Cooking - we either love it or loathe it. We may be too busy with children, jobs, or volunteering to do it properly. For whatever reason, it's good to know that someone else can do it for you.
Someone who will completely personalize your meals to your needs, your wishes, and with your input. Here is where Vahe Mekhitarian comes in. He offers a personalized cooking menu and a respite from the eternal question "What's for dinner?"
Vahe Mekhitarian is a restaurant and culinary school trained chef (le Cordon Bleu Chicago) who cooks the food you want right in your own kitchen. There is no mass producing meals in a commercial kitchen. He does all the grocery shopping, sets it up, cooks the food, cleans up the mess, packages the meals, and puts them away.
Vahe has always loved cooking and got the idea to start his business, Menu for You, from a friend. He cooked dinner for several couples and everyone had special requests. He ended up making one meal four different ways and realized that many families eat exactly this way.
The heart of Vahe's style is understanding exactly what sensitivity or dietary needs you and your family have. He does a complementary consultation with new clients. and gets a feel for the family, the schedule, the goals. He formulates a personalized meal plan and then a day of cooking is set up in the client's home.
Everything Vahe purchases is freshly bought from local markets and organic whenever possible. Fresh fish is purchased from Burhop's. He buys the food the day he cooks for you. He generally arrives around 9 am and is done by 4 pm. He provides all the cookware, utensils, and meal packaging.
Vahe knows how to cook with families with fussy eaters. He likes to prepare a chef's salad with all the ingredients in separate containers. That way, children enjoy being able to make their salad their way and avoid the things they dislike. Parents often tell Vahe that his cooking has made their children better eaters. In fact, after cooking for a family for a while, Vahe notices that their pantries and refrigerator are stocked with healthier and fresher choices
He is accustomed to preparing meals for people with a diverse set of special requirements such as low fiber, low sodium, high sodium, gluten free, paleo, vegetarian, and allergies. He will also do special events for you such as birthday parties, social gatherings, and luncheons.
Here are a few of his most popular mouth-watering meals:
- pulled turkey with peach barbecue glaze
- Caesar lemon chicken meatloaf
- his grandmother's chicken soup
- beef bourgignon
- sriracha meatballs with tomato basil sauce
I was interested in his vegetarian offerings some of which are coconut corn chowder, eggplant spinach tian, Moroccan tagine, and 15-vegetable soup.
Vahe charges a fee per service plus the cost of groceries. He is licensed, insured, and certified in sanitation. And . . . he keeps all his client's names confidential.
Vahe Mekhitarian is the best kept secret on the North Shore. Completely personalized meals, prepared with the freshest ingredients in your own kitchen. What busy person wouldn't welcome that?
Vahe Mekhitarian - Menu for You
Thai Lettuce Wrap
Lemon, Garlic, Dijon Salmon