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Divadish Kitchens & Catering

Saint Paul, MN

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About Divadish Kitchens & Catering

hired 9 times on Thumbtack

Sun: 11:00am-9:00pm
Mon-Fri: 11:00am-8:00pm
Sat: 11:00am-9:00pm

I am a personal and private chef, with over 40 years' experience cooking in the Mediterranean heart-healthy diet.

This eating lifestyle is supported by the Mayo Clinic of Rochester Minnesota.

My services include the following:

* Grocery shopping
* Custom menu planning
* Cooking classes
* Nutrition classes
* Family-style meals
* Planning meals ahead for a week or a month
* Catering and cooking for any smaller event

My talents include the ability to make a meal out of the basics of any fridge. This means if you have eggs, bread, butter, milk and cheese, I can make you a meal that will make your socks go up and down!

I really do love to cook so much that I dream about recipes, and often, I will wake up in the middle of the night to try a new recipe.

My clients have always praised my food for its originality, quality of ingredients, and reasonable prices.

I am looking forward to meeting you, so I can cook a divalicious meal just for you!

Get divalicious food by Divadish Kitchens!

Location

1805 5 Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55119

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  • 5/5 stars May 15, 2014

    Met Chef Gianna today and hired her on the spot. I requested personal chef services with a very complicated series of health-related requests, and she was so helpful. She brought a sample meal for us and it was delicious. We just hit it off, and I am looking forward to working with her for the long haul.

  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2014

    I needed a chef on the spur of the moment. Chef Gianna delivered with a wholesome Italian meal for two. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and Gianna assisted with making our evening a memorable one.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on April 14, 2014:

    Thank you jade

  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2014

    Divine Chef Gianna! I hired Gianna for a small family birthday gathering and not only did she provide a scrumptious meal, she also delivered on keeping all of us entertained the whole evening. If you're seeking someone to satisfy your bellies in the form of food and laughter, she's the DIVA for you!

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on April 14, 2014:

    Thank you James

  • 5/5 stars April 14, 2014

    Chef Gianna hosted a cooking party for me and 5 of my friends. The theme for this event was healthy and tasty entrees involving only three ingredients. It was a hit! Chef Gianna was professional and knowledgable. Definitely worth referring!

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on April 14, 2014:

    Thank you Karen:)

  • 5/5 stars February 25, 2014

    We had Gianna provide a dinner party for our twin sisters and their friends. Gianna was a joy to work with on the front end. She is very professional and passionate about her work. You can tell that she loves what she does. She enjoys working with food and people! The evening itself, along with the food, was a huge success. Everybody at the dinner enjoyed everything-- including Gianna! :) We would recommend Gianna for any of your catering needs, large or small.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on April 14, 2014:

    Hello Amy thx Doll:)G.

  • 5/5 stars January 22, 2014

    Both my son and daughter in law loved the food and they said every thing went very well thank you for doing such a wonderful job I hope we can do this again . We did this for the first time so we were not sure how it will go once it is done we are for the next time thank you Gianna once again

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on January 22, 2014:

    Thank Miss S: I really had a Wonderful time too, they are Wonderful people and that Lilly OMG:) she is adorable. Lucky You... Hope we can do this again next year or maybe a anniversary? or maybe a child's birthday party, if it's got food I am there to fix it:)

  • 5/5 stars November 21, 2013

    One time, when I was ailing, Gianna surprised me with dinner, the best surprise ever! Greek chicken with roasted potatoes spiced just right, great sides and dessert. I've learned that this "DIVA" will never disappoint. Believe me, you'll want to come back for more! Oh, I discovered (from experience) that she also can give good ideas for entertaining deliciously and comfortably!

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on November 21, 2013:

    thank you, very kind words. G.

  • 5/5 stars October 8, 2013

    Gianna helped me brush up on all of the aspects of cooking that I felt I was falling short of. Just a few minor tweeks from a pro can really improve your ability to make a mediocre meal into a delicious dish.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on October 9, 2013:

    Thanks Joe,,, ditto, it was my pleasure and Herb is still okay...:)

  • 5/5 stars September 23, 2013

    Gianna was terrific. Food excellent. Personality and customer service over the top. Would definitely use again. Will be our famiy's catering service of choice. We consider her a friend.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on October 9, 2013:

    This 100th birthday party was a fun family reunion... I never ever have had so much fun ,I was treated warmly and welcomed like I was part of the family circle. I would definitely do another catering event with any of them and Yes I felt they were too my friends.

  • 5/5 stars September 5, 2013

    It was my pleasure to work with Ms. Gianna while on an account for Google. She takes such pride in her work, and aims to make sure every meal is made with love and style. Her professionalism and attention to detail is impeccable. You will be singing praises to the Diva at first bite!

