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

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 119 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 178 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 110 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diana P.
Verified review

We used Cazadores for our Startup Weekend. We reserved three meals: a lunch, and two dinners. The Indian buffet was delicious! It catered our vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore needs! Everyone raved about the Indian food! We also received a Mexican taco dinner. Similarly, Evan and his team grilled the meat and had hot tacos with all the fixings! There was even churros filled with caramel and vanilla custard! Bomb!!! Everyone also enjoyed the Chinese food. It was hard to resist!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kateryna S.
Verified review

I've used Green Chow Down catering services on several occasions - from startup events to personal parties. The food and service is amazing - home meal quality, unique recipes, and Angela always goes an extra mile to make it a memorable experience. Highly recommend.

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 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.

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

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Stuart K.
Verified review

Over the Labor Day weekend I hosted a family reunion for 31 people; some with significant dietary restrictions. Hyson proved to be up for the challenge of meeting all of our needs, providing incredibly diverse and exceptional tasting entree's, side dishes and deserts and all the while maintaining his calming presence. Hyson and his assistance Andrea filled our kitchen with wonderful aromas for the entire weekend, cleaned up beautifully between each meal and had each meal prepared and ready to be served promptly based on the schedule we had all agreed to previously. While Hyson's menu offerings and cooking are exceptional, the best part of working with him is his attitude and approach. Very well prepared and organized and yet able and willing to make changes along the way as needed. This is the second time I've used Hyson - the last being just a small dinner party for 10 - and he has proven quite capable of providing both the intimate formal dinner for a small group as well as multiple meals per day over a long weekend for a sizeable group of 31. For many of you reading this costs may be a huge consideration. I interviewed 3 different caterers before choosing Hyson; costs being a large consideration due to the varying economic standing of my my family members attending. Hyson proved very capable of being able to deliver exceptional meal and exceptional meal at a very reasonable price. If you are looking for someone to cook onsite - one meal of a 3 day weekend - you should at least have a conversation with this very talented, passionate and professional man. Most sincerely, Stuart

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy H.
Verified review

Karla did a wonderful job catering breakfast and dinners for four days for our family and friends. She was very adaptable as we never knew until the last minute if there would be 6 people or 16 people at a meal! The breakfasts were enormous and she offered between six and eight dishes at every meal. Carla was punctual, professional and a pleasure to have in our home. She is super efficient and cleaned everything up before she left. I look forward to I look forward to using her for future events!

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 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!

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

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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!

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
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I contacted Veena to see if I could arrange a private cooking class for my Mom as a Mother's day gift. I asked whether she could accommodate me (a vegetarian) and my mom (passionate meat eater) and Veena said absolutely. I sent Veena a handful of my Mom's favorite recipes (including a more obscure and apparently heavily British dish called Lamb Pasanda) and she created a meal plan that included everything and more. We showed up and Veena greeted us warmly. Her kind energy and passion for her food and culture were clear. She never made us feel like we were asking silly questions and kept the experience light and fun. She was basically willing to go into as much detail or as little detail as we wanted. It was a very affordable class considering it was a 3 hour long private sessions for the two of us. We even went home with tons of leftovers, a spice kit (black cardamom smells amazing), and recipes for our dishes! Veena took pictures of our experience and offered her help for any future cooking questions we had. She said she could always offer a suggestion for a substitution (ex. if we needed a dairy free version) or questions on grocery stores to find certain ingredients. Thank you Veena!!! Quick summary PROS: very adaptable, super warm and kind energy, affordable, fun, not intimidating, yummy food. CONS: scheduling was a little difficult because there was no calendar or online service to use. It was through email so we did have some communication mishaps initially—no big deal really.

KitchenGardenCatering
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca B.
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I booked Chef Megan for my birthday party. We had a dinner in our home for our party of ten. Megan was prompt and professional. Everything she served looked and tasted great. She was flexible with the menu and gave me several options. We started off with the short rib appetizer and stuffed mushrooms which were amazing. Then we ambled over to the dining room for the soup course which was a gorgeous tomato soup made with local heirloom tomatoes and these crispy little rosemary croutons that I keep craving. For the main course she served the juiciest chicken full of flavor. It was coated in an herb mix and smoked, but the smoke flavor was mild. We had roasted baby potatoes that had a lemony taste that I haven't had before. We also had a salad and sauted fresh vegetables, which I thought were pretty good and my picky eater ate so they must have been good. Chef Megan takes care to make sure the flavors of the meal work together and I felt great knowing that the food was grown locally and fresh. For dessert she made banana upside down cake, which is new to me, but loved it. It was low glycemic and no gluten ( how, I have no idea. The taste was rich and sweet) I do know I didn't wake up puffy like usually do when I indulge in sweet cakes and treats. I will absolutely book Megan again in the future. I can't say how great our experience was. I loved having a delicious meal served up in our home where we could eat and visit at our leisure. Oh~ and the leftovers were boxed up and kitchen cleaned! It was a night to remember. Can't wait to use Chef Megan again.

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

ASE Catering
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kelia V.
Verified review

Exquisite food and wonderful service! The food alone will keep you ordering again and again!

RosannsWildWellness
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
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
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%.

Casablanca Bridal
5.0
from 1 review
  • 38 years in business
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.

Nicholas J.
5.0
from 1 review
    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!.

    • 21 years in business
    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

    Nicole Tran
    5.0
    from 1 review
      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?!

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