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Newburyport Chefs

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Top Pro
from 118 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julia M.
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Chef Bill and his partner Wendy were absolutely fantastic to work with. They catered our 90-person clambake wedding and it was phenomenal. The food was delicious, the service was great, but most importantly, Bill and Wendy made planning a breeze. All we had to do day-of was show up, grab a (delicious) cocktail, and rip into some lobsters! Wendy has a great eye for event styling and was such a calm, supportive presence throughout our wedding-planning process. Bill is a blast to hang out with and a first-rate chef. We can't recommend them enough! - Julia & Dan

Top Pro
Jen Royle: Dare To Taste
from 98 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa T.
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My husband and I decided to host a housewarming/fall party and we knew we wanted to serve hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. When we spoke with Jen, we knew she was just the kind of chef we were looking for with her awesome suggestions of appetizers and such a large range of options. We wanted appetizers that were fun, easy for people to pick up, and of course delicious! Jen went above and beyond spending time perfecting our menu and touching base with us before beginning her food prep. She worked her tail off all evening at our home to make sure anything that left her kitchen was freshly made and just right. We would recommend Jen to anyone looking for a talented, innovative chef who takes pride in her food and her work. We can't wait to have her cook for us at our next event!!

Sara's Cooking
from 80 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Lois F.
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My experience with Sara's Cooking was most positive. Our son and fiance sadly needed to postpone their wedding plans a few weeks before the actual wedding date. Because so many people had made plans, purchased airline tickets...etc. We decided to turn our lemons into lemonade by hosting a friends and family event on the date the wedding would have been. We had committed to having Sara's Cooking for the wedding and now we needed to switch gears in changing our venue. Sara graciously and easily accommodated our switch and do so with utmost kindness. The food was most incredible with an international flare, home cooked goodness and beautiful presentation. I purposely had chosen Sara's Cooking because her menu selections grabbed my attention right away. My husband and I were not disappointed and neither were our guests. The chefs are topnotch, pay careful attention to detail, friendly, fun and were most accommodating to all our needs as we hosted our gathering. I will always recommend them and use them again for future events.

  • 11 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay F.
Verified review

Cristos kitchen was so great at my wedding reception of 275 guests. Chef Chris worked with me throughout my entire process of planning and budgeting. He and his team provided me with lots of delicious food and friendly, genuine service. There was a very big menu with lots of choices for dinner and hordourvs. Everything tasted the same and just as yummy as it did at the tasting. I was so happy with cristos kitchen I would most definitely recommend it, and hire them again.

Top Pro
The Home Chef of NH
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mrs. Walter S. G.
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William Ference Catering
from 36 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Eduard S.
Verified review

William is the Best!!! I am a huge foodie friends with some of the top chefs in the city. William can out do most of them!!! Not only is he the most talented chef, he is super sweet and nice. Very flexible and will go way above what is needed to please!!! Cant wait to work with him again. Three days later still drooling over his food

Lori Rizzo Events
from 31 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Janet F.
Verified review

Lori, her partner Sam and her staff made my small event seamless. Lori and I were able to effectively communicate via email and text a half a dozen times in the span of 17 days which proved a tremendous value for me in terms of my time and energy. The team were prompt, professional, friendly, anticipated my needs and stayed on top of everything all night. They met and exceeded all my expectations and received rave reviews from my 50 guests. Chef Jim and Crew Debbie and Jim - I welcome you back anytime. It was so much fun to work with you. Chef Jim - The food and presentation was awesome and abundant. Thank you! Debbie and Jim - thank you for staying on top of the time and making it effortless for me to stay on schedule and stlll be able to enjoy the party with my guests. I look forward to working with all of you again.

Malone Catering
from 30 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Linda O.
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Chef Marty Malone was invaluable to the success of my backyard wedding reception in June. From start to finish he was easy to work with, professional and accommodating to changing requirements. The food was delicious, including the kabobs that were grilled on site, and the staff and service were excellent. I would gladly use Malone catering again.

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The Aipyn Catering
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Martha S.
Verified review

Shamia provided a delicious buffet for my son's wedding brunch for 15 people. She even took the time to transfer additional food onto her serving platters to make everything look just right. People loved the food, which included beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, an arugula, goat cheese and pear salad, a roasted sweet potato and mango salad, two kinds of delicious frittatas (which the bride said were the best she had ever tasted), and potatoes au gratin. She also prepared a two-layer green-tea cake with buttercream and coconut frosting that was perfection. She brought a lovely server, Paula, with her to handle all the details of prepping, keeping things fresh, and cleaning up. We had mountains of leftovers, and everyone was delighted.

