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Back To School Made Easier With Carried Away Chefs- September 7th, 2017

With the start of a new school year we know how busy working parents can be. I want to introduce you a new #FabULyssFind Carried Away Chefs. We know it takes a Village in NYC to raise children and I am thrilled that you will now learn about Kate Homes the Founder of Carried Away Chefs and her amazing team that makes the most DeLysscious meals just for you and your family.




Q: Your resume is most impressive! You graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and worked with some of the most award-winning chefs. What made you prompted you to open an in home cooking personal chef company?


A: Despite being an entrepreneur and having two little kids, I’m all about life balance; so the idea of cultivating a career in food that also afforded somewhat regular hours was always a priority; being able to help busy families create balance for themselves is the ultimate reward for a hospitality professional- I’m a true believer that mealtime should be about enjoying each other’s company and NOT stressing about planning, prepping and cleaning.


Q: What can parents expect from your talented team? How do you work, meaning do you custom create the menu for every home differently? Are the same every week?


A: Each family’s weekly menu is customized from our current offerings to their tastes and dietary preferences. We source local ingredients to our test kitchen in upper Manhattan, where we develop our tried and true recipes and send the chefs on their way to your home.  The chefs bring the ingredients to your house to create your family’s meals, storing it with suggested reheating instructions to enjoy throughout the week.  We cook for you once or twice a week depending on your needs.


Q: I know you do the food shopping and bring to the home, how many meals do you prepare for the week? What if a family only wants vegeterian dishes? Or have dietary restrictions?


A: Our twice- a- week service provides 2 entrees and 2 sides with a baked good or breakfast each time (so 5-6 meals), while the 1 visit is 3 entrees & 3 sides (3-4 meals).  We accommodate all types of dietary preferences and our test and production kitchen is a nut free facility.  We cook for people who eat gluten free, paleo, vegan and are often called in to help with a specific diet recommended by a nutritionist.  Our chefs are adept at navigating kosher kitchens as well!


Q: What are your most popular dishes?


A: My team laughs at how obsessed I am with our lettuce cups- my original recipe was Chicken& Shiitake Asian lettuce cups but we’ve expanded them to lettuce cup tacos too! We specialize in creating healthy and delicious meals that adults can enjoy but appeal to kids too. Other must-haves are Truffle Beef Sliders and Coconut Pumpkin Soup with Cardemom when the chill hits in the fall!


Q: Please share with our readers the cost of the program….


A: 2x week program is $550 plus food cost and 1x is $350 plus food cost (food cost can range from $80 -$160 each visit depending on the dishes as vegetarian is often less)


Q: What kind of kitchen do families need? Do they need to have all the appliances or does your team come already equipped with that they need to prepare the meals?


A: We bring our own tools but use the equipment at your house.  We check in ahead of the first visit on what we might need but generally are always fine to work with what we’ve got- we are very resourceful and have cooked in all sorts of NYC kitchens! With the help of our test and production kitchen we can do some of the heavy lifting ahead of time if necessary.


Q: Please share with us some of your most popular dishes… do you also provide dessert? 


A: We suggest fun seasonal baked goods each week for dessert, right now we are featuring a Zucchini Bread and an Italian Plum torte.  Other client faves are Stone Fruit cobblers and an Heirloom Tomato Tart


Q: What if the parents are at work, can they leave a key for one of your chefs to go upstairs and prepare the meals? Do you like have someone in the apartment better? What does your staff feel most comfortable with?


A: Quite often we find ourselves cooking solo in the home and are comfortable with it.  We would ask ahead of time the best way to be let in and where to take out the trash on the way out; other than that we are good to go!


Q: How long in advance do you suggest signing up for the program before a family wants to get started?


A: We can generally get new families on the schedule in 1-2 weeks. The schedule fills up fast in early fall and early spring though so its always good to plan ahead!


Q: Please tell our readers the best way to get in touch with you via email and phone.. Please include the best email and phone number.

We’d love to hear from you and are always available to answer questions about our weekly chef and catering services;we can be reached at 718.606.8755 or chef@carriedawaychefs.com.  Feel free to check us out at http://carriedawaychefs.com/weekly-chef-divapromo/


Added Bonus

Please share with us one of your favorite recipes 


Grilled Corn and Radicchio Orzo Salad


Serves 6


½ lb Orzo (half box)

1 small head radicchio

1 green Pepper- diced

2 ears sweet corn

½ lb fresh mozzerella- diced in ½ inch cubes

½ cup pitted kalamatas-halved

½ cup pitted castlevetrano,or other green olive- sliced

olive oil

salt & pepper

1 cup fresh basil leaves

red wine vinegar



Heat a grill to medium heat. Shuck corn, coat with salt and

olive oil, and then grill until tender and lightly charred (alternately broil on HI 5 minutes per side).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and boil orzo

about 10 minutes until al dente. Drain in a mesh colander

and rinse briefly. When drained and slightly cooled, season

with a drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar, and a pinch

of salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl.


