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Chef Kevin is amazing. I hosted a small 20-person happy hour last week- he was able to create a menu of finger foods and deliver quickly, he accommodated our dietary needs, vegetarian, some gluten- free, etc. he was on time for delivery, and even brought me all of the servingware (and table cloths I could need-- I didn't even ask him for it. He'd thought of everything)! Most of all though, people loved the food- it was beautiful, colorful, delicious and fresh. He has a new repeat customer!
Chef Paul was absolutely fantastic. I will definitely be hiring him again. He was a pleasure to watch cook, he explained everything and was courteous about needing to keep the meal gluten free for me. He was professional, everything was beautiful and delicious and also he left the kitchen cleaner than when he arrived! He was also great with my dog, even spent some time playing with him, which I appreciated even though it was not necessary. He made this the PERFECT anniversary for my fiancee and I.
Maribel and her team were amazing! She is way more than just a caterer! She made our wedding beautiful, well organized, and stress free. The food was great! Couldn't be more satisfied!
We hired Chef Matt to come to our home to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday, we were a group of 7 and it was a surprise for the birthday girl. Matt and his assistant Melanie arrived on time and dressed in chef coats with all of their supplies. The timeline he presented to me in advance was met spot on. We enjoyed incredible appetizers as we waited for the guest of honor to arrive then we all sat down to a 5-course meal. Both Melanie and Matt served and cleared the plates. Matt presented each dish and its ingredients. The food was so delicious and unique, plate presentation was beautiful. Melanie offered wine service throughout the meal and the final dessert dish was outstanding. Our entire meal was also gluten free! By the time we finished dessert the kitchen was cleaned up with leftovers in the fridge. This was a first time experience for all of us to hire a private chef and we will all do it again and look forward to hiring Matt & Melanie again in the future.
I was tasked with planning a last minute holiday party for my Coast Guard Headquarters office and assumed I would be scrambling to find a caterer. Luckily I came across Thumbtack, which put me in touch with Tortoise & Hare. Tortoise & Hare provided me with a wide variety of options that were all within my price range, which was greatly appreciated since my budget was limited. I spoke with Katie to make our arrangement, and she allowed me to keep it open ended while I finalized our headcount and menu selections. Katie also provided me the security information to get the caterers onto base, which I assume is an unusual request. Erik handled the set up the day of the event, and he arrived early and made sure everything was in order before departing. The food was good and there was more than enough to go around. We were even able to hook up the base facilities team with lunch. Overall it was a pleasure to work with Tortoise & Hare, and I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking to cater an event.
My experience was totally professional! I highly recommend this caterer for any event. The food was phenomenal! My guests couldn't stop raving about the green beans, salmon, and chicken. Tbe bread pudding was absolutely delicious. I am looking forward to having Sweet Bazil cater another event. Thank you again for making our event memorable. Kemia Kirby
N&M Divine provided for our office's Halloween Happy Hour. This included hor d'oeuvres, entrees, and a bar tender. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and they "catered" to our every wish... no pun intended.
I hired Esther to cater a dinner party to celebrate our Mom's 80th birthday. From the first encounter, Esther was very accommodating. We were expecting 50 guests, some with food allergies ranging from nuts to shell fish. Esther assured me that she would create a menu that would be elegant and delicious. And did she deliver! The event took place on 12/31/2016. The food was amazing! She sent her employee, Crystal, to handle the event. From the moment Crystal arrived until the moment she left, she went above and beyond, and made the evening a huge success! Crystal was warm and professional, and worked tirelessly to provide us with outstanding service. We were so impressed with this amazing woman, we had to give her a round of applause before she left. Thank you, Epicurean Nutrition, for making our event a HUGE success. We will definitely call you again for our next event. Happy New Year!!
