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

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Xim catering
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patrice B.
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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

  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Paul I.
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Modern Edge provided everything we needed and much more! Karen was extremely helpful on the business and planning end of things, and working tirelessly with us through some unexpected snags in approval and payment. You couldn't ask for a more friendly or helpful contact. Michael is an amazing chef - the food was TOP notch - and he spent time helping and serving our guests and thoroughly cleaned and organized everything the event. Best catering experience I have ever had. Thank you!

Smoke Shack BBQ and Catering
from 11 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brian C.
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Chef Allen and his team catered our wedding this summer at the Farmette in Lyons. After an epic search, we were lucky and relieved to find such an honest, hardworking chef and team hell bent on providing not only exceptional food but also great service and value. The wedding industry is ripe with folks trying to take advantage of you - we saw other venders prices routinely double when we mentioned "wedding". Allen and team were on our side, flexible to our needs and looking out for our interests - which allowed us to relax and enjoy not only our special day, but also much of the process leading up to it. We not only recommend them, but urge to work with them if your seeking high quality food, service and value. The wedding industry would be better off if half of the venders were as good and as caring as Smoke Shack.

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

  • 16 years in business
Christophe G.
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Fantastic gourmet gastronomic experience at Chateau de Montsymond in France with Chef Guillaume.

  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffaney J.
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Our family really enjoys having Angie cook for us. We love the variety of meal options that she offers.

Spencer's Catering
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Melissa S.
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Spencer catered four private parties for me and each one was a stellar success. He is a creative and thoughtful chef, very reasonably priced and a delight to work with. i cannot recommend him highly enough !


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.


The goal of The Pure Gourmet is to bring healthful, delicious food into the lives of our customers. We strive to help you discover a sense of wholeness and well-being by eating locally grown, sustainable organic food prepared with love. The Pure Gourmet offers catering, personal chef services, food education, and private cooking classes in Denver and Boulder, Colorado and the surrounding areas. We believe that a carefully prepared meal is one of the greatest acts of love, and that every bite tastes better with knowing that it supports our bodies, spirit, and community. Sincerely, Lauren Gennett

  • 4 years in business

I work the most efficiently and creatively to prepare the most flavorful, properly executed food.

  • 4 years in business

I have a passion for creating unique and delicious food that is specifically designed for you and your special event. Special requests are welcomed and any menu is possible. Let me take your personality and style and showcase that to your gifts with wonderful food.


I provide personal and family meals. I also offer meal prep and planning services. I do teaching about cooking at home and eating on the go.


We specialize in creating gourmet desserts for all kinds of events. We specialize in cakes, cake pops, truffles, dessert tables and allergy-free desserts.


The service of Humble Chef stands out because of the ability to unite with many different lifestyles through the connection of food.

  • 5 years in business

My name is Celeste Sutton and I was born and raised in Broomfield, Colorado. I have always loved being in the kitchen, watching my grandmothers and my mom create amazing meals. My love for homemade comfort food came from them. As I grew I always enjoyed cooking colorful and flavorful food but never thought of doing it for a living. I use the freshest ingredients that I can find and pride myself on educating people so they feel confident and comfortable in the kitchen!


Do you have a desire for locally sourced foods at your event? Chef Happy's Gourmet offers local food, special event catering. Our priority is using local foods  grown, produced, and raised in Northern Colorado to create exciting seasonal and regional dishes. Personal longstanding relationships with local producers are the ingredients to Chef Happy's success. Chef Happy caters to weddings, company dinners and picnics, open houses, and anyone who appreciates the value of supporting local farms, seeks quality products, and enjoys the farm fresh flavors of Northern Colorado. Are you hungry for a family dinner? Chef Happy provides personal chef services, preparing homemade meals. All menus are designed and tailored to your eating lifestyle or nutrition and dietary needs. I do all the menu planning, shopping, preparing, and all the cooking and packaging of your meals and place them in your fridge or freezer to serve at a later time. Since spending time with your family is your priority, cooking your dinner is mine. Chef Happy is at your service!


During my travels, I cooked for Pope John II, Queen Elizabeth, former President Reagan, and numerous world leaders. Now, let me cook for you! Award-winning Chef Neuhold can help you if you are planning any of the following: * Wedding * Birthday * Baby shower * Office party * Bar Mitzvah * Anniversary * German food


Ryan "KO" Cunningham and Lindsey Mandel are the owners of RollinGreens mobile food truck. They also offer personal chef services, catering and delivery service. Ryan specializes in world cuisine, and was trained at the School of Natural Cookery in Boulder, Colorado. He has been a personal chef for over ten years, and has owned RollinGreens for the past six months. We can accommodate any dietary restrictions you might have. Please, just let us know. We look forward to hearing back from you!


food is my passion and pleasing my customers every time is the best feeling I can have in the work place.


I am a Colorado based personal/private chef whose training started at Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. I have three years of experience in cooking both high-end and home-style cuisine on private yachts. I am now land based and would love to bring the enthusiasm and energy I had working on boats to your home. I can provide locally sourced food prepared and ready for you when you get home from a long day at work (it only needs to be heated), plated meals, and service for dinner parties, or hors d'oeuvres for your cocktail parties. My specialties include Mediterranean, middle eastern, and Asian cuisine, but I have experience with most cuisines, including dietary restrictions, such as vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, etc.

Q & A

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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