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Santa Cruz Home Chefs

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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 116 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
Denise C.
Verified review

We wanted to schedule a cooking lesson as a birthday gift for our 17 year old son, who says he would like to attend culinary school after he receives a PhD in Chemistry, and Chef Rocco was truly a perfect match! Throughout the entire process (interviewing, scheduling, and instructing) Chef Rocco was friendly and attentive, and his calm and organized style set the tone for a very relaxing yet educational session of making pasta (and a sauce, of course!) from scratch. He continuously made sure that each of us had ample time and opportunity to practice every skill that he demonstrated. He provided both specific and practical guidance, and he delivered limited but valuable critique in a very kind, thoughtful, and encouraging way. While he instructed and engaged each of us in making the recipes, Chef Rocco not only tailored the lesson to our son's interest (and our goals for the session) but also treated our son as if he was already on his way to becoming a chef. Whether it is true remains unseen, but Chef Rocco clearly understands the essence and effect of good teaching. As for the homemade fettuccini pasta with fresh vegetable sauce? Magnifico! It was so good that we ordered the pasta attachments for our Kitchen-Aid mixer!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 104 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 177 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenessa L.
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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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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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Mofeda D.
Verified review

I can't speak enough about how great my experience was with Kitchenina. I came across their website while searching for a caterer online for an upcoming holiday party. Aliki was not only very easy to talk to, but also very helpful in offering suggestions on how to make the party and menu better. She is truly invested in all her customers. She works well with all budget sizes (mine was on the low end) and delivers the best quality. She threw in additional items free of charge and was very flexible in what she can provide. Her husband, who is the head chef, is ready to customize any of their menus. We were so impressed that we asked them to cater our daily lunches, which my team loved. Their food is healthy and delicious. The chef personally delivered the food and asked how everything is going, which speaks volumes about their dedication to customer satisfaction. I spoke to my family about Kitchenina and now we will ask them to also cater our family parties! A big thank you to Kitchenina for providing such amazing food and service!

Aurora Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Landon T.
Verified review

Dawn and Marty were simply amazing. Marty is the chef and is more passionate about food then any chef I've ever met. He went beyond the extra mile to prepare amazing food for our wedding. The quality of the food and the the caliber of service provided by Dawn was outstanding. We live over 300 miles away from where the wedding was held so we had to hire our caterer remotely. We were worried about that at first, but Dawn put us completely at ease. She arranged for a site visit and then a private tasting at their facility. That was AMAZING! Appetizers, main courses, desert AND wine. What a great preview. Dawn helped us coordinate our order with the rental company and gave lots of helpful tips. Marty accommodated a special request my bride wanted which was to replace the traditional wedding cake with a tiered 60 cup Creme Brûlée desert tower! Wow... incredible. I heard several guest snuck two helpings :) Dawn and Marty were not just Caterers, they became family to us as they helped make the day a huge success! We would absolutely recommend their service to others and will use them again!

ProOrg
4.2
from 35 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Bailey L.
Verified review

I struggled keeping up with the massive amounts of paper coming through my home and office. It was to the point where my mail was creating unnecessary clutter robbing me of my much needed space. The best decision I could have made was to hire Theres no space like home to assist in this paper management problem that was bringing me down. Theres no SPACE like HOME not only organized my space, they created an efficient, functional system tailored specifically to my needs and habits for managing my household and handling all the paperwork. I learned that regular maintenance requires simple, efficient and quick routines to keep it in good condition. I strongly recommend There's No SPACE Like HOME for all your home and office organizational needs. They have truly made a profound difference in my life.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Leah A.
Verified review

Angela is an exceptional caterer! We hired her for a long (10 day) job for a production crew, serving multiple meals for VERY hungry people. I heard consistently that they were the best meals the crew had ever had on a job. She was very thorough in her choices, and made it obvious that she takes pride in what she cooks, plans, and serves. We plan to make Angela our go-to caterer for ALL future jobs. As much as I would love to tell you to stay away so we can hoard her...you HAVE to hire Angela and try her meals for yourself!

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica O.
Verified review

I used Rainbow chefs as a personal chef and the food was fresh and cooked to perfection I will definitely be using them again.

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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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!!

