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

Our group of 12 friends gathered in Monterey to celebrate birthdays and were fortunate to have found the perfect solution for our evening meals. Chef Rocco delivered an authentic, exceptional lasagna and beautiful salad of fresh greens for our first evening. The next night we were treated to a lovely plated meal prepared and served by Chef Rocco himself. We all agreed that the zucchini appetizer, Lamb cutlets and colorful roasted vegetables he prepared for us were extraordinary. The presentation and his description of each course made for a truly enjoyable evening. Topped off with the best chocolate mousse we had ever tasted. It had a secret ingredient that made it really special. Chef Rocco is a wonderful chef and a very kind, considerate person. We were all delighted to experience his expertise in the kitchen and enjoy his professional presentations.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 93 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Greg P.
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Taqueria Cazadores catered a party for us, a school fundraiser for 70 parents. Showed up early, food ready on time, amazing reviews from the guests for the taco bar and especially the churros. Several of our guests were gluten-free and vegitarian...all were satisfied​. We'll use them again.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 153 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lucy C.
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Sat Khalsa represented himself as described on Thumbtack. He was very professional & easy to work with. His dishes are superb. Sat is not only a seasoned chef, but a very knowledgeable nutritionist. He is a perfect chef for me because I am a foodie to begin with, but I also have to lose weight & eat healthy due to inflammation from auto immune. I am so happy with the delicious meals he prepared for me. I asked him to come back & cook for me next week too. Thank you Sat.

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Chef Andrea Lawson Gray
4.7
from 57 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Carrie D.
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Chef Andrea provided us with a wonderful celebration dinner at our rental Villa in Sonoma. She was super helpful in developing a menu that satisfied all our requirements. Her response time to all questions was quick and greatly appreciated! The food she prepared and served us exceeded our expectations!! Thank you Chef for a lovely meal and we really enjoyed meeting you. Cheers!

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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
Lesmore B.
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Hi had the pleasure of selecting Chet to prepare a menu and work my Friendsgiving event which was my first time starting a tradition with my friends. From Chet's initial response to my quote request through the end of my event, the services provided were first class! Chet worked with me on my menu and I felt that he truly listened and took my vision into consideration when delivering my sample menu. I was extremely nervous since in the past, I would always be the one to prepare meals for my guest however, this year I wanted to do something different allowing me the opportunity to spend time with my guest instead of slaving in the kitchen. Chet checked in with me a few days prior to my event to confirm final details and then it was show time. He showed up on time as expected with everything needed along with a helper and the magic began. I am very satisfied with the outcome. From the taste and flavors of the food, the presentation, the hospitality Chet and his crew showed my guest, the clean up, to Chet's willingness to do more than expected (setting up tableware and more). A+ to Chet. He will certainly be my go to for future events in need of catering. Well done!

DaniBensimon Catering
4.7
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Chavin M.
Verified review

Danielle catered for my company for lunch. It was super tasty, but also healthy, which is rare for catered meals. She's dedinitely very passionate and good at what she does!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Neiha A.
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My husband hired Rose to cater a private dinner at our home in celebration for my 40th birthday. It was a 5 course meal for 20 people, and the food was fantastic! We started with 4 different appetizers during the cocktail hour, followed by a salad course, entree (guests were able to choose from 5 options, which I really liked), cheese course (my favorite) and dessert. We had never hosted anything like this at home before and it took us some time to figure out what we wanted . Rose was very responsive throughout the planning process and and helpful when it came to giving us suggestions and guidance. On the day of the event her team helped us to set up our tables. Once the party started they required no direction from us and kept the meal running very smoothly, allowing my husband and I to enjoy ourselves to the fullest. Rose and her crew were truly instrumental in making this milestone a most memorable one for me. We would not think twice to book her again.

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PCJames
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Nick K.
Verified review

Everything about working with James was outstanding. I hosted a small dinner party for my family. Before the event, James suggested a couple menus based on our preferences. Communication before the dinner was excellent and clear. We all loved the food prepared--an arugula salad, chilean sea bass, and a lemon macaroon pie. He was also a pleasure to have in my house. Friendly, kind, and easygoing. I would definitely hire him again and highly recommend him.

Rainbow Chefs
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Lianne M.
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I had Rainbow chef cater a baby shower. Lana was very helpful in the planning and menu selection and offered some great suggestions. The mother to be was on some food restrictions so Lana worked around that too. They prepared a nice mid day Mediterranean inspired meal with chicken lettuce cups, roasted vegetables with tahini sauce, a wonderful bruschetta, fruit salad and cupcakes in assorted flavors. The feedback on the food was amazing. Jenny showed up with the food and prepared it on my serving trays. She was on time and left my kitchen counter clean. I would highly recommend Rainbow chefs and will use them for future parties.

