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Danitza Roche




Chef Danitza Roche is not only a Registered Certified Dietary Manager and Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM-CFPP), but she also holds certifications in Medical Nutrition Therapy, HACCP, and Thermal Food Processing Technologies. She graduated from the Escoffier International Culinary Institute and has extensive hands-on experience managing Food Service Departments and Catering Venues. Currently, she serves as the R&D Executive Chef for a prestigious food manufacturing company in Connecticut, US, developing new products. Her culinary creations can be found in numerous esteemed supermarkets in the North East region.

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With a fusion of culinary expertise and an unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction, Chef Danitza and her crew go above and beyond to provide an exceptional and professional service. They meticulously attend to every single detail, ensuring that you can fully savor and delight in your event.

Exciting news! Dash N’ Dine is opened for business!

Chef Danitza Roche is thrilled to announce that we are the ​grand opening of her very own culinary destination,

"Dash N' Dine."

This eagerly anticipated establishment features a delightful ​combination of deli, bakery, and a tantalizing buffet offering ​hot meals by the pound to take home for lunch or dinner.

At Dash N' Dine, we're dedicated to providing an exceptional ​dining experience where quality, flavor, and convenience ​converge seamlessly. As we diligently work behind the scenes ​to bring Dash N' Dine to life, stay tuned for updates and be ​among the first to embark on this culinary journey with us.

We can't wait to welcome you to Dash N' Dine soon!


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"Irrespective of the scale of your event, we offer tailored solutions to meet your needs! We understand that no two events are alike, which is why our services are personalized to ensure customization and effectiveness".

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Upcoming Events

Paella Party

@The Weekend Kitchen

Essex CT

Paella Party

@The Weekend Kitchen

Essex CT

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Nancy Kirkiles-Smith

PhD- Owner and Director of Weekend Kitchen

Chef Dani has been hosting cooking classes and events with Weekend Kitchen for almost 10 years and they are amazing! Everyone loves her enthusiasm and engaging personality. Not to mention the fantastic paellas and other menus she develops to share with our guests. With boundless creativity and energy, Dani is easy to work with before and during the event- a real professional while being able to effortlessly engage and teach our students, so they return again and again for her events.

It’s always a party with Chef Dani!



Steven Schuller

Consumer Safety Inspector

Chef Danitza is a rare and unique culinary genius. Her attention to detail that goes into every one of her culinary creations is second to none. She is a creative master in the kitchen environment. Her dishes are so full of flavor that they practically speak to you before your pallet has the opportunity to taste and savor the explosions of flavors you will experience.

She also has an engaging personality that matches her brilliant smile she always has when she is performing her time tested cooking skills. She enjoys friendly banter with guests at the events she hosts but is always the understanding, polite, consummated professional while at the same time creating an environment that makes you feel extremely comfortable with her always.


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Catering Services

Chef Danitza's Catering services provide an exquisite culinary experience tailored to meet the specific needs and preferences of our clients. These services go beyond simply providing food and extend to creating memorable dining experiences that are both visually appealing and exceptionally delicious.

Here are some key features that highlight the excellence of Chef Danitza's catering services:

Exceptional Culinary Expertise: Chef Danitza brings years of culinary training and experience to the table. She possess a deep understanding of various cuisines, cooking techniques, and flavor profiles. Chef Danitza's expertise allows her to craft a diverse menu that showcases a wide range of flavors and culinary creativity.

Personalized Menu Planning: Chef Danitza takes the time to understand the unique requirements and preferences of each client. She work closely with the client to curate a customized menu that reflects their vision, incorporating specific dietary restrictions, cultural influences, and personal tastes. This ensures a tailored experience that exceeds expectations.

Highest Quality Ingredients: Chef Danitza understands the importance of using only the finest and freshest ingredients. She prioritizes sourcing local, seasonal, and sustainable produce to create dishes that are not only delicious but also showcase the inherent flavors of the ingredients. The emphasis on quality ingredients elevates the overall dining experience.

Attention to Detail: Every aspect of catering services from Chef Danitza is characterized by meticulous attention to detail. From the presentation of dishes to the arrangement of table settings, every element is thoughtfully curated to create a visually stunning and harmonious dining experience. The chef's expertise extends beyond cooking to encompass the entire aesthetic of the event.

Innovative Culinary Techniques: Chef Danitza often incorporates innovative culinary techniques to bring a unique touch to her catering services. She stays updated with the latest trends and culinary advancements, allowing her to experiment with new flavors, textures, and presentation styles. Her creativity brings a sense of excitement and novelty to the dining experience.

Impeccable Execution: Chef Danitza ensures that the execution of her catering service is flawless. She works with a well-trained team of professionals who understand the chef's vision and adhere to the highest standards of food safety, hygiene, and service. The entire event is meticulously orchestrated to ensure that everything runs smoothly and seamlessly.

Memorable Dining Experience: Ultimately, catering services from Chef Danitza aim to create a memorable dining experience that leaves a lasting impression on guests. Through her culinary expertise, attention to detail, and dedication to excellence, she strives to surpass expectations and create a remarkable event that delights the senses and satisfies the palate.

