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Arvada Chefs

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Mezcla Maggie's Catering
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Staci H.
Verified review

Maggie is a talented chef, and a delightful person. I used her for a graduation party, and she was very easy to work with. She truly listened to my needs and created a perfect buffet for my party. And the food was delicious!

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The Crazy Caterer
4.8
from 65 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Veronica S.
Verified review

We hired The Crazy Caterer for a one time private chef experience for a 70th birthday party and they were amazing!! Tentative, responsive, and reliable. Everyone at the party was impressed and loved the personal touch and food. Great time with such short notice and the food was tasty. We are looking forward to working with Kim and Stephen again!!!

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Your Own Kitchen
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jan D.
Verified review

I am Jan Dunbar (Janice Romney Dunbar: Mrs. C.W. Dunbar) I've known Tom Letts in various capacities, particularly that of a friend as he has had an interesting career, crossing paths with our lives and with our interests. Tom is a Chef-At-Heart. Tom never heard the term, "Fast Food." without coming up with an alternative that was twice as nutritious, twice as interesting, and twice as much fun. Not many amateur chefs I know would pack up his favorite pot, favorite knives, and detour into organic food stores where his lively imagination could innovate a recipe to fit something fresh and exciting, promising to make it through his kitchen to come out surprising and delicious. At the same time, Tom is a patient innovator who can take something like a mushroom of unknown flavor, doing small maneuvers between sink and stove, coming up with something simmered and slow-savored to just the "different" kind of sauce. Tom is a fearless shopper, buying things that are unusual, sometimes exotic, sometimes experimental and handsome on the plate. and nothing is too much trouble. I've lived next door to Tom from time to time. The sounds and scents of Tom-in-the-kitchen are an experience of joy and excitement. You should try it!

Plum Creek Catering
4.6
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen K.
Verified review

Everybody loved the food and the two chefs, it was a great choice!

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Underground Fine Dining
5.0
from 46 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sheree M.
Verified review

Dustin provided exquisite dining for a group of 10 for 2 weeks aboard a luxury houseboat on Lake Powell, Arizona. The cuisine was nothing short of divine...matching the impact of the stunning desert landscape. From the uniqueness of the menu to the savory blend of flavors to the artistic presentation, each meal was professionally crafted by an extremely talented chef. The cleanliness and organization was impeccable. Having hired excellent chefs for our Lake Powell trip for over ten years, Dustin was awarded the TOP CHEF award by our guests who travel the globe. He is exemplary in all facets of his profession.

Sparrow Kitchen
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Claire H.
Verified review

Nancy is life changing. I am a type A, very particular (okay, demanding) lawyer who seeks out the best in everything. I have lived in NYC, DC, and Chicago tried personal chefs for weekly meal prep in every city. I also have tried all the high end meal delivery (fresh diet, LA-based sunfresh, diet to go, etc). I can say with 100 percent certainty that Nancy's meals are healthier and more tasty than anything I have tried. If I can't lose a few pounds and get healthy with her delicious food packed beautifully in my fridge, it is all on me. Because Nancy has made it so easy to eat beatiful and healthy meals every day. She uses intersting flavors, textures, and spices. This is no "chicken breast and brocoli" dinner. I can't thank her enough for her high level of service and better-than-restaurant quality of food. I have struggled for quite awhile to find this great support in my busy life and finally found it. Thank you Nancy.

Clark's Custom Catering
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Rhiannon P.
Verified review

Sean is an excellent chef and very easy to work with! I met him at a wedding and after just minutes of chatting with him, I hired him to cater 10 different meals for my office staff. His menus were fresh and creative and his food was loved by everyone! Even eating his meals 10 out of 16 days (would have been 16 out of 16 but he was already booked!), my staff never was tired of it or looked for anything different. The menu had such a variety and each type of food was delicious! He was friendly, quick to respond and very easy to work with. I HIGHLY recommend Sean for any type of event you need catered!

Integrity Custom Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Teri P.
Verified review

I consider myself a seasoned traveler and a lover of food. I'm serious, when I say...the best food/dishes I've had in my life, have been made by Chef Rick, of Intergrity Custom Catering. I highly recommend the cajun dishes. They are tremendous. I've also had some yummy chicken and seafood dishes and great steaks. Chef Rick is happy and honest and will make you feel spoiled. He works very hard to make sure everyone is happy, pleased,...and FULL.

