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Alameda Home Chefs

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 148 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 261 hires on Thumbtack
Dalila S.
Verified review

We were looking for catering services for our small and intimate wedding during December 2015. Food was a big part of the event, but we also had a limited budget, so we shopped around to find someone that would fit our needs. Pete understood our menu concept right away and was able to work with our budget. He didn't fuzz about small details that we wanted to incorporate and went above and beyond to make them happen. He even provided ideas on how to improve the overall experience, not just the food. We interviewed lots of chefs and catering companies and we couldn't be happier about working with Pete. Our foodie friends and family members praised the food, the presentation was extraordinary and the service was very professional. Pete also provided support for the drinks, bringing with him a great mixologist that crafted creative drinks for the crowd. Finally, the next morning Pete prepared brunch for guests that spent the night at the venue (and ourselves) and even tho some things did not go as planned for him (the professional oven broke down!), he was able to have everything ready flawlessly by the time we woke up. Thank you Pete for taking care of such important part of our event! We are looking forward to working with you again.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 115 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenessa L.
Verified review

Great food and great experience. The two chefs working our holiday party couldn't have been kinder or more patient. Everyone loved the food, and the boss told me after they left that she would like to bring them back again next year. Thank you for a lovely experience!

  • 12 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick L.
Verified review

Chef Sat did a spectacular job for my girlfriend's birthday party! I had two previous chefs flake out on me, the first being completely unresponsive, and the second not answering a request for a quote and then going completely over budget. Sat stepped in with only a few days to organize, and was more professional and invested in the event than I could have hoped for. Sat listened carefully as I rambled about which ingredients I was hoping to include on the menu, and provided great feedback about what would be in season, what we would be able to find with good quality, and how we could break from a traditional menu in order to squeeze in as much variety as possible. He patiently revised his menu 4-5 times for me to address every detail I could throw at him - and, remember, this was all with under a week to plan the event. Sat also helped me rent dishware, and was very transparent about what would be needed, and what things would cost - this was a huge time saver. At the party, Sat was charismatic and charming. He thoroughly cleaned the entire kitchen and packaged all our leftovers while we ate. He fielded our questions about his background, cooking techniques, sourcing tools and ingredients. The Bottom line, I would hire Sat again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the wonderful evening!

A Plus Catering
4.4
from 101 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

A-Plus staff (chef/server and bartender) arrived early and went right to work as we had 175 guests. Bartender quickly organized the bar and made pitchers of signature drinks to get ahead of the coming rush of guests. Hot appetizers were prepared and served to hungry arriving guests. Great service by the A-Plus team. We will use again!

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Made With Love
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim N.
Verified review

We had Made With Love do the food for our wedding. Everything turned out so good I am still getting compliments on the food 2 months later. There was plenty of food so everyone could have seconds if they wanted and I keep hearing how everyone left feeling full. We had a family wedding with a lot of help from friends and family so although we had a friend of my husband do the meat Made With Love did all the drinks and side dishes. We had home made bread, garlic green beans, baked beans, pasta salad and Caesar salad. The presentation was beautiful

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 77 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mofeda D.
Verified review

I can't speak enough about how great my experience was with Kitchenina. I came across their website while searching for a caterer online for an upcoming holiday party. Aliki was not only very easy to talk to, but also very helpful in offering suggestions on how to make the party and menu better. She is truly invested in all her customers. She works well with all budget sizes (mine was on the low end) and delivers the best quality. She threw in additional items free of charge and was very flexible in what she can provide. Her husband, who is the head chef, is ready to customize any of their menus. We were so impressed that we asked them to cater our daily lunches, which my team loved. Their food is healthy and delicious. The chef personally delivered the food and asked how everything is going, which speaks volumes about their dedication to customer satisfaction. I spoke to my family about Kitchenina and now we will ask them to also cater our family parties! A big thank you to Kitchenina for providing such amazing food and service!

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 66 reviews
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
James H.
Verified review

The food was amazing. The chef sent to my house (Chef Matthew) took care of all my guests and made us all feeling special and amazing. The food was top notch and I have enjoyed the extra that was left over all week. I will definitely use you again because it was all exactly what I hoped for.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Toni Y.
Verified review

From set up to finish, our meal was not only attractively displayed, everything​was delicious. The chef's choice meatballs were the main hit of the afternoon. We will definitely use Passionate Plates again and again.

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Antony S.
Verified review

So glad to have found her for my girlfriend's Birthday Dinner Party at home. Chef Grace arrived early as scheduled. She familiarized herself with the kitchen & went start to work prepping for the meals. We had to wait a bit for a few of the guest to arrive, but she was very professional and didn't put up a fuss about it. The food was delicious and everyone in attendance loved it. I would highly recommend her to anyone thinking about using her. I will definitely be scheduling with her again. Didn't get any pictures of th he food, but I provided a picture of the night's menu.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
June P.
Verified review

Daniella was extremely professional, her food was tasty and it was loaded with veggies. I was nervous beforehand as I have never hired a personal chef before, but Daniella assured me that all would be well. I really appreciated her warm and grounded energy. I also liked that she explained the menu and ingredients to my party. Her staff person was also competent and had good energy too.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leah A.
Verified review

Angela is an exceptional caterer! We hired her for a long (10 day) job for a production crew, serving multiple meals for VERY hungry people. I heard consistently that they were the best meals the crew had ever had on a job. She was very thorough in her choices, and made it obvious that she takes pride in what she cooks, plans, and serves. We plan to make Angela our go-to caterer for ALL future jobs. As much as I would love to tell you to stay away so we can hoard her...you HAVE to hire Angela and try her meals for yourself!

