Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
It works in two easy steps! First, we meet for a complimentary in-home consultation where we get to know each other. We’ll discuss your food preferences, desired portion size, dietary needs, and most importantly what you want to be eating. We will then go through your kitchen, looking at ingredients and equipment for your meal plans. Together we will create a personalized meal plan or I can surprise you! We can get creative with your meals including your favorite recipes, favorite dishes, and comfort foods.
Second, we determine a cook day for me to come into your home. I’ll take care of the shopping, taking into account how and where you routinely grocery shop for yourself. Since groceries are a separate cost to the client, I’ll shop at your markets of choice. Then to the exciting part; cooking in your kitchen! Afterwards I will leave you with a happy refrigerator stocked with meals ready to pull out and enjoy. I’ll then clean up and leave preparation notes behind.
I will shop for all necessary ingredients prior to the cook time, and arrive with groceries ready to cook up a storm! I’ll leave your kitchen as I found it, only now, the fridge will be neatly arranged with everything I’ve prepared for you!
Who will be cooking for me?
I’m Courtney Christy – I’ll be happily cooking all of your personalized meals! I have culinary and nutrition experience cooking around California and Washington, and time spent working in bakeries. Creating and cooking amazing healthy food is my truest passion. Be sure to check out my About Me page. I love talking food and nutrition all day any day!
Who needs a personal chef?
Anyone! Providing yourself or your family healthy meals each day with variety can be a difficult task in today’s busy world. Eating tasty, nutritious meals and taking time to actually enjoy them is important. A personal chef is for anyone who would like to regain the time that they spend shopping, prepping, making meals, and cleaning every day of the week. Also for those who want to enjoy a home-cooked meal at the dinner table and gather with your family, loved ones, or friends. I’m here to make sure that those moments don’t get lost. Regain time, regain freedom.
Where do you shop?
I can shop wherever you normally do your shopping. As groceries are a separate cost to the client, I’ll shop at your markets of choice.
What payment options are accepted?
Nutrition Thyme RD accepts credit/debit cards using Square or cash.
Groceries for both Weekly Meals and Private Dining Parties are bought the day before or day of the scheduled cook date. I will send you an invoice for the grocery costs and I require that these costs are fully paid by the end of the scheduled cook day.
Do I have to be home during your cooking?
No, you don’t have to be. We can work out what makes you comfortable. Typically, clients are at work, running errands, or at appointments.
How can I properly prepare my kitchen for cook day?
I ask that the kitchen be clean and there be space reserved in the refrigerator for your meals. Usable counter space and an empty dishwasher are most efficient. For safety purposes, please keep children and pets out of the space, just so that there are no unforeseen incidents.
Can meals be frozen?
Often times, yes, meals can be frozen. Some, I would not suggest. I try to make meals that can both be in the refrigerator and freezer. A general guideline for frozen meals is to remove from your freezer a day before you need it. Based on your lifestyle, I can craft meals that work for you at a frequency that makes sense.
How do you package and store the food?
Whether you prefer family style packaging or individual portions, I’ll pack up your meals however you like with instructions for re-heating. We can use your containers if you have some you like or we can start fresh with new ones.
How long does meal prep take?
This all depends on your personalized plan which will outline frequency, amount, portions, etc. Generally, time spent in the home is 4-6 hours. Times can vary depending on what meals on which we’ve agreed.
Can I change meals and/or meal plans?
Yes, you can change meals before the scheduled cook day.
- Weekly Meals: The proposed menu must be agreed upon no less than 3 days before the scheduled cook day. The menu can be accepted by email.
- Private Dining Parties: The proposed menu must be agreed upon no less than 14 days before the scheduled cook day. The menu can be accepted by email.
This will make sure I have ample time to plan and prepare for the cook day.
What is the cancellation policy?
- Cancel a paid reservation and receive a refund.
- For Weekly Meals, the cancellation must be made in advance of the scheduled day to receive a full refund; 5 days or more.
- As an example, if the scheduled cook day is Friday, a cancellation is required by the Sunday before to receive a full refund.
- For Private Parties, the cancellation must be made in advance of the scheduled day to receive a full refund; 30 days or more.
- No refunds will be provided to changes or cancellations made on the cook day or event.
- For more detailed information, see the Policies and Procedures.
Do you offer any other services?
I offer personalized Weekly Meals and Private Dining Parties! These can include but not limited to small-bites parties with tasty appetizers for happy hour, date nights, book clubs, wine tastings, and other gatherings.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if your question has not been answered here. I’m always happy to clarify.