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Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tanmay M.
Verified review

My experience with JHD was wonderful. I was organizing a graduation/send-off party for my MBA cohort and we had the event at a classmate's home. Marylyn was extremely prompt throughout the process and had great attention to detail, making sure that we were able to have all the right equipment and that it would be functional at both the primary location as well as at the backup rain location. Because this was a school event, there were certain restrictions on how the event needed to be run (e.g. we needed to have a licensed bartender, we had a certain budget within which to operate, etc.) and Marylyn was very accommodating with these requests. They staff at the event (chef, assistants, bartender) were charming in how they interacted with guests. There were a couple times when guests accidentally spilled or dropped something after having set it down on an uneven surface, and someone was always there within a minute with a replacement snack/beverage. The food itself was delicious; several people came up to me afterward and told me that the bacon-wrapped dates were heavenly and that they even broke their diets to have more! At the conclusion of the event everything was cleaned up and left just the way it was before. If I were to have another event I would certainly choose JHD again!

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann B.
Verified review

Over the years, Rich has catered many events for me. From a chefs birthday party for 13 year old girls to a fully catered holiday dinner party. Every detail was perfection and the food was amazing!

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Festive Food Caterers
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary A.
Verified review

Whether you are having a small get together for a few or a large gathering, be rest assured that your event will be amazing! Chef Michel is extremely professional, respectful, and friendly! He catered 2 events for our family and we were very pleased with both. The first was a party of nearly 100 people celebrating our son’s college graduation and daughter’s high school graduation. Our second event was a last minute post Thanksgiving weekend family get together for 12-15 people. Everything from the planning, to taste testing, and delivery was on point. Aside from the food being beyond mouth watering delicious, he coordinated with outside vendors to provide everything we needed to make the graduation event beautiful. He also provided on site chefs and wait staff, all of which were professional and attentive to details. They were flexible in their assigned roles and remained past the scheduled time to attend to our guests and clean up. Our home was left as clean as it was when they arrived! Chef Michel prides himself on delivering the best quality and freshest foods possible. Other than a few items that required pre-prep (like marinating / slow cooking...definitely try the roast pork and roast chicken) everything was prepared (cut, fried, cooked, assembled etc) on site. This truly makes a difference when you’re serving items like empanadas or tostones with avocado and shrimp (both highly recommended). Chef Michel is very creative. Whether you choose something from his printed menus, have other items in mind, or even have a special recipe that you want him to prepare...HE CAN DO IT! An important point to make about his catering style is that he is so proud of his creations that he wants everyone to be able to taste everything that he prepares. If you choose an appetizer and you have 100 people, you are not going to get 1 or 2 pieces per person or be charged by the piece, like most caterers. He will make sure you have more than enough for everyone. The same applies to your main course. We had leftovers for ourselves, even after our guests took food home. With all of this said, I truly feel that his prices are fair and reasonable! I could write more and would be more than happy to speak to anyone who has any questions, but I’ll end with...make sure you try his homemade ice creams (our favorites were coconut and pineapple), flan, and especially the sangria!

Chef of All Seasons
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Andrey T.
Verified review

Mitch is great! He is an awesome trainer and an excellent chef. After my first lesson I have signed up for sessions 4 times a week and but as good as he can possibly handle too cook. Mitchell is honest, respectable and motivating. He will certainly motivates you to reach your goals, highly recommend!

Top Pro
The First Bite Catering, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

Anne did an outstanding job of putting together "An Evening in Italia" for my husband's 50th birthday party! Everyone raved about the food and wine pairings. Anne was so pleasant and professional from our first communication to the drop off on the day of the event. She is a pleasure to work with an a very talented chef! I will gladly recommend her to friends and family looking for catering services in the future.

  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Amy C.
Verified review

Chef Kylene delivered. We ordered food for 8 for dinner party - it was easy to reheat, her instructions very clear. The food was marvelous, many compliments from my guests. Plenty of food as well. Highly recommend Chef Kylene. Dont cook, enjoy your guests!

Rent The Chef
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
David N.
Verified review

Chef Daniel delivered a great experience for a bunch of us friends away for a special weekend. He was able to make anything we wished for and had some great menu suggestions as well. He made a BBQ brisket so succulent and savory, along with an array of other dishes. It was an awesome meal. Chef came prepared, set things up nicely, and cleaned up after we were done. He was a pleasure to work with and we'd recommend him to anyone looking for a personal chef.

