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Auraria Home Chefs

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Mezcla Maggie's Catering
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline P.
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We have hired Maggie to be our personal chef. She has been very courteous and patient with us the entire time. We just had our first meal and it was DELICIOUS! (as well as unique!) Thank you Maggie! We are already thrilled to have chosen you as our chef!

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The Crazy Caterer
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joyce N.
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Kim couldn't have been a better choice for our wedding caterer. She was so personable, helpful, calming, and efficient, not to mention a fabulous cook! She handled everything from start to finish with the expertise of a five star chef. Everyone raved about our meal, which featured Beef Wellington. She completely took over the kitchen, but was so unobtrusive that you barely knew she was there. I would recommend her over and over for any event.

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Your Own Kitchen
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 91 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
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Janine E.
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What a night! A very special 70th birthday surprise for my husband, who had hoped to stay close to home, have a low key evening with little fanfare. What could be more perfect than celebrating in the comfort of your own home with Chef Dustin Brandt at the helm! Joined by our best friends, Dustin prepared a 5 course meal of all my husband's favorites including a chicken liver mousse w/ shallots and capers appetizer, scrumptious escargot in herb garlic butter sauce, crab stuffed mushrooms, mushroom soup with creme fraiche, spinach arugula salad with raspberries and roasted pistachios, Beef Wellington with toast potatoes and asparagus, and roasted apple creeps for dessert! The four of us friends are trying to come up with occasions to hire him again. Bravo! Superb! Extraordinaire! Find a celebration to hire Dustin as your personal chef...it was truly one if the best gifts I have ever given my husband and so well received. Thank you Dustin!

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Start Fresh Fitness
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Beth S.
Verified review

Hiring a personal trainer was not an easy step for me to take, because what I had seen of personal trainers and at big gyms was a big turn-off. What set him apart initially was that he offered a ‘no gimmicks, no pressure’ approach, was a (or soon to be a) registered dietician, offered additional services as a personal chef, and could do workouts either at his location or mine. When I started, I was in a hectic transition period with my job and so my schedule was unpredictable. Mike completely understood, and worked with me to schedule workout sessions in a very no-pressure way. During workouts, he pays attention (to safety, to how I am feeling and handling it…), and makes adjustments as needed based on the individual person. He started me on a level I could handle and we are building from there. The workouts are interesting and varied, which makes them fun (imagine that!), and I appreciate his positive reinforcement and encouragement, as it pushes me in a positive way to do the best I can. Based on my experience so far, I can say that Mike cares very much about the progress of his students and goes the extra mile to help them reach their goals. In the short amount of time I have been working with him, I have lost 17 pounds (more to go) and I am becoming stronger. As a result am gaining confidence and setting new goals which I am excited to reach! I would definitely recommend Mike and Start Fresh Fitness.

Mama Lisa's Little Italy
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca G.
Verified review

I'm so happy I found Lisa and her crew! I hired her for my daughter's Sweet 16/ Quinceanera and she was sweet, personable, accommodating and helpful. When you see Mama Lisa's Little Italy you automatically think only Italian food, but they totally customized an awesome fajita station, 3 types of meats, chips, tortillas,rice, beans, assortment of salsa and toppings! All pretasted at the convenience of my home. So delicious! Very important when it comes to a family with an appetite for good Mexican cuisine. All my guests were very impressed and complimented me on the food all night. Not to mention Lisa set up a bar with staff for the night that were an absolute delight! Very friendly, organized, and really worked hard to serve and entertain my guests. They even cleaned and packed up all our left overs, it was nice not having to make dinner the next day! It can be overwhelming choosing a caterer who doesn't over price their food and or sacrifice quality, or customer service. Thank you for making our daughter's special day so memorable! Best wishes and hope to use you again for future events!

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 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Greg T.
Verified review

The food Chef Clark prepared and the service he delivered for my recent events exceeded my expectations. My customers loved the food and commented on how pleasant and professional Chef Clark is. I look forward to continuing to have Chef Clark and Clark's Custom Catering "wow" my clients!

