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Manda & Me



  • 27 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Betty A.

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Julie has done both parties and cooking class at my home. The parties are always unique and lovely after the first one I have always left all the details and ideas to her. She did an incredible party for my husbands 65th birthday. Everyone raved about it for months. We did the cooking classes with another couple and it was more fun and entertaining than I imagined it could be. We learned so much and it made cooking fun for all of us again. She has marvelous ideas and so many tips to make things easier. We have another party planned for the holidays and can't wait to see her innovative ideas. She is truly a delight to work with.

Dan S.

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My family and I had Julie over for a private cooking class this past week. She taught 8 of us how to make some delicious Italian food including homemade pasta, sauce and dessert. Everyone in my family is raving about the experience, it was like nothing they'd ever done before and it was such a hit! Julie is wonderful, wildly talented and so down to earth, it was our pleasure to learn from her and are looking forward to our next class!

Tammy C.

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I get very anxious over cooking but thought a night with my daughter and I being led through a dinner preparation and meal would be a great way to bond. Julie was sweet, well prepared and made it a special night of cooking and a great night with my daughter

  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Sandy C.

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Tanya Thayer & her assistant Sharah catered (shopped, prepared, served and cleaned up) for my birthday party last weekend. I had the best birthday ever, thanks to Tanya. We had 12 guests in our home on a spring like day (in Feb.). The house smelled wonderful, the sun was shining and best of all the food was delicious: cucumber cups, bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, green beans, squash, fingerling potatoes and, of course chocolate cake and chocolate dipped strawberries !! Our friends & family left with full tummies and Tanya's business card (which they requested). It was a perfect birthday and I just sat back with a glass of wine and enjoyed. Tanya is highly recommended by my husband and I. Sandy Costanza

Evelyn W.

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Tanya came to our house to do a wedding shower brunch for my daughter. She came very early (and had driven 2 hours to get here, and worked methodically, quietly, and with a smile. She then served the most AWESOME multi course menu.. we were all totally awed as course after course came out! Afterwards, she cleaned so thoroughly my daughter commented that she had never seen my island so clean! She left the same way she came and we had one of the best, most relaxing home parties we have ever had. I HIGHLY recommend Tanya, her cooking, her professional demeanor - the whole package to anyone who is lucky enough to employ her!

Kathleen T.

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Where do I even start? Tanya was the chef for my bachelorette party this past weekend, cooking for 11 women in a tiny apartment. From the moment we received the initial quote from Tanya through clean-up after the event, everything was professional and personal. Not only was the food creative and delicious, but it was a pleasure having Tanya around for the day. We had never hired a chef before and didn't really know what to expect, but we are already thinking of ways we could hire her again.

  • 12 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 10 hours

Heidi D.

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Ben came to our house to teach us a few Thai dishes. He worked with us ahead of time to work out a menu. He was extremely responsive to our emails. When he came to our house he was on time, professional, and an excellent teacher! If you want to participate, he is your man. If you don't want to participate, he is your man. He adapts his teaching to you. He even made my husband a tofu fan! We would highly recommend Ben!

Aaron H.

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I have worked with Ben on many of jobs. He is professional and well educated on organic and sustainable cooking. He has always done a fantastic job with everything and always has a great up beat attitude.

Kristina M.

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Ben is a wonderful teacher and clearly passionate about cooking. He taught us so many new skills from how to use a knife to maximizing flavors. It was such a fun experience!

  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Stoneham, MA

Emily C.

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Chef Joe hosted a group for a pasta and sauce demo from scratch. We loved his professional abilities and his friendly nature. He was engaging and captivated the whole group of strangers! They left feeling like they could make it all again at their own homes! Everyone loved hearing his favorite things to cook and they were spell-bound hearing about creating every element from scratch for homemade hot dogs, pretzel buns, and even condiments. He was so prepared, on time, neat, and professional. We'd love to work with him again!

Sarah G.

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We had the pleasure of putting together a cooking demonstration and tasting series with Joe this past Summer on the Kendall Square Rooftop Garden. This series was an absolute blast! Joe created a different recipe each week by incorporating garden ingredients found in the Green City Grower Gardens located on the roof and showed us how to use them in everyday cooking. This series was free to the public and had some delicious results! We are looking forward to a new series starting every Wednesday evening in June!

Chris B.

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Fantastic experience with Joe! He makes the entire process a lot of fun with no pressure whatsoever. We learned a ton about how to make Gnocci and both dishes were tasty. I loved bringing home the extras and sharing with friends and family. :)

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 50 min

Heather D.

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I hired Elizabeth to shop, prepare, and cook a Birthday meal for my mother. Elizabeth was professional in her communications (text and over the phone). She was thoughtful in suggestions and thorough in creating a plan. She arrived on time, prepared and cooked an excellent meal, then left the kitchen in better shape than she found it. My mother loved getting to know Elizabeth, appreciated the high level of professionalism and service, and very much enjoyed the food. Because I live out of state, it was important to me that I get to know Elizabeth before trusting her to go into my parents' home. I found her to be honest, forthcoming, and a genuinely good person. My parents agree. My mother wishes to hire her again for future parties. I highly recommend Elizabeth as a personal chef.

