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Browse these meal preparation services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Carlsbad.

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 61 reviews
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Allison S.
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My friends and I were doing a weekend in San Diego, and hired Lilian to prepare our first meal for us at our Airbnb. She arrived on time, was super pleasant, and our meal was absolutely delicious. Highly recommended!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kayla S.
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My family hired Shawna to cook and serve our holiday meal. She far exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing. We all can’t stop stoping about what a wonderful experience it was.

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June Sper Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
FRANKIE C.
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OMG, very exceptional service. Meal was on time, and well kept at serving temp, verified to me. The smell of the meal was very alluring and created anticipation. Then presentation of the meal was absolutely breath taking and well proportioned. Finally the flavors of the meal were even more gratifying. An outstanding experience for our first time. Very affordable and can adjust to all tastes and budgets. Will look forward to doing business again.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 46 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
Mr. P.
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I am rating this experience based upon our guests who were quite pleased with the service, the overall meal, and the presentation. Total high marks!

  • 15 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
John L.
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Rich did an excellent job bartending at our Holiday Party. He arrived early, dressed professionally, prepped the bar area, even ran out and got a few things we missed. He was very cordial with our guests and was knowledgeable enough to accommodated everyone's drink requests. Look forward to using his services next time !

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Priscilla C.
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My team and I had an offsite down in San Diego and Lavonne prepared a stunning meal for us. Before the dinner, we collaborated on the menu which was custom-made for our group. Lavonne had tons of great ideas of what to prepare and was flexible in working around some of our dietary restrictions. The appetizers of assorted crostinis were delicious, the burrata was a must-have, and the entire meal from the flank steak & coffee rubbed chicken to the apple crisp dessert were such a treat. She was even able to use some of the extra ingredients we had in our kitchen to add to our meal! This dinner was no doubt one of the highlights of our offsite and would highly recommend Lavonne to cater your next meal or event - delicious food plated beautifully and cooked with heart!

CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony M.
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He is a great person to work with. He brings a positive attitude to what he does. Impressed with how he uses simple, organic and fresh ingredients to make delicious meals. He has this great bechamel sauce for lasagna! In fact, everything he has ever made for us was of excellent quality.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Sue L.
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Keith prepared an amazing Thanksgiving feast for our employees. He brought tables and chairs for us, set everything up and had a delicious hot meal ready for us to sit down to eat at the time we had requested. And he came back and cleaned up afterward. Five stars!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Grace W.
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Dave and his team did a fantastic job catering our event of 300 guests. They were even able to accommodate a last minute addition of 75 extra meals! They were prompt, professional, and friendly. Dave was very easy to work with on the contract and menu, and provided a meal that accounted for food allergies. I highly recommend Dave and Steal Your Taste Catering for any event, large or small.

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Fruitcakes Chef Services
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Johnny S. S.
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We were introduced to Kathy during our friends' destination wedding in Kauai. Kathy catered several meals including a surprise spread at the time of our island arrival, a wedding luncheon on the beach and finally, a fantastic dinner for the wedding party. So needless to say, we were thrilled when Kathy relocated to San Diego just in time to cater our Son's luau themed college graduation party for 17. The party was everything we expected …beautiful flowers, great food and cocktails and tidy service. Kathy’s menu is always creative, delicious and beautifully presented, which has earned her our catering business. Thank you, Kathy, for working with us to to make our events so special.

BAPS!
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan K.
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Great meal, great service. They were flexible with us the whole time. Definitely recommend them!!

Dinner with a Chef
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Brad H.
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Chef Andres is not only a very talented culinary professional, but his years of training gives him insight to what it takes for a complete dining experience. He was professional, engaging, and talented. Our meal based upon some dishes from his family roots, were absolutely delicious. You will know by your first contact with Chef, that your night will be special.

Enjoy Dining In
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne F.
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Christine McMaster is a hidden gem of the culinary and catering world! She was the caterer last year for a wedding I attended and I was most impressed. She completely handled an amazing dinner for 21 people with delectable Indian and Middle Eastern Food; taking care of the shopping, the food preparation, the service and cleaning up of the food and leftovers. I was so impressed that I asked her to cater an Indian Meal for 75 people! Since it was a much larger undertaking, we provided theingredients, but Chris oversaw every aspect of the preparation of a 5 course meal, and remained calm, organized and personable throughout. The food was absolutely delicious. I would absolutely recommend her for any catering needs you might have - you would be lucky to get her!

