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LAST UPDATED: March 24th, 2020

Chef Joseph Perkins established Kokamo's Personal Chef and Catering Service in 2006. 

Kokamo’s is a fresh and creative catering outfit dedicated to meeting and exceeding expectations, whether it's a corporate event, wedding, cocktail party, family reunion, personal, private chef service, or intimate dinner.

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The Good

  • Chef Joseph Perkins
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Menus
  • Meal Prep and Delivery Services
  • Personal Chef Services

Chef Joseph Perkins

Bronx native, Chef Joseph Perkins, has over 15 years of professional cooking and culinary experience. Perkins is ServSafe certified — an examination covering food safety administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation —and he studied Culinary Arts at Baltimore International College. Perkins also trained with and under several culinary professionals in a number of different environments, such as the Hilton Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, Cinghiale, and Roy's Fine Dining restaurants.

Perkins specializes in a variety of cuisines but states that he loves creating customized menus for clients. 

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Menus

All of Kokamos' food is cooked from scratch and the company only uses fresh, local ingredients. 

Kokamo’s has a fairly extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. The company website contains the caterer's most popular selections, but Kokamo’s will happily customize its menu to each client's unique wants and needs.

The following are just some of Kokamo’s most popular dinner appetizers, entrees, and vegetarian dishes:

  • Caribbean Coconut Shrimp
  • Lemongrass BBQ Meatballs
  • Seafood Deviled Eggs
  • Sesame Seed Encrusted Atlantic Salmon
  • Roasted Beef Filet Mignon
  • Korean Style Short Ribs
  • Crasin-Wild Rice Cognac Game Hens
  • Vegetarian Pad Thai
  • Pan-fried Sesame Tofu with Ginger and Broccoli
  • Moroccan Vegetable Stew with Couscous

Meal Prep and Delivery Services

Clients who would like to try Kokamo’s meal prep services can expect a chef to buy all the necessary ingredients, bring all cooking equipment and reheatable containers, and come to their home to prepare the meals. Clients can select one protein meal option, one vegetable, and one starch for each meal they desire for the week. 

Protein options include dishes such as chicken cacciatore, chicken parmesan, bacon-wrapped spinach and smoked gouda stuffed chicken breast, honey baked salmon, shrimp scampi, shrimp pad thai, and roasted garlic and sage lamb chops. 

Clients' vegetable options include garlic green beans, vegetable stir fry, steamed cauliflower, squash medley, and edamame succotash.

Starch options include lemon herb quinoa, orzo risotto, roasted sweet potatoes, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. 

Clients should be aware that each meal starts at $12 per meal without proteins. A meal that includes a protein dish starts at $20 per meal. Meals that include game proteins (duck, goat, bison, lamb, etc.) begin at $30 per meal. 

Kokamos' meal delivery service is similar to the meal prep service except that meals are prepared by the chef offsite, divided into several complimentary reheatable containers, and delivered to the home at a scheduled date and time.

Personal Chef Services

Clients may also enjoy Kokamo's In-Home Personal Chef services. This service is an excellent option for those hosting a dinner party (small or large). Kokamos' staff brings all the ingredients and cookware, so clients don't have to worry about purchasing anything. Additionally, if a client requests, Kokamo’s will set the table with dinnerware, flowers, etc. 

Clients worried about the state of their kitchen after the event, need not worry. Kokamo’s cleans up the kitchen so party hosts can continue enjoying the festivities with their guests. Again, all menus and dishes can be customized to fit any budget, diet restrictions, or taste preferences.


The Bad

  • Not an Everyday Option

Not an Everyday Option

From our research, it appears that Kokamo’s is designed more for catering events, parties, weddings, and other special occasions. 

The company does offer a meal prep and delivery service, but it doesn't seem to exactly be the cheapest or most family-friendly option.


The Bottom Line

Residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and other surrounding areas who need a professional catering service company may want to look into Kokamo’s. The company serves a variety of appetizers, entrees, vegetarian meals, and side dishes that are not only creative but made from the freshest ingredients. 

Chef Joseph Perkins has over 15 years of experience in the catering and culinary industry and is ServSafe certified — adding to the overall credibility of this company. Kokamo’s offers a meal prep and delivery service, which is great as it allows the company to expand its services and fulfill the needs of certain clients. However, the meal plan and delivery service may not be a sustainable option for everyone.

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