Bake My Day Asheville

Asheville, NC

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I think of every last detail and strive to make everything feel relaxed yet organized - you shouldn't have to worry about anything other than enjoying your night. From dinner parties to wedding days I deliver a delicious and visually stimulating experience everyone in attendance will enjoy and remember.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The satisfaction of presenting the best possible flavors of foods and a strong reflection of origin. I don't sacrifice flavor for price or convenience and try to discover the "taste of place" with each dish. I aim for organic, seasonal, sustainable and ethically raised and grown ingredients as much as possible for my scratch made recipes which provides me the opportunity to connect with the farmers and other small businesses in the area. We are a strong community built stronger by other small businesses and it is a pleasure to work with other like-minded souls and benefit from their creativity.
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Location

Asheville, NC 28803

Years in business

2

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

60

Reviews

43 Reviews
  • Farrah B. Sep 21, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel was great to work with, making a great meal for our wedding party and even leaving the kitchen cleaner than it was ;) everything was on time and the food was spectacular. Everyone appreciated it so much.
  • Deborah R. Sep 20, 2017
    We hosted a YPO Forum Retreat in Asheville. Rachel was recommended to us and we could not have been happier with the result. She catered 3 meals a day for 2 days and the food was wonderful, the experience great. Couldn't recommend her more highly.
  • Amanda C. Sep 17, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Great food and great to work with!! :)
  • Robert B. Sep 11, 2017
    Anniversary Party Planning
    Verified Review
    Rachel was easy to work with; She made useful suggestions; Willing compromised when necessary; Food and service was excellent; Did what we contracted with her to do and did it in a timely fashion. Totally satisfied and have already recommended Bake My Day to friends.
  • Todd R. Sep 8, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • Kristin D. Sep 5, 2017
    It was the BEST and most unique experience ever. HIGHLY recommend!!
  • Jeny T. Aug 9, 2017
    Rachel came and cooked for us at our mountain house. The food was wonderful and such a treat for six adults who were vacationing with 5 kids! She didn't mind the loud music, laughed along with us and produced one of the best meals most of us had eaten in awhile. The polenta was fluffy and dessert was out of this world. Ask for the creme brulee with ginger snaps. I can't wait to meet up with Rachel again.
  • Cecile L. Aug 8, 2017
    The food quality and presentation were superb. Adding Rachel as our personal chef for the evening was a great way to start our vacation getaway.
  • Jess W. Aug 2, 2017
    Amazing food. Great company! LOVED IT! AMAZING! Still dreaming about the dinner they made for us.
  • Sandra C. Jun 26, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel did a great job! Our dinner for 12 was delicious and beautifully presented. It was wonderful to have a restaurant quality dinner prepared in our home. We will definitely do it again!
  • Sherrie F. Jun 7, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I'm so happy that we booked Rachel for our intimate destination wedding dinner! She was prompt, the food was fantastic - our guests absolutely raved about the desserts. She was very cooperative and patient with my early indecision about the menu and my endless questions. Her professionalism is perfect, and she was incredibly friendly to us and our guests. We felt she was genuinely happy for us. I wish we lived in the state so we could take advantage of her services again!!
  • Sharon E. May 17, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    My parents were very pleased with her. She was very friendly and made the evening very special for them.
  • Kayla A. Apr 23, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I scheduled a private dinner for a group of friends and Rachel was fabulous. I was able to get in touch with her anytime and she was wonderful to work with. Most importantly, the food was delicious! It was a wonderful dinner and I would absolutely recommend her for any events you have coming up.
  • Travis S. Apr 18, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Amazing experience
    Rachel was absolutely amazing and the food was incredible. I would highly recommend!
  • Jenna B. Apr 17, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Incredible
    She made our Easter dinner so amazing. Her food was so delicious and her service was impeccable. I highly recommend her, and will absolutely be calling her if we ever go back. She cooked, served and cleaned and never having to lift a finger made my time with my family so precious.
  • Chris S. Apr 6, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Great meal and company!
    Everything was great. Rachel is great and her team did a super job! Food was superb.
  • Luke M. Mar 20, 2017
    Cake Making Services
    Verified Review
    Would hire again!
