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Portland Private Chefs

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Sandra's Goodies
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilda V.
Verified review

Sandra catered our wedding, and everyone loved the food. She had brought a curried appetizer that I didn't ask about, and it was a HUGE HIT, Everyone really enjoyed it. Out of all the caterers and restaurants we checked, Sandra really worked with our budget, and there was plenty of food, and everything was really tasty. Listen to all these reviews on here, with Sandra you can't go wrong!

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Indigo Rose Personal Chef
5.0
from 65 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Grace P.
Verified review

Rachel has been on point since the moment I emailed her. I contacted several chefs to create an dining experience on a vacation with my family. She was the first one to contact me, and since I was shopping around, I had not gotten back to her until she took the initiative to contact me again to see what questions she could answer. As a business owner myself, I immediately recognized her desire to please and deliver I hired Rachel, and after many emails regarding menu, she was extremely accommodating... and described her final menu to a T. She was early, professional and her food as amazing as she described it. She had a sous chef, name Cody, and he was so great. They made an amazing team. My family didn't have to do one thing.. she described every meal... she asked if we were ready before serving the next course.. she cleared and plated everything. We did NOTHING!!! That is a special treat to 4 mothers in the group. We love the experience and would do it again without a second thought. Rachel was the dessert at the end of our trip. Many thanks!!

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A Wonderland Of Food
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina T.
Verified review

Alison has been terrific to work with. We have used her in a few different capacities in the last 2 weeks...private chef for a dinner party, caterer for a holiday cocktail party and chef for delivered meals. Her food has been delicious, and she is really easy to work with. She is open to suggestions and will also give her opinion on what she thinks will work best depending on the event. She is quick to respond, always professional and reasonably priced. I plan on using her again and recommend you give her a try.

Oh Honey Cookery
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Krista B.
Verified review

This year I found myself both single and retired. After 40 years of dining out or preparing pre-packaged Diet Food, I was at a loss as to how to cook nutritious, interesting and quick meals for one person. The delightful Bonnie Ward Strauss - with experience as a caterer, restaurateur, personal chef, and instructor - was eager to show me how easily I could cook a variety of meals for myself that are attractive, tasty and low-calorie. I took notes, creating a cookbook of sorts, filled with Bonnie's directions and hints about the best ingredients, cooking methods, and even grocery shopping. She let me observe sometimes; but also had me standing in front of her stove, making certain I could recreate her dishes in my own kitchen. Bonnie completely tailored my lessons to what I was hoping to achieve and the cooking skills I had at the time. She also encouraged me to experiment on my own and to look at food in a new way. It is obvious that she loves being a chef, and that she hopes other people will appreciate good food as much as she does. Bonnie is smart, kind and enthusiastic about cooking. I completely recommend her as an instructor. I also intend to take more classes with her in the very near future.

Bear Country Catering LLC
4.4
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Christie D.
Verified review

I never imagined my dream wedding like a lot of girls do. I always figured a wedding would be between the bride and the groom and never thought much about feeding guests or even having a beautiful dress. But, in January of 2016 I set the date to finally walk down the aisle. I had six months to plan the day's events. It seemed more than daunting to plan everything. As a woman pushing 40 with a full time career and a child to raise, having the "perfect wedding" was definitely not a priority to me. Also, with finances being an issue, i certainly was counting my pennies and not expecting anything fancy at all when I added everything up. A few months before the wedding I reached out to Danielle and Austin, knowing they were chefs and had recently been married themselves, to get a few money savings tips and maybe some free advice on how I could feed about 100 people on a tight budget. I was going to attempt a potluck wedding. That first phone call with Danielle changed everything. I let her know my situation and I laid it all out for her. Bottom line, I wanted a no frills- "just feed the people" wedding reception! By the end of that fateful phone call, Danielle offered me peace of mind in my menu choices, awesome tips on what foods go well with others and what doesn't and she even provided me surprising comfort with a particularwedding ceremony detail that I had been worried about. Her advice on a personal level and a professional level relieved me so much. At that point I realized I NEEDED to hire her officially and not just skim her knowledge for free advice! Ha! Shortly after I officially hired her, she provided a beautiful wedding menu just for me that expressed the casual feeling I wanted but added TONS of class! She met with me briefly before the wedding to go over a few more details. Even during that brief meeting I was left at ease knowing she fully understood my plans and trusted her completely. I wasn't worried a bit. A week before the wedding, the unthinkable happened. My outdoor picnic wedding had to be cancelled due to rain. Danielle and Austin were quick to make all appropriate adjustments and eased my mind about the sudden change of plans as well. On my wedding day, I was so happy to walk into the kitchen that morning and see her and Austin's smiling faces. They both seemed SO cool and relaxed. Neither one of them had that "hurried" chef look. They created an amazing spread with such elegant details that really surprised me! Cucumber-melon water, anyone? Healthy and savory quinoa pasta? Sheesh! What a TREAT! When it was time for the champagne toast, Danielle brought my glass to me with such a gracious and refreshed smile that I didn't even notice that she had been hustling as she helped serve the rest of my guests their drinks. Just pure professionalism and talent. Danielle and Austin have a unique talent of helping their client clarify their menu ideas and bring them into fruition. They took a scary and possibly pathetic wedding day and turned it into a memorable and elegant experience. Thank you guys! We will ALWAYS hire you and would be happy to recommend your incredible gifts to all of our friends and family

Private Chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon B.
Verified review

I have enjoyed working with Private Chef in the class setting and on a personal chef level. She is knowledgeable, well prepared, creative, and inspiring. I would recommend her to anyone!

