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Personal Chef Service Offers Tips for Planning a Memorable Backyard Party

PARK RIDGE, N.J., July 20, 2015 – The outdoor entertaining season is in full swing. Whether planning a family reunion, company party, or a gathering of friends and neighbors, the most successful – and memorable – backyard events usually start with thinking outside the box.

“There’s something special about enjoying a meal outdoors with friends and family,” according to William Stevens, a seasoned personal chef and owner/operator of Chef on Demand, Bergen County’s premier personal chef service. The company offers in-home personal chef services, as well as catering for barbecues and small dinner parties. “While hot dogs and hamburgers are perennial crowd pleasers, a little creative menu planning will take a backyard party to the next level.”

Stevens offers the following tips for creating a memorable backyard get-together:

  • Forego a large meal in favor of a tapas-like gathering with a variety of finger foods and appetizers. An easy and tasty summer appetizer is grilled kielbasa over English cucumber and Sriracha. Or, grill vegetables such as red onion, zucchini, summer squash or Portobello mushrooms. Simply cut up the vegetables, grill and dress lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Melon wrapped in prosciutto is another simple and delicious option.
  • Grill seasonal fruits such as peaches, pineapple and watermelon. The heat of the grill brings out a fruit’s natural sweetness, making it a perfect side dish, appetizer or dessert. Slice and place fruit directly on the grill, or cut into chunks and put on skewers for fun “fruit kabobs.”
  • Grilled pizza is a great choice for any party, and both the dough and toppings can be prepared in advance. Toppings can be as simple or as intricate as you like. Try sliced grilled chicken tossed in BBQ sauce, raw shaved red onion and crumbled blue cheese. The BBQ sauce is a delicious alternative to tomato sauce-based pizzas. Hosting a “make your own pizza party” is a great way to get guests involved.
  • Lemonade and iced tea are standard refreshments at every summer celebration but creating a signature drink is sure to make a lasting impression. Have an alcoholic version for adults as well as “mocktails” for the kids. Skewer and freeze fresh fruit such as grapes, strawberries and raspberries to make fun drink “stirrers” or garnishes.
  • An outdoor fryer brings a smoky, fried flavor to foods and is a wonderful complement to grilling. Don’t be afraid to get creative – use a turkey fryer to steam mussels, clams, lobsters or even corn on the cob.

“Our services allow clients to be a ‘guest’ at their own party, with personalized and creative menus designed specifically for each customer,” said Stevens. Chef on Demand handles everything from menu planning and food shopping to cooking, serving and cleanup. Stevens uses farm fresh and locally grown ingredients whenever possible.

For more information on Chef on Demand’s in-home personal chef services or to schedule a free consultation, contact Stevens at (774) 200-3369 or (201) 391-0288 or visit Potential customers also can “Like” the company on Facebook at “Chef on Demand North Jersey.” Additional services include personal food shopping, in-home cooking classes and cooking parties.


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