Ready to give it a whirl?
Here are the answers to some common questions to help you get started with our Personal Chef Delivery Service!
Chef Mario's Inc Personal Chef Service Q & A
Q. How Much?
A
. Lets get this one out of the way first. Each package will contain your 100% ready to eat cooked from scratch entrees, appropriate sides, tossed salad kit with home made dressing, fresh fruit to munch on plus a complete menu with simple microwave ready instructions and you can even reuse the containers the meals come in for storage! The meals are ready to be popped into the microwave, fridge or freezer!

Chef's Choice (WE choose your menu for you! Total price with taxes and service charge is in parenthesis)
5 entrees Chef Choice(2 servings each = 10 servings).........................................  $185.00 ($205.82)
5 entrees Chef Choice(4 servings each = 20 servings).........................................  $310.00 ($344.88)


Custom Packages (YOU choose from our menus):
5 entrees (4 servings each = 20 servings).........................................  $400.00 ($445.00)
6 entrees (6 servings each = 36 servings).........................................  $475.00 ($528.44)
8 entrees (6 servings each = 48 servings).........................................  $575.00 ($639.69)
10 entrees (6 servings each = 60 servings).......................................  $650.00 ($723.13)


Clean Eater/Paleo Friendly Meal Packages- Chef's Choice Only
These meals will be naturally free from Gluten, Lactose, Refined Sugar (limited amounts of Honey and Agave only), Processed Foods, Starches, Rice, Corn, Beans, Legumes

5 entrees Chef's Choice (2 servings each = 10 servings) ............................$225.00 ($250.32)
5 entrees Chef's Choice (4 servings each = 20 servings) ............................$400.00 ($445.00)
6 entrees Chef's Choice (6 servings each = 36 servings) ............................$475.00 ($528.44)


Q. What about the Nutritional Info? How do I know it's healthy?
A
. We keep it really simple over here and understand that what we put into our bodies must be recognizable as food (meaning no chemicals, added sodium or preservatives). We take a lot of care during the cooking process to keep your health in mind. For example, we cook with mainly olive oil for better heart health, we reduced the fat wherever possible though skimming during cooking and creative solutions and substitutions when possible! (You should try our blueberry yogurt muffins!!)  Each meal is balanced with lean meats, fresh  local produce and loaded up on veggies in places you'd never suspect! In fact, even our meatballs and meatloafs are chock full of microdiced veggies that even your pickiest kid won't detect!
Under our "Clean Eater/Paleo" Category, you will find delicious natural substitutions for comfort items like Zucchini Linguini instead of spaghetti, and Cauliflower Cous Cous, plus every one of those meals will be completely free from any refined sugars, and packed full of solid nutrition to make a healthier happier you (and not make you feel deprived of your favorite comfort foods!)
Each meal is created 100% from scratch (yes, we even make our own chicken stock, salad dressings and marinades!!) so you can rest assured that you are doing right by your family when you sit down to enjoy a Chef Mario's Meal!
Q. Can Chef Mario’s Custom Meal Service create meals to fit my particular dietary needs?
A.
It depends. Since we cook from scratch, we naturally know what is in every dish we make, down to the finest details, so we can suggest entrees that may fit your needs. For example, some of our entrees are naturally lactose free or would benefit those on low-carb diets. We are happy to help you plan a menu that will fit your needs!
Q. How does the kitchen come up with the "Chef's Choice" Menus?
A. Some of our clients prefer to choose their own menu for reasons such as likes and dislikes, dietary restrictions or they just like to choose. Our Custom Clients basically write the menu for the Chef’s Choice Clients. Our Custom Clients will almost always order our most popular menu items so it is a win-win for everyone! So don’t worry,we promises we will not include liver or anything with tentacles in the Chef’s Choice menus.

Q. What if I want to get the Chef’s Choice menu, but I don’t like … for example, curry!
A. The Chefs can handle small requests for unusual ingredients for the Chef’s Choice menu such as one easy to replace item. Depending on the other menus going out that day, it will be the kitchens call as to how far we are crossing the customized line.

Q. What if I want to get the Chef’s Choice menu, but I don’t like … for example, meat!
A. We would suggest a Custom menu would be better for you.

Q. Do Chef Mario's meals come with sides?
A. Some of our menu items are considered one-bowl meals (e.g. Grandma’s Stuffed Peppers: the pepper and tomato sauce fill the vegetable requirement, the turkey and brown rice filling is considered your protein and starch and the cheese would be your dairy serving). Other menu items such as Chicken Saltimbocca would be accompanied with sides.

Q. Where does Chef Mario's deliver?
A
. We will cover the entire Triangle area and beyond. A delivery fee will be included in the bill for Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and other outer Triangle areas.

Q. Does Chef Mario’s do gift certificates for the Personal Chef Meal Delivery Service?
A
. Absolutely! New baby? Someone you know not feeling well? Or maybe you know someone in desperate need of a little extra help? Each Gift Certificate lasts for a full 6 months after the date of purchase, so they can choose when they're ready to order!

Q. When are deliveries made?
A
. We deliver on Wednesday between approximately 2:00-5:00pm. If you need a time outside of our normal delivery hours, a fee will be assessed to cover the price of gas as well as to compensate our driver (Our driver's are our Chefs!). Now we don’t want you waiting around the house for 6 hours … We like to stay in touch via phone so you know when to expect us. Please call if you have any questions or need an updated ETA and we can set up a call when we are on our way.

Q. Can I get some references?
A
. Referrals from happy clients are our #1 way for getting clients! Call or email for a list of people who would love to tell you themselves. Also see our Testimonial Page on this web site.

Q. Does Chef Mario’s accept credit cards?
A
. Of course! Visa, MacterCard, Discover and American Express are all happily accepted!