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Chef Dan and his team are the best! They helped to make our 50th Birthday a wonderful event!!! Highly recommend!

-Jean H.

Chef-Dan had been recommended to me for a private cocktail party I was holding on the rooftop of my apartment building for my husband’s birthday. He spent an unbelievable amount of time with us working out the menu and making sure everything was perfect. Chef-Dan and his staff were absolutely amazing taking care of every detail. I didn’t have to think about a thing!! And the food!!! OMG! The food was perfection! And Plentiful! My guests are still talking about it. I think I’ll be using Chef-Dan for every party!!!

 

-Lisa S.

Amazing evening for a small private dinner. Chef Dan and his team ( u need Justin and Andy!!!) did a super job. Food was awesome, service professional , clean up spot free. Just a great group with Chef Dan at the helm. We felt like we were at a 5 star restaurant

-Paul M.

I wish there were more than 5 stars to give Chef Dan! We hired Dan for my birthday dinner this past weekend for 10 adults. He responded to my initial inquiry within an hour, helped me select a mouth watering menu, and accommodated my every request leading up to the event. His plating and service were beautiful, and his set up and clean up were seamless. And the food! It was better than we could've ever imagined. If you're thinking of hiring a private chef, you have to hire Dan. He made this birthday dinner a night the group will never forget. I am telling everybody I know about Dan, and I can't wait to work with him again!

-Marcelo A.

Thanks to Chef Dan our 21 family members enjoyed a perfect Christmas Eve celebration. Chef Dan is awesome!

-Sherry 

What can I not say about Chef Dan. He was soooo awesome. We loved every bit of his service. He was professional, reasonable, patient and amazing. We will definitely use him again. My guest and I loved the experience. Thank you sooo much Chef Dan for making my 30th bday dinner party a night to remember.

-Tashianna G.

Highly recommended for any catering job

-Johan D.

Chef Dan helped out with a reception for our company. He and his team were on time set up quickly, they even stayed a little bit after the scheduled end time to continue serving our guests. The food was excellent and the serving staff were ultra professional. Everything was kept clean throughout the event and all our guests were well attended to. I could not have been happier with Chef Dan and his crew.

-Kyle G

Chef Dan was on time, professional . The food and service exceeded our expectations and he made our party a success!

-Thumbtack Review

Chef Dan was so easy to work with. I hired him for a private dinner as a surprise for my husband's birthday and LOVED it. What's better than eating a gourmet 5 course meal in your sweatpants?? Chef Dan was very professional and we enjoyed his company very much. Can't wait to hire him again for another special occasion!

-Thumbtack Review

The surprise birthday dinner for my husband was an incredible night we will all always remember - thanks to Chef-Dan and Brianna! From the very beginning, they were incredibly responsive, not only with crafting a quote but with responding to questions and special accommodations (gluten-free, no problem!). Working with Chef-Dan, I selected a number of items for our menu, mostly by viewing his website, which proved to be spot-on. Everything he made tasted as beautiful as all the images on his website. He was also available to answer my questions and help me to make the best selections for a group with varying ages (12-74) and tastes. Also, he helped me to stretch our funds, and still satisfy the very large contingent of hungry 20-somethings! Chef-Dan agreed to provide demonstration-style cooking for our guests, and he captivated us with searing scallops, slicing lamb chops, and beautifully plating up our dishes. The banana foster dish was by far the most fun with the flames shooting up from the stove! Chef-Dan was focused, but in a friendly way, and calmly explained everything he was doing. Everyone loved the event and it was so nice to be gathered as a family and enjoy an amazing meal without anyone having to be taken away with preparations and cleaning. I cannot count how many times I overheard "What a great idea!" and "This is so much fun!" from our family members. I was so grateful that the night went so well. And, that he not only shops for everything and brings it to you, but also leaves your kitchen spotless. Wow.

-Amanda E.

Dan was awesome. He was so friendly and interacted with our guests, and the food & presentation was incredible!

-Joanna M.

Dan was courteous and open to suggestions leading up to my birthday celebration (he hadn't cooked some of things I suggested (British menu) before). He and his fiancee are just lovely and work really well together, as a Team. They both helped me set up before the guests arrived, which I really appreciated - because we were going to have dinner outside, but we had to bring everything inside. It was such a treat to have someone in my home cooking for my friends and I. Both Dan and his fiancee worked diligently and quietly, providing food (and drink !) almost without us noticing. Everything was delicious. The guest ate everything and I had some very yummy leftovers. I would recommend Dan for any private functions and would definitely hire him again.

-Lara R.

