Chef Aram, Sloan, and Eden sitting on the beach

We are SO happy to be back in the swing of things! We’ve been enjoying some great weather, pushing out loads of great meal deliveries to so many fantastic clients, and even sharing some great summer recipes on TV! (More on Chef Aram’s recent WGN segment below, plus, Chef Sarah’s first recipe story!)

Our little Sloane is quickly growing into such a big and confident toddler and we’ve been so blessed to have recently spent time with Aram’s brother, Chef Eden, his sister Samantha, and all of Sloane’s wonderful grandparents. We hope you are all enjoying some new freedoms, lovely sunshine, and great summer treats!


pesto sauce

Looking for a fresh, easy summer lunch or light dinner?

Look no further! Chef Aram’s Arugula Herb Pesto recipe is perfect for tossing into pasta or as a quick marinade for chicken, fish, or pork!

Check out his recent cooking segment on WGN below!



  • 3 oz arugula
  • 2 sprig basil
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon, zest and juiced
  • 1 TB pine nuts
  • ½ C parmesan
  • ½ C Olive oil
  • ¼ C Water
  • Pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in blender, and blend until desired consistency. Add to your favorite pasta or use as a marinade for your favorite protein! Enjoy!

Chef Aram holding a papaya

Hey there!

I’m Sarah, Chef Aram’s wife and partner in cooking, parenting, and travel. Aram and I have gone on some great trips, both national and international and throughout these trips we have had some amazing culinary experiences. I’ve been inspired by these excursions to start what I’m calling a Recipe Story Series. Below is the first story and I truly hope you enjoy it!




When Aram and I went to Costa Rica together, we stayed in Playa Grande, just north of the touristy spot Tamarindo. We got this great Air-Bnb that was essentially a lone studio apartment. It was one big room with a double bed, a little couch, a table with two chairs, a sink, mini fridge, and a two-burner hot plate. Down the road was this great boutique hotel with friendly locals and long-staying tourists. We were down there for almost 20 days, so we made sure to get in good with this small crowd.

As per usual, when we travel, we like to be able to cook at least one meal for ourselves, daily. Most often, it’s breakfast. Some scrambled eggs with sauteed local veggies and some fresh fruit. The papaya from the tin-roofed stand down the road was amazing, and one night near the end of our trip, everyone at the boutique hotel had gotten wind that the young married couple staying at Kai’s “casita” were chefs! We agreed to grill up some dinner for our new group of friends. It’s always fun to show off a bit.

Everyone ran off in different directions to grab ingredients from down the road and up in their pantries. “Get some garlic and fresh jalapenos! And don’t forget the papaya! Everybody loves chicken, yeah?”

So we blended up a great sauce for the chicken. Fresh papaya, charred jalapenos, and a little sea salt brushed off our shoulders from our surf session that day.

While the chicken marinated, we all ran to the beach to play soccer in the gilded surf. The ball skimmed across sand wet and smooth as glass. None of us seemed to care much about the occasional kick in the shin, or being blinded by a final beam of light as the sun sizzled and finally fizzled out into the ocean.

The game ended and we traipsed back across the road. Heat up the grill. Slap on that chicken. A nice pile of steaming rice was the bed for our dinner of grilled chicken and charred peppers. A sprinkling of chopped cilantro was all we needed to finish off our dish. Well, maybe just that and a heavy shot of chiliguaro 🙂

Pura Vida!

If you’re interested in receiving the recipe for “Soccer On The Beach Papaya Jalapeno Chicken”, please reach out to me at

Don’t worry, eat happy!



Chef Aram and Sarah cooking

Continue to practice social distancing while still enjoying a cooking class over Zoom with your family, friends, and colleagues!

Since the beginning of quarantine, we have held over 100 Zoom cooking classes with themes including:
Fresh Pasta Making, Healthy Cooking, and Dinner in Paris.

These virtual cooking classes are great for corporate wellness demos, bachelor/ette parties, family reunions, etc. Able to accommodate up to 50 people at once!


  1. I create a menu with the designated host, including any and all dietary restrictions.
  2. Next, the menu and a full list of ingredients are sent out to all participating parties.
  3. Each participant shops for their ingredients.
  4. Everyone logs into Zoom at the predetermined date and time, ready to cook!
  5. I lead the cooking class step by step and when finished, we eat!

To book your virtual cooking class, contact us at or 773-398-0978!

Bon appetit!


Chef Aram and meal packages
bags of packaged meals

We are so happy to continue providing our Family Meal Delivery Services that we have been running for years!

We are now expanding our client base for meal drop offs, so sign up now before slots are filled!

What a great way to get food to your family, or send to friends who may need assistance! Right now, many are unable to shop for themselves due to over crowded stores, lack of product, compromised immune systems that prevent them from being out in public, or limited mobility due to age or other reasons.

This can be set up for delivery to your family or friends once or twice a week, ensuring there is ample food to eat as we are possibly continuing shut in periods. What a great gift for those that need it most!

To set up a meal delivery, please contact us at 773.398.0978 or at


Chef Aram's gift certificates

Treat your friends, family and loved ones to a fabulous in-home culinary experience with Chef Aram Reed!

Our gift certificates are perfect for surprising your special ones for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, you name it! Good for dinner parties, cooking classes, meal drop-offs and more.

Contact me at 773-398-0978 or to create your personalized gift certificate.



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