Chef Tom Pace
Chef Tom Pace

Chef Tom Pace

$50/person
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Introduction: Hello. Thinking about a dinner party or small wedding in a world altered by social distancing and the proliferation of vacation rentals? Rejoice! Opportunities abound. People get married and special occasions occur in the most unique ways and settings. The paradigm for celebrating seems to have shifted somewhat to smaller, more intimate gatherings held in remote locations. Wine Country escapes to VRBOs and Air Bnbs have become all the rage for small weddings, bachelorette parties, birthdays, you name it. After a day of wine tasting, what could be better than to relax in a hot tub while your chef prepares a 5-star meal? I prepare a wide variety of cuisines, from standard American and Wine Country to French, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern and vegetarian. Whether you are looking for a backyard BBQ or a formal, plated dinner party Chef Tom Pace is a great choice.
Overview

Hired 103 times

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2 employees

5 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Cash, Check, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, and Zelle.

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2021

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Ericka P.
2 weeks ago
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We had a party of 6 at an Airbnb & Chef Tom did an amazing job as a personal chef for a 50 birthday dinner party. I would highly recommend Chef Tom!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Standard (basic ingredients) • Italian • American - casual • Mexican / Latin American • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Heather G.
3 weeks ago
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Chef Tom and Christina were a delight to have. I asked them to cook an Italian themed meal for 10 people at my small wedding reception/dinner. He created a menu that included appetizers, a salad, starter course, main course AND a dessert. The items he created were presented SO nicely and professional. You can tell he takes pride in his work, which in return made my evening complete. He was so easy to communicate leading up to the night and he was on time in delivering his masterpieces. I HIGHLY recommend this duo for ANY occasion, however fancy or lowkey it may be!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Premium (high end ingredients) • Italian • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Jesse D.
4 weeks ago
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Chef Tom and his assistant Cristina were both amazing! They showed up right on time and gave us flexibility in how the night went. We were even held up later than planned at a wine tasting and Tom was happy to coordinate around us to make it all work. They asked for our preference on how we would like the timing of the meal to unfold. It was done SO well. They were upbeat and engaging, yet gave us our space as well. They came in and made everything work in our VRBO space...even helping to make an outdoor tablescape where we ate using the items we had on hand. The FOOD was outstanding. A delicious starter, salad, and meal followed by a perfect dessert to cap us off. Tom was great working with us to accommodate any special dietary needs and gave us plenty of options to work with. The team cleaned the kitchen better than how they found it! It really was a perfect evening. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Mexican / Latin American • Italian • French • American - casual • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Julia K.
Oct 28, 2022
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Chef Tom was amazing! His partner and him took the stress of hosting my birthday party away from me and made me very at ease. They came in and took over the kitchen, started making the dinner and were attentive to the charcuterie and bruschetta plates as they prepared the other meals. We had an Italian meal made for my birthday for 8 people with charcuterie, an eggplant salad, sea bass dish and panna cotta. The food was amazing and so innovative with the meal ideas, he really listened to what I wanted and accomplished it. Chef Tom was responsive and helpful throughout the whole process making sure everything was clearly in a contract and all questions answered. The team was amazing and I will hopefully host another dinner party with him in the future. My birthday was a blast and it’s all thanks to Chef Tom!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • Italian • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Ashley M.
Aug 23, 2022
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Chef Tom did a private dinner for me and 7 of my friends this past weekend and it was incredible, the highlight of our trip! He created a beautiful menu for the evening! He was very responsive to all my changes before the event, and pricing was very reasonable for the amazing food he prepared! I will be using chef Tom for all my future events. He was punctual and very attentive and clean everything afterwards! Thanks Chef Tom!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - casual • Mexican / Latin American • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Thomas Pace

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My prices are quoted per guest and will contain no surprises. I have a full time server/partner who is included in the quote and there are no travel fees, surcharges or built-in gratuities. I have always regarded tips for what they are - additional compensation at the host's discretion for a job well done.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Establish communication via phone or email. Discuss client preferences and special needs. Draft a Catering Services Agreement (CSA) to ensure mutual committment. Conduct a site visit if needed.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    While I did complete culinary training in Napa, Ca, I consider most of skills to have been developed in my own kitchen over the years, beginning in my teens. In my business career I honed skills in marketing, client relations, communications and professionalism which translate well to a credible, reliable catering business.

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