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Bristol Chefs

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Janna's Cookie Cottage
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Richard V.
Verified review

Janna did a personal dinner for my wife and her friends (8 total). She prepared a tasting menu that would pair well with a wine tasting. The food was fabulous and everyone enjoyed the evening. She was so easy to communicate with and to work with night of the event. I would highly recommend her for any type of chef service you need

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Reagan P.
Verified review

Steve and his wife cooked for 33 people at a retirement sit down dinner in Beth's kitchen. We had the Caribbean dinner. It was very tasty. We had it served buffet style. He provided all the chafing dishes and platters and food. They came to set up and start cooking at the home at 4pm so it would all be very fresh and ready to serve at 7. They did some preparation the morning of and day before in their own home. We chose to provide our own plates, glasses and utensils. They also provided a veggie tray and cheese tray and warm meatballs in a chaffing dish for appetizers. Everyone especially loved the meatballs and the moderately spicy mojo chicken. The pork wasn't spicy, but I personally would have preferred some sort of spicy/fruity sauce for the pork tenderloin. Steve is flexible. He will adjust the menu and make it as you prefer. He can prepare a very wide variety of menus. He can cook in your kitchen for any family dinner or party. Steve also makes many awesome homemade cheese cakes with his meticulous 2day preparation recipe. Thank you Steve! -Reagan and Hayden Parr

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I am a pastry chef who decorates wedding cake, sheep cake, kids cake, croissant, puff pastry, petit four chocolate and general French pastry.

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I travel to a family's home and cook their dinner in their own kitchen, so whomever would like to learn it, can do it the next time for themselves.

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Raw Chef Jane is a certified raw food chef -- levels 1, 2, and 3 -- Living on Live Dood. I teach raw food prep and can also prepare delicious raw meals for your dinner parties or events.

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I have a personal private chef business. I will cook and serve for clients at home/location. I am a 1984 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and have been in food service for over 30 years. From meal replacements to large receptions, a meal to remember will be created.

  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Each cake is custom designed, baked from scratch and made with LOVE!!

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I'm an in-home/on-site private professional chef for hire who develops custom menus and creates mouthwatering meals for clients.

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I make custom-ordered cakes, cupcakes and desserts for any and all occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, showers, events, and parties.

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I am a chef who graduated from one of the top culinary schools in the country, Johnson & Wales University. I am a sous chef at a high-end wine bar in Charlotte, J. Sam's, and also at The Biltmore in Ashville, NC, which gave me inspiration and drive to use techniques learned to become a personal chef/caterer. I love doing elegant food inside your home, but also can perform your buffet-style catering needs with the same great outcome.

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I will cook meals in your home and/or small gatherings under 60 people. I can prepare many meals and present them with color and flair.

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Everything we do is completely homemade. We provide a huge array of foods, from hors oeuvres to entrees, desserts and so much more!

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We have a home-based personal chef, catering, shopping, and housekeeping service. We will do your grocery shopping and meal planning and cooking.

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I am a caterer, personal chef, private chef, and culinary event specialist. I am a friendly and experienced chef offering my culinary services for your event.

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.

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.

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 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.
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