Chef Matt is absolutely amazing! I have been using his personal chef services and I can honestly say that he has been a blessing in our life. I first learned about Chef Matt on an online community of moms in Old Town, Alexandria. Because I had a small baby and no time to cook, I decided to order our Thanksgiving meal from him. I was so happy I did – the food was absolutely fantastic and everyone at the dinner table raved about it. In fact, it was the best Thanksgiving meal that I have ever had. Since then I have been ordering from him on a regular basis. Chef Matt’s food is fresh, healthy and out-of-this-world delicious. His recipes are very diverse and incorporate a lot of international influences, which I love. Everyone in my home is so excited when we get the food from Chef Matt. I wish I knew about him long time ago, especially after we had our baby and struggled with finding the time to cook. I know that he teaches cooking classes and I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to learn how to cook amazing food directly from Chef Matt. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for personal chef services!
Must try the afghan platter and Boulanee baunjaun. Both were a hit at my work party! Nasrin was able to accommodate for gluten free and vegetarians dishes nicely too. I would reccomend again as a caterer.
Sandra was fantastic! I hired her to prepare a gluten-free plated dinner for my parents' 60th birthday party - 6 adults and 2 preschoolers. She was pleasant to work with and efficient as we went back and forth on details and logistics. On the day of the event, she arrived with all the materials she needed and got right to work. My family was able to hang out and enjoy each other's company as Sandra cooked, set the table, plated and served the food, and cleaned up afterwards. And the food was fantastic! My sister-in-law raved about the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla bean whipped cream, "this is the dessert I didn't know I was waiting for my whole life!" Everyone really enjoyed the cuban salad with avocado and chicken enchiladas with mexican style rice and tomatillo salsa. And there were even leftovers! When Sandra left, the kitchen was nice and tidy and all the leftovers were labeled and put away in the fridge. What sets Sandra apart is her thoughtfulness: I really appreciated that she made sure everything was gluten free and even tested the recipe out ahead of time! She brought activity kits for the preschoolers. And she brought placemats and napkin rings as well.
Claudine makes excellent food--her specialty is in producing healthy, flavorful meals that everyone will enjoy. She can take into account any dietary restrictions you might have (no dairy, gluten-free, low salt, etc) She also has a flair for the dramatic---so if you wanted a special theme-based meal, she will be excited to work with you to prepare a meal that your guests will enjoy and fondly remember.
I cannot more highly recommend Vera, both for own knowledge and skills in preparing food, but also for her kind, encouraging manner in instructing a "novice" in the kitchen. When I was introduced to Vera, I had recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, which had necessitated a complete overhaul of my eating habits. That "lifestyle" change was complicated by the embarrassing reality that I had never really learned to cook in the first place. Just after we met, Vera invited me to attend a marvelous Capitol Hill social event, for which she had prepared some of the food. Knowing that I had to be gluten-free, she included a wonderful basket of Auntie Oyes Petite Rice Bread Muffins, made from rice flour (instead of wheat). They were a BIG hit at the party with everyone! When I told her I wanted to learn how to make those little muffins for myself, she invited me into her own kitchen, and graciously and patiently walked me through all of the steps to prepare her wonderful recipe.
Chef Giovanni is not only a creative and dynamic chef, he is also a warm person. I was so relieved to welcome Chef Giovanni at my house for my dinner party, he put me at ease with his calm demeanor and ideas. We had been exchanging emails and texts the week prior to the event, he was responsive unlike other chefs I had worked with in the past. Chef had also been tasked to provide a meal for a pescatarian, gluten-free guest, and a no shell fish guest. When Chef arrived, he took several inexpensive bouquets from Trader Joes and transformed them into stunning centerpieces for my dining room table. The entire dining room morphed into a chic bistro that looked like it should have been in the south of France as opposed to Maryland. Once the first guest arrived, the smell of bouillabaisse was permeating the house and the guests were excited by the aroma but also the drinks and amuse-boushe Chef had prepared for their arrival. The amuse-boushe was phyllo dough stuffed with spiced lamb. It was crunchy on the outside with flavors of raisins, spices and lamb on the inside. This was an exceptional way to start our culinary journey! Once the guests were seated and wine was poured, the appetizer was served. It was not my favorite combination of flavors but others seem to enjoy it. Next the main course, the bouillabaisse was served. I was stunned to see how beautiful the bouillabaisse was prepared; with cilantro and lime on top and was chocked full of lobster, crab, scallops, fish. My guests were asking him for the recipe for the rue and the steps to making such an intriguing meal. The dessert was also nicely done, my guests really enjoyed the presentation and the taste. Chef Giovanni talked about what he made, helped serve the guests. He also helped pour the wine and kept the night flowing. Chef Giovanni also left me with a spotless kitchen which was the perfect end to a perfect night. I am a customer very happy with a first-time experiment with inviting a chef into my home. I think it is a great way to entertain without breaking the bank. When you consider how much time and preparation that goes into an evening like this, I feel that Chef Giovanni provides quality ingredients and exceptional service for a reasonable rate.