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on September 5, 2013:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Remember where I live now so when you are ever in town the coffee and the dessert is on, girlfriend!

  • 5/5 stars September 3, 2013

    Since July, Chef Gianna has provided personal chef services to us. She creates heart healthy menu options based on our food preferences; shops for fresh and natural ingredients; prepares and delivers the meals to our home. We've been impressed with the high quality and serving size of the food; the extensive and varied menu; the delicious entrees whether it's poultry, beef, pork or fish; flavorful soups and stews; mouth-watering accompaniments of dressing and vegetables; and the to-die-for desserts! We highly recommend Chef Gianna for your personal and catering needs.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on September 3, 2013:

    Thank you for all the kind words and new friendships.

  • 5/5 stars September 1, 2013

    Gianna is a special person with a special knowledge about food.I learn new things every time I get a new dish from her. I'v always had trouble with my weight and blood sugars and she has introduced me to many new ideas for eating not only healthy but very tasty foods.Her practical approach to foods suits my tastes perfectly.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on September 1, 2013:

    thank you very much, food should be enjoyed shouldn't it? especially with friends and family.

  • 5/5 stars August 29, 2013

    I found Gianna through a friend, and enlisted her services as a 'thank you' gift for my sister and brother in law. They meet with Gianna, work out a menu, and are delighted with the meals they receive each week. I know this is a gift that will always be remembered.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on August 29, 2013:

    thank you very much for the kind words and putting them out there for others to see too.I am very glad you chose me, they are wonderful friends and clients.

  • 5/5 stars July 25, 2013

    Always delicious

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on July 25, 2013:

    thank you, very much g

  • 5/5 stars July 25, 2013

    Gianna is absolutely wonderful! Her personality is outstanding and very upbeat. I used Gianna for my wedding shower party and everyone loved it! Gianna gave us a cooking lesson for Greek chicken and some side dishes. The food was very fresh and of good quality. I have also used Gianna to make healthy salads for family dinners. I highly recommend Gianna :)

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on July 25, 2013:

    thank you, very kind words and praise. g.

  • 5/5 stars July 25, 2013

    Gianna catered my daughter's (couples) babyshower. I merely told her the amount of people and a general idea of the type of food and left the rest up to her to do her magic. The food was delivered on time and was not only attractive but also delicious. Everyone raved how good the meal was and came back for seconds. I would definitely recommend her cooking. The price for the value was unbeatable. Bon Appetite !

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on July 25, 2013:

    Thank you very much, G.

  • 5/5 stars July 18, 2013

    Gianna is an extremely talanted chef with pizzazz an complete personality to match! I'm a very busy Twin City's realtor and have utilized Gianna's catering services for my broker opens as well as personal dinner parties. Everyone was thrilled and asked for more! Excellent job & highly recommend!

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on July 18, 2013:

    Thank you ever so much, you made me tear up with your kind words.

  • 5/5 stars July 13, 2013

    Divadish Kitchens and Catering are WONDERFUL!

    Gianna's response to my request for a personal chef position was quick and helpful. Her quote was reasonable and within the budget we had to work with. I was helping a friend arrange this as a gift to her sister.

    When the first meals arrived this was what she said about the food:

    "The Salmon burgers were so good we didn't need a bun, the stuffing in the Roasted Chicken was so delicious and flavorful, your choice of seasonings is wonderful. And of course that French Vanilla Raspberry Cake is Divine"

    I would recommend Gianna to anyone needing a personal chef, a few meals delivered once a week, or a special event.
    Five Stars!

    Thank you Gianna.

    Laura Ray

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on July 13, 2013:

    Thank you for such a wonderful review I appreciate your kind words and will do my best to continue to earn them.
    Sincerely Chef Gianna

  • 5/5 stars December 16, 2012

    Gianna was a delight to work with. She had quick responses to our inquiries and questions, was very flexible, and the food was perfect for our occasion. She the added a lot to our little holiday party.

    Gianna I. from Divadish Kitchens & Catering replied to this review on July 13, 2013:

    Hi Doll: if you need me again for this years event do not hesitate to call. Thanks G.