With a sharp knife, slice corn off the cob, transfer to orzo

bowl. Halve the head of radicchio, slice out core, and slice

thin to add to orzo. Stir in green pepper, mozzerella, olives

and season to taste with salt and pepper. Slice basil thin

and gently incorporate. Serve.

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#MagicalMitzvahPhotographer-June 27th, 2017

I am so excited to introduce #divamoms to the #fabULyss JKP Photographers
You are going to see the world through the amazing photographers eyes. Jamie’s photos are truly magical and each photo is a masterpiece. She is known as the #magicalmitzvahphotographer! Team JKP is known to EAT, SLEEP and BREATHE Mitzvahs! Their eye for detail is the epitome of #fabULyss!
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Q:  How long have you been photographing for? When did you realize that you were going to make your passion into a successful business?
A: My team and I have collectively shooting for over 13 years.  I think we need to through ourselves a Mitzvah!
Q: What’s your favorite part of photographing the Mitzvah child/service and celebration?
A: We love that even event is different.   Each child is unique and brings something new and exciting to the table.
Q: How far in advance should parents book you? What’s the best way for them to contact you? Via.. email, phone?
A: We book as far as three years out.  Most families book us when they are 1-2 years out.
Q: How do you help families ease their anxieties on the big day? Any fun tips you want to share with our readers?
A: Our goal is to make the photography portion of the Mitzvah to be the fun part!  We have a laid back but yet gentle firmness that keeps both the kids and the parents happy.  We make sure that we keep everyone amused!
Q: When #divamoms and dads hire #JKP for their Mitzvah.. will they get you and or one of your other photographers? How many photographers do you usually send per job?
A: Great question! We work as a team.  If I am available, then parents can book me.  If not, our amazing team of photographers are a extension of me and a reflection on JKP Photographers.  My team photographed my kids B’Nai Mitzvah! 
Q: Can the #divamoms and dads hire #JKP to video the affair as well? What other Mitzvah services do you provide?
A: We can absolutely offer video and montage services.  We also offer full event Styling by Jamie.  She will dress you from the pre-shoot all the way through the party—it takes all of the guess work of what to wear and will it match out of the equation.
Q: How long on average does it usually take for the Mitzvah parents to see the photos from the big day?
How many photos do they select for the album? Do you help the family with the selects?
A: We usually give our clients a sneak peek one week after their event.  The fully edited gallery is available approximately 4 weeks after the event is over. Our albums are AMAZING!  We design all of our albums in house and use only the best print and binding.  We encourage out clients to choose their favorite images to incorporate into their albums but we are always happy to help select images we think really embody the feeling of the day.
Q: There are a lot of personalities on the big day… How do you make sure that the Mitzvah teen is relaxed and most comfortable in front of the camera? Is this one of the reasons the Pre-Mitzvah shoot is so important? So the Mitzvah teen can get most comfortable with you and your team?
A: The pre-mitzvah shoot is one of our most favorite parts of photographing Mitzvahs.  We find a location that the Mitzvah boy or girls comfortable in and give them their moment to shine.  Whether they are in ripped jeans or a beautiful dress, this relaxed portrait session always makes the kids so happy.  It also provides you great decor for your party! 
Q: What do you think makes for the most beautiful Mitzvah photos?
A: Easy answer. We always say its all about the love in the room. The timeless moments are always best captured when the room is filled with family and friends and tons of love in the room…
Q: Anything else you want our #divamom readers to know about JKP Photographers
A: Photographers, stylists (sometimes therapists!) we EAT, SLEEP and BREATH Mitzvahs! We are obsessed with the details and capturing your Mitzvah’s unique and unscripted moments. We at JKP Photographers are more than photographers: we are part of the #fabULyss Family!