  • 24 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Shawney L.
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Sam and his staff catered our nonprofit organization's annual Sandra K Russell Derby Day Benefit for MitoAction a few weeks ago and it was beyond amazing! Our attendees and staff cannot say enough great things about the Merrimack Event team. From start to finish, Sam was polite, attentive, and efficient. He worked with our budget and understood the complexity of the event. Sam went above and beyond to help decorate the event venue beautifully and of course, have his chef design an out of this world Southern Fare dinner menu to match our event's theme. Everyone was so pleased with the delicious food, and has told us out of the 8 years we have hosted this event - this one was truly the best. We cannot wait to use Simply Elegant Catering again next year! Thank you again Sam and team!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ashleigh Currier Mutty
Verified review

Talk about a dream team! The culinary creations from Chef Nick matched with Meghann's bubbly personality and passion for events will make them a perfect pair for the ultimate wedding or event experience! I've worked closely with both of them in the events world and am so excited to see the mark they make in the industry!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa Prajna H.
Verified review

Jill has cooked for us for many years in several different settings: for the family as well as for both small and large events. She is always 100% reliable and the food that she cooks is absolutely delicious and full of love. She can cook with ease in both vegan, vegetarian and omnivore settings. Her understanding of food as medicine and of food sensitivities has made things so much easier for me. Jill is a delight and I highly recommend her!

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda L.
Verified review

Chef Reed and and his staff of culinarians and service staff provided a wonderful holiday feast for Phillips Exeter Academy. The attention to flavor profiles, detail in execution in all the selections were exceptional. Chef Reed attended all planning meetings, developed all the menus based on a shared vision while providing timely quotes. The wait-staff were professional, well presented and attentive to guests while ensuring the food presentation were maintained. I would highly recommend Thyme and TIDE Catering.

Pixie Dust Gourmet
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine L.
Verified review

Beth has been very easy to work with, and we love her food. She is extremely flexible, and is willing to either cook at her own home and deliver, or cook in your home. She will either provide you with a menu, or let you send her recipes! And the food is delicious and healthy. We're glad we found her and decided to give a personal chef a try! It's really helped the weeknight dinner rush and made evenings more enjoyable with the family since we can focus on being together after a long day, rather than worrying about what's for dinner!

from 7 reviews
    Robert R.
    Verified review

    Don is an exceptional chef whose creative preparations rise to the heights of having your own personal, Michelin chef for the evening......truly incredible.

    Chef Matthew Stogryn
    from 6 reviews
    • 18 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    M.A. G.
    Verified review

    I highly recommend Matt Stogryn as private Chef for parties large and small. I have worked with Matt on a Holiday Party for 100, and a dinner party for 12. Both times, Matt consulted with me with plenty of advance notice regarding menu, food restrictions, and drink pairings. Matt was on time, very organized with his prep. Matt was charming and knowledgeable when presenting each course to my guests, and the food was fantastic! Matt was clear on pricing in advance, took care of every detail. Wit Matt in the kitchen, I was able to enjoy my guests, and we all loved the food.

    from 6 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Koreen S.
    Verified review

    We hired CHEFreyL because we wanted to do something special for my mother’s birthday and we were not disappointed. The food was amazing, his instruction was fun and informative and everyone had a great night. Not only is CHEFreyL a great chef, he is good company. We were disappointed he couldn’t stay and share a glass of wine with us. We will definitely have CHEFreyL back in the future and we would recommend him to anyone.

    from 4 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Karen L.
    Verified review

    Mykayla, was professional took care of all my dietary needs. Food was delicious !

    Walker's Foods
    from 3 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Michael A.
    Verified review

    Christopher provided a fantastic 4-course meal for our 18 person party. He was accommodating, responsive to emails, personable and most importantly a great chef. I intend on hiring him again in the future and would highly recommend to anyone else.

    Zak Private Chef Service

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      I have an associate degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Blue College in Cambridge. I master the French cuisine, and I work as a banquet cook at the Taj Boston Hotel. I cook American and Mediterranean food also.


      I am your personal party chef. I create memorable parties of distinction in your home. I plan the event with you to ensure the party has your signature. Then, I do the shopping, prepare a four-star restaurant-quality meal in your kitchen, including cocktails, appetizers, fine wine with dinner and dessert, set-up the party or dining rooms, put out your best linen and china, pick out the flowers, the candles and the music, serve the meal and clean up the aftermath. I owned and operated my own restaurant and have over 15 years of catering experience. I have an enthusiastic and loyal following, with lots of references on request.

      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.

      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.

      How much should catering cost for a wedding?

      The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

      • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
      • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
      • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
      • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

      How do you serve food at a wedding?

      Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

      • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
      • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
      • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
      • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
      • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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