Love & Plants
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie O.
Verified review

Emily is passionate about her work, professional,determined, and she has a strong work ethic, Emily is honest,reliable and has integrity that is rare in this day and age! Emily is an amazing chef who integrates health into every tasty dish, however, she never compromises on flavor. She values the health of her clients above all else, and if you follow her advice, recipes, laughter, joy and passion, you will rediscover the health that eludes so many. It is a delicious,fun, fascinating journey and it is priceless. I cannot give enough praise to this amazing woman and her work, which is really her mission in life! Emily will change your health destiny,

Eat at Joe's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jacki C.
Verified review

What a delightful experience! Jamie is the go-to caterer when we need an event at our gallery that needs catering. She can put it together quickly too. She is the ultimate in chef services and hostessing. Thank you Jamie. You are the best!

Your Nomad Chef
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bobby J.
Verified review

Everything from start to finish was perfect! Hire these guys if you are looking for convenience. I shared with them exactly what I needed, they came back with an offer, made me an excellent deal and I let them do their job! They were on time, food was great and I could not have asked for more! Thank You! I will definitely be using you guys in the near future again! Bobby Judge

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

Food has always been a passion of mine, and I love how it brings people together. I have been in the industry for over 10 years and offer a variety of skills.

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MF Tasty started as an underground supper club but has expanded to private parties, catered events, and personal chef solutions, catering to our clients' needs.

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I do catering and teach cooking classes for individuals or small groups. I specialize in home-style comfort food but am also experienced in upscale restaurant-style dishes and plating. I have a background in healthcare. I also understand the needs of those with special diets and can offer delicious gluten-free, diabetic, and heart-friendly options.

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Do you get to eat regularly? If you do, is it what you want to eat or healthy? Have you ever wished you could have gourmet, healthy home-cooked meals when it was convenient for you? If you have considered these things, then you probably thought you couldn't afford it, or if you could afford it, wouldn't you utilize a personal chef? Now you can, and it's worked for many. Our customers come from all different walks of life such as the following: * Single parents who can't find the time * Corporate offices that would rather have a home-cooked meal than catering * Late for a party and need a home-cooked cuisine * Somebody with dietary constraints such as gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, or training regiment * Somebody who wants a personal chef to save time or cook for the family * College students on a budget We cater to your needs and your goals. With over 20 years of experience in many kitchens, cooking and groceries come to you. Everyone wanted to learn how to develop taste. We can teach you in your kitchen, with our kitchen items or yours. Meals can be brought to you or prepared at your home with a home Portland foodie vibe. Buy local and support local groceries at the same time, as we only select our ingredients at farmers' markets or locally owned grocers, if that is important to you. If you're interested in our service, we will custom-make a menu and meal plan. Decide your goal and arrange a price that works for you. We offer extra points if you want to have food cooked with spice. Call for a consultation, and ask about our blog site for Portland personal foodie chefs. Happy eating! Portland Metro Personal Chef Company

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I have been catering for small parties, church events, weddings and outdoor events. I can beat the price of any competitor.

  • 4 years in business
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Doe is an independently owned and operated bakery in Portland, Oregon. We are dedicated to providing your ideal pastries for any occasion. Our mantra is to support quality farms, mills, and dairies in the Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington areas.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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A private on call chef for dates, private party's. I will plan, prep, and wash the dishes. Also I love teaching passionate foodies how to cook.

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I am a highly experienced and well rounded chef. Having taken the time to learn several types of ethnic cuisine, I can cook just about anything your heart desires. I am very creative and have had experience in many fine dining environments. I also have experience working with dietary requirements and can adapt recipes for your enjoyment, no matter what the cuisine.

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I provide home-cooked meals to clients, which I deliver personally. I will accommodate 2-20 persons. My prices are generally low, with incredible quality.

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I cater to private parties for two to 40 people in your home. I can do meal preparation for your family with emphasis on local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients.

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Are you too busy to cook? I can make your life a little easier. I do event catering. I also do personal chef services for in-home meals, dinner parties, meals prepared in advance, and cooking class parties. I am trained at Le Cordon Bleu (Scottsdale Culinary Institute).

  • 3 years in business
About

We provide memorable experiences, healthy options for professionals on the go and fun and interactive education for the masses at your location or ours. We focus our business on flexibility to work with your busy life and schedule.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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