Chef Elisa's Catering

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Chef Elisa's Catering offers a level of mind blowing cuisines, service and attention to detail only a chef first trained by celebrities can. Over the years I have had the pleasure to serve Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, Dan Marino, Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs, Paul Castronovo, Radio Show host of the Paul and Young Ron Show, Chris Gratton and The Indigo Girls.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Watching my clients enjoy the food and the compliments of course. I'm a full blown people pleaser!

Location

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33351

Background check

Complete

Years in business

17

Number of employees

10

Times hired on Thumbtack

65

Reviews

37 Reviews
  • Hampton B. May 12, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We had our Grand Re-Opening party for the Hampton by Hilton Boca Raton on April 27, 2017 as we just completed a full hotel renovation and were excited to show off our fresh new look! Chef Elisa and her wonderful staff made our catering needs stress-free as she took care of everything from the delicious pass around appetizers, to the amazing open bar, which included soda, bottled beer, and fantastic mojitos. The entire catering team was extremely friendly and willing to assist with anything, which made for our party to run smoothly and successfully. Thank you to the entire team for everything and for being a huge part of our Grand Re-Opening!
    Elisa E. May 24, 2017

    It was a pleasure to coordinate this special event with your team. Great communication!I'm so excited to share this wonderful review on our social media. I'll be sure to tag you😘.

  • Sherman H. Apr 10, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Master Chef Elisa was great
    Chef Elisa was fantastic. She is very assertive and provided a quick turnaround for my quote request. Her menu was catered to our audience (legal event) and she was very creative. Most importantly, the food was delicious and everything had a very home made delicious flavor. Her team was very good and provided great service. I would recommend her and will use her again.
    Elisa E. Apr 11, 2017

    Thank you Sherman, it was truly a pleasure serving you and your guests. I look forward to our next event together.

  • Mario C. Feb 20, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Best chef you can find!
    Chef Elisa is incredible! She was able to understand the theme of our wedding the kind of food we wanted to present to our guests. My wife is Mexican and I´m Colombian and our vision was to fusion both cultures into one for our family and friends. Elisa was able to deliver and exceed our expectations beyond our dreams. She was understanding, punctual, always available and best of all she always provided us with advice on our menu. I would recommend her and her incredible staff of waiters and bartender for any party or wedding or anything! Elisa thank you so much for the incredible and delicious food for our wedding. We will be in contact for our first year anniversary!
    Elisa E. Feb 21, 2017

    Mario and Lily, It was my privileged to participate in your most special day. You both are so joyful and grounded at the same time. I look forward to catering those anniversary parties we talked about!! The First year is paper. I can't wait to see the party favors Lilly comes up with. She did an AMAZING job on all of your details. Xoxoxoxo

