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The whole point of a dinner party is to catch up with friends, right? But how many times have you found yourself peering into the oven while simultaneously tossing a salad and feeling your makeup melt off your face--as the party goes on without you? ??

Next time, get a chef from Kitchensurfing to make the culinary magic happen.
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Enter the number of guests you?re having, your budget and date and the website will match you with a chef. Once you?re paired up, you?ll email with your chef to settle on an exact menu and other logistics, and then he or she will take care of all the shopping, prep work, cooking and...wait for it...cleanup.

??And the whole private-chef, catered-meal thing doesn?t have to break the bank. ??

For $500 you can get a five-course, plated farm-to-table-style dinner for ten guests by former Avenues chef de partie Marianne Sundquist--a steal if you consider what you?d spend on a group of that size at Whole Foods. Or for $400, opt for a family-style Indian feast for eight people by former Veerasway chef Hiran Patel. (Wine pairings are extra.)??

Just think how composed you?ll look sitting at your dining room table--a cocktail in hand, your apron taking the night off. 

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