Dad won't be home until 5:30pm, Mom has to be at her board meeting at 6:30pm, Juniors Hockey game went into overtime, and if Katie is late for dance rehearsal again she'll be kicked off the comp team. Meanwhile Psychologists and Church leaders proclaim what the American family needs is more quality time around the dinner table.
Creative entrepreneur Laurie Chase, of The Chase is Over Catering in Kenai, has come to the aid of this common family scenario with a program designed to bring families together at Supper time; she calls it "The Family Table: Bringing the family together with meals made ahead." According to Chase, "The Family Table is about bringing us back to the dinner table where we bond, teach, and watch our children grow. Busy lifestyles should not mean compromising the evening meal," says Chase. So she has developed a new program that handles all the stress and expense of planning, shopping, and preparing a fine dinner. At the new facility in Kenai, located at 601 Davidson Street, all the customer has to do is come in during a session and enjoy the fun of preparing 12 different delicious entrees to share with their family. Sessions last a couple of hours and costs about $190 per person, which averages out to be about $15 for each meal that feeds 4-6 people and cuts down on waste and costs of groceries and prep time. Out of town families can even book accommodations at the McLennon House just across the street.
Preparations are under way at the new facility.
Chase offers a flexible morning and evening schedule for her sessions six days each month. The sessions are limited to 8 participants and family and friends are welcome to come together. The entre menu is also "family friendly" entrees range from Apple Cider Pork Chops to Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie, and favorites for kids and adults. "We'll adapt the menus to the seasons. December of course will feature holiday specialties, while the month of May will offer some light, 'spring' recipes; I want to keep it fun. My goal is to give people the opportunity to share relaxed meals with their family," added Chase.
SoHi Senior Kaitlin Vadla participated in the first session of The Family Table with her mother, "I can attest to having a great time talking with the other participants, putting my ingredients together and bringing wonderful, easy-to-prepare meals home to my family. We love the variety of the meals and not having to plan what we're going to have for dinner. The experience was something I really want to share with my friends," said Vadla. For more information about The Family Table and availability of sessions call Laurie at 283-2007.
Peninsula Clarion ©2013. All Rights Reserved.