Over the last two year’s many things have changed, but dining has been one of the most affected areas. Many individuals in the Miami area have pivoted away from dining at restaurants and choose to host dinners at home, with the help of a private chef.
Ocean Drive sat down with Josh Wahler, founder of Wahler & Sons Quality Foods, a leader in the private chef and at-home delivery space in South Florida.
Wahler has quite the culinary background, having worked in some of the most esteemed kitchens including Danny Meyer's Gramercy Tavern, Jean-Georges's Spice Market, Nobu, as well as executive chef at Milos and Michael Schwartz's Fi'lia. “I've always been a big fan of food. It's just something that was important to me, and my grandmother instilled that to me when I was a young kid, that good food is worth the experience," Wahler stated.
After making his way through a few of Miami’s most prominent kitchens in the height of the pandemic, Wahler decided to pivot in a new direction. With all the vendors from all the top restaurants at his fingertips, there was no doubt he could create restaurant-quality food outside of a restaurant kitchen.
“It started with putting together a PDF and texting a few friends and people ordered. Then one thing led to another and I built my website, and it was up six weeks later,” he explained.
Wahler has seen the demand for private chefs skyrocket since he started his business just a little under two years ago. But the consumer has also opened up widely to the concept he explained, “But now having this incredibly high-end restaurant-quality product brought to your home where you can share with your friends and family, that wasn't really a thing before. There was a certain level of very high-quality products that were being delivered, but it just wasn't like this. And people are a little bit more open to it now.”
When booking a culinary experience with Wahler & Sons Quality Foods, every aspect of the dinner is fully customizable. In most cases, the client and Wahler schedule a phone call to talk through allergies, preferences and together build an outline of the menu. Having amazing contacts with his fish and meat suppliers, Wahler can practically put any dish together, from simple to complex, and even some of your favorite restaurant dishes. More often than not, Wahler sees clients order dishes including raw bar offerings, tartare, sushi, grilled fish and steak from wagyu to premium Angus; from appetizers, entrees to desserts, restaurant-quality food and beyond.
A culinary experience to say the least, Wahler & Son’s is just a glimpse into the vast world of private dining and how to bring restaurant-quality service and dining into your home.
Wahler & Son’s serves the South Florida area through private chef experiences, catering and at-home delivery farm-to-table offerings from fish, chicken to a wide variety of beef.
Be sure to say hi to the “sons” portion of Wahler & Son’s as Wahler's two, adorable boys can typically be found helping him handle deliveries across the city!
Photography by: Courtesy Wahler & Sons