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  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Mechelle C.
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I can't even begin to describe the WONDERFUL experience we had last night. Chef Joseph Allison came into my home and prepared a meal for our special guests. He arrived promptly and immediately got to work. We had cocktails and an appetizer to start the evening while we mingled and greeted the guests to arrive.Chef Allison served us our starter salads with red onion, bacon lardons and a hard boiled egg tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. Our main dish was Pan Seared Chicken, Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Sautéed Green Beans! Ending with an amazing dessert of Chocolate Ganache! Everything was mouth watering! Chef Allison I THANK YOU for making the night memorable and an ever lasting memory in my heart! I'm already plotting the next dinner party! If you are looking for a wonderful chef to come into your home and prepare your next dinner party or whatever.... Call Chef Joseph Allison!!

Pacific Stars Chef Service
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Grace S.
Verified review

I highly recommend and suggest you try Pacific Stars Chef Service. I recently hired them for a sit down Birthday dinner for my husband. We started with a delightful crab appetizer, moved on to a classic spinach salad with Chef Thomas special touches. Then comes the most incredible mushroom soup with actual Italian truffle shavings. At this point the ooohhhs and aahhhhhs were music to my ears. The main course of rack,of lamb with roasted potatoes did not disappoint. We ended the evening with an assortment of fresh berries in a phylo cup. Bravo to Chef Thomas and his business partner Keith whom kept everything flowing and my guest entertained! Grace Shaver

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I do baking out of my home or onsite. I am currently working on my degree in culinary-pastry arts, but have been a pastry chef for over 25 years.

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We offer personal chef services to the Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. Affordable meals are packaged and delivered to your door. All dietary requirements can be achieved. Catering for small parties and cooking lessons are also available!

  • 14 years in business
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Get quality catering with a professional. Large or small parties are accommodated. A CIA professionally trained chef will pamper your every need. The chef that will travel to you.

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Salay's Catering provides all-occasion catering and personal chef services, from one person to one thousand people.

  • 1 year in business
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Fresh and flavorful dishes personally hand-crafted and only limited by your imagination.

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I provide all your food and event needs under one "roof." I prefer to cook on-site, as that keeps the food fresh and of high quality. Contact me anytime with any questions.

  • 3 years in business
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I am a personal chef, and I have a meal delivery business. I specialize in cooking nutritious local meals for you and your family. With so many sports and after school activities going on, sometimes it is hard to find the time to cook nutritious meals for your family. We get stuck in a fast food or takeout route or maybe you are single and don't like to cook or have a very demanding career. Whatever the reason, my goal is to help you eat well and live well. While the obvious benefits of eating well are physical, there are also many emotional benefits. It can affect our mood and our ability to handle stressful situations. Eating well can help us stay mentally sharp and keep us at the top of our game! My goal is to help you get the proper nutrition that you need in a delicious and satisfying way.

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We are a private company of personal chefs. My husband and I have been in the business for a combined of 35 years, working up and down the eastern seaboard. We are new to Indiana and just trying to make a name here before we open our cafe in Marion.

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.

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 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.

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.
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