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Berkeley Gourmet Chefs

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 152 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 272 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 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 195 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
  • 165 hires on Thumbtack
Lucy C.
Verified review

Sat Khalsa represented himself as described on Thumbtack. He was very professional & easy to work with. His dishes are superb. Sat is not only a seasoned chef, but a very knowledgeable nutritionist. He is a perfect chef for me because I am a foodie to begin with, but I also have to lose weight & eat healthy due to inflammation from auto immune. I am so happy with the delicious meals he prepared for me. I asked him to come back & cook for me next week too. Thank you Sat.

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

Debbie was a pleasure to work with. Not only is she very professional but she is an amazing chef. We ordered the BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken and Polenta cakes for the vegetarians. Everyone commented on good the food was. You have to try the baked beans as well. They were soooo good! When we got there the table cloth was set, the food was in warmers, and she was great about the clean-up as well. I would definitely hire her again for the next party.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 61 reviews
  • 80 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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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
Verified review

Having worked with a few different chefs, with varying results, I can enthusiastically recommend Chet Chase! From start to finish, working with him was a pleasure. Prior to my event, Chet proactively responded to my requests, suggesting options, working with my budget and numbers - and adjusting the menu when my numbers changed. During my event, Chet and his assistants were thorough, on-time, organized, adding an item on the fly, and provided a seamless experience. And something I have not seen from other chefs - clean, stocked with their own cleaning supplies, and left the kitchen as clean as it ever was. I will definitely be using Chet Chase for my next event!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Haya K.
Verified review

I've known Grace for many years. I have been over to her house for home cooked meals that were truly gourmet, and delicious. She also prepared some food and sold it from her home. On the level of catering for large parties, I went to our friend Dave's party last month were Grace did the catering. The food was flawless, delicious, with great presentation, and great variety. I strongly recommend Grace for catering your events.

Personal Chef Sean
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Kristina H.
Verified review

Sean was fantastic! He prepared a lovely dinner for my family (including a dairy-free version for a lactose intolerant guest). He even cooked my 18-month old a gourmet croque-monsieur when he first arrived. He poured wine throughout the meal, kept our water glasses filled, and left our kitchen cleaner than it was when he arrived. Our guests raved about the meal -- especially the mashed potatoes, date and blue cheese appetizer, and homemade marshmallow fluff!

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon H.
Verified review

WE had the pleasure of having Daniella as our Rising star chef for the month of November at Rosenblum Cellars. She was great! She gave thoughtful pairings for our Zinfandel wines. The food was tasty and the customers really enjoyed it. Her Pop Up dinner party was even better! 27 satisfied customers, 5 courses of delicious Moroccan inspired food. So easy to work with, and clean up and set up was super easy! I highly recommend Daniella to anyone seeking a fresh food chef with innovative ideas!

  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
KC K.
Verified review

Fabulous experience! Chef Graham was incredible from first contact. This was our first big party at our home (60 people for a backyard buffet-style bbq) needless to say I was a little nervous but Graham eased my nerves with our first conversation. The menu he put together was outstanding! He communicated clearly and frequently during the planning process. The event went so smoothly. Graham and Eric were delightful and so kind. They took care of everything so that my husband and I were able to enjoy the evening without a worry. And now to the food...It was ridiculously delicious! The gourmet mac and cheese was a huge crowd pleaser. He also made skirt steak with chimichuri and pulled pork sliders with spicy tomato jam, roasted potatoes, quinoa with fresh veggies, and delicious salads. The presentation was a beautiful showcase of the food. It was gorgeous, pleasing to the eye and palate. He did a fantastic job with portions, it was the perfect amount of food. It was a pleasure having Graham in our home. The entire experience was beyond my expectations and I can't wait for our next feast! Several of our friends requested his business cards and are looking forward to planning their own dinner parties. Highest recommendation and compliments to the Chef! Thank you!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Scott J.
Verified review

Our guests can't stop talking about how delicious everything was. Rose's food was definitely the star of our afternoon cocktail party. We asked for lots of creative bites for our San Francisco foodie crowd, and everything was both yummy and delightful. Among the highlights: chicken and waffles bites and mini tacos. The afternoon went flawlessly. Rose brought a crew of several people, and the food just kept coming for the four hours of our event. And when they were finished, the kitchen was left spotless. We never had to worry about a thing. I highly recommend Rose. It was a joy to turn things over to her. Even though this was our first time working together, I got a good vibe from the very start and felt completely comfortable both during the planning and the day of the event. Honestly, I think this is exactly what you want to have happen when you have a large event (we had 90 guests), and it allowed me to enjoy the day.

