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Elmira Chefs

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Lake To Lake Catering
5.0
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  • 3 years in business
Sharon J.
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Andy is a phenomenal chef. Food is consistently delicious and his catering / people skills are top-notch. I highly recommend!

Chef Cody
5.0
from 1 review
    Danielle A.
    Verified review

    Cody has done an awesome job assisting my individual with cooking. He was very patient and took the time to walk them through each step of the process. He explained everything easily. My individual chose to cook gluten free as well and he was very knowledgeable!

    About

    I am a CIA graduate. I specialize in the following: * Wedding cakes * Specialty pastries and desserts I offer the following: * Cooking classes * Private chef * Catering * Event planning

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    I teach basic knife skills and beginning/intermediate/advanced cooking, and I train people to cook easy and healthy meals. My goal is free them and their families from costly and unhealthy eating. I will "ghost" cook your important dinners, cater small groups with two to eight people and assist you in gaining confidence in your culinary skills. Classes are available for individuals or small groups.

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    Since 1982, we have been serving Italian and American cuisine. Born in Sicily, grew up in Piedmont, Brooklyn and now Upstate NY doing what I know best. I'm good with homemade cooking.

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    We offer reasonably priced catering of any type -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, picnics, BBQs, hors d'oeuvres or snacks.

    • 19 years in business
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    I am so Personal yet VERY PROFESSIONAL.......

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    I menu plan, grocery shop and create delicious meals in the comfort of your home. Recently I have been focusing on the Paleo way of cooking and using food as medicine to help heal the body from chronic diseases.

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    I have a passion for working with locally sourced food. The fresher it is the better. I want to share my culinary experience with as many people as I can. I think too many people think they don't have the time or money to cook and eat well. I say, you do! Planning is the hardest part and i show you how to do that. The rest is recipes and trying what you like.

    • 21 years in business
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    I make all my recipes with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. I put my heart into everything I cook.

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    pampered chef products are very great. you should have some of are awesome products in your kitchen

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    I am a personal/professional chef. I have 40 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry as well as 25 years of experience growing herbs, vegetables and flowers. I can help you maximize your groceries and your time. I cook soups, sauces, entrees and easy desserts.

    • 4 years in business
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    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I am a professionally trained pastry chef with eight years of job experience that ranges from fine French dining to simple pastries we had growing up with grandma. I love what I do, and I am very passionate about my work. I specialize in European pastries and plated desserts with a flair for childhood favorites. I became a chef because I wanted to make people happy with my desserts, and I feel I accomplish that every day.

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    I can make your next special meal the one that will be talked about for months. We will come up with a budget, appetizers, meal, dessert, beverages and on the day of the event, I will shop, come to your home and prepare a delicious meal to be served to your guests. This can be done buffet style or served (will need to hire waitstaff). We can use your dishware or rent, everything depends on your budget. Call me and we can discuss over the phone first.

    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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.