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Affordable Chef services

Santa Cruz , CA
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LOCATION

740 eddy lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 US (map)

PHONE

831-325-6924

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ABOUT US

If you’re searching for a caterer for a dinner party, wedding, holiday or
company party, personal Chef Mark Gallagher of Affordable Chef services
of Santa Cruz can custom cater... Read more
If you’re searching for a caterer for a dinner party, wedding, holiday or
company party, personal Chef Mark Gallagher of Affordable Chef services
of Santa Cruz can custom cater a menu just for you. Our highly trained
professional staff have the experience and passion to cater your special
event. Affordable Chef is also available for cooking classes and team
building events. Check out some of our reviews.

To ensure the best culinary experience. Affordable Chef uses the highest
quality meats, fish and local Santa Cruz county grown organic produce
available.

Chef Mark personally caters and designs each event menu
dependent on the type of event, your desired catering price range, and any
special dietary or religious needs you may have. VISIT our website for a quote today. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, Signature Cocktail(s)
Which of the following items can you provide?
Chairs, Tables
Which of the following items can you provide?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Rebecca
Wedding:
7/2/2016
5.0/5.0
I must say that Mark is a super laid back guy, so if you're a bridezilla and need reassurance, you can always email him and he is very responsive. Mark delivered all the food on time perfectly. He is very accommodating and has a wonderful staff on hand that made my wedding feel at ease and flow perfectly!
I must say that Mark is a super laid back guy, so if you're a bridezilla and need reassurance, you can always email him Read more...
I must say that Mark is a super laid back guy, so if you're a bridezilla and need reassurance, you can always email him and he is very responsive. Mark delivered all the food on time perfectly. He is very accommodating and has a wonderful staff on hand that made my wedding feel at ease and flow perfectly! Read less
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Amber
Wedding:
11/21/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Mark as our wedding caterer and received many compliments on the food at our wedding (especially Mark’s veggie lasagna). In addition to catering, Mark also provided the bartending staff for our reception. The staff passed appetizers, served drinks and re-stocked the buffet like pros and with 215 guests we were no easy wedding to cater to. I was told by multiple guests how much they liked Mark’s staff and how professional they all were and Mark made us feel at ease through the whole process while also being affordable. Mark provided my husband and me with a tasting at our home, which was great, and answered all of my questions in a timely fashion. Mark also provided us with all of our linens and serving needs for the evening (plates, glasses, utensils, etc). I wouldn’t hesitate to use Mark again for a future event.
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Mark as our wedding caterer and received many compliments on the food at our Read more...
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Mark as our wedding caterer and received many compliments on the food at our wedding (especially Mark’s veggie lasagna). In addition to catering, Mark also provided the bartending staff for our reception. The staff passed appetizers, served drinks and re-stocked the buffet like pros and with 215 guests we were no easy wedding to cater to. I was told by multiple guests how much they liked Mark’s staff and how professional they all were and Mark made us feel at ease through the whole process while also being affordable. Mark provided my husband and me with a tasting at our home, which was great, and answered all of my questions in a timely fashion. Mark also provided us with all of our linens and serving needs for the evening (plates, glasses, utensils, etc). I wouldn’t hesitate to use Mark again for a future event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Mark and his team were exceptional. Very friendly and the food was delicious.
Mark and his team were exceptional. Very friendly and the food was delicious.
Mark and his team were exceptional. Very friendly and the food was delicious. Read less
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Dimitry
Wedding:
8/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Mark was amazing. Not only was the price super reasonable, but all the services provided were exceptional. Food was great, staff were helpful and friendly, and everyone was super accommodating.
Mark was amazing. Not only was the price super reasonable, but all the services provided were exceptional. Food was great, Read more...
