chef francis pons
is that a French Chef in our kitchen?
Ready to elevate your next event into a gourmet dining experience that you and your loved ones will talk about for years to come? Then allow classically trained French Chef Francis Pons to convert your home into a four-star restaurant with private dining.
Chef Francis Turns the Tables
Classically trained Chef Francis is based on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He can make any dream dish & menu happen in the privacy of your home. Furthermore, Chef Francis’ resume includes a lineage of dinners prepared for the entire Jersey Shore! Service available in Metro New York, North Jersey & other areas.
Why Choose a Private Chef?
When we eat, we connect. A private dining experience in your home brings everyone together for a common purpose: the creation of a delicious feast that everyone will enjoy and won’t soon forget.
Hiring a personal chef is also the perfect treat for a loved one who spends a lot of time in the kitchen and needs a break.
How Does Private Dining Work?
Booking a private dining experience in your home is simple.
create your dream menu
Take a look at our sample dishes below for inspiration. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Not a problem. This is a customized dining experience, made just for you and your loved ones. We are happy to assist in the menu and wine pairing process.
Set the Stage
We’ll discuss details of your private dining event, such as the size of your party, location, budget and time frame (the average time for a private dining event is two to four hours). Invite your lucky guests and await the big day!
Sit Back and Relax
On the designated time and day, we arrive at your home with everything needed to create a truly unique culinary experience. From prepping to cooking to serving and cleaning up, we make this a stress-free, relaxing dining event.
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Need A Little Inspiration?
Below are lists of dishes we’ve created in the past. From appetizers to entrees to inspired desserts, Chef Francis and his team are ready to create a dream meal for your next dinner party, anniversary or other key life event.
•Chantilly Cream Puffs
•Vanilla & Chocolate Cream Puffs
•Chocolate Mousse Cake
•Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake
•Nut Tarts (Walnut or Pecan)
•The Marquise (French Meringue, Fresh Raspberries & Jam, Belgian Chocolate Ganache)
•The Teardrop (Belgian Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate Mousse, Chantilly Creme & Brandy Liquor Cherry – Chef Francis’ signature dessert)
•Chilean Sea Bass
•Viking Village Scallops
•Orata & Bronzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
•Marinated Grilled Salmon Cutlets, Dill & Bearnaise Sauce
•Paella with Choice of Seafood, Chicken & Spanish Chorizo
•Viking Village Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto
•Seared Foie Gras with Golden Appled
•Foie Gras au Torchon on Toast (Homemade by Francis)
•Traditional French Escargot
•Escargot in Puff Pastry with Garlic & Butter Sauce
•Lobster en BelleVue Parisienne
•Lobster Cocktail with Mango
•Raw Bar: Your Choice with Accoutrements: Lemon, Cocktail & Mignonette Sauces (Add Vodka, etc. for Shooters)
•Marinated Grilled Octopus
•Viking Village Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto
•Shrimp Salad on Toast
•Shrimp Flambe with Cognac or Whiskey
•Shrimp Rolled Zucchini Tapenade
•Homemade Chicken Fingerd
•Homemade Pigs in Blanket
•Gazpacho in Shot Glasses
•Eggplant Caponata in Shot Glasses
•Dried Prunes Wrapped in Bacon
•Warm Camembert Cheese with Homemade Bread Twists (Add Prosciutto to Bread Twists)
•Mini Croque Monsieur: Ham & Cheese Sandwich with Bechamel Sauce on Top
•Domestic and/or Imported Cheese Platter with Crackers, Grapes & Berries
•Puff Pastry Tart with Grilled Zucchini, Sundried Tomato, Onion & Fresh Herbs
•Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart, Fresh Thyme, add Heirloom or Cherry Tomatoes