Haven Foods
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Steven C.
Verified review

Nathan Cartel is an amazing chef, teacher, and host. My girlfriend and I attended his valentines day dinner special and it was so fun and informative! I highly recommend him to anyone looking for cooking lessons!

D.Myles Chef&Catering
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tara A.
Verified review

We hired Dexter to cook a nice breakfast/brunch for my parents in law. He was very professional, his food got rave reviews and they loved the experience! Highly recommended. Thank you, Dexter!!

Amelia Lord
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Jessica J.
    Verified review

    Amelia is an extraordinarily talented chef and teacher. Her workshops are engaging, practical and fun. I’m still trying to figure out if there’s anything she cannot make delicious... She’s like a magical kitchen witch, who can take any ingredients and transform them into decadent nourishment for the body and soul.

    The Shoreline Chef LLC
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Elizabeth K.
      Verified review

      I have had the fortune for having meals prepared by The Shoreline Chef several times. I can attest to his friendliness, efficiency, and the food was absolutely delicious. His presentation is beautiful, and the wines he suggested the hosts serve was perfect! When you have Larry do your next dinner party, make sure you ask him to serve his Hot Eggplant Salad on the antipasto bar- it is my favorite! Yum! But regardless of what you choose to be served, rest assured that the food, presentation, and interaction with guests will be top-notch. Chef Larry is the best!

      Chef Ria
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 7 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Mary L.
      Verified review

      We had Ria cater a private dinner for our 5 year anniversary. She did an amazing job.

      • 2 years in business
      Noel F.
      Verified review

      I've used Joseph's services for many private dinners and events over the years. Joseph goes above and beyond to make everything extra special. His food is delicious and his presentations are outstanding. Joseph takes care of everything so all you have to do is enjoy your party. Do not hesitate to hire him!

      About

      I'm a dinner party chef specializing in gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan cuisine. You approve the menu, I shop, cook, serve, and clean while you sit back and enjoy your guests.

      About

      I'm personal chef looking for people who don't have time to cook. Let me do the cooking for you. I have been cooking for the past 20 years. I cook for parties or dinner parties or romantic dinner for your love ones. I also can help out new mom making homemade baby food instead of buying the food for their kids. Contact me. I live in the Valley. Thank you.

      • 38 years in business
      About

      About

      I'm a local, seasonal, and organic personal chef/caterer/ cooking teacher/ kitchen coach with whole foods; 25 years experience. Vegetarian and vegan are my specialties, with expertise in gluten-free and alergy-free cooking. I offer kitchen and wellness coaching, culinary nutrition and private and group hands-on cooking classes for health, vitality, and pleasure.

      About

      Karla is a graduate of the prestigious Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA and has experience cooking numerous types of cuisine. Her passion for food and the Culinary Arts is evident in everything that she does. Karla has over a decades worth of experience cooking in restaurant, catering, and private kitchens. Her friendly, hands on approach allows you to become comfortable in your own kitchen and with your own cooking skills. Personally she has cooked for for many notable celebrities including Sheryl Crow and Multi-Grammy Award Winner Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience. Karla also holds a certificate in Nutrition which allows her to take into consideration any dietary needs. Currently she works with clients and students in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, And New York. In 2011 Karla co-founded KMKCreatives a personal chef service company but has since found her passion in teaching others how to be successful and confident in their own kitchens. Whether you are looking for on-going private lessons or wish to have a "Cooking Party," Karla can serve you up a memorable experience.

      About

      I am a personal as well as corporate chef. I prepare and serve many different types of cuisines. I specialize in Northern Italian and contemporary American. I am also classically trained in French cuisine.

      About

      I no speak good English but i loved cook all type of food

      About

      After nearly 30 years in the insurance industry, I followed my dream of attending culinary school. Having grown up on a local farm, I have always had a passion for fresh foods and make them part of my daily cooking. In addition to cooking for your family and/or guests in your own home, I also provide cooking lessons for adults and children. I look forward to cooking for you soon!

      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.

      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.

      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 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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