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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I just finished making grilled tortilla stewed beef burritos with spanish rice, fresh vine ripe tomato salsa and orange jicama slaw for our newest family in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! I also picked up some Mandarin Jarrito soda. It’s an orange flavored soda made in Mexico with cane sugar instead of corn syrup. You should try it!

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A new Friend that Cooks chef in Wichita!

Hi everyone! I’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Nedrow, a new Friend that Cooks chef who is now accepting new weekly meal prep customers in Wichita!

Here’s some background on Rebecca. We know she’ll make a great Friend that Cooks!

Most little girls say they want to be a ballerina when they grow up. But when Rebecca Nedrow was asked that very question as a young girl she responded with, “ I want to bake cookies.” Every Saturday morning, Rebecca and her younger brother would wake up early to watch cartoons, and make personalized menus for their parents to have breakfast in bed. While the eggs rarely turned out, the chocolate chip cookies were always a big hit. Thus the culinary adventure began.
Food was always part of the plan for Rebecca. Early in high school, she decided that nutrition was the way to go. So her senior year when she was deciding where to go to college, Kansas State University was the only logical choice. In 2005, she graduated with her bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics. But instead of taking an internship to sit for the RD exam, she decided that it was time to finish her dream. So she started the apprenticeship program at Johnson County Community College. While taking all of her classes at the college, she also worked full time at the famous Overland Park restaurant 40 Sardines. She started working with James Beard Award winning Chefs Debbie Gold and Michael Smith on pastries and desserts and then moved to the line where she worked each station. Toward the end of her time there, she was in charge of all the private dining events and helped Chef Gold with demonstrations and cooking classes.
 
When she graduated from culinary school with an Associate of Applied Science as a Certified Culinarian, Rebecca decided that it was time to experience what other regions had to offer. James Beard Award winning Chef Mike Lata at FIG restaurant in Charleston, SC responded immediately to her resume. For a year she learned all about Southern cuisine and the true meaning of Farm-to-Table cooking. She was able to work with the freshest seasonal produce and seafood caught that very morning from the local farmers and purveyors of Charleston. She brought back with her also a wealth of knowledge about sustainable seafood when she returned to Kansas in early 2009.

 

 

 

 

After taking a short break from cooking to get settled in Wichita, Rebecca is back and excited to share her passion and love for local fresh seasonal food with you. “I am excited to continue learning with all of the great local products here in my home state. And I look forward to working so closely with all of the great families and friends here in Wichita”.
 

 

Keep on the lookout for posts from Rebecca, and maybe she’ll even share some of her favorite recipes!
If you would like to set up an appointment to learn about Friend that Cooks service in Wichita, please give Brandon O’Dell a call at (316) 361-0823, or email to brandon@friendthatcooks.com.
You can also download our Wichita area web brochure, or visit our website at www.friendthatcooks.com.

 

 

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Welcome to the Friend that Cooks blog!

Hi everyone! I’ve started a blog to keep everyone up on what is going on with Friend that Cooks, myself and every chef/owner/friend in our family!

Right now, we’re working on getting Friend that Cooks going in the Kansas City area. We’ve put out yard signs in Kansas City, Overland Park, Shawnee, Leawood, Olathe and Mission. We have an ad starting in Her Life magazine out of Overland Park that runs from May to July. Robert is heading up from Wichita at the end of May to help me with a booth at the Just for Her Expo at the Overland Park Convention Center too. Other efforts to get the word out include door hangers in Olathe, an email campaign to luxury apartment offices, and charity auction donations.

Rose and I are very excited about the potential to grow Friend that Cooks in Kansas City. Rose will be taking on some responsibilities for Friend that Cooks as the chief relationship officer. She will be helping with marketing efforts, managing my appointments and coordinating with myself, chefs, customers, friends and business associates to keep us organized and operating efficiently. I’m excited about the skills Rose brings to our business.

I hope this blog works well to keep all our owners and myself in constant touch with all our friends and customers as we continue to grow. I welcome all feedback and input from all our friends.

If you’ve found our blog through the search engines, please visit our main website to find out more about Friend that Cooks Home Chef Service, and please sign up to receive our blog updates.

Brandon