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  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick L.
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Chef Sat did a spectacular job for my girlfriend's birthday party! I had two previous chefs flake out on me, the first being completely unresponsive, and the second not answering a request for a quote and then going completely over budget. Sat stepped in with only a few days to organize, and was more professional and invested in the event than I could have hoped for. Sat listened carefully as I rambled about which ingredients I was hoping to include on the menu, and provided great feedback about what would be in season, what we would be able to find with good quality, and how we could break from a traditional menu in order to squeeze in as much variety as possible. He patiently revised his menu 4-5 times for me to address every detail I could throw at him - and, remember, this was all with under a week to plan the event. Sat also helped me rent dishware, and was very transparent about what would be needed, and what things would cost - this was a huge time saver. At the party, Sat was charismatic and charming. He thoroughly cleaned the entire kitchen and packaged all our leftovers while we ate. He fielded our questions about his background, cooking techniques, sourcing tools and ingredients. The Bottom line, I would hire Sat again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the wonderful evening!

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine A.
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Oh my gosh, Arturo Vargas is one of the best, creative, culinary chefs in No. California! He does an amazing array of Spanish dishes, along with the best ceviche on the planet. You will be delighted by Taste of the Senses for all of your party planning, corporate and special events! His wife is very organized and does a great job with all the various details of event planning! Any questions? Call Katherine 916-612-5993. Cheers!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John G.
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On December 23, 2015 approximately 40 Earlimart Seniors participated in its annual Christmas Dinner. Chef Albert and his sous chef prepared a delicious and nutricious meal. The seniors were very pleased with the meal as many "mmm's" and "this is gooood" were heard from the people seated at the tables. Chef Albert prepared a very tender roastbeef, so tender it melted in your mouth.He also introduced our seniors to eating kale. Rounding out the meal was a crisp green salad with cranberries and walnuts, mashed potatoes and dessert. The chefs were very gracious with the seniors - talking and mingling with them and even taking pictures. Everyone left with a smile on their face and a delicious meal in their tummy! We are looking forward to our next meal with Chef Albert- who is innovative and still provides a very satisfying meal. Kudos Chef !

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
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Rachel was very professional. She did whatever we asked her to do and more. Rachel took on the challenge to cut up a whole roasted pig. She did a beautiful job and was able to display the meat in a clever way. Rachel is a up and coming chef in this area. Do not hesitate to hire Rachel and her staff for your next party, you won't be sorry.

Aurora Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Landon T.
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Dawn and Marty were simply amazing. Marty is the chef and is more passionate about food then any chef I've ever met. He went beyond the extra mile to prepare amazing food for our wedding. The quality of the food and the the caliber of service provided by Dawn was outstanding. We live over 300 miles away from where the wedding was held so we had to hire our caterer remotely. We were worried about that at first, but Dawn put us completely at ease. She arranged for a site visit and then a private tasting at their facility. That was AMAZING! Appetizers, main courses, desert AND wine. What a great preview. Dawn helped us coordinate our order with the rental company and gave lots of helpful tips. Marty accommodated a special request my bride wanted which was to replace the traditional wedding cake with a tiered 60 cup Creme Brûlée desert tower! Wow... incredible. I heard several guest snuck two helpings :) Dawn and Marty were not just Caterers, they became family to us as they helped make the day a huge success! We would absolutely recommend their service to others and will use them again!

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Nancy Gerbault
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacquelyn M.
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Nancy is a gifted organizer and an excellent chef, who is also thoughtful and personable.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Yolanda H.
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I wish he can cook for me everyday.My own personal chef.. Why he leave me thirsty for more of his delicious scrumptious meal

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east bay chef
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary m.
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Jon, and his assistant Danny, catered a sit down dinner for 24. The menu included several appetizers, salad, Filet Mignon and lobster with fingerling potatoes and veggies, and a homemade raspberry filled buttercream cake (as requested) for my husbands 70th birthday. Everything was perfect!!!!!! Exceeded our expectations. Not only was everything amazing but Jon and Danny couldn’t have been any nicer. Several of my guests are already arranging to use them for their upcoming events. We would definitely use them again. They made my husbands 70th so special. Could t be happier.

What's Cookin?
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jenett T.
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Chef Eileen was the greatest! This was a first time experience for us, hiring a personal chef for a small group of 8. It was a bachelorette party and the best touch to start an otherwise amazing weekend. Chef Eileen was professional, extremely sweet and most of all our 4 course dinner was delicious! The entire group was happy!! We will certainly do business again in the future and I believe she even gained new clients from our experience. Thank you Chef Eileen!!! All the best, Jenett

Pastries by Keri
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nichole H.
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I requested for a pastry chef to make cookies and cupcakes for the Super Bowl- Keri sent me a quote and made amazing goodies! I wanted them to be Seahawks themed and she hand decorated all of the cookies with their logo. Everyone loved them and the cookies were way bigger than expected. Thanks again!

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
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Chef Jon and family was everything the dr ordered the food was excellent and the customer service was even better.I will be using him for all my catering needs.

Tina G.
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Really super food. The strawberries were awesome!!! Lovely lady to deal with.

