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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8 years in business

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This pro delivers delicious meals and provides excellent customer service. Customers appreciate their professionalism, punctuality, and responsiveness. Meals are tailored to individual dietary needs and are served in a timely manner. Customers also enjoy the pro's friendly demeanor and interaction during events.

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Josh B.
Sep 10, 2021
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It was an amazing experience and the food was excellent. Melissa's professionalism was there to see and she worked with us on the menu in the lead up to the event. Everyone raved about the food. I want more of the sweet potato mash

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 11 - 20 guests • Breakfast / brunch • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - casual • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Natasha G.
Jun 21, 2021
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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!!👍🏾

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 11 - 20 guests • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Southern • Italian • American - casual • American - formal • Nut allergies • Vegetarian or vegan • Meal prepared onsite • A few times per month • My home, venue, etc.

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Christine C.
Nov 17, 2020
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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)!

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Premium (high end ingredients) • Italian • American - casual • American - formal • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • French • Asian • Mexican / Latin American • Vegetarian or vegan • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Via's Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa's reply
Thank you so much for the kind review! 🥰
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Emily d.
Sep 27, 2020
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We had a perfect experience with Melissa. From her professionalism, friendliness, promptness, delicious food, safety measures, clean up, presentation, EVERYTHING! Looking forward to our next event together. Thank you for making our night extra special!

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Laura H.
Sep 27, 2020
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Melissa was an absolute pleasure to work with. She helped make my Mom’s surprise dinner party so special . She was responsive , reliable and helped craft an amazing menu for a small dinner party. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. She is kind and eager and willing to help make your event successful. She takes full reign of the kitchen so you can enjoy all festivities. I can’t wait to hire her again!!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • American - casual • American - formal • Italian • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • French • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Via's Kitchen by Chef Via Melissa's reply
Thank you so much for the kind review! I had a blast orchestrating your moms event. Can’t wait to cook for you again!
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