It was a great experience having chef Dan as our caterer. The arrangement of the table and the plates were attractive, aesthetic. Our guests loved the tasty food.

-Marta S.

Chef Dan through a family style dinner party at my house for my fifth anniversary. Having a little one doesn't make going out as fun as it use to be. I just wanted the feel of being at a restaurant without having to leave the comfort of my home especially since the kids could run around and entertain each other. We are big appetizer people so for appetizers we had spicy crab sliders, lamb sliders, tuna tartar, and duck flat bread. Everything was absolutely delicious! For the next course we had filet mignon with truffle goat cheese smashed potatoes! Also absolutely phenomenal! We opted to not go for dessert because we are not sweets people, but I have had the pleasure of sampling some of the desserts and they are also exquisite. My biggest concern prior to the party was the the price matched the quality and that no one left my table hungry (for that would be a disaster). The food exceeded our expectations and as for the amount, let's just say that all our guests came over the next day for lunch and we somehow still had left overs! I would absolutely recommend Chef Dan and know that personally, I will be using his services again!

-Diana S.

Chef Dan provided the food for my husband's birthday celebration this past summer. Having never hired a private chef before, I wasn't quite sure how things would turn out. I shouldn't have worried. Chef Dan was very accommodating and pleasant to work with in the planning stages while we worked out a menu. The food he cooked was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The day of the party, he was the ultimate professional, along with his wonderful team, allowing us to fully enjoy the party as they took care of all the details. Altogether, this was a wonderful experience and I would not hesitate to hire Chef Dan again for another function

-Caryn H.

Service and food was incredible. We had such a great time all thanks to Chef Dan and his crew! Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

-Shannon H.

Chef Dan was absolutely outstanding. He cooked 7 meals for my party of 16 people over the course of 3 days and the food / service was phenomenal. Chef Dan was also flexible, made the entire planning process as easy as possible, and was a pleasure to be around for the weekend. I would recommend him to anybody planning an event that requires good food and good service.

-Anthony S.

Chef Dan was easy to work with and prepared an incredible three course meal for 10 people. Chef Dan dealt with all special dietary requests with ease, and brought in a mixologist to help with cocktails and wine pairings. Chef Dan was an integral part of the success of the night, and we would recommend him without reservation.

-Dennis M.

We can't thank Chef Dan enough for the wonderful job he did for my mothers surprise birthday. He is truly a gifted Chef as well as personable and professional. A real pleasure to work with. My mom, as well as her friends, were very impressed with the whole experience. The food was simply outstanding! We will certainly use Chef Dan again for future parties!

-Danielle P.

Every year, our family gets together from SF, NYC and Austin TX. Recently, we elected to source a chef to help facilitate our big saturday night evening. One this night, there are 20 people under the roof and two dogs. Chef Dan and his fiance were superb. As anyone w a large family can attest, there are usually last-second snags. Chef Dan accomodated these schedule adjustments in stride. He arrived on time (early actually). He quickly surveyed the scene and was super accomodating of the toddlers running around complicating his efforts. He took it in stride and even played with the little ones. The food was outstanding. We have many unique diets in the family and Chef Dan accomodated all of them. When the gluten-free mac and cheese hit the table, my niece shrieked in joy. I didnt ask Chef Dan for gluten free macncheese, he took the initiative based on our discussions prior to the event. On that note, Chef Dan was very easy to get a hold of prior to the event. Back to the food which was on point: the food was great! My family has picky eaters and there were no bad reviews. Id be happy to highlight the dishes we selected if requested. The scallops were seared to perfection and the lamb chops were spot on. Lastly, we didnt have to lift a finger. The service was on point.

-Dan T.

Chef Dan was wonderful he arrived earlier and was well prepared everything was delicious and plentiful. We were a party of 8 and he served cuisine to please carnivores, pescetarian, seafood allergies, and gluten free. I was very pleased he was able to accommodate so many diet needs and make everyone happy with their selections.

-Tara J.

Dan and his team provided a cocktail reception menu and service for my outdoor garden wedding of 80 people. Dan was incredibly accommodating, providing a tasting at our home, and being very accessible throughout the planning with any questions I had. His food is beyond excellent, and the price was quite reasonable. Dan and his team of servers and bartenders were prompt in arrival and efficient...when not serving food, they were moving chairs as the even transitioned. I had MANY compliments from my guests on the quality of food, as well as the high standard of service. A server, upon learning the vegetarians in our group, appeared with a tray of bite sized vegetarian fare, just for each of them. The bartenders knew what I wanted to drink as I approached the bar each time. Dan was flexible with his team....allowing me to choose in the moment if I wanted to keep the bartenders or servers later into the night. I would HIGHLY recommend working with Chef Dan for any event!