John DeMartini Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Darla S.
Verified review

John has provided catering for me on several occasions. I have used him for formal, company events to informal, social parties. John and his staff are VERY professional and his food is outstanding. He is my go-to caterer! GREAT chef, very personable and great value.

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica O.
Verified review

I used Rainbow chefs as a personal chef and the food was fresh and cooked to perfection I will definitely be using them again.

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LL Services
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jim U.
Verified review

Absolutely the best ever food service and presentation. I have hosted over A dozen dinner parties in the last two years with three different chefs. I will only use Lucas going foreward!!

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Careshia M.
Verified review

I went on a girls' trip to Napa Valley. I wanted to hire Chef Cheri for our first night dinner so we could relax. She told me upfront she would be out of town but she would be happy to assist us. She informed me that she had a vast network. Over the next 2 weeks she connected me with a chef and a photographer. She followed up and was very timely. We were so pleased when we arrived at the home and she had 3 bottles of wine waiting on us. She also had baked us custom red velvet cupcakes with elephant decorations (DST)...they were amazing. The chefs she connected us with were on time. In fact, they beat us to the home. They were so professional and made a delicious dinner for us and provided table service. The photographer she connected us with was punctual and took the most fabulous photos. He was very easy to work with. So I would call Chef Cheri anytime I needed any service in the Bay area. She is top notch and provides world class service. I felt like her family by the time we finished.

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PCJames
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nilufar K.
Verified review

We had a wonderful time with Chef James. He was so professional and made our dinner experience so memorable. We asked Chef James to let his creative juices flow and surprise us with his recipe (all we asked was that the meals were seasonal and refreshing). He came back with a luau themed meal including: ceviche, apple cabbage salad with ginger sauce, tomato and chard salad, AMAZING tamales, and much, much more. He also brought his own cookware! Thank you for a fun night, chef!

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Farm to Table
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stanley K.
Verified review

We hired Zachary to teach us how to make pasta. He suggested 3 different kinds of shapes and fillings. He was punctual to our home and came prepared with all the ingredients. The pasta turned out great and it was a fun experience overall. I would recommend anyone to take lessons with Zachary and/or hire him as a personal chef.

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elaine Y.
Verified review

So glad we hired Dan from Mise En Place for our most recent dinner party! After discussing options with him, we went with the Kokkari-inspired menu on his website. It tasted exactly like the dishes we've had there so many times. Amazing. We've already booked him for another party in a few weeks. So happy we found Mise En Place on Thumbtack — Dan's now our go-to home chef!

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east bay chef
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Julia B.
Verified review

Jon was amazing! He only will do 2 Saturday’s a month, so I was happy he agreed to work my one year olds first birthday. Very fair rate. I made sure to tip his hardworking team as well. I also took pictures of the space he would be working with. That way he could prepare appropriately with no surprises. All of my guests were in awe. Him and his team provided that wow factor. He even made a special corner for a select few of my guests with dietary or allergy restrictions. Speaking with him over the phone beforehand, he had me incredibly confident in my decision. In hindsight, I am incredibly pleased and confident I made the correct choice. My guests asked him for his contact info too. Lastly, the food was dynamite. One guest told me she doesn’t usually eat coleslaw and this coleslaw was Amazing she had 3 servings. Every one devoured the sliders and deviled eggs. So yummy.

What's Cookin?
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Jenett T.
Verified review

Chef Eileen was the greatest! This was a first time experience for us, hiring a personal chef for a small group of 8. It was a bachelorette party and the best touch to start an otherwise amazing weekend. Chef Eileen was professional, extremely sweet and most of all our 4 course dinner was delicious! The entire group was happy!! We will certainly do business again in the future and I believe she even gained new clients from our experience. Thank you Chef Eileen!!! All the best, Jenett

Chef Sacha Kupelian
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick I.
Verified review

I've had the pleasure of working with Chef Sacha for countless dinners over the last several years. He's my go-to for creating a fine dining experience at my home or at a friends. He's cooked for as small as a few people to almost twenty. He's always ready to explain each of his dishes (and also provides a multitude of options prior to the day of), and the guests all love of having Chef Sacha over.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

Actual Requests

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Need a Cooking Instructor

Oakland, CA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    Basic cooking skills, Knife skills, Soups and sauces
  • Cuisine interest
    Asian
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (pho)
  • Number of students
    1
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    Ongoing classes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Details
    I want to open a Vietnamese restaurant and learn more about Vietnamese food.
  • $47.5
    Average price

Need Pastry Chef Services

Alameda, CA

  • Pastry type
    Cakes, Other (2 birthday cakes)
  • Event type
    Birthday
  • Number of guests
    30-50
  • Serving type
    Individual servings
  • Pastry theme, design or presentation details
    One is a my little pony and the othe one is mindcraft theme
  • Delivery Location
    I will pick up the pastries
  • Details
    The my little pony one do u have a egg free cake cause she is allergic to eggs?

Need cooking lessons

Alameda, CA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Gift for someone else
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    Basic cooking skills, Soups and sauces, Roasting and braising, Grilling
  • Cuisine interest
    American, BBQ, Healthy, Italian, Mexican/Latin
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (Pre diabetes)
  • Number of students
    1
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Frequency
    Ongoing classes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Details
    My dad loves cooking. He's newly retired and I want to help give him a chance to consentrate on his passion for cooking
  • $162.5
    Average price
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