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Sacramento Chefs

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Made With Love
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mel W.
Verified review

Debbie was a pleasure to work with. Not only is she very professional but she is an amazing chef. We ordered the BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken and Polenta cakes for the vegetarians. Everyone commented on good the food was. You have to try the baked beans as well. They were soooo good! When we got there the table cloth was set, the food was in warmers, and she was great about the clean-up as well. I would definitely hire her again for the next party.

Top Pro
  • 39 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sedale T.
Verified review

This group was amazing. They are incredibly professional, talented chefs. The food was delicious. We had an amazing dinner at our CEO's house for the staff, everything turned out perfect. Food was done on time and there was plenty of everything. I recommend this group to anyone looking for catering anywhere.

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine A.
Verified review

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!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 39 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 !

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Brent K.
Verified review

Boris was fantastic to work with! He was very accommodating to all of our requests, patient with our questions, excellent in teaching us how to be better chefs. Having him to come to our house for the private cooking class was one of the most fun evenings we've had in a long time!

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke M.
Verified review

Chef Rachel and the Polkadot Dinners team catered some of the food for our annual charity golf tournament and it was absolutely fabulous! Their food, presentation, and professionalism are second to none. Our firm will be using Polka Dot Dinners again in the future. Thank you chef Rachel and team!

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Nancy Gerbault
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gabrielle S.
Verified review

She is an amazing chef. Thoughtful and well organized. Great person and hard working

TR Shields Culinary Services
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Traci W.
Verified review

We contacted Chef Tim about catering our father's 70th birthday party. He was very responsive while we were arranging everything, and suggested a great menu that everyone loved! He even made a special bowl of my dad's favorite food just for him! Many birthday invitees complimented us on the great food and execution. The experience was fantastic and the party was an absolute hit! Chef Tim helped us create a wonderful and memorable birthday party! He was very knowledgable, well organized, and personable. We highly recommended Chef Tim and we will absolutely be contacting him for all of our future parties.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Yolanda H.
Verified review

I wish he can cook for me everyday.My own personal chef.. Why he leave me thirsty for more of his delicious scrumptious meal

  • 4 years in business
Troycey B.
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Wow! We choose Ring of Fire to cater our wedding based on basically two criteria… quality and price. The former being the most important… but accommodating 150+ people played heavily into our decision as well. Fortunately my Mother-in-Law knows food, is a chef herself, and recommended we check them out. From the start it was a very positive experience. Early on, Collin, part owner, took time to meet with us on a Sunday over coffee to discuss our vision. After a short time we landed on a menu both my bride and I were excited about and that stuck to our budget. He even followed us up to the venue site to scope out the logistics. Bonus! Their whole mobile operation is run out of an old Army transport rig. Painted black of course with a cargo container on the back housing the kitchen and wood fired pizza oven! It is quite a presence in itself… they rolled up, deployed their own buffet line, party string lights, and even a cornhole set. We had a variety of passed pizza hors d'oeuvres starting during cocktail hour, continued during dinner service, and followed into the evening. But the main event was dinner! Pulled pork sliders, delicious juicy grilled chicken, German potato salad, a beautifully simple arugula salad, killer house-made pickles, and even chips and salsa! Even my bride couldn’t resist cleaning her plate… and you know how they always ‘forget’ to eat on their big day. I can’t tell you how many people raved about the food as we made our customary way around the tables after dinner. We were so happy and super impressed! We knew it was going to be good… but hot damn! It was excellent!

  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Edwauna D.
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Chef Michelle was very dependable.

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
Verified review

Chef Jon and family was everything the dr ordered the food was excellent and the customer service was even better.I will be using him for all my catering needs.

Tina G.
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Really super food. The strawberries were awesome!!! Lovely lady to deal with.

About

I graduated at the top of my culinary class. I have several years of fine dining cooking experience, and I have an impeccable attention to detail. Whatever cuisine you crave, I aim to impress your eyes and excite your palate.

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I am a culinary professional who is trying to make some extra money by taking on small jobs which larger companies would not find enough profit in. You pay for the cost of food, and I will provide a price per job for my time.

