Leave the Chaos behind!

April 10th, 2014

A personal chef makes #mtntrvl dining in a carefree option. This latest group of 3 families called The Mobile Chef so they could enjoy the ambiance of their vacation rental and “leave the chaos behind!” 

Five Stars AND Five Stars!

December 19th, 2013
Group at the table

In house dining Breckeridge, CO

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To Dine In or Dine Out? That is the Question.

July 17th, 2013
Vacationers enjoying private chef service in Breckenridge, Co

What arrangements are best for your group?

Vacation time! Alright! Maybe you are celebrating a special occasion. Perhaps meeting up for an extended family gathering. Whatever the reason, you are looking forward to some freedom to really enjoy a little time away. This is going to be a chance to getaway from routine and indulge a little bit. Lots of fun and great food for sure.

Eating out every night sounds like a dream, right? It is nice being served at a table in a beautiful setting. But will the realities be as good as they sound on paper. Find out what types of restaurants are in the area. Is there lots of bar food and no healthy choices?  Are reservations accepted? How well can they handle groups your size?

What does it take to get from your lodging to where food outlets are? Is there some type of shuttle available so you don’t have to deal with driving in a strange area? Will you need to worry about finding parking? Think about the characteristics of your group. Seriously, is yours an easy crowd to get moving or is it more like herding cats?

Steak Diane and Poached Fish

A mixed plate entree of Steak Diane and Poached fish in Tomato and Cumin

Consider your options. Most people pretty much feel they will either order delivery (which can take a long time in resort areas), or shop and cook themselves. There is a newer trend that can offer more flexibility. We’re talking real dream time now!

Hiring a chef is an option that savvy travelers are discovering more and more. On-site chef service may sound expensive, but offers tremendous value. Dining in allows you to fully relax and enjoy the amenities of your vacation rental. Spending quality time together is so much easier when you are free from shopping, cooking or finding a suitable place to go out to.

Remember to consider the savings of pouring your own wine and drinks too. Traveling with kids? Skip the baby sitter and don’t even think twice about them being bored with going out. Having someone on-site to handle setting up the meal and cleaning up afterwards will have a huge impact on making your vacation feel like a real getaway. Add it all up and decide for yourself what the experience is truly worth to you.

When choosing a personal chef, go with the one who asks lots of questions about your needs and is willing to be flexible with the menu or can accommodate any special dietary considerations. Pay attention that details such as travel fees and taxes are included. Be sure to discuss gratuity ahead of time. If not included, plan on 15-20 percent based on the quality of service you receive. Ask for reviews from other clients.

Being on vacation is a time to unplug and be carefree for a while. A little extra planning before you go will make sure that your mix of dining experiences meet your expectations for a great trip that everyone in the group will remember for years to come.


Expecting to Cook in Your Condo? How to Avoid Surprises:

June 21st, 2013
Picture of Kitchen

Even beautiful kitchens can be poorly equipped.

When your vacation lodging is equipped with a kitchen, it can seem like a simple enough idea to plan on preparing meals during your stay. Many travelers have found out the hard way; what is easy to do at home is more difficult when you are away. The worst part is going on a vacation that, well, doesn’t really feel like a vacation.


Know before you go. Be sure to inquire with the property management about the kitchen features and how well stocked the property really is. Not only can there be a shortage of basics for groups of your size, the worst part can be cookware that is in poor condition or limited in size and type of pans. Remember too that items you take for granted at home may not necessarily be provided. Paper products, storage bags, basic spices and oils, even coffee filters are some of the details you shouldn’t count on.


Also find out about choices for grocery shopping. Are there national chains or small local markets? Choices may be limited. One thing is for sure, if you are traveling during peak season the stores will be crowded. It’s also possible that items in stock may run out when you finally arrive and are able to go grocery shopping. Using a grocery service to stock your rental before arriving is a very smart idea.


Vacationers enjoying private chef service in Breckenridge, Co

Dining in with a personal chef is a great way to go!

Too often one person in the group gets saddled with kitchen duty. Be fair and divide up the shopping, cooking, and clean up. Better yet, give everyone a break by booking a night with a personal chef. No need to worry about how well the kitchen is equiped. The chef will bring their own cookware. Your chef can suggest wine parings or might even offer cooking demos. One thing you can count on is insider tips about your vaction spot from someone who knows the area really well.


Cooking in can be a creative and relaxing experience. You can save on meals by preparing some of your own, especially if traveling with a larger group. Make sure the experience is a fun part of your trip by heading off any pitfalls well before you arrive.


Tom Castrigno lives in Frisco, CO where he authors cookbooks and is known as The Mobile Chef. Visitors to Summit County can enjoy one of Tom’s delicious meals prepared right in their condo.

Private Chef Breckenridge Review

June 5th, 2013

Virginia surprised her husband with a Breckenridge private chef dinner. The two couples were able to stay home and be close to their young children while enjoying a terrific Indian cuisine dinner. Call Tom Castrigno today at (970) 333-1788 to book a private chef for your next visit to Breckenridge, Colorado.

“No Fuss, No Muss”

January 30th, 2013

A group of 3 families Chose The Mobile Chef for a fantastic evening together during their vacation in Breckenridge, CO. Dinner with The Mobile Chef (970) 333-1788 allowed them a “no fuss, no muss” dining option that made their time together extra special. Personal chef service let’s you avoid the hassle of going to a restaurant with a large group. Call Tom Castrigno at (970) 333-1788 to book your reservation.

Relax and shoot pool while a great meal is prepared just for you!

January 24th, 2013

Adults and kids each benefited from staying in while a great meal was prepared. No need to worry about what was going on in the kitchen. Great Service that could not be better 🙂

Call (970) 333-1788 to enjoy the benefits of on site personal chef service with The Mobile Chef in Copper Mountain, CO.

Three Generations Gather at Copper Mtn

January 24th, 2013

This family enjoyed Apres Ski Appetizers followed by a fabulous meal.

Call (970) 333-1788 to make your next family gathering in Copper Mountain, CO extra special.

Steak Diane and Poached Fish

A mixed plate entree of Steak Diane and Poached fish in Tomato and Cumin


The Best New Year’s Eve Ever!

January 24th, 2013

This group enjoyed a terrific buffet of Lamb, Chicken Curry, and Poached Fish.

Call (970) 333-1788 to arrange your next celebration in Breckenridge.

Buffet from The Mobile Chef

Friends raise a glass to the New Year.

Friends raise a glass to the New Year.

Chef makes birthday party fabulous!

September 25th, 2012

“The Best Thai food imaginable!”

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