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Introduction: At the POP UP KING we’re about the moment. We believe in making the moment magnificent, miraculous, and most important memorable. We provide a service that is professional, courteous, and personal. Our 30 years of experience will be exemplified in all that we do. From the backyard to the ball rooms, all is accommodated. Let us help you make that moment. The POP UP KING we’re the competition.

Hired 6 times

Serves Virginia Beach, VA

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3 employees

2 years in business

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Cash, Credit card, PayPal, Zelle

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

7 reviews


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Nina N.

Personal Chef

At the spur of the moment, I decided to surprise my husband with a romantic dinner but I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull it off because I didn't even know where to find a good chef that would be available at such a short notice. So I browsed the internet and came across a few different vendors and made contact with each of them at the same time via Thumbtack. Within a few short hours, I received a response back from Pop UP King Catering. Unfortunately I was rather busy at that particular time so I scheduled a time for the following day for a telephone consult. I promptly received a call at the time/day requested from Dina. I must admit prior to receiving her call I still was a little skeptical because up until this point I had never heard of the Pop Up King Catering. Once I spoke with Dina, I shared with her what I was trying to achieve, she was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and very professional as she enlightened me as to what their normal protocol is regarding the services they would provide. Needless to say, I was very impressed and eager to proceed. We discussed meal options, pricing, time availability and any other questions that I had at that time. I felt that their prices were more than reasonable for the services and meal options I selected. There were times during the days leading up to my event that I had additional questions, Dina was very prompt in responding, in fact, I had a question about one of the side dishes in which Chef Anthony himself was more than happy to make sure that he thoroughly explained to me all of the ingredients that was contained within. On the day of my event, Dina and Chef Anthony arrived on time and they were prepared to go to work immediately. They were fully equipped with everything they needed and didn't hesitate to ensure that we were completely satisfied during the interim making sure we had our champagne and water glasses filled at all times. Now let's get to the food!!! :) We had the Mediterranean salad with garlic pita bread for starters. Everything was garden fresh and the pita bread was definitely an added bonus. My husband had ribeye steak with shrimp scampi and I had flounder stuffed with crabmeat both entrees came with roasted potatoes and steamed broccoli. Listen, when I tell you the food was aaaa-mmaaaaaaa-zing, please believe me! Everything and I meant everything was seasoned to a tee and cooked to pure perfection! My husband is truly a steak connoisseur and he absolutely loved his steak! It was so tender and cooked perfectly medium well as requested. He didn't even want to add any steak sauce because he said it was seasoned so well that it didn't need anything else added. My flounder was no different! It was very succulent and well seasoned as well! We both love roasted potatoes and broccoli and Chef Anthony didn't disappoint there either...bon appetit!!! From the quality of the food to the portion size, we couldn't have been more please. Needless to say after eating all of that food, which I couldn't even finish my whole meal, there was no room left for our strawberry cheesecake desert. Chef Anthony was so kind enough to precut and wrap it up for us to have for later; however we didn't get around to eating the cheesecake until the following day. It was scrumptious to say the least. Dina was also courteous enough to even wrap up the uneaten portion of my meal for me...so sweet! At the end of our wonderful dining experience, they worked diligently cleaning and made sure that everything in the kitchen was spotless. We can't say thank you enough to Pop Up King Catering! The dining experience we received was exceptional from start to finish! They will undoubtedly come highly recommended to all of our family and friends in need of any catering services! We are so looking forward to utilizing their services in the very near future!!! Again, THANK YOU so much Pop Up King Catering! Chef Anthony and Dina are the absolute best hands down!!! P.S. The photos that I attached doesn't display the roasted potatoes but there were plenty of them nestled under the meat selections and they were yummy along with everything else!!! :)
Thank for the wonderful review! We hope to work with you again in the future! pop-Up King Catering
Oct 15, 2020
Harvey B.

Personal Chef

Wow! Wow! Wow! I could have never imagined when I had the idea to surprise my wife for our anniversary that the stars would align in such a way that I would find the BEST personal chef (company) this area has to offer. In my search for a personal chef experience, I was surprised that a couple of the vendors that I contacted didn’t even bother to reply. That had me questioning the quality of thumbtack and the personal chef industry altogether. However, my faith was repeatedly restored in every phase of my dealings with Chef Anthony and Dina. The professionalism was beyond what I could have asked. The experience was priceless...they literally tapped into the pulse of the vision I wanted to create for my wife and they executed throughout the entire evening. For Chef Anthony (and Dina)...it was just another day at the office, but for my wife and I it was—by far—our greatest anniversary celebration thus far. Thank you 🙏🏾 both for a lovely evening and making my vision a reality and helping me put the biggest smile on my wife’s face. Chef, your Marshall Dillon Ribeye took me back to Texas! Continued success and you know I’m referring you all across town.
Sep 9, 2020
Kristy D.

Wedding and Event Catering

Amazing amazing amazing! Thank you for catering my retirement celebration.
Aug 30, 2020
Joseph T.

Pop Up King is always a great way to eat. Chef Tony and his staff continuously go the extra mile to make sure everyone in the family enjoys. This was a great experience for my family and friends. The staff and food go without saying...they are always top notch. I hope you will enjoy as well.
Aug 31, 2019
Brandi H.

Out of all my private chef experiences, this by far was the best! I only get a personal chef for special occasions, but this experience has definitely made me reconsider doing it once a month. For dinner I requested a T-Bone steak and vegetables. The chef exceeded my expectations making the BEST steak I’ve ever had! It was tender, juicy and delicious. The food was so good I almost didn’t want to leave a review so that the chef can always be available when I need him.
Aug 23, 2019
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Dina Hamer


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    We like to do a consultation, so we will give you the right price

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    My father was a chef and he had a lot of influence on me at a young age

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