  • Evan R. Nov 20, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Best wedding ever.
    Chef Elisa is a rock star ! We planned a wedding ten weeks out. We had checked out the preferred vendors for the venue and they were beyond our budget. We checked out a caterer in our budget and got depressed with their proposal. Enter chef Elisa. Chef had a proposal that we could work with. She was able to handle every constraint of our budget and challenging venue as it was outdoors and devoid of a functioning kitchen. The cocktail hour was awesome and our buffet exceeded everyone's expectations. Because of her vast culinary experience Elisa handled every challenge like it wasn't any big deal. I love that she listens and provides what's needed while at the same time gave peace of mind that everything would be great. She wasn't kidding. I like real people who are real straight with me. Chef definitely was. I'm a foodie with a long history of food service earlier in life so without sounding egotistical I can confidently say I know what's good. This event was great thanks to chef Elisa. I know she has the culinary chops to handle any event. Big and small within any budget. She makes it work. My beautiful bride and myself are so happy we found her to handle this day for us. By the time it was over we felt like family. Look no further. She's the real deal. One last thing. Her staff is incredibly helpful and professional. They were courteous throughout and did an amazing job. Thanks chef Elisa !
  • Christian B. May 23, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Everything from consultation to executions chef Elisa was a servant of excellence!!! It was a wonderful experience planning this event all the way from California for my team in Florida. Thank you Elisa!!!!
  • George B. Apr 14, 2016
    So Fresh and Tasty!!! For 3 years now, Chef Elisa caters for my Dance Center’s twice annual recital and rehearsal lunches. Every lunch for my close to 100 hungry dance students are always so fresh and tasty. I don’t know how she does it, but my dancers always feel refreshed and energized. She even pays special attention to the few dancers that require gluten free and have allergies. The students love her food, I think she spoils them with her from scratch chocolate chip cookies and healthy seasoned popcorn bags. She’s really 10 stars, but they stop me at 5. Meg Segreto, Segreto Dance Center, Davie Fl
  • Sallie J. Apr 11, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
  • Caitlin B. Apr 4, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Saul S. Mar 21, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Elisa just catered our wedding on March 19 2016. She was amazing to work this aside from being professional, so amazing to talk to and extremely prompt and on time. Her food was like eating at a 5 star restaurant. Everything was tasty full of flavor and the meat and chicken was so juicy and tender. The appetizers were of the chart. Every was talking about and telling me how delicious everything was. I extremely recommend her if your looking for caterer. And very well priced. Loved her.
  • Richard H. Mar 21, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    She and her staff arrived promptly on time to cater our parent's anniversary party. The food and service were excellent and they left the place spotless when they were done. They were good enough that we asked them to cater our next party in a month.
  • Rhonda S. Mar 21, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Food was great! Service was fantastic. Staff was friendly, and always asking if there was anything they could do to make the party run smooth. I got so many compliments on how nice the party was. That is all because of you. Thank you for everything! Rhonda
  • Cynthia S. Mar 12, 2016
    Corporate Lunch Catering
    Verified Review
    We had our original caterer go out of business a week before our event. After contacting Chef Elisa and finding that she was available for that date, we were thrilled that she could match the original menu and then some. The food was delicious and the presentation was very appealing. Chef Elisa has a bubbly personality and it is very obvious that she enjoys what she does. I would definitely recommend her.
  • Vinny M. Nov 28, 2015
    Legit, she is my 100% go-to for healthy snacks for my wife. My wife is possibly the most picky eater out there -- she is a fitness competitor / model and will only eat the cleanest food she can find... in snackbites, she thinks she found the perfect food -- and I agree -- they are always fresh, delicious, the ingredients are superb, and there are so many flavors that no matter what your palate is, there is no way you wont be satisfied! We literally thank her every time we order for her stuff, because honestly, there is no other snack my wife would rather eat. Thanks for sharing your fantastic work, your amazing culinary gifts, and plus, Chef Elisa is just an outright fantastic person! I'm totally going to be a life long customer!
  • Marie-Lou G. Nov 20, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Everything went so smoothly. Chef Elisa was so professional from beginning to end. I would def use and refer her again..
  • Courtney K. Oct 1, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa recently catered my intimate wedding of 30 guests. I cannot say enough wonderful things about her! All of my guests RAVED about the food and about how "sweet" the chef was! Cocktail Hour: The passed hors d'oeurves were a hit! From the juicy sliders to crispy coconut shrimp with sauce to die for to the Mahi Ceviche and crab cakes.... I was only hoping I had enough room for dinner! Main Course: We decided to do a buffet style dinner and it worked out well as people returned multiple times for additional helpings! Chef was flexible and made a custom salad as well as a Mashed potato bar! Food was phenomenal and we noshed on left overs the whole next day! - The Dessert Shots were a great addition to the wedding cake I ordered. We had-Tiramisu, Key lime pie and Cookie with Chocolate Mousse: They were all delicious and the left over dessert shots were put in the freezer for frozen pops the next day! (Still incredible) From clear and easy communication, to menu selection the details were made super easy especially when I had a ton of things going on to plan a wedding remotely! Chef Elisa even coordinated the rental of tables and chairs which worked out perfectly. Her assistant was a total sweetheart! I can't say enough about this woman who leaves her passion and love on the table for all to enjoy!
  • Kelly M. Sep 29, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa was amazing from the start! She answered all of my questions and listened to my ideas. She was great to work with and the food was top notch! I will def be using her for my next event. Thank you!!! thank you!!! thank you!!!!!
