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Pleasanton Chefs

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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 110 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
Ken H.
Verified review

A thoroughly enjoyable experience that I would recommend to anyone. Chef Rocco is very personable and has a passion for what he does.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 93 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jenessa L.
Verified review

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!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 153 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kaz U.
Verified review

Chef Sat came to our home and prepared an incredible dinner for our end of the year office party. We thought a private executive chef would be something very fun to try for our thirty guests. Chef Sat worked with me in advance on the personalized menu and delivered on an amazing dinner experience. Chef Sat was great and the food was divine. All of the guests raved how delicious all of the courses were. Sat made the first event hosted in our new home truly memorable. Thank you very much Chef Sat and Chefs Tyler and Ian. You guys are awesome.

Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 68 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Dana M.
Verified review

I have worked with many chefs in the past and Stephanie stood out as exceptional not only for the wonderful food she made, but also for her easy going nature and ability to accommodate our many additions requests. She truly went above and beyond and our event was a great success due to her hard work. I am looking forward to working with her in the future and I hughkg recommend her.

A Plus Catering
4.4
from 77 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

A-Plus staff (chef/server and bartender) arrived early and went right to work as we had 175 guests. Bartender quickly organized the bar and made pitchers of signature drinks to get ahead of the coming rush of guests. Hot appetizers were prepared and served to hungry arriving guests. Great service by the A-Plus team. We will use again!

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Chef Andrea Lawson Gray
4.7
from 57 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Larry F.
Verified review

I hosted a 50th birthday dinner at our home last night form my wife and 12 of her close girl friends. Senorita Gourmet Andrea Gray catered a Mexican themed dinner for us and did an outstanding job. The ladies absolutely loved it and my wife could not have been more pleased with her birthday dinner. Thank you Andrea. We interviewed three other private chefs for our dinner before deciding to go with Andrea. She was the most professional, the most responsive, and by far the most creative. Of course we wanted great food (Andrea can deliver that), but we were also looking for something unique and creative, without being stiff and formal. Enter Andrea, with her Mexican themed dinner complete with her own plates, glasses and table decorations. Fun, Festive, and Uniquely Fresh! As for the food and drink. Key highlights were the Raspberry Mojitos, Avocado Soup, Quiche de Calebazita, and Mexican Corn Cake. I highly recommend the Una Senorita Gourmet.

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
Verified review

Having worked with a few different chefs, with varying results, I can enthusiastically recommend Chet Chase! From start to finish, working with him was a pleasure. Prior to my event, Chet proactively responded to my requests, suggesting options, working with my budget and numbers - and adjusting the menu when my numbers changed. During my event, Chet and his assistants were thorough, on-time, organized, adding an item on the fly, and provided a seamless experience. And something I have not seen from other chefs - clean, stocked with their own cleaning supplies, and left the kitchen as clean as it ever was. I will definitely be using Chet Chase for my next event!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Niranjan S.
Verified review

This was our first time having a chef for a house party with ~15 guests, and I highly recommend Graceful Kitchen! Chef Grace was able to accommodate our request for vegetarian food, and presented us with several good choices. She was there ahead of time, and the food, esp. the pasta, received good feedback from everyone that attended. I will use Graceful Kitchen again for future events.

Rose Johnson Catering
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
Verified review

Rose Johnson Catering was my party partner for our son’s engagement celebration last weekend in Orinda. The party was a huge success, and Rose and her team deserve much credit for the success. Rose responded to my Thumbtack inquiry with a prompt, thorough, and reasonable bid. However, after viewing her beautiful website, I replied to Rose that while I personally thought her menus were perfection, my son had specified that he did not want the food for his party to be “too fancy.” I told Rose the party would be a casual afternoon affair on our deck and I feared her culinary talents would be wasted on my son and my husband. Rose persevered, pointing out in her reply that she could do a barbecue with a southwestern flavor. The food need not be "fancy," she observed, but it should be tasty. And she sent me a custom menu that my son, his fiancée, my sisters, my husband and I all proclaimed perfect, including seared medium rare tri-tip of beef with chimichurri sauce, grilled cilantro chicken with tortillas, chipotle laced potato salad, and Mexican rice, bean, and corn salad. But Rose did not stop with sending me the menu; she said she would use my kitchen and grill on my deck, ensuring the food would be fresh as well as tasty. And after I hired her, she came to my home to check out my kitchen, my deck, and my grill and advised me on renting and setting up dining rounds and serving tables, as well as how to ensure good traffic flow for 50 guests. Rose is a real party expert, and I am not, so her advice was very much appreciated. The day of the party, Rose, Floricel and Esteban arrived a full two hours early and took charge. I hired Rose Johnson Catering for the food, which they delivered beautifully. As it turned out, they helped with the entire party, going above and beyond in many instances and showing poise and flexibility in the face of surprises, like my son’s decision to give a speech and set off a round of champagne toasts before dessert. Rose poured the champagne herself. Several guests asked me during the party: Who catered this? Who is your caterer? I happily provided several referrals to Rose Johnson Catering. Guest comments about the food were very positive: Mike: “The tri-tip was great.” Helen: “The grilled chicken was fabulous.” Kay: “I loved the potato salad. And the guacamole was wonderful.” Liz: “So nice to have so many dishes gluten-free.” Cindy: “The brownies were amazing. I told them so.” Bill: “Those parfaits were a big hit.” Matt: “Great food! Great service!” There was plenty of food for 50 guests, even with 1/3 of them being hungry 20-something friends of my son’s from high school and college. We even had leftovers, which Rose packed up and left in my refrigerator, along with leaving my kitchen cleaner than she found it. My husband, son, future daughter-in-law and I made a brunch of the leftovers the next day, sharing the delicious food and happy memories of a wonderful party. Best of all, this was the first party I’ve ever hosted where I had a great time myself. I don’t think I’ll have another big party again without booking Rose Johnson Catering!

