The Drop In Chef, Cincinnati, Expands Business to Include Busy Families, New Moms, Senior Citizens and Now Delivery

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Known best for their Personal Chef services to Senior Citizens and post-surgery clients, The Drop In Chef is expanding to include busy families and new moms who are looking for some additional meal preparation help. Their unique service provides a weeks’ worth of meals that they cook in their client’s home: packaged, proportioned and ready for the client's easy reheating.

“You know it is home-cooked because we cook it in your home,” said co-founder Patrick Gainer.

The Drop In Chefs have been providing nutritious food for seniors and post-surgery clients for nearly a year. They have focused on senior citizens who live alone or just are not able to cook but still want to eat their own recipes. “You know it is home-cooked because we cook it in your home,” said co-founder Patrick Gainer. “We have realized that some people would rather just have us prepare the food in our kitchen and deliver it to them, so we will now offer that service as well.” Customizing for each client is just one of the things that make this personal chef and food preparation business unique.

Putting them into a category is more difficult. “We are not a catering business,” BJ Schweinlin explained. “We are more like a personal chef. One thing that makes us different is that we do the shopping, bring our own pots, pans and utensils, prepare your recipes or ours that you have selected, and cook it in your kitchen.” After preparing three to five different entrees and sides, they portion the food for the client, pack it in refrigerator containers that they bring, and clean up the kitchen. No mess, no fuss, just delicious, freshly made meals at a price most people find to be considerably less than eating out.

For seniors who live alone or even those who are just past the time when they want to cook, The Drop In Chef combines exactly the right ingredients. Many clients have special dietary needs or changing tastes due to illness. They shop, socialize and make every house smell like someone’s favorite dishes. “Often, we take the recipes that our clients provide and cook to their specifications,” said Patrick. “In one case, an elderly woman wanted her 200-year old family goulash recipe. I brought everything in her recipe and cooked it exactly how she wanted. She was delighted! And I love making our clients happy.”

One of the reasons Gainer and Schweinlin started The Drop In Chef was for that exact reason. “I have always loved to cook and have experienced every part of the restaurant business. But I also love working with people in a one-on-one situation. This is perfect for me,” Patrick explained. Being long-time friends, BJ Schweinlin was looking for something more fulfilling and when the idea was born, each knew it was something they would both enjoy.

With back-to-school time just around the corner, The Drop In Chef has decided to tackle family meals with preparation for the busy family who strives to eat healthy. It is always a challenge between work, school, sports and church activities and many parents end up in the drive-through between four and five times a week. As the national average for eating out increases, so do the waistlines of all family members. This is a way that families can have a fresh, nutritious meal ready in a few minutes, saving not only time, but also money. With their newly announced delivery service, parents will find The Drop In Chef to be a better alternative to fast-food. With no contracts to sign, families can select the meals they want based on their busy schedule. It’s always one chef per client, so they get to know what each family likes.

“We have had several gift certificates given to new moms just coming home from the hospital, so we decided that they weren’t the only one’s needing a helping hand. Busy families can enjoy healthy food as well, with fresh meals ready for reheating,” said Patrick. A full menu to choose from is available on their web site, with seasonal rotating options.

The Drop In Chef is a unique combination of personal chef and shopper who prepares and cleans up. They strive to make nutritious meals and will personalize them for any dietary restrictions their clients may need. From live-alone seniors to elderly couples, new families or hectic households, The Drop In Chef is easy, delicious and affordable, and now offers delivery.

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The Drop In Chef
Patrick Gainer
BJ Schweinlin

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