Cindy's Table

Holland, MA

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How does your service stand out?

I am a professional Lifestyle Chef and provide In home Cooking Classes and Corporate Team Building with Cooking. I have an extensive Corporate and Culinary background. Growing up in a large Italian family and spending my time in Nana's kitchen the passion grew with me. I love to cook for a family, a special event, a holiday or corporate outing. My speciality is knowing what my guests enjoy to eat and adding my special touches. I want my guests to be happy, have fun and enjoy every bite! I can promise you a memorable dining experience and tons of fun! With my business background, love for cooking, extensive travel and entertaining specialist. I can provide a unique experience for your dinner party or corporate event. I specialize in a unique experience for a birthday or anniversary celebration. Corporate team building is my passion after 20 years of software training I can create and deliver a rewarding experience. From cooking demonstrations to a chopped style cooking competition to create a team environment. I can customize to meet your goals in reaching your ROI. I can pare wine for your dinners or event. I love creating a special fundraiser dinner farm to table. Let's have some fun in the kitchen! If you are looking for a personal chef or want to schedule a dinner party or even a cooking class call us! I am not a traditional chef and I am not a caterer. I provide personal cooking services that are fresh, homemade and will wow your family or guests. Restaurant owners contact me to help open your doors or keep them open. I am experienced in hiring, training and organizing staff. Let me work the front of the house to keep your business running successfully. Learn more about my Corporate Team Building with Cooking on my website under Corporate and select options for more information. Looking for healthy options and need me to keep you on track! Connect with me. I can plan and service your party up to 100 guests. Anniversary, Birthday, Wedding, Special Celebration, Corporate or to enjoy a gourmet dinner with your closest friends.. If you are holding an event from 101 to 400 guests let us help you! With my Professional skills, Organizational and Management skills incorporated with Planning and Cooking your event will be spectacular! You can enjoy while we take care of everything! Coming from a large Italian family making home cooked and healthy meals have always been important to me. I have passion in my cooking and want to share great meals with you and your family. I can prepare meals that meet a specific diet or enjoyment.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to hear the feedback on the meals I create for each family! When I teach classes I enjoy sharing my shopping tips, preparing meals for the week and other techniques. I am not a typical chef where I will send you a list of menu items to select from. Together we will create the perfect meal for an amazing experience. We want this to be memorable. Looking for a cooking class. Let's make it happy! You will gather your friends and i will send them all an email to find out what techniques, cuisine and other tips they would like to learn and I can promise you an amazing time!
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Location

