Ned Laventall
Ned Laventall

Ned Laventall

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Introduction: I am happy to be back to private cheffing for celebrations and night-in special events in and around Santa Fe NM. I am a retired executive chef and food service manager and consultant with over 45 years experience in the field. I am available to cater smaller gatherings in local homes, churches, synagogues etc. as well as vacation and Airbnb venues. I also am a licensed bartender. I am experienced in all popular cuisines with particular expertise in Southwestern, American Casual, Mediterranean and Asian presentations. I am also knowledgeable in special and restrictive diets. While I love to prepare your meals on site, I can also deliver fully prepared meals to your venue, cold, in re-heatable containers. I will consult with you to customize a menu to your specifications and needs, visit your venue the day before when possible, shop for all needs, prepare, serve and clean up for your event. I can also prepare meals in my home for drop off delivery. I charge a reasonable rate for my work based on the time and skill level required and reimbursement for all purchased items is at actual cost. I will provide an itemized store receipt if necessary. Gratuity is at your discretion. Covid precautions: I am fully vaxed and I would expect my clients to either be fully vaxed or masked and socially distanced. I will practice all necessary precautions.
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Todd e.
3 weeks ago
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If you want a personal chef Ned is the right choice. He put together a wonderful meal for our family while we were on vacation in Santa Fe. I highly recommend Ned.

Details: Regular meal • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Standard (basic ingredients) • Dessert • Mexican / Latin American • Gluten free or celiac • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Ned Laventall's reply
Thank You, Todd I enjoyed meeting you and your beautiful family. Have a great rest of your vacation and a safe trip back home.
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Elizabeth L.
Apr 27, 2022
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Ned is The Best. Ned recently catered our big birthday in Santa Fe, and we simply cannot say enough about him as a wonderful person with extraordinary skill at his craft, and pleasure to have in company. He prepared a delicious meal with such personal touch. We recommend Ned 100%. Elizabeth & Christopher Liuzzi-

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Lunch • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • Cold beverages (alcoholic) • Mexican / Latin American • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Ned Laventall's reply
Thank you Liz and Chris...you guys were sure a fun bunch...glad it was a great celebration!
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Meghan p.
Apr 11, 2022
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Ned did a fantastic job! He planned the menu ahead of time through thoughtful conversation (this was my first time hiring a chef for an in-home dinner). Ned is extremely flexible (can accommodate all diets) and so helpful and friendly! Not only did he make us delicious food, he truly wanted us to enjoy our time in Santa Fe and provided some great tips for our trip! I highly recommend Ned for anyone looking for a cool experience with delicious food… it’s a memory we’ll cherish forever. Thank you, Ned! - Meghan + ladies of The Eight :)

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Standard (basic ingredients) • Mexican / Latin American • Nut allergies • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Ned Laventall's reply
Thank You Meghan. So glad you and your friends had a good time...they were a fun group.
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Dr. T.
Oct 13, 2021
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Ned is a an expert chef and he loves his craft. We were a small group with various diet restrictions (vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free) and he made figuring out a meal that worked for everyone his mission. He nailed it and thus capped off a wonderful get together amongst friends. We highly recommend him for your upcoming catering needs. We will definitely book him again if in the area. Thanks again Ned!

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 3 - 5 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • Mexican / Latin American • Vegetarian or vegan • Dairy intolerant • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Ned Laventall's reply
Thank You Dr. T. It was great meeting you and your friends and I look forward to putting together another great event for you in the future!
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Debbie L.
Oct 5, 2021
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Chef Ned catered a meal for our family in our AirBnBd home. He arrived to a kitchen he'd never seen before with all of the gear and goods and had good cheer, made us feel welcome to Santa Fe as well as educated about the city and state AND made an incredible meal. A perfect way to start a vaction!

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • Cold beverages (non-alcoholic) • Cold beverages (alcoholic) • Hot beverages (coffee, tea, etc.) • Mexican / Latin American • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Indian • Asian • Vegetarian or vegan • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • At the pro’s location

Ned Laventall's reply
Thank You, Debbie. I really enjoyed meeting and cooking for your family!
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My fees are based on number of guests being served, complexity, time required for preparation and distance traveling to the venue. For example, assuming a local venue in Santa Fe with 2 to 5 guests prepared on the premises and a fairly straightforward menu (app, entrée, dessert) my fee would be $175. More guests, courses, farther distance (think Albuquerque) would go to $200 or more depending on time and complexity. Alternatively, I can provide various choices that I will deliver to a property in disposable containers for reheating for a $75 service fee. Any materials purchased, food, beverage etc. or rentals, plates, glasses, chafers are reimbursed at actual cost. I provide an itemized list of all items and store receipts if necessary. I accept checks or cash (preferred).Gratuity is at your discretion.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    My process is the same for all. Starting with my response to your contact info, we will discuss the basic details of the event, occasion, date and time, number of guests, type of property (residence, vacation property, social hall etc.) type of cuisine, dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes and type of service desired (buffet or plated). We will then zero in on the specific menu, this may take some further discussions, texts or emails. Once agreed and confirmed I try whenever possible to visit the property briefly the day before the to meet client, see the kitchen and dining set-up and to know the exact location of the venue (Santa Fe addresses can be challenging even with GPS). Then, the day of, I arrive at the agreed time unload and get busy. I prepare, plate and serve however you want, then clean up and that's about it! I have fun and you have fun and a great custom made meal.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have degrees from both Dean College (Franklin, MA 1970) and Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park NY,1974) and over 45 years in the food service industry in both hospitality and institutional enterprises.

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