Larry M.

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Chef Elizabeth cooked dinner for my wife’s 70th birthday. It was such a joy to work with her. She was responsive right from the beginning - offering menu suggestions and answering the dozens of questions I threw at her. She arrived promptly at the designated hour and presented a delicious meal cooked from our kitchen at the exact time we chose. My wife was so happy that I had hired Chef Elizabeth. She was attentive and took care of everything from opening the champagne to cleaning up after the meal. She left the kitchen spotless. We plan on hiring her many more times in the future.

Christine M.

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Betsy was amazing, truly made our NewYears spectacular!! She’s so easy to work with & professional, she honestly was like having a friend in the kitchen! We will be booking her again for the 4th!!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Medford, MA

Peter O.

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Tanya has been cooking for my brother 2 days a week for about 6 months so far. She's talented, professional, on time and personable. She creates delicious and varied menus that incorporate restrictions based on medical needs. She shops day of meal prep so it's always the freshest ingredients. She leaves the kitchen neat and clean. We are really, really happy to have found her. Her healthy meals are making a real measurable difference. I highly recommend her and am happy to speak with you as you decide to hire her.

Stephanie T.

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My two boys have taken cooking classes from Tanya the Homestyle Gourmet for years. They love her classes, camps and workshops. My 13 year old will often make cookies on his own in the evenings AND HE CLEANS UP AFTER HIMSELF! My 11 year old makes a variety of different guacamoles on his own and they both are interested in helping with meals and meal planning.

Judy M.

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Tanya is a pleasure to be with. She brings two recipes and she and I cook together, so I can learn from her. The food is yummy and I enjoy the experience.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 17 min


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For her birthday, my friend received a private cooking session with wine pairing with Lily and she invited me to attend with her. How lucky was I! We had such a great time in our cooking session learning to make amazing French dishes - an outstanding tomato tatin tarte for an appetizer, a fish provencale and eggplant crumble for the main course, and chocolate choux for dessert. I can't even pick a favorite, they were all AMAZING. Lily was warm and welcoming and very knowledgeable in the kitchen, specializing in French recipes and focusing on ingredients that are in season. She even has an amazing vegetable garden at her home where she sources a lot of her ingredients for the cooking session. We spent about 3 hours cooking our 3 course meal, and at the end we sat down to a beautifully set dining table to enjoy our dishes. Lily's husband did the wine pairings with each course with outstanding French wines. The food was incredible and we can't wait to make the dishes again in our own homes. I highly recommend a cooking session with Lily!

Natacha T.

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I work in the Cultural department of the French Cultural Center in Boston and Aurélie has partnered with us for one of our family events, the Fete des Rois, held on January 9th. Aurelie has done an outstanding job by preparing 100% home made and from scratch, eight gorgeous galettes. They were delicious and '' even better than in France'' some attendees said. I have only worked with Aurelie for one time but I know that I would definitely contact her again for other events related to French food. or French cooking classes. She is also very friendly and sweet and it is a great pleasure to partner with her.

James M.

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This was a birthday gift of my sister, and she raved about how Lili really helped them feel at home and shared her experience cooking French cuisine.

  • Merrimack, NH

Marianne J.

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Mr. Emery (which he probably would prefer Eric) taught me to make, in my opinion, the most delicious scallops wrapped in bacon. I have a very limited kitchen supply of utensils and he helped me make the best of what I have and recommended good utensils to purchase,but at a very reasonable price. It is a huge deal in using the correct knives. Eric showed me balance between the handle and blade which I never knew was important when cutting different foods. I highly recommend Eric. Email me if you need more information. Thanks

Heidi M.

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Eric and I have worked together for over three years. We have worked in a restaurant situation and he has worked for me at my catering company. He is a great chef with creative ideas and an amazing attention to detail. Eric will go above and beyond for those who choose to hire him! Chef Heidi,Wilder Cuisine,Concord Ma.

Chris K.

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Never a bad meal with Eric. His knowledge and skills-- and his heart-- show in his food, and he's not afraid of suggestions. All told, a very personal touch in all he cooks.

  • 15 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Melissa H.

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Gathered Table is by far a cut above the rest. We have used Mary and her team for anything from intimate celebrations to holiday parties. Each event is delivered with thoughtful care, elegance and impeccable taste. Her variety of fare ranges from vegan to meat lovers. The food is consistently outstanding, original, organic and always impressive, with guests raving about the food. Each creation is a feast for the eyes and a delight to the belly! Gathered Table takes away the stress of planning and executing a party for the host with all their preparation and anticipation of what might be needed. Mary is always 5 steps ahead going above and beyond on all the little atmospheric touches, delivering a sensational culinary experience. We are always blown away by the level of professionalism, grace and creative food and cocktails crafted for every event. Gathered table is simply the best and unparalleled in its industry. Many thanks to Mary for always managing and delivering an exceptional experience each time.

