We love at-home entertaining, but unfamiliar recipes and double-boiler snafus can turn our perfect evening into a kitchen nightmare.
Here to relieve us from our temperamental oven and tattered copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking is Kitchit, a new online service that brings bespoke dinner parties to your home courtesy of renowned chefs.
After success on the West Coast, Kitchit just launched in New York with some of the city?s finest culinary talents breaking out the cutlery and customized menus. To get started, first choose your date and guests, then browse the top-tier chefs and event themes (anything from a casual clambake to a no-expense-spared fund-raiser).
Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen might create a cocktail-party menu of shiitake-mushroom toasts and soft-shell crabs with pickled radishes; Prune?s Gabrielle Hamilton will bring upscale comfort food to an intimate gathering with roasted lamb chops and buttered sweet peas.
Prices average $45 to $75 a person--which covers cooking, cleanup and gratuity--and you can cover the event cost yourself or have guests pay separately. Chefs bring all the ingredients and special equipment, so all you have to worry about is your outfit.
With service like this, we may never dine out again.