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Pittsfield Chefs

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Culinary Accommodations
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alison A.
Verified review

Chef Leslie completely made the evening beyond special! She caught on to my Summer garden theme and vision immediately and brainstormed and executed flawlessly! My 11 dinner guests and myself were floored and super grateful. I'm already trying to figure out when I can use her again. She is extremely reliable and of exceptional culinary talent👍🏻👍🏻

Chef of All Seasons
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Richard T.
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The cooking class we asked Mitchell Goran to conduct was a birthday gift to our 10-year old granddaughter, Katherine. "Mitch"is clearly an experienced and competent chef. He knows what he is doing and does it well, answering any questions asked along the way. Ahead of time he asked the right questions about the planned cooking class, checked to verify the supplies that we already had and carefully purchased the others he needed. As the class progressed it became evident that Mitch is not only a fine chef; he is a very good teacher. He was patient and careful teaching Katherine basic skills: how to handle a knife and how to separate the white from the yolk of an egg. He used words to describe the cooking process that she could easily understand. He helped Katherine write down each step in the preparation so that she had a record in her own words. He gave Katherine ample time to practice her newly found skills, even to the point of extending his time with her beyond the contracted time. The smiles, the occasional laughter, and the good meal at the end were clear testimony of a class well conceived and well executed.

Rent The Chef
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Henroy D.
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We had an amazing experience! Chef's creations were delicious. He was on time and professional. We are already thinking about our next event with Chef!

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Chef Erika did a great job on my sister's bachelorette weekend. We had numerous conversations ahead of the event and worked together to craft the perfect menu. She arrived early and everything turned out great. I would recommend her for your next event.

Synfull Sweets
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Wendy L.
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Best cupcakes ever!!! 😍 Especially if u love oreos!! Great chef, will definitely order cupcakes from him!

Linda Thifault
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Brian R.
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Linda is professional, pleasent, and a great chef.

Mona Coade-Wingate
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dorothy S.
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We had a terrific week spent with her as our chef. There were 6 adults and 4 children. She was totally superb. Her food was great and it was a pleasure working with her planning meals. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

Traveling Chef 518
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Joe L.
    Verified review

    He was very helpful, customized the dishes, made extra and cleaned up after himself. He was very professional and the meal was amazing.

    Photographer
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Jody F.
    Verified review

    Chef Tim was great from start to finish for my birthday weekend with my family. His communication planning our menu, meeting at our destination, organizing the kitchen, cooking a delicious meal and cleaning up after eating was awesome!! 5 stars for Chef Tim!! He made our weekend a huge success in serving us 2 amazing meals for our family of 10 adults. Thank you!

    Everything Awesome
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Vicky D.
    Verified review

    Brendan came to the house to give my 9 year grandson a cooking lesson. H chose Italian from a list sent by Brendan and Chicken Rollatini as the main course. H had the time of his life!! Brendan explained and demonstrated but allowed H to do the work. Brendan chose not to wear his Chef's whites because he didn't want to intimidate H. It was an incredible experience (with delicious results) and I would happily recommend him to anyone who asks!!!

    About

    I am a personal as well as corporate chef. I prepare and serve many different types of cuisines. I specialize in Northern Italian and contemporary American. I am also classically trained in French cuisine.

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    I'm a local, seasonal, and organic personal chef/caterer/ cooking teacher/ kitchen coach with whole foods; 25 years experience. Vegetarian and vegan are my specialties, with expertise in gluten-free and alergy-free cooking. I offer kitchen and wellness coaching, culinary nutrition and private and group hands-on cooking classes for health, vitality, and pleasure.

    • 3 years in business
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    I'm a well-rounded professional chef. I love food and the pursuit of its perfection. I'm available for any event, big or small.

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    A small staff of pros who bring years of experience to the table. I am capable of bringing an army to please you.

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I treat my work as a reflection of myself and I am very conscious of the impression I set forth. I am very detail oriented and I wholeheartedly understand the value of service and always want to deliver on my promises to all of my clients.

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    My name is Daniel Geraghty, chef and owner of Geraghty's Catering. I am a full-service caterer and personal chef. I am a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Our customer service and from-scratch cooking, separates us from our competitors. We use organic, all-natural foods, and farmer's markets as much as possible. Because we cook from scratch, we are able to customize menus for catering events as well as personal chef clients. Many of our personal chef clients have the need for specific diets that are confusing for the home cook to create. That is where we shine. I create beautiful, tasty, and healthy meals for diabetes, fibromyalgia, celiac, some forms of cancer, and for clients going through lengthy cleanses.

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    I take extreme pride for my craft and have a passion for food, farms, and making people happy.

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    We are experienced personal chefs with focus on exceptional service and quality. We take pride in every dish we serve and use only the best local and domestic ingredients. Choose between one to four course meals. - Do you enjoy delicious and nutritious meals, but don't want to travel? - Are you too tired to cook after a long day at work or school? - Do you require a special diet and/or allergic to anything? - Do you need help prepping or setting up for an upcoming party or event? Don't worry, we have you covered. Weekly meals are prepared fresh in the beginning of the week, fresh or frozen, individual or family style. All you have to do is come home and heat them up.

    About

    The Valley Bowl is a locally-owned personal chef service offering delicious meals made from local and organic ingredients. We all know the importance of gathering around a table for a nourishing, home-cooked meal. We’ve all come to understand that the best food is local, organic food cultivated in ways that are good for our bodies and the earth. And we all know how a delicious meal can erase a hectic day at work or a rocky day at school. But the truth is that many of us simply do not have the time, energy, or resources to scour farmers markets for fresh, organic produce or find a local farm that raises all-natural meats and poultry. Most of us do not have the time to cure our own meats, craft delicious cheeses, or make batches of fresh baked breads and cookies. Most of us do not have the desire – or the skill – to create dishes that are wholesome and unforgettably delicious! Fortunately, the Valley Bowl will do it for you. Without having to drive from the farm to the co-op to the specialty store, you and your family will enjoy amazing meals that are created especially for you. The Valley Bowl uses almost exclusively organic, always fresh produce, naturally raised meats and dairy products from local vendors, including Simple Gifts Farm of Amherst and the River Valley Market in Northampton. We will use these fresh, local ingredients to prepare thoughtful and scrumptious dishes in your kitchen and then pop them in your fridge or freezer so that they’re ready when you are. No pots and pans to scrub, no messy kitchen to clean, no more fast food or bad take-out and best of all, no more spending every night slaving in the kitchen when you could be relaxing around the table with family and friends. All you have to do is set the table, turn on the music, and uncork a bottle of wine.

    About

    After nearly 30 years in the insurance industry, I followed my dream of attending culinary school. Having grown up on a local farm, I have always had a passion for fresh foods and make them part of my daily cooking. In addition to cooking for your family and/or guests in your own home, I also provide cooking lessons for adults and children. I look forward to cooking for you soon!

    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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