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Austin Home Chefs

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Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin A.
Verified review

If I could give 6 stars I would. Working with Leslie was so easy! Usually the breakfast/lunch part of our events is the most time consuming and stressful, but for the first time, I wasn't freaking out. She was incredibly prompt with quotes, answered all my questions (no matter how stupid), and thought of everything before I even asked. I'm always nervous about catering since I've had some horror stories with incredibly late caterers. Not them! They arrived an hour early, prepped, and we had an excellent breakfast. My office is notorious for being incredibly picky when it comes to food, and all I heard around the event was how amazing the food was and how friendly and fantastic the chefs were. This was a first for us! I'm afraid they're going to see a lot of us in the future, and I can honestly say that one of the reasons my event went so smoothly is due to Fabulous Affairs.

Tasty Temptations
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Katy L.
Verified review

Karen was a wonderful chef! The food was absolutely amazing and she gave us plenty of leftovers to last through the rest of the weekend.

Luna's Kitchen
4.6
from 53 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Linda M.
Verified review

Holiday Sit-down dinner for 14. Prime rib, shrimp cocktail, tossed salad, twice baked potatoes, green beans with silvered almonds, rolls and mini strawberry shortcake. Food was delicious, a little slow as to not being accustomed to my kitchen, not knowing where things were and not asking but with this large of dinner party it was hard for caterers to get my attention. Caterers only big problem was not leaving early enough (after we discussed it) to get through the extremely heavy traffic and arrive on time which threw dinner off from scheduled time. Since everyone attending were friends, it just worked out that we had more time to talk but it caused the caterers to cook and reheat dinner items because they had gotten cold waiting in traffic getting here. It ended up working out well, a good time was had by one and all and as I early mentioned, the food was delicious- far above what we had expected. We will highly recommend Lunas catering and also will use them again in any future catering needs.

Bittersweet Cakes & Catering
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
Verified review

Laura Eliel made my experience super easy and terrific. I wanted an in-home dining experience. She and her assistant arrived about 5 pm. I asked how can I help. They said, You can't! Guests arrived at 6:30 p.m. and we began a luxurious meal that was delicious and lovely. And, at the end of the evening, the kitchen was clean and I did not lift a hand!

Sugar Shaker Bakery
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Katie S.
Verified review

Fantastic communication and reminders from Sugar Shaker Bakery/staff. Response time was less than 1 day. As a bride planning a wedding, this was very helpful. Candy quality great! My guests were very surprised and pleased. Nice that containers and serving utensils were provided.

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Kniseley Catered
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy H.
Verified review

Robert did an outstanding job preparing our rehearsal dinner meal. He and his wife prepared enough to feed at least one hundred people and nothing ran out before everyone got through the line. The meal was delicious and right on time. He is an excellent chef, and you will not be disappointed with his catering.

Goodies & Bits LLC
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie K.
Verified review

My nonprofit had the pleasure of hosting Goodies and Bits food trailer onsite at our studios! The Royal Chefs, Marvin and Estella, are a pleasure to work with and the food is Heavenly! My favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth brisket on a melt-in-your-mouth roll! The pound cake was also delicious!!!!

Bon Vie Chef Services
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Emily F.
Verified review

Chef Bon has been making wonderful dishes for our family for about 12 months. My husband and I have 2 young boys. 1 of them has special dietary needs & the other is a picky eater. Chef Bon is hugely successful in finding healthy, fresh options to fit the needs of the whole family!! She comes to our house once a week to cook. Chef Bon is professional, on time, positive attitude, leaves the kitchen neat & clean, and she is great with kids.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chef Daniele was absolutely WONDERFUL! We could not have asked for a better chef or setup. Our group was visiting Austin from out of town for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party and staying at an AirBNB, so we thought it would be nice to stay in for an evening to visit. Chef Daniele was extremely accommodating in creating a menu that included dishes for vegetarian and vegan guests. He sent me the menu days in advance. Since we were unfamiliar with the pots/pans, knives, kitchen tools, and kitchen itself, Chef Daniele brought many of his own tools, which was extremely helpful to us. On the morning of the event, we unfortunately encountered an issue with the gas line. Chef Daniele offered at that point to cook on the grill outside (which was incredible!), even though he had already bought the ingredients for the inside meal. Thankfully, the gas line was fixed and he cooked the following delicious small plates for the group: spinach, garlic and basil fettuccine with wild mushrooms; Red-wine chicken with vegetable mirepoix; Milk-braised pork tenderloin; Sauteed lemon green beans. He even allowed one of our guests (who loves to cook) to assist in cooking! We were also grateful that Chef Daniele was okay with a little partying (maybe too much drinking) and dancing during the evening! :) Chef Daniele's punctuality (on time!); hospitality (accommodating, in tune with the guests likes/dislikes, cleaned up the kitchen for us and even washed some dishes that he did not use-very unnecessary!), personality (kind, calm, and happy!) and cooking (Florence-trained!) were all perfect. As a result, I have recommended him to friends that live in Austin, and I will continue to recommend him to anyone visiting the area for the weekend! Thank you to Chef Daniele for an all around fantastic evening!

