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Merced Home Chefs

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  • 15 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne C.
Verified review

OUTSTANDING! Kelli was the only one who responded with a full menu and not only read my email but actually put some thought in to her response. She was flexible, and accommodated all the changes, and additional requests, even the last minute ones, with e ease. She picked up the cake and champagne, another last minute request. The food was delivered on time and was fabulous. Everything was beautifully presented, clearly labeled, delicious and ready to go. She catered two separate cocktail receptions, one with 4 dishes for 20, and then 7 dishes for 50. Then when we asked her to provide additional food a late night snack, she took care of that last minute request. So technically, she catered three events in one night. I had nothing to worry about! Still days after the event, I am getting emails from people asking me to tell them the names of what we had, and who made the food, etc. Kelli and her husband were both a huge help when they delivered. He even helped move a table from downstairs to upstairs. The guest of honor was blown away, as were the guests. I have used other caterers and private chefs before, and Kelli is a rare find. Professional. Attention to detail. She communicates every step of the way and asks questions to help cover every possible detail, which was a huge help to remind me of the many things I had forgotten. Absolutely will be using Kelli again!

Hunt & Gather
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kate O.
Verified review

Hunt & Gather prepared an amazing meal for my bachelorette dinner. They were very professional, friendly, organized and just overall a pleasure to be around. I can't even begin to describe how delicious the food was. Every single dish was beautifully plated and so thought out. The chef talked through all the ingredients and how each dish was prepared which made it interactive and fun for all the ladies. This group of ladies know their food and they were all in food heaven. I would recommend these guys to all my friends.

Dana's Family Kitchen
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Risse K.
    Verified review

    Dana has held many classes at my business in Ceres called Figamarole. I have personally taken many of these classes and find that they are full of fun, laughter, good company and TONS of good food with useful recipes and ideas! Dana is a special gal that will leave you in good spirits and guaranteed to provide you with a memorable time.

    • 3 years in business
    Phyllis G.
    Verified review

    The food was delicious and just as we ordered, the entire transaction was done professionally, from the first contact, to the cleanup after the meal at my event. Great staff, great chef. I recommend them highly!

    • 10 years in business
    About

    We stand out from large catering companies because all prep work and cooking is done on location the day of the event.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    If I had to pick an area where I speacialize in it would have to be comfort foods. Any type of outdoor cooking. But with my degree in culinary arts I can do so much more! I am good at what I do, and I can say that with confidence because I LOVE what I do! I do catering. I'm a personal chef and a pastry chef. I make any-style cuisine, birthday cakes, wedding cakes, or any dessert specialty items.

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    I am a dynamic and creative personal chef with experience in French, Middle Eastern, American, Italian, Pan-Asian and Hispanic cuisines. I have a passion for great food and am providing an excellent service. In addition to cooking, I am also a pastry chef specializing in classic French as well as modern desserts. I love to be creative and make my clients happy. My team and I are dedicated to providing the best experience possible.

    About

    I will travel to your location within the Merced and Modesto areas. I can also cater for a party of up to 50 guests. I am available on any holiday, for any occasion. I can supply a professional DJ, Jazzy Jeff, with over 20 years of experience.

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    I love to cook; I'm Italian. I cook Italian, Spanish and English cuisines; I do speak all these languages, too. I do a little baking. I have lots of customers in Modesto who love my home cooking from scratch.

    About

    The mission of Upperbound Chef is to serve up exceptional food experiences, a recipe that will always be cherished and remembered; taking care of all your culinary needs and desires. No mess, no fuss, no stress, never a dash of work for you. Not only will we save you substantial amounts of time, we sprinkle in just the right amount of service and a pinch of creativity. Upperbound Chef will take your vision to reality, effortlessly.

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    I love being able to show people how to cook and see them smile when they can finally cook.

    • 28 years in business
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    I demand high quality and attention to every detail. I am an artist and my palette is my plate.

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    McHenry Event Center, completely remodeled and refurbished, is known as one of Modesto's best venues for weddings and quinceaneras. The former Elks Lodge offers five rooms and two patios to accommodate from 15 to 610 people. Call and visit our site at 945 McHenry avenue to choose the perfect room for your event: weddings, bridal and bachelor parties, baby showers, corporate meetings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations, sweet sixteen celebrations, memorials, and any other special family gathering. McHenry Event Center also provides rooms for corporate meetings, service clubs and networking groups. The Seasons Catering provides dining services for both on-site and off-site events. Led by our professional chef', our staff and waiters have catered hundreds of events throughout Central Valley, California. Call and consult with our chef and your event coordinator to discuss your events catering needs. Arrange a meeting at our location, where you can sit down and relax among the decor of our elegant facility, or call us to meet at your location. No matter what your catering needs, we invite you to consider McHenry Event Center and The Seasons Catering for your special event. Our goal is to make your event memorable.

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    If you are seeking an addition to your domestic staff, with minimum staff presence I plan, shop, prepare, cook, serve and clean up your kitchen on a weekly or monthly basis. I am an experienced professional chef, former restaurant owner, private club manager with California Serve Safe certificate. I do weekly, monthly or contract of one time meals. I can come into your home and prepare special-diet, high-quality meals that you and/or your guests and family just have to heat from your own oven and microwave, with complete labeling, instructions and freshness rotations. Chilled items, snacks and all accompaniments are tagged and dated to go along with your selections.Usually it takes about 7-12 hours per week to shop, prepare, cook, set up storage and rotation of your selected premium meals. I have great references, and I have cooked, served and prepared meals and events for clients of high esteem, CEOs, mayors, congressmen and women, presidents and even the Pope! I have a minimum service charge of $500.00 on all one time, small events. My business is structured to make any and all meals as fresh as possible. I am available for any last minute instructions by phone or email. Basic labor costs, food costs, service charges are negotiated in advance. Along with your budget and menu selections, dietary, special needs and any other requirements are all influenced by your determinations. Imagine your family meals, pre selected, cooked and organized, all at your finger tips. I do all your shopping, rotate all foods for freshness, leave all prepared foods labeled with basic heating instructions, then clean up. Then I disappear until the next cycle of meals is required. I work closely with you on what you like, how large or small your portions are, where you like to have me shop at, how many meals and for how many days your meals are needed. Its like having your own chef at your beck and call! Consultation appointments are required prior to all commitments.

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    I'm in culinary school and just looking for experience. I enjoy cooking. I'm not a professional, but I make good food and desserts.

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    I cater small private parties. I can be a personal chef for the day or evening. I also give private cooking lessons.

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    I am a self-taught chef. I can cook Mexican, Italian, American and more. I've been in the business for 25 years. I have experience in different foods along with my own twist. I love to cook seafood and steaks with great appetizer. I have lots of ideas. Thank You!

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    I am a chef with 15 years' experience who is looking for small gigs. I am looking to do small dinners, lunches, wine tastings, etc.

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    I am passionate about what I do, and my nutrition degree helps me master my craft. I have visited a few countries and trained to present different cuisines, and my goal is to meet your expectations and make your event unforgettable.

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    Personalized menus, specialized diets, high quality clean eating. Excellent customer service

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    I have been in business for four years with 30 years experience s we also cater for A M Vets post 116 its a women group for veterens we have fundraiser to help with clothing furniture information with college

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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