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Venice Chefs

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sherman H.
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Cheryl sets the bar wayyy to high for private chefs. Once you have had a private chef experience with her, you will never invite a different chef into your home or private event. From the moment I hired Cheryl for a surprise couple's dinner over Labor Day Weekend, she made it very clear that she aimed to provide a "blow you away" experience. First she designed the three course menu. I told her what I had in mind (lighter dinner - fish and seafood) and she instantly started providing her ideas with pictures of different dishes, different types of fish, sauces, presentation styles, etc. We agreed on a shrimp polenta cake w romesco sauce topped w sauteed carrots appetizer, an atlantic cod on a bed of smashed potatoes with olive and mushrooms, and a creme brulee. Our friends that we surprised with the meal both said it was one of the best meals they had ever had. We agreed. Leading up to the day of the event, Cheryl covered all the details. Since we were staying at a resort, she asked about everything from the type of dishes available to whether she should bring a tablecloth. She made wine recommendations, and even brought us a bottle for the dinner. The final presentation was perfect. Cheryl connected immediately with our group and was ready to impress - she got right to work when she arrived, but not after exchanging pleasantries and making sure that she knew her audience. All in all, Cheryl provides white glove customer service, has the most genuinely friendly and professional personality and is awesome to work with. She impresses from the moment you say YES, and even before that. Her cooking is delicious. It was a gourmet meal that we would have paid much, much, much more for at a reataurant, but she brought it to the comfort of our home (hotel). The presentation of the food was impressive, and everything was served with so much love. Cheryl takes great pride in what she does. We look forward to making Cheryl's cooking a part of our yearly tradition. I would never consider using anyone else. You will not be disappointed with Cheryl. Dont look any further - you have found your private chef for life. (I NORMALLY AM VERY LAZY ABOUT WRITING REVIEWS, BUT CHERYL PROVIDED SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE EXPERIENCE THAT I WOULD NOT FEEL GOOD NOT WRITING ONE)

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  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rhonda B.
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I will sing the praises of Kathy and Jeffrey forever! They are not just a caterer serving the most delicious food but fantastic people! The food for our wedding day was absolutely incredible, all of our guest were surprised how delicious wedding food could be. The best Shrimp and Grits I have ever had and the watermelon gazpacho was to die for! Kathy and Jeffrey go all out for you, they will even tweak their recipes to your liking. There was not one thing that went to waste, when the wedding was over Kathy packed up everything that was left over for our after party and everything was devoured! As a chef myself I believe that food is an experience and Kathy and Jeff made our experience spectacular!!!!!! Thank you both so so much, you are worth every penny we paid! Not to mention your pricing is so reasonable! I can't wait to have you as my private chefs!!!! Hire Event Elements, you will not regret it!!!!

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne H.
Verified review

We have used Lisi's home chef service for several weeks and are delighted with it. The meals have been exciting and delicious and we (3 in my family) have enjoyed them immensely. We have been introduced to some new foods and new ways of preparing some dishes. The delivery has always been on time and I like that she delivers the meals in microwavable containers. I recommend Chef Lisi highly!

Rock Lobster Chefs
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Sheri L.
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Kevin is one of our favorite chefs, and we have frequently enjoyed dining in his restaurant. It is the highlight of our summer trips through Wisconsin! Drawing on his Italian heritage, he makes his pastas from scratch and even bakes his own breads. I always appreciate how he incorporates locally sourced ingredients in his menus, and how he makes those ingredients work together so creatively. Truly an epicurean artisan. All that said, my all time favorite is his simply delicious sausage gnocchi. Delicious!

Rebecca Findeisen
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mark A.
Verified review

Rebecca and I played some email tag setting things up but the extra time was well worth it as the cooking class she conducted for my folks was really fun and both learned quite a bit from Rebecca, and will likely be cooking a lot more pastries as a result. I haven't used thumbtack previously but i can say that when searching for a particular custom service in a remote location, the platform was very helpful and I am glad I found a great match in Chef Wilson.

