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A personal grocery-shopping and home-cooking service. Crafting delicious, nutritious meals for people in beautiful Palm Springs. 

 

"Relax. This is your food, from your kitchen, to your table.

But I do the work, so you can be a guest. . . in your own home!"

What a deal! 

If you refer someone who becomes a new Full Plate customer, your next Base-Package booking is half price.

if you give the gift of Full Plate to a friend or family member, your next Base-Package booking is half price.


 That's me, on my "radical sabbatical", enjoying a red with dear friends in Tulsa, OK

That's me, on my "radical sabbatical", enjoying a red with dear friends in Tulsa, OK

The Full Plate Story

I’ve Loved cooking my whole life.

In 2014-15 I stepped away from “corporate life” to drive 40,000 miles and visit friends and family in 48 states. (Offering to cook in return for a bed, I saw firsthand, the need for easy, affordable access to comforting, high-quality home cooking).

My on-the-fly cookingI reconnected with my college restaurant work—and gave outlet to the zillions of hours I spent studying the recipes and techniques of my "friends" Julia, Martha, Alton, Sarah, Tyler, Ina, Graham, and the America's Test Kitchen gang!

I enjoyed the in-home cooking experience enough to make cooking-for-others my life’s vocation. Along the way, I started giving new life to dog-eared, cooking-stain spattered recipes found in my friends and family members’ recipe boxes across America.

My passion is to help people find an easy way back to their own tables—so that they can connect with their friends and loved ones without breaking a sweat.

"Let me help YOU rediscover the joys of connecting with your family or friends over beautiful, nourishing home-cooked meals prepared in your kitchen. . .savored at your table. That’s real soul food."

 

 

(760) 537-0626

fullplatebyjay@gmail.com

 

By Appointment Only


How Does it Work?

1)  BOOK   Contact me to select your preferred date(s) by phone or via my online reservation form, and indicate the services / package that you want.

2)  MEAL SELECTION.  We’ll collaborate to create your customized menu(s). You may choose from Full Plate’s menu of options. . .or ask for a family favorite. . .or ask Full Plate to prepare a new recipe you've been wanting to try. 

3)  CONFIRMATION.  I’ll send you a proposal / estimate to confirm the date(s) and time(s) as well as the menu and pricing.  If you request it, I'll also send copies of the recipes you’ve selected—so that you can confirm what’s in your pantry, and what will need to be picked up, or review for ingredients if you'll be feeding someone with food allergies or sensitivities.

4)  GROCERIES.   For a small service fee (to cover my time) built into the base price, Full Plate will pick up what's needed for your meal I provide you with copies of your receipts, and you just reimburse Full Plate (to cover the grocery costs). 

5)  COOKING & DINING:   On the appointed day, I’ll come to your kitchen to prepare your customized, home-cooked meal(s).   I'll clean up the kitchen. Then I'll "exit, stage left."  You just set your table, serve, and enjoy your dinner, and load your dishwasher afterwards!  It's no-muss, no-fuss “destination dining” in your home!

"Eating well doesn’t require fancy or complicated culinary masterpieces just good food—using the freshest ingredients possible, prepared with care—from the awesome recipes I’ve sourced in my culinary travels.

My aim is to help busy people relax and sit down to a delicious home-cooked meal. So, go ahead and set the table. . . your dinner's almost ready!"


Why Full Plate?  

Let's start with beautiful, customized, home-cooked meals; fresh, high-quality ingredients; and a spotless kitchen!

  • HAPPY CLIENTS:  I'm a damn-fine cook. I'm responsible, and fairly easy going. My clients regularly tell me how much they enjoy having me in their homes, for easy conversation as I cook and clean up.   Check out some  CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

  • NO STRESS: Leave the menu planning, shopping, chopping, and cooking to me. By creating the menu together, we can accommodate dietary restrictions. Vegan? No sweat. Gluten-free? No worries! Low-Sodium Diet? You'll still get full flavor!  Relax and leave the work to me.  You just set your table, and then carry your meal to that waiting table.

  • NO MESS:  All pots, pans, knives, and cutting boards used to prepare your meal will be cleaned—and your counters wiped down. 

  • SAVINGS:   I use your food and your kitchen to eliminate overhead.  Since you're only paying for my time, and covering any grocery costs, Full Plate fees are minimal compared to restaurant dining and / or caterers.  

    • Plus, with Full Plate you can enjoy your cocktails and wine at home. . . without restaurants' steep-premium charges. . .and without any driving worries (or having to call a cab or Über).

  • LEFTOVERS!  You’ll generally get tasty leftovers for at least another full meal . . along with all recipes, in case you want to make any dish in the future. 

the full plate Pledge:

I use the freshest, highest-quality ingredients available; plus if I'm shopping for you, I buy on sale when I can, to save you money.

I always act in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding hygiene and safe food-handling standards. (I'm licensed as required by the State of California and Riverside County, and I'm insured).

I respect my clients’ homes, their property, and their privacy—that means I keep confidential all the information requested by the clients. And, if I'm using a kitchen tool of yours and break or damage it. . .I'll replace it.

I make each client a priority, and return my clients’ phone calls and emails as promptly as possible.