    I hired Rachel as a private pastry chef to make the cake for my wife's 30th birthday party. I brought her a concept and she absolutely nailed it. And the cake tasted amazing. She was attentive in our planning stages, asked a lot of questions about what I wanted and had great ideas. She handled delivery and made the whole thing seamless/easy for me.
  • Erin H. Mar 4, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Amazing experience!!!
    Our experience with Rachel and Bake My Day Asheville was fantastic! She was flexible and willing to work with us on our event. She catered a birthday dinner at our rental house in Asheville. She came on-time, prepared and the food was amazing! Best part was the kitchen was spotless when she left. I would definitely recommend her to all my friends and family!
  • Andrew P. Feb 13, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel is the best private chef in Asheville, hands down!
    The best - couldn't provide a higher recommendation. Service, food, friendliness, cleanliness, pricing - all 5 out 5 stars!
  • Melissa R. Jan 30, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    An Amazing Chef!!!
    There are not enough stars for Rachel!! I recently hosted a long weekend celebration for my husband's 50th birthday event in Asheville for 9 couples and we hired Rachel as the chef for the weekend. She and her assistant Cody were AMAZING. She exceeded our expectations in EVERY WAY. First, there were a lot of meals to plan, organize and cook and serve for 18 people. We had 3 dinners - including appetizers ahead of time, 1 lunch and 3 breakfasts. Every meal was not only delicious but beautiful. She was so calm and cool in the kitchen - we were all in awe of her organization and ability to accomplish what she did! We also had a number of dietary issues between the 18 guests (gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian...just plain picky! :))) But Rachel took everything in stride and made sure everyone had something delicious to eat and she never blinked at a special request. Guests that normally can't participate in dessert or have little to eat - had equal opportunity at every meal to enjoy wonderful, delicious food! What we also loved was her philosophy around food and cooking. Rachel's ingredients were healthy and locally sourced when available. Even the yummy morning sausage came from a local farm! As another reviewer noted - Rachel has such a likeable personality and is such a pleasure to be around, half the guests were friends with her on Facebook before we left!! And finally, all the little touches that were unexpected and so appreciated.....She brought fresh flowers, tea candles, always had delicious infused water available and fresh fruit. All things that I never asked for (or even thought of!!) nor expected...they just appeared and were so appreciated by everyone. She even brought a game from home that she thought we would like to play on Saturday night ....and we did!!!! Her assistant Cody (a fantastic photographer) took a picture of the rising sun over the mountains one of the early mornings they arrived to cook and surprised us with an 8x10 copy of it as a parting gift! SERIOUSLY!!! Without a doubt, Rachel made the weekend the success that it was! I wish she lived here in Charleston, SC!!!!
  • Laura R. Nov 29, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Five Star Review!!
    Words cannot describe how amazing our dinner for 20 on our son's wedding night was. I really should have taken a photo of all of the empty plates!! Rachel and her team were confident and capable. We hardly knew they were in the house, except for the delicious smells coming from the kitchen! If we lived in Asheville, we would ask her to join us on a regular basis.....but the drive to Knoxville is a bit far.....
  • Joe K. Nov 2, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Super accommodating, very delicious!
    Rachel was awesome and her food was delicious. She was able to make a trip out to a remote lake house in the mountains and make a surprise 4 course meal for my fiancee and family. She used fresh, healthy, and organic ingredients and made great food that everyone enjoyed. I appreciated the set up and clean up too! It allowed us to really enjoy the celebration. I'd gladly hire Rachel as a personal chef for a future event.
  • Tiffany M. Oct 28, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Rachel "baked our day" beautifully!
    We had a small destination wedding at Addison Farms outside of Asheville, NC. We had to book all of our vendors without meeting them. Rachel was wonderful to work with, we communicated through email. Like a million emails! I was so undecided with cake flavors, tiers size and Rachel was very patient with me. She got to our wedding early to deliver and setup the wedding cake before our guest arrived. Everything worked out perfect! Our guest loved the look and cake flavor, Pumpkin Spice!
  • Grace P. Oct 28, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Superb dining in the comforts of your home away from home
    Rachel has been on point since the moment I emailed her. I contacted several chefs to create an dining experience on a vacation with my family. She was the first one to contact me, and since I was shopping around, I had not gotten back to her until she took the initiative to contact me again to see what questions she could answer. As a business owner myself, I immediately recognized her desire to please and deliver I hired Rachel, and after many emails regarding menu, she was extremely accommodating... and described her final menu to a T. She was early, professional and her food as amazing as she described it. She had a sous chef, name Cody, and he was so great. They made an amazing team. My family didn't have to do one thing.. she described every meal... she asked if we were ready before serving the next course.. she cleared and plated everything. We did NOTHING!!! That is a special treat to 4 mothers in the group. We love the experience and would do it again without a second thought. Rachel was the dessert at the end of our trip. Many thanks!!