-Kate S.

We hired Chef Dan for our siblings birthdays & anniversary celebration. Aside from being extremely talented in the kitchen, he brought warmth & fun to our home and made our night so special. He is attentive, talented & personable. Everything we put in our mouths was delicious, from appetizers to desserts! It was an unforgettable night and we will absolutely be hiring him again in the future. Thank you Chef Dan!

-Jessica S.

Dan was great to work with. He was collaborative in the planning process and all my guests raved about the delicious food.

-Ryan G.

Dan and his wonderful assistant created and served a terrific, delicious, abundant cocktail reception for an apartment warming party for 40 people. I look forward to working with Chef Dan again! Need I say more?

 

-Helen D.

Chef Dan and his fiancee are a power team! I hired Chef Dan to cater a small bachelorette party for my sister. The food was amazing and Chef Dan was so friendly and professional. He made us feel like he was just a friend in our kitchen cooking just for us! He helped make our night one to remember and would definitely recommend him for any party or occasion.

 

-Roma S

Dan and his team did a fantastic job! from start to finish, the food was amazing, even the service staff were great, no glass stayed empty for long. overall great experience. Would definitely recommend Chef Dan! We will be using him again!

 

-Michaela K.

Chef Dan did a fabulous job. He was persistent to secure the business and offered superior service to meet my specific needs. His assistant and bartender were also super and half the cost of what others offered for the same support. My event was a 35 person cocktail reception and Chef Dan provided creative cocktail food and plenty of it. I would definitely use Daniel again!

 

-Samantha G.

Chef Dan did a tremendous job with our event. He was very professional, courteous and flexible. The food was excellent, and even better the presentation was exceptional. I would definitely hire him again!

 

-Anup P.

Chef Dan and his crew were nothing short of professional, kind, and efficient! Everyone loved the food and they truly made the party one to remember!

 

-Olivia A.

We had an easy standing reception of hor d'oeuvres and Dan was really flexible and accommodating in planning the menu, especially important since I had vegetarian guests. He did what he could to make the experience seamless and enjoyable, and I would certainly recommend him. Brianna and Lauren were fantastic too!

 

-Michele L.

For two years in a row, Chef Dan has catered our holiday party and both events have been a huge success with no small thanks to Dan's cooking and his partner in crime, Brianna's bartending. Amazing food, excellent service, outstanding value.

 

-Anthony D.

Chef Dan was amazing. We had a Halloween wedding and his servers dressed up. Food was absolutely amazing and he was very patient and understanding. If you want someone who makes delicious food go with Chef Dan.

 

-Chris F.

We hired Chef Dan for my husbands birthday. It was all of our family of about 12 adults plus 6 children. From the moment our guest arrived they were in awe about the professionalism and excellent food prepared by Chef Dan. We had what seemed like endless appetizers. We felt like we were at a 5 star restaurant right at our home. The experience was definitely worth it and my guest are still talking about the food. Must have the lobster Mac and cheese!

 

-Ciemone S.

Dan just cooked for and catered a cocktail party for my sons engagement on the roof of my building. I was very nervous since there would be such a mix of people and ages and Dan knocked it out of the park, the food was outstanding and the service just as good. Working with Dan and his family was an absolute pleasure and they all understand exactly what it takes to make a party successful and deliver it in spades.

 

-Lauren M.

Beyond yummy !! Every bite of spicy crab, chicken , filet and sliders was ridiculously scrumptious !!!!Staff awesome. Bartenders were clearly guests favorite people for the amazing margaritas, mohitos, cinnamon toast crunch drinks. Will definitely hire again A++++++

 

-Kerri W.

50th Birthday party. Easy to schedule. Great menu options, Great Food. Nice people, a pleasure to work with.

 

-Frank M.

The food was delicious and elegantly served. The wait staff were also lovely. Particularly loved the strawberry shortcake for dessert and the chicken tikka masala.

 

-Elaine H.

ONE WORD....OUTSTANDING!!!!! IF YOU WANT TO IMPRESS YOUR GUESTS, DAN IS YOUR MAN!!! HE HAS HIS OWN STAFF OF AWESOMENESS TOO!!! Thank You Chef Dan for a wonderful event!!! Maronis!!!!!

 

-Tiffany Z.

Chef Dan was pleasant throughout and very nice to deal with, as was everyone in his group. The food was delicious and all of my guests commented on how much they enjoyed it. He and his staff were clearly experienced and well organized. It was a pleasure dealing with all of them and I look forward to having them at my next event.

 

-Myrna M.

