Supper Made Simple Event and Personal Chef Sevice

Brighton, MI

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About this pro

I am a premier member of the United States Personal Chef Service. Cooking is my passion, and I believe it's a gift. Providing people with custom meals and being a part of those special occasions and parties are my specialties.

Giving people time to enjoy other important things in their lives while providing healthy meals gives me great pleasure! Whether it is an intimate dinner for two or a bar mitzvah for 150, your event will be one to remember! All you will have to do is enjoy the special event!

Location

Brighton, MI 48114

Times hired on Thumbtack

17

Reviews

25 Reviews
  • Ronda R. Sep 13, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I liked her reviews and her price is excellent.
  • Krista F. Sep 5, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Cathy made our surprise party for my mother-in-law an evening to remember with delicious food and her own personal touches. Being able to enjoy each other's company without the worry of the food preparation and clean up was so relaxing.
  • Kelly K. Aug 6, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    This was my first experience with Thumbtack and Chef Cathy. I hosted a baby shower at my sisters house and Cathy was absolutely fantastic! Everyone raved about the phenomenal food, but Cathy herself was a pleasure to work with. She gave delicious options to pick from, was very responsive and trustworthy. I was able to do all the planning long distance, and execution on the day of was flawless. I would absolutely recommend Chef Cathy and can't wait to use her again!
  • Laurie M. May 26, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Cathy was very efficient responsive and professional and the food was great!
  • Ellen L. May 10, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Our experience with Chef Cathy was an absolute delight from start to finish. I’ve hosted many catered parties both large and small and I can honestly say Chef Cathy’s dependability and culinary talent were top notch. I found her on a Google search as we wanted to host a catered dinner following our son’s graduation in Ann Arbor. Cathy contacted me immediately upon filling out a form on Thumbtack. I was drawn to her personable profile and previous menus. She was always responsive throughout our two months of planning and easily accommodated our various requests. It was so much fun planning the menu with her! We knew that we would be out all day at multiple ceremonies, so Cathy and her team needed to come to our rental house, set up and cook before we arrived back to the house. The evening proceeded without a hitch! Chef Cathy provided delicious and unique appetizers to start followed by a lovely plated dinner for 9 people. Her timing of each course was perfect! We enjoyed unique Lemon-Basil Marinated Shrimp in Parmesan Cups as one of the three appetizers. In perfect coordination, we sat down to a plated meal that included delicious and moist Chicken with Lemon & Artichokes, Asparagus Bundles, and Wild Rice Salad with Artichokes. Several overflowing plates of petite homemade bars and cakes followed for dessert. Cathy even presented our son with a special gift of a framed photo of his final college art project! Throughout dinner, Cathy and her assistant, John, made sure we had plenty of wine and second helpings. To top off a perfect evening, all dishes were cleared, cleaned and put away. This is top notch service and professionalism. Our entire group agreed that having Chef Cathy far exceeded any experience we would have had at a restaurant. I’m only sad that she doesn’t live closer to our home in Los Angeles! We loved Chef Cathy!!
  • Cristen V. Jan 6, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Excellent!
    Cathy was excellent! Very professional and organized- all 20 people at our NYE dinner party loved the food! Excellent service all the way around!
  • Aaron P. Nov 23, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Excellent
    Personable and obviously experienced. We made 2 entrees which were delicious and a salad in less than 2 hours. She taught me (a novice) a lot! I am looking forward to next week.
  • Lynne G. Oct 26, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Wonderful!
    Very thorough & detailed. Wonderful food and good communication!
  • Kara S. Oct 12, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Highly recommend Supper Made Simple!
    Chef Cathy has been amazing! I am a mother of three small children and was looking for someone who could teach me how to prepare both healthy and delicious meals for my family. We have been working together for the past month and I can tell you that not only is she a true professional, but she has a passion for what she does. I would highly recommend Chef Cathy!!!
  • Matthew L. Oct 9, 2016
    Graduation Party Perfection
