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As a capsule summary, we were initially excited to work with Michelle because she promised to provide so much for such a low price, and because her reviews were excellent. We hired her as a florist, caterer, and cake-maker for our very traditional wedding with 100 guests. The closer we got to the event, the more she twisted the meaning of the contract so that she could provide minimal services, and the more she added extra charges for everything imaginable. Oral agreements were valid only when they worked in her favor, but not when she didn’t want to do what she had agreed to do. We found out from a local event planner that Michelle’s main work is marketing—her catering is a recently begun side job. As far as we can tell, our wedding was her first attempt at a large event, and it didn’t go as we had hoped. We discovered that she was using our payments to stock her kitchen/linen closet with basic items that any caterer should already have had, such as cake pans and tablecloths, but she would select these items without consulting us about our preferences. Maybe Michelle is excellent at intimate dinners, but we would strongly advise against using her for anything over 20 people. We predict that Michelle’s response will be: She was expecting an industrial kitchen. (We don’t know why.) She was expecting a longer reservation. (Longer than what was in the contract?) She was expecting to provide only plastic plates and cups. (For a formal wedding?) She was expecting us to be happy with no options—such as the only available table runners being burlap and the only available cake shape being square. (She had promised to be flexible.) She was giving us a discounted price. (Discounted from what? She has no standard rates.) If you're hoping to have any say in how your event looks or tastes don't use Michelle. We were fortunate to have a spectacular photographer who managed to hide all the brown spots on the dying roses Michelle put in the bouquets!Apr 20, 2017VerifiedLet's Eat's reply
This review is an unfair advantage/perspective on the event. I regularly work with groups over 20 and was saddened to see this review. Expectations were changed last minute on multiple occasions by the bride/groom and I did my best to work with them.
Michelle catered a dinner celebrating my wife's birthday, and it was an amazing experience. Her food was delicious, and she used really great ingredients too. I also like that she brought beautiful flowers and candles to improve the warmth of the space. She even printed menus to distribute. A lot of nice touches. Very responsive and friendly!May 2, 2018VerifiedLet's Eat's reply
Thanks for the review, Gang! Was a pleasure to meet and work with you. And yes, those Lilacs did add a great touch! Have to love seasonal flowers. Cheers!
Due to the horrific fires that were raging in Northern California, we've had to postpone our celebratory birthday dinner for my husband. I'm sure it will take place down the road a bit. However, every email I had with Michelle from Day 1 was perfect. She was responsive, timely, had good suggestions and we SO look forward to our event with her. I can tell we are in very good hands. I can't speak to the quality yet, but I am certain she will surpass everything we have asked for.Oct 19, 2017VerifiedLet's Eat's reply
Aw, Linda. Thank you for the early review! It's been a pleasure working with you so far, as well. No doubt we'll have an amazing dinner party in the near future. Look forward to working more with you soon!
I highly recommend hiring Michelle for your next dinner party or event. She was absolutely amazing! Michelle is not only super great to work with but her food is outstanding. We hired Michelle to prepare dishes for a Memorial Day BBQ: everything was exceptional and I can't wait to work with her again!Jun 5, 2017VerifiedLet's Eat's reply
Thanks, Mimi! It was such a fun day! See you again soon...
Everything about this event was stunning...the meal was simple, tasty, incredibly fresh, with local ingredients and beautifully prepared. Michelle was extremely professional, responsive, and managed all of our requests or changes. She added her own touches like hand written menus, fresh flowers and candles that made the evening that much better. I've hired a few professional chefs before and she was by far the best! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal chef experience.Oct 14, 2016VerifiedLet's Eat's reply
Thanks, Heather! Look forward to working with you again! :) I'm based in Sonoma now, but continue to do work around the Bay Area.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?All dinners include min 3 courses, max 7. Without beverage service - min $75/person With beverage service - min $95/ person
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?A typical process is built on mutual respect - my respect for the space in which I'll be working, and my customers' respect for my creative intuition and experience.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My experience spans over 20 years and is credited by time both in and out of the kitchen. In the kitchen, my hands-on experience started at a young age since I was the oldest of six children. I was coached by my mother, who was coached by her mother and henceforth developed a self-made keen eye and palate for American dishes with a contemporary twist. Since my childhood, I've also been frequent visitor and observer of restaurants. In my 20s, I spent 4-5 days a week dining out, closely observing, and asking questions of my favorites stomping grounds in Chicago, LA and San Francisco. Then I became a mother, and my "going out" routine changed - I found myself back in the kitchen, not just observing. Since then, I've turned my kitchen into a culinary haven for friends and family. My style over the past seven years has definitely become more sophisticated, and more diverse with an extension into specialty cocktails. But my roots remain strong - good ol' American cuisine with heart, warmth and flavor that you'll remember long after the last bite.