10 Ways CookinGenie Makes Meal Planning Easy

10 ways CookinGenie makes meal planning easy!

22 Jul 2022

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10 Ways CookinGenie Makes Meal Planning Easy

In the past few years, the demand for Private dining experiences has increased across Ohio. Many hosts now prefer to hire personal chefs to prepare delicious quality food at their in-house parties. This remarkable surge in chef-on-demand service has helped CookinGenie earn a reputation in the region within a short period.  

Since its inception in 2019, CookinGenie has provided personal chefs to hundreds of customers for their varied events and occasions with almost one hundred percent client satisfaction. When we asked our customers the main reason they choose to hire a chef for their special events, these were the answers provided by them.  

1- It’s The Best Way To Impress The Guests.

Upon asking our customer, Dina, the reason for hiring a personal chef, she answered, “Most guests are particular about their food, either because of their dietary restrictions or their allergies to certain ingredients. As a host and cook, it adds to my stress of preparing delicious quality meals while keeping such constraints in check. With a private chef from your staff, it becomes easier for me to meet guests’ expectations and relax and enjoy the party.”     

2- It Helps Me With Work-life Balance.

We started CookinGenie to make food preparation convenient for hosts with busy lifestyles, and it made us proud when Jennie, our returning client, shared these kind words about us. 

“I hire your private chefs to provide convenience in planning meals for my family. They always save me from the hassle of planning and preparing meals like breakfast, lunch, and dinner when I am on office tours. No rush for grocery shopping and cleaning after cooking, plus it’s affordable. So, why not CookinGenie?” 

3- It Saves Me Time And Money.

Those who think our chefs come at a high price would want to read what our user, Catherine, says.  

“Hiring a chef not only helps my family and me to have fresh, healthy meals but also relieves me from the stress of the entire process, which is very time-consuming. I don’t need to feel burdened with meal planning, food shopping, cooking, and daily cleanups. Moreover, it is way more economical than dining out, which costs parking, fuel, and babysitting fees apart from the restaurant bill.” 

4- I Love The Customization Part.

As our chefs hold ample experience in their respective culinary expertise, customizing meals for the clients is easy for them and is also our highlight that customers like Daniel can’t get tired of appreciating. 

“Being a professional athlete, it’s crucial to fuel my body with balanced micro- and macro-nutrients. It’s easy to get my personalized meals from your chef without missing the ‘taste’ essence.”  

5- It Helps Me Learn New Techniques.

Lary says, “Whenever I hire a chef, I try to observe and interact with them to learn new cooking tricks that I can use for those rare occasions when I need to cook. I have learned a few knife skills and how to avoid tears when dicing onions.” 

Although we are only focusing on the chef-on-demand services, Lary’s remark does spark the motivation to have scope for culinary classes, maybe someday. 

Nevertheless, indeed you hire a personal chef to cook for you, but it’s always great to learn new recipes and methods too. 

6- I Get to Fulfil My Desires for New Cuisines.

Our chefs love to swank their culinary flair all over. So, whenever hiring them, make sure to try something new to refresh your taste buds like our customer, Lily, is enjoying in pregnancy. 

“Being in the second semester, I crave a lot for a variety of tasty food. But since I need to avoid outside food due to health concerns, I hire your chef to fulfill my desire for tasty food and delicious cuisines. It has been an excellent way to soothe my craving and maintain good health during this time.” 

7- It’s A Great Gifting Option.

When we asked Christopher for a reason behind hiring a private chef, he prompted, “I believe ‘Sharing is happiness,’ and your Gift Cards are an excellent example. Even though I have only used your service once, I have bought your gift cards several times for my friends and families. And they all had a great experience of being served by your genies. Isn’t that what you call your chefs? I like that name and your gifting concept too.” 

8- Best Way To Host And Enjoy In-house Events.

“Hiring a personal chef for my in-house parties takes all the pressure off me. As the entire process of buying groceries, prepping food, and cleaning up is the chef’s responsibility, it allows me to enjoy the evening to the fullest. And, when it’s time for food, I feel assured that my guests will be all-praises for the top-quality dishes with dietary and allergic concerns taken care of.” – Ashley. 

