CINCINNATI — Local chefs are stepping up to meet a need as families have had to cook more than ever before amid stay-at-home orders.
Instead of cooking in people’s kitchens, Chef Kymberly Wilbon is delivering The Passion Plate's meals and custom orders to her clients.
“A lot of people have been reaching out for meals, for meals for their older parents, their grandparents or people that just had babies,” Wilbon said.
Wilbon makes the meals out of Findlay Kitchen. People have the option to pick from her online menu or create a custom order.
“If your family loves shepherd’s pie, or they want some Salisbury steak, or some food from New Orleans, I can do things like that,” Wilbon said.
In Northern Kentucky, Chef Barone Catering is offering build-your-own pizza and hoagie kits, manager Jill Robinson said.
“It comes with a pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni, and then the steak hoagie, you get six of those. That comes with the cheese and the hoagie meat and the pizza sauce,” Robinson said.
Robinson said Chef Barone's has lost more than 60 catering events because of the pandemic, so the company started promoting frozen entrees and food kits on social media.
“They are liking it, and we have had a lot of people that have never been here before,” she said.
Traci Talbott, owner of Delish in a Dish Catering in Loveland, said she has also lost clients recently.
To combat this, Talbott is offering a different menu each week, which she posts on the business' Facebook page.
“We are getting a lot of phone calls from people that are tired of cooking. They are running out of ideas and they are also looking for meals to take to their parents, because the parents can't leave their home,” Talbott said.
Her meals feed at least two people and come freshly cooked with instructions on how to reheat. They can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.