Summer Is Here-June 22nd 2017

Happy Thursday #DivaMoms and welcome to summer! The solstice might not have been until the 21st, but I know I’m not the only one feeling the New York heat. And what a hot week it has been; if there’s two things I’m grateful for, it’s ice cream and swimming pools! LOL! Luckily we have Juice Generation and their amazing juices and smoothies to keep us cool. Nothing is more refreshing than their watermelon smoothie; it’s my absolute favorite. That and some #delysscious lobster salad from Sable’s Smoked Fish and you’re set for the summer. Speaking of appreciation, a special thanks to all the #Fabulyss fathers out there, we can’t forget all that you do! Hopefully all the dads out there had a lovely weekend to kick up their feet, crack open a beer, and enjoy the great, sunny weather. I know my kids and I are so proud of my husband, Brian Stern, for all that he does for us!



Last Tuesday evening, I was fortunate enough to host the New York Pediatric Oncology Committee at the beautiful Aurora Lopez Mejia Gallery auroralopezmejia.com and it was such an amazing experience to see so many people gather for such a great cause. We were surrounded by such beautiful art and jewelry. All of her work is breathtaking, I highly recommend that you check out this #fabulyss woman. Hopefully with so many strong people joining the cause, we can finally eradicate children’s cancer!  We have a lot of work ahead of us!



It was also an eventful week for my children as well! The Stern kids must have a superstar gene, with Ollie killing it in his school’s talent show and Blakey’s dance recital; my heart is so full! Blakey looked so cute at her recital in a sparkly red tutu dress with glittery polka dots! It was almost


tu tu cute! LOL! The whole family enjoyed a celebration treat after the recital at Serendipity 3, which makes the most amazing frozen treats. We all tried the frozen hot chocolate! Definitely a sweet way to cool off from the humid New York summer!


And a special happy tenth birthday to my son, Ollie! I’m so proud of all that he’s done, I can’t believe he will be double digits in just a few weeks! We celebrate his birthday every summer at our beach club before he leaves for camp. Yikes! How time flies! Lol! I’m gonna miss him so much while he’s at Camp Greylock for 7 weeks. Who knows maybe next year I’ll be one of his camp counselors… I dream about that!


Have a great weekend, #divalysscious moms!


FabULyss Find! Preminente College Counseling-June 8th, 2017

http://preminentecollegecounseling.com/A new #FabULyssfind for families that are starting the College & Graduate School Process.

PREMINENTE offers expertise, guidance, confidentiality, exception service and proven results


Q & A Below


Premier College & Graduate School Counseling Services


Q: Please tell our readers what your main focus is…


A: Our goal is to assist students in finding the best educational environment thereby allowing them to thrive and reach their fullest potential.


Q: How long have you been around and what makes you a leader in the industry?


A: We have been in this business since 1998. We are an industry leader because of our holistic approach and the highly customizable concierge services that we provide to each family.


Q: Please tell our readers about the many services that your provide, and which are most popular? 


A: Our team works with families to counsel them through their very first educational decision (Private K-12) and continues to provide expert guidance all the way through the graduate school application process and first job applications. Our most popular services are our Private School K-12 and our College Concierge services.


Q: At what grade level do you begin to start working with students applying to colleges and why that age?


A: We ideally like to start college advising in 9th grade with our students because we are able to start identifying areas of strengths. This helps us focus on how to package the student to maximize their college choices and chances of gaining acceptance to their top choices.


Q: Where have members of your consulting team worked before working with Preminente?


A: We have an incredibly passionate and highly qualified team that comes from a diverse career and educational background. We have former college admissions officers, teachers, attorneys, educational and business consultants, professional athletes; all of whom bring a unique perspective that allows us to offer targeted advice to our families.


Q: What is your philosophy? 


A: To find the best fit for our students where they will thrive, be happy, and able to achieve their dreams.


Q: With so many teens applying to many colleges, how do you help make the process much more focused?


A:  We like to begin advising our students as early as possible because this allows us to craft their packaging early on. This ensures that each class and activity will support this packaging. We set short-term and long-term goals with each of our students, and we meet regularly to ensure that our students are on track.


Q: What is the best way for families to be in contact with you? Via Email, Phone, Text? Please provide all…


  1. Email and Office Phone


Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?


A: preminentecollegecounseling.com see our website


Q: What are the costs associated with your services? 


A:  A very detailed list of our individual packages and the costs associated is available on our website.


Q: How long do you typically work with a family and is it from start to finish?


A: It depends on when they enter our pipeline. I recently attended the wedding of a young lady whom I had the pleasure of working with from the time she was entering middle school. We have many longstanding relationships with our clients that have spanned almost two decades.

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