Kitchen 350
4.6
from 36 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Carolina C.
Verified review

theya re teh best!! fully recoomended!

LL Services
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jim U.
Verified review

Absolutely the best ever food service and presentation. I have hosted over A dozen dinner parties in the last two years with three different chefs. I will only use Lucas going foreward!!

Lady Chef Catering
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Was awesome working with Chef Annicette. She came right on time, was full of energy, and made us and our guests some amazing BBQ. Such a variety of dishes as well. Will definitely be looking forward to working with her again!!

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Cook with Chef Traci
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Faren C.
Verified review

We had a fantastic evening of cooking, eating and conversation with Chef Traci as well as a cozy night of sleep and a delicious assortment of goodies for breakfast! How could you go wrong? My parents bought an experience with Chef Traci for me for Christmas. My best friend and I (who both love to cook) went for the overnight experience. It was easy to book our evening and we received info about what we would be cooking and what we might want to bring along. Traci was ready for us right on time and welcomed us into her home which is basically a Bed and Breakfast through AirBnB with all delicious, wholesome treats made in house. There was a welcome brownie, which I may have eaten before we started cooking...possibly. After we settled in, Traci got us started cooking a fantastic chicken Tagine, plus two other courses. She’s very relaxed and down to earth, providing direction without micromanaging. She did give me some good tips to improve my chopping! Then we abandoned our aprons and enjoyed being served the fruits of our labors. The tagine was To. Die. For. Good. We then tucked into one of the cozy, clean, well-appointed AirBnB rooms and slept soundly. The breakfast spread was serve-yourself and there were so many options! I had one of each, naturally. As you can tell, we had a great experience. I would say everything about the experience was delicious, hearty, cozy, without an ounce of pretense. Those looking for a shiny Sur La Table class and a night at the Four Seasons should look elsewhere. However, those who want to have a classic cooking experience and a cozy, like-home-but-better getaway, you’re in the right place. It’s almost like cooking with your aunt, if your aunt was a professional chef, served you all three courses and did all the cleaning ;) oh and I went home with almost a week of leftovers! Thanks Chef Traci!

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Phiesty Food Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
luzeria w.
Verified review

The team was amazing at coming on board last minute but also making sure my vision for my day was executed. I had a wonderful experience and truly appreciate each and everyone that was involved.

What's Cookin?
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jenett T.
Verified review

Chef Eileen was the greatest! This was a first time experience for us, hiring a personal chef for a small group of 8. It was a bachelorette party and the best touch to start an otherwise amazing weekend. Chef Eileen was professional, extremely sweet and most of all our 4 course dinner was delicious! The entire group was happy!! We will certainly do business again in the future and I believe she even gained new clients from our experience. Thank you Chef Eileen!!! All the best, Jenett

east bay chef
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda N.
Verified review

Jon has a great personality and added so much to our executive dinner party! The food was amazing and he left my bosses kitchen cleaner than when he started. I would highly recommend Chef Jon for future corporate and private dinner parties

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Debbie Casey, Personal Chef
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mia B.
Verified review

I've had the pleasure of having Debbie cook for my husband and I in our home and highly recommend her as a personal chef. Debbie's cooking is light, healthy and deeply flavorful. She cooks with fresh herbs and vegetables -- easily tailoring a meal to my preferences and what we have available in our pantry. She is meticulous in the kitchen and in the presentation. The final plate looks as fantastic as it tastes.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kristin Q.
Verified review

Amazing food and an amazing person! Chef Niko catered a party at my house last night and it was perfect! The food was outstanding! She is so easy to work with. I would definitely hire her again. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!

Affordable Chef Services
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Jadyn P.
Verified review

GREAT SERVICE We got married yesterday and had to post a review immediately because Affordable Chef was so great! Chef Mark was punctual in replying to my questions before the big day, which, as an out-of-town bride, was very reassuring! At the last minute, Chef Mark was unable to attend the reception, but his on-site chef made delicious food, and the staff were phenomenal! There was one staff member in particular who took an interest in my Husband and I. She told us that we were her "celebrities for the day," made sure we ate appetizers before we walked in, escorted us to the buffet first, and was constantly checking on our drinks. She also took an interest in our families, leading many people to tell us how amazing she was! The bartender Chef Mark sent was also lovely, knew her stuff, and made our signature cocktails perfectly! All in all, a great experience and a company we would trust our next big event to!

Cater2uSF LLC
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Charnise J.
Verified review

Hello SF Bay Area and Beyond, I discovered Chef Rewanda three years ago while asking & online searching for an upscale Chef that possessed a twist to southern & contemporary cuisine. Well, my search ended when my family & friends feasted on her delicious entrees - which we have enjoyed for the past Thanksgiving & Christmas Gatherings which included 20+ hunger people with discerning tastes for well-prepared food! Don't miss out - connect with her for you rnext event!

El Patio Mexican Birrieria
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Yvette M.
Verified review

From the tasting to the delivery to the actual wedding reception meal- every aspect- was excellent! Carmen is an incredible chef, Hector a fantastic delivery set-up person, and Gustavo a professional reliable business owner!

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