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Riverbank Chefs

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  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John G.
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On December 23, 2015 approximately 40 Earlimart Seniors participated in its annual Christmas Dinner. Chef Albert and his sous chef prepared a delicious and nutricious meal. The seniors were very pleased with the meal as many "mmm's" and "this is gooood" were heard from the people seated at the tables. Chef Albert prepared a very tender roastbeef, so tender it melted in your mouth.He also introduced our seniors to eating kale. Rounding out the meal was a crisp green salad with cranberries and walnuts, mashed potatoes and dessert. The chefs were very gracious with the seniors - talking and mingling with them and even taking pictures. Everyone left with a smile on their face and a delicious meal in their tummy! We are looking forward to our next meal with Chef Albert- who is innovative and still provides a very satisfying meal. Kudos Chef !

On The Scene Cuisine, LLC
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Liana F.
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Great food, great service, great price! Loved all the food Chef Kat provided for our Roaring 20s Party. Everyone was raving about the dishes, especially the homemade canolis! You can tell the ingredients are quality and that extra effort and pride is taken with the cooking. Would recommend her to anyone!

  • 21 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Larrise L.
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Chef Bill is as very responsive from the start. He was asked to cook for our elementary school’ parent pasta night. He arrived on time, was friendly, met our staff and families. He worked with our budget and made a wonderful marinara sauce! We would definitely hire him again! Very kind gentleman!

from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
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Chef Kwasi is highly recommended by me, that's for sure. He's very attentive and pay attention to detail when you're speaking to him about wants and needs. He's very professional. I hired him for my husbands birthday as a surprise and everything turned out better than expected! If you're looking for a chef with creative, delicious food, Chef Kwasi is the man!!!!! He's awesome and I would hire him again in a heartbeat!!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen B.
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Joan is an awesome personal chef. The food is amazing and handily packaged. The kitchen was spotless when I got home. The house smelled wonderful. I feel lucky to have her working for me!

  • 3 years in business
Phyllis G.
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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!

Simply Homemade Creations
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Juliet E.
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Teresa did a wonderful job making Uno (as in the card game) themed cookies for my son's birthday party-they were exactly what I was looking for and more!! All my son's friends were excited to take one home as a treat. Would definitly use her baking services again and recommend her to anyone who needs custom baking needs! Thanks so much!!


As a chef, I strive to bring a new wave of creativity to the dishes that I prepare. I started out as a Le Cordon Bleu graduate from San Francisco and has recently moved back to the Bay Area from living and working in Atlanta, Georgia for the past year. The development of my creative, artistic mind as given me the advantage of pulling together some of the spectacular dishes that not only look appetizing but taste just as fabulous. My passion pours from within and drives me to continue to evolve as a chef of great caliber.


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

  • 28 years in business

I demand high quality and attention to every detail. I am an artist and my palette is my plate.


I am Jada Umpierre. I am the owner/pastry chef. I am able to do wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies and any other pastry upon request. I am able to travel to an event for delivery.


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.


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!

  • 7 years in business

I put out everything I make as if I am serving it to my mother!


I am a trained chef at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. I am well versed in all types of cuisine, and I'm ServSafe certified. I am great with family meals.


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.


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.

  • 10 years in business

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


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


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.


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.

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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