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On time, friendly, food excellent. Always got back To me quickly. Highly recommended!!!
Eleven Courses was extremely easy to work with -- every member of the team was comfortable communicating via email or phone, and replied to our questions and concerns in a timely manner. They let us do a free tasting before booking, which was great and helped inform our final menu decisions. Both the Chef and the Day-of-Event Coordinator joined us on the walk-through 6 weeks prior to our event. This was extremely helpful for us because we did not have a clear vision for what the set-up would look like. All of the guests really enjoyed the food, and the mashed potato bar was a big hit! Clean-up went smoothly, and the team was able to finish in the one-hour window given to them (or the venue would have charged us for the extra time). One word of caution would be to carefully consider your *estimated* guest headcount before signing the contract. We were only able to reduce our final headcount (which we provided 30 days before the event) by 10%, so we ended up paying for a few extra meals. However, this does seem to be industry standard and not necessarily exclusive of Eleven Courses -- we just wish it was a little more obvious to us when we signed the contract and that perhaps we had more guidance on how to arrive at our estimated headcount. All said and done, we felt we got a great bang for the buck and would recommend Eleven Courses to our friends and family.
I do what I love, love what I do, and it shows! With experience in restaurants, summer camps for several hundred mouths at a time, as well as an assisted living facility for seniors, I can't forget my own family and children a.k.a. guinea pigs. I enjoy seeing people happy with my food and am very open, flexible, and always ready for last minute changes in a menu. With every party, there's always something different with the menu and planning. I custom design the menu to suit the needs of each person, to make it special and personalized for that event for each and every customer. I go over menu choices and make changes where they are needed and to make sure that the customer is completely satisfied with what they want. Some may want a Pasta Bar and others want a Mashed Potatoe Bar and since it's their day then the customer should have what they want because for me that's what it's all about. Seeing a happy customer on their event day and not having to worry about a thing with food as I take care of it all for them. I am available for the following: - class reunions - family reunions - family brunches - lunches - birthdays - graduation parties - wedding receptions - personal chef services My satisfaction comes from exceeding your expectations!
I recently asked Marilena to cater a small event for me at my home (it ended up being for about 24 guests). I have known Marilena for years and had no doubt that everything would be perfect. Well, I was right! She started out by asking me what I had in mind for the party. We brainstormed some ideas and then she came over to check out my kitchen and to discuss the menu. She expanded on what I had asked for, and made several suggestions along the way. We finalized the menu fairly quickly with just a few adjustments. On the Thursday prior to the party Marilena came by to finalize the platters for every dish - this was a huge time saver on the day of the event. The day of the party could not have gone more smoothly. Marilena and her wonderful assistant Deborah arrived an hour prior to the event and immediately took command of the kitchen. She had everything prepped and ready to go - really just using the oven/fridge to keep things hot/cold. Marilena really went above and beyond on the presentation of the food. I know this is something she takes great pride in and she did such an amazing job arranging the buffet table. Everything looked absolutely perfect. And, of course, all of the dishes were just wonderful. My guests were truly raving about the food, particularly the chicken Marsala and also the beautiful poached salmon with yogurt and dill sauce. She also took extra care to make sure that there would be plenty of vegetarian items for my guests who did not eat chicken or fish. Finally, when the party was winding down, she and Deborah cleaned every inch of my kitchen, leaving it in better shape then they found it in! I would highly, highly recommend Marilena to anyone looking for a caterer. She is so wonderful to work with, takes such pride in her work, and is an amazing Chef who cooks delicious, amazing food. A++++++
I am so happy to write this review for the excellent service provided by Mary. Mary is not only a great professional chef; but she is also enthusiastic about her cooking and takes the time to understand her clients needs. I must add that she is a wonderful person to interact with. Food plays an integral part of my family's day; and I have no hesitations knowing Mary has prepared our meal! I know when I open the package containing the food prepared by her, I'll be in for a delicious treat!! I wish Mary all the best and will continue to work with her for nutritious and delicious meals.
Chef Matt's food is exceptional. He can really cook and he cares about everything he does. He made an extremely tasty meal for a party of 175-200 people and impressed everyone. Will definately hire him for the next party. In addition, he is an informative teacher. Can't wait to take another class from him.
PlateDate is a premier online personal chef service that makes hiring a personal chef easy and fun. You can build your menu, book your reservation and pay for your reservation all in just a few easy clicks. On the day of your service, one of our elite chefs will arrive at your door to prepare a culinary masterpiece for you and your guests! We take pride in delivering great customer service. Whether you need to make a last-minute change to your reservation or would like suggestions for wine pairings, we will do everything we can to make sure you and your guests are happy (and full)! PlateDate also offers fun, hands-on cooking classes for those who want to sharpen their own culinary skills. We offer public and private lessons for all ages and skill levels. Whether it's a romantic dinner for two or a fun get-together with friends, your personal chef awaits at PlateDate!
The Valentines brunch was fantastic! The chef came on time and started the meal on time as well! I would recommend chef mixxer to anyone and will be doing business with her again!
David Shewmaker was our chef travelling with a group of ten quest three times to The Dordogne and to the Veneto and Florence. Because he travelled with us on all the tourist events we attended his meals were based totally on the events of the day. For example we had the prize winning asperagus at an asperagus festival outside of Florence. I will always remember that travel experience as the best of the years we hosted travel friends to three weeks in Europe. We wish his North American commitments had allowed him to contiue as our chef. His easy manner and super inquisitive nature had an un paralled impact on our travel programme
Chef Bernard was terrific. He is a great teacher and chef ! I asked as a birthday present for my son that the two of them prepare a birthday meal for our family . I can recommend him heartily. Sense of humor, resourceful, well prepared and , well,... graceful in the kitchen. He brought everything necessary to prepare the menu that my son and he had developed a few days before. I'm sure he could easily work with any number of sou-chefs in the kitchen ...as it was ...with in minutes of arriving in a strange kitchen he and my son were chopping, talking, and sautéing The smells coming from the kitchen brought all of us in to watch, taste and learn, too. SO INSTRUCTIVE ,ENTERTAINING AND DELICIOUS A great dinner and a great treat for all of us . THANK YOU Chef Bernard
Tasteful Flavors offers a variety of wonderful foods that are delicious and presented In a most decorative manner. Chef Julia created a menu suited for my event. She is punctual and her choice of serving displays was awesome. I use her exclusively.
Having Theodora as a personal chef was just what my family needed. We live hectic lives but are health conscious and having a vegetarian spouse made meal time not so fun. But that where Theodora came in- she understood my family needs and made meal time Family Time again. Meals are delicious, varied and fun. Of course her prices are reasonable and I would recommend her to anyone.
Finished my first week with Chef Kimberly and I am very pleased with my meals. I hate veggies and asked Chef Kim to sneak some in and she has done just that. Chef Kimbery is very easy to work and her meals are tasty and filling!! Cant wait to see whats for lunch this week.
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