  • Elise A. Aug 3, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We recently hired Chef Elisa's Catering for a corporate party on a private yacht. Chef Elisa was easy to work with, professional, and very efficient. The food was super YUMMY, presented nicely, and all of our guests seemed more than pleased with their meal. We were incredibly happy with the quality and service provided. We would definitely recommend and use Chef Elisa and her team again in the future.
  • Rick E. Jul 20, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa did an amazing job. We hosted an Italian-themed cooking party at home for our 11 year old daughter's birthday. Elisa crafted an excellent menu for the kids to prepare. Although we thought that having so many kids participate would be analogous to trying to herd cats, Elisa expertly kept them engaged and interested throughout. Add to that the little chefs learned quite a bit and made some delicious appetizers, main course and desserts. Great time had by all and everyone is still raving about the event. Highly recommend Chef Elisa and her team.
  • Carolynn M. Jun 24, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Everything was great!! Very easy to work with. Thank you
  • Jill P. Jun 14, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Outstanding. Service and food was excellent. Everyone is still raving about the food. Couldn't have done this party without Chef Elisa and her staff.
  • Michael N. May 10, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Jennifer H. Apr 25, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Fabulous! Chef Elisa did an outstanding job providing an incredible menu, delightful staff, and killer mojitos for my staff of 25. I had not a care in the world other than enjoying my company while Chef Elisa flawlessly took care of my guests and allowed my hound dog to follow her every move in hopes that she would drop a tenderloin. Cheery, flexible and accommodating, she will definitely be back to cater my next event!
  • Brittany R. Apr 1, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa was a pleasure to work with. She designed a menu that was imaginative and was exactly what we had envisioned for the wedding. She was extremely attentive and very easy to communicate with, responding almost immediately to all emails and phone calls. You can really tell that she takes pride in her work and even goes out of her way to make your experience exactly as you envisioned it. Overall, she was a pleasure to work with.
  • Ken D. Mar 24, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa catered my 50th birthday party last night and...she and her team were AMAZING! The food (a mix of buffet and passed heavy hors d'oeuvres) was some of the best I've had at a catered event if not THE best. The Food: While everything served was perfect, some highlights included: - Coconut Shrimp with Lime Dipping Sauce: I fought her on these to not have them. I've had other caterers and they were lackluster. Chef Elisa's were the hit of the party. Crispy, tender, tangy. Having some of her delicious shrimp left over this morning proved once again that I was so, so wrong. - Italian Sausage and Peppers in a mini bun topped with ricotta: She designed these especially for me given my Italian/Sicilian heritage. They were so good it was as if Chef Elisa had learned to make them from my grandmother. - American Kobe Beef Sliders , Smoked Gouda and Bacon on a Hawaiian roll: These were served buffet style. Seeing that pile of goodness made me want to eat them all. However, I was too busy to have more than one. However, the next day...with just 30 seconds in the microwave and they came beautifully back to life. My house guests and we happily lived off of these for the next two days. - The Dessert Shots in three varieties: Canoli Shot, Key lime pie and Hazelnut Brownie: I decided not to do the typical birthday cake moment. I've had those since I was a year old. So, this choice of dessert shots each with individual spoons was the perfect solution. Small bursts of sweetness without the 'Cut the cake, birthday boy,' chore. Good thing. Putting a knife in my hand that late in the party would have been dangerous for all involved. The Process: From first consultation, menu creation, arrival, setup, service, staff and clean up it felt like magic. I feel like I twitched my nose and everything appeared as if conjured by Samantha herself. Yes...I was bewitched. I could go on and on. Chef Elisa deserves the raves. However, I'll leave it to you to find out the rest for yourself. I will recommend her wholeheartedly and will look forward to the chance to work together again. Why wouldn't I? When you've found 'the one' you stop searching. I have found 'the one'.
  • Aaron F. Mar 22, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The entire process was a good experience. Chef is a fair businesswoman and delightful cook. Working on the proposal was tolerable and sampling her desserts was fun. She worked with us, step by step and alleviated any anxiety. The party of 50 people was wonderful and many of our guests thoroughly enjoyed her food. Her staff was easy to work with. I highly recommend the chef to all who hope for a memorable party.
  • Alex C. Mar 2, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Let's start with fantastic, that pretty much covers it all. The food produced raves from our guests, especially the potato pancake with smoked salmon sour cream and chive. Not to mention the delicious black olive palmier with warm brie cheese. Great sushi presentation and great sliders and let's not forget the layered chocolate mousse dessert. Chef Elisa was in control and did it all, turn-key, beginning to end. Very professional. We were outside with a large tent and had pre-party weather challenges but she did not let that impact her preparation and delivery. Everything came off smashingly! In buyer beware South Florida, Chef Elisa is someone you may count on and entrust to deliver. Your guests will enjoy and remember your event! Thanks again Elisa, until next time!
  • Richard B. Feb 16, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Elisa catered my 50th birthday party on very short notice and worked with us on a very creative menu. The end result was a great party that my guests are still talking about 2 weeks later! She is a consummate professional and one of the better chefs that we have encountered. As this was our first catering experience in South Florida, I was incredibly pleased and will only work with Elisa moving forward. Thank you, Elisa!