    Graduation Party August 2016 No matter what your next event is, Chef Cathy is the right personal Chef for the job! If you want delicious, memorable, and fun – Chef Cathy is who you want to call. I haven’t known Chef Cathy very long, but I have watched and enjoyed the many samples she has brought into our Networking group. I have heard directly from people that used her for smaller events and were so very pleased they did. From the moment we started talking about using her for my daughters’ graduation party, I was confident she was a good choice. Then, she brought samples to our house one evening, which mind you was like having samples from a fancy restaurant right in your home! The samples were outstanding and made the menu decisions even easier. She fed this family of 4 very well that night, and from that point on I knew Cathy Ferrara and Supper Made Simple was the perfect selection for our event. The best part of hiring a caterer is not having to prepare the food. The even better part of hiring Chef Cathy and her team is, not having to do anything at all, except to relax and talk with all the guests at the party. And that’s exactly what we got to do! The big day came, Chef Cathy and her team showed up and we, not only enjoyed great food, but really got to spend time with all of our guests! That would have been impossible if we were serving the food, especially since there was over 100 guests at the party. You know something is successful when virtually every guest tells you that the “food is great” without you even bringing up the topic. That really did happen; we honestly heard it the whole evening. Our daughters’ special day was made even more special by Chef Cathy and her team. If you are looking for anything from a romantic dinner for two for a special occasion, dinner for a family gathering or right on up to a large party – call Chef Cathy! Call her Today! Chef Cathy Ferrara – Supper Made Simple – 810-923-6588
  • Kelly S. Aug 5, 2016
    I highly recommend Cathy - Supper Made Simple Event and Personal Chef Service. They provided friendly and professional catering services for my daughters graduation of 300 people. The food was delicious and many people at my party asked for Cathy's information so they could have her assist at their event. An Outstanding experience!
  • Annette G. May 24, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Cathy did a great job! We loved the food. Great night with friends! She customized menu to meet my requests and entire group enjoyed it. Definitely will use her services again.
  • Kristine K. May 15, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I hired Cathy to cook for my mother's 60th birthday dinner party. Beforehand we spoke several times about the menu and plan for the evening. Everything was better than expected! We had a plated dinner service for 13 women; her food was delicious and her service was excellent. She went above and beyond any expectations I had for the evening. She made an additional appetizer that was not expected which worked out perfectly because I had one individual who was not able to eat the seafood appetizer I chose. Cathy also had a server with her to help execute the night, both of whom were professional and efficient; filling the ice bucket, refilling waters, clearing plates, washing dishes etc., all things that I expected to have to do myself. Cathy was even thoughtful enough to purchase my mother a birthday gift! Our night was lovely thanks to her and all of her hard work and expertise. I would absolutely recommend and use her again for future events!
  • Terri K. May 12, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    I worked with Cathy to plan a cooking class/meal to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. Cathy taught the girls how to make pasta from scratch! She brought two great appetizers, an artichoke dip that was the best I ever had and watermelon, tomato and basil skewers drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Simply to die for! She served roasted broccoli, a kale and spinach salad and bread. For dessert, the girls enjoyed a brownie trifle. Cathy was easy to work with and the evening was perfect. Oh, she cleaned up to! It was a blast being a bystander!! Thank you Cathy!
  • Timothy R. Mar 12, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Cathy provided a perfect evening for us. She talked to me on the phone before the event and made sure that she understood everything that I wanted and she delivered. Her service was warm and attentive and all of the food was seasoned and presented perfectly. I also felt like I met a wonderful person. She came in prepared and set up with out any help from me and when she left the kitchen looked like she was never here. You will love her food and service. Thank you Cathy, you are the Best!!!!
  • Anthony P. Feb 26, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Melanie S. Feb 2, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Cathy was amazing! The food was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the experience.
  • Marcella S. Dec 14, 2015
    I have had the pleasure of using Chef Cathy's service on two occasions this year. The first was for a Bridal shower for my future Daughter in law. I secured the location and that is all I had to do. Cathy did everything else, from set up to clean up. She served a wonderful meal of Italian style food. The second time was for my Daughter in laws Baby shower. Yeah! Two soups, spinach salad & rolls with carrot cake. I had never had an event catered before. I was astonished at how reasonably priced it was and most of all stress free. I was able to be free to visit my guests and not worry at all what was going on in the kitchen. I wouldn't hesitate to use her services in the future and I have recommend her to others. Five stars!
  • Noreen G. Dec 6, 2015