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We customize cakes and desserts! With that special birthday, anniversary, wedding, or even office event, we will make it very special for you! Our experienced chefs are very dedicated to their craft and are willing to go the extra mile. Don't worry about picking up your cake or desserts. Our experienced drivers will deliver it right to you for a minimum fee. Don't wait. Contact us for a quote today!

  • 4 years in business
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Phicit (P.J.) Suppanich, C.C.C 1809 Mt. Silliman Way Antioch, CA 94531 I provide private chef services for sit-down dinners for 2 to 20 people, with 3- to 5-course meals or small buffets, cocktail parties, lunch, dinner or dessert. Qualifications are the following: Trader Vic's Emeryville CA, Executive Chef 6/2013-present As executive chef, responsibilities include all purchasing, menu development, budget, inventory, P and L cost controls, BOH and FOH Training ordering, preparing, storing and utilizing products in a manner that maintains their quality, hiring, developing and disciplining staff in a manner that supports their success, an informed environment, that promotes individual and team success and growth, creating enticing and seasonally influenced menu specials, execution of all banquets, maintaining a professional, creative safe work environment, Cha-Da Resort & Spa Lanta Island, Thailand Executive chef 2009-2013 Open new five-star resorts as executive chef. Responsibilities included all purchasing (equipment and supplies) menu development, budget, inventory food, labor and cost controls, manager of 2 fine dining kitchen and 1 café, health and safety HACCP/SAFE administration, hiring and training, recipe menu design and execution of all banquets, catering, special events, wine tasting and room service, 215 rooms, and cooking class. Castlewood Country Club Pleasanton CA Executive chef 2006-2009 Complete responsibility for staffing, training and management of 1fine dining kitchen and 2 upscale dining kitchens 1 snack bar. Duties included all purchasing, menu recipe development, hiring, and training and manage budget, food inventory, labor and cost controls, HACCP/SAFE administration. Responsible for design, decoration and execution of all banquets, catering, special events, wine and beer tastings. Consistently below budget on food and labor costs, and cooking class. Mira Vista Golf and Country Club El Cerrito, CA Executive chef 2001-2006 Complete responsibility for kitchens, training and management. Cut food cost by 10%, labor cost by 20%. Consistently came in below budget on food and labor costs. Responsible for design, decoration and execution of all banquets and events. Reorganized planned renovations to prevent 6 month closure of kitchen, while still upgrading facilities. ARCO-IRIS Top 100 Restaurants in San Francisco Chronicle newspaper food section Alameda, CA Executive chef/co-owner 1997-2001 Asian-French fusion cuisine. Complete charge of all phases of restaurant operations, banquets and catering. Oakland Tribune review-- “Undiscovered Gem. Each meal...(is) a feast for the eyes." Other experiences are the following: * Hotels Holiday Inn South San Francisco, CA Sous chef Oriental Hotel Bangkok, Thailand Lead cook and banquets Education/Training: * Bangkok College, B.A. (Thailand) * Apprenticeship San Mateo College ACF culinary program * Purdue University, courses in nutrition, sanitation, and management * California Culinary Academy Courses * Certified by American Culinary Federation and the American Culinary Institute * Traveled extensively in France, Germany, and Japan working and training to develop my culinary skills over a 5-year period Awards are the following: * Cervena Venison, Top Five on the West Coast * Pork Association, First Place Medal Professional associations: * Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast * American Culinary Federation

  • 7 years in business
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I put out everything I make as if I am serving it to my mother!

  • 3 years in business
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Hello and Welcome to Cooking with Chef Erik. Do you have the passion for food and love to share it with others. As a culinary instructor, and chef for over 20 years, I will walk you through any form of instruction you would like to take. I will tailor my courses to fit your needs. Do you have a special occasion? You will learn how to cook to impress. If you haven’t the skills to cook at home, I have a course that will make you an accomplished cook. It covers all aspects from shopping, sanitation, cooking methods, desserts and so much more. We will touch on all aspects of cookery. Once you have mastered the my course you will be toasted at every meal. Allow me to be your guide on this adventure, Bon appetite, Chef Erik

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I am creating a personalized foodie experience for every occasion. I was trained by the Le Cordon Bleu art. I make menus just for your special occasions.

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We bake cupcakes for events and home parties. We will deliver within a 20-mile radius. Specialty favors are our specialty.

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.

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.

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 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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