John DeMartini Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jodi M.
Verified review

We hired John to cater our intimate wedding dinner and are so happy we did. John communicated exceptionally well throughout the entire process. We live in another state, so being able to feel comfortable with the chef we hired was a requirement. He had the most reasonable price and provided a menu that met every request we had. The food was simply amazing! We had crab cakes, Caesar salad, filet of beef with a porcini mushroom red wine sauce, garlic mashed potatoes with an artichoke puree (might sound weird, but trust me it was pure heaven!), asparagus, and a brulee cheesecake with a berry coulis. John served us each course and told us about what he had prepared. He had a great sense of humor and even shared his secrets to some of the amazing dishes. He also prepared some quiches for our breakfast the following morning. We all agreed they were the best quiches we had ever eaten. Overall, I give him a 5* plus! If you get the opportunity to hire him, you definitely won't be disappointed. P.S. He also left the kitchen cleaner than when he arrived :)

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Megan L.
Verified review

The Dishes are so flavorful and delicately put together. I can tell a lot of time goes into preparing the dishes. I think what I like most is that all the ingredients are top shelf, and its prepared food that I can not get anywhere else at this level of quality. It's above restraunt standards. Especially impressed by the fact that they can hit the mark on so many dietary specific needs and still make it taste amazing! Get the Asian pear muffins! Or any of her famous baked goods! They will not disappoint.

LL Services
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
William R.
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Lucas did a tremendous job for us. He accommodated last minute changes, dietary restrictions and additional guests. The food was superb. He personally delivered everything on Thanksgiving, quickly organized the meal for us, ensured everything was perfect and then excused himself. We had enough food for three times the number of people and had leftovers that saw us through the entire holiday weekend. All 14 of us heartily thank and recommend Lucas.

Lady Chef Catering
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Malachy M.
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Chef Anicette was absolutely fantastic! She created a unique and delicious menu for an in-home party using many of her original recipes which included pizettas, salad, crab fettuccine, chicken Parmesan and bananas foster. She was exceptionally responsive to all my requests and kept in close contact throughout the planning process. Her rates were much better than I had anticipated they would be and were worth every penny. Everyone at our party agreed that it was one of the best meals they had ever enjoyed. Chef Anicette has superb training and amazing talent. I will definitely be using her services in the future and have already suggested her to other friends and family members who are searching for catering services. 10/10 recommendation!

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

I hired Chef Traci for my mother who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. My mother also has high blood pressure therefore she requires a low sodium diet. Chef Tracy has been awesome. My mother is a picky eater but she absolutely loves Chef Traci's meals. I can't be happier with the meals and her thoughtfulness. She took the time to find out what my mother enjoyed eating and what she would be willing to try. I am enternally grateful and I don't have to worry about my mom having a healthy meal while I'm away working.

What's Cookin?
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara C.
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We recently hired Eileen and her staff with What's Cookin to cater a backyard luau party. From beginning to end, she was very easy to work with. The bottom line is that her food was AMAZING! What a talent!! Our party guests raved about the dishes she prepared. Since the party was themed, we worked together to come up with the perfect selections for a summer luau. Her staff that worked the party with her were super friendly and smiley, professional, and instinctively knew how to "be there" for our guests needs. As the hosts of the party, my husband and I were able to focus entirely on our guests, which is exactly what we were looking for. We were all very impressed with everything, and are certain we found our new favorite caterer! Thanks Eileen and your staff for a job well done!

  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
Verified review

Sophie was prompt in her response and provided excellent service and a beautiful, delicious meal. I would not hesitate to hire Sophie again!

Be Your Own Guest
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Michaela Y.
Verified review

Mary Ellen did a fabulous job. She was so thorough and well-prepared, and most importantly flexible when our dinner party was constantly changing. A huge help! The food was amazing and hot and prompt and she really made our night so wonderful. Highly recommended!

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!

Devour-creative cuisine
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
John R.
Verified review

Marisa thought of every detail and prepared food that was as delicious as anything I have ever had. My guess couldn't thank me enough for the delicious meal and elegant service. Marisa delivered an evening that none of us will forget.

Chef Sacha Kupelian
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Renee S.
Verified review

Chef Sacha has prepared meals for me on several occasions. Whether a special event or dinner party, he always takes great care to ensure that the ingredients used are in season, and of quality. He is understanding and willing to accommodate any food allergies or aversions, and provides options for those with specialty diets. His twist on French classics creates flavor combinations that are tasteful and surprising, while his take on American bistro fare elevates your childhood favorites. His meals are always delicious, and the presentation impeccable. I highly recommend Chef Sacha for any of your culinary needs.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Susan I.
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Alyson of Nourish Personal Chef Services has been providing personal chef services for us for over two years. She is, in a word, amazing. She can cook EVERY kind of food - we've had bouts of Paleo, of vegetarian, of low-carb and full-on comfort food (ie., mac and cheese and fried chicken!). She can do everything. She's flexible, creative, nurturing, friendly and has totally won over our whole family. She's cooked for my writing group, she's catered a huge anniversary gathering, for my friends with new babies, and prepared endless regular family meals of all sizes. She's an absolute treasure.

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