Sometimes, life gets away from you, and you find yourself eating out or picking up food several times a week. Whether you have a busy work schedule, you just had a baby, or you don't like to cook, I've got you covered. I work with you to decide on a menu that works for everyone. Then, we pick a day and time, and I come to your home for about 3 hours to prepare and package your meals to be reheated at your convenience.
I do all of the grocery shopping, cooking, and dishes. I leave your refrigerator and freezer full of delicious dinners with reheating instructions.
This is also a great gift for new parents or anyone who may need a little help to get some delicious and nutritious meals on the table. I can accommodate the following diets: gluten free, dairy free, paleo, vegetarian, and Mediterranean diet.
Weekly meal preparation starts at $125 plus the cost of food for a family of two (this includes 5 dinners and 1 dessert).
I am happy to come to your home and prepare a meal for small parties, up to 50 guests. I have prepared meals for rehearsal dinners or small weddings, bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, or plated dinner parties from 2 to 20.
My cooking classes are for everyone from a novice in the kitchen to accomplished home cooks. Learn everything from basic knife skills to cooking a delicious dinner to more advanced skills like making puff pastry or mastering mother sauces. These classes are available in several locations around Orlando, and I can also come to your home for a private class. Check the Events Calendar for a list of upcoming classes and events.
My name is Maria Rivera, and I am the chef behind Sobremesa Orlando.
Sobremesa is the conversation that happens at the table, usually after a meal.
Since I was young, I have always loved this word. It is why I love food and cooking. It describes a sense of community, family, and unity that I believe is encouraged by a good meal.
As a child, I enjoyed watching family in the kitchen (and getting in on the action, whenever I could). That joy developed into a passion that I grew by honing my kitchen skills, mostly through trial and error.
In 2009, I moved from South Florida to Seattle, Washington to work for Amazon. This was my first experience living outside of Florida, and I wanted to make the most of it. I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and shopped at local farmer's markets, and I ate at lots of local restaurants and cooked as much as I could. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I wanted to incorporate cooking into my career. I was lucky enough to have a supportive family who encouraged me to quit my job and follow my dreams.
After a few years in Seattle, I decided that it was time to start thinking about changing careers. I discussed the options with my then-boyfriend (now-husband), and we decided that it was time for me to leave my job, and the corporate world, to do something in food. Since I wanted to start a business, I knew that I had to leave Seattle. My family is all on the East Coast, and I couldn't imagine building a whole life that far away from them. So, we packed up and moved to Orlando without a real plan.
When I moved to Orlando, I had no idea what to do. I took some time off, and then I started volunteering and looking for a part-time job. I ended up volunteering at a local food co-op for a few months, and then I got a job at The Spice and Tea Exchange in Winter Park. Then-owners of The Spice and Tea Exchange also own The Ancient Olive, so I ended up working there, and my life has never been the same. The owners (Jeffrey Schrader and Bryan Behling) have supported me, my talents, and my dreams throughout the past 4 years, and I can honestly say that I would not be here without them.
With their help and encouragement, in 2013, I started Kernel Desires, where I made and sold gourmet candied and spiced nuts throughout Central Florida. While this business got me closer to my goals, it did not allow me to be as creative as I wanted to be. Kernel Desires will always have a special place in my heart, and it may be back one day, but it is currently on hiatus, while I develop Sobremesa. Being a small business has made me really appreciate shopping small and local, and I try to do that as much as possible as Sobremesa.
I love to share my love of food and cooking with the people around me. My food philosophy is great ingredients plus simple techniques make delicious meals. I do not believe that food needs to be complicated or time consuming. This is how I cook for families and parties, and it is also how I teach my cooking classes. I always tell my students that I made lots of mistakes in the kitchen so that you can learn from them. My cooking classes are held around the Orlando area. I am also available to come to your home for private cooking classes or team building events.
Thanks for reading. I can't wait to meet you and work with you soon!