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Melissa helped me to make my husband's birthday party a hit. We did a sit-down dinner for twelve, and although I like to cook, I am overwhelmed with work and thought bringing in a professional would really make the experience more delicious and less stressful. Melissa kept me informed every step of the way, through menu planning and preparation to the days before and on the day of, she pulled it off and made it look easy (although I saw her and her staff work very hard). The food was phenomenal and beautifully presented, also perfect portioned. The wines were great and Melissa explained why each wine was paired with each particular course. She is a great hostess and can get a long with all types of people from shy to outgoing. Our guests were delighted with the food, the wine, and the experience of having a polished pro like Melissa to make everything lovely. Best of all, I wasn't a stress ball and everyone had a relaxing, enjoyable experience. I will certainly use Gettin' Saucy In The Kitchen again!
I am a wine enthusiast who loves to teach people about wine! My philosophy is that wine should be fun, not intimidating or snooty. I can customize classes around wine regions, grape varietal or personal preference. In addition to teaching wine classes, I also consult on wine lists for restaurants and hotels. My unique approach ensures that a wine list not only matches the identity of the business but exceeds the customer's expectations once the bottle is on their table!
I'm a certified sommelier with many years of experience in all aspects of the wine business. I can help with building wine lists and developing beverage programs in restaurants. I can also work as a sommelier at events and wine tastings.
My passion, and knowledge of wine bleeds through my work to stand out. Everything in my life these days is "wine specific" I love my journey!
I offer the following: * Sommelier services * Wine tasting lessons * Craft cocktail lessons * Beverage services for events/dinners * General wine and spirits knowledge (basic to advance level) * Wine and food pairings * Wine services (formal or fun!) * Wine cellar management * Wine shopping assistance * VIP wine tours assistance I can also perform juggling with 5 lemons!
I offer bartending and sommelier services. With years of experience working as a server, a bartender, a bar manager, a restaurant and catering manager/owner, I have pretty much seen it all. I have worked hundreds of home parties, as well as numerous corporate events including the Academy Awards and the Kid's Choice Awards. I am a lot of fun and really enjoy interacting with people.
We offer the following: - guided tastings - wine classes - food and wine pairing seminars - workshops with a given topic - private chef and sommelier catering services - private cellaring and inventory - restaurant consultancy (wine list, cellaring, wine pairing menu, staff training, etc.) We provide a full catering service for private dinner parties, holiday meals, birthday celebrations and other intimate events in the privacy of your own home or office.
OUR COMPANY IS BASED ON THE BELIEF THAT OUR CUSTOMERS' NEEDS ARE OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE. OUR ENTIRE TEAM IS COMMITTED TO MEETING THOSE NEEDS. AS A RESULT, A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF OUR BUSINESS IS FROM REPEAT CUSTOMERS AND REFERRALS.