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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy S.
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Marcel created a delicious menu based on my preferences to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to a hungry group of 15. Incredibly professional and friendly, he has a real passion for cooking. He got a round of applause from our group when he left and then we even brought him back last minute to cook an additional meal for us one day because enjoyed it so much. The food is fresh, healthy and flavorful. We will definitely work with him again.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
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I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mercedes A.
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I have had the experience of tasting and enjoying Mr. segar's culinary services in many occasions and find him to be an excellent cook. His cooking abilities are very gourmet and he is very good at improvising and coming up with exquisit results.

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
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I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Malia F.
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Shelly not only makes vegan cooking simple and delicious, she provides the tools and tricks you need to prepare meals for your family! She teaches with love and passion and educates the public about plant-based nutrition and provides the info you need to make the switch from omnivore to vegan or enhance your current vegan lifestyle. I have been vegetarian for 20+ years and vegan for 9 years and I learned so much from Shelly just from one class! I can’t wait to learn more, as she has so much to offer and an entire cook book worth of recipes in her head to impress any chef!

Fearless Appetite - CA
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sue B.
Verified review

On my birthday Nancy came to my house and gave a cooking class for myself and several mutual friends. Although not strictly a vegetarian I requested a vegetarian menu. From appetizer to entree to dessert all were absolutely delicious, served with great presentation and style. Nancy brought her own prep table and utensils, left my kitchen immaculate, and gave us all a truly wonderful experience. I can't wait to do it again !!!

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan C.
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Sydney's cooking speaks for itself. Everything she has prepared has been absolutely phenomenal. What stands out beyond her cooking skills is her passion. Sydney takes great pride in what she does from start to finish, beginning with top notch ingredients and ending with creative presentation. She never misses a thing and always pays attention to the small details. Cooking is not just a job for Sydney, it's her passion in life. She's a perfectionist and holds herself to the highest standard. I couldn't of asked for a better personal chef and highly recommend her for any type of event!

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista H.
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Valerie started cooking for my family this week. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and eat her tasty and healthy food. Highly recommend.

Your Kitchen Jeanne
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa S.
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Jeanne is an excellent chef and really listens to her clients. She is punctual, thorough, and her food is amazing. Whether she is cooking for a family or an event everything is fabulous. Her presentation is artistic and spot on. I highly recommend Jeanne. You will not be disappointed. She is exceptional!!!

  • 5 years in business
Myriam G.
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I had a wonderful cooking experience with Chef Rebekah. I have taken several cooking classes before but never a vegan cooking class. I learn some great techniques and use of different ingredients but I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the class. The settings was cozy and informal and she alternated learning/cooking with eating which differs from other classes. It felt more like a dinner with friends than a cooking class. Having said that, the three dishes we made were great and composed a nice Italian menu with Bruschetta, homemade pasta (vegan) and chocolate mousse. The casual ambiance and easy-to-make dishes made me really comfortable about the vegan experience. I have already made two of the dishes at home since the class. I even thought the vegan pasta tasted better than my egg and flour pasta I make at home. I really recommend this class and I personally look forward to attending another one with Chef Rebekah.

Gary LeBlanc Photography
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 32 years in business
Robin F.
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Gary and I have worked together for many years. He is creative and dedicated to his craft. Whether creating a marketing brochure or coming up with a tantalizing meal, Gary can do it all! Gary created a beautiful brochure to market the Norris Pavilion banquet facility and was also the chef for Temple Menorah where he created creative and delicious meals for up to 250 people. Gary also used his talent as a photographer at Temple Menorah when we shot photos of the confirmation classes and many bar mitzvah families.

