Taste for the Senses

Sacramento, CA

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How does your business stand out?

Taste for the Senses provides a menu that is colorful, fresh and uses the healthiest ingredients. Taste for the Senses is unique as Owner and Chef Arturo Vargas is not only a talented chef, but also knowledgeable about health. Taste for the Senses will not only cater your event but also provides on site cooking demonstrations for you and your guests. Taste for the Senses cuisine is prepared with an artistry and flavors to appeal to your palate and senses.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

As a Chef and Company dedicated to healthy, artistic and flavorful cuisine, I put a great deal of passion into "creating" in my work. I prefer to design a menu for each customer as an individual dedicated to their culinary preferences and a taste for their senses.

Location

Sacramento, CA 95819

Years in business

12

Number of employees

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

47

Reviews

37 Reviews
  • Araceli T. Aug 30, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Elise Y. Aug 18, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We had an absolutely perfect and pleasant time working with Chef Arturo and his wife, Martha. We are located in the South Bay, CA and they're located in Northern California in Sacramento. First of all, we had a 400 person wedding. From their initial reach out to last interaction we never ran into an issue. We were invited into their home for a tasting and they value getting to know who they're going to serve before the event. I appreciate as an event coordinator that they require they visit the facilities before the event as well so that everyone is on the same page. The most compliments we received about our wedding was about the food. It's not easy preparing quality food for this amount of people, and every single person was satisfied with the appetizers and buffet style dinner that was served. They worked within our payment plan suggestions, kept in contact over the months leading up to the wedding, worked well with our wedding coordinator, and easy pulled this event off without expressing any type of stress towards us (the bride and groom). If we ever have a larger event that needs catering again, we will be using our new friends, Arturo and Martha.
  • Marielle L. Jun 19, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Arturo recently catered our daughters wedding. All our guests said it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. At the end of the evening when I was exhuasted, their helpful staff cleaned up everything. it was wonderful!
  • Nicole R. Jun 13, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Chef Arturo, Martha and the A Taste for the Senses team are nothing short of amazing! With no selected caterer and only a few months left before my wedding, I was fortunate enough to find A Taste for the Senses here on Thumbtack. From menu selection, to the tasting, to assistance with securing rentals, to amazing service and support leading up to and of course on our big day - Chef Arturo and Martha were an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end. I highly recommend A Taste for the Senses!
  • Stephanie B. May 31, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    I can't say enough about Auturo and "taste for the senses". From the 1st moment we meet him and his assistant , we were sold. Their professionalism was top notch and the food was by far, the best I'd ever tasted. Before we selected, we interviewed other caterers just to be fair but it was hopeless. We found our selves comparing everyone else to our experience with Auturo and the others just didn't stand a chance. We would , without a doubt, recommend "Taste for the Senses" to anyone we know who may be hosting an event that requires 1 st class catering.
  • Christina N. May 16, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    They were great! They had everything set up on time and the food was great!
  • Mary P. May 11, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    They were professional, accommodating and flexible. The food was so delicious and tasty. Everything they promised they delivered. Best of all great personalities to work with. Thanks Taste for the Senses for making our night so perfect
  • Carolina G. Jan 10, 2017
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Excettent Service
    Arturo and Martha were excellent from start to finish. They were a pleasure to work with, very helpful in every step of the process, and the food was super delicious! They have a lot of experience and know what they are doing. I'd definitely recommend them.
  • Anna P. Dec 28, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Taste For the Senses, A MUST!
