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Middletown Chefs

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Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria F.
Verified review

HJD catered my husband's 80th Birthday celebration. The appetizers were amazing and the dinner delicious. The food was abundant and I was grateful for the great clean up. Great Party!! A special thanks for showing up on the first snow storm of the year!!

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 87 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!

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

The cooking class we asked Mitchell Goran to conduct was a birthday gift to our 10-year old granddaughter, Katherine. "Mitch"is clearly an experienced and competent chef. He knows what he is doing and does it well, answering any questions asked along the way. Ahead of time he asked the right questions about the planned cooking class, checked to verify the supplies that we already had and carefully purchased the others he needed. As the class progressed it became evident that Mitch is not only a fine chef; he is a very good teacher. He was patient and careful teaching Katherine basic skills: how to handle a knife and how to separate the white from the yolk of an egg. He used words to describe the cooking process that she could easily understand. He helped Katherine write down each step in the preparation so that she had a record in her own words. He gave Katherine ample time to practice her newly found skills, even to the point of extending his time with her beyond the contracted time. The smiles, the occasional laughter, and the good meal at the end were clear testimony of a class well conceived and well executed.

  • 17 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Reshma J.
Verified review

We used Adrianne for a party this past weekend and she went over and beyond! From the planning all the way to clean up Adrianne was helpful and very professional. The guest loved her and her cocktails were delicious. She was flexible, arrived early, made sure everyone had a drink at all times, customized as needed, and interacted with guests! I would recommend her for everyone with no hesitation. I am so glad we were fortunate to have her bartend our party.

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

We were so happy to have chosen Chef Anne to cater our Mom's 90th Birthday Party. From my first conversation with her to follow up email she was helpful professional and provided first rate service. Chef Anne made recommendations as well as guided me thru selecting Glueten Free etc type dietary concerns. I felt like Ive known her for years as she is so easy to work with, now I have a friend in the catering business. We had many positive comments how delicious everything was and I would recommend her and will be happy to call her again.

Rent The Chef
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly C.
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Chef Dan is amazing! We hired him for a private dinner for 11 ladies, celebrating a bachelorette weekend in the Catskills. From the very first communication, he was responsive, helpful, and easy to work with. He helped us create the perfect menu for a 4-course, family style meal that satisfied a variety of tastes. He was extremely accommodating when we requested an additional vegetarian meal at the last minute and needed to make some other menu changes. Upon his arrival at the house, he got right to work in the kitchen and had the first course ready exactly when we wanted to begin. I can't say enough how DELICIOUS the food was. The entire group was raving about every single bite, and we have all been talking about it ever since. Everything he did looked and tasted of the utmost quality and we were thrilled to still have some left over (that we gladly devoured the next day). He left the place even cleaner than he found out, which was the icing on the cake of a great experience. It was the best way to celebrate a special occasion with a large group. Not to mention, he traveled quite a distance on a holiday weekend and we are so grateful. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to host a private dinner - big or small - that will taste like a million bucks (but not costing so!)

The Relaxing Meal
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jason R.
Verified review

Rosemarie has now prepared a number of meals for us, and we are looking forward to many great meals! It's like having a top notch restaurant meal at home. For a family meal the costs are comparable... and it makes for a great social gathering as we enjoy watching the meal being prepared, but also enjoy not having to spend a few hours (and many years of training!) that would be required to make such an awesome meal. Rosemarie also cleans up after the meal. We feel totally comfortable with Rosemarie in our home. Rosemarie is a great option for a quiet family meal, or for a small gathering. Having the meal prepared on the premises hands down beats the cafeteria feel of having a meal catered by someone you don't know and won't remember what you like next time. Favorites so far: Asparagus Soup (best we ever tasted!) Papaya chicken. (very special) Parmesan crusted cauliflower... Dark chocolate birthday cake. (so good, we had some more for breakfast the next morning!)

East End Chef du Jour
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah S.
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We couldn't have asked for a better party--the bride to be was overwhelmed with the food and effort that Kim, our chef, provided. From start to finish Kim offered excellent menu suggestions, and planned to whole party for us. The appetizers, entree and desserts were par excellence!! The food presentation was beautiful. She even typed up the menu, which we placed at each setting. The appetizers were placed on platters with fresh flowers that matched the color of the bridal party. Our party of 24 had more than enough food, with each bite better the the last. We started off with a shrimp on a homemade wonton with green goddess dressing, Homemade hummus and guac with chips/crackers, then some meatball sliders ( the bride's fav!) and a beautiful crudite. The main course offered both chicken and steak Indonesian style with delicious sides. Kim even made a delicious carrot cake sundae for the bride to be, knowing that carrot cake was her favorite. The whole even was perfect and elegant from start to finish....we couldn't have asked for anything more. Chef Kim is wonderful!!! Thanks Kim for a fantastic night!!!

