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Hollister Chefs

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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 119 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 178 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan S.
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Chef Rocco gave us the most delightful, romantic, and yummy evening we've had in a long time. Not only did he prepare an authentic Italian feast in the comfort of our home, we also shared stories of his travels, and gave us insight on the food he was preparing. And the food was divine. I would book him again in a heartbeat. Total professional.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 110 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenessa L.
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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!

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Al H.
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I have been blessed to experience Hyson's fabulous cooking in several venues. The first time was Julia's restaurant in Pacific Grove where he was the chef that evening and designed the entire menu. The food was delicious and creative. In addition Hyson added a personal touch by coming out to our table to ensure we were having a great dining experience. He is very conscientious when it comes to his customers.I have also seen Hyson cater to large events. The reaction from these varied groups was always very positive and that the food was delicious and very creative. Many of the participants were not even vegetarian but they all raved about the great food. He is also very relaxed in the kitchen and creates a fun atmosphere. He also has the ability to be very flexible and creative as most large catering events all have their unique challenges of location, space and timing.Finally, he has the unique ability, as do all great chefs, to create dishes without a cookbook, but rather using feel and intuition and taste. The end result is his creations are always delicious, different and healthy.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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David B.
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We hired Karla for a long weekend of cooking breakfast and dinner for 10-16 people at each meal at our home in Santa Cruz. We didn't know what to expect entirely, but Karla was more than we hoped for. Super nice, very punctual, very honest, gives a good value for the money and most of all Karla is a truly wonderful chef. She can cook anything you can imagine and she does it all well. Our dinners included perfectly cooked New York steaks, lasagna, vegetables, lots of items for carb-conscious folks, etc. Her menus were fantastic and we have a ton of great food. Best of all Karla cleans up. I would give Karla 10 stars on a 5 star chart. Some of the others took pictures of the "spread" Karla created so I don't have those handy to post. Karla is a gem in Santa Cruz and we will be using her in the future. Dave & Lynn and Cindy & John Santa Cruz, CA

TASTE-FULL EVENTS, LLC
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene C.
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Wow!! Just Wow!! Chef Judith Green catered our company holiday party last Friday and it was amazing. First, and very impressive, she showed up with an army of chefs and servers. They layed out two tables of bountiful delight! Cheeses, hummus, herbs from her garden. Whole Salmon, Asian sliders, veggies, and incredible desserts!! Our CEO was so impressed. She made me and our company look good. Not only will I hire her again, I plan to recommend her to everyone in need of a caterer. Thank you so much!!

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Robin B.
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good menu got to speak to the chef himself on several occasions, and he answered all my questions, a full service operation (can do plates and linens, etc) and nice menu selection with local organic food as a value of the caterer.

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Table & Terrace Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Debra K.
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Everything was perfect. The food was great and so was the service. All of my guests were also pleased which the best point.

Healthy Food
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nithya J.
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Thanks to one of my colleagues who introduced Anita to me. She has been a true blessing to my kitchen and culinary skills. Apart from being an expert chef she is an amazing teacher. She has been mentoring me for for about 6 months now and the dishes I make under her guidance have always fetched me rave reviews of the superlative degree. She shares some of her great culinary secrets and techniques with me and follows through very patiently. She is very professional, takes my needs into consideration and devises each class with lots of enthusiasm and fervor. She is always punctual and has a very pleasing demeanor. She taught me to cook some mind blowing dishes in my very own kitchen :) thanks Anita from coming all the way to teach me. You have been a great source of inspiration to me.

Chef Sterling Walker III
5.0
from 1 review
  • 16 years in business
Elena B.
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The event went perfectly. The bacon wrapped pumpkin bites were absolutely incredible with the sherry cream sauce. Would hire again. Thanks, Sterling!

Judy P.
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Anna is a delight. She accomodated my desire to create the menu for an elegant dinner party for 8, and made great suggestions to add to it. She's very professional and planned well so that the dinner was served right on time. The flavors were wonderful and the presentation beautiful. What a treat it was to enjoy my own party and have the cleanup done for me. She even handwashed my china and silverware. I'll have her back as soon as I plan another party.

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I am a personal chef for those who are unable to cook. I am cheap and friendly. Nowadays, money is tight, so my rate is $15 per person.

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I work with individuals and families to create fresh and healthy meals that they can enjoy throughout the week. I enjoy catering to restricted and unique diets to show people that special diets do not mean boring food. I am also a pastry chef with a strong background in chocolate and confectionery creations.

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We offer menu consulting, event catering, healthy food preperation, weight loss menu/cooking, cooking lessons, and nutrition consulting.

  • 34 years in business
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Hello! I love to cook, and I have studied nutrition. I can make meals for your family that you will love ! I am also a very accomplished baker and sugar artist,I can do gluten free also.

  • 7 years in business
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I offer professional chef services for commercial and residential clients. I do local, sustainable and organic cuisine made healthy, focusing on clean eating. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are available. I also specialize in raw, vegan, special and medical diets.

  • 28 years in business
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Full service event and catering company. Private chef extraordinaire is also available if needed. Best of the best American Asia Cuisine. Extremely high quality, clean, healthy, and delicious food. With Michi's, life is always beautiful!

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We are a full service catering company and venue. We can do everything including weddings, corporate events, home parties, office drop-offs, healthy meal prep, celebrations of life, or school lunch programs. We have a beautiful venue in Monterey overlooking the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. The restaurant can seat max 205, we have a patio that can hold 66 and a private dining room which can comfortably seat 30. Tent options are a possibility on property as well. In addition, we have a full bar, portable bars, stage, dance floor, and screens for power point. For menu samples and pictures please check the site. We look forward to helping with your special day!

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When you don't have the time nor energy to put together a healthy delicious meal, I can do it for you. I love to cook different cuisines, never stick to just one style of cooking. Whatever it is that I prepare, the main purpose is to keep the food hearty and healthy. I do your grocery shopping for you after learning your likes, dislikes, allergies, etc. and stock up your fridge for the weekly menu plan. I am friendly, outgoing, and creative person. My hourly rate changes due to how many in your family I am cooking for. I would like nothing more than to bring great food to your table!

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Attention to detail and customization. I am very creative with foods and customize the recipes based on your needs.

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Grass Roots Supper Club is a local group of foodies who meet once a month to discover new, local and seasonal food. Chef David Linn cooks a different themed meal once a month, featuring different local vendors and ingredients. He also provides private dinner parties, cooking lessons and catering services.

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I am a personal chef to people in the Bay Area that do not want to compromise great food in their busy schedule. I take time to understand my client's life goals and work with them to create meals that they enjoy. My experience in cooking is diverse. Indo-Guyanese, Indian, Western, and Mediterranean cuisines are my specialties. Check out my unedited photos in my homepage to see some of the meals I have prepared for clients. Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss how I can cater my cooking to fit your needs. Bon appetit'!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 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.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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