Sauté by René is bringing great food to friends and neighbors.


Personal chefs are all the rage in big cities like New York, but Sauté by René is bringing that amenity to Morgantown.

After leaving New York City in 2005, where she was professionally trained in culinary arts, Chef René Jorge knew she wanted to do something with her talents. “I wanted to be flexible and do something that would work for my family. That’s when I started teaching cooking classes,” she says.

In addition to teaching, Jorge provides a variety of services including home chef and catering. She has set up booths at the Handcrafted Cooperative markets and the International Street Festival. Each of her services highlights her love for local, fresh, non–genetically modified ingredients.

“I don’t limit myself to one specialty,” Jorge says. “I was trained with classic French techniques, but I tend to lean toward ethnic foods. I believe in fresh ingredients and the simplicity of the best ingredients.”

Jorge builds her home chef and catering services around custom menus that suit each individual’s personal tastes and food preferences. She also caters bridal and baby showers, business lunches, and dinner parties.

You can find Chef René selling her beloved Abuela’s Empanadas at the WVU Medicine Farmers Market every Wednesday, or you can get fresh meals by Chef René delivered to your home. sautebyrene.com

Photos courtesy of Rene’ Jorge

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Savannah Carr
Written by Savannah Carr
Savannah Carr a Mabie, West Virginia, native, came to Morgantown for college but is staying for the culture and connections she has built. She is pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in professional writing and editing at West Virginia University. She will graduate in December 2019. Meanwhile, she’ll continue her internship at New South Media and also join us as web and social media manager. When she’s not busy writing or sharing West Virginia’s best stories she can be found kayaking or camping with her aussiedoodle Dixie.