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South Lake Tahoe Private Chefs

Browse these private chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in South Lake Tahoe.

CoCoMoes Catering
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Rashid K.
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Ben and Greg were AMAZING...they were early, they worked with our party from planning to cleanup. If I'm ever in the area again, I'm going back to CoCoMoes Q. The food was amazing. I hope they felt the love from our group as everyone is still raving about the dinner 2 days later. This is now the Gold Standard for Private Chefs for me.

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Catering for Causes
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel B.
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The staff was so professional and worked so very hard to help me make my party a success. I loved the food and received many compliments on my choice of caterers from our guests (about 70 guests). I would not hesitate to recommend Erin 👍🏻👍🏻

Big Blue Q of Tahoe
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick B.
Verified review

I've hired the Big Blue Q to cater our annual lake front party for the last 2 years and they've done an outstanding job both times! Their ribs are to die for as well as the smoked salmon! Shane is great to work with, very flexible and not only is the food amazing, but their customer service is top notch! The Big Blue Q will be our annual Go-To caterer for years to come! He can cook anything and it comes out great. We have hired several caterers over the years and non can compare with Big Blue Q of Tahoe

  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Edwauna D.
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Chef Michelle was very dependable.

Tim Meevasin, Personal Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth L.
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Tim is an AMAZING chef and his food was DELICIOUS! He was under budget, has a great personality and made the party a memorable occasion. My guest are still raving about how great the food was. He is a class act and I recommend him highly.

Tahoe Flavor
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Cathie C.
Verified review

We decided to spend my 60th birthday with friends in South Lake Tahoe and to have a personal chef prepare the celebration dinner in the home we rented. Chef Mary was open to all our suggestions for dishes and created a custom menu that was perfect for our group of 13. The day of the event she arrived with her assistant and everything she needed. The evening went off without a hitch and every dish was perfectly prepared and delicious. She took care of every detail including setting the table and leaving the kitchen spotless. Not only is Mary a fabulous chef, but she is also professional and personable. A real joy to work with. We will be calling Mary again the next time we visit Tahoe.

  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Denise S.
Verified review

We were looking for healthy, low calorie, Paleo meals to help aid in our weight loss goal. My husband and I could not believe that she gave us everything we asked for with over the top flavor (DELICIOUS!!!) and the kitchen was spotless when she left. Chef Brandy was very warm, friendly and professional. We are going to continue to use her!! Denise

April Cooks Tonight!
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa E.
Verified review

Great food and attention to detail. We loved the steak and the cheesecake was amazing! Would definitely hire again.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alex V.
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Kris and team cooked a four course meal for my wife's surprise birthday party (of size 7), and did a fantastic job. He was very accommodating with the various dietary restrictions we had, and was also flexible as I was making changes on the fly. And most importantly, the dishes was amazing. Chef Kris cooked up a wonderful Autumn based menu including a Michigan salad, butternut squash soup (our fav!), and a killer filet. I highly recommend Chef Kris and his team as they were highly professional, paid close attention to detail, and cooked a savory menu.

Chef Jonathon Nickels
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Masterful chef with exquisite taste and impeccable presentation.

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We offer customized personal chef services to suit each client's needs. We use only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients available. Everything is home made from scratch and absolutely delicious. We can supply in-house chef services, wait staff, bartenders and whatever one requires to make their at-home entertaining fun and stress free for the host and hostess.

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Chef Evan provides high quality personal chef services and dinner parties. We offer gourmet, special diet, and weight loss meal plans with competitive prices and excellent customer service. We take great pride in our attention to detail and care about your health, staying up to date with the latest health and fitness trends and research. We use only high quality ingredients, leaving your taste buds happy and satisfied.

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I will create haute cuisine meals for small, private at-home events. I am specializing in food and wine pairings and Italian and French cuisine.

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I am a proven executive chef. I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York.

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We are a small group of professional chefs with years of experience and history in the field of culinary arts. Between us, we share a certain passion, drive and desire to invent and create some of the most savory concepts to hit the plate. As ambitious and enthusiastic as we are to elevate our diverse multicultural backgrounds of cooking, we are equally comfortable and proficient in cooking any of the international classics that we all know and love.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I specialize in special needs diets. I am currently a NDTR, Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered. I am able to accommodate a wide variety of special diets, including but not limited to renal, celiac, diabetic, and vegetarian.

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I am a DC based chef. I trained in Italy and moved to DC to start my career. I have worked in fine dining, upscale casual, and steak houses. I am dedicated to cooking delicious food that is customized to your tastes and dietary need. Let Chef Sean cook for you.

  • 25 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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We have been providing Wedding and Event Coordination and planning for over 25 years. We have had the honor of assisting hundreds of couples and clients to create the memorable event of their dreams.

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We are two chefs who work in customers' homes to provide excellent meals for families, businesses, events, or specialized health needs. We work independently or together as needs present.

  • 5 years in business
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We are the catering team with the know how and genuine passion for food that will enhance your special event. We coordinate our set up with your desired ambiance. We customize the menu to fit your tastes and budget. We would love the opportunity to serve your guests and incorporate our team into your special event!

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We are a mobile kitchen that provides fresh-cooked food made as you order, not fast food. We have burgers, fries, sweet potato chips, cheese steak links and grilled chicken.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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