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Private Dining

Professional Restaurant Chef for Hire

Urban Homesteader

Pickler, Preserver, Canner

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."

- James Beard

October 20, 2017

A couple years ago my mom gave me a package that included a bunch of cooking tools that I remember from her kitchen when I was a kid; I subsequently found out they were from my grandmother’s. These pieces still get great use in my kitchen, and will take up residence in...

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October 21, 2017

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Chef Allyson Beth Menter

Global travel,  10+ years of professional experience, passion for creating joy through food, and an honest love for taking care of our Earth and of its residents through fresh, local and sustainably produced products. This is what makes me the chef I am.

I'm always willing to try anything once, and I don't think there's ever been something put in front of me that I won't at least try a bite of. (Maybe stinky tofu....) This kind of exploration guides me to unique ingredients and new takes on classic dishes.


I've been honored to be a featured guest and chef on NPR's  Bay Area epiosde on food and community, Mind of a Chef with Chef Chris Cosentino and Chef April Bloomfield as well as awarded for my vegetarian banh mi. The biggest achievement of my career, though, is being able to inspire and cook for those who find true joy in food!



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