 

Dan prepared a 4 course dinner for a small intimate gathering with friends at our home. The appetizers were wonderful! He prepared shrimp ceviche shooters, grilled baby lamb chops that my friends and us absolutely devoured! Amazing chicken dumplings and a refreshing watermelon, feta, basil truffle. Dinner was excellent and consisted of a choice of red snapper fish or a grilled filet - very tasty and tender. Dessert was an amazing Chocolate expresso cake. We had a guest who was gluten free and Chef Dan accommodated our menu to meet that need with everything being very tasty for everyone. He was pleasant, friendly and very efficient. Afterwards, he and his fiance (his assistant and baker of the cake) even stayed to socialize and have a cigar with my husband and his friends at our request of course because they were both so friendly and enjoyable to have in our home and cook for us! Highly recommend Chef Dan for any of your entertaining needs!

 

-Diane M.

Chef Dan was wonderful. We discussed dishes, presentation, and delivery method prior to the event. Preparing dinner for a large group can be challenging but Chef Dan & Brianna executed everything perfectly and in a timely manner. My guests and I loved the food. Chef Dan was very professional. I highly recommend him!

 

-Barbara J.

He was very professional. The food was excellent. He was pricier then my other quotes but you get what you pay for and I would definitely use him again.

 

-Aisha S.

Chef Dan catered our Valentine's Dinner Party, and was an absolute pleasure to work with - from beginning to end. The menu he put together was brilliant, unique, and delicious. He worked with our set budget and went above and beyond to make sure every detail was just as we wanted. My husband doesn't like certain flavors/spices, and Chef Dan literally made two versions of some of his appetizers so my husband could enjoy everything, too. Chef Dan and Brianna, his adorable bride-to-be, showed up early on a cold and snowy day, ready to work. Between the two of them, they handled every single little thing so we could enjoy our party! In fact, everyone had a blast, and just raved about the food and the specialty cocktails. Throughout the evening, Chef Dan and Brianna were pros - taking time to answer questions about certain dishes/ingredients, and completely charming our guests with their smiles, enthusiasm and teamwork. Obviously, we made the right choice!
Chef Dan gets my highest possible rating - for professionalism, for quality, for creativity, for eagerness to please, for presentation. . . . he made our party a night to remember!

 

-Pamela P.

Chef Dan was amazing, the food, the presentation, the courtesy, the professionalism all on point and can't wait to use him again.

 

-Julee W.

Hosting a party isn't always easy...hosting a 25th anniversary party for dear friends needed to be spot on...so I decided to hire Chef Dan to help make the night perfect for our guests. The food was inventive and delicious and the service was seamless. My guests were transported to a magical evening and are still relishing in it....thanks to Chef Dan and his friendly staff....he and his staff were professional and warm and made me look like a star to my guests. Still craving the pasta with lobster and the curry chicken...the list goes on and on. Thank you again Chef Dan.

 

-Kenneth B.

From planning the menu to executing the dinner and service, Chef Daniel was very accommodating and professional. His chef services were exactly what I was looking for to add a special touch to my sister's bachelorette weekend. My guests and I continue to rave about the food!

 

-Caitlin C.

Last weekend I hosted a 50th Anniversary Dinner Party for my parents. Chef Dan worked with me to put together a menu that would satisfy both the adults and the teenagers in our large family. The food was amazing, each course topping the one prior and the servers he brought were fabulous as well. It was an important evening for my parents and Chef Dan made it a night to remember. I would highly recommend him and hope to hire him again in the future.

 

-Lisa M.

I hired Chef Dan to cater my office opening event yesterday, he arrived on time set up everything beautifully my guests and I absolutely enjoyed the food. I am most certainly hiring him again for upcoming events.

 

-Jay L.

Chef Dan exceeded all of my expectations. The food was delicious and well presented. He worked with us to help create the menu and was very flexible with the changing parameters. Additionally, he took care of ordering the tables, chairs and linens. Our BBQ was a huge success and Chef Dan was the reason. We look forward to using his services again in the future.

 

-Christine H.

Chef Dan was very accommodating to my catering needs & requests. I also like the convenience of hiring additional staff to assist with our event. We look forward to working with him and experiencing the menu he designed featuring our favorite flavors and dishes.

 

-Sara L.

We had a party in our home for 30 colleagues. Chef Dan arrived exactly on time and brought everything he needed with him. He prepared an array of visually appealing and delectable tasting culinary creations that wowed our guests taste buds and satiated their appetites. The bartender was great and the servers did an impeccable job of constantly bringing Dan's gourmet offerings while being pleasant and unobtrusive. Many caterers provide quantity and some high quality- chef Dan did both at a reasonable price and with a smile on his face. He cooked everything fresh in our kitchen and when he and his staff finished, our kitchen looked as pristine as when he arrived. The party was great fun and a big success. Every one of our guests commented on how fabulous the food was and how outstanding the service. He is our go to guy for any future parties or affairs. kudos and thanks.

