Chef Tom Pace
Chef Tom Pace

Chef Tom Pace

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Introduction: Hello. Thinking about a dinner party or wedding in a world altered by covid-19? Don't worry. Life goes on. People get married and special occasions persist. We can do this. Already I have done events with between 50 - 150 guests. We take all the necessary precautions and whatever is prudent to protect the health and safety of our celebrants. My partner, Cristina, and I have been fully vaccinated. We do encourage outdoor events when weather permits, but we are happy to work indoors if that is your preference. Also, we have done many extended vacations (3-7 days) for families and friends coming to the Lake Tahoe area to enjoy the slopes and the lake. With uncertainty about dining out these days, our breakfast/lunch/dinner service options might be perfect for your group while renting a vacation home. 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. I keep it healthy and can accommodate food allergies and special needs. We are personable and professional and will dazzle your guests with delicious food skillfully served.. Cristina is an excellent and gracious server whose services are included in my quoted price. I can arrange for additional servers and rentals at my cost plus 15% ensuring you a worry-free event. With our new, tear-drop catering trailer, we now have greater range and can cover events in far-flung destinations like Mendocino and Monterey. And the on-board cooking apparatus allows us to prepare our usual delicious food in state parks and other locals without cooking facilities. No Gas? No power? No kitchen? No problem. We got this. Give us a try.

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2 employees

4 years in business

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

Exceptional 5.0

54 reviews


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Blair P.

Personal Chef

Where do I start! Tom was fantastic…as a person and a chef! His partner Cristina was equally as lovely. Tom executed a beautiful meal for our group flawlessly. He was responsive to all of our requests and dietary needs, even at the last minute. Not to mention, the kitchen was spotless when they left! I will hire Tom again in a heartbeat. His kind energy and food were filled with love! A++++++
Oct 6, 2021
Kevin M.

Wedding and Event Catering

Tom and Christina did a fantastic job for roughly 35 guests for a party at our house. I had an idea for a menu, mentioned it to Tom and he ran with it. Everything was perfect. Appetizers, meal and desert. Couldn’t ask for a more professional job. We would highly recommend Chef Tom if your looking for a chef for an event.
Sep 13, 2021
Taylor S.

Personal Chef

This was my first time hiring a professional chef. Tom is very responsible and easy to work with. He will help show you what you can serve with you budget snd has a lot of menus, photos and resources to help build your perfect meal. Tom and Christina were flexible with times and headcount changes up until the day before. We unfortunately had these meals planned during the Caldor and Dixie fires which caused for travel delay and cancellation. But even in the middle of that Tom communicated and met us in the middle to help feed our guests. The salmon was to die for! I wish I had more. I think everyone ate it so fast we didn’t even get a photo. Also the pan a cotta was so light and the best dessert ever! I recommend chef tom and will hire him again for future family vacations/ events.
Aug 31, 2021
Jackie J.

Personal Chef

We hired Chef Tom for my bachelorette party in Sonoma and he was absolutely incredible! We cannot speak highly enough about his food, the quality but also the quantity. Phenomenal value and absolutely delicious food!! Every single person had nothing but good reviews for everything that he made us. Cristina was also a huge help in getting everything out to us, especially when we had to push our time back a bit, the two of them were so accommodating. Our group also had a few people with allergies and Chef Tom not only worked around those allergies, but made them dishes that were JUST as amazing as the others. He was flexible on the menu and also had great suggestions for our group size. Overall a 10/10. Couldn’t be happier and would suggest Chef Tom to anyone in the area!
Aug 29, 2021
Katie F.

Personal Chef

Chef Tom and Cristina were incredible! Early, engaging, amazing food, appetizers before the meal and dessert AND they catered to multiple allergies. Almost equally as important - they cleaned our Airbnb kitchen and left it cleaner than when we arrived. They also were extremely professional, and a great addition to our gathering. Highly recommend :) :)
Aug 12, 2021
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Thomas Pace


  • 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 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. Then 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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