Chef Laurie LLC
Chef Laurie LLC

Chef Laurie LLC

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$75/person
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Introduction: Voted - Top Pro 2015-2016-2017-2018-2019-2020-2021 Thank you, Thumbtack! I have been a professional chef for over 30 years, former chef at Canyon Ranch ,cooked for presidents and celebrities across the country. Right now I am focusing on my private chef business here in Connecticut where I specialize small intimate dinner parties. You can visit Cheflaurie.com for more information as well as sample menus. Pricing is based on the menu items you choose. Price for a basic 3 course dinner of a salad, chicken or pasta entree and dessert, start at $95 per person for 10 or more guests. Whether it is a couple celebrating a special occasion or a dinner party with girlfriends, I love to develop creative menus for each party using local and seasonal ingredients that match both the tastes and dietary needs of my clients. Many of the ingredients from own organic garden. Being highly trained in several types of cuisine, I can easily create diverse and delicious menus for you and your guests, no matter the occasion. I talk with my clients in an initial consultation to develop the theme and menu for the party, discuss preferences (likes, dislikes), any allergies, dietary needs or restrictions, and a budget. Once these items are reviewed and decided upon, I will come visit the space where your party will take place and meet you, the client! I am there not only to familiarize myself with the equipment, set-up, and aesthetic of your space, but also to answer any questions you may have. On the day of the party, I typically will arrive an hour before your guests to set-up. The party will begin and end on your time. One of the best things about the work that I do is meeting new people! I love cooking and entertaining, of course, as well as being creative and making others happy. Just as I love to teach and create environments of wellness and happiness surrounding delicious food and friends, it is working with clients - new and old - that helps to challenge and expand my culinary background and experience. Even after years and years of experimenting in the kitchen, there is still so much to learn from new people, flavors, and needs. My kitchen has always been a social space for me and my family: a fun, warm, and inviting space to try new things and also celebrate traditions. As a mother, I am used to kids running around and pets at my feet, and as a culinary professional, I am meticulous, clean, and organized. In my kitchen, I focus on creating an environment where happiness and wellness can complement one another and flourish.
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Hired 97 times

Serves Newington, CT

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2 employees

27 years in business

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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Carol C.
Sep 14, 2021
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My first internet hire worked excellently. Laurie's menu presentations, responsiveness, and understanding of how to cater a small demanding event were professional and delicious.

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Kate A.
Feb 27, 2022
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Chef Laurie prepared a 4 course meal for our dinner party of 8. We planned the menu via email…the variety of choices was terrific. She worked with us on a menu that suited our preferences. She shows up in our home on time and got straight to preparation which was fun to watch! The ingredients were high quality and Laurie was a lovely and personable as I thought she would be. The crème brûlée was out of this world! Thank you, Chef Laurie for an amazing night!

Details: Regular meal • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • French • Southern • American - casual • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Molly L.
Jul 2, 2021
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Chef Laurie cooked my family an amazing meal while on vacation in Great Barrington. She was so patient with me as we developed the menu and delivered a meal that blew away both the vegetarians and the fish eaters among us. She even let my niece help put together the (absolutely amazing) dessert, which was a highlight of the trip for her! Hire Chef Laurie. She will cook you an unforgettable meal!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Lauren H.
Oct 11, 2020
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Laurie and Rob were PHENOMENAL for our intimate wedding. The short rib was some of the best I’ve ever had. On top of that, working with Laurie was easiest part of planning the entire wedding! We will be coming up with more excuses to have them back :) Five stars is seriously not enough, they handled EVERYTHING beautiful and were such a pleasure to work with.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - formal • Italian • Southern • French • Barbecue • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Dorene G.
Jun 15, 2021
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It was a great experience working with Chef Laurie. She is a true professional. The food was delicious and the presentation was like a work of art. Chef Laurie was the perfect choice for our special night. I highly recommend her for your special celebration too!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Laurie Erickson

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Pricing is based on the menu items you choose. Similar to dining in a nice restaurant. Base minimum price is $95.00 per person for a salad, pasta entree and dessert. You can add appetizers beginning at $7.00 per person and up. The only other fee would be for a server/assistant @ $200.00 for the evening. If there are more than 12 guests an additional server will be needed.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    After a client contacts me, we will begin a dialogue about your party or event, from theme to menu to budget. Once these items are agreed upon, we will meet at your space and go over more specifics. It is just as important for me to get to know you, the client, as it is for me to become familiar with you and the space. This also gives my clients the opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns. Meeting new people is one of the favorite parts of my job!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I am a Culinary Educator (CE) and advisor, Certified Sports Nutritionist (CSN), Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT), and a Certified Barbecue Judge (CBJ). When it comes to food and nutrition, I read anything and everything I can get my hands on.

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