Chef Derek E. (Food to Go Catering)
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Jul - Dec
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Birthday or anniversary party,
Bridal or baby shower,
American - casual,
American - formal,
Mexican or Latin American,
American - Southern,
Wedding and Event Catering
This was my father's 96th Birthday Party, held at the Assisted Living Facility where he now resides. He has only been there since this past September after recovering from a weakened condition and a bout of illness. As you can imagine, we had family, friends and neighbors who were looking forward to seeing him in his new location. I will tell you that I have far more accolades to convey about Chef Derek than I can share with you here... but suffice to say that EVERYTHING was wonderful. Chef Derek took charge of the venue provided, (after meeting with and working closely with the facility management coordinators,) and orchestrated the presentation and delivery of the food from start to finish. I immediately began hearing about how good the food was long before I'd even had a chance to sample it myself. He was prepared with a wonderful appetizer, a salad, both meat and meatless dishes, a gluten-free fish dish that I am still hearing rave reviews about, and a delicious birthday cake for my father. After Dad, of course, Chef Derek was clearly the star of the show. Even more important, perhaps, is that after the event... Chef Derek was able to promptly clean up and police his area in time for the next routine meal event for the residents of the facility. He has my highest recommendation. I am already trying to decide on the next event that will allow us to use his services. (I am going to submit this now. I hope this testimonial process will allow me to come back and add photos later. The pictures will REALLY tell the story.)Feb 19, 2019Verified
We cannot say enough about our wonderful experience! The food was incredible, it was truly some of the best food we have ever eaten. The presentation of the food was absolutely stunning! Derek took the time to customize our event down to the smallest of details. His professionalism is beyond reproach! We will most definitely be using his services again.Feb 7, 2018Verified
Derek was fabulous. He focuses on what you want as a client and everything discussed is exactly how he prepared for the event. Food was delicious. I would certainly hire him again.May 5, 2018Verified
Chef Derek is simply fabulous! He was extremely responsive and adaptable. We were unable to do a tasting with him prior to the event but something about him said I should trust and he exceeded my expectations. I gave him an overview of my guest list and that was all he needed to develop a menu. It's not so much what he prepared it's how he did it. He was pleasant, personable, professional and punctual. The meal was delicious and plentiful and perfectly seasoned. My guest were happy and they shared their appreciation with their social media contacts. Thank you Chef for making my guest feel special. The red velvet cake was oh so scrumptious. You earned 5 stars in every possible category and we were so happy to end the night with a clean kitchen and full bellies.Feb 25, 2019Verified
Chef Esco is a true professional. He is also friendly and funny. His food is amazing and it was presented well. I will definitely use his catering service again.Nov 11, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Unlike other chefs that have set prices, I prefer to work around the customer's budget. I ask my clients to set a budget instead of limiting them with preset menus and options. See, when a chef offers a client a preset menu it limits the space for creativity. It's like "well you can have this, this or this for this amount." Now, as the client you are stuck with a handful of choices within the budget they offer that you feel comfortable with. Do you have any idea how many different foods, and dishes exist in the world? Set me a budget and I will offer you a world of options based on your theme. You will learn dealing with me that I prefer to think outside the box. Lets make the event one that the guests will not forget. We will build the best food experience around what you're comfortable spending.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The first thing I need to know is what the customer likes and dislikes. Are there any dietary concerns. What is their budget? Catering can get expensive but it does not have to be. Setting a budget is key. You wouldn't go to a car dealership without a budget in mind would you? Think of catering the same way. Together we determine what is the best direction to go in should they decide to retain my catering services. I listen to them and let them tell me what they want. I recommend ideas based on their preferences and make sure all the t’s are crossed and I’s dotted.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I've always had a passion for food. After my time in the military I attended Ashford University and obtained my Masters in Organizational Management then I decided to go to culinary school. I graduated from Daytona State's Hospitality Program in Daytona Beach, FL. I have both Culinary and Hospitality Management Degrees and am Florida Servsafe certified. I have been working in Alaska as the Executive Chef at the Wilderness Place Lodge for the last four summers. Loving to cook and feeding people are the foundation of my culinary background.