True Taste
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly M.
Verified review

I am in charge of resident events at IMT Alameda Station Apartments and Chef Kerry came out and did a fun Breakfast for Dinner event at my community. He worked with me to get a menu that worked for both parties and my residents loved it! Food was great and Kerry was professional and knowledgeable. I would recommend his services to anyone!

Magnifique Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Justin J.
Verified review

We were kind of fearful to book Magnifique and it's chef after a good friend disclosed her quote price. However, he came highly recommended, and we knew we had made the right decision when we kept meeting with Durosola and revising the menu. The Moroccan themed dinner was delicious and we were almost too stuffed for dessert... almost! Chef is most awesome and we'll definitely be booking again!

Magnifique Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Sofia L.
    Verified review

    Such a great Chef! So upsetting he moved the company from New York.

    Top Pro
    • 12 hires on Thumbtack
    • Top Pro on Thumbtack
    Matthew J.
    Verified review

    Honestly, Connor was much better then expected or anticipated! Not only was he consistent and timely in responding to my emails but was on top of any and all questions I had! Very thorough and specific in terms of trying to figure out exactly what you're looking to gain from the time together. Feels very relaxed and easy going. Never a feeling of being rushed or forced and does a great job at taking the lead while still allowing you to feel like your in control. I wanted to make sure he knew what I wanted as far as, Meal Prep, Food Combination & Planning for the week ahead... What I got was all that and more; an introduction to Seasonings, Proper cooking times, Techniques, and Tools for eliminating waste and increasing efficiency ! He was very straight forward, easy to understand and relatable. Connor makes it unbelievably easy to take simple ingredients combined with a few simple spices and seasonings to bring to life a really delicious, healthy and hearty meal! I would definitely recommend anyone looking for an inexpensive High Quality chef to come share his experience and knowledge! 11/10 on rating of satisfaction!

    Magnifique Catering
    4.9
    from 7 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Durosola C.
    Verified review

    We were kind of fearful to book Magnifique and it's chef after a good friend disclosed her quote price. However, he came highly recommended, and we knew we had made the right decision when we kept meeting with Durosola and revising the menu. The Moroccan themed dinner was delicious and we were almost too stuffed for dessert... almost! Chef is most awesome and we'll definitely be booking again!

    Callan Krystofiak
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Shawn M.
    Verified review

    Callan's ability to create delicious food is really unparalleled. Gluten free and vegetarian dishes significantly more delicious than any I've had before. All around excellent chef and wonderful human being!

    A la Heart Creations
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 12 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Ryan S.
    Verified review

    She came in and catered for a work event we were having, and let me tell you, her food is out of this world. Even now, the Gods are preparing her a place in Valhalla, not as a guest, but as a chef. Because this food is worthy of the heroes therein to feast upon until the end of time.

    • 18 hires on Thumbtack
    Marina S.
    Verified review

    very accomodating and good cook

    Chef Bella B
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Olivia H.
      Verified review

      I give Chef Bella five stars all around! She takes pride in what she does and you can tell that she truly cares about her clients! Her food is absolutely amazing, top that off with the great one on one customer experience!

      Chef James
      5.0
      from 3 reviews
      • 21 years in business
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Hudson M.
      Verified review

      Chef James was incredible. My boyfriend surprised me for our anniversary and it was MUCH better than going out to a loud brunch, plus I got to put my pajamas back on which is always a plus. The food was incredible; he was so kind and accommodating. He brought everything (as a recent grad my kitchen is lacking in the cooking utensils department) and found everything himself while we just relaxed. He also managed to work even with a drooling dog at his feet. I could have eaten his hollandaise sauce right from the bowl it was so good. The only downside was the horror I felt at someone so talented seeing the state of my kitchen, but he persevered even in those conditions. I would highly recommend Chef James to anyone. If my boyfriend lived in Colorado we would be asking him for lessons without a doubt.

      • 1 year in business
      Anthony A.
      Verified review

      Very attentive and responsive to my needs.

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        I am a professional chef from northern Italy and have been cooking for over 20 years. My specialty is Mediterranean cuisine. I love to use fresh, organic produce and meats and sustainable seafood when available.

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          I concentrate on making family meals, not fancy meals.

          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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