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Thank you for visiting my website! Allow me to tell you a bit about myself. I have come a long way from having cooking parties for my friends to now being able to cook for clients and teach young adults. I take pride in making recipes from scratch to deliver an authentic, flavorful dish and sharing all I have learned with others. When people ask what kind of food I like to cook, I consider myself a versatile chef with a varying recipe log and love for farm to table. I appreciate food from all cultures and connecting with people through our appetites.
While obtaining associate degrees in both Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management and Accounting from Westchester Community College, Personal Plates, LLC was formed in 2018. The first In-Home Experience event began with a phone call from a host who wanted to enjoy her event with her family instead of having to tend to the BBQ grill. Since then, services have grown to include tapas, buffet, family, and plated style servings. Events to date include baby showers, engagement, and birthday celebrations to name a few.
The next step for Personal Plates was the addition of Culinary Proficiency Classes. I began at St. Christopher’s Inc. as a volunteer instructor then later contracted for 2 years (until the COVID-19 pandemic began). Through this life skills program for young adults, the students of varying developmental and behavioral capabilities were able to learn how to cook in a home-styled kitchen in preparation to living on their own. Another school program I participated in, called Curious-on-Hudson, directed their focus to middle school aged children to develop their skills at a younger age. It truly was a pleasure seeing the children create dishes every week and the happiness and pride they get from enjoying the flavors of their labor. Despite not being able to teach in large groups since the COVID-19 restrictions began, I resourcefully resorted to the internet and began hosting remote cooking classes. This has become a great tool to continue my mission to help others through food and teaching.
Another service that has become popular is called Date Night In which began with a desire to provide a moment of intimacy for busy parents like myself. It has turned a ‘simple night in’ into a candlelit romantic dinner for two (or 4) complete with décor to set the mood. Being able to be apart of a celebration of love is particularly special for me, especially when the hosts mention not being able to get a sitter and missing out on their special time together, a situation I understand well.
Much lies ahead for Personal Plates in 2021. We will be extending services with the addition of the location at the River Valley Arts Center in Wappingers Falls, NY. The possibilities within each program will expand greatly. Culinary Proficiency will also be offered in 6-week sessions; Meal and catered delivery & pick-up services; Extended menu options, and more! As the renovations complete around the building, and The Sanctuary becomes available, we will also host on-site events. I plan to work with other local small businesses to do our part within the community.
Being able to adapt in the culinary world and making it my own through Personal Plates, LLC has truly become a business I am grateful to have created. I appreciate being able to provide meals to those who are creating memories or helping others learn how to cook for themselves and loved ones. Thank you to those who have inspired me along the way. I look forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead!
Whether you are a local vendor or a potential client who would like to know more, please send me a message!