Zacki's Culinary Creations

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82 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for punctuality, value, and work quality.
  • Cynthia W.

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    Positive comments are still being made about Zacki's Ancient Mediterranean Meal and program - What Would Jesus Eat (WWJE)!! Surprisingly, we went TOTALLY ON FAITH with this program, read no reviews nor talked with those who had used it. We simply knew Zacki had a great reputation with food, her Internet site gave good background info, and we liked the WWJE topic for our church luncheon for 57 guests. Our Feb. 12 date was just before Lent began, so that was excellent timing. Comments from a number of guests: kitchen assistants benefited from being with Zacki and Linda during prep ... food was flavorful, well prepared, more than enough, and colorfully presented ... leftovers were tasty cold ... melons were delicious for being out of season ... simply elegant table decorations with our inherited linen napkins and Zacki's suggestion of magnolia, herbs, and white candles ... best hummus ever - even those who do not normally like it ate Zacki's ... unique experience ... bulgur wheat was a new taste/texture for some ... little food was left on the plates ... Jesus Bread was a great hit and disappeared quickly ... pomegranates and figs were attractive treats The program of slides and script following the luncheon was very informative and interesting; the slides were colorful and of professional quality. Having the program after the luncheon gave meaning to foods we had just eaten. Zacki, thanks for a "great, great luncheon"!

    Feb 20, 2018
  • David K.

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    Chef Zacki worked with me through several changes to get to a final menu that accommodated all the various likes and dislikes of 13 guests... - no small feat! The meal was enjoyed immensely by all who attended. The variety and quality of the appetizers were particularly impressive. The Coq au Vin w/wide noodles entree was delicious and filling. ...And everyone loved the dessert - not a crumb was left behind, despite the generous portions of entree everyone had just consumed.

      Jan 8, 2018Verified
      Zacki M.'s reply

      What a delight it was to be with the Kenny family. The cool part was that the guy business associates play a board game with David called Twilight Imporium that can take up to 12 hours to complete. They consummed a bunch of junk food, but never the less gobbled down our more sophisticated dinner where the winning dessert was Bill Neal's famous persimmon pudding. (Persimmons are only available a short season.) David's wife and son jumped in to assist in making dinner and was so impressed with the son that I am taking him on as an apprentice. Win-win for all!

    About this pro

    Because I custom make meals for individuals be it someone with diabetes, going through cancer or wishing gluten free meals. My culinary skills range from smoking, Lexington style BBQ for a taste of NC or preparing Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. I also teach cooking and etiquette classes and lecture in churches about foods from the time of Jesus...Because my background is also art and design, am known for my beautiful and unusual presentations especially with natural flora and herbs from my garden...I love working in personal homes and making memories for my clients. That it is a God given gift instilled in me long ago as a young child growing up in Chapel Hill with a vegetable and flower garden. By the age of 6, I was making breakfast on a tray for my parents complete with a pansy, gardenia or camellia. My first income was selling fresh mint to Fowler's food store at 5 cents a bunch...I still use this favorite herb all year as well as others that are grown in my back yard and "the secret garden" that I share with friends. If I don't grow it, I find someone who does.

    Years in business

    32

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    110

    Number of employees

    3

    Background check

    Completed
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      Q & A

      • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
        I do not have a complicated pricing system.
      • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
        -To learn their sincerity of hiring a professional (not doing this themselves) and that they have a real price margin in mind or if not, a budget for everything. - That they have a kitchen available for ZCC to prepare their food. - For them to understand that there are other prices involved such as the cost of travel, staff, rentals. - Once this is in place, to choose the menu and decide on other services such as the setting up of decor, the cooking and presentation and to understand if they wish clean up. My main focus is the meal experience and often the client does not want to pay us to stay and clean up. This is fine with us.
      • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
        I am always reading, googling and experimenting with new recipes. Especially with the WWJE? (What Would Jesus Eat?) program as it is a continual learning curve. I especially enjoy the historical and Biblical aspect...This week, we are meeting for the second time with a Messianic Jew to guide us with our first Seder this spring. My assistant is learning some Hebrew and I will be in charge of this special meal to be shared with about 100 members at a church in Raleigh. So, yes, continuing education is absolutely necessary.

      Business hours

      Eastern Time Zone
      Sunday9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Monday9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Tuesday9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Wednesday9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Thursday9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Friday9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Saturday9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Coverage Area for Zacki's Culinary Creations is about 30+ miles of Durham, NC.