Three D Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff M.
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They are the Truth! Chefs and owners Roger and Dee are my new go to caterers! Their warm, and friendly staff were extremely pro! I've been put in charge of a few company events before but NEVER has the food tasted this good! I mean ultimately that's what it comes down to is the food. They definitely love what they do and it shows. The best part of the day for me was when my boss waved at me from across the way to get my attention. Then he pointed at his plate and gave me a very enthusiastic thumbs up! That's never happened before. Three D Catering are the best!

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I am a consummate professional who takes great pride in the work I do, and I also derive great pleasure from making your dining experience one you will never forget!!

  • 4 years in business
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Phicit (P.J.) Suppanich, C.C.C 1809 Mt. Silliman Way Antioch, CA 94531 I provide private chef services for sit-down dinners for 2 to 20 people, with 3- to 5-course meals or small buffets, cocktail parties, lunch, dinner or dessert. Qualifications are the following: Trader Vic's Emeryville CA, Executive Chef 6/2013-present As executive chef, responsibilities include all purchasing, menu development, budget, inventory, P and L cost controls, BOH and FOH Training ordering, preparing, storing and utilizing products in a manner that maintains their quality, hiring, developing and disciplining staff in a manner that supports their success, an informed environment, that promotes individual and team success and growth, creating enticing and seasonally influenced menu specials, execution of all banquets, maintaining a professional, creative safe work environment, Cha-Da Resort & Spa Lanta Island, Thailand Executive chef 2009-2013 Open new five-star resorts as executive chef. Responsibilities included all purchasing (equipment and supplies) menu development, budget, inventory food, labor and cost controls, manager of 2 fine dining kitchen and 1 café, health and safety HACCP/SAFE administration, hiring and training, recipe menu design and execution of all banquets, catering, special events, wine tasting and room service, 215 rooms, and cooking class. Castlewood Country Club Pleasanton CA Executive chef 2006-2009 Complete responsibility for staffing, training and management of 1fine dining kitchen and 2 upscale dining kitchens 1 snack bar. Duties included all purchasing, menu recipe development, hiring, and training and manage budget, food inventory, labor and cost controls, HACCP/SAFE administration. Responsible for design, decoration and execution of all banquets, catering, special events, wine and beer tastings. Consistently below budget on food and labor costs, and cooking class. Mira Vista Golf and Country Club El Cerrito, CA Executive chef 2001-2006 Complete responsibility for kitchens, training and management. Cut food cost by 10%, labor cost by 20%. Consistently came in below budget on food and labor costs. Responsible for design, decoration and execution of all banquets and events. Reorganized planned renovations to prevent 6 month closure of kitchen, while still upgrading facilities. ARCO-IRIS Top 100 Restaurants in San Francisco Chronicle newspaper food section Alameda, CA Executive chef/co-owner 1997-2001 Asian-French fusion cuisine. Complete charge of all phases of restaurant operations, banquets and catering. Oakland Tribune review-- “Undiscovered Gem. Each meal...(is) a feast for the eyes." Other experiences are the following: * Hotels Holiday Inn South San Francisco, CA Sous chef Oriental Hotel Bangkok, Thailand Lead cook and banquets Education/Training: * Bangkok College, B.A. (Thailand) * Apprenticeship San Mateo College ACF culinary program * Purdue University, courses in nutrition, sanitation, and management * California Culinary Academy Courses * Certified by American Culinary Federation and the American Culinary Institute * Traveled extensively in France, Germany, and Japan working and training to develop my culinary skills over a 5-year period Awards are the following: * Cervena Venison, Top Five on the West Coast * Pork Association, First Place Medal Professional associations: * Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast * American Culinary Federation

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Modern Kitchen will collaborate with you to make your vision a reality. Be it an intimate dinner for two or a cocktail party for twenty, let me know what you want, and I'll make it happen. After attending Le Cordon Blue in Paris, France, and graduating with degrees in patisserie and cuisine, I had worked in the kitchens of two, busy New York City restaurants, and later oversaw the pastry program during the East Coast expansion of Blue Bottle Coffee Company. In addition to personal chef services and catering, I also provide: - Private Cooking Lessons - Special Occasion Cakes - Personalized Meal Kits Let me know how I can help you in the kitchen.

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We bake cupcakes for events and home parties. We will deliver within a 20-mile radius. Specialty favors are our specialty.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Tasting the World Catering prides itself on being versatile and knowledgeable in all aspects of the industry. While providing excellent customer service for people within the community. Tasting the World Catering also works diligently i n providing quality services using the best ingredients while supporting local farmers within the community.

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Simply the personal touch.

  • 9 years in business
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Chef Ronald A. Campanaro is a creative and innovative culinary artist offering a variety of handcrafted hors d'oeuvres, small plates, entrees, and desserts. All are consistent in technique, flavor, and presentation. From formal events and cocktail parties to holiday gatherings, Chef Ronnie will work with you to devise a menu that suits your unique budget, preferences and dietary needs. Over the past 15 years, Chef Ronnie has won numerous awards and received excellent reviews in publications such as The New York Times, Journal News, Zagat, and Westchester Magazine. A mixologist is available with the services upon request.

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I am a caterer living in the Sacramento area. My heritage is from the Middle East and Greece, which combined, offers you the "best of both worlds". I learned to cook from the tender age of seven by my mother, who was taught by her mother in Jordan. My Mediterranean blends and flavors of food is what makes me unique. I cook from the heart, which comes through in my culinary cuisines. I aspire to be on "Chopped" one day. My biggest joy in this world is feeding people, especially my family.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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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