No surprise that this was the most common answer given by most of our clients. 

Our purpose with CookinGenie has always been to pair diners with personal chefs and let the host enjoy their time with guests. We are glad our clients are enjoying being fantastic hosts.  

9- It Allows Me To Host Romantic Dinner For My Partner.

The convenience of hiring a personal chef allows couples to enjoy romantic dinners at home with gourmet quality meals served on their table. If you haven’t yet planned this surprise for your partner, Jeremy suggests you try it. 

“I wanted to do something unique on my girlfriend’s 25th birthday. So, I hired a personal chef from your site and got her favorite dishes freshly prepared in my kitchen. The surprise turned out to be more than she could imagine. My girlfriend’s jaw-dropping expressions were worth watching.” – Jeremy. 

10- It Helps Me Have More Time With My Family.

“Hiring a chef allows me to spend quality time with my family while not compromising our health. I feel more energized in my office and don’t need to have frequent runs to the grocery stores, spend time planning weekly meals, or spend unnecessarily on dine-outs and takeaways. Everything feels sorted.” – Cicily. 

Having quality time with your near and dear ones is crucial. We are glad that Cicily could find a reason in us to spend quality time with her family and manage her work-life balance better. 

Conclusion   

The overwhelming answers from esteemed clients affirm that there are plenty of reasons to hire a chef and none to avoid it. 

So, next time you are looking to throw a party for friends, indulge yourself with an elaborate buffet, or wish to kick back at home after a tough day at work, remember to make our private chef the reason to look after your culinary needs. 


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26 Apr 2021

Whether it be displayed out at your dinner party, the beginning of date night, or accompanying your favorite bottle of wine, a charcuterie board is a perfect accouterment. Charcuterie (pronounced “shahrkyut-uh-ree) is the French word for the art of cookery dedicated to the preparation of preserved meats, typically pork. The name charcuterie dates back to 15th-century shops which sold many different styles of pork, from terrines and pâtés to hams and sausages. They also specialized in confit, another preservation style involving slowly cooking protein in its rendered fat, for other delicacies like foie gras, a preparation of fatty duck or goose liver. The chef that runs the establishment is referred to as a Charcutier. In a more modern French kitchen, charcuterie is typically handled by a Garde Manger, a chef who is in charge of cold items like salads, cold soups, fruit, and charcuterie.  

Before they got to dinner parties: the origins of Charcuterie 

Charcuterie started as a way of life for people who were looking to preserve what they had excess of. Someone could take and eat what they could fresh from their kill and smoke or cure what they couldn’t currently use or didn’t want to go bad. Early examples of American cookbooks have recipes for a preserved culinary survival food called Pemmican, which is a loaf of dried beef, berries, and tallow to form a high-energy, simple food source. This was introduced by Native Americans and then eventually adopted by European fur traders and then found its way to the arctic as it was easy to prepare and would last for a long time before going bad.  

In modern kitchens, when you see a charcuterie board on a dinner party menu, it refers to an artisan-level crafted assortment of meats and sometimes cheeses that seek to work as something to nibble on before the main course. It is often selected with the flavor profile of the wine, menu, or season in mind. In the summer, a cool and crisp Moscato will cut through a razor-thin slice of a rich prosciutto or serrano ham. Likewise, spicy dried chorizo or soppressata will help finish that bottle of bold, tannin-rich Cabernet Sauvignon on a cold winter night.  

In general, charcuterie typically has three main branches: whole-muscle, pâtés, and cured sausages. Whole muscle typically refers to a whole loin of muscle, cured in salt and sometimes spices. It can include anything from American Bacon, Prosciutto, Speck, Jamon Serrano, Country Ham, Pancetta, Bresaola, Cappocollo, Guanciale, and Lardo. Pâtés can be any type of culinary preparation of forcemeat, herbs, fats, and spices. The most famous one people would know by name is probably pâté de foie gras, made from the livers of fattened geese, but most cultures around the world have their own takes on meat-pastes. Cured sausages cover anything from the pepperonis and salamis that you find in your local deli to finely crafted dry-aged Spanish Chorizo or French Saucisson.  

