attention to detail, passion, creativity and a desire to make life easier, happier, healthier, more beautiful and more delicious. those are the touch stones of darra's approach to working with private clients.
seasonal, local, fresh and unprocessed as much as possible is her approach to cooking. with a strong foundation in local and farm to table eating darra has established favorite farmers market vendors which she knows have superior local fresh produce, meats and dairy products. cooking in season is something that has been easy for her, living in california with generous local produce option and multiple farmers markets. sharing these things is of of darra's favorite things to do. She has been know to turn many anti-vegetable folks into curious open minded eaters, excited about what's growing from the ground.
many homes here are fortunate enough to have space for their own organic gardens. darra has often helped maximize her client's garden space and helped select their crops by connecting them with outstanding professional organic gardeners who specialize in edible home agriculture. selecting and creating the right customized urban home garden is a great way to get kids involved in eating fresh vegetables as well as a great way to have delicious prepared foods that came from your own backyard.
with her combined years of culinary experience in restaurants and catering as well as her experience working the last 12 years exclusivelyas a private chef darra has learned a valuable skill set which allows her to offer clients a deeper level of service than simply cooking food and putting it on the table.
she considers her private chef work to be something very intimate and highly specialized for each person as she develops a working relationship with them. the level of service she brings to her clients only increases as those relationships strengthen.
"it is most important to me to understand what my client wants and be able to interpret that into my work even when my client may not have the time or the language to tell me. much of my work tends to be intuitive, but the only way that works is if there is trust, and deep understanding and honest communication not just when things are good, but more importantly, when things are not quite right." this is something that is very important to darra.
please email darra directly to inquire about current availability.
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