  • Eric L. Oct 27, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    "Bake My Day" made our evening!!
    Rachel was outstanding from the initial planning to the execution of an amazing dinner. She was a pleasure to deal with throughout the process. Her dinner and service fantastic. Great way to spend a relaxing evening at our rental home enjoying dinner with friends. Gourmet meal while we were dressed in sweat pants and t-shirts. Can't wait to do it again.
  • Dave H. Oct 12, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    What a wonderful experience!
    Wow, Rachel and Cody were amazing in preparing our 5-course dinner. Our group of 8 had rented a home for our family reunion in Asheville and for one of the evenings had arranged an in-home dinner with Rachel. All of the advance arrangements had been handled very smoothly, with Rachel being incredibly easy to work with. The food, being all locally sourced, was outstanding! Rachel and Cody were also very enjoyable and were a delight to interact with. We will certainly get in touch with them for our next Asheville trip. I highly recommend their services!
  • Lynn A. Sep 15, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Rachel- Bake my Day Review - WONDERFUL !!!
    Rachel, was great to work with, as being my first daughter to get married, I think I changed my mind several times before finally choosing!!! Everyone loved the Cake, it was Yummy and the Cannoli's were gone in Minutes along with her Italian Cookies !!! The Grooms cake was PERFECT with her Dog Figurines on top !! My Daughter was completely surprised and Loved it!! We actually matched the Wedding Cake Topper to Rachel's design for the Grooms cake !!! without each other knowing !! I would hire you again in a Heartbeat !!! As I have three other Daughters - this could come true !!!!
  • Barb M. Aug 12, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel prepared a gluten-free/lactose free luncheon for a group of teachers. The food was delicious and Rachel was delightful throughout the entire process.
  • Tiffani J. Aug 10, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    They were phenomenal!! The food was amazing and we also really enjoyed their company!
  • Sarah L. May 24, 2016
    Wedding Cakes
    Verified Review
    Rachel made cupcakes and a small cake for my wedding, and everything was absolutely amazing!
  • Tommy W. May 23, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    AMAZING SERVICE. Everything went great!
  • Leanne M. May 11, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I would highly recommend Rachel and Bake My Day for any catering and baking needs! We hired Rachel to prepare all meals for a 3 day yoga retreat for 10 people. From the beginning of the process through the weekend itself Rachel was nothing but professional, responsive, and accommodating. She worked with us to develop the menu based on our needs and guest preferences. The food quality and preparation was top notch. Everyone raved about the food, especially the desserts, inquired about the recipes, which she was happy to share, and fought over who got to take her home. She rolled with the punches of a fluid timeline and always had meals ready to go exactly when requested. She fit in great with our group and handled nonstop questions and people in and out of the kitchen with a smile and calm demeanor. Highly recommend!
  • Susan S. Apr 26, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel provided an amazing dining experience for our group! We had 11 girls together for a bachelorette weekend and everything from the printed menus, to how she set the table to the food was top notch. I would highly recommend Rachel for any group dinner, she was very easy to work with!
  • Tajuana R. Apr 15, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    It was a Great experience to have it prepared in your own home by a professional. Rachel was an amazing soul as well as very professional, on time and prepared! She even brought flowers as we were celebrating a birthday and anniversary. I would recommend her to anyone in search of a Special day (date). I could go on and on because it truly was a night to remember for us. I surprised my fiancé as he saw the table setting he assumed I was ordering in. Imagine his excitement when we opened the door and he saw Rachel with the chef jacket on and food in tow. I really enjoyed my experience!!
  • Faith H. Apr 4, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel and her staff were more than just porofessional, they were a sheer delight. The wedding reception meal was amazing and not one person didn't finish their entire meal. She also prepared our wedding cake and pie and we were blown away. They left the kitchen spotless and even wrapped the leftovers. She really made our reception perfect and I would very highly recommend her for any job. We were blessed to have found her!
