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  • 4 years in business
  • 315 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We enjoyed everything about our experience - from the communications before the date of the event, to the meal and service! It was a perfect evening!

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Parth T.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of working with Mike, Culeen and Matt for my engagement party a few weeks back and it was a great experience! From the first call with Mike to the cleanup at the end of the party, I could not have asked for a better experience. I will admit that planning is not my forte and with just over a week before the engagement party, I still needed to hire a caterer to help feed 15 guests for the event! I was lucky enough to connect with Mike who listened to the dietary restrictions of the guests and helped plan an incredible menu. He went so far as to combine my fiancee's favorite dessert (cheesecake) and mine ( creme brulee) and put together an amazing combination of a creme brulee cheesecake! Anyone who has gone through an engagement understands the nerves that can arise up until the question is popped! Needless to say I was a bit antsy the few hours leading up to the event and figured i'd head up to the venue and check things out (it was held at the party room in our apartment.) When checking out the venue I realized I had gotten something incredibly wrong....there was NO STOVE in our club room!! I frantically called and texted Mike to let him know and he said not to worry about it and that he would figure it out. He kept to his word and somehow used sternos to cook our meals....and believe me when I say everything came out better than I could have imagined!! Mike and team were lifesavers and helped make the night run much smoother than I could have hoped for. Rest assured I'll be using Cater-2-U again for my future events! Thank you Mike, Culeen and Matt!

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Zachary O.
Verified review

Chef David is everything you would want in a personal chef and more. From the initial discussions surrounding planning of the event, to the final pull through of the event, everything was perfect. Chef David put together a well thought out menu for 11 guests for my Girlfriends surprise birthday dinner party. Each part of the meal was better than the previous and was topped off with an excellent desert choice. Needless to say, Chef David is my go to choice for personal chef moving forward! Highly recommended for any person looking at his services!

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mark T.
Verified review

Lindsey prepared a buffet meal for a surprise 70th birthday party for 20 guests. Lindsey was very communicative, responsive and accommodated all my requests. She specializes in gluten-free cooking, but can do either. Her team was attentive and congenial. If you're looking for the convenience of home-cooked meals without the hassle of doing it yourself, then Lindsey is right for you.

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Chef Aram Reed
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Scott G.
Verified review

Chef Aram Reed provided a fabulous experience. His menu and preparation were exquisite and he and his wife were organized and prepared the entire meal, set the table and cleaned up for a flawless party. They are both extremely nice and fun to talk with. The entire party went off perfectly and all the guests loved the food and service and ambiance. They do a fantastic job.

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Mange La Vie
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lisa N.
Verified review

Kirk hed a private cooking lesson, at my home, for about 15 family and friends.Kirk spend about 4-5 hours with us. Kirk was on time and ready to go at our scheduled time. What impressed me most about Kirk was not only his creativity as a chef , but he was also extremely patient in answering all of our questions. He educated us on everything from what to look for in a set of knives to the importance of selecting the freshest ingredients. He talked us through everything that he prepared. The quality of the meal he prepared was delicious!!! Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend Kirk as a Chef.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Debra K.
Verified review

Karen did a great job preparing a delicious meal for friends!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lynn O.
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This was my first time hiring a caterer, and I was not disappointed. This was also my first time using Thumbtack. Had never even heard of it before googling “caterers near me”. Carol of Food with Flair did a wonderful job catering a family outdoor BBQ at my home for my dad’s 90th birthday. We had 25 people in attendance, and many commented on how good the food was. She was very responsive from the moment she and I were matched through Thumbtack, all the way through my event. She helped plan the meal, making suggestions on food items that were popular at other BBQs she had catered; arrived promptly the day of the event with much of the food prep completed and the remainder completed once she arrived; provided the warming trays, serving dishes, and serving utensils; grilled the meat (hamburgers and chicken) on my Weber grill; set up the serving table; had the meal ready in a timely fashion; put away leftovers for me; and left my kitchen clean. She also was able to work with dietary restrictions. She offered to provide paper goods and make arrangements for other supplies (e.g. canopy), which I declined. She brought two pineapple upside down cakes (my Dad’s favorite), and because we had neglected to discuss which of us would provide the candles, she decided to play it safe and brought a “9” & a “0” candle for one of the cakes. For the other cake she had a friend create a diecut that read “Happy 90th Birthday” in colors that coordinated with the cake. It was a nice, thoughtful surprise. While I had thought about asking whether she offered tastings, I didn’t due to the small size of my party; the short time frame between booking the party and the event itself; and her experience as an executive chef. I trusted that the food would be good, and it was. But I can’t share whether she offers tastings or not. My husband and I were very pleased with the service Carol provided and would definitely use her again.