In summary, Chef Danitza's catering services offer a unique blend of culinary artistry, personalized menu planning, exceptional ingredients, attention to detail, innovative techniques, flawless execution, and an unforgettable dining experience.

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Paella & Clambake Events

Paella and clambake events are both culinary experiences that bring people together to enjoy delicious food in a festive atmosphere. While they have distinct origins and cultural contexts, both events are centered around the preparation and sharing of flavorful dishes.

Paella is a traditional Spanish dish that originated in the Valencia region.

It is a rice-based dish cooked in a wide, shallow pan called a paellera. The dish typically includes ingredients such as rice, saffron, olive oil, vegetables (like tomatoes, bell peppers, and peas), and a variety of meats or seafood (such as chicken, rabbit, shrimp, mussels, and squid). Paella is cooked slowly to develop rich flavors and is often enjoyed as a communal meal, with everyone gathering around the pan to serve themselves directly from it.

Clambakes, on the other hand, are a popular culinary tradition in coastal regions of the United States, particularly in New England. They are often held outdoors, usually on the beach or in a large backyard. Clambakes involve cooking an assortment of seafood, typically including clams, lobsters, mussels, and sometimes other shellfish, along with various accompaniments such as corn on the cob, potatoes, and sausages. The ingredients are typically cooked together in a pit dug into the sand or in a large pot over an open fire. The food is steamed, allowing the flavors to meld together, creating a mouthwatering feast.

Both paella and clambake events have a communal aspect that makes them special. They often bring together friends, family, and sometimes entire communities to celebrate and enjoy a shared meal. The cooking process itself can be a spectacle, with the aroma of the food filling the air and the anticipation building as people gather around to watch the preparation. These events are not only about the food but also about the social experience, fostering a sense of community and conviviality among the participants.

In summary, paella and clambake events are culinary gatherings that showcase the rich flavors of their respective regions. They provide a unique opportunity for people to come together, savor delicious food, and create lasting memories in a festive and communal atmosphere and Chef Danitza Roche is the best at it!

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Hands-On Cooking Classes

Hands-on cooking classes are immersive culinary experiences that provide participants with the opportunity to learn and practice cooking techniques under the guidance of a professional chef or instructor. These classes are designed to be interactive and engaging, allowing individuals to actively participate in the cooking process rather than just observing.

In a hands-on cooking class, participants are typically provided with their own workstation equipped with the necessary tools, ingredients, and cooking utensils. The instructor demonstrates various cooking methods, shares culinary tips and tricks, and guides participants through the step-by-step process of preparing a specific dish or a complete menu.

Participants get to actively engage in the cooking process, from prepping ingredients to chopping, slicing, sautéing, baking, and plating. They learn how to use kitchen equipment, handle ingredients, season dishes, and taste for flavor balance. The instructor provides individual attention, offering assistance, and answering questions to ensure everyone understands and masters the techniques being taught.

The atmosphere in a hands-on cooking class is often lively, encouraging collaboration and fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants. It's a social setting where people can interact with others who share a passion for cooking, exchange ideas, and learn from different culinary backgrounds and perspectives.

One of the highlights of hands-on cooking classes is the opportunity to taste and savor the dishes prepared during the session. Participants can enjoy the fruits of their labor and experience the satisfaction of creating a delicious meal from scratch. This sensory aspect adds to the overall enjoyment and reinforces the learning experience.

Overall, hands-on cooking classes offer a practical and enjoyable way to improve cooking skills, expand culinary knowledge, and gain confidence in the kitchen. They provide a unique blend of education, entertainment, and gastronomic delight, making them a popular choice for both beginners and experienced food enthusiasts.

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Private Chef Services

Private chef services refer to the professional culinary services provided by a skilled chef who works exclusively for an individual or a private household. These chefs offer customized meal preparation and dining experiences tailored to the specific needs and preferences of their clients.

The advantages of hiring Danitza as private chef are numerous:

Personalized menus: Chef Danitza works closely with the client to create customized menus based on their dietary requirements, taste preferences, and any specific culinary restrictions. This ensures that every meal is prepared according to the client's liking and caters to their unique needs.

High-quality meals: Chef Danitza is an experienced professional who have expertise in creating gourmet meals. She uses the finest ingredients, employ advanced culinary techniques, and pay attention to detail, resulting in restaurant-quality dishes prepared in the comfort of your own home.

Convenience and time-saving: Hiring Chef Danitza eliminates the need to plan, shop for ingredients, and cook meals yourself. She takes care of all the meal preparation, cooking, and cleanup, allowing you to save valuable time and enjoy more leisure or productive activities.

Dietary considerations: If you have specific dietary requirements, such as food allergies, intolerances, or medical restrictions, Chef Danitza can accommodate those needs. She can create meals that adhere to specific diets, such as gluten-free, vegan, or paleo, ensuring that you can enjoy delicious food without any worries.