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Xim catering
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Patrice B.
Verified review

I hit the jackpot when I found Lenny with Xim catering. He went way above and beyond to accommodate our somewhat complex needs for my Mother's 80th birthday. He was so incredibly gracious, kind, and professional. Xim had some challenges with the venue we had chosen but they really make it work so well despite the none kitchen, tiny space and complex menu. All our guests raved about the food and the extremely friendly service. I give Lenny and Xim 10 stars for service and execution. Thank you very much

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  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy C.
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We had the best time with Chef Matthew! He was amazing, funny and a great chef. The food was amazing and he fit right in with the group. Our next trip to CO he is our first call! Every single person loved his food and his personality. He went out of his way to make sure everyone enjoy their food and even accommodated one of our crazy guest lol. Hire Matthew! You will NOT be disappointed. Thank you again Matthew.

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

Great food - Rick is an excellent chef and the next time we need to cater an event Rick will unquestionably be our first choice.

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

One of the best things I have done for myself and my family! Chef Kerry is wonderful and very knowledgeable

Magnifique Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Lila M.
    Verified review

    Magnifique Catering was truly that... Magnifique! the food (all four courses) and desserts were all amazing! Their chef, Durosola, was unbelievably professional from the start, and even put leftovers in our fridge. We froze the containers and had them that next weekend. Yum!

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

    Magnifique Catering was truly that... Magnifique! the food (all four courses) and desserts were all amazing! Their chef, Durosola, was unbelievably professional from the start, and even put leftovers in our fridge. We froze the containers and had them that weekend. Yum!

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    • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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    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!

    Orange Crunch Catering
    4.9
    from 8 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Becca B.
    Verified review

    Orange Crunch did an amazing job on our wedding. They were flexible, helpful, and everything went off without a hitch! Not to mention, the food was delicious. They came to our home for the tasting beforehand too, to make sure everything was just perfect. Thanks Leshner and Sarah!!

    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!

    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.

    Chef Bella B
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Kelly M.
      Verified review

      I called Chef Bella last minute and the service is excellent. she was personable and really met my needs. If you are looking for chef - look no more - Chef Bella is great. I will use her again

      • 1 year in business
      Anthony A.
      Verified review

      Very attentive and responsive to my needs.

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      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.
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      Need Catering Services

      Denver, CO

      • Event type
        Other (Retirement with Florida theme)
      • Which meal
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        Mexican / Latin
      • Serving style
      • Staff needed
        Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
      • Head count
        100-125
      • Details
        We would want some classy elegance.
      • $1180.83
        Average price

      Need Cooking Lessons

      Denver, CO

      • Reason for cooking lessons
        Private party
      • Interested in the following cooking skills
        I'm not sure yet
      • Cuisine interest
        I'm not sure yet
      • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
        Please describe here (No bell peppers or olives)
      • Number of students
        5-10
      • Student age(s)
        Adult (over 18)
      • Experience
        Intermediate
      • Frequency
        One-time event
      • Willing to join an existing group?
      • Details
        This would be in a downtown condo kitchen for a group of foodies
      • $80
        Average price

      Need Cooking Skills Instructor

      Denver, CO

      • Reason for cooking lessons
        Private party
      • Interested in the following cooking skills
        I'm not sure yet
      • Cuisine interest
        American, Italian, Mediterranean
      • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
        Please describe here (no)
      • Number of students
        Over 10
      • Student age(s)
        Adult (over 18)
      • Experience
        Beginner
      • Frequency
        Ongoing classes
      • Lesson length
        60 minutes
      • Willing to join an existing group?
      • Day preference(s)
        Thursday
      • Time preference(s)
        Evening (after 6pm)
      • Details
        I'm the concierge for an upscale apartment complex downtown Denver and would like to have a monthly cooking night for residents in our clubhouse kitchen
      • $106.25
        Average price
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