    We first used Chef Cathy when my husband had surgery and was out of commission. With caring for the family and working full time I needed help. Chef Cathy came to my rescue. She worked with my family to come up with a menu of healthy meals that we received each week. I was so pleased with the fresh selection of healthy choices delivered and how easy it was to get dinner on the table. The best part was my family absolutely loved every dinner she prepared. Quite a feat with finicky kids! Since that time we have called on Chef Cathy for family meals and my daughters graduation party. I still receive compliments from friends and family on the tasty selection of foods served. I can't wait to see what she prepares for our next graduation party. If you are looking for an experienced chef who is passionate about serving fresh, healthy, delicious food tailored to your tastes we highly recommend you give her a call.
  • Steven Z. Oct 5, 2015
    I can always count on Chef Cathy for a fresh, tasty meal and delivered on time, at the prices quoted, with a smile!
  • Lynn J. Oct 5, 2015
    Cathy catered our daughters graduation party and everything was perfect! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. There is only an option to give a rating of 5 stars but we would give her 10 stars if we could. Her professionalism, attention to detail and culinary skills are exceptional. She made our day a stress free and memorable one. We would highly recommend her to anyone planning an event.
  • Jill M. Oct 3, 2015
    We hired Cathy to prepare a meal for a business dinner at our home. She was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process of menu planning and coordinating through preparation and clean up. The food was fantastic and we received many compliments from our guests. We will be contacting her again!
  • Anne L. Oct 2, 2015
    We have used Cathy for many different occasions. First I hired her to be my Father's personal chef. He needed to be on a special low salt diet. He loved her food because it was full of flavor without all the salt and home made. She made menu choices fun and with a lot to pick from. We also have used her for Jewish Holidays which also had special menu choices. She really is a diversified chef! If you are in need of just yummy baked goods, she is it! I like her food so much that I once asked if she could teach me to cook! Lol. Then to my surprise she started teaching classes. My daughter and I especially liked the crock pot course! One of my favorite things to make from another class is Kale Chips! I work so much that I have used her to make meals for me to give to family's in need. The event that was our favorite was our son's Bar Mitzvah, which was 200 people. The service was so professional and flawlessly executed. The menu was loved by all.
  • Sharon P. Oct 2, 2015
    I hired her to do my niece's baby shower. They were very professional and the food was so different than what you normally get at showers. Absolutely delicious!
  • Janice G. Sep 30, 2015
    We have had several meals prepared by Chef Cathy and all were outstanding. The portions are very large and we end up with extras for lunch or the next day for dinner. I have to say she made the best risotto I have ever eaten. Her delivery service makes it very accommodating for her clients. Once the food is delivered everything is neatly organized and in their own containers and I love the easy simple to read instructions for reheating. If she had a restaurant it would be difficult not to eat there everyday.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
As noted on my website, standard pricing for a weeks worth of meals for 2 people (for 5 weekdays) runs $375. However, my service is custom to the client. An example would be that maybe someone may only need or wish to have 3 or 4 meals for the week. My prices for meals and events are competitive with other personal chefs with my credentials.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
It is important that a conversation about what the customer is looking for in detail occurs. Often the customer isn't really sure what they want or of the details involved in an event, a cooking class or custom meals. Sometimes a person has never done any of the services I offer before. That is where my fourteen years of experience comes in. I also have the customer fill out a detailed questionnaire for meals or an event. I then review the questionnaire and we talk about the information provided so I am clear on their likes/dislikes and wishes. Communication is key in any relationship.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a graduate of the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Cooking has always been my passion and I believe a gift,. I have been cooking since I was knee high to my mom. I began this profession upon graduating from the USPCA in 2002.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All types of customers. Families and professionals from all walks of life. People with health issues and dietary restrictions. I enjoy working with people to provide them with the exceptional unique food and outstanding service. I have made friends through the relationships I have had with the people that I have cooked for. What a bonus! Doing what I love and gaining new friends along the way. When I cook for a customer, it is like cooking for my family in terms of the quality and love that I put into my work. Events create lasting memories. Those memories are centered around the meal. That's what people remember.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find out all you can about the professional you are looking to hire. For an event, you can't go back and recreate that day. Interview that professional. I would question any quote without a detailed conversation occurring before finalizing or hiring the professional. Look at references. My business is referral based.