Wrapping up school, kicking off the rest of my life

It has been a whirlwind of activity around here since I got back from Culinary Business Academy in Georgia nearly a month ago — thus, not a single post! My personal chef business, Fresh Chef Detroit, officially is up and running and I’m ready for clients!

See? I graduated from CBA and everything:

Our last day was a short one — class in the morning for those of us who cooked the afternoon before, then lunch and some final notes with the gang. We also got to peek inside Cathy’s car to see how she packs things up — sounds like that wouldn’t be too revealing, but it’s actually been a huge help during the couple of cook days that I’ve done.

I actually hear Cathy’s voice in my head and have followed her advice at almost every turn. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to go to CBA and to learn from Cathy and the other chefs who spoke to us. I’m able to put the lessons she made over the course of nearly two decades as a personal chef into practice immediately — hopefully with fewer blunders than I would have had.

It’s also great to have a group of people in the same exact position that I’m in to bounce ideas, failures and victories with! My classmates and I all e-mail each other to say how we’re doing and that’s been invaluable. I so appreciate those who have been e-mailing and I’m so curious about those who have not!

There have been a few bumps in the road, but mostly everything has been going really smoothly and I’m ready to start this next chapter in my life. I am so lucky to have friends and family who have been so encouraging and supportive (even when they wondered what the hell I was doing, I imagine). And I’m pretty sure my squeeze is trying to win the Fiance of the Year Award, as he has provided an endless supply kind words, generosity, and hugs-at-just-the-perfect-moment.

Today, I had a full cook day, came home to find my D an C playing Scrabble, took a shower, made dinner for my own family and we all got to sit down together and eat. THAT doesn’t happen nearly enough and it will much, much more once I’ve transitioned full-time to personal cheffing. I can’t wait. (Claire didn’t seem quite as excited when I asked, “Isn’t it great that I’ll be able to make you a healthy dinner every night?” She knew better than to say anything to the contrary!)

I’m really glad we had our first ever ‘real’ family vacation the week after I went to school — because I can’t imagine being able to take a whole week off again until maybe my honeymoon in 2012! Well, we’ll see, but it will be a busy year for sure. Here are a few shots of our Florida adventures:

Up next is VegFest on Sunday, March 27, hosted by VegMichigan. I served as VegMichigan’s newsletter editor for a couple of years, before passing the torch recently to focus on the business. VegFest brings thousands of people in from around the state who listen to speakers (this year it’s Chef Matt Prescott and, for the second year in a row, former Piston John Salley — yes you can be vegan and an athlete!); get information and items from veg- and earth-friendly companies, including dog food, authors, soap-makers and more; and — of course — tons of food samples.

I’m going to have a booth there to spread the word about Fresh Chef Detroit and I’ll be handing out a little something to my visitors too. Look for this banner:

I’ll also be doing a food demonstration! I’m going to teach a couple hundred people how to make raw edamame hummus. I made some yesterday — doesn’t it look good?

VegFest outgrew its former home at Ferndale High School last year when more than 2,000 people attended. This year it will be in Novi at the Suburban Connection Showplace (formerly Rock Financial Showplace). It’s free for VegMichigan members and only $10 for everyone else — totally worth it (and there’s even a whole area of things for the kiddos too).

OK, that’s enough for now. Starting tomorrow — an actual post containing a recipe again! Looking forward to getting back to it!

3 responses to “Wrapping up school, kicking off the rest of my life

  1. Looks like you are doing everything right to make this a success! I wish you all the best…I know you will be a success!

  2. I had forgotten about VegFest until now! I think I’ll have to go to that, especially since the husband is out of town that weekend and Ann Arbor is super close to Novi 🙂

  3. I totally recommend going — and definitely give yourself a few hours there. There’s so much info, great speakers and TONS of amazing food samples.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s