cell: 703-314-5479

link to American Personal and Private Chef Association

Servsafe Certified



The Palate Pleasers Personal Chef Service has been in business since 2004 and specializes in the preparation of healthy, wholesome, international and vegan meals.

I prepare meals for diabetics, people with gluten intolerance, food allergies, food sensitivities and individuals on weight loss programs. I also do some raw food preparation.

All meals are prepared using fresh organic and/or pesticide-free ingredients.

“ Gluten-free baked goods – cakes, pies, cookies ”

Pricing: *

  • Entrées start at $30/person
  • Entrée includes main dish & two sides.
  • I work with my clients to personalize their meals according to their dietary/nutritional or health needs, thus price may vary.
  • Unlike a restaurant, the meals are prepared specifically for you.

Prices include meal planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, packaging/labeling, clean-up and round-trip travel within a 25 mile radius.

Gift certificates are available.

For private "at home" cooking classes, including children cooking classes, email desiree@thepalatepleasers.biz.

go back to top of page

Sample Menus


  • Vegetarian Jambalaya with Beetroot Salad
  • Vegetarian Moussaka with red Cabbage Salad
  • Pad Thai Noodles with Asian Salad
  • Stuffed eggplant with Almond Rice
  • Risotto Al Verde with Date and Orange Salad

Diabetic (low carb)

  • Ginger-Marinated Salmon with Mashed Celeriac and Tossed Salad
  • Lamb and Bean Stew with Quinoa and Sautéed Swiss Chard
  • Roast Chicken with Three Bean Salad and Radicchio
  • Low-carb Noodles and Meatballs with Spinach and Pine Nuts
  • Salmon on a Bed of Green Lentils with Kale


  • Pesto Salmon with Twice Baked Potatoes and Lemon-Pepper Asparagus
  • Jerk Chicken with Red Beans & Rice and Collard Greens
  • Beef Madagascar with Tri-Color Couscous and Broccoli
  • Curried Chicken with Saffron Rice and Sautéed Green Beans
go back to top of page

How It Works

A complementary assessment meeting to discuss client's dietary preferences, nutritional needs, food allergies and any other pertinent information. A client service contract and initial menu are mutually agreed and a cook date convenient to both parties is established.  Subsequent menus will be sent a week in advance via email.  On the morning of the assigned cooking day, I will shop for the groceries then go to the client’s home, prepare all the meals, package, label, and clean up, leaving reheating/food handling instructions.

go back to top of page


Payment is due prior to cook date. Additional charges for researching for special diets and preparing gourmet meals.

*Price subject to change. Call for additional services.

go back to top of page

Contact Us

704 N. Pelham Street, Alexandria, VA 22304

703-461-0115 home office

703-314-5479 cell

email: desiree@thepalatepleasers.biz

go back to top of page




Desiree Jessimy. When I say this name my children start to cheer. I am not kidding! They associate her with really, really good food and fabulous deliveries of freshness. Desiree makes the dinner we remember when we were growing up, yummy, filling, satisfying, and good for you. She has been a huge help to my family. Even better, she has been a huge help for my business. When my clients who have babies are in need, Desiree is there delivering her special, feel good post partum delicacies. When my clients have just settled on their dream homes, Desiree is there delivering her special, feel good, welcome to your new house delicacies. Palate Pleasers is a pleasure, Desiree is a delight. Feel free to contact me for more details about Desiree’s flexible menus and her ability to meet any person’s dietary needs. You cannot go wrong!
Elizabeth Lucchesi, Realtor

For over two years Desiree has prepared food for my husband and myself. From grocery store to plate, Desiree's selections are flavorful, nutritious, and affordable. This has been especially important in my husband's recovery from a serious illness. She is a joy to have in my kitchen and is very dependable.
Kim Rusinow

I have been delighted to have Desiree cook for me. She arrives with all necessary products most of which are organic. She quickly approaches the task of preparing the previously decided on meals. She prepares family favorites as well as new recipes and makes good recommendations for meal options that meet all dietary preferences or restrictions. It is great to come home to a well prepared healthy meal and a clean kitchen.
Sherry Dmytrewycz

I've used Palate Pleasers for nearly three years now. The best thing about the service is how flexible and accommodating Desiree is when it comes to menus. No matter what my diet requirements (from low fat to low carb) Desiree creates delicious meals that even my picky 11-year-old loves.

I know how to cook, but as a business professional I often lack the time it takes to prepare meals that are nutritious and delicious. With Palate Pleasers I get both. It's saved me money because now I get better than restaurant quality food at an affordable price. Plus I don't end up throwing away ingredients that I bought to make meals I never got around to cooking. 

If you like great home cooked meals but lack the time to prepare them, I highly recommend Palate Pleasers.

Merlisa Lawrence Corbett

Desiree Jessimy of Palate Pleasers has been cooking for me for over a year. What she does is absolutely fabulous!

She comes to my home and cooks three meals each week for my husband and I. While I actually do cook, it has been such a pleasure to have her cook for me. Her meals are consistently delicious and nutritious, and the wonderful thing is that she brings all the food with her, cooks it here, stores it appropriately, and then cleans up and leaves.

I am very busy with a business of my own, and her cooking saves me not just time and energy in shopping and cooking, but it eases my mind that I don’t have to have that age old question, “What am I going to cook for dinner?”. Having Desiree cook is the best of everything for me because I can cook if I want to – but I don’t have to.

I would and have recommended her to people that I know.

Sarah McCullom


go back to top of page







rice and beans