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  • Recently I finished doing Wellness Meals for a elderly couple that were 83 & 93 years old. They were Snow Birds so it was a nice food event that taught me a lot about Gluten -free eating and food preparation.
    Sep 03, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  • My Wellness meals have been helping add new clients to my business and help them get stronger each and everyday.
    Jul 13, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  • Just added new menu items on all my menus, Check it out!
    Oct 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Grocery Shop
Menu Planning
Diet Consultations
Nutrition Consultations

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Taste their food and ask about quality.
Do they have the personality you are looking for.
Are they trustworthy, how is their pricing.
Where do they buy from, is their food all natural, organic, healthy.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Quality, taste, original recipes, experience,how did you learn your trade. I am not a person who is interested in the pedigree as so much the end results.
I know the best Chefs are the ones who grew up in the food business such as myself!
My parents & grandparents were all Chef's.
Cooking was a form of creative expression, our kitchen was filled with laughter, music, and the aroma's of good food cooking on the stove or in the oven.
When you look for a Chef look for these traits they will always please you and your stomach!

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. What their experience is.
What style of cooking.
Quality of ingredients, and what is their mission or company assurances.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. What they want to spend, they should have a budget in mind. They also should know what they are already spending on groceries, Fast-Food- Eating-Out Meals.
Anything that is considered food, even snacks.
They also should know why they feel they can benefit from my services.
If they do not have their minds in it for the long-haul and have flipped that switch from their current lifestyle of eating then they would be wasting their money, time and mine.
We all have ideas or opinions of what we feel a service like mine should offer, that is why you need a one on one discussion with a Personal Chef to make sure it is a good fit for everyone.
The common saying YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR IS VERY TRUE IN THIS PROFESSION!

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Through out my career I was the sole Nutritionist for my husband. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin Cancer @ the age of 31. This was in 1978, when treatments and therapies for this form of Cancer were just beginning. Hence forth you were a Guinea Pig,and the treatments were almost the Killer not the Cure.
Over the years of my husband being in remission, I had to learn a whole new way of cooking.. He lost his taste buds, had a metallic taste in his mouth, had no saliva glands, was lactose intolerant, could not keep on weight, had a whole list of food allergies,and high cholesterol. It was a Whole Bag of Learning what he could tolerate, keeping in mind everything else he was taking for medications. Foods can negate your medications too.
This was a very long process, but it prepared for his and my Life as now a Well-Seasoned Chef and experienced in Long-Term Care Meal Planning.
Food Allergies, Weight-Management,Cancer Patients,
Stress-Eaters,Yo-Yo- dieters,Good Food building Weight and Strength for Long-Term Care patients.
I have a lot of on hands experience because I had too learn first hand to help my husband, and still cook for my family.
So if you are looking for someone who can adapt herself, and work with you not against you that would be Me.
If you are also looking for someone who will tell you her honest opinion not what you want to hear, that also would be Me.
I can and will make a difference in your Life through good nutrition and good eating habits.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I Love to Cook! Cooking is another form of Art, and good food is Art. When I am in my kitchen creating a new recipe I am the happiest. I have my favorite music on and my tools of the trade all laid out. Then I start to put things together to start my new recipe, tasting as I go along, and making sure I add enough of each ingredient, then of course you add a pinch more.
As I have always said, what's not to like, cooking great food, sampling it, and then when the recipe is good enough offering it to my clients,YOU!

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. What a Personal Chef's Services included.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. Many, but one that stands out most recently was a Brazilian Christmas Dinner which started out for (8) and wound up being for 20+ people. All of which had to be completed (2) days before Christmas!!! Not only was this a hectic time for me, but this couple was not very punctual and when we did finally agree on a price his daughter shows up with a fistful of $$$ as she is walking to my front door, it was like a Bad Movie scene, but in the end everyone got there wishes filled and the had a traditional American Dinner.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. I wish to tell everyone that hiring a Professional Chef is not just for the Rich & Famous. Everyone can budget it into their Pre-Tax accounts, or spending accounts, and enjoy the necessity of good food in their lives. It is not about Quantity it is about Quality! So stop skimping on yourself, stop the Fast-Food hotlines, and start a different approach to eating healthy and making yourself Happy & Healthier.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. My family owned restaurants out East, and then when we moved to Minnesota they opened up a local Malt shop, it was in my blood. Good food was not a option in our home, and eating the common bologna sandwich on white bread was never served in our house either.
A Genoa salami & feta sandwich on crusty bread now that's a sandwich we ate all the time.
How could I not want to do what I do, it is great and taste great too!

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I offered my services FREE for
ARC VALUE VILLAGE ST PAUL,MN. store.

I was asked to provide their main entree for their Holiday Party, so I did a All Organic Beef Stew, with Carrots, Potatoes, (12) LBS. of Black Angus Beef, all simmered in a clear beef broth, till the meat just pulled apart.The staff and my daughter who is a store manager their was very pleased with the meal, and everyone couldn't thank me enough.
I was glad to do it.
Things that have No Paid value sometimes have More Value than we realize to others.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I am always fine tuning my skills. Which means I stay current in whats available for food products and what I can offer my clients that no one else is doing.

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