Olivia Cooks For You

Brooklyn, NY

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I always go the extra mile. I'm a perfectionist when it comes to food and entertaining and refuse to let my clients down in any way. I love to exceed expectations.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love when people tell me it was the best party they've ever thrown.

Location

Brooklyn, NY 11215

Years in business

5

Number of employees

15

Times hired on Thumbtack

44

Reviews

29 Reviews
  • Katy G. May 28, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The food and service were excellent. We really enjoyed the experience. The party was a huge hit. Olivia was flexible adding one special dish and her selection had everything we wanted. Great food!
  • Jen Z. Sep 30, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Olivia was outstanding
    Olivia and her staff were on time and very professional. The food was amazing!
  • Marly H. Sep 19, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Great!
    Olivia was great and the food was delicious.
  • Sheetal C. Aug 9, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Jonathan A. Aug 8, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Stacy B. Jun 3, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Olivia and her staff were fantastic. They did an excellent job. The food was delicious, and all of our guests were very pleased with their experience.
  • Elle W. Apr 22, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    From the moment we met, Olivia was professional, kind, insightful, articulate, and understood the event, thus the menu she created was perfect. As a chef she is superb, each hors d'oeuvre was delicious with the highest quality ingredients. I cannot wait to have an occasion to hire Olivia again
  • Abigail L. Feb 3, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Gillian G. Jan 30, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
  • Derick B. Dec 8, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    They were very easy to deal with and staff were very professional and helpful. Food was very good. They met all our requirements and it as a pleasure working with them. Yes we would hire the again. Food was very good.
  • Agatha W. Nov 19, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Olivia was amazing! Both in her professionalism, in her cooking and presentation and her staff was polite and super friendly. I got nothing but compliments from everyone about her food. I will certainly use Olivia Cooks For You again for our events in NYC
  • Joan B. Nov 12, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Olivia catered our casual cocktail gathering for potential partners and donors. The food was delicious and presented beautifully and her staff was exceptional! We enjoyed our experience so much and would definitely hire Olivia and crew again!
  • Lisa J. Nov 4, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Food was excellent. We had many compliments from guests. Olivia was very responsive to all our needs. She was a delight to work with.
  • Meg C. Nov 2, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Olivia cooked for our corporate Halloween Party. Her food, service and presentation were amazing. Highly recommend :)
  • Kathleen O. Oct 24, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
  • Jillian L. Sep 28, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Olivia and her staff handled my 75 person rooftop wedding with perfection, ease and grace. I wanted an untraditional, roaming wedding with lots of food, drinks, laughs and dancing and that is exactly what we got. Not one single complaint, only consistent and persistent compliments. Looking forward to her cooking again soon!
  • Chelsea Z. Sep 9, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Olivia catered my wedding at 501 Union in Brooklyn, NY. She did a fantastic job; the food was prepared and served on time, there was plenty of it, and, above all, the food was delicious. Everyone at my wedding had nothing but rave reviews for the food; not a plate was left with food on it. Additionally, she was easy to work with, had a great knowledge of what kind of foods would work, and was exceptional in both value and quality. I am so glad I was able to find Olivia and I would recommend her to anyone looking for catering. I honestly cannot say enough good things about her and her service!
  • Izzy C. Aug 16, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Olivia prepared a wonderful dinner for 10 in my home. The food was delicious and Olivia was very professional and timely. We worked together to create a custom menu including dietary restrictions. The guests loved the gourmet restaurant quality food in an intimate environment and I would definitely recommend Olivia for future dinner parties!
  • Ellen B. Jul 9, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    She was wonderful, food was delicious, plentiful and cleaned up! perfection!
  • Mallory K. Jun 1, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Wonderful spread. Your potato salad and rhubarb crumble were the biggest hits! Thank You!
  • Bryant G. May 26, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    She was quick and easy to work with. We even asked for an earlier delivery and she was able to get the order to us ahead of schedule. And of course, the food was delicious!
  • Ezra F. May 10, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The food was incredible and Olivia and her team were outstanding
  • Mary W. Mar 3, 2015
    Olivia's team planned, cooked and served our holiday party (150 people). Our selection of treats was outstanding and service was impeccable. Many of the guests asked for our caterer's information after the party. I will definitely be hiring Olivia Cooks For You again.
  • Karen G. Feb 7, 2015
    I have worked with Olivia twice, hiring to cater a fundraiser that I co-chair. Both years, our guests have RAVED about Olivia's food. Not only is her food delicious, but she makes it all look more beautiful than you could ever imagine. She handles everything with ease, and brings in staff to make sure it all runs smoothly and the hosts can actually enjoy their own event.
  • Kelly M. Feb 4, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Sasha H. Jan 26, 2015
    Olivia always delivers delicious, inventive, and seasonal cuisine whether it be a small dinner party for 6 or a kids birthday party buffet for over 100 guests. She is prompt, flexible to last minute changes, and, most importantly, a brilliant chef. Her food is, quite simply, exquisite. You know she's great when you find yourself passing along her number to eager guests after a party! I cannot recommend Olivia more highly.
  • Lauren L. Jan 19, 2015
    Olivia has catered several large parties I have attended and the food is always amazing and creative, and the staff is very professional. I have also had the pleasure of receiving a home cooked meal by Olivia Cooks for You when my second child was born from some friends. She asked me what I liked and delivered a feast to us that we made last for two meals! It was amazing. I highly recommend Olivia both for catering, and also as a personal chef!
  • Lucy R. Jan 19, 2015
    I have hired Olivia Cooks For You a couple of times to cater medium sized events at my home. Her menu and presentation is creative and versatile. She is professional and cheery and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her
  • Minter S. Dec 16, 2014
    Olivia and her team are incredible!! Olivia Cooks For You catered our annual holiday party (26 people) and it was just perfection- everything was delicious, the presentation was lovely, and her team cleaned up nicely as the party wound down. Olivia came up with a very yummy appetizer/dinner menu and a delish signature cocktail to wow our guests (four days later and the compliments are still rolling in!) We will definitely be hiring Olivia to cater our next party.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to find out what the client is imagining as far as flavors and style of service are concerned. From there, I work to perfect a menu and help to guide the set up of the event. I am always happy to go back and forth with ideas as much as needed until we come up with the perfect one for the event.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am professionally trained with a degree from the French Culinary Institute (now called the International Culinary Center)
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I went to culinary school right after high school and worked in NYC restaurant kitchens after that. It was only a few years ago that I discovered how much I enjoy working with clients one on one and helping them create the event they are dreaming of.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I mainly do two types of jobs. One is my weekly meals clients. For them I am providing ready to heat and serve meals they can use through the week. The other is the catering for parties, events and weddings. That can be anything from just passed hors d'oeurves , to buffets, to seated meals with many courses.