Mark was amazing. Not only was the price super reasonable, but all the services provided were exceptional. Food was great, staff were helpful and friendly, and everyone was super accommodating. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
There is much to be said about the skill level of Chef Mark and the quality of service found in Affordable Chef Services. Mark was the utmost professional, quick with his responses, helpful in decision-making, and actually MORE than made our wedding, he saved it! My husband and I were upset to discover that the reception venue had not provided adequately functioning kitchen appliances as promised, but Chef Mark creatively solved every hiccup and thrilled our guests with fresh veggies and delicious hot food. Not one of our guests knew of the behind-the-scenes stress, and we heard so many rave reviews! The wait staff were excellent and helpful, going above and beyond in preparations! Our family can whole-heartedly recommend Mark's attentive services and delicious food, any client is sure to be pleased!
There is much to be said about the skill level of Chef Mark and the quality of service found in Affordable Chef Services. Read more...
There is much to be said about the skill level of Chef Mark and the quality of service found in Affordable Chef Services. Mark was the utmost professional, quick with his responses, helpful in decision-making, and actually MORE than made our wedding, he saved it! My husband and I were upset to discover that the reception venue had not provided adequately functioning kitchen appliances as promised, but Chef Mark creatively solved every hiccup and thrilled our guests with fresh veggies and delicious hot food. Not one of our guests knew of the behind-the-scenes stress, and we heard so many rave reviews! The wait staff were excellent and helpful, going above and beyond in preparations! Our family can whole-heartedly recommend Mark's attentive services and delicious food, any client is sure to be pleased! Read less
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kristie
Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
They were absolutely amazing! Mark let us completely customize our menu and was always quick to respond. We had a medieval themed wedding and the whole crew totally got involved. They came dressed as"serving wenches"!! So cute. All involved were beyond professional and the food was insanely delicious. Budget friendly, tons of tasty food, great to work with. I highly recommend this vendor.
They were absolutely amazing! Mark let us completely customize our menu and was always quick to respond. We had a medieval Read more...
They were absolutely amazing! Mark let us completely customize our menu and was always quick to respond. We had a medieval themed wedding and the whole crew totally got involved. They came dressed as"serving wenches"!! So cute. All involved were beyond professional and the food was insanely delicious. Budget friendly, tons of tasty food, great to work with. I highly recommend this vendor. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Haideh
Wedding:
10/11/2014
2.6/5.0
This is a really difficulty review to write. I have looked back at all the review sites because I still can't believe I am the only one who has had a negative experience. It has to be a fluke, but I still feel compelled to share the experience, not so much for what happened at the wedding but for the follow up afterwards.
First off, the food is great. And a great value for the money. I was on a tight budget and Chef Mark delivered good food at a reasonable price. It tasted the same at the tasting as it did the day of the wedding.
Mark is VERY laid back. Which is fine for me, but I can see where this may make others nervous.
I get the impression, especially now that my wedding has passed, that he has one menu to offer and he prefers not to deviate from it. Which brings me to the problems the day of.
I immediately noticed that corn was served. We were adamant that we did not want corn but instead have vegetable skewers. We had about 6 or so vegans in attendance and it was important to us to have more of a variety of food for them. Since we were serving BBQ, we wanted a variety of vegetables to offer as well.
We ran out of ribs and chili BEFORE everyone even had their FIRST servings! Forget seconds. All that was left was salad, a few cold chicken legs and dinner rolls. They ran out of the asparagus as well but managed to bring more out later. First of all, you should be prepared for 10-15% OVER the anticipated number of guests for food. We told him 140 and ended up day of with 134. 6 of those were vegan. There should have been plenty of ribs.
There was more but I am limited on space here. What really gets me is he knew there might be issues before and didn't notify myself or the wedding coordinator. It would have been regretful but we could have had a contingency plan. He offered a partial refund which I think was fair, but I have yet to see it. Said it would be in my hands two weeks ago now.
**just received part of the promised refund after numerous emails*
This is a really difficulty review to write. I have looked back at all the review sites because I still can't believe I am Read more...