Nowadays most specialty grocers, Mediterranean wine bars, and some high-end pubs will carry a varying assortment of curated meats and cheeses. In Cleveland, we even have access to locally made craft cheese and charcuterie. Places like The Brooklyn Cheese Shop and Astoria Cafe & Market, produce many varieties of their old-world preparations and recipes. If you are looking to assemble a charcuterie spread for your dinner party guests, CookinGenie can help. There are many Genies who can create this incredibly classy looking starter for your guests.  

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09 Feb 2021

Valentine’s Day has been celebrated since ancient Roman times—it began as a pagan fertility festival to celebrate Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, where goats were sacrificed, and women were paired off with men by lottery. The celebration was “Christianized” by Pope Gelasius I as the feast of St. Valentine in the 5th century, but it took centuries for the day to be associated with love. Written valentines first appeared in the 1400s, but it was the Victorians who transformed Valentine’s Day into the romantic celebration of cards and flowers that we now know.

Typically, in a normal world, Valentine’s Day meant scoring a reservation at an ultra-cozy restaurant for a leisurely feast in a romantic, dimly lit dining room. We can hope for those days to be a reality soon again. But if you are looking to celebrate and don’t want to miss out on a fine dining evening with your special someone, CookinGenie can make it happen. Turns out you CAN make the day extra special —and we’re here to help.

CookinGenie brings the restaurant experience to your home so you can enjoy a sumptuous Valentine’s Day meal prepared by a local culinary expert in the safety of your very own dining room. All at below restaurant prices. Our Genies offer a wide variety of special occasion appetizers, entrees, and desserts for your celebration. We’re talking a silky Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto, or decadent New York Strip Steak with Potatoes, Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce, or perfectly prepared Fettuccini Mare, bursting with cherry tomatoes and plump, tender shrimp. They’ll show up at your door with everything they need to make your meal, and when they’re done, our Genies clean up and leave your kitchen as clean as (or maybe even cleaner!) than it was when they arrived. All you need to do is dim the lights, pop open the champagne, and light some candles for a romantic dinner for two (and there may be leftovers to pack a lunch the next day).

Book your Genie this Valentine’s Day weekend and see just how romantic “let’s stay in” can be.

PS Don’t see your favorites on our menu? Send us an email and we’ll work to customize a meal just for you.

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A Guide to Best Wine Festivals and Events in Ohio

25 Nov 2022

Ohio is home to many great wineries, and wine events are the perfect way to sample some of the world’s best wines. From small, local festivals to large-scale events, there is something for everyone in the Buckeye State. Wine festivals provide an opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn about their processes.  

There is also a wide variety of food available at these events, allowing you to pair your favorite wines with some delicious dishes. And because they are typically outdoor events, you can enjoy the beautiful Ohio scenery while you sip your way through the offerings. Best of all, many wine festivals also feature live music and other entertainment, making them the perfect way to spend a fun-filled day with family and friends.   

So next time you look for a new and exciting way to explore Ohio’s wine country, check out a wine festival near you. You are sure to have a ‘Grape’ time!     

 

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Most popular wine festivals in Ohio  

Every year, Ohio holds some of the best wine festivals in the country, offering unparalleled grape tastings, gourmet food pairings, and educational seminars. With close to 500 wineries around the state, there is a festival for everyone’s palate.  

Here are some yearly wine festivals in Ohio, along with their venues. Be sure not to miss them!  