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LL Services
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin K.
Verified review

Want to do something special for yourself or someone else? Hire LL Services and get the chef who cooks for the Silicon Valley elite. Lucas' dishes are beyond exquisite and I couldn't be happier with the level of care, professionalism and excellence that LL brings to the table. I can't recommend him enough!

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.

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Chef Auri's Suga Dotz
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Alice C.
Verified review

We used chef Auri for my son's birthday cake and she did a fantastic job. She's very responsive and came up with some great suggestions for the cake design. On the day she arrived early. The cake looked amazing and tasted great - my son and his friends were very happy. Thank you!

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 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!

Heartsong
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda Z.
Verified review

Stephanie is amazingly knowledgeable and creative when it comes to spices and herbs that can transform a seemingly dull set of ingredients into a rare delight. She cooked for a large group of friends (about 25) when we were staying in a rural area with limited access to ingredients. Several of us had food allergies or other food restrictions, and she thoughtfully made different versions of the main dishes to take care of our diverse tummies. For those who love stronger flavors, she also created add-on side dishes we could mix into the main dish. Using herbs and spices she’d brought along, Stephanie created gourmet dishes. It was fun to watch her magic unfold as she cooked, and gratifying to eat the delicious results.

Chef Sacha Kupelian
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
April K.
Verified review

I have attended three of Chef Sacha's pop-up dinners and all three occasions were wonderful. His style is playful and creative, and his ability to balance multiple textures is keen -all the while maintaining clean, clear flavors. His knowledge of wines is also impressive! I truly enjoyed each experience and look forward to the next event. Cheers!

ITK Culinary
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny K.
Verified review

ITK Culinary catered my daughter's bat mitzvah party (100 guests). Working with Doug was wonderful - he was professional, helped us create just the right menu to fit our budget, and he's a genuinely nice person. His staff was just as professional and personable; we felt that they really added warmth to our celebration. The food (Chinese) was delicious and we got lots of positive feedback about it from our friends and family. Because Doug is so busy, timely communication from him was sometimes an issue. However, he delivered on all of his promises and we felt very fortunate that we'd found him through Thumbtack! Thank you for making our daughter's celebration so delicious and run so smoothly, Doug!

Devour-creative cuisine
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Rheta C.
Verified review

Marisa has prepared many meals for me which have all been absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Two years ago, she threw a birthday party for me and since I am from the South, she prepared southern foods with a more modern twist in bite-size portions, to name a few cornbread, mac n' cheese, fried green tomatoes, pulled pork sliders and jambalaya. What an amazing chef!

Big City Chefs
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Nat C.
Verified review

Tom was unavailable on the day of our event but was extremely quick in getting me in touch with Ryan, another chef at Big City Chefs. From the beginning, Ryan was very responsive--when I told him we were interested in doing a Mediterranean lesson, he sent me a list of about 15-20 delicious-looking items from which we could choose. While the organization and responsiveness were great from the beginning, what really stood out was the lesson itself. Ryan was personable, informative and fun. In his demo, he mixed practical knowledge and tips with interesting facts and myths about ingredients and techniques. Even though we were hungry, we were almost sad to see the lesson come to an end...although that meant that we actually got to eat the food. Everything was delicious. The moussaka and lamb both were incredible, and the phyllo honey walnut triangles were just the right amount of sweet. All in all, my entire family had an absolute blast and immediately made it clear that they would want Ryan to do another event. I definitely agree, and I'm sure I'll be booking him again in the future.

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