    Chef Arturo and wife Martha were phenomenal. This was my first event for the company and I had no idea where to start. I decided to give Thumbtack a try to at least get some guidance in the right direction. Chef Arturo offered a tasting of his menu. Prior to the tasting we discussed the theme for our party, which was going to be a Winter Wonderland Theme. He proposed the menu to be a Winter Wonderland with tastes and dishes from around the world which we fell in love with. On the night of our tasting he and his wife came to our location and rolled out the red carpet. He brought his cart to cook the sopes and sliders table side. All the ingredients were so fresh to taste. His ceviche, Brie Dish, bacon wrapped asparagus, stuffed mushrooms were delicious and my boss and could not stop eating his incredible dishes. We even had one of our Owners in town visiting as well as Company Executives present that night and Chef brought so much food that they were able to have a taste as well, they too could not stop raving about the food. From that moment we knew that we had to have them host our event. We were working with a tight budget, but they not only helped us make sure we had an amazing menu for our guests, but they knew we also needed a decorator and personally recommended one of their dear friends Joann to decorate for us. They were willing to also help us find a DJ and had so many recommendations. The correspondence and communication were always spot on and we from the start worked together as a team. On the day of the event, along with Chef Arturo, and wife Martha they brought their wonderful staff who just made our night magical. Every detail was beautiful and everyone went crazy over the food. Although our event was held at our office, the decorations, food, ambiance, company made everyone feel like they were traveling around the world on a find dining extravaganza. The heart of our event's success was the Chef, Martha and his exceptional team. The customer service and relentless efforts to make sure that we had everything we needed was felt by all. We had so much food that everyone was able to take the Taste for your Senses experience home to their families. More than just food it was truly an experience that felt like we were home with family. Our party needless to say was a hit and our guests have been bragging on Chef and his team ever since. We will definitely have them with us again in a heartbeat. Can't thank them enough for everything!
  • Tracy H. Aug 4, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Arturo and his staff catered my son's Bar Mitzvah celebration at our home and we were thoroughly pleased with everything they did. The food was wonderful, their staff very professional and thorough and they managed everything from set-up to clean-up. Arturo and his wife Martha were lovely to work with and we will happily hire them for all future events!
  • Nora Z. Jun 4, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Arturo and Martha did a wonderful job catering our wedding in May 2016 and were so great to work with. We found them many months earlier and created a really exciting and unique menu and was happy to help us with special accommodations for dietary needs and preferences. Over the months of wedding planning we made changes to the menu and Arturo and Martha were very flexible. Arturo takes a great deal of pride in his food, their name really says it all, Arturo is careful to make his food not only delicious but beautiful, colorful, and intriguing. Some of our wedding guests commented that it was the best wedding food they had ever had. Arturo's sopes were such a big hit! Working with Arturo and Martha felt very personal. They are warm friendly people. I definitely recommend them for any special event.
  • Rachel S. Apr 20, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Martha and Arturo knocked our wedding out of the park. From the start, they were friendly and professional. Once we met them and tasted their delicious food, we knew we were in good hands. Even though I knew we had nothing to worry about, we still couldn't have anticipated just how exceptional the food and service was at our wedding. The guests loved everything and kept commenting about how many options there were and how great everything was. The service was on point the whole night. There was even a snafu with the rentals (it was on our part...the coffee cups never got delivered and we didn't realize it until the middle of the reception), and next thing I knew Martha appeared with some disposable cups from the store to save the day! They went above and beyond and anyone who works with them will be lucky to have such a caring team involved with their event. Thank you Martha and Arturo!
  • Stephanie P. Oct 20, 2015
    Martha and Arturo’s company, Taste for the Senses, provided the catering for our wedding in May of 2014 (I know, it took me FAR too long to write a review!) I can not begin to describe the amazing service they gave our guests! The food was beyond delicious – In fact, I still get compliments on how wonderful their set up was and how great their food tasted (best vegetarian tamales EVER). Several people have told me it’s the best wedding food they’ve ever had and I would have to agree! Not only were Martha, Arturo, and the rest of their staff so friendly and professional, but they really went above and beyond for our wedding ( I do not have enough space here to document all the ways, outside of catering, they actually helped on our wedding day). There were several times when our wedding planner completely dropped the ball and things could have ended in absolute disaster but Martha and Arturo were right there to pick up the slack so that our guests were not aware of any issues the day of our event. Taste for the Senses truly made our day special for us and for that, we are forever grateful. You can tell that Arturo LOVES what he does and is passionate about making every event he caters a special one. The thing that really stood out to me, and touched my heart, is that Arturo and Martha brought my parents some of their delicious food a few days after the wedding when they learned that my parents didn’t get to eat because they were busy holding things together at the wedding during dinner. They absolutely did not have to do that for us – it was amazing. They both are wonderful people and I would definitely recommend them for any event, especially a wedding (in fact, I try to every chance I get!)