Culinary expertise and creativity: Chef Danitza brings her culinary expertise and creativity to the table, introducing new flavors, techniques, and dishes that you may not have otherwise experienced. She can also provide recommendations on wine pairings, menu variations, and present meals in an artistic and visually appealing manner.

Privacy and exclusivity: The services of Chef Danitza offers a high level of privacy and exclusivity. You can enjoy intimate dining experiences without the distractions or crowds often associated with dining out in restaurants.

Overall, hiring Chef Danitza as private chef provides the opportunity to enjoy delicious, customized meals prepared with professional skill and personal attention, offering a convenient, time-saving, and elevated dining experience within the comfort of your own home.

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Healthy & Restricted Diets

Menu Planning

Chef Danitza offers menu planning services for healthy and restricted diets are designed to help individuals follow specific dietary guidelines while ensuring balanced and nutritious meals. These services are often offered by nutritionists, dietitians, or certified dietary managers. Here's an overview of how these services typically work:

Dietary Assessment: The first step is to assess the individual's dietary needs and restrictions. This may involve gathering information about their health conditions, food allergies, intolerances, dietary preferences, and weight management goals.

Goal Setting: Based on the information collected, specific goals are established. For example, someone with diabetes might aim to stabilize their blood sugar levels, while someone with celiac disease may need to follow a gluten-free diet.

Customized Meal Plans: Using the gathered data, a professional creates personalized meal plans that meet the individual's dietary requirements. These plans take into account the recommended daily intake of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).

Food Variety and Balance: Menu planning services focus on creating diverse meal options to prevent monotony and ensure a well-rounded diet. The plans include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

Calorie and Portion Control: If weight management is a goal, these services consider calorie needs and portion control. They can provide guidance on appropriate serving sizes to help individuals maintain a healthy weight.

Allergen and Intolerance Considerations: For those with food allergies or intolerances, menu planning services take precautions to eliminate allergens from the meal plans. They suggest alternative ingredients and suitable substitutes to ensure nutritional adequacy.

Recipe Suggestions: Menu planning services often provide a collection of recipes tailored to the individual's dietary requirements. These recipes are usually easy to prepare, with clear instructions and a focus on using wholesome ingredients.

Grocery Shopping Lists: To make meal preparation more convenient, menu planning services may include detailed grocery shopping lists. These lists outline the ingredients needed for each meal and help individuals make informed choices at the store.

Ongoing Support: Some services offer ongoing support through consultations, check-ins, or online communities. This allows individuals to ask questions, receive guidance, and make adjustments to their meal plans as needed.

Overall, menu planning services for healthy and restricted diets provide personalized, convenient, and expert guidance to help individuals meet their dietary goals while enjoying flavorful and nutritious meals.

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New Product R&D Consulting

Your Partner in New Product Development

Chef Danitza, is a seasoned expert at the forefront of research and development (R&D) in the food industry. She holds a pivotal role in driving culinary innovation and shaping the future of food-related businesses. Chef Danitza's responsibilities encompass a spectrum of tasks, all aimed at enhancing your product lineup and culinary offerings:

Recipe Innovation: Chef Danitza specializes in crafting new recipes that push the boundaries of flavor, creativity, and appeal. Her expertise allows her to reimagine existing dishes and invent entirely new ones, giving your brand a competitive edge.

Menu Engineering: Collaborating closely with your culinary team, Chef Danitza aids in the strategic planning and design of menus. Her considerations extend beyond taste, encompassing factors like ingredient availability, cost management, and customer preferences, ensuring a well-balanced and enticing menu.

Ingredient Excellence: Sourcing the finest ingredients is a cornerstone of Chef Danitza's work. She diligently researches and identifies high-quality suppliers, explores sustainable sourcing options, and rigorously assesses ingredient quality to elevate your product standards.

Palate Perfection: Chef Danitza conducts exhaustive taste tests to evaluate the flavors, textures, and overall appeal of your new dishes or products. Drawing from a diverse pool of feedback, including colleagues, customers, and focus groups, she refines and perfects your offerings.

Economic Viability: Collaborating seamlessly with your culinary and management teams, Chef Danitza scrutinizes the cost implications of new products and recipe adjustments. Her expertise in cost analysis, portion sizing, and production efficiency ensures your profitability remains intact.

Consistency and Training: Once new products or recipes are perfected, Chef Danitza takes charge of staff training to maintain consistent preparation and presentation. She formulates standardized recipes, refines cooking techniques, and establishes plating guidelines for uniformity across all your locations.

Industry Vigilance: Chef Danitza is committed to staying ahead of industry trends. She actively engages in industry conferences, keeps a finger on the pulse of culinary publications, and collaborates with peers to infuse fresh ideas and innovations into your establishment.

In summary, Chef Danitza, as your R&D leader, seamlessly melds creativity, culinary mastery, and business acumen to fuel innovation, enrich your menu offerings, and drive the success of your food-related venture. With her by your side, you can elevate your brand to new heights in the ever-evolving culinary landscape.

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