Top Chef
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
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I have enjoyed many meals prepared by Diane. Her culinary expertise ranges from summer dishes such as delicious ribs to warm comforting soups for the winter. Her food and matching themes are wonderful and delightful.

Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen K.
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Wow Carly made our event so easy! I contactcted her on SHORT notice and wow she delivered ! Fed 13 of us a great meal with dessert and brought it all ready to serve !! Really loved the Mac and cheese and fried chicken, salads and dressing was yummy ! Loved that we could enjoy the company and not be busy in the kitchen, and—- she even took our group photo !!! Thanks Carly !

Chef Bai
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Georgia S.
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Bailey was amazing. Her nutritional insights along with her appreciation for flavorfull meals is exactly what I was looking for in a personal chef. I'm super busy working late nights and having her there on time with a big smile really makes my life easier. Would absolutely recommend her.

  • 24 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Goldie A.
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Jeff helped me a great deal getting past a weight loss hurdle. I had lost a lot of weight in the past (90 lbs.) but could not break the 180 lb. barrier. I stayed at 180-185 for a year and a half. Thanks to Jeff's help I am now 167 lbs. He helped me with nutritional advice where we used the Vitamix blender which made it simple and healthy and easy to make great meals and smoothies. Now I have one once a day. With his help he taught me how to shop and buy food and prepare meals that are healthy and not processed. Jeff showed me how to get a full workout right in my own home using simple free weights and exercises to do at home. He helped me to log my workouts and meals on a daily basis. He has always been encouraging and supportive and I have gained a lot of knowledge. I would recommend him as he has been the best trainer that has ever worked with me.

Creative Catering Temecula
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nels J.
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When we were looking for a professional to cater our clubhouse event, we contacted five companies. Creative Catering from Temecula was one of those five. From the start, we were very comfortable talking and working with the owner, Tanya. She is extremely friendly and accommodating. Tanya provided us with sample meals to taste and was able to provide guidance from start to finish. As our guest list grew from 30 to 60 she was able to be very flexible to whatever changes needed to be made. Every time we had a question or menu change, Tanya responded promptly and professionally. On the evening of the clubhouse social, Tanya and her assistant were very punctual. The set-up, service and clean-up went flawlessly. Feedback from our club members was very positive. Our guests commented to us how well the meals tasted and how professional Tanya and her assistant were. The bottom line is that we would highly recommend Creative Catering and we will be looking forward to using them in the future. NJ and LJ (55+ Club)

Chef Nikki Martin
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila A.
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My wife and I hired Nikki for an intimate gathering at our house for 6 couples. OMG, she prepared one of the amazing meals that I've ever had. Everyone was impressed and I would definitely recommend her. On time, professional and simply a lovely person to work with. I would recommend her to anyone!

Meraki Meals
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie F.
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Meraki is a Greek word used to describe putting a lot of love, creativity and soul into something which is why Jory Pomeranz chose the name. It is easy to smell, taste and see that a lot of love goes into each Meraki Meal. Jory has a natural ability to combine flavors. He can time every course so they are not only cooked at the perfect temperature, but served at the correct temperature and add flare to something basic like a chicken thigh. Even the grill marks on a piece of chicken are perfectly spread out and just enough to give the chicken a grill flavor without ruining the juicy tenderness we all strive for when making chicken. Jory can make things that you hated as a kid taste delectable. Jory adds spices and sauces up until the minute prior to serving to make sure each plate is perfect. I once saw Jory save what was about to be terrible chicken tacos by creating a homemade taco sauce from a nearly empty refrigerator. With Meraki Meals the food suits the season. Who wants to eat watermelon in October when pomegranate and apples are so delicious. Every Meraki Meal tastes like the season and uses fresh fruits and vegetables. Meraki Meals put a healthy spin on what looks and tastes like a calorie nightmare, but each meal is filled with proteins and vitamins. Not only is the flavor impeccable, the presentation is a work of art. Even when catering for 35-40 people, Meraki Meals are served in beautiful silver dishes. Meraki Meals are great for crowds of any size. I have to make a conscious effort not to scrape my plate clean every time I have had Meraki Meals. I highly recommend Meraki Meals for a party of any size, but especially 8-12 people because this might give the chef a chance to sit and talk with you which is a treat of its own!

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Manny S.
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a fabulous meal topped off by a scratch made carrot cake that was divine.The reduction sauce with vanilla bean added was incredible to plate everything in. This was a great meal,for a great celebration in a great setting. Unique will deliver a great experience for whatever need your occasion requires.Thanks Steve for providing a great experience !

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