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assumed my kids wouldn't like them, but her food is healthy, tastes good and it's not mom making them eat it," Cellini says. "Knowing Marsha has our dinner ready gives me more quality time with my kids, and you can't put a price on that." Building Relationships Unlike Gale, who works in her clients' kitchens, Shonali Thomas, chef/owner of SplenDishes Kitchen, operates primarily from a commercial kitchen in Van Wyck, South Carolina. The space is equipped with a six-burner gas stovetop, regular and convection ovens and hefty refrigerators. Thomas honed her trade from chef friends who own restaurants and catering companies. In addition, the multitasking Thomas caters, holds culinary parties, teaches cooking classes and crafts small-batch gourmet sauces, spices and condiments that she markets online and in select stores. A cookbook author, she makes regular guest appearances on Fox 46's "Good Day Charlotte" and WBTV's "Morning Break" and "Morning News." Thomas' style of food is healthy indulgence. She invites clients to cherry-pick from the diverse dishes she posts regularly on her Instagram account (@ shonalskitchen). She then delivers the choices in containers ready to reheat. Some clients who like to cook just have Thomas handle prep, so for them she slices and dices vegetables and cuts and seasons meat. Thomas' client Conni Branscom, a mother of four in Ballantyne, values the convenience and the relationship she's developed with Thomas. "Her meals are more balanced than me stopping at the store and picking up whatever every night," Branscom says. "She knows my family and what they like, and it's meaningful because she personalizes everything." Have Chef, Will Travel Ballantyne resident Libby McColgin's bond with personal chef Jill Aker-Ray is so tight that she relies on Aker-Ray to manage daily meals at the McColgin family's rental house during their annual beach reunions at Isle of Palms, South Carolina. With family and friends in attendance, the group can be as large as 16 people. "I love to cook, and I don't take it lightly handing it over to someone else, but Jill is passionate about helping us and I trust her implicitly," McColgin says. "She graciously accommodates those with gluten and dairy allergies, and she knows the right balance of when to interact with our group and when to step back." Having dinner already prepared gives parents more quality time with their children. S P A N I S H S P E A K I N G D E N T I S T 12105 Copper Way Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28277 704.542.2325 Personalized Care in the Ballantyne Area. Dr. Sheila Gordon-Holt Committed to making an impact in our patients dental health, Holt Family Dentistry delivers exceptional high-tech dentistry in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Our diverse and dedicated staff collaborates as a team to surpass expectations, putting patients at ease and earning their trust. We look forward to having you become part of our dental family. BALLANTYNE SPRING 2019 59 Feature

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