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Santa Cruz Meal Preparers

Browse these meal preparation services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santa Cruz.

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

We hired Rocco to come cook for our Mother's Day dinner. He did a great job planning the meal and altering it to people's likes and dislikes. He was organized, friendly, and the most wonderful personal chef you could ask for. Our family already decided that the next time we do this, he will be the first person we contact!!!!! He left the kitchen cleaner than it was before and our bellies VERY happy!!!! THANK YOU ROCCO!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Aruna M.
Verified review

The food was great and the response from Evan and Gabby was courteous and professional. The only thing I didn't like was that there was a $30 delivery fee that they didn't include in my quote, and I wish I had been told upfront about all charges. But the food and service was good and all my guests were happy.

Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Eleonora T.
Verified review

They were prompt & professional throughout the engagement. They prepared various appetizers for a party of 25 guests. Great service and food was delicious.

Rainbow Chefs
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Emily L.
Verified review

Rainbow Chefs were reliable, professional, and punctual. The entrees were truly impressive-- as good as top SF restaurants we have been to. The desserts and appetizers were also super tasty. The chef was really nice and easy to work with, and the person we spoke with to arrange everything was great as well. The price was reasonable for the services provided. Only reason we are not giving 5 stars is because the first dish, the salad, was super over-salted and pretty lackluster in ingredients. I was definitely worried that the rest of the meal would not be good, but we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of everything else. All in all, I would definitely recommend them.

LL Services
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kerstin S.
Verified review

Lucas Lovelace and his Team (2 server) helped us to celebrate our 100th Birthday (50 + 50 years) and brought a fantastic restaurant experience in our kitchen to the 20 guests at our home. From the first contact to the final touches on the three course dinner it had been a lot of fun to work with Lucas. He is very professional, courteous and an excellent chef with attention to detail. The food was outstanding and the Team left the kitchen as clean as they found it before the dinner preparation. We will definitely hire Lucas Lovelace again for one of our next parties!

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

Our company was just acquired and we had our celebration party at my home. I found Mary Ellen via Thumbtack and she exceeded my expectations. The food was awesome, the staff was a joy and the 50 employees, spouses and kids were thrilled. She accommodated a range of dietary needs, the staff jumped when we wanted to have the champagne toast to everyone and my kitchen was cleaner than when they arrived. I would highly recommend Mary Ellen for any event when your need a creative menu (loved the mango quesadillas appetizers and ahi tuna with miso butter sauce) to bring a wonderful meal and excellent service. I truly felt like a special guest in my own home.

  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Justine L.
Verified review

Ely is amazing!!! She worked with me on a custom menu and prepared meals for the week. I am very busy and don't have a lot of time to cook, but also enjoy a home-cooked meal. She came prepared with all the groceries necessary, cooked, packaged all the meals and cleaned up the kitchen. Her food is amazing, and on top of that, she's very fun to work with! I love her special surprise chicken dish. So grateful to have found her!

Affordable Chef Services
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Amy D.
Verified review

We hired Mark to cater brunch for our wedding, and we were very impressed! He replies in a timely manner to questions, requests, and concerns. From the moment he reached out in response to my project on Thumbtack, Mark worked hard to accommodate our needs. He made sure that we felt good about the menu before we booked him, and had us over for a tasting. Additionally, he noticed an item we didn't originally include on the menu and graciously added it to the meal (potatoes!). Many of our guests made comments to us about how much they enjoyed the food, and everyone (about 130 people) had as much to eat as they wanted with food left over. My only regret was that as the bride I didn't have the chance to eat as much of that AMAZING French toast as I wanted!

Magnificent Meals
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara L.
Verified review

Chef ElizaBeth has been creating memorable meals for us for most of the past year. All of them have been tasty, nutritious, well prepared and satisfying. We have enjoyed a variety of appitizers, salads, soups and stews, with entrees anchored by salmon, shrimp, chicken, and pork served with an abundance of wonderful vegetables and grains. Many of the vegetables have been from her garden. She is knowledgable and personable, offering and sharing ideas about tasty menus and yummy meals to fit our needs and preferences. I am amazed at how well she works in my kitchen, prepping, preparing and presentingMagnificant Meals that we anticipate eating again----soon!

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

First let me say how wonderful he wss and accommodating he was to my party dietary needs. I was a bit difficult to deal with because of the party guess I had. He had no problem with anything, I will definitely be using him again in the future and everyone else should to. He has so many different ideas for foods and good amount pictures to show you of past meals he has prepared.

RosannsWildWellness
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Mark B.
Verified review

I have had the privilege to experience Rosann’s expertise in nutritious, plant-based meals on a daily basis that are better than you can buy in a restaurant. Her knowledge and creativity in combining the most healthy ingredients with the appropriate herbs and spices contribute to dishes that are as appetizing as they are nourishing. This demonstrates her core philosophy of food as medicine. She makes use of her knowledge of the benefit of every ingredient as it fits into a complete and nutritious, daily diet. I am constantly introduced to meals that are as visually appealing as they are delicious and nutritious. She is continually enhancing her awareness of what constitutes the everyday things that not only are what I put into myself, but what I put on or around myself. She is constantly amazing me by pointing out the harmful things that are allowed into products we buy off the shelves. You can often find her scanning the ingredient list of items on the store shelves to increase her awareness of what should and shouldn’t be purchased. Without Rosann, I would be unknowingly, repeatedly harming myself with substances that are otherwise known to be the source of other people’s chronic illnesses. Such things are no longer in my house, and I am the better for it.

Spanish Bite
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Miguel T.
Verified review

Maria Luisa is an excellent chef and really takes care of her customers. Very personal attention and intimacy. She taught us how to cook 3 different type of paellas and prepare and excellent snack before that. I recommend her 100%.

