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I am a cookbook author, private chef, caterer, culinary instructor, and blogger behind Feed Me Phoebe. I specialize in healthy comfort food and love combining influences from my travels with fresh ingredients from the Farmer’s Market, to serve up dishes that are creative, tasty, and, most importantly, make you feel as good as they are good for you.
MY CULINARY RÉSUMÉ
EXPERIENCE
2 years
PRIVATE CHEF
Feed Me Phoebe, www.feedmephoebe.com
2 years
PRIVATE CHEF
Big Girls, Small Kitchen, www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com
ACCOLADES
Recipient of Food & Wine Magazine's Digital Award, 2013
KITCHIT Q&A
KITCHIT:  WHAT IS THE ONE KITCHEN TOOL (OTHER THAN A GOOD CHEF'S KNIFE) THAT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
PHOEBE LAPINE:  Good, sturdy tongs.
WHERE CAN YOU BE FOUND/WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAYS OFF?
Going on urban adventures (food or otherwise) with friends.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY OR EVENT:
I like events with a casual vibe, and I'm a big believer in the idea that adding a theme adds more fun for everyone involved. So how about this: Mad Men Premiere Party. 15 friends in pencil skirts, trench coats, and/or fedoras. Family-style classics with a twist: Moroccan-style pigs in a blanket with Merguez and Harissa, Wedge Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing and Bacon Bits, Whole Grain Mustard Meatloaf, Cauliflower and Marscapone Puree, and Betty's Baked Alaska.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF?
Simple: feeding people. Sure, there's something thrilling about firing things in a hot pan, and something therapeutic about slowly caramelizing onions standing over the stove. But I've never been one to hide behind closed kitchen doors. I love to cook food that my clients will really enjoy, same as if I was feeding my friends or family, without letting any preference or dietary restriction stand in the way.
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?
Tagine - a Moroccan-style stew with organic meat, seasonable vegetables, and rich complex spices.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MEAL:
White truffle season in Orvieto, Umbria. Gnocchi with about a 1/4 inch of shaved truffles over the top.
MY CULINARY IDOL OR ROLE MODEL IS:
Ina Garten.
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IS:
Babbo.
THE FIRST DISH I EVER LEARNED TO COOK WAS:
Slow scrambled eggs.
FIVE INGREDIENTS I ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND ARE:
Lemons, good olive oil, cumin, honey, Dijon mustard.
MY IDEA OF COMFORT FOOD IS:
Garlic soup.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE YOUR NEXT VACATION?
Brazil.
THE DISH THAT MY MOTHER/GRANDMOTHER WILL ALWAYS MAKE BEST IS:
Seared Salmon with Green Sauce.
THE FIVE SPICES/HERBS I TEND TO USE MOST ARE:
Cumin, Sweet Smoked Paprika, Ancho Chile Powder, Cilantro, Basil, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
ONE FOOD THAT I'LL AVOID AT ALL COSTS IS:
Oranges.
3 REVIEWS FROM KITCHIT HOSTS
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AMY B.
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Phoebe was AMAZING! I can't say enough good things. She led a cooking class for a bachelorette party, and it was such a special evening thanks to her. The menu was delicious, yes, but what really stood out was her friendly demeanor. She kept us entertained, taught us a lot of cool kitchen tricks to use in our own kitchens, and created a very fun atmosphere. The bride-to-be was beyond impressed! And we all sat down to a delicious meal!
KATY .
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NEW YORK
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  30 PEOPLE
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Phoebe and her helper Matt were wonderfully professiona and they struck just the right tone. They made the event proceed smoothly, and I didn't have to do a thing except enjoy the guests. The food was delicious. Phoebe was flexible and helpful in all respects.
CHRISTINA E.
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NEW YORK
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Chef Phoebe was amazing, professional and such a pleasure to meet! Her passion for food is evident. All of my friends wanted to know about Kitchit and loved Chef Phoebe's food. I look forward passing along her name and I am sure many of them will be using Kitchit in the future! There were no left overs and people were obsessing over the chicken in particular and the squash chips. People were also surprised with how much they enjoyed the cauliflower. I loved it all. Thank you for making my party a success! I look forward using Kitchit again; I found a good excuse to stay at home.