  • Jennifer E. Mar 9, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We were in Asheville for a Bachelorette Party and were looking to have a private cooking class in our rental house for 11 girls. I'm so glad that we came across Bake My Day here on Thumbtack! Rachel was wonderful to work with, very flexible with times, menus, etc. Everything she prepared for us was absolutely delicious! I'm still dreaming of that Parsnip Puree that came with the salmon. YUM! She did a great job at giving us tips on how to prepare each of the courses and even gave us recipe cards for us to take home. The best part is that she left us with a clean kitchen! She made everything easy for us so that we were able to enjoy the evening and still have a fabulous dinner experience. I HIGHLY recommend Bake My Day for any of your catering needs. Feel free to contact me if you need more details! Thanks Rachel!!
  • Frederick S. Feb 15, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We were very happy with the experience. Rachel and her team were on time and fully prepared. A delicious 4 course meal was served to four people with professional and friendly flair. Afterwards, everything was left clean and tidy. We would want to do this again.
  • Nathan B. Jan 10, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel and her team far exceeded my expectations for a personal dining experience that we had for 10 guests in Asheville, NC. Rachel was extremely timely and professional in her correspondences leading up to the event. She also worked very closely with me to create a dining experience that was enjoyed for all of our guests. On the day of the event Rachel...1)was on time 2) prepared courses that were beautifully presented and tasted amazing 3) sat down and joined us for dinner and shared her passion for fine culinary experiences 4) creatied a Red Velvet Cake for my wife's 40th birthday and 5) cleaned up the entire kitchen after the meal
  • Grayson C. Dec 6, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Rachel and her boyfriend, Cody, recently cooked dinner for 8 girls for my sister's bachelorette. She created an impeccable menu. Highlights were jalapeño corncakes, beef tenderloin, and white chocolate covered ginger snaps. She was super nice, professional, and I couldn't recommend her enough!
  • Erin S. Nov 10, 2015
    Pastry Chef and Cake Making Services
    Verified Review
    We hired Rachel to bake cookies and cupcakes for my sisters 30th birthday weekend. She was lovely to work with and had great suggestions for special items. Her pricing was very reasonable and we were very very happy with how everything turned out! Would hire her again!
  • Bryan S. Oct 10, 2015
    Pastry Chef and Cake Making Services
    Verified Review
    Delicious pies made for our wedding, and displayed beautifully.
  • Carolyn M. Aug 11, 2015
    The food was amazing. Beautifully displayed. Rachel and her team worked enthusiastically and energetically in the kitchen. We had a hassle free family gathering. I would want to hire them again for our next family reunion.
  • Michelle S. Aug 8, 2015
    At our recent family reunion we employed Rachel's services for three mornings of delicious and artfully presented breakfasts. -Made to order sweet ricotta pancakes with crisp bacon and all the fresh fruit trimmings, -Crabmeat omelets with delicious grilled asparagus and oven baked parsley potatoes. -Thick french toast with sausage, cinnamon infused fresh fruit compote complimented beautifully. Specialized egg requests were readily provided. Having Rachel in our kitchen in the morning was wonderful. She was efficient and kept easily to our schedule of early and late risers. The kitchen and dining area were left immaculate. Thank you Rachel for helping to making this family reunion delightful. Yes, we all gained a pound or two!! (but loved doing it- delicious)

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Prices typically are per serving or per person for a prepared dinner. Cake pricing is by the serving and starts at $4 per serving. If hosting a dinner party, consider about how much you can spend per person and I can offer some options within those guidelines.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Professional trained in the Pastry and Culinary Arts with an Associates degree from AB-Tech in Asheville, NC. 7 years experience working front and back of house positions. At-home baker and cook for the past 10 years.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always been interested in food and slow food movement but thought my path was down a different avenue until I was thrown into the kitchen and knew I'd found my groove. I think about the big picture, plan ahead and have an eye for detail which is a pre-requisite in culinary work! My greatest happiness is serving people food and hearing their expressions of surprise or joy from what I've prepared!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be as specific as possible in your request and share as much information as you know! If you have favorite flavor, meal or even aversions to some foods let me know! It will be much easier to develop a menu once I know what you prefer or need to avoid. I know what I do best, so if you would like a chef's choice menu I am more than happy to offer a few suggestions!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Mainly their budget! If you were thinking of a plated meal with 4 courses, I may not be able to do quite that many courses if your budget is at $35 per person. There are heaps of other options though so please don't ever think anything is out of your budget!