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Dining In Your Home | No need to go it alone in Truckee, Tahoe or Reno

Amy Edgett/Sierra SunLisbeth Johansen owns and operates Dining In (your home), a personal chef service for both formal and fun occasions. Johannsen has loved to cook since she was a child, and prepared breast of duck, spaghetti squash and asparagus, garnished with duck sauce and lingon berries. The side dish is garlic creamed potatoes.

Dining In (your home) founder and owner, Lisbeth Johansen, is back in town after spending time in Scandinavia, where she was born and raised.

Johansen’s Dining In business specializes on small, intimate and family events to give the food and the service top priority. A free consultation will get your gathering underway. During the consultation, Johansen discusses a menu that will suit the client’s need and budget, format the menu for cocktail parties, birthday parties, showers, anniversaries or special occasions at no additional charge.

Clients may decide whether to do the shopping or not. She will make a list of ingredients and will be there the day of the event to prepare and cook the meal. Dining In has several levels of services to offer, to be discussed at the consultation.

While Johansen was in Norway, she worked as a personal chef for Mr. and Mrs. Wiik, owners of a famous clothing store in the Wiik building in Hamar, and for the banquet department in the Oscarsborg fortress, located in Drobak. The fortress is now a hotel, spa and conference center. The chefs at Oscarsborg taught Johansen how to combine herbs and spices with different entrees and to prepare wild meat and fowl and a variety of fresh fish. “And do they have fresh fish,” commented Johansen.

Side dishes for wild game might include Juniper berries or Madeira Demi Glace sauce, creamed potatoes with a hint of rosemary, parsley boiled potatoes and spaghetti squash or green steamed asparagus. Her experience spans over many years in the culinary, restaurant and hotel business. She has trained with a variety of chefs of different cuisines including French, Italian, Scandinavian and Continental in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tahoe and, of course, Norway. “I have studied many a cookbook and practiced on many friends and relatives with the highest of praises,” said Johansen. “I take great pride in my work.”

The basic service is prepping and cooking. She also offers cooking lessons in the home. Having a “friends over” party of cooking lessons is fun and educational for adults and for children.

Clients may come to Tahoe and spend their time enjoying winter or summer sports, not shopping or preparing meals. Or they may relax with family and guests rather than prepping for social events. “I am passionate about what I do,” said Johansen.

For more information call (530) 414-0139 Truckee, (775) 747-7335, Reno, or e-mail diningathome@hotmail.com.

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