Crave Culinary Arts provides an array of culinary services with our private chef service as the foundation of our passion. Our boutique private chef service provides on-site cooking for events ranging from intimate hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and small dinner parties to thematic social events, noteworthy celebrations, weddings and more.
We utilize seasonal and local, fresh whole foods to prepare and serve simple or multi-course meals following traditional French culinary techniques. All of our event menus are tailored to suit your needs and can range from savory family heirlooms to haute cuisine in the rustic or refined setting of your choice. We take pride in our cooking and maintain nutritive standards by adhering to artisanal cooking methods free of preservatives, flavor enhancers or other detractors.
Chef de Cuisine
Crave Culinary Arts was founded by Chef de Cuisine Monique Wendt, a native of a ranching community in South Eastern Oregon where the family garden was plentiful, each day provided fresh milk and eggs, and the cellars and larder were filled with game meats from the hills nearby. Monique began cooking as a small child with her mother and grandmother, women who impressed upon her the beauty of cooking with fresh, seasonal foods. Her early start in the kitchen inspired Monique as she learned about food and wine through travel and hands-on and educational experiences.
In 2008, Monique departed the greater Puget Sound and a career in the financial world of money management to embark on a new direction for life and explore her creativity through food. She spent the next year on Mexico’s Pacific Coast developing a course of action for her new endeavor. Monique moved to Roslyn and began her culinary career by cooking at The Hoist House at Swiftwater Cellars and then Portals Restaurant at Suncadia Resort. As Chef de Cuisine for Crave, Monique creates thoughtful and unique food experiences with an approach to classical cuisine that is adapted to the flora and fauna of the Northwest. Monique and her team at Crave Culinary Arts believe that sharing an exquisite meal with friends and family elevates any of life’s many celebrations.