  • Claudia B. Sep 15, 2015
    Taste of the Senses does an OUTSTANDING job as a caterer. I hired them for my husband's 60th birthday party for 150 guests and was very pleased with the quality of the food as well as the presentation. Positive comments from the guests. Not only is the food good - Arturo is a very engaging chef! I highly recommend Taste of the Senses.
  • Katherine A. Aug 9, 2015
    Oh my gosh, Arturo Vargas is one of the best, creative, culinary chefs in No. California! He does an amazing array of Spanish dishes, along with the best ceviche on the planet. You will be delighted by Taste of the Senses for all of your party planning, corporate and special events! His wife is very organized and does a great job with all the various details of event planning! Any questions? Call Katherine 916-612-5993. Cheers!
  • Monica C. Jul 28, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Going to a tasting with Chef Arturo was simply delicious! we knew we wanted him to cater for our wedding right away. Arturo not only delivered an extraordinary performance with all the flavors, presentation and food quality, he was a good listener and always tried to understand the vision for our wedding. I'm still catching up with some friends after the wedding and they tell me how beautiful the ceremony was and how much fun they had, but suddenly their eyes open wide and they shout: and THE FOOD! was amazing. I would definitely recommend him for your event.
  • Jules C. Jun 16, 2015
    Chef Arturo is a professional to be recommended. He created delicious cuisine (multi-cultural/fusion) for 200 people. His presentation was perfect, food was amazing, and his staff were very professional. He and business partner-wife Martha are also very approachable and are very willing to work with you! He is also more than willing to provide tastings, so you know what you're getting!!
  • Lou D. Jun 16, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Very pleasurable experience overall. They catered a wedding brunch for my family where about 40 people attended. Their planning was good and the food got rave reviews. I think their communication could be a bit more interactive, but that should come with time as they do more smaller parties. I will call on them again as my needs dictate.
  • Gen M. Jun 15, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    As the slogan states - Taste for all Senses provided the context for the wonderful food catered at the Bay Model venue in Sausalito served over 200+ people for a 60th Birthday Party. We had 5 main stations. 1 ) The Soma meat station was fabulous offering steak or chicken sliders. 2) A Sushi Station - Kim Pop - yum. 3) The Mission station was outstanding with Sopes, vegetarian or carnitas and delicious tamales; and let's don't forget the great Ceviche on Tostadas delight! 4) The Chinatown station provided delightful Spring Rolls with tasty sauces. 5) The North Beach station offered festive Rotini Pasta with vegetables can salad on Endives. Great culinary experience! So many positive comments from the attendees! Many of them are interested in having Arturo cater their next event! Thanks Arturo for making our night memorable!!
  • Koda C. Apr 12, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We are a large General Contractor with a workforce and team of 650 people. Chef Arturo did an amazing job, without one complaint about the food (which means a lot when comes to construction workers). Arturo and Martha sold me on their company when I asked for a taste of their food and they brought enough for 14 people to sample. Everyone loved it and the time and prep that went into this event was not unseen. Things went by without a hitch. Thank you for your help making our event a successful one.
  • Deb R. Feb 15, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    They were absolutely AMAZING! They IMG_1088.JPG up early completely prepared and even helped me set up since one of my helpers called in sick. The food was FABULOUS, the best I've ever had and the clients were beyond thrilled. I will continue to use Arturo as my only caterer and I am so grateful to have found him and his wonderful team. Getting to know Arturo and his beautiful wife Martha has been and continues to be a pleasure and an honor.
  • Lorraine T. Feb 12, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Exceptional! Superb! Phenomenal! Incredible....and I could go on and on! We wanted the very best for mom's 80th birthday event and we positively got it! Everything was top notch from the first communications to the creative menu, the unbelievable organization, the plates and beautiful platters..but the food itself was over the top! Colorful, beautifully displayed, healthy, diverse, slightly south american flair to this menu left our guests raving over the cuisine, and this crowd sets the bar high: Chef Arturo went way over the top! And there was plenty of food; he even added some extra tasty tamales not on original menu as a bonus! More importantly, Arturo, Martha and their staff exude warm, genuine, personal, cheerful yet professional service that made for the best birthday mom ever had! It was delicious, tantalizing and it all had heart! Highly highly recommend! With sincere gratitude~ Lorraine Temple