Good2eat4U
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Emily P.
Verified review

Elaine helped my daughter and I with cooking lessons and menu ideas that would work with both of our dietary issues. We spent an afternoon together - through the magic of web cams. We prepared a vegetable lasagna, a spinach and strawberry salad, the most amazing miso soup ever and a squash and edamame treat that was out of this world. The dishes we prepared were made from fresh, organic ingredients that were gluten free, light on salt and most importantly quick and easy to prepare in our busy schedules. Elaine took every culinary and dietary issue of ours and came back with brilliant solutions. Elaine is knowledgeable and approachable with the ability to communicate what she knows without being preachy. I've ordered the Herblends seasonings, and she also has a cookbook. I'm very impressed her knowledge and abilities make great food and show us how she does it.

Katheryne Cooks
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna R.
Verified review

Katheryne helped us in a weekend event and she took great care of all the food and the kitchen. I recommend her!

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Nick R.
Verified review

Chef Ray Lopez was exceptional. He prepared and incredible meal and had history for each dish. He was professional and a wonderful cook. Would hire him again.

  • 6 years in business
Lolimar N.
Verified review

Donna prepared for a spiritual retreat a fabulous vegan meal . She prepared a delicious Indian feast, Tikki Masala, basmati rice, appetizers and great side dishes. I definitely recommend her for any Vegan feast . I also loved that she is a Yoga instructor and we had an amazing Yoga class before we enjoyed her meal.

CamiEats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Sandra S.
Verified review

Cameron has been cooking for my family as well as large dinner parties and cocktail events for about 8 years, and I can't say enough about both her creativity, customer focus and of course excellent quality and taste. She's very responsive to your needs and has a large repertoire of healthy, fresh and truly enjoyable meals, as well as the capability to cook everything you may come up with. The value is also fantastic, so I can't recommend her enough.

About

Life's delicious, enjoy every bite! We offer Cali-Itali cuisine your friends and wallet will love. Our gourmet product comes from family recipes and a love for cuisine. We offer catering menu items from all cuisine styles. We prefer to help you design the perfect cuisine spread for each event. We understand that each event has its own personality, and the cuisine is crucial to completing the experience for your guests. It's the little things that count. Top Class Pizza and Eatery is a gourmet Cali-Itali fusion concept which enjoys many traditional items with a modern twist at a gourmet level. We handle many large corporate accounts, and still enjoy our locals who join us for dinner every Friday night. We want to be everyone's first choice for family dinner and their catering needs. With our comfort-meets-delicious catering menu, we are confident we can design exactly what you need. Our catering team has an eye for perfection, and takes pride in making every event a success - whatever your needs may be: buffet, pass service, bartenders, event coordinator, or a simple drop-off. From parties to corporate events and weddings, we are here to help you. Our 14 years of experience make us confident you will be the talk of all your friends. We are ready to make you look great! Give your personal caterer a call today!

  • 5 years in business
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I love to entertain and educate!

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I offer Filipino and Asian cuisines. I was a restaurant owner in the Philippines, studied culinary arts and am looking for work.

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As an advocate for public education, the magic of life lessons come alive in the kitchen. "Lassiez Les Bon Temps Roulez" is an attitude my services produce.

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As a teacher, my goal is to empower people in the kitchen. At the end of the day, it's not enough for me to dazzle the public with my cooking. I have all of this information to offer and I want to pass it on to others. I want to teach you how to dazzle your family and friends! I provide one-to-one private sessions and group classes on basic and advanced techniques and regional cooking to adults and kids. Topics include: knife skills, fundamentals (soups, salads, sauces), plating, and traditional and innovative dishes from European, Asian, and classic American cuisines. Hire me to teach a private class in your home kitchen, classes are held in the Los Angeles/ Pasadena area. We will work together to select and prepare a menu of your choosing and in the process you'll learn techniques that can be applied to your day-to-day recipes as well.Date nights, family dinners, intimate gatherings, engagement parties, and arts and music events: I also offer private chef services and catering for groups of 2 to 150, on a one-time or an ongoing basis. Menus range from home-style comfort food to elegant multi-course dining experiences. Cuisine options include: Italian, French, Thai, Indian, Pan-American, Caribbean, Cajun/Creole, Southern, and Classic American. Contact me for more information.

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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.

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