Have You Ever Hosted a Private Chef for an Evening?

Last week I mentioned some incredible experiences at Yosemite National Park, including the hikes, the sheer size of the mountains and trees, and an overly friendly bear. I have one other quick story to tell about a private chef on the wedding night.

I’ve never been married, but every wedding I’ve attended has been catered, typically at an event space. But the friends getting married in Yosemite had only 6 total guests, and we were all tucked away in a rental house in the hills of Yosemite West.

So while the newlyweds were driving around the park with their photographer, a private chef arrived at our cabin with a friend and began creating one of the most memorable wedding dinners I’ve ever experienced.

The first step was for the chef to set up the space. I tried to help several times, but she and her assistant shooed me away. They completely redecorated the dining room, removing pretty much in that room except the table (they even replaced the chairs). They also set up an elaborate centerpiece, which you can see in the photos below.

Then the cooking began. That’s right–as far as I could tell, there was very little prep work in advance. They simply brought all of the ingredients they needed to make a multi-course meal (including a choice of 3 different entrees), as well as the pots, pans, trays, silverware, plates, bowls…they thought of everything.

Around 8:00, we sat down for the first course, and while we ate it, the chef continued to make the other dishes. The meal included a delicious soup (butternut squash, I think), salad with fresh figs, a tasty vegetarian ravioli entrée for me, and a scrumptious chocolate cake. The chef even packed up our leftovers afterwards.

As you can tell, it was quite the experience, and I’m truly grateful for it. I don’t know if I’ll experience something like it again, but I’d love to hear your stories if you’ve had the chance to enjoy the talents of a private chef!

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