Jenny M.

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We hired Gathered Table to cook for 11 women at a bachelorette party this past weekend. The food was delicious and they were a pleasure to work with. Mary carefully worked to craft a menu that suited our tastes perfectly. She was flexible, accommodating and professional. I would hire her again in a heartbeat and definitely recommend them to handle any type of event.

Michel B.

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Mary is an amazing chef using only the best quality products creating awesome and delicious meals. Having worked with her on several occasions I can truly recommend her, you and your guests will be surprised by her creations and remember this culinary exploit

  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Steve B.

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Our party of five hired Shilpi for a private Indian cooking class at her home in Andover MA. We had a wonderful time. Shilpi was warm, welcoming, and well prepared. After a quick lesson in Indian spices, we immediately got down to cooking five delicious dishes. It was a lot of fun and the hands-on teaching along with the detailed handouts will make it easy to recreate the delectable recipes at home. We highly recommend Shilpi and her cooking classes.

Charity T.

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Shilpi gave our Cooking Group a class at a private home. It was fantastic! She is so informative, her food is delicious, we all learned a lot and felt we had made a new friend. Can't say enough wonderful things about delightful, talented, inspiring and instructive Shilpi!

  • Newburyport, MA

Julie P.

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Ellen has cooked many meals for me. They are all incredibly delicious. She uses fresh and local ingredients and she is innovative in making healthy food tasty. Recently she made a Thai Shrimp soup that was perfectly spiced. She can accommodate any special requirements. Ellen is well versed in alternative options. She knows how to cook gluten free and often uses sugar alternatives in baking. I can't wait to taste the next creation she makes.

  • 3 years in business
  • Nashua, NH

Dionne N.

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Mike is an excellent cook. He is able to put together a meal that would open your appetite even if you were not hungry. Miken knows his way around the kitchen.

  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 hours

Debbie F.

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With Jeanne's help, I made shrimp with linguine and a homemade marinara sauce. I learned how to sauté the onions and garlic without burning them. The pasta, sauce ingredients, and basil were all organic. It was a little overwhelming at first, but she was supportive and helped me with every step. And it came out delicious! In the future however, I think I will ask her to help me with some every day suppers instead of a special dinner, like this one. She said that she would help me pick out something that I could cook any day of the week.

  • 3 years in business
  • Boston, MA


I keep it simple and clean. Food should be honest and fun, and that is what I do -- whether it's a few ladies who want to learn the basics of making a great sauce or a sit-down 12-course tasting dinner.

  • Peabody, MA


I am no longer in the food industry but will offer occasional services for hire. My experience consists of approximately 20 years in various areas (e.g., farming, kitchen, managerial positions, and training), as well as knowledge that was passed to me from my father who has another 40 years in the business. I am a former food industry professional.

  • 7 years in business
  • Swampscott, MA


Having worked for a catering company, I know first-hand that companies often, sometimes necessarily, cut corners and in my opinion do not pay enough attention to detail or the customer's preferences. Working for myself gives me the freedom to indulge my perfectionist side, and spend as much time and attention on what I am preparing as it takes in order to create the dish both my customer and I want. I would not serve my customers anything I would not serve my friends and family, and I genuinely want those I work for to feel they are getting exactly what they envisioned.


I make healthy, weekly meals that are easy to reheat and freeze. I take care of the grocery shopping, cooking, storage and cleaning!

  • 4 years in business
  • Malden, MA


We are a two-person team comprised of an experienced photographer and a talented cook and baker and cake decorator. We can be very creative or conservative, which really depends on what you want. We are striving to combine the west and the east no matter on culture or food, especially food. We are trying our best. You are absolutely our first concern, we would love to do whatever we can to cater your needs. Our clients right now are friends of us; we made nutritious and delicious cakes for them, and we took wonderful pictures for them. Furthermore, all the services we are offering is customized. We would love to know you better than a client and make some design just for you. Besides, since we are looking for more experiences other than just making money, our pricing is very reasonable. Please feel free to call us or email us; we will be very happy to answer any of your question. Thank you so much for your time, and we are looking forward to working with you!


Fresh, delicious, made-to-order meals are created for your family. Entrees, sides, desserts, and appetizers are available. Menu planning and shopping services are also available.

  • 4 years in business
  • Newburyport, MA


I am a chef with a flare for adapting menus to your needs, desires and budget, whether you wish for specific nutrition or complex themes. I bring twenty-five years of experience from around the world to bring full-flavored, approachable food. I can provide you with a menu for an intimate dinner or a graduation BBQ. I have taught in accredited culinary schools, and I can combine a cooking class with a cocktail party. Cooking with young people is always a treat for me, as well. Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. -Harriet Van Horne


I am a culinary graduate who loves to cook. I have worked in the cooking field for more than 5 years.

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