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Sunflower Chef Catering
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Shivani C.
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We hired Sunflowee Chef Catering for housewarming party. Julie was professional and an amazing caterer. She is very responsive to texts/emails, which I really appreciated. The food was delicious and top notch. We received positive feedback from our friends and family. I would recommend her to everyone who is looking for catering services...:)

Top Pro
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine R.
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Kris made my daughters wedding perfect. Everything was set up beautifully, right down to coordinating the color of napkins to fit in with my daughters colors. I highly recommend Simply Home Cooking by Kris.

The Big Steer
from 10 reviews
  • 34 years in business
Carolina H.
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This is truly a great place to eat, a hidden gem with excellent customer service. The Head Chef Oscar, is extremely talented and it's evident he is willing to accommodate all his guests.

Real Food 4 Kids
from 2 reviews
    Nicole L.
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    Sue is very knowledgable about food, ingredients, and local offerings. Her passion for food and great rapport with children make her classes a winning combination! More importantly, the kids think it is delicious and fun!

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Barb H.
    Verified review

    Chef Terence Haynes is wonderful! I've purchased both cakes and cakies from him and was quite happy with both. You do need to plan ahead so that he has the necessary time to create your masterpiece.

    Local Yocals
    from 2 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Megan F.
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    Local Yocals has easily become a family favorite. They are able to blend the perfect combination of incredibly fresh local flavors, and incredible chef talent. The menu as always has staples, but also has new flavors to try. If I have to choose a vendor at any event and Local Yocals is an option, we will choose them every single time. One thing I also appreciate is that they write where the food sources are from, it seems like everyone claims to be local, and this is the real deal. Well done.

    The Traveling Chef
    from 1 review
    • 1 year in business
    Kitt P.
    Verified review

    I had to bring in pastries and lunch for 50 people during a day long training. Not only was the service outstanding but the food was above and beyond lunch expectations: fresh, fresh! The pastries were European in quality and the salad and gourmet wraps were exceptionally fresh, delicious and excellently presented. Definitely a go-to again!


    We offer private chef services as well as catering. Fifteen years of culinary experience means you will get the best! We are willing to take on any jobs; nothing is too big or too small. Please inquire for more details.


    I am a chef, and trying to get a personal client list working. Please feel free to contact me at my email or by phone. I look forward to hearing your interest for my services.


    I provide services for catering, meal service, consulting, cooking classes, spice recipe development, and dip recipe development. I am a culinary-educated chef with more than 20 years of experience in the industry.


    I am a chef who travels to help provide tasty meals that fit your schedule. I specialize in gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes. I have training in traditional cooking as well.

    • 4 years in business

    It's about customer satisfaction, and a quality product.


    I am cooking for personal occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, small parties, engagements, and romantic dinners. I aim to entertain you and add a special touch to your special event.


    I prepare meals at the individual's homes, can deliver 10 meals and place them in their freezers. I also bartend for events. I am very professional with 20 years of experience.


    Culinary Experts for the Hyvee Corporation. Trained in the kitchens of New Orleans French Quarter.


    We do catering of all types. See my website for more info regarding the type of catering and type of foods offered. From the all-American BBQ to the posh sit-and-serve affair, we offer it all.

    • 6 years in business

    We are a full service catering and food trailer business, serving In the state of Iowa. Birthday parties, reunions, weddings, fairs and much more. Whatever your needs we are here to help.


    We partnered with an organic farm in Jefferson, Iowa. Also, we purchased a food truck this spring, and we will be making flatbreads stuffed with local meats and organic produce from Sungold Farms. We will be doing farmers' markets and food festivals. We'll also be offering personal chef services featuring locally sourced organic and natural products. I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, a certified executive chef from the American Culinary Federation, ServSafe certified, and currently finishing my BA in business management. This is a start-up company backed with years of experience, skill, and dedication.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    With twelve years of professional cooking experience, I would love to share my cooking know how with you! A native of San Diego, I bring the sunshine into your kitchen, making learning fun and interactive. Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine is my specialty. Whether it's meal prep or learning a few new skills, or a hosting a small gathering with friends...I can help! let's have some fun!


    Learn from the top chef in Des hard. eat. play hard


    We provide award-winning service that is comparable to none. Please visit our website for the complete story. Thanks for your time and consideration. Chef Allan

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How much do private cooking lessons cost?

    You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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