookday? And what do I do with the containers?
Please have your kitchen clean and organized for Chef Lindsay. Make sure to have some free space in your fridge and freezer for your meals. The empty containers can be washed in the dishwasher and dried completely. Chef Lindsay will re-use them the next cookday.
How do I pay for the Meal Services?
Chef Lindsay asks her clients to pay a deposit before the first cookday. You will then pay ahead for each cookday’s meals. You will reimburse Chef Lindsay for the groceries on the day of the cookday. Arrangements will be made for clients who will not arrive home to write a check before Chef Lindsay leaves.
Do I have to commit to a contract or certain amount of cookdays?
While you do pay ahead for the next cookday and groceries, there is no commitment. You can terminate the Meal Services at any time and Chef Lindsay will reimburse you if have already payed ahead for the next cookday.
How many guests can Appetites cater for?
Appetites specializes in parties and events from 2 guests to 100.
What types of menus can Appetites prepare?
Appetites can cater passed or plated Appetizer Menus and buffet, family style or plated Dinner Parties and the Dinner For Two. Chef Lindsay has a large repertoire of dishes for each style of party that you will be able to choose from to customize your menu. Check out the Sample Menus page for some examples.
Does Appetites do desserts?
Chef Lindsay loves to bake and has been part of the pastry team in many Chicago area restaurants. Pricing is available for Birthday Cakes and other specialty items. Appetites can also add a Chocolate Fondue Service to your event for a small fee plus the cost of dipping treats and chocolate. It will be refilled and managed for the length of your party at no additional cost. Check out the Portfolio page for pictures.
Who is the assisting staff?
Chef Lindsay hires assistant cooks and servers that she knows and has worked with many times. They are friendly and experienced and will help you relax and enjoy your own party!
Can Appetites serve alcohol for my party?
Appetites can refill and manage pre-mixed cocktails, beer and wine when the guests serve themselves. If you would like to serve mixed cocktails or have a bartender, Appetites can recommend bartending services. You, the host, are responsible for the guest’s alcohol intake and all actions of the guests under alcohol’s influence.
How is the budget for the party determined?
The budget for each party that Appetites caters is unique. The budget is based on the number of guests you have invited and the style of menu you would like. When you have chosen your final menu, Chef Lindsay will determine the grocery budget and how long it will take to prepare and serve your menu. She will then present a final budget to you for your approval and ask you to sign a contract.
How do I pay?
Appetites requires a deposit of half of the budget total for the Catering Services. The deposit is payable by check or credit card. The remaining amount is due at the end of the party.
What happens if my guest list increases or I need to make changes to the party schedule?
Please give Appetites a one week notice of changes to the guest list. The budget is subject to increase if there is a change to the number of guests.
Please give Appetites a one week notice of a cancellation of your party. If arrangements have not been made to reschedule your party, your deposit will not be refunded. Exceptions may be made for illness or emergencies.
The budgeted charges will not change regardless of the final grocery cost or amount of time spent cooking. However, if the event runs over the scheduled time, you, the host will be responsible for the fees of the Chef and assistants. Chef Lindsay’s fee for the overtime will be 1 ½ times her charges per hour. You will be responsible for paying the assistants for the total time they have worked at the rate quoted.
If you have more questions, please Contact the Chef.