Not too long ago I got a Daily Candy SF (I still subscribe to be “in the know” of all things San Francisco) advertising a new website/company called Kitchit that acts as a search engine for chefs in the Bay Area that are for hire for private events. They also cater to Los Angeles and New York…hopefully Seattle in the near future:) Whether it’s a casual dinner or formal affair, there are chefs and budgets to fit any situation. The website makes it easy to check out each chefs profile and what they’re capable of not to mention you can read reviews from others that have used them. Pretty easy!
My good friend Jen hired Chef Anne Olsen for her fiancé’s surprise 40th birthday party and the whole night was amazing!!! She started us with a gorgeous farmers market crudité platter and then followed it up with an unbelievable first course of burrata with favas, English peas and speck. Next was oven roasted Halibut with Meyer lemon gremolata, pan fried baby potatoes, spring herbs and créme fraiche. For dessert…baked Alaska!!! All in all it was an outstanding night start to finish and I would recommend Chef Olsen and Kitchit to anyone!
On a nice sunny weekend day there’s nothing better than visiting the farmers market. We are lucky to have so many close to our house. Both the Fremont and Ballard farmers markets are on Sunday and are fairly close to each other so it’s actually easy to hit both. Ballard caterers more to the produce and food items whereas Fremont has more vintage home wares, food trucks and prepackaged foods such as jams, cookies, etc.
Be sure to check out Hot Cakes – Molten Chocolate Cakery. Need I say more? These take and bake molten cakes come in personal sized mason jars that couldn’t be cuter! Talk about a great hostess gift, birthday treat, and/or dessert for a dinner party!
You can’t go wrong with any and all of the produce. There’s nothing better than local organic fruits and veggies. And the eggs! They just make me want my own chickens even more. Someday:)
Deluxe Foods makes awesome apple butter which is great on hot biscuits or even in your oatmeal in the morning. They also make the most interesting syrups. The one we bought is Earl Grey which you can add to soda to make your own flavored soda. Sounds amazing to me…can’t wait to try it!
I highly recommend going on an empty stomach which might be hard at the same time because there are temptations every turn you make but the food stalls pump out the most amazing food which should be taken advantage of for lunch. There’s everything from gourmet quesadillas to homemade sausages to crepes.
Go to your local farmers market and support your local farms!
*We actually found these at the Fremont Farmers Market on our bike ride home:) So good!