This is a really difficulty review to write. I have looked back at all the review sites because I still can't believe I am the only one who has had a negative experience. It has to be a fluke, but I still feel compelled to share the experience, not so much for what happened at the wedding but for the follow up afterwards.
First off, the food is great. And a great value for the money. I was on a tight budget and Chef Mark delivered good food at a reasonable price. It tasted the same at the tasting as it did the day of the wedding.
Mark is VERY laid back. Which is fine for me, but I can see where this may make others nervous.
I get the impression, especially now that my wedding has passed, that he has one menu to offer and he prefers not to deviate from it. Which brings me to the problems the day of.
I immediately noticed that corn was served. We were adamant that we did not want corn but instead have vegetable skewers. We had about 6 or so vegans in attendance and it was important to us to have more of a variety of food for them. Since we were serving BBQ, we wanted a variety of vegetables to offer as well.
We ran out of ribs and chili BEFORE everyone even had their FIRST servings! Forget seconds. All that was left was salad, a few cold chicken legs and dinner rolls. They ran out of the asparagus as well but managed to bring more out later. First of all, you should be prepared for 10-15% OVER the anticipated number of guests for food. We told him 140 and ended up day of with 134. 6 of those were vegan. There should have been plenty of ribs.
There was more but I am limited on space here. What really gets me is he knew there might be issues before and didn't notify myself or the wedding coordinator. It would have been regretful but we could have had a contingency plan. He offered a partial refund which I think was fair, but I have yet to see it. Said it would be in my hands two weeks ago now.
**just received part of the promised refund after numerous emails* Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Brittney
Wedding:
3/12/2014
4.5/5.0
We hired Chef Mark Gallagher after meeting him at a wedding show in Santa Cruz . It was the perfect fit that we were looking for , for our big day .. Guests as well as my family were very happy with the food as well as goodtime had by all .. Loved it all , but the meatballs are the bomb .. Thank you Mark and Erin ..
We hired Chef Mark Gallagher after meeting him at a wedding show in Santa Cruz . It was the perfect fit that we were Read more...
We hired Chef Mark Gallagher after meeting him at a wedding show in Santa Cruz . It was the perfect fit that we were looking for , for our big day .. Guests as well as my family were very happy with the food as well as goodtime had by all .. Loved it all , but the meatballs are the bomb .. Thank you Mark and Erin .. Read less
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Rick
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Marks crew did a great job at our wedding. People loved the food and the service was top notch. We were a little nervous to chose a caterer that we had never met or tasted, but it worked out great - just like the reviews we read from others that had used him.
Marks crew did a great job at our wedding. People loved the food and the service was top notch. We were a little nervous Read more...
Marks crew did a great job at our wedding. People loved the food and the service was top notch. We were a little nervous to chose a caterer that we had never met or tasted, but it worked out great - just like the reviews we read from others that had used him. Read less
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burnzilla
Wedding:
10/25/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't think of the adjectives to convey how satisfied my husband and I AND everyone at our wedding was with Affordable Chef Catering. Not only is Marks food awesome but Mark and his staff are stellar as well. All of them went way beyond the call of duty. It is not overstating to say that when my husbands family was two hours late for the ceremony Mark and his staff saved our wedding with their finely honed problem solving and people skills. Everything was perfect. Hire Affordable Chef and you will cut your wedding planning and wedding day stress way back!
I can't think of the adjectives to convey how satisfied my husband and I AND everyone at our wedding was with Affordable Read more...
I can't think of the adjectives to convey how satisfied my husband and I AND everyone at our wedding was with Affordable Chef Catering. Not only is Marks food awesome but Mark and his staff are stellar as well. All of them went way beyond the call of duty. It is not overstating to say that when my husbands family was two hours late for the ceremony Mark and his staff saved our wedding with their finely honed problem solving and people skills. Everything was perfect. Hire Affordable Chef and you will cut your wedding planning and wedding day stress way back! Read less
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