  • Jill L. Dec 20, 2014
    Arturo is a joy to work with and makes delicious healthy foods. I've used his catering for a number of business lunches and they are always enjoyed. I especially love that he makes tamales with olive oil, and the veggie ones are superb.
  • Brooke M. Dec 18, 2014
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Arturo and Taste for the Senses went completely above and beyond my expectations. I planned a last minute company holiday party and he came to my rescue. We held the party in a small bar in downtown San Francisco, which could have easily been tricky with a catering layout. His presentation was absolutely beautiful and he managed to work with the space constraints to provide a menu remembered by all. He was prompt, organized, amazingly friendly and I could tell there was so much love and passion cooked into his food. We had the sopas, tamales, ceviche, stuffed mushrooms, tri-tip and baked brie. My colleagues couldn't stop raving about how delicious everything was. Now I just need another party to plan so I can have him cater again!
  • Veronica C. Oct 28, 2014
    Arturo has catered numerous business events for me and delivered outstanding fresh food. His menu is creative and delicious. He is punctual and reliable. I highly recommend him for corporate and personal events .
  • Precious F. Oct 25, 2014
    Arturo Vargas is a master chef and I absolutely loved having “Taste for the Senses” cater at numerous events in San Joaquin County. He is very accommodating, flexible and professional. In addition to his unique food menus, including the delicious vegetarian tamales and flavor rich nopales salad, Chef Vargas brings authentic Mexican food in a farm to fork fashion with his fresh and local ingredients. I would highly recommend Taste for the Senses for any event!
  • Martha Q. Oct 25, 2014
    Arturo puts his heart and soul into everything he creates. Every dish he has made for our programs have not only been delicious but the presentation and fusion of cross cultural natural spices are impressive. He has consistently gone above and beyond our expectations and to top it all everything is healthy and organic.
  • Jean D. Oct 23, 2014
    I have been to several events which Taste of the Senses catered. They all have been above and beyond my expectations. The quality and quantity of food surpasses those of other caterers at the events. His menu includes tri-tip, ceviche, and tamales, among other delicious, homemade authentic Mexican fare. Arturo and his crew go to all lengths to adjust to the event and circumstances, whether it is a wedding, a quincianera, or a fundraiser. They are friendly, hard-working, and talented, and I recommend Taste of the Senses highly.
  • Breata S. Oct 23, 2014
    My experience with Arturo and Taste for the Senses was phenomenal. Arturo catered a dinner event for a local nonprofit that I work for. I was impressed by the level of professionalism that he and his staff displayed. His sense of humor and down to earth demeanor made me feel like I was at home having a meal with a long time friend. His unique food selection ranging from Farm to Fork, California Cuisine, and authentic Mexican puts him at the top of my catering list for future event.
  • Ruby M. Oct 13, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I absolutely loved how well Arturo and his wife Martha worked with us and get us a perfect menu. There were some glitches along the way, as expected when you are planning a wedding all on your own, but we worked together to get to where we needed to be. Both Arturo and Martha were attentive to what we needed, and even made the trip to us, instead of us making the trip to them. Let me get into the food. WOW! My two favorites were the tamales (for appetizers) and the tri-tip (main dish). The Caesar salad mixed with mango and kiwi was incredibly delicious- something I would have never thought of pairing. During the wedding, Arturo helped disperse the champagne and cut the cake for us too. It went very smoothly. For the size of our wedding (200-250 people), I think he truly worked magic. Thank you Arturo & Martha!
  • Kendria L. Oct 10, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My husband and I along with our families are very pleased with how fabulous Taste for the Sense catering was. Chef Arturo, his wife Martha, and their crew exceeded our very expectation and truly made our wedding day perfect. They went above and beyond to help make sure our day was perfect and our guests were satisfied. We cannot say enough of how fabulous the food was. We thank you for all you did for us, we truly feel blessed.
  • Carmen C. Oct 9, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Arturo and his staff were prompt and friendly. The food was great. The only complaint I have is he ran out of tri - tip at the 100th guest when we paid for 120 that actually didn't attend. However, will we hire him in the future? Absolutely!!!!!
    Arturo V. Oct 15, 2014

