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Lansing Chefs

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The Freelance Chef LLC.
4.7
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Michele S.
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The food and service were excellent! The food, including appetizers were all homemade, fresh, beautifully presented by a well trained staff. Chefs homemade Mac&Cheese is over the top amazing! This is a a very professional well run company. I would definitely use their services again!

Top Pro
  • 16 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Krista F.
Verified review

Chef Cathy made our surprise party for my mother-in-law an evening to remember with delicious food and her own personal touches. Being able to enjoy each other's company without the worry of the food preparation and clean up was so relaxing.

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Debra N.
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We had Chef Tammy made a meal at our home and it was wonderful. She made chicken empanadas with mole sauce, salads and with chocolate lava cakes for desert. Best meal ever!

Donna B.
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I have personally worked with Chef Bussolino for many years at The Art Institute. Chef Bussolino is one of the finest chefs I've worked with in my 36 years of being in the hospitality industry. Chef Bussolino's creativity, passion and thorough knowledge of the culinary industry is second to none. He is extremely well respected and loved by all. When Chef Bussolino has a special event to cater, I guarantee it's going to be done to perfection.

The Uncommon Chef
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
CB B.
Verified review

He prepared stuffed peppers for a gathering of friends. He came with a variety of different flavor options including vegan. While he was preparing the food he was very personable and tried to be involved in the conversation. He seem to have a lot of variety in his cooking styles and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a unique menu for their meals for their next party

First in Class Catering
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
Debbie C.
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Chef Mary and her crew worked with me/us for our wedding reception meal. She and her staff are professional and very friendly! She kept our meal within our budget and still provided and excellent meal for all our guests. There was also a menu option for kids. I highly recommended her services!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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Personal Chef Service We offer personal chef services for intimate dinner parties, gatherings small and large; cooking classes for individuals, couples or girl's nights out or wine & dinner pairings. This venture has afforded me the opportunity to create personal cuisines in many homes throughout Michigan, providing unique dining experiences. My personal favorite personal chef experience is the Romantic Dinner. I thrive when designing a special menu of favorites with clients to celebrate a special event, such as engagement proposal or an anniversary celebration. The menu options are endless... My Cadillac chef option involves an elite personal service which help couples reclaim the magic which brought them together or that their busy everyday lives have hidden. I always say, It's the ability to enjoy the simple pleasures in life that's important." The culinary couple's vacation weekend brings a unique combination of great food, world class wines, new friends and unforgettable dream locations all over the United States to together in one place

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I am a personal, private and tour chef able to provide intimate or family-style meals. I am healthy, wholesome, professional and caring.

  • 3 years in business
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I'm personal, every customer is special,not one customer is the same.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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i provide tasty, locally sourced food, as available, and can accommodate all dietary restrictions and lifestyles.

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I provide gourmet meal planning and preparation at non-gourmet cost. I can plan and cook for 1-500 people. No event is too big. No event is too small.

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We do everything from simple cookouts to exotic dinner parties. J.R. Williams can handle all of your medium-sized events. We privately consult to Metro Detroit restaurants for menu items as well as staff training techniques. We will also give cooking classes either privately or in groups for a phenomenal rate.

  • 7 years in business
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I do charcter cakes not just square or round can do buttercream n whipped icing

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Looking for that special cake to compliment your special occasion? Wedding, shower, anniversary, birthday, theme party or a fancy dessert? Give me your ideas and I will create a one-of-a-kind cake that will be the focal point of your event. All flavors, and all styles at a price you can afford. ' Have expanded our business to inlude catering for all types of events-weddings showers birthday parties family reunion------------indoors or out, big or small, fancy or simple Give me your ideas and I will create a menu that will complimet your event and fit within your budget Contact me through Thumbtack today. John

  • 5 years in business
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We are a small team with personal service

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We are providing in-home personal chef services to individuals and families based on dietary and nutritional needs.

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I am a fully qualified professional chef available for hire for private dining experiences and/or restaurants requiring temporary cover and assistance in the kitchen. I have experience providing consultation for underperforming restaurants in addition to extensive experience organizing and leading large catering functions. My specialty areas of cuisine are European: French, Italian, Spanish, traditional Irish and British foods.

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I provide fresh and well-cooked dishes and desserts to clients. That's what makes my service worth coming back.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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We offer a special event facility, gourmet food, a professionally designed and full stage, a dance floor and a professional sound system. We also offer personal chef and catering services.

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I'm a personal chef. I will shop, cook and cleanup after. I also do dinner parties and catering. I've been an executive chef for 20 years and have a passion for cooking great food. If you need someone who cares about what he serves and will listen to what your food needs are, I'm the person for you.

  • 4 years in business
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My work stands out from others because I flavor profile extremely well. 100% of my food is made from scratch. I don't believe in serving pre-made food out of a box or can. All of my food is created with aromatics in mind, visuals to stimulate your senses and a taste that will have you wiggling your toes with every bite.

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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