Carolyn's Cuisine

Richardson, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Clients do not all have to choose the same items. I offer a fresh soup or salad, an entrée, and two sides to each client. They have choices; the menu can be gourmet, down-home, vegetarian heart healthy, or whatever the client desires. It's not like "Tuesday is meatloaf night". ( However, I do make a great meatloaf. It's on the menu sometimes, too!). Clients choose a preferred delivery time, and I personally deliver their meals. I focus on busy executives and empty-nesters, and I also cater to families. Often the kids' after school activities mean picking up (not always good) food on the way home. Carolyn's Cuisine is the perfect solution! Personal service, personal choices.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like the creativity and the flexibility that my job allows. I love to cook - I have forever , so Carolyn's Cuisine is the perfect vehicle for me to show my creativity to those who love great food. Entertaining has always been a part of my life. I enjoy preparing food from different cultures, and I'm able to offer these diverse dishes to my clients, with the confidence that they will be received well. I've been able to showcase my food on a broader scale recently as my catering has begun to expand.
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Location

Richardson, TX 75080

Background check

Complete

Years in business

4

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

27

Reviews

17 Reviews
  • Anthony C. Jul 9, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Carolyn was absolutely amazing. The food was great and seemingly endless. Carolyn was personal and entertaining. Our menu was too long to list but the Caesar salad was great so was pretty much everything. And the cheesecake for desert was honestly the best cheesecake I have had in my life. If I could give Carolyn more than 5 stars I would.
    Carolyn A. Jul 10, 2017

    Anthony, thank you so much for your fantastic review. It's always gratifying to know that my food and service is so well received!

  • Zoe H. Jun 4, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Carolyn's food was great! There was plenty of food for the whole family! We even had leftovers 😉 Great weekly delivery services if you are in a pinch.
    Carolyn A. Jul 10, 2017

    Thank you, Zoe! I hope to be there for you and your family soon!

  • Janice W. Dec 25, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Excellent food
    Fabulous food. Fantastic service. More than I ever imagined.
    Carolyn A. Dec 25, 2016

    Thank you, Janice! I'm delighted to know that you are pleased with your decision. I hope to continue to provide excellent food and service.

  • Lisa B. Oct 24, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Delicious!
    The food was delicious and Carolyn is very sweet and eager to be flexible for what we needed.
    Carolyn A. Oct 24, 2016

    Thank you, Lisa! I look forward to cooking for your family again soon!

  • Sandy S. Sep 26, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Great food, great service!
    Carolyn is very professional, communicates well and makes great food. I would highly recommend her.
    Carolyn A. Oct 13, 2016

    Thank you, Sandy! It's been a pleasure...

  • Kay P. Jul 28, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    The food she prepared was delicious and she was very pleasant to work with.
    Carolyn A. Aug 14, 2016

    Thanks so much! I look forward to cooking for your family again...

  • Patricia A. May 12, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    The food was fresh, prepared so well and nicely presented, I am so happy that I ordered her services. She is a god send.
    Carolyn A. Aug 14, 2016

    Thank you! I love cooking for people who are so sweet...

  • Harold D. Jan 30, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Excellent correspondence; quality prepared meals. Look forward to more delicious dishes!
    Carolyn A. Aug 14, 2016

    Any time you are ready, I will be available to cook for y'all again…

  • Michelle W. Dec 12, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    The food was delicious and plentiful!
  • Kerry S. Sep 15, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    What a great experience! I loved working with Carolyn and was very pleased with the delicious meal she prepared. She was very helpful in advising me on menu choices, flexible in meeting the needs of a guest with special dietary needs, and a great communicator. She was timely. The food was beautifully presented. And the apple cake got rave reviews from my guests.
    Carolyn A. Sep 16, 2015

    Kerry was very easy to work with. Her requests for her guest with special dietary needs were minor and Kerry was very gracious. It's always so gratifying when a client pronounces the food "delicious",that years of experience in food presentation have been effective, and finally, that all of the guests were pleased. In this business, communication skills are essential to creating a great dining experience. Thank you, Kerry! I look forward to working with you again!

  • Karthik M. Sep 4, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Carolyn is an excellent cook. She went out of her way to accommodate our taste and requirements. We also wanted slight changes to our schedule every other week, and she had no problem with them. She is very funny too.
    Carolyn A. Oct 7, 2015

    I really enjoyed working with Karthik and Ramya. I was able to stretch some of my abilities as a chef to create vegetarian Indian dishes. The glowing reports about my food make it all worthwhile. Flexibility in this business is key! Also, I guess being funny is part of my personality, and I'm glad I was able to bring a smile to someone's day.

  • Cindy S. May 24, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    We have enjoyed Carolyn's food for two weeks now. The food she makes is so delicious and tasty. She is a pleasure to work with and ready to change her recipes to please her clients. I would rate her and the quality of her food as outstanding and recommend her to anyone.
    Carolyn A. Oct 7, 2015

    Cindy is a joy to work with. Even if she needs to discuss changes in the menu, or even in the dishes themselves, she does it in a professional manner. Many of the dishes I provided more renamed for their family! I love cooking for them.

  • Deepak G. Mar 18, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    I just started using Carolyn to deliver dinner for 5 one night a week. We had a our first delivery today and it was OUTSTANDING! Everyone loved their food and the portions were big enough that we have some left overs for tomorrow. She is great to deal with and so nice and friendly in person. If you are looking for a personal chef then look no further. So happy we connected with her!
    Carolyn A. Mar 20, 2015

    I'm very much looking forward to cooking for your family! Thanks!

  • Rob N. Feb 4, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
  • Betsy T. Dec 28, 2014
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Everything was delicious, and she was SO easy to work with. I had 20 relatives that I had to host for dinner only 3 weeks after back surgery, and it all went off without a hitch. I highly recommend her services to those looking for a great caterer! Brava!
    Carolyn A. Jan 5, 2015

    Betsy, I would cater for your family anytime! It was great fun working with you, as well. I loved preparing the menu!

  • Robin Z. Sep 1, 2014
    Carolyn's Cuisine has been delivering delicious meals to our house for several months. She offers quite a variety in the menu every week. I love that my husband can order a meat dish and I can order fish for dinner. It's quite good!
    Carolyn A. Oct 13, 2016

    Robin, your family continues to be a pleasure to work with – special requests are never an issue, as they are often some of my favorite dishes to prepare! Thank you!

  • Melanie M. Aug 31, 2014
    I've known Carolyn for many years, and in the past two years, have been lucky to taste her delicious and skilled cuisine. Among my favorites were the pistachio encrusted salmon and the tapenade appetizer. But I've also enjoyed her fabulous Caesar salad and flourless chocolate cake. Carolyn knows how to build a well rounded and coordinated menu that is both delicious and inviting. Carolyn is knowledgeable of health conscious food choices, has a broad repertoire of vegetarian specialities, and is very accommodating to picky palates. She's also quite sensitive to those who wish to avoid starchy white foods and knows appropriate alternatives. I hope to continue to enjoy Carolyn's mouth watering creations and would recommend her chef skills to anyone who loves to eat.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
Many of my friends and family members encouraged me to do this. They knew how much I love to cook, and that I was cooking for friends who were empty nesters, for people over 70 who had decided they were going to stop cooking, and for some busy executives. I was also doing some cooking for a family, so I took their advice.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
The customer needs to know that the provider is honest & has a true interest in what the customer likes or dislikes as far as his food preferences. The provider needs to sit down with the customer to ascertain those preferences, (I do that). And the customer needs to know if there is anything that the provider is not willing to prepare. For example, I do not prepare shellfish or pork.