Chef It Up was founded in early 2003 in order to help make cooking healthy, allergy-safe foods something that everyone could enjoy. Its classes are designed to teach kids hand-eye coordination, cooking terms, and kitchen safety as they prepare delicious meals for themselves, all in a peanut- and tree nut-free environment. Additionally, Chef It Up offers some adult-friendly classes: cake decorating, mozzarella making, and appetizer preparation, to name a few.
A new range of services, Chef It Up 2 Go, offers a mobile version of Chef It Up's main business. Traveling teams of chefs attend birthday parties, corporate events, or dinner gatherings, bringing with them the know-how and ingredients to hold cooking battles, make smoothies, or stuff cupcakes with sweet surprises such as edible engagement rings. With innovative classes and mobile services, the Chef It Up and Chef It Up 2 Go franchise was featured in the 2014 summer issue of Entrepeneur Magazine as a trending franchise.
Jamie's Cigar Bar & Restaurant offers a little bit of everything, from grilled chicken sandwiches and beer to prime steaks and full-bodied cigars. These eclectic offerings make it a place to share an intimate date over tortellini in cream sauce or head to the sports bar area for Sunday's game or Wednesday's commercials. Meanwhile, a cigar menu lets smokers take their pick of finely rolled stogies including options from Rocky Patel and Padron.
The chefs of Mardi Gras Fine Foods reach for pure olive oil and MSG-free recipes to create their Mediterranean-, Cajun-, and German-style deli foods. Freshly made main dishes, such as beef brisket and hot-pepper-jelly tortas, sit in a refrigerated deli case, ready to be packaged up and taken home. Meanwhile, bakers whip up brownies, scones, and muffins, and stack platters high with mini-croissant sandwiches and paninis.
Bent on accommodating guests' desires, the courteous staff also takes special orders to meet specific dietary needs. In addition, custom-designed catering menus feed parties from 5 to 500 atop white table linens or the backs of volunteer ghosts.
It would be easy to pass an entire afternoon in Frank Anthony's lush garden courtyard, reclining on comfortable patio chairs and slowly polishing off a bottle of BYOB wine. Servers stroll through the forest of linen umbrellas, expertly balancing trays of Italian dishes while refilling glasses of San Pellegrino. Inside the elegant dining hall, intimate tabletops host guests, whose faces are illuminated by the glow of soft hanging lights. In the kitchen, chefs fold fresh meats, seafood, and seasonal vegetables into traditional Italian dishes, tossing crispy calamari in garlic, baking crusty Italian rolls, and crushing plum tomatoes using only their minds. Meanwhile, pizzas rise in the oven, speckled with toppings of wild mushrooms, savory sausage, and spicy peppers.
The culinary wizards at Spanish Pavillion adroitly sate hunger pangs with their multifarious lunch and dinner menus that feature authentic Spanish cuisine. Noontime noshers feast on handheld victuals such as an imported ham-and-cheese panini with saffron aioli ($8) or delve carnivorously lunching forks into the meaty depths of the 8-ounce filet mignon with mojo verde ($16). During dinner, put kindergarten-honed sharing skills into practice with the savory tapas menu, which dishes out small plates including a Galician bean stew ($4), grilled chorizo ($9), and octopus with hot paprika ($11). Larger entrees include the paella calasparra, hosting a toothsome protein party of clams, mussels, prawns, calamari, scallops, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo congenially hot-tubbing in a saffron seafood broth ($26, $49 for two). Red-wine-braised short ribs delight mouths with their tender flavor-kisses ($24), and the 1.25-pound grilled twin lobsters team up in matching red costumes for a palatable duet ($31).
My business is 100% personal, individual and custom. I make each cake, cookie or cupcake, by hand, by myself. I work with the customer to design every element from concept to reality and then create each item from scratch. My business is a reflection of myself...passionate, wholesome, and expressive...in a sugary medium!