ITK Culinary

Sausalito, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Our services are centered around 3 pillars, cooking classes, catering and team building. Flavors are the key to our services along with the ability to listen. Our menus are customized to each customer, event and venue. We've built our reputation on using farm fresh ingredients and doing just enough with them to bring the flavor out. We pride ourselves using various techniques to make our food special. Whether its adding apple and fennel to our slaw or using our sous vide machine, small touches like this are a trademark of our service. ITK is also keen on incorporating the various ethnic backgrounds in our foods, so you'll see items from slow smoked BBQ meats to Korean Glass Noodles and everything in betweeh. We also want everyone to have fun. Our cooking classes are very engaging, interactive and full of information.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Cooking is fun and the reward comes when we see someone really enjoy the food we prepared. You can never have full knowledge in any area of food, so each day is a journey with a tasty reward at the end.
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Location

Sausalito, CA 94965

Years in business

9

Number of employees

12

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

8 Reviews
  • Ash A. Jan 30, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Food was delicious!
    It was wonderful! He brought us in and showed us all the fantastic dishes we could make. Really enjoyed learning from someone so seasoned. Asian food uses a lot of salt! I wouldn't of realized that weren't for our cooking together. Food was delicious!
  • Kathleen W. Dec 1, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Rich S. Oct 27, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Doug was creative and offered good ideas for our family event for 16. The German themed food was authentic and delicious. The service team was cordial and professional.
  • Jenny K. Aug 17, 2015
    ITK Culinary catered my daughter's bat mitzvah party (100 guests). Working with Doug was wonderful - he was professional, helped us create just the right menu to fit our budget, and he's a genuinely nice person. His staff was just as professional and personable; we felt that they really added warmth to our celebration. The food (Chinese) was delicious and we got lots of positive feedback about it from our friends and family. Because Doug is so busy, timely communication from him was sometimes an issue. However, he delivered on all of his promises and we felt very fortunate that we'd found him through Thumbtack! Thank you for making our daughter's celebration so delicious and run so smoothly, Doug!
  • Stephanie M. Jul 23, 2015
    i stumbled on itk and hired them to deliver food in 2012 when we were expecting our second child and they exceeded my expectations immediately. we have worked with them weekly since then because their food and staffing are terrific. The owner is an excellent, creative chef as well as a very nice person to work with. he knows our food preferences and brings us things we like without having to hassle with ordering specific things through a set menu or the computer; he knows us based on our conversations and figures out the menu. it's heaven when the food shows up. they samples a lot of world flavors and create amazing seasonal food. for a busy family like ours, itk beats other kinds of help in a big way: we eat healthier meals together in a much less frazzled state. wonderful service
  • Jeff B. Jul 18, 2015
    After many events at ITK for numerous organizations I am part of, it's my pleasure to share how wonderful each has been. I have held, make your own, learn a lesson or come watch cooking event's. Each has been a huge success and everyone wants to come back! If you are thinking of working an Event there, you won't be disappointed!
  • JJ H. Apr 30, 2015
    Doug and his team were very responsive and professional! We had a tight budget and ITK offered a high quality alternative to the other options considered. The food was delivered on time and included all the requested utensils.
  • Mark H. Nov 12, 2014
    Delicious food served with a most beautiful and inviting presentation!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our process revolves around the customers vision for atmosphere and feel for the event. With this in mind we can begin to put our suggestions for menu items. While other caterers will have you select from standards they have, we like to customize each event with our knowledge of foods, seasonality and costs to create a win-win solution for everyone. Lastly, we'll try to work within your budget parameters or simply let you know we are not the right organization to suit your needs.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Having grown up in the food business, we've done this for decades now. ITK has also had many instructors come through our doors and we've been able to glean experience and knowledge along the way.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
We do not have a standard pricing simply due to the fact each circumstance requires a specific solution. In general though, our catering starts at $15 per head to $100 per head depending upon the requirements. For our team building services, factor $100 per head plus cost of rental facility and any equipment rental needed.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
After spending 20 years as Human Resources and three relocations later, my family decided we needed to do something different and get back to the West Coast. I knew I wanted to have a food related business, but did not want to open a restaurant, so we started to do cooking classes and host private events. From there, our customers asked us to do some catering and the rest is history.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We've worked with some of the largest Bay Area companies such as Google, Cisco, Autodesk, Apple, Charles Schwab, Kaiser, etc. to the individual client who needs a Bat Mitzvah done at the local social hall. We've had customers for years now that repeat annual event to our non-profits who use our daily catering serves for the past 6 years.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Recently had a 60 person catering for Box Lunches. I got 15 hours notice and pulled it off with Flank Steak Sandwiches, Farro Salad and Fresh Chocolate Chip cookies.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Find out from their experience how they'll be able to best serve you.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We are not miracle workers. Just like everyone else, we are constrained by budget and time. Think about what the project is and build realistic expectations.