Suncoast Cuisine
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Shawn R.
Verified review

Chef Melissa is a pro. The food was fantastic! She made a first class dinner for 20 people

  • 2 years in business
Cheril M.
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Had mini desserts and appetizers, all were amazing. Will definitely use again, our guests loved everything.

Chef du Jour
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Jess G.
Verified review

Julie is a joy! She is a great listener and really strives to create dishes just right for her customers needs. She also has a great talent for balancing the different flavors and textures in her creations, making every morsel delectable. Hire Julie for your repeat person chef needs—she will spoil you and continue to delight you time after time.

Kaitlynd Zimmer
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dominique M.
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Kaitlynd has been great to work with! After providing a menu the prior week from which we pick and choose our meals, she cooks and drops off a weeks worth of dinner meals each Monday. She is very attuned to our needs as a family, and has been careful about accounting for allergies and food preferences; she has been accommodating us with a Mediterranean diet. Everything she makes is not only nutritious and healthy, but delicious as well. I have been so impressed with her work ethic and attention to detail, as well as her incredible ability as a chef.

Jessica Black
5.0
from 1 review
    Eliseo S.
    Verified review

    Chef Jessica Black prepared to finger food for my election return party. The finger food was "finger licking" good. Everyone was impressed by the presentation, freshness and great taste

    About

    I have 38 years' experience in all scratch cooking. I am now running a kitchen. I have been catering parties for over 25 years.

    About

    I am an offshore chef and currently prepare meals for up to thirty people. I am an excellent baker and can execute any type of entrees/full meals. I am originally from Louisiana.

    About

    For personal chef service, we set the menu. I shop, cook, clean, date and label meals, and store them in the refrigerator, ready for the week. I also offer private chef services, where I shop, come in and cook the meal for that day. I do catering for everything -- birthdays, office parties, holiday parties, picnics, and corporate events.

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    I have wide Variety of Food Experiences like Floribbean, Spanish, Cajun, Americana, Caribbean, North Western, Pacific Rim with whole some home cook Amish style cooking. (( For Charlotte County Florida)) *Chef For Seniors- We Prepare Meals In Your home, With Our Menu. *We Sell Cottage Foods ( See Pictures For Info Facebook). *RENT A CHEF- ( Cold Buffet Party/Weddings)- *Healthy/Vegetarian Chef. *Cooking Classes. You can still have dinner at home as if you were at a restaurant without going out. As a personal chef, I take my knowledge and love of delicious, well-made food, into the homes of individuals and families who want to eat well, on a regular basis, at home. I truly love making people happy in this way. We Also Sell Florida Cottage Foods to Friends and Family ((Non Retail)) Under Florida Cottage Food Law. As well as offer coordinate Wedding/Holiday/Party Cold Buffets. Also Under the Florida Cottage Food Law, We Sell our Foods Our Friends (Non-Retail).

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    I cook Italian food, pasta sauces, Peruvian food. I also do food service for parties or meetings. I have personal recipes.

    About

    If you crave for a spicy and tasty food and willing to take your taste buds on an adventure in Trinidad home-style cooking with an international flare, then let me be your personal chef.

    About

    We are an off-site catering and private chef business for parties of 2 to 2,000. For parties, weddings, mitzvahs or intimate dinners with 1 to 10 courses, no party is too small or too large.

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    I take the time to make even the smallest detail important. Listen to my clients wants and deliver even more.

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    I am a French chef. I can cook lunch and a simple or upscale dinner. I have 35 years of experience. I can do French and American cooking. I can make food and individually package it for you.

    About

    We will come and cook meals for you in your home or for your private events. Please contact us to discuss services that you may need.

    About

    We are a full-service fine dining establishment located in Cape Coral that offers catering services and private chef services. We cater all events: corporate functions, special occasions, weddings, etc. Put us to the test and let our company make your next event a memorable event.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.