Ona
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Mary S.
Verified review

Ona is a very professional personal chef who gives a lot of options in meal planning and then she works her magic and delivers a mouth-watering meal with several courses. A recent favorite we had was kimchi pancake as an appetizer, garden salad, and our main entree was grilled salmon with a grilled avocado half on the side. The roasted tomato and herb purée on top was to die for. It just enhanced all the flavors in the entree.

  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Siobhan O.
Verified review

I recently asked Meenu to conduct a cooking class for some of my clients as a client appreciation 'party' and it was a lovely elegant event, one where everyone came away having not just enjoyed the afternoon, but also having gained some knowledge about Indian spices and food preparation. Meenu has a gift for sharing her passion and flair for cooking in an informative as well as entertaining manner! Did I mention the smells and the tastes were GREAT!!!??? I can't wait for the next event which I shall ask Meenu to help me with soon!

Gourmet To Go
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Margo C.
Verified review

Elizabeth cooks a supply of meals for me in my home about once every 6 weeks. Her food is wonderful, and she easily works around all my odd taste choices. She welcomes and acknowledges feedback and makes changes accordingly. I love having her energy in my home and feel very comfortable with her here. She has definitely gone above and beyond, and I could not recommend her more highly. If you're looking for a personal chef, she's the one, in my opinion.

Paige Crowley
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sadhana A.
Verified review

To anyone looking to hire a personal chef- I highly recommend Paige! She was incredible. From the time we began communicating, she was responsive and walked me through the process (I am new to this)! She worked with me to create a beautiful vegetarian meal for 30 guests! She took care of everything from soup to nuts (no pun intended!). She worked tirelessly, cleaned up and was so nice to my entire family. I would recommend her without hesitation!

Healthy Food
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jon F.
Verified review

It is a pleasure to recommend Anita Alicea, who worked for our family for three and a half years. I will focus on her her excellent skills planning, shopping for, and preparing meals for us, which she did twice a week. (She was also responsible and valuable on occasions my wife needed help with her office work and driving to medical appointments.) Anita is a consummate professional. Before she started, she reviewed the many dietary constraints our family has: my son has an unusual range of food allergies, and my wife practices a gluten-free, low-sodium diet. She has without exception honored these constraints, and still managed to cook consistently terrific meals: balanced, attractively presented, and tasty. I just reviewed emails I’ve sent to compliment her; there have been so many things we have really enjoyed. Here’s a sample: Consistently good tossed salads; rice and potatoes always to perfection; chops, sauerkraut, soups, roasts, mushrooms, salmon, brussel sprouts, barbecued ribs, bok choy, carrots, cabbage, other veggies; amazing sauces, “insanely great” brisket, “cosmic” corned beef (quoting myself). Furthermore, Anita is responsible; she missed hardly any days for any reason. She is also flexible, e.g., adapting quickly to changes in our needs when for example one or the other of our now young adult children were out of town for extended times. I cannot recommend Anita highly enough. You will be lucky to have her work for you. Please feel free to call me if you have any further questions. Jon Frankle (408)-464-9178

Nicholas J.
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Nadine C.
Verified review

I'm a bit smitten by the fact how easy and fun Nicholas makes cooking seem. Upon request, I asked him to prepare me a meal that is nutritious, yet low in calories but also easy to cook in order to fit into my busy schedule. He offered to provide beforehand all ingredients - which was much appreciated - as well as helpful hindsight during cooking what to look for when using fresh local goods and produce from farmer's markets. Overall it was a great experience meeting Nicholas, watching him cook and teaching me how to prepare a healthy meal, which collaborates well with my current diet and fitness lifestyle - definitely an experience worth trying out!.

Nicole Tran
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Mei D.
Verified review

Nicole is an amazing chef and I am incredibly lucky to have discovered her work. She does a great job making meal preps for me each week as needed. She is fairly flexible but would prefer a 2 day notice before you actually need your meals to either make up a menu for you or to work with the ingredients that you suggest. Because I am working towards a goal, she measures up my macros and it has been extremely helpful to bringing me closer to meet my goal. What I love most is that Nicole is impeccably passionate about cooking and truly loves what she does. My favorite meal she made for me was meatloaf, zucchini, and cauliflower mashed potatoes! It was a shock to me because I don't even like meatloaf. That's how amazing she is!!! And another thing that she's really great with is chicken. The chicken is always nice and juicy... She finds a way to incorporate your favorite foods but also creates a healthy version for you with the best of her abilities and runs her menu with you! Another reason why I love coming back to her is because she really pays attention to your likes/dislikes!! That way, if you're feeling spontaneous, she can whip something up on her own judging from what she's learned about your taste. Oh!!! And did I mention that she also bakes?!!!! I would definitely recommend Nicole to anyone who love to eat. Who doesn't love to eat?!

  • 21 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Caroline D.
Verified review

If you're in search for a delicious well prepared southern style meal. Then Lady P's is the best choice. The delight is there are so many choices. From delicious meat entrees to fresh vegetables you will find yourself returning for more! The experience is both satisfying and delicious! Even my kids love the thought of enjoying the delicious meals of Lady P's Southern Style Kitchen! Share it with friends! C Davis

Casablanca Bridal
5.0
from 1 review
  • 38 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Bernadette S.
Verified review

Casablanca Bridal Catering recently catered an event for me, and their service and food was far beyond anything I could have imagined. When I was preparing for my wedding, I was able to work with Cher and Derrick to give my general parameters for the type of food and cake that I desired, and they took what I said and pulled off a delectable and crowd pleasing menu, all while managing to stay within my budget. Not having to worry at all about the catering, and everything smoothly progressing from beginning to end, including setup and cleanup, was one of the key reasons my perfect day was so wonderful! I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting a pleasant and fulfilling catering experience.

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