Chef JoAnna Minneci
Chef JoAnna, Inc.
Personal Chef for Intimate In-Home Dining
Serving Nashville, TN to Huntsville, AL and surrounding areas.

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Gift Certificate Policy

          Updated March 2015

These policies apply to all gift certificates issued by Chef JoAnna, Inc., with no exception.

The following terms of service will apply:

  • Gift certificates are not valid until payment has been received and successfully processed by Chef JoAnna, Inc.
  • Gift Certificates are not refundable, nor transferrable, and cannot be redeemed for cash.
  • Purchase of any gift certificate does not entitle you to reserve any specific date or time.
  • Menu changes must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the Session.
  • Certificates issued with set menus may be "upgraded" for an additional fee, invoiced to the recipient upon completion of the lesson.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Scheduled Sessions:

  • Once you have reserved date with Chef JoAnna, you are contractually bound to that date. I will turn down other work requests and hold that date exclusively for you. Please give as much notice as possible if you are unable to keep your reservation.
  • If you cancel a booked reservation, a rescheduling fee shall apply.
    • 7 or more days notice: $25 rescheduling fee.
    • 3 or more days notice: $50 rescheduling fee.
    • 2 days (48 hours) or less notice: $75 rescheduling fee.
    • Less than 48 hours notice:$250 rescheduling fee 3.

      These fees will be collected when you reschedule your reservation, regardless of whether another client has been booked for the timeslot you originally booked.
For the purpose of calculating time, a "day" is calculated as 24hrs from the time I'm to arrive at the specified location.

Redeeming Gift Certificates:

  • Contact Chef JoAnna by SMS, e-mail or by phone to make a reservation.
Please keep the following in mind:
  • Dollar-Value certificates for more than $400: reservations may be made any time1.
          For certificates UNDER $400 reservations may be made Mon-Thurs only1.
  • Cooking Lesson certificates for 1 or 2 people: reservations may be made Mon-Thurs only1.
          For more than 2 participants: reservations may be made any time1.
  • For Personal Chef or Kitchen Vacation, reservations may be made Mon-Thurs only1.

    1 Certificates can only be redeemed while valid, pending chef's availability.

  • Please be aware that blackout dates will apply for the day before, the day-of and the day after any of the following dates & holidays:

New Year's EveSaturday before
Mother's Day
Saturday before
Independence Day
Saturday before
Columbus Day
New Year's DayMother's DayIndependence DaySaturday before
Valentine's DaySaturday before
Memorial Day
Saturday before
Labor Day
Good FridayMemorial DayLabor Dayany day of
Thanksgiving Week
Easter SundayFather's DayOctober 2nd
(my anniversary!)
any day in December2

2 Due to holiday events, the entire month of December will not available for redeeming gift certificates; please plan accordingly.

Cancellation and Expiration of Gift Certificates
  • Chef JoAnna, Inc. reserves the right to refuse service or reverse any gift certificate purchase for any reason and return the funds to the purchaser.
  • In the event of dangerous weather, traffic accidents, Chef's injury or serious health issue*, "acts of God", or other unforseeable factor beyond Chef's control, Chef JoAnna, Inc. reserves the right to cancel your reservation, and either postpone until a future time when the above issue has been resolved, or arrange for a colleague to perform in Chef's place.
    * "I mean a really serious health issue, as in, I'm contagious or I'm going to the ER. (Also, I've only postponed an event once in twelve years of being in business, due to the 2-day ice storm that shut down Nashville.")
  • Let the Chef know immediately if Client, or anyone in Client's household, is contagious in such a way that would jeopardize Chef's health or the health of Chef's other clients, (e.g., c. diff, hepatitis, norovirus, measles, chickenpox, fungal diseases, etc.) or shows symptoms of an active infection (e.g., diarrhea, rash, respiratory symptoms, draining wounds or skin lesions). Please be reponsible.
  • Chef JoAnna, Inc. reserves the right to immediately invalidate gift certificates, without notice, should it receive a credit card chargeback, returned check or other form of repudiated payment made towards the gift certificate.
  • Chef JoAnna, Inc. reserves the right to dishonor the gift certificate, if it reasonably believes it was not validly purchased, has already been redeemed, or the redeemer is not the intended beneficiary of the purchaser.
  • Gift certificates are only redeemable at Chef JoAnna, Inc. for the amount or service specified on the gift certificate, by the expiration date indicated.
  • Chef JoAnna, Inc. reserves the right to convert gift certificates to the value equivalent to what was paid for the gift certificate, at its option and sole discretion, to be applied to any service available at the time of redemption (i.e. a lesson gift can be converted to a kitchen vacation).
  • Except as required by law, gift certificates are not redeemable for cash and cannot be returned for a cash refund; gift certificates are not valid nor redeemable after the expiration date indicated on the gift certificate. The recipient is obligated to contact Chef JoAnna, Inc. to schedule the session appointment before the certificate expires.
  • All certificates shall be redeemed in full over one cooking session, except when the purchaser has given a multi-part gift certificate to the same recipient, where each part shall be redeemed in full during the session as reserved.
  • If the number of guests, actual costs, or actual hours of service performed by Chef JoAnna, Inc. will exceed the headcount/costs/time indicated on the certificate, the redeemer shall be offered the option to supplement the certificate and continue, or to quit the sesson. If the redeemer chooses to supplement/continue, redeemer shall be responsible for paying the difference immediately.
3 While I do try to be flexible and accommodating, I am the only person who does Chef work for my company. When I reserve a date for you, I turn down work for other clients on that date. I understand that emergencies happen, and fees may be reduced at my discretion, if adequate proof is provided. Please be considerate and allow as much notice as possible. I enjoy what I do, but cooking isn't a hobby for me, it is how I make my living.

Thank you for understanding,
Chef JoAnna

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Chef JoAnna, Inc. reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time at its sole discretion.