•Onion Galette: Garlic, Scallions & Onion Pie with Parmesan & Dijon Mustard
•Olive Tapenade (Olives, Capers, Spices, Anchovies) with Flatbreads, Pita or Crackers
•Zucchini Tart with Crumbled Sausage & Dijon
•Assorted Vegetable & Cheese Canapes
•Tri-Corne Canape with Asparagus & Alfredo Cheese
•Green String Beans
•Variety of Grilled Vegetables
•Glazed Baby Carrots
•Stuffed or Sauteed Mushrooms
•Bayaldi (Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Zucchini)
•Grilled Yukon Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
•Broccoli Rabe Sautéed in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil
•Sauteed Spinach in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil
•Broccoli and/or Cauliflower, Sautéed in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil
•Sirloin in Brioche
•Rib-Eye Steak au Poivre
•Filet Mignon with a Variety of Sauces (Bordelaise, Madeira or Bernaise)
•Breast of Duck, Variety of Sauces
•Tenderloin of Veal Medallions
•Veal Osso Bucco
•Pork Osso Bucco
•Rack of Lamb
•Coq au Vin
•Chicken or Veal Francaise, Piccata, Parmigiana, Marsala or Saltimbocca
•Tenderloin of Pork with an Orange Gastric Sauce
•Arugula, Sliced Pears & Shaved Pecorino Romano with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette
•Spinach Salad with Orange & Grapefruit, Shrimp with Homemade Citrus Sauce
•Baby Greens, Cranberries, Walnuts, Fresh Raspberries, Goat/Feta/Blue Cheese & Homemade Raspberry Sauce
•Caesar (Add Grilled Chicken or Shrimp)
•Mixed Baby Greens Garden Salad with Homemade Dressing
•Caprese Salad: Sliced Homemade Mozzarella and Tomatoes with Balsamic Glaze
•Crab Salad on Toast
•Crab & Spinach in Philo Dough with Saffron Sauce
•Mini Crab Cakes
•Deviled Eggs with Crab
•Clams Casino with Prosciutto
•Steamed Clams, Fresh Garlic & White Wine
•Smoked Salmon Rolls with Avocado
•Salmon Mousse on Pumpernickel
•Smoked Salmon on Blinis
•Smoked Salmon & Crab Napoleon
•Steamed Mussels, Fresh Garlic & White Wine
•Herb Crusted Baby Lamb Chops
•Sirloin Beef Tips on Toast with Bearnaise Sauce
•Roasted Red Peppers & Homemade Mozzarella on Garlic Toast, Balsamic Glaze
•Avocado & Coconut on Toast
•Italian Antipasti Platter or Charcuterie Board
•Variety of Tapas: Prosciutto, Chorizo, Mixed Olives, Roasted Peppers, Cheeses, Cured Meats
•Prosciutto & Cantaloupe
•Quiche (Veggie, Broccoli & Cheddar, Leeks, etc.)
•Pissaladiere: Similar to Pizza; Toppings Include Caramelized Onions, Anchovies, Tomatoes, Olives, Thyme, Cured Meats & Vegetables
•Caprese Skewers: Mozzarella Balls, Cherry Tomatoes, Drizzle of Pesto or Balsamic Glaze
•Bread Bowl Dips – Crab, Onion, Spinach, Hummus…with Bread Sticks, Bread & Crackers
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Private Dining FAQs
We have provided private chef services for anniversaries, engagements, wedding parties, family reunions and birthday parties, to name a few. But there doesn’t have to be a reason. Just a night off from cooking is good enough!
You are welcome to take part in the cooking experience. Chef Francis loves to interact and share his vast culinary knowledge and is very personable. Or sit back and relax with your friends and loved ones while our team creates your dream menu. Learn More About Cooking Classes With Francis.
Absolutely no problem. Whether it’s gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or others, Chef Francis has provided delectable menus for everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.
We offer pricing that is both fair and reasonable. Reach out to us so we can create a menu based on your budgetary needs. Factors to consider include:
● Number of guests
● The current market cost of menu/food items
● Chef Francis and additional staff (if necessary)
We employ all recommended CDC guidelines and Covid precautions prior to, upon entering, and until we leave your household. This includes meticulous sterilization of all equipment, masking, glove use, safe distancing, routine hand-washing, scrupulous review of all food touch points and more.