I wanted to get my foot in the door yesterday before you made a decision. I took a bus through the mountains of Laos today for six hours. It gave me a chance to think more clearly. I felt drawn to the request of your post but wasn't exactly sure why.
I realized that my girlfriend and I offer a service that might be what you're looking for. It took a second to come to my mind because I haven't been traveling with her for the past 4 months.
The past two summers, Rebecca and I, have catered to a girls summer-camp in Long Island, NY. We cooked for 20 odd girls and an ever-changing handful of adult volunteers and mentors throughout the two weeks.
Patricia McCullough started Dorothy Rose as a summer-camp for inner-city girls. She takes them to a beautiful location (last year was in the Hamptons), and shows them a different side of life: such as natural beauty, organic/wholesome foods, and well-being.
She found Rebecca working as a cook/waitress in a restaurant in New York City. Every year she asks her to return with her instinctive cooking nature thanks to an exposure to diverse sets of foods. Patricia needed a healthy alternative to the fast-paced city eating and Rebecca responded precisely.
In the midst of all this, Rebecca moved back to Seattle where we united; her as a head-chef in a restaurant in the Pike-Place Market (famous for its fresh produce and seafood), and me as a valet parking cars for nice restaurants in Downtown Seattle. I left to travel while she stayed behind in order to help her family and save more money, meeting me later on in my trip.
Rebecca has looked after her grandfather for the past 6 months, taking care of everyday activities like cooking, house cleaning, and maintenance. Her aunt has now taken over responsibilities. On top of that, we learned how to sail together 2 years ago at the Center For Wooden Boats in Seattle on Lake Union. We're a good team.
With that said, I'd like to offer Rebecca and I as travel companions aboard your boat. Before you make a decision, have a look at our work.
Dorothy Rose Summer-Camp
*this website is hasn't been updated, but I'll try to find the documentary they filmed last summer
Patricia McCullough - Founder
+1 (917) 856 6719
*I'll find her personal email
Karen Elizage - Co-founder
+1 (646) 251 2191
- personal website
Please feel free to contact either, as I am confident they will describe the value we added. I budgeted and managed food costs while Rebecca guided the Kitchen - where she managed to navigate straight into the girls' hearts.
Most importantly, we had a lot of fun doing it!
+1 (360) 71- 6866 - she is still in the states and is more reliable if you need to call
I'll attach my CV in another email. And I'll have Rebecca send you the menu she developed at the Alibi Room so you can get a sense of her range of cooking skills. I'd make an attempt but I wouldn't do her justice. Thank you!