Thursday, March 26, 2009

tart, sweet, refreshing, and wonderful...

I think my lemons (unemployment) have turned themselves into tall glasses of ice cold lemonade.

I have wonderful friends.  They have been so kind to hire me to babysit.  I now have a summer filled with daily nanny jobs.  I love my life right now.  I have time to focus on school, cooking, crafting, and dreaming.  I can actually plan on attending school full time next semester, which means I will {finally} get to graduate in the near future. 


About the aforementioned dreaming: 

I have debated actually mentioning this on my blog.  Many of you already know about this dream, but mentioning it on the blog just seemed too "official," but you are my friends, so here goes...  

I want to launch a personal chef business.  

For those who don't know what a personal chef does: a personal chef cooks for families in their homes as needed.  The chef shops for and prepares multiple meals in the family's kitchen and freezes or refrigerates them for future consumption.  This gives the family the opportunity to enjoy convenient, customized, home-cooked meals, free of questionable ingredients, and without sacrificing taste and quality.  A personal chef is not a private chef, who often cooks for only one family full time, the service can be used regularly or sporadically depending on the family's need.  I will also add another service to this traditional definition, a party service.  I will work with a client to create and prepare a menu of appetizers or a full dinner party.  

This is a dream that I would love to turn into a career.  It's everything I love!  I could cook and spend time with people.  How perfect?!

There's a whole lot involved when starting a business.  It doesn't just come together like I thought it would, it's definitely multifaceted. Personally I'm ready to start cooking immediately.  I've already planned out pricing, some menus, a working title, and some other aspects.

Know any busy families who could use some delicious home cooked meals?

9 comments:

Clark said...

Would you like an assistant for this soon-to-be-booming business? I could, and would love to, help you with stuff! Haha... Seriously though, I follow orders, am a Nazi for following instructions on recipes, and we'd have fun! You know you want to... :)

Claire said...

caitlyn, clark and cooking- there's some SERIOUS alliteration potential for this partnership!!

priscilla (little Prisca) said...

YES! I have all January, April, ...December issues of "Gourmet" yet to give you! I hope you liked all those chocolate cake recipes which were features in many of the two months you received recently from me!

Laurin said...

That is so neat, Caitlyn! I"ll keep my hears open for potential clients for you...hah! not that I even live in Memphis any longer nor run in the circles of those who could hire such a marvelous thing, but....one never knows who she will run into = ).

Mickey said...

I've been wondering when you would arrive at this conclusion.... I have a friend in B'ham who would be a great resource.

Susan Cushman said...

We're in. Customers, not helpers. We really like to eat good, healthy food. And we really don't like to cook. Sounds like we're your kinda' folks, huh? So, do you need to do an internship, or practice on someone? We are so ready to be practiced on! You know where to find me.

Mindy said...

OK, just getting around to checking this, and I LOVE the picture!!! Concept is, obviously, wonderful too. But LOVE the picture!

Susan Cushman said...

Still waiting for a price list. Or at least a business card. Oh, how about a contest to name your new business? But we'll lose faith if you don't hurry up and announce the winner of the last one:-)

Anonymous said...

dude,
I just took a test to become a notary... I was doing it for work, but a girl in my class who was renewing hers said she's made over $20k a year doing it for real estate people. Plus as the housing market went down most real estate people fired their notaries so they are now looking to use mobile notaries...

Just a thought,
Evie