Chef Anna did an incredible job catering a wonderful culinary experience in my home for 25 friends. We had some dietary restrictions such as dairy free and gluten free and she curated a delicious menu that satisfied everyone's needs. She was also a pleasure to work with throughout the process - responsive, creative, and extremely professional. I look forward to working with her again.
I enjoyed working with Joyce, who was responsive and patient in creating a menu that worked best for my party. The sandwiches are beautiful and tasty, and they were a hit at the party. If you are looking for some gluten free options for your event, this is it!
3 talents coutour catering did an outstanding job, they provided us with impeccable service, they went above and beyond, the food was very good, the desserts were tasty and pretty. All services that they promised in the contract were delivered, the employees were on time, friendly and professional, will use ttcc again. Date of event 12/18/15........thanks ttcc Tyrice and Eric
We only use Natasha and Versatile Foods for our events -- 5 thus far. The food is outstanding and she can do ANYTHING and does EVERYTHING -- from the best advice on linens and chairs and plates to the best menus to decorating the rooms spectacularly. She is always cheerful and flexible and so wonderful to work with. The food is always exceptional but it's the other little things she does that have made all of our events hugely successful and stress free for me. Use Versatile Foods for everything from a dinner party to a huge party and you will be very happy. The highest of recommendations.
I hired Michal for a very special private dinner party. We wanted delicate and delicious foods and a classy experience. Michal more than exceeded our expectations. In particular, we had quite the list of food restrictions: no gluten, limited sugar, and fish only. Without batting an eye, he was up for the challenge and devised some incredible creations. Then, at the last minute, we said "no dairy." And, he was quick and nimble to change up course for all of our needs. Then, and oh-my-gosh then, he created a dairy free dessert. I could NOT believe that the pear dessert was not dairy (seriously it was to die for). As far as logistics, he was also a gem of a guest. He arrived early and dressed crisp for the occasion. Prepped with all the food and utensils that he needed, he stayed in the zone in the kitchen, except of course when he was explaining all of the dishes to us, and blushing at our "oooohing" and "ahhhhing" during dinner. Once our final dish was presented, he cleaned and left us to enjoy the night. I couldn't recommend his service more. Michal is creative and thoughtful with every single ingredient. He cared for us like he was preparing for his family. He absolutely was a key ingredient to our fabulously memorable evening.
My husband and I discovered Chef Hawthorne from a friend who had already used his catering services. We wanted to have a special romantic dinner at home and contacted him. When you dine out, you are limited to the restaurants established menu. With Chef Hawthorne, the sky is the limit and his culinary creativity is boundless. Although my friend had used him for an event that needed a special menu for gluten-free & vegan guests, my husband and I had no specific food restrictions. Chef Hawthorne presented us with a lot of ideas and in the end we decided to try a variety of dishes instead of sticking to a theme. He created a creamy crab dip with pita crisps, fresh sushi and nigiri, and pork tacos with the perfect amount of heat balanced with a creamy sauce and julienned fresh greens. The perfect finale was a bananas foster that was better than any Ive had anywhere else. In short, I highly recommend Chef Hawthorne for any event that calls for 5 star culinary delights with the customized convenience of catering.
We were very pleased with the amount of food, the taste of the food and very impressed with the presentation. We are very happy that I chose Michelle and Walter to handle the food for the Virginia Smoke Free Associations first annual meeting!! I would highly recommend them to anyone having a meeting, reception, or whatever kind of event that you need someone professional and reliable to handle the food and supplies. Crystal Grady/ VSFA