    We enjoyed catering this backyard wedding and working with Carmen and the bride and groom. We have never run out of food and at the end of the wedding had a large amount of Arturo's signature ceviche, grilled chicken, 2 types of salad, seasonal vegetables, potatoes and tamales, which we left for the family. This was truly a meat eating crowd- in fact many of the guests worked for a meat company. We planned for both chicken, meat eaters as well as many vegetarian and gluten free. We had not planned, based on our 2 pre planning meetings with the host, that most of the guests would be only meat eaters, which accounted for larger portions of tri tip, as well many of the guests coming for seconds, before others were served. The set up and space of the back yard did not lend itself to a buffet line setting where there was only one line- the meat station due to space had to be situated in the center, thus crowd control and seconds were difficult to predict. It was only one guest who missed out on the tri tip. This was the first and only time, that we as a caterer have run out of one item on our buffet menu. Thanks Chef Arturo Vargas

  • Amalfy C. Sep 30, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Isabel S. Jul 8, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Arturo and his team did a wonderful job; they went above and beyond their job; they are plrasant, hardworking, and the food was absolutely amazing! I received loads of compliments from our guest; as a matter of fact each time I see one if them, they talk about Arturo"s great menu especially the tamales, sopes, and salsa! Very pleased.
  • Mei L. Jul 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My Mom is an especially picky eater, and she kept saying to us the whole evening how good the food was. We were more than pleased with the outstanding delicacies that Arturo provided for us. There was not one person that went hungry. Arturo is dedicated to his craft of cooking and we couldn't have imagined a better dinner. The fish melted in my mouth and the ceviche was stellar. We simply loved all the food. Please use Arturo for your event, because you will be very pleased with your selection!
  • Nancy A. Jul 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Taste of the Senses has provided us the most flavorful assortment of menu items for 2 years straight for our employee recognition event. Chef Vargas and his staff are a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with them again.
  • Jennifer L. Nov 2, 2013
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My wife and I were looking for a caterer for our reception and so I went onto Thumbtack and put in the specifications for what we were looking for. Arturo was the only caterer to respond and we were so glad. Arturo and Martha came all the way to Monte Rio, which is a long way from Sacramento, for a tasting. We kept saying, "Wow that's the best tamale" "Wow that's the best ceviche," "Wow" "mmmmm," "yumm." The flavors were perfectly combined. We wanted appetizers and our guests received a full on meal. Arturo does an excellent job and is a pleasure to work with. Our guests said that we had the best food, no one left hungry. Arturo and Martha are a great team, Arturo handling the excellent, healthy, yummy food, while Martha helps with the details. I would recomment Arturo all day long and will utilize them when ever we have our next event. We can't wait so we can call them back. Great quality for great price. We feel as if we've gained new friends. You will not be disappointed. Jen and Dee

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Taste for the Senses is dedicated to providing a menu and cuisine that not only appeals to your palate but also your budgetary considerations. Owner and Chef, Arturo Vargas prefers to speak with each client prior to giving a final price quote to understand their menu preference and budget. After speaking with you and for larger events, Owner and Chef, Arturo Vargas prefers to provide a tasting to secure your confidence, business and provide a Taste for Your Senses!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Taste for the Senses is a full service caterer based in Sacramento that can travel to your location for catering up to 200 miles. Chef Arturo Vargas can prepare any ethnic cuisine but specializes in authentic Mexican Cuisine. Taste for the Senses has catered for large and small corporate clients, Chambers of Commerces, Professional Associations, Public Officials, weddings, celebrations of life, fundraisers and non profit organizations. Our goal is to provide a Taste for the Senses that appeals to your palate and provides a memorable experience for your guests.