  1. The Ice Wine Festival, Debonne Vineyards. 
  2. The Vintners in Northwest Ohio (V.I.N.O.) Wine Festival, Wood County Fair Grounds. 
  3. The Vintage Ohio South Wine Festival, Clark County Fairgrounds. 
  4. The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, Lake Metroparks Farmpark. 
  5. The Columbiana Wine Festival, TownCenter at Firestone Farms. 
  6. The Wine & Walleye Festival, Ashtabula Harbor. 
  7. The Columbus Summer Wine Festival, The Kelley Green. 
  8. The Toast of Ohio Wine Festival, Jackson Street Pier. 
  9. The Dandelion May Fest, Breitenbach Wine Cellars. 
  10. The Kent Art & Wine Festival, Main Street Kent, Kent. 
  11. The Valley Vineyards Wine & Beer Festival, Valley Vineyards, Morrow. 
  12. The Cleveland International Wine Festival, Cleveland. 
  13. The Annual Summer Solstice Festival, Sarah’s Vineyard Winery, Cuyahoga Falls. 
  14. The Wine & Walleye Festival, Historic Ashtabula Harbor, Ashtabula. 
  15. The Geneva Area Grape Jamboree, Geneva. 

At each event, you can sample some of the nation’s finest wines, admire breathtaking scenery, and get valuable information from experts on wine-making techniques. The overall experience will be memorable as you learn more about some of your favorite wines while enjoying delicious food and live entertainment. Whether it is a day trip or an overnight adventure you are looking for — make sure to attend one of these fabulous wine festivals! 

Additionally, if you wish to know about more fun wine events in Ohio, here’s a table with a list of upcoming wine tastings and festivals. Whether you are looking to sample some classic vintages or hunt down rare selections, we have something for the oenophile in you.   

Source: https://www.ohiowines.org/events 

Make the most of your experience  

Wine festivals are a fantastic way to explore new wines and meet other people who share your interest in wine. However, knowing how to make the most of your experience can be tough with so many wine festivals. Here are some tips that can help you make the most of your wine festival experience:  

  1. Do your research: With so many different wine festivals, it is essential to research before selecting one. Look for events that feature the types of wines you are interested in exploring.  
  2. Make a budget: Wine festivals can be expensive, so it is best to set a budget before you go. Decide how much you will spend on wine tastings and souvenirs, and stick to it.  
  3. Dress properly: Wearing suitable clothing can make a significant difference at a wine festival. Choose comfortable shoes and clothes that will not show spills, and remember a hat or sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.  
  4. Arrive early: Many wine festivals offer V.I.P. experiences or early access tickets that allow you to avoid the crowds and get the best possible tasting experience. If possible, arrive early to take advantage of these opportunities.  
  5. Pace yourself: It is easy to get carried away when tasting wine at a festival, but it is essential to pace yourself so you do not get drunk. Stick to one-ounce pours and take breaks between tastings by grabbing food or water.  
  6. Spit it out: Many people feel they must finish every drop of wine in their glass but spitting out excess wine is perfectly acceptable (and encouraged!) at a wine festival. Not only will it help keep you from getting drunk, but it will also prevent your palate from becoming overwhelmed.  
  7. Talk to the experts: Wine festivals are an excellent opportunity to meet winemakers and other experts in the field. Strike up a conversation and ask them for recommendations on what to taste (and what to avoid).  
  8. Take notes: With so many different wines to taste, it can be hard to remember what you liked (and did not like). Be sure to take notes on each wine so you can reference them later when stocking your home cellar or buying gifts for friends.  
  9. Do not wear strong cologne: Attending a wine-tasting event requires being mindful of your choice of fragrance. Wearing strong colognes or perfumes can interfere with the smell of the wines, making them seem unpleasantly perfumed. A whiff of fresh spring flowers is all you need. It will also make it much easier to focus on picking up subtle notes and nuances of flavor as you explore different wines throughout the day.  
  10. Have fun: At the end of the day, remember that wine festivals are for enjoyment! Do not worry about trying to taste everything or getting every detail perfect – relax and enjoy exploring the festival.  

Concluding thoughts  

Ohio may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of wine, but the state’s wine scene is thriving. And what better way to explore it than attending one of the many wine festivals held throughout the year? From intimate gatherings featuring local wines to large-scale events with hundreds of wines to sample, there is something for everyone. These festivals offer a wonderful opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn about their craft. So, check out an Ohio wine festival near you whether you are a wine lover or just looking to expand your horizons. Cheers! 

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