Chef for a Day


Meal times are a big deal at the House!

**COVID Update: While volunteers are currently not permitted in the House, families rely on Chef for a Day volunteers for meals. Staff will greet volunteers outside and set up meals.

The Chef for a Day Program is one of the best ways to help care for our families while giving back as a team – with family, friends, or co-workers! Plus, families are served in the same kitchen where celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse has cooked!

Chef For A Day Guidelines

Here’s how:

  • Get your friends, co-workers, school group, or other organization together to plan, purchase, and prepare the meal.
  • All volunteers must submit a volunteer application
  • Once the applications are submitted, our Outreach Coordinator will email you our guidelines regarding the program as well as available dates
  • The group leader should confirm the menu with our Outreach Coordinator as soon as possible so families do not have duplicated meals for that week
  • Our Outreach Coordinator will email you a week in advance with our current guest numbers. We generally have about 60-70 guests at Quantum House

Sign Up Here

Making the Meal:

  • **COVID Update: meals are to be prepared ahead of time or ordered in at this time
  • Your team will be providing the groceries to make the meal
  • Your donations are tax deductible, and donation forms will be available
  • Our kitchen is equipped with two stoves, two ovens, sinks, refrigerators, all cookware, outdoor grill and other kitchen items we may have to prepare the meal
  • All serveware is located in our buffet closet in the Kitchen Galley.
  • Food is served buffet style so the families can help themselves


  • Most dinner meals include the following:
    • Main dish
    • Salad
    • Vegetables or fruits
    • Starch
    • Dessert
    • Beverages (optional)


Additional information:

  • Beverages for families are optional, but if your group is eating with us, please provide drinks for your team.
  • Not all of our families can be present at meal times, but do enjoy it when they come home from the hospital!
  • Ask before you purchase salad dressing. We may have plenty.
  • Want to do extra? It would be helpful if you brought basic kitchen essentials like plastic resealable bags, paper towels, dishwashing detergent, bottled water and hand soap while you’re at the grocery store.
  • Some groups also bring decorations or choose a theme! It’s up to you. The most important part is to have fun!
  • “It’s the best staff development on the whole planet!” — Keiser University