We are Now Plating

Good food is our passion.

Who we are.


Dan Engel

Dan has been the Executive Chef at The Wandering Gourmet since 2004, when he and his wife Liz acquired it. Like many other chefs, he began cooking at a young age. He used to work in the automotive industry, but his true calling has always been the culinary world.  That passion remained in him until he took on The Wandering Gourmet.

Chef Dan believes in cooking with the freshest ingredients available, and finds reward in making all of his clients happy with the meals he creates. When he is not in the kitchen he still likes to stay busy. Dan enjoys working on his house, taking care of his yard, and playing golf.

Liz Engel

Liz is the backbone of both Now Plating and The Wandering Gourmet. She decided to take the leap into the personal chef industry in 2004 and invented Now Plating in 2016. She has a keen eye for detail, a true love for food, and an astute business sense. These traits, along with her strong work ethic, have helped her and Dan excel in the personal chef community.

Outside of work, her absolute favorite thing to do is to spend time with her family and friends – maybe even over a glass of wine. When she finds the time, Liz hopes to finish watching her movie collection, catch up on some great TV shows, travel the world, and read all of the books that are collecting dust in her library.



Now Plating is a division of our parent company, The Wandering Gourmet. After cooking for 16 years, we knew we needed to offer our meal preparation services to even more hungry people.


Each week Now Plating features unique meals, baked goods, soups and salads. Options range from modern classics to dishes from Mexico to China and everywhere in between.


Now Plating is great for individuals who do not have time to cook, do not like to or cannot cook and for those who just want a break. Our services are ideal for young professionals, busy families and retirees.


Now Plating allows you to take dinner off your to-do list. You create your menu, we do the shopping, cooking and delivering - right to your doorstep. Our service provides you time for the more important things in life.

Our Fresh Perspective

Shop Daily

Hand-selecting the freshest ingredients available


Midwest-raised Miller Amish Chicken


Never margarine

Citrus Juices

Freshly squeezed in our kitchen

Hand-Shredded Cheese

Avoiding preservatives and clumping

From Scratch

All food is made from scratch with real ingredients

Sodium Conscious

Using herbs and spices first

Olive & Canola

Oils used for cooking


Maple syrup

Homemade Desserts

All baked goods and desserts are made in our kitchen