Angelo's Market & Catering
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 58 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Corey C.
Verified review

What a great job by Joe and his catering team at Angelo's Market & catering. The food was out of this world and the presentation was as if I was on a Iron Chef episode. It could not have gone any better and I definitely am going to be using Joe again. Thanks again. Robert S.

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!!

Linda Thifault
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Brian R.
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Linda is professional, pleasent, and a great chef.

Camille B.
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Kirstin had me help her with the Orchard Catering. She was organized, well stocked, and provided amazing food and customer service. My job description was clear, and she supported me in executing it well by giving me the chance to practice ahead of time and always helping me if I got behind. I look forward to working with her again in the future!

  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lola N.
Verified review

My name is Ms. Lola Nathan, a recently retired Public School Administrator. It gives me great pleasure to write this review for Gwen Robinson. I've known Gwen for over 30 years and our best times have been spent singing and cooking. She specializes in vegetarian, vegan, cooked, and raw foods. We have spent many hours preparing dishes like vegan potato salad, whole wheat dinner rolls, vegetarian meat loaf, roasted veggies, vegan eggplant parmigiana, raw seasoned kale, baked sweet potatoes, vegan burgers, all types of potatoes, every kind of vegetable, fruit, cake, apple crisp and so much more. Our latest collaboration was vegan lentil loaf in which we added organic shredded carrots, organic chopped celery, organic chopped onions, ground flax seed, nutritional yeast, liquid smoke and some seasonings to our organic lentils. It was so delicious that the guests I invited for dinner wanted to take slices of the lentil loaf home for the next day. Juicing is an integral part of our health practices. One of our most healthful combinations is kale, spinach, celery, carrots, and a touch of ginger, all organic! We know it's best to juice our vegetables and eat our fruit. Juiced veggies go straight to our cells giving strength and vitality to our whole body. Fruit we eat raw because this way cleanse our digestive system. Gwen prepares excellent fruit platters! Gwen is busy but she makes time for people like me who care about their health and want great tasting food. It doesn't take us long to do anything. I get all the ingredients, she does the preparing with me. Sometimes I just have her prepare meals for me for special occasions! She gets rave reviews, is easy to work with and is patient with all whom she is instructing. Gwen has taught many of my associates and friends how to make different tasty entrées and treats. She has no problem sharing recipes and keeps some with her. Young and old alike love whatever she prepares. She makes her own dough, from scratch, for fried dough & pizzas! Wonderful!! She is one of the best vegetarian Chef's I know. Always rave reviews! Always!! We know her as Ms. G, the personal vegan chef. Truly, Ms. Lola Nathan

Chef Arthur Towles
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda L.
Verified review

I hired Chef Art for a 50th surprise birthday party for my husband and I never regret making the choice. Ive had a bad experience with catering services before and was secptic of hiring another service, but the Food was amazing along with is hospitable staff and is light sense of humor for the first phone call I knew id made the right chioce, I hired him for all my events since and he never fails!!!

Megan L.
Verified review

I ordered two dozen gluten-free cupcakes for my son's 9th birthday party. Dawn was professional, friendly, and helpful during the ordering process. She decorated the cupcakes in the theme of the party, and delivered them to my home precisely when she said she would arrive. The cupcakes were not only beautiful, but absolutely delicious! I felt great to be able to offer treats for all of the children in attendance. It felt even better knowing they were baked with natural ingredients and love. I am so glad that I found her; I was able to enjoy the party without my usual worries and stress around preparing the cake! I completely recommend Dawn and her baking expertise!

About

A diverse and accomplished culinary experience ranging from private, independent start-up projects to supervising and directing high-volume restaurant operations attained over a ten year period of thriving and working as a professional chef in New York City.

About

After a very long career I can truley say....I still am passionate. I can't imagine doing anything else.

  • 9 years in business
About

I have experienced the issues that my clients are going through. Not only does this make me empathetic but I know what it feels like to be unhealthy and how hard it can be to make the changes you need to make to change your life! I am also passionate about healthy food tasting great. I have tons of experience in coaching and cooking!

About

I offer personal chef services, catering, in-house cooking, party planning, shopping and procurement of fine foods.

  • 11 years in business
About

I'm a private chef in Manhattan and Southampton providing prepared meals and catered functions for 1 to 300 guests in my kitchen or the clients. I do all types of cuisines focusing on Mediterranean style with organic, healthful options. I'm a chef who's very knowledgeable of all types of diet restrictions. I'm a former multiple-restaurant owner and has now been providing meals to high-profile families for the past eight years. Beautiful food is always made with love and special care by Chef Rita Tyler.

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.

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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