Catering >Affordable Chef Services
Eddy Lane, Santa Cruz, CA | Directions 9506236.975077 -121.992288
Birthday Celebration – We recently held a first birhtday party for my granddaughter. We had planned to have over 20+ people there ages ranging 8mos- up. So you can only imagine the challenge of planning a menu that could meet the diverse needs of this group--but Chef Mark Gallagher did it! From child friendly finger foods- to an array of bbq'd meats- vegetarian selections-various salads- and appetizers the palates of all there were more than satisfied. We had held the event in a park- so he had coordinated all the details for us- from the gazebo- to the tables and chairs...dishes- serving trays..to a separate tent for the bday girl's presents so that she had some shade while celebrating her big day.... All we had to was show up and decorate--which is the funnest part!
Everyone had a wonderfully relaxing time and that was due to Mark's attention to detail- great menu and personable demeanor. I cannot thank Mark enough for all that he did.
Small Garden Wedding Extraordinaire – After meeting with Chef Mark to plan our wedding, he said, "Just have fun and I'll take care of everything." And that's just what he did! During the months preceeding the event, he checked in frequently and was always available to answer questions or offer suggestions. His charming and fun personality really made everyone in our family feel so comfortable! Most importantly, Chef Mark made everything about our wedding day so special! He tailored the menu (and the whole reception, actually), to reflect the intimacy we wanted for our celebration. Not only was the food fabulous, (our guests are still commenting about how great it was) but the atmosphere Chef Mark created with his creativity and professional talents was incomparable! I was worried that my Italian mom would get all stressed out having someone in "her kitchen" but Mark couldn't have been more reassuring and nice on that level as well. He and his staff were so courteous and amazing all day - We love Affordable Chef Mark!!!!
We booked Affordable Chef for our wedding in July. Though there were some logistical issues, the wedding ceremony was beautiful.
50th Wedding Anniversary party – Great job. Mark arrived several hours before the party to set up and get everything organized. The appetizers were fantastic and the main courses were perfect. His server circulated with the appetizers and handled the wine bar for our guests. I received many compliments on the quality and varity of appetizers. Mark and his helper completely cleaned the kitchen sink and countertops before they left - job well done.
September 21, 2009 by James in Palo Alto, CA
The Affordable Chef aka Chef Mark Gallagher – More like the miracle chef...
My wife and I were trying to host a pre-wedding BBQ for our families. Initially we had approx 25 people and had a beach BBQ planned. We ended up with 50 people and, at less than 24 hours notice, secured a venue close to the beach.
Despite other weekend commitments, Mark managed to cater a full 3 course meal with at least 3 options for each course. He also staged tables on the decks of the property and arranged facilities to handle the beverages. Once again - this was with LESS than 24 hours notice.
Everyone loved the food. We had plenty to eat and it was a perfect family event.
I can't thank Mark enough. He is easy going, helpful, modest and does an incredible job. I'd thoroughly recommend his services to anyone.
September 07, 2008 by Lawrence Hindle in San Jose, CA
Chef Mark Gallagher, Gourmet Food at an Affordable Price – When first contacting Mark Gallagher he was very personable and his attentive care began with our first converstaion and lasted through the day of the event, even checking in afterward.
I was nervous to higher a personal chef, not knowing what to expect, how the food would taste. But I was more than pleasantly surprised. The presentation alone was gorgeous, I almost did not want to eat the masterpiece. The vegetable dishes had an amazing color palette that enticed me and the flavor was nothing short of fantastic.
I had a variety of diners: vegans, pescadarians (hey, this is Santa Cruz), but Mark had no problem suggesting spring rolls, veggie lasagna, salmon teriyaki, and a chicken dish. I love meat so I was glad he didn't go all veggie.
Mark stopped by my house the week before the event to get the measurements, and was very laid-back which actually helped out because I was nervous about the family reunion, but it all went great, at a great price at that.
My family was excited about the excellent food, and without personally having to stress about anything I just got to be a great hostess. Since all the plates and cutlery were brought I didn't have even have to worry about clean-up. I think Affordable Chef is a great company in Santa Cruz. If I could afford it, I would have him cook all my meals, but I don't know if my husband would miss my domesticity, or maybe he'd actually eat my food.
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