Did you know it's National Goat Cheese Month? We didn't either, but we love any excuse to eat, especially when it's some good cheese.
And one of our favorite people to talk food with is Chef Ken Durbin. He's the owner of The At Home Chef, a private chef service that creates one-of-kind in-home dining experiences across Greater Cincinnati.
“We do everything from dinner parties to date nights, making memories that last a lifetime,” he shares. “That’s what it’s all about — helping people enjoy life.”
Known for sourcing from local farms, markets and shops, The At Home Chef takes care of all the menu prep, ingredient sourcing from local farms and businesses - and, of course, the cooking. “I love sourcing the freshest ingredients almost exclusively in a 30-minute radius of Cincinnati,” he says. “It really takes the flavors to another level, plus it helps to support other local businesses and farmers.”
Durbin says he often sources fresh cheeses and charcuterie boards at Boards and Beez. He also often sources ingredients fresh from the farmers.
For example, in this perfect-for-summer grilled peach and goat cheese salad (check out the video and photos above!), Durbin sourced the lettuce from Roothouse Aquaponics and Capriole goat cheese from a farm in Greenville Indiana.
Through years of being in the restaurant industry, and now running an award-winning personal chef business, Durbin has developed relationships with many local farmers and specialty purveyors. "They tell me what came in well that season, explain how weather that year might have affected flavors, and inspire new ideas for how to prepare their ingredients,” he says. “Like grilling the peaches, which gives them such a great texture and really brings out the flavor.”
Not only does The At Home Chef source, prepare and serve your meal, they also take care of everything else, like serving your guests, clearing the table, cleaning the kitchen and taking out the trash. Click here to see our recent review.
“Just set your table and we'll do the rest so you can enjoy your dinner and guests,” says Durbin. “We like to say ‘The only thing we leave behind are the memories made.’”
Voted Best Private Chef in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, click here to learn more about The At Home Chef. "We're already booking now for the holidays," says Durbin. “So, if you’re interested in learning more, or you have a date you’d like to reserve, let’s talk soon.” Contact Durbin at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.