Holland, MA 01521

Years in business

7

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

23

Reviews

26 Reviews
  • Jene D. Sep 6, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Amazing personality, funny and a great chef
    When I received all of the requests we knew immediately we were going to hire Cindy. She is amazing, fun and a great chef. From the time she walked in our house everything lite up. She is vibrant and contagious. We all wanted to be in the kitchen with her. She let us hang with her and answered our silly questions. She even knows her wines! We will be calling her again. Hey food network why doesn't Cindy have a show??
  • Karen C. Aug 17, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    My boss who lives in Palm Beach asked me to find a chef for a private event. He is a high profile celebrity (sorry I can't say who he is) We hired Cindy and everyone just loved her. My boss is normally does not communicate with the chefs we hire but Cindy was different. He and our other guests enjoyed her personality and professionalism. Her food was beyond amazing and she is the person you want to hang out with in the kitchen. She loves to drink wine and even pour some into the food. We just loved that!!! Her recipes are simple yet complex. My boss was even cutting peppers with her which we didn't know he could use a knife! We all want to see her on the cooking channels. Cindy is humble yet her personality lights up a room. Thank you for being our chef and now our friends! We are glad you are in Florida... We will be calling her again and again!
  • Steven A. Aug 13, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We selected Cindy for our event and just loved her. Not only is her food beyond amazing but she let me in the kitchen to ask questions. I thought I was annoying her but she was great and took the time to answer my questions and made me feel comfortable. She created a great dinner for us. She is the best chef we have ever hired or even better than any restaurant we have dinned at. She should own a restaurant but better I would love to see her on the food network! She is fun, loving, caring and takes the time to answer questions and you want to be with her! I love that she enjoys a glass of red wine with us. We will be calling her again! We also love her blog. We really loved her story, A single mother - owned her own software training company and now following her passion. She is an inspiration for other woman.
  • Cindy P. Jul 21, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    OMG we had no idea a celebrity was coming to cook for us. Cindy has been on Dr. Oz (and won the cooking competition with Brian Boitano) and Foodnetwork not to mention local TV. However, she walks in the door with the groceries and she is smiling and so excited to get cooking. She for some reason knew where the kitchen was and as we were talking she was unpacking and organizing the food. Checking out the spices, pans but had her own as back up. Cindy is the woman I want to be with in the kitchen. She is so smart (she was in corporate america now following her passion). I asked questions about cooking (I am not that good) and she made me feel comfortable and let me help her while showing me tips. She also shared her one pot recipes and how to be better prepared during the week. The food was beyond amazing. I really wanted her to pull up a chair and eat with us. I hope we become good friends because I can tell she is a nice person. We never laughed so hard in our lives. Our company was beyond pleased. I hope the food channels find her! She is the real deal and would love to watch her. Actually I want to be her sous chef. We will be calling her back! Thank you Cindy for an amazing evening.
  • Valerie G. Jul 6, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Recently i started eating very clean and healthy. I knew I wanted to make that my new life style, as any rookie...I was lost at the beginning. Cindy was an amazing mentor and source of information for me. She understood my needs, helped me understand my endless meal options when I thought they were now limited. Her cooking book is just amazing, her recipes are diverse, very tasty and balanced. I'm very glad I got to meet her and follow her cooking advise.
  • Ron J. Jun 17, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We posted a request for the first time on Thumbtack and received great responses for our last minute dinner party. After reviewing Cindy's response then her website we immediately knew she was the one. We had to select someone we could trust to shop, go to our house before we arrived and have a dinner waiting for us. Her and an assistant went way beyond our expectations. The house smelled amazing upon our arrival. The table was set, appetizers were waiting and the dinner/wine paring and dessert were amazing. We had a wonderful evening and loved spending time with Cindy. She is funny, entertaining and one of the greatest chefs I have ever met. We loved her stories from Corporate America to a Chef and cookbook Author. We hope to see you on the Foodnetwork! As I told her along with our celebrity friends she would be a big hit! Thanks again! Ron
  • Daisy M. Jun 1, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We just moved to Florida and I wanted to have a friends weekend. I heard about thumbtack and thought I would give it a try! I received 5 great quotes but after I went to Cindy's website I knew we would pick her. If you are looking for price she is not the cheapest but when you want to entertain right. Do the right thing and hire Cindy! After a brief conversation she put together an evening of small plates that we all loved. Her food is amazing and we all felt the love. What we really enjoyed was her fun personality. She was even making us drinks and knew how to pair wine with our dishes. She suggested wine for us and they were fantastic. None of us wanted the night to end. She was the superstar of the night and we all told her she should have her own cooking show on the food network. We would all watch her as she is the woman you want to be with in the kitchen! One of my friends never chopped garlic and Cindy made her feel comfortable and showed her how to do it in a great way! We all asked questions and learned a few new tricks. We will be making an annual event with Cindy!
