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Maggie Marguerite

Rather than cook at your own soiree, show off a celebrity chef in your kitchen instead, via the new service Kitchit, which supplies an A-list roster of chefs for hire in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Custom events include anything from a cooking lesson to a full-on five-course dinner prepared by high-caliber toques such as Top Chef Masters alumni Traci Des Jardins of Jardinère on the West Coast and Floyd Cardoz of North End Grill in the east. The big names get big bucks, of course (Des Jardins doesn’t go for less than $2,500 for an event), but lesser-known chefs start at $30 per person. “If you go out and pay for a bottle of wine and a baby sitter, you’re coming out about even,” says Stephen Shih of South Pasadena, Calif. Shih hired an (uncelebrated) Kitchit chef to cook for his and his wife’s fifth wedding anniversary. “It’s also casual. We didn’t have to worry about our 2-year-old running around a restaurant.”  www.kitchit.com