  • Helida C. Feb 8, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa and her staff are OUTSTANDING!!! She catered for my 50th birthday party and the food was DELICIOUS!!! All of the food was fresh along with fantastic service. She made an effort to work with my needs and communicated very well. All of my friends LOVED her food. Make sure try the beef tenderloin petit course(itÂ’s out of this world) I cannot thank her enough for making my party such a success. THANK YOU CHEF ELISA!!!
  • Amanda G. Feb 3, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I have no negatives for Elisa and her team! The food got rave reviews. It was exceptional. Request the lobster mac & cheese, you won't regret it.
  • David O. Jan 18, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Amanda S. Dec 24, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I cannot recommend Chef Elisa and her all star team high enough. Every single one of her dishes were so tasty. She catered a corporate holiday party for us and I have received rave reviews from my entire team about the food! Great job Chef Elisa!
  • Jennifer N. Dec 17, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa and her AMAZING staff was the perfect highlight to my event. She immediately responded to my needs for estimates, menus and planning. Together we created a custom menu that went above and beyond my expectations (but within my budget), including staffing, decor, dietary limitations and an overall positive presence during my VIP Art Gallery Opening. I received calls the next day from visitors requesting referrals for our catering team. Tip: try the potato pancakes with salmon! DELISH!
  • Sarah C. Dec 15, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    From beginning to end Chef Elisa and her team were absolutely amazing! She's bubbly and fun, and willing to make changes to fit your needs! We must have called her 100 times, to reassure ourselves of course, that we knew exactly what we were going to need! And she didn't even flinch! She was very reassuring and extremely helpful! Party time came and the food was DELICIOUS!! The variety of our menu was perfect, everything from sliders to sushi for appetizers, steak, chicken, and salmon for dinner! And all well within reasonable for pricing! Then came dessert!!! OH BOY! Tiny little cups of perfect deliciousness :) YUMMMM! And there were at least 5 different options to choose from! Our experience with Chef Elisa and her team was nothing short of perfection! She was a delight to work with and I would DEFINITELY recommend her to anyone looking for a fabulous caterer!! THANK YOU SO MUCH CHEF!
  • Danny G. Dec 13, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Elisa's catering was fantastic. We recently hosted a Christmas Party for roughly 50 people, and chef Elisa, along with her staff, was very professional and accommodating. When we initially consulted with Chef Elisa, she was more than willing to work with our budget while creating a delicious menu. Chef Elisa was always available and quick to respond when presented with questions or requests regarding the menu, staff, or general services being provided. The party itself was a real success, in large part to Chef Elisa and her staff. Chef Elisa arrived 2 hours before the party to set up and prepare the food and bar prior to the guests's arrival. She and her staff were completely self sufficient and at no time required our assistance during this preparation process. Throughout the party, the food was delicious and more importantly, consistently passed to our guests the entire evening. The server and bartender were very attentive and our guests were never hungry nor without a drink. We would absolutely use Chef Elisa's Catering for other events and we look forward to having her back at our house for next year's party.
  • Valerie D. Dec 2, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I had a great experience with Chef Elisa from beginning to end! The planning stage was very communicative, she was able to meet everything we wanted while sticking to the budget. Her and her team's attitude was awesome during our event and all of our food was beyond delicious. Most of our guests let us know how much they enjoyed the food. All in all, excellent!
  • Filippo C. Nov 21, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Perfect... Everything has been great! Where I haven't been able to explain my needs she has been able to help me to understand what to propose, and her selection has been superb....
  • Roman G. Nov 18, 2014
    Great communication from the beginning. Attitude and service with smile. But most importantly food was delicious and all our guests were satisfied. Definitely would recommend.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to hear what my clients want serve and how they envision their event to unfold.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Catering is something that must be learned hands on and Ive been learning for more than 35 years. While I do have my Bachelors from FIU, running a food business is very much a learn as you go experience.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Most of my menus range in the $28 pp to $35 pp price point. Staffing is additional.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Catering is my passion. I actually started when I was 15. It's one thing to be a great inside the confines of ones kitchen, but it's a whole another thing to cook, pack,transport it, re-set onsite and then serve, all the while maintaining it's excellent flavor and texture. I always say, Iron Chef doesn't have anything on my team!.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with corporate clients, private clients and celebs I have catered for Dwayne Johnson , Dan Marino, Bruce Hunter, owner of Shaw Ross Wine,cooking multiple food and wine dinners and events, creating dishes that focus around his client's wines. My corporate clients include large company events for H & M clothing and Chewys.com feeding 250 plus staff members. I also cater the Woman's Fund annual Raise the Bar Fund raiser in Miami and have for 5 years. Along with being a Celebrity Chef for the Ann Stork Center for 10 years.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of my favorite presentations involves making custom decorated Ice blocks. It's so cool looking .... literally.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire me and it will be beautiful and delish! I actually get to say that, the being the winner of the Fan Favorite 2013 ARC Broward Fund Raiser and competition. :-) And be clear about your guest count and logistics. Prepare your caterer as best as you can for everyone's success.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Since each and every catering event IS different. It's important to take 3 minutes and quickly describe your event, your expectations and the logistics involved for caterer to get in place.