  • Susan H. May 20, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We hired Cindy for a farm to table dinner. We loved her creations but more importantly we loved her personality. She is funny and we loved hanging out with her in the kitchen. Cindy added the special touches as creating a personal menu on each plate. We have been to a few farm to table restaurants in our travels but the meal Cindy created for us was the best we ever had. We will be hiring Cindy again very soon!
  • Glenn R. May 5, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Our company hired Cindy' table for a Sales Team training event. She built corporate sales communication skills team building program for 16 people from across the U.S. She was able to use the unique experience of running a restaurant kitchen as a communication and team building training day. Her experience as a chef and trainer brought together the ability to teach our sales team how to work together. by taking them out of their usual environment it forced them to build strong bonds around something they knew little about. My organization came away energized about how to work closer together to drive sales for our company and how important it is to have strong communications among a team. We will be using her again.
  • Marianne P. Apr 25, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I was hosting a farm to table dinner for my husbands clients. I didn't know who to turn to and found thumbtack. I will admit I was a little nervous as this event was a big deal to my husbands company. I received 5 quotes but Cindy's response really stood out. I views her website and was immediately impressed. Cindy is extremely professional, talented, entertaining and her food is above amazing. My husband and his clients were overjoyed with the experience and we never ate amazing food in our lives. I never heard of a lifestyle chef before but we will be using Cindy again and again. I know we did not only enjoy a memorable evening but made a wonderful friend. Thank you Cindy.
  • Maria P. Apr 19, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Cindy, besides her extensive culinary knowledge and experience, her personality and custom-centric attitude complement her great job. I am very impressed and happy that I found her via Thumbtack.
  • Nicole S. Apr 18, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I have never used an online service before and was extremely impressed. I am the Administrative Assistant to a large Dental office. We traveled from Maine to Stuart, FL for a training session for the doctors and hygienist. I went along to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be and organize dinners, etc. During one of the dinners we found out that there were some issues in our office. The owner of our practice asked me to organize a team building session. I was nervous because he wanted something in 2 days. When Cindy from Cindy’s Table responded to me I was super excited. There were other great responses but hers really stood out to me. What impressed me the most was her corporate training background and her culinary background. The two of them together were a match I was looking for. Cindy is extremely professional, detail oriented and created an amazing session for us. We were able to iron out the internal issues, learned some great techniques and had fun cooking. I highly recommend you using Cindy for your next Corporate event. She is knowledgeable, funny, and amazing in the kitchen. She is also a mom so knew how to handle us young ladies in a group. We will defiantly call her again for future events.
  • Joe C. Apr 17, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I hired Cindy to do an in-house event at my company recently. It was extremely well received by the attendees. Cindy was prepared, professional and made the event both fun and informative. The event went so well we discussed doing another engagement in Q3. I highly recommend Cindy. She is a real pro who can has an engaging personality. Thanks again Cindy, will be in touch soon.
  • Bill S. Feb 25, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Cindy was outstanding. Great communication leading up to the event and a great energy level. While cooking she was a great entertainer telling stories of meals in Italy and life as a tv chef. The food was excellent. I can't say enough good things about her and her cooking. I highly recommend engaging Cindy and I know my whole family hopes we see her again soon!
  • Kathy G. Feb 19, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    It can be a bit unnerving to choose someone you don't know from the internet to come and cook for you and your guests. We couldn't be happier with the service Cindy provided. She was responsive to our intitial inquiry and worked closely with me to plan an Italian meal. She arrived on time and prepared a delicious meal. the entire evening was fun and stress-free. The dinner was not only tasty but educational as well. I would highly recommend Cindy! Kathy
  • Leia W. Sep 24, 2015
    Cindy’s Table came to our office for a team building exercise to help us with moral. Cindy structured a cooking class and had us all work together with different jobs to perform including cleaning after! My manager knew immediately that she had extreme training skills because she knew who to team together and everyone just loved the experience. 3 weeks later our moral has increased and we are all still talking about the event. The food was amazing and we had so much fun. We all even learned a few tips and tricks in the kitchen! If you are looking for a non-traditional team building training I recommend you contact Cindy at Cindy’s Table! She will Wow you with her skills and cooking. Leia W.
  • Jennifer A. Sep 24, 2015
    I had such a great time with Cindy along with friends and new friends! We had so much fun filming a new show and Enjoying Cindy's Delicious meals she prepared! Not only was it fun and delicious! Being in Cindy's kitchen made me feel like I was in my family's kitchen. Dipping fresh Italian bread into homemade sauce just like my Mom taught me!
  • Elizabeth S. Sep 23, 2015
