Via's Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa
Via's Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa

Via's Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa

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Introduction: What makes us different is that we use the cleanest of ingredients & methodologies while keeping in optimal flavor! Additionally, all catered events are chef creations, not mass produced products made from various teams of people. This enables us to have consistency in flavor and presentation across all affairs. We have successfully executed over 200 dinner parties and catered events since inception in late 2016. Call us for a free phone consultation to see how we can make your event vision come to life. All services and packages are completely customizable; tailored to the needs of your experience. *EVENT MINIMUM is $1,000 + tax & service. **Prices noted are baseline prices for event packages. Final cost may vary. A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US: When Chef Via Melissa is not in the kitchen, she can be seen cooking on Dr. Oz, being published in the likes of Women's Day, Reader's Digest and Huffington Post, or developing recipes for brands such as Simply Beyond Spices and Tolerant Foods. SERVICES OFFERED: Event Catering Dinner parties Group Cooking classes Virtual cooking classes and demos Culinary nutrition demos Recipe development PAST EVENT EXAMPLES: Corporate cooking classes & catering Baby / Bridal showers Sweet 16's Bachelorette Parties Birthday Parties Graduation Parties Group Cooking Classes Summer BBQ's Brunch parties Girl Scouts Cooking Classes Engagement Parties Rehearsal Dinners Micro-Weddings **You can get an idea of our cooking style & technique by reviewing photos on this site or menus on our website A NOTE FROM MELISSA: I love to cook! Seeing happy faces delighted by my culinary creations is an amazing feeling. My passion shines through my work from consultation to final event execution. I bring the same passion, professionalism and energy whether I'm working with a couple, catering a large scale event and everything in between. I love being able to introduce people to new ideas of eating, while still supplying a mix of classic and innovative dishes.
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10 employees

5 years in business

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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

Excellent 4.9

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Natasha G.

Personal Chef

I have had private chef’s at colleagues and friend’s events, but never have I had such a miraculous culinary experience as Chef Via Melissa prepared. It was Father’s Day 2021 and I need something different to surprise my very deserving husband and family. Nothing is more important than family so 15 of us got together and since my husband is the family chef, I needed a gourmet experience worthy of his caliber. Chef Melissa definitely fit the bill and exceeded expectations. She and her sous chef, Brian, showed up on-time and ready to get started. They were well organized and cleaned as they whipped up our feasts. Everything was made from scratch and appetizers set the stage: chicken meatballs with chipotle aoli, spinach feta muffins, and crab cakes with a dill sauce. Between appetizers and dinner, they even took a moment to interact with my guests and get to know us better. They blended in so well. Made a family affair so much more comfortable. The main course was dazzling: filet mignon, grilled shrimp, smashed roasted potatoes, asparagus, sautéed cod, and a summer succotash. Everything came out perfect, even the steaks were grilled to order. Chef Melissa was orderly and delightful. Her demeanor is pleasant and professional. Her food is tasteful and she has a wide span of talent that can make your event better than you can imagine. For a truly enriching meal that continues to provide a great after taste, you cannot go wrong with Via’s Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa!!👍🏾
Jun 21, 2021
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Sam M.

Personal Chef

Chef Via Melissa was amazing to work with throughout the entire process. Her food was delicious - offers a wide variety of cuisines and very accommodating. She is so professional and sweet. She cooked 3 course meal for a special birthday dinner for a large party and it was overwhelmingly enjoyed by all. Definitely recommend her and her team!
Via's Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa's reply
Thank you so much for the kind review. It was such a pleasure cooking for you and your guests!
Dec 7, 2020
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Christine C.

Personal Chef

I hired Melissa for my 40th birthday party (5 couples) in September and I am still thinking about how perfect it was! From the first interaction via e-mail to our goodbye that evening, Melissa was a pro! The food was amazing, her service and attention to detail was wonderful and she (and her sous chef/assistant) helped make the event (a milestone birthday in quarantine) unforgettable. I cannot recommend Melissa more - she will NOT let you down. Check out her instagram page for pictures from our meal (and her other works of magic)!
Via's Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa's reply
Thank you so much for the kind review! 🥰
Nov 17, 2020
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Catherine p.

Personal Chef

Melissa and her team were absolutely amazing to work with. I had a vision for my dinner and she made it come to life. I have recommended her to family and friends and will definitely be using her in the future. Not only did she create an amazing meal for my family but a special vegan meal for me. I wish I could have her at my house weekly!
Jun 14, 2021
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Scott K.

Personal Chef

Melissa was great. We had an in-depth conversation up front about our dietary restrictions including a shellfish allergy, a gluten sensitivity, and a dairy sensitivity within our party. Overall, we were aiming for a vegan meal. She worked with us and gave us multiple suggestions on dinner options based on our likes and dislikes. She even came by the house to provide samples of her dishes before the event. The night of the event, she did a great job executing appetizers, dinner, and dessert. The food was delicious and she left our kitchen in better shape than she found. I highly recommend Melissa as your next personal chef!
Feb 5, 2018
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Pricing varies depending of the type, size and scale of an event. Group (3 or more) Cooking Classes $125/person Cocktail Style Catering packages start at $60/person + local sales tax & service. Personal Chef and or catering packages start at $85/person (brunch / lunch) or $100/person (dinner) + local sales tax & service.

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

    I like to understand the needs of my clients from the beginning. I highly encourage a free consultation call to understand your vision and make it come to life. All of my offerings are completely customizable for a unique culinary experience. We emphasize a VIP experience for all customers. For all events, my staff and I arrive ahead of the event to set up, stage & do any necessary food preparations for food freshness. At the conclusion of each event, we breakdown your space leaving it just as we found it so you do not have to lift a finger.

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

    Graduate from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition Designation: Nutritional Chef, Culinary Nutrition Expert (CNE)

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