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jeanne N.
Verified review

We hired Tracy to provide two dinners per week. I decided to let her "surprise" us with each meal. To say the least we have been more than pleasantly surprised with the quality, creativity, and heart that goes into every meal. Hiring Tracy has made meal time less stressful - best thing we ever did!

Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen J.
Verified review

Kristin has catered many events for me...from intimate family holiday dinners to a buffet for over 100 people. She is very professional and fun to work with. But most importantly her food is delicious and the presentation is outstanding. I've known Kristin for at least 10 years. I highly recommend her!

  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Staci F.
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I wanted to have a simple afternoon party without the formality of a sit-down meal, and Diana fit the bill perfectly. She made sure there was plenty of food and variety, including appetizers, lasagna and sweets trays. Many people complimented me on the food, and it was a great success. Best of all, I didn't have to prepare any food, so I was free to enjoy my own party! I've already given out her information to guests who asked.

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
Verified review

Hired Chef Frank to cook a meal for my Mom as a birthday present. First experience with something like this. She enjoyed the preparation in her kitchen and said the meal was good. My parents are diabetic so the menu was zuchini noodles in a tomato based sauce, chicken vesuvio (not spicy), and roasted cauliflower. They both liked it and it was fun to know they were doing something new even at 74!

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Paula T.
Verified review

When planning a party it's very difficult to find the perfect combination of professionalism and culinary expertise. I found both in hiring Chez Mikey. My guests and I were so impressed with Chef Mike's preparation of our appetizers and main entré. We began our dinner with a one bite amuse bouchée, marinated carrots and cucumber caviar tray. Beautiful and very delicious. For the entré we had the "Hunters' Trophy" (lamb chop on top of polenta and a slowly cooked chicken thigh). This combination was presented artfully; and more importantly this dish was so tasty that even the guests with whom lamb chops are not thier favorite protein, found the lamb chop tender and cooked to perfection and loved it. Chef Mike ended the meal with a special chocolate ganache celebration cake which left all my guests happily ending on a sweet note. When I have another event, I'm speed dialing Chez Mikey because he will soon be booked up. Chef Mike and Sous Chef Diana are top notch in making a party scrumptious and elegant without the worry.

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Anre K.
Verified review

I would like to thank you for catering my birthday party. Your menu is impressive and I was happy to see you were able to cook meal choices not on your menu. Your prices was very reasonable for the amount of people you prepared food for. Everyone that attended said your food was great and I will agree.You and your staff were very professional and showed true meaning to serves with a smile. I was impressed, I have your card, I will be in touch.

Rissa’s Kitchen
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca G.
Verified review

With my busy schedule, it has been such a pleasure to have Larissa prepare meals for my family and I. While keeping flavor in mind, she also focuses on healthy, well balanced dishes that both the kids and adults rave over! I love that she makes it a priority to use as much fresh, organic and gmo free indrgedients as possible. We are so appreciative of her coontinued service, value and care she puts into her work. Thumbs up Larissa!

Deluxe Event Planning
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Glennetta C.
Verified review

Chef Val was truly a gem. She was very concerned about my event and that matters to me. She and her assistant were so pleasant and my guest and I enjoyed the food so much. We had a vegetarian menu, and Im not a vegan. However, my guest and I asked for seconds and thirds of Chef Val's delectable food. From the vegetarian gumbo to the sweet potato veggie burger and to top it all off for dessert vegetarian lemon pound cake and apple crisp, Delicious. Once again great service, great food, and lots of fun.

Brian Min
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra R.
Verified review

Brian came to my house to cook for a group of 8 of us my boyfriend's 30th birthday. Everyone could not stop raving about how great the meal was and how impressed they were. The quality was amazing. Everything was super fresh and delicious! He even sent us the recipes after the meal (per our request). Would highly recommend him and would definitely use him for future parties/events!

J's Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Christina M.
Verified review

We used J's for a block party and he was great. Even though the weather didn't cooperate, he soldiered on and gave us an amazing meal. The tacos (steak, chicken and pork) were delicious!!! Everyone loved it. I would definitely recommend J's for any of your catering needs.

Grand Personal Chef
3.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Fantastic food, professional presentation, overall an amazing experience. Chef David prepared a week of healthy meals for me, individually packed and ready to enjoy!

Clean Eats & More
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Heather A.
Verified review

Nicole was such a great “find” on this app. She gave me a cooking lesson at my home and shared tons of wisdom and great ideas for bulk meal prep. I’m hoping to hire her again in the future. Thanks, Nicole!!

Chef Lynn Garrett
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda H.
Verified review

Can't say much- just eaten one meal and it was very nice

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