    I recently had the pleasure to spend a whole day with Cindy in her beautiful home and kitchen surrounded by other girlfriends. What I love most about Cindy beside the fact that she's an incredible chef is how easy she makes everything look making her one pot meals! No fuss at all. I have to say I haven't had food so authentic to the Italian cuisine since I lived in Italy! Buonissimo! I felt like I was right back in Italy just relaxing with friends..eating, dancing and a little vino of course! I have Cindy's cookbook "Bringing Italy to your home" it's so simple to use and truly enjoy making her recipes. I give Cindy's Table 5 stars!
  • Lisa V. Jul 26, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    I reached out to Cindy's Table for help with a teambuilding event for 30 sales reps. It's a pretty competitive group so Cindy suggested a "Chopped" style cookoff. The venue was perfect and we all participated in a burger cookoff. We had 6 teams and competed team against team in 3 different rounds of burgers. Turkey, Beef and Salmon. The teams came up with great recipes, the judging was fun and the specialty drinks at the bar during the cookoff were phenomenal. Everybody had a great time! Thanks Cindy
  • Annmarie P. Jun 23, 2015
    Cindy's cooking is not only done with being healthy in mind but does it with love and spirit! I can just imagine her dancing and singing while she cooks. With her world travel experience combined with her upbringing, she takes a little of this and a little of that (no measurements needed) to create something from nothing. Not to mention how fabulous everything tastes! Thumbs up to this cook!
  • Michelle C. Jun 23, 2015
    Cindy always amazes me. She whipped up shrimp burgers for our family. We all didn't know what to expect. Who eats shrimp burgers? After a short prep time and cook our family had the most delicious meal ever. Moist, flavorful, melt in your mouth burgers. Left all of us begging for more. I highly recommend Cindy's creations. All her recipes are "Out of this world" delicious!
  • Joseph B. Jun 23, 2015
    Cindy Table provided an on-site demonstration as part of our corporate team-building initiative. One of the challenges employees mentioned is the constant struggle of putting together easy to prepare but nutritious meals for their families after work. Cindy came on-site and delivered an easy to follow, helpful demonstration of breakfast, lunch and dinner recommendations for families on the go. It was very well received by all the attendees. They found Cindy to be engaging, pleasant and most of all helpful especially with the Q&A session after the demonstration. From the feedback we received, we will definitely use Cindy's table again as an employee morale tool in the future.
  • Carrie H. Jun 23, 2015
    Cindy provided a team building event for a networking group I belong to for a way to help our referrals grow and our group to be closer and understand each other business. We asked Cindy to provide a session around food that was sales oriented. Her session went beyond our expectations and now our members know more about each others businesses and our referrals are growing. I would recommend Cindy from Cindy's Table to any organization or company looking for a team building session around food!
  • Diana R. Jun 22, 2015
    Cindy prepared a surf and turf for us, it was amazing the salmon was perfectly cooked. Great sauce for steak!
  • Malrsa Z. Mar 28, 2015
  • Sheila M. Mar 25, 2015
    Cindy Anschutz is delightfully serious about her business. She has gained the attention of both local and national media. Her cooking is elegant and delicious. She knows how to create dishes that appeal to all the senses.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I love to learn more about the request to give them the best memorable experience. Being a Lifestyle Chef it's important for me to create the perfect meals my clients will enjoy and and talk about for months ahead.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I grew up in my Italian Nana's kitchen where we cooking our weeknight meals and each Sunday we would cook up a feast to feed the entire family. The best part was watching everyone take that first bite! I still love waiting for the reaction of each and every meal I create for my family, friends or clients!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I really don't have a standard pricing however they do range from $65 to $200 per person depending on the event, preparation, selected dishes and other specifications. I am not the cheapest but you will get gourmet quality and presentation. If you want a more casual meal then the prices can fluxuate.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always loved preparing meals and had the ability to open the refrigerator and create a 5 star dinner. Although I followed a business route and owned a software training company for over 20 years I always cooked for holidays, friends, family and other events. It relaxes me and makes me happy! Now that I can follow my passion it has been a pleasure being a LIfestyle Chef for my clients. I know how to prepare healthy meals or any other meals my clients desire. I also love to entertain therefore assisting in the recipes ideas is fun for me. For the past 6 years I have cooked for celebrities and clients who want a spectacular evening enjoying great food with their friends or colleagues.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with families, CEO's, celebrities, politicians, high net-worth where security and secrecy was a priority. Birthday parties from sweet 16 to 60th or Anniversary, Baptism, Graduation so on and so forth.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Have a good understanding of what you are looking for and be specific as it helps with pricing and suggesting the right dishes. Describe your guests, their food likes and dislikes. Explain the cooking environment and how you want the food served.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Make sure they have a budget! I have spent many hours with clients putting together a menu, pricing then at the last minute they canceled and all of my time and energy was waisted! Think about this! When you go out to a nice restaurant and enjoy a appetizer, salad, dinner and dessert then add wine or a cocktail the bill could be $100 or more per person. As a personal chef we do the planning, shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning. The cost for this service is about double but much more elegant, enjoyable and you get to spend the quality time with your guests.