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West Sacramento Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in West Sacramento.

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Made With Love
4.9
from 78 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alex M.
Verified review

We had a wonderful experience. Debbie was warm, professional, and an excellent chef. Ask for the chicken parm!

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie F.
Verified review

Alisa made everything I asked her to make and presented it beautifullly. She catered a High School graduation all night party held at the High School. She cooked the hot food for our diner on the premises. She had the appetizer platters premade and ready to go. She came early which I appreciated, and the food was made and served on time. I asked her to leave the leftovers for the kids and adult volunteers to graze on as the night went on and she did. We met at the school weeks before the event to coordinate where the cooking would be done. Also how and where things would be served. The quality of her work exceeded my expectations. I was personally nervous and wanted the diner I had set up for the kids to be perfect. Alisa helped make that happen. I would highly recommend Alisa as she was very detail oriented and did a magnificant job!

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa D.
Verified review

Arturo is professional, reliable and makes the most amazing food. Everything is top notch and makes me look brilliant when he caters our events. I always look forward to the leftovers.......they never make it to the fridge at home!

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Brent K.
Verified review

Boris was fantastic to work with! He was very accommodating to all of our requests, patient with our questions, excellent in teaching us how to be better chefs. Having him to come to our house for the private cooking class was one of the most fun evenings we've had in a long time!

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John G.
Verified review

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
Brooke M.
Verified review

Chef Rachel and the Polkadot Dinners team catered some of the food for our annual charity golf tournament and it was absolutely fabulous! Their food, presentation, and professionalism are second to none. Our firm will be using Polka Dot Dinners again in the future. Thank you chef Rachel and team!

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Nancy Gerbault
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ursula M.
Verified review

Nancy created a very special menu for my very Scottish husband. She prepared a veritable British smorgasbord for his surprise birthday party. She also cared about creating a beautiful visual impression as well. From our first conversation, I was impressed by her enthusiasm and passion for her craft. When I told her my husband was from Scotland she let me know she has worked, travelled, and cooked in the UK extensively and just ran with an idea for creating a special meal. Nancy went out of her way to procure imported Scottish cheeses, bacon, and other delicacies to really make it special and meaningful to him. Anytime I needed to confer with Nancy, she was very responsive, by phone and email; whatever I preferred. I know her talents extend far beyond British fare. Hire Nancy if you want a passionate chef who will whip up delicious food and strive to make your event very special and personalized.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Yolanda H.
Verified review

I wish he can cook for me everyday.My own personal chef.. Why he leave me thirsty for more of his delicious scrumptious meal

TR Shields Culinary Services
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Traci W.
Verified review

We contacted Chef Tim about catering our father's 70th birthday party. He was very responsive while we were arranging everything, and suggested a great menu that everyone loved! He even made a special bowl of my dad's favorite food just for him! Many birthday invitees complimented us on the great food and execution. The experience was fantastic and the party was an absolute hit! Chef Tim helped us create a wonderful and memorable birthday party! He was very knowledgable, well organized, and personable. We highly recommended Chef Tim and we will absolutely be contacting him for all of our future parties.

Chef Thu Ta
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Viet-Thi T.
Verified review

Viet-Thu cares about the ingredients she picks and the food she creates, and it shows through her cooking. She gives you an ultimate culinary experience yet grounds you with flavors that are familiar. Her background in nutrition and cooking makes her an extremely capable and professional chef. She is punctual, organized, and accommodating. Hire her for your next event and she will listen to your every request and deliver the meal that goes beyond.

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
Verified review

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.

KwazKancook
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Alisha H.
Verified review

My mother-in-law is in the late stages of battling bone marrow cancer and due to sick babies, I was unable to help out by bringing food. I spoke to Chef Kwasi and he put together 4 freezer meals and 1 fresh meal for her. My inlaws have loved everything he prepared for them. He prepared organic, nutritious meals that weren't overly spiced per her request. I couldn't be more please, thanks Chef...I'll be in touch soon for another round of delicious home cooked food.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Andrea D.
Verified review

It is my pleasure to offer a review of Sylvia's catering, culinary expertise and work ethic. I have enjoyed years of her cooking as she and I were coworkers. In addtion she has catered a couple parties for our family. Sylvia is classically trained so she may provide any food item or method requested. She is also of course very proficient in kitchen safety, equipment, hygiene, prep, timing and temperature requirements. Now for food! Sylvia has a special sense for pairing and encorporating big flavors and complimentary textures. Whether is is fried chicken and mashed potatoes you are after or exotic flavors of the Far East and Carribean Islands, she can provide. Personally I prefer the latter and the spices and flavors Sylvia creates are completely delicious. Some examples include her Chana Alu (curry chick pea and potato), chilie spiced salsas and chutneys, and tangy tomato marinaras. Our family perferes the Caribbean flavors and a recent menu included jerk spiced chicken (and tofu), coconut prawn, chana alu, spicy mango chutney, yougart/ dill chutney, green salad and cilantro/ lime rice. Sylvia graces any atmoshere with exuberance, style, positivity and professionalism. Highly recommened!

About

I have been a local business owner for 30 years. I cater to all events of up to 2000 people. I have wine auction experience and have 25 local wineries/winery owners as clients. I provide full service: all cuisines, staffing, menu development, and wine pairing.

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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.

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I'm very creative & precise about what I do I'm all about the customer & pleasing them & making them happy it's nothing like satisfaction in a person & teaching them something new

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I am creating a personalized foodie experience for every occasion. I was trained by the Le Cordon Bleu art. I make menus just for your special occasions.

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I am Jada Umpierre. I am the owner/pastry chef. I am able to do wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies and any other pastry upon request. I am able to travel to an event for delivery.

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Hi, I am Maria Isola, past president and head chef of the East Bay Gourmet Group for 8 years. I was also head chef of What a party! catering in Walnut Creek for 15 years. I offer my cooking services for $25 an hour, or by bidding. I could also serve large dinner parties by request. I can cook and complete 3 courses in an hour, and I can cook any style, may it be gourmet, ethnic, American, or soul. You decide. I will provide a copy of recipes on request of all dishes served in your home. Allow me to cook meals for your party in your kitchen, it allows you to spend time with your family and guests.

  • 5 years in business
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My work is professional, I'm a firm believer in farm to fork.

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Simply the personal touch.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

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.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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