What could be better than inviting your friends over for dinner, filling the house with flowers and then sitting back, because someone else is doing the cooking?
Enter Kitchit--a new-to-Chicago online dining service that dispatches a roster of local chefs to cook at your next soiree.
Pick a date and make your guest list, then browse the site to see who?s available. If you?re a Top Chef buff, book an evening with season nine's Beverly Kim and her husband, Johnny Clark. Meat lovers should go for Rick Gresh of David Burke?s Primehouse, and farm-to-table fans will fall for seasonal dishes by Matt Farrell, a chef who?s put in time at the famed Inn at Little Washington.
Chefs? signature dishes are listed on Kitchit, so you can see who might be a better pick if you like braised short ribs with caramelized fennel (Farrell) or Lake Superior smelt with charred leeks (Kim).
Your chef will arrive with ingredients and equipment about two hours before the party, and your house will smell fabulous by the time the first guest arrives. (Meals cost $50 to $180 a head, and cooking lessons--learn to make your own pasta or master the art of nose-to-tail preparation--range from $50 to $300 per person.)
Just don?t be surprised if your couch gets neglected--after all, the best parties are the ones where everyone hangs out in the kitchen.