Chef Natalie Blackburn
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Eric B.
Verified review

Great food, service, and person. Thank you Chef Natalie.

Top Pro
Lyndie C Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anna B.
Verified review

Lyndie C. Catering took care of everything, going completely above and beyond our expectations! Our Rehearsal Dinner was able to reflect who we are as a couple thanks to her flexibility and attention to detail, and our guests raved about the cuisine Lyndie prepared!

  • 23 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Anne W.
Verified review

Dave did a fabulous job catering our daughter's Texas-Style wedding...his base price is very affordable for just about any size group or event and we were able to add a number of additional sides and meats as well....Everything was delicious, there was plenty of it, the meat-eaters were in BBQ nirvana and the vegetarians had plenty of delicious sides to keep them happy....Dave perfectly adhered to the agreed upon timeframe to serve dinner and is a wonderfully outgoing & engaging presence to boot who clearly loves what he does ...the food was great , there was plenty of it and we had 150+ very happy and full guests as a result. He is also very flexible about menu choices and implied that he's got a lot more delicious cajun-inspired entrees up his culinary sleeve as well....very easy to work with...HIGHLY recommend for ANY occasion and just about any size group

Diva B's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Tallant S.
Verified review

Bravo, Dive B! Everything worked out perfectly. Set-up was excellent and very professional, food was excellent and abundant. We had plenty leftovers for the "kids" to take home. All our guests were impressed with the quality and preparation of the food. High marks for Diva B. Highly recommended! Tal and Lori Smith

Brian Cooks, You Eat
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Rowena Y.
Verified review

Chef Brian provided a cooking lesson for my junior girl scout troop. The girls were all excited about the prospect of meeting a Brian and couldn't wait for our monthly meeting. Brian showed them how to prepare 3 easy, healthy snacks. He provided great instructions, involving all the girls in each project. He shared kitchen safety tips as well. The food was great. They girls will be able to make these dishes at home. Brian has a great big personality and was a resounding success with my girls. Rowena Y.

Freestyle Baking Company
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Josh B.
Verified review

Freestyle's attention to detail in aesthetics are only matched by the quality of the actual FOOD. Too often custom desserts end up looking far better than they taste. This stuff, on the other hand, is as much fun to eat as it is to look at. Jenny is a true chef as well as an artist, and it shows.

L'Amica Catering Austin
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rachel L.
Verified review

Love the food, perfec amount of food and very professional! Chef is awesome!

Personal Chef
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Marcus C.
Verified review

Very good an professional chef

The Stay @ Home Baker
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly D.
Verified review

Heather was so amazing to work with! The cake she made was the hit of the party and it wasn't just beautiful...it was delicious too!! My daughter was just in heaven when she saw this cake :)

  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
John M.
Verified review

I've been gluten intolerant for most of my life. I'm also a terrible cook. As a result, maintaining a healthy, wholesome diet is a constant challenge. Samantha not only has me eating well but has taught me so much about how to make healthy food taste amazing. Her menu planning and preparation has also saved me a lot of time and headaches. She really took the time to personalize her service for me. She's opened up a whole new culinary world for me, and I couldn't happier or more thankful!

Ruth J.
Verified review

I love her food and her attitude! She takes such joy in her work. She takes great satisfaction in making sure her clients are happy and satisfied. She is creative and thoughtful in her approach to food. She listens closely to her clients to make sure she understands what is needed. She pays attention to every detail. Abby put together a beautiful picnic supper for my daughter and her cheerleading squad. Everything was perfect and everyone enjoyed it. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who needs to feed a crowd and wants to do it with style and grace!

Personal Chef
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I enjoy working with people to cater to their needs and being interactive with new idea as to keep things interesting. Being able to be creative when preparing meals is what drives my passion, oh and of course making food that people enjoy!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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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Need a Cooking Skills Instructor

Austin, TX

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    Basic cooking skills
  • Cuisine interest
    American, Asian, BBQ, Healthy, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican/Latin
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (No)
  • Number of students
    Over 10
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18), Teenager (13-18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    Ongoing classes
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Time preference(s)
    Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    I am definitely a beginner.
  • $83.33
    Average price

Need cooking lessons

Austin, TX

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment, Health reasons
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    Basic cooking skills, Roasting and braising, Grilling, Baking - bread
  • Cuisine interest
    American, Asian, Healthy, Mediterranean, Mexican/Latin, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (n/a)
  • Number of students
    2
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Lesson length
    As recommended by professional
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Time preference(s)
    Early morning (before 9am), Morning (9am-noon), Early afternoon (noon-3pm), Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    n/a
  • $116.67
    Average price

Need Cooking Skills Instructor

Austin, TX

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (N/A)
  • Number of students
    Over 10
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Frequency
    Ongoing classes
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Time preference(s)
    Other (N/A)
  • Details
    I love it
  • $195
    Average price
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