Beach Bum Sweets
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Xin L.
Verified review

This is my first time working with Gaby. I was taking a risk as the cake I ordered was for a dinner party for 12 adult, half of whom are amazing home chefs and two are professionally trained chefs. A friend got a job at Google and so, to surprise him, I ordered this cake (pics) for the party. Gaby was easy AND pleasant to communicate with. She made me a coconut pineapple flavored cake with rainbow layered inside to match the google colors. The crowd, 12 adults and 11 kids went crazy with how beautiful the cake was. Lots and lots of photos later, we finally got to taste it and suddenly the room got quiet. everyone kept shaking their heads with their eyes closed. The cake was so delicious, there was no sound for like 30 seconds. Gaby, I will be hiring you again and again. My friends asked for your contact info. Thank you for such an amazing cake that more than pleased my chef friends and the kids!

A STARR Events
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine O.
Verified review

A Starr Event created the flower arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres for my daughters’ spring wedding. Anita responded quickly to my inquiry, worked with us to select the various elements we wanted, and provided a reasonable quote that fit our budget. Anita spent a lot of time reviewing our selections, discussing flower choices that fit our color scheme, and she proved very knowledgeable about what would be available (and affordable) for my daughter’s special day! We especially appreciated Anita’s commitment to using locally sourced flowers, her assistance delivering and setting up the arrangements, and special touches she included in the ceremony space on the day of the wedding. The flowers arrangements were beautiful, the bouquets were just what my daughter had in mind and we received many complements from the guests! Working with Anita from A Starr Event, was an extremely pleasant experience.

Bay Area Maids Service
4.2
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Oscar G.
Verified review

She helped clean out my two BR/ 1 Bath unit. They did a great job getting rid of some bathroom water stains and tile grout muck! She helped cleaning our windows glass . Friendly,Reliable finish in the promised. Thank you very much Bay Area Maids Services.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Kirstin M.
Verified review

Karla is very friendly, helpful and super easy to work with. She catered a birthday dinner for a dozen people and made excellent Brazilian dishes, including vegan options. We especially liked the cheese bread! Service was excellent and attentive and she cleaned up thoroughly at the end. Would highly recommend.

El Patio Mexican Birrieria
4.3
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 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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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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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!

The Session
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Viviane F.
Verified review

My mother is an awesome chef, I would recommend The Session to my mother that's how awesome his food is. Seriously cannot recommend enough, he is professional and creative!

Rainbow Chefs San Francisco
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracy F.
Verified review

It what can only be described as a limited and challenging environment, Rainbow Chefs provided a gourmet dinner for my executives that was truly exquisite. Everything about the process was handled well with great communication from Lana. I chose Rainbow Chefs after initial conversations with more than 20 caterers because I was convinced that she was really listening to me. Chef Nicholas created a masterpiece of a dinner that was enjoyed by everybody. It was the highlight of a long day.

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We specialize in Pan Pacific fusion but are able to make European and American. We are French trained professional chefs looking to expand our network through delicious foods.

About

I'm a private personal chef. I will come to your home or office and cook for you, your family or clients. I'm available nights, weekends, and I will even cook for your holiday meal, birthdays or special occasions, relieving you of any stress! I can cook organically, vegetarian and some vegan, all 3-course meals, ranging in lavish fine dining or simple, but eloquent. I can pre-shop for you or use what you have provided for food and pantry. I will also set the table linens and clean up. I have high standards of excellence and conduct my services in a manner that I would want from a personal chef. My guests love my personal, professional touch and every detail handled. I love to cook and entertain in a manner as if it were my guests. My favorite part is when you take the first bite, and I see heaven in your eyes. My previous privilege's have allowed me to obtain the knowledge & experience to handle my clients trust, respect, with sensitivity to high-profile guests and offer confidentiality for all my guests. I follow my mentor's motto of "perfect will be just fine". I truly believe in this vision with ethic and integrity. I strive for perfection, and I look forward to cooking for you very soon! Serve Safe Certification: #6682297 Attended California Culinary Academy, AOS degree program

  • 4 years in business
About

I am a highly motivated professional with 14 years of experience working in the food industry including restaurants, hotels and seven years at UCSC Dining Service. My love and passion for food and teaching makes me the best option out there to teach you how to cook, cook for your special occasion, special gathering or a special dinner for two. I make food simple, fun and elegant. That is what it's all about.

  • 4 years in business
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I can cook personal, healthy dinners for the families and provide catering to small personal parties. Delicious meals are cooked with the Ayurvedic qualities and nutrition.

About

I am a personal chef to people in the Bay Area that do not want to compromise great food in their busy schedule. I take time to understand my client's life goals and work with them to create meals that they enjoy. My experience in cooking is diverse. Indo-Guyanese, Indian, Western, and Mediterranean cuisines are my specialties. Check out my unedited photos in my homepage to see some of the meals I have prepared for clients. Do not hesitate to contact me to discuss how I can cater my cooking to fit your needs. Bon appetit'!

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