 

-Mel & Pamela P.

We hired chef dan for our client tailgate last weekend . Dan was great and the food was well prepared , unique and delicious. Dan provided us with outstanding service at an affordable price . He really brought a gourmet feel to a traditional tailgate . Thanks Dan!

 

-Matt G.

I hired Chef Dan to cater our summer office BBQ. He was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. He was professional, friendly, and did his best to accommodate a wide range of dietary restrictions. The food was great and the service unbeatable. All in all a great experience!

 

-Jennie H.

Chef Daniel is amazing!!! Hes not only an excellent chef but charming and a true professional. My guests raved over his food. He walked into my home and handled everything from soup to nuts. I was able to enjoy my party and have fun with my guests. Do yourself a favor and hire
Chef Dan for your next party.

 

-Ronda S.

Chef Dan cooked for our dinner party and we (and all our guests) were so impressed. The entire process working with him was very easy and pleasant - from the planning phase to the actual event. He planned a delicious elaborate meal using various interesting and quality ingredients he sourced for us and the end product certainly did not disappoint. He brought along a bartender as well who created fun cocktails and made sure the guests' glasses were always full. He even made the effort to make sure our kitchen was spotless by the end of the night. We will definitely be calling him up again for our next dinner party!

 

-Vicki R.

Chef Dan was outstanding! Presentation, taste, portions, delivery,and service! I will use him again in the future! Also kitchen was spotless after the party.

 

-Aida I.

I hired Dan to do a private BBQ for my colleagues and their families. Dan was on time and was very flexible when it came to making the various items (Lobster, steak, burgers, pasta and appetizers etc.) with special considerations for personal preferences and dietary needs. Not only was the food served on time and but the presentation and taste were were great. All my colleagues complimented Dan and I for the party. I will be sure to call Dan again for my next party.

 

-Matt K.

I recently booked Chef Dan for a private dinner party. His food was amazing, not only did it taste great but the presentation was clean and forward. I have been around food my whole life and this young man is here to stay. He is a great up and coming chef ! I will be hiring him again very soon!

 

-Matt F.

Dan is an amazing chef, I have enjoyed his food creations many times. Excellent to work with.

 

-Kim U.

We hired Chef Dan to cater our daughters engagement party. We were very impressed right from the start with the professional manner in which Daniel presented himself. He took the time to listen to our requests and at the same time was very helpful with the suggestions he made. He made us feel relaxed and confident right from the start. And we were not disappointed! Chef Dan was totally organized and went above and beyond! The food was absolutely delicious and the presentation was outstanding!! Everything was done in a timely manner! The best part of all was my husband and I were able to enjoy our guests and relax!!! I highly recommend Chef Dan!

 

-Liz C.

Daniel Dalessio is a very impressive chef. He made a three-course meal consisting of Caesar salad, lobster ravioli, and a Crème brûlée for my friends and I. Needless to say, we expected the food to be good, but it completely blew us away!! The ingredients were very fresh and the food was prepared perfectly. I definitely recommend Chef Dan to everyone and will have him catering my family's parties for years to come!!!

 

-Jason H.

I ordered some food for a family event from Daniel and I have to say it was amazing! He was totally professional and super friendly! We especially loved his pasta dish! He was able to customize a menu with me to help me get exactly what I was looking for . Wonderful catering! Would highly recommend!

 

-Jennifer R.

A master in the kitchen and a ninja with a knife. This man can turn any dish into one of the most spectacular meals you've ever had. I'm privileged to have spent a lot of time with Dan in front of the stove and I'm disappointed that it's been so long since I've seen him! I highly recommend him for absolutely any occasion.

 

-CJ I.

Dan can make something incredible out of almost nothing. His passion for cooking is something that reflects in every bite. I have never disliked anything he has made and highly recommend him for any occasion

 

-Amanda L.

Last Friday I employed Chef Dan to create a variety of hors d'oeuvres for my Girl's Night Out party. I did not want to serve the generic chip and dip staple. Chef Dan customized a delicious and refreshing menu for my guests consisting of watermelon feta skewers, tuna tartar on crostini, homemade hummus with fresh pita, and a classic twist on pigs in a blanket. Chef Dan cooked, delivered, and even cleaned everything for me! Not only was the food outstanding, but his service proved top notch. I will absolutely use Chef Dan for my future parties!

 

-Brianna S.

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