Dinner Party for Family of 15

This family knows how to have fun! Lots of laughing during their stay in La Jolla. They celebrated a 60th birthday with a traditional dinner and wine tasting. Here is their custom menu: Traditional Dinner: Mini Meatloaf Bites with Whipped Mashed Potatoes and Chive Tomatoes with Mozzarella & Basil Mousse Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce …

Dinner Party for Family of 10

This family was fun, fun, fun. Thank you R. Family! We walked up and the boys had just returned from surfing and were excited to see us. That warm welcome never stopped the entire evening. We did a Mexican theme and can you believe I didn’t get one photo? That is so unlike me. Here however is their …

Women’s Retreat. 20 Women. 3 Days.

It was my honor to be asked to cook for this group of women again. After working with them last year I was beyond excited. We served Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for 3 days during their retreat in La Jolla. Thank you and we look forward to next year’s retreat. Here is their custom menus …

Corporate Retreat. Mexican Inspired Dinner for 12.

Client O. wanted to treat their employees to a retreat in Southern California and hire Chefs to cook their dinners. We were fortunate enough to cook one of these dinners. We created a Mexican inspired custom menu based on the dietary restrictions the group had. It was a fun event! Here is their custom menu …

Fine Dining Luncheon for 12. Putting on the Ritz.

Repeat Client M. hosted another fabulous luncheon for 12, guests included German Royals. They offered guests the choice of Lamb or Halibut. It was quite the luncheon. Here is a sampling of photos and their custom menu.   Hors D’oeuvres: Salmon Puff. Puff Pastry topped with Mascarpone, Smoked Salmon and Chive First Course: Spinach Salad with …

Birthday Dinner Party for 9

Client K. wanted to do something special for his wife for her birthday. He hosted a dinner party and had me prepare her favorite dish… Osso Buco. We also created a custom menu around these deliciously braised Veal Shanks. Here is their menu and a few photos: Hors D’oeuvre: Artichoke Hearts in a Butter Sauce topped with crispy Capers, Lemon …

Fine Dining Luncheon for 12

Our Client wanted an upscale experience for her 12 guests. We offered a choice of entrée and plated every course. The menu was almost divine as the Client’s property that even featured peacocks. We are incredibly grateful they have asked us to cook for their next Luncheon in May. Here is their custom menu and …

A Daughter’s Surprise. Dinner Party for Two.

When Client A.A. contacted me and told me she wanted to pamper her parents with massages and a Personal Chef, I was touched. Her parents were truly surprised and incredibly appreciative. We created a Seafood delight. Here is their custom menu and a few photos: Parmesan Crisp with Goat Cheese Mousse, Smoked Salmon, Chive and Lemon …

Dinner Party for 2. Surf and Turf.

Client G.Z. wanted to treat his girlfriend to a belated Valentine’s Dinner. He also wanted only the best for her. We served a scrumptious dinner on the deck overlooking the ocean view. Surf and Turf was perfect for this romantic dinner. Here is their custom menu: Scallop with Lemon Beurre Blanc, Lemon Foam and Chive …

Dinner Party for 2. Second Dinner of Twelve.

Client R.W. Love, Love this couple. They are the sweetest and so much fun to cook and create for. They decided on Italian this month. Here is their custom menu (sans Gluten) and photos: Antipasti: Eggplant Packages. Plum Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil wrapped in Eggplant. Salad: Green Bean and Blood Orange Salad with Balsamic Reduction. Entrée:  …

Thai Dinner for 13

Client H.F. celebrated her 50th Birthday in style. They hosted the party in a beautiful home in La Jolla. Oh my the views. She requested Thai food and immediately my creative juices begun to flow. Colorful, vibrant and flavorful. Here are photos of the food and their custom menu:     Red Chili Shrimp Skewers …

NYE Dinner Party for 10

Lovely family from Dallas visiting La Jolla for the Holiday. We created a simple but scrumptious menu. My favorite was their daughters in the kitchen asking if they could help and asking a lot of questions about food. Thank you for allowing Chef Zaida to help you ring in 2017. Here is their custom menu: …

Holiday Cocktail Party for 100!

  Clients J and J know how to host a party. We worked with our clients to create a sophisticated party with a tasty menu. Each guest was greeted with a Welcome Cocktail. Servers circled the house offering guests tray passed hors d’oeuvres. In addition, there were platters of food to nosh on and a Dessert Table. …

Cocktail Party for 20

  One of our favorite clients, asked us to prepare Hors D’oeuvres for a “surprise” Cocktail Party for her Significant Other. We did a simple menu packed full of flavor. Thank you for your continued business. Here is their custom menu: Hors D’oeuvres: Miniature Black Bean and Avocado Tostadas Crab Salad on Endive Spears Potato …

Holiday Dinner Party for 8

‘Tis the season to be jolly and eat yummy treats. Client J.K. hired us to do just that. We arrived at their beautiful home in Fallbrook and executed a Dinner party for 8. Thank you for allowing us to help you celebrate. Here is their custom menu and a few photos. Hors D’oeuvres: Baked Brie …

Birthday Dinner Party for 19

Did someone say Fiesta? When Client R. contacted me regarding her Mother’s “surprise” Birthday Dinner Party she also mentioned Mexican Food and Demos. Do I have your attention now? Their menu was festive and incorporated a couple tricks we use in the kitchen. To see a beautiful photo of the Chile Rellenos served follow us …

Birthday Dinner Party for 6

Client J. asked that we create a birthday dinner for the honoree turning 60. The dinner was for 3 couples who were dear friends from Arizona and California visiting Newport Beach and staying at the Resort of Pelican Hill. Thank you for allowing us to take part in your special event. Here is their custom menu: Baked Brie with …

Girls Night In

Client K. and her friends know how to have a good time. They hired me to create a special dinner for 8 and we did just that. Delicious food to go along with that amazing view! Here is their custom menu and sampling of photos. Tomato Purses. Cherry Tomatoes stuffed with Mozzarella Mousse, Basil, Orange …

Mediterranean Birthday Dinner for 12

When Client H. hired me to cook for his wife’s birthday, I was excited. Not only was I excited to be part of a special night but when I heard the theme was Mediterranean, I was elated about their menu. Here is their custom menu and a sampling of photos. Grilled Halloumi. Watermelon, grilled Halloumi …

36th Annual Magical Evening

Chef Zaida was honored to participate in this year’s 36th Annual Magical Evening benefiting Women’s Resource Center of Oceanside. The WRC is an amazing organization and their mission statement speaks for itself: Women’s Resource Center (WRC)  is dedicated to providing the highest quality supportive services, counseling, shelter and education to North San Diego County women, children and …

Chef Zaida Partners with Frazier Farms

Chef Zaida is excited to announce her partnership with Frazier Farms Market! We are teaming up to provide a tasting at the 36th Annual Magical Evening Sunset on the Lagoon held September 9th. This fundraising event benefits WRC Oceanside. Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is dedicated to providing the highest quality supportive services, counseling, shelter and education …

Your Custom Menu

Chef Zaida wants to ensure you receive a custom menu that meets your needs. We discuss likes, dislikes, food restrictions, etc. and craft a menu just for you! Here are two sample menus from recent Dinner Parties: Dinner Party for 7. (Client wanted elegant food with Full Service) Charcuterie and Cheese Platters. Meat platter accompanied by mini Pickles …

Client M’s Dinner Party

We just cooked up an amazing dinner party for our clients. A family of 7 visiting Carlsbad, wanted a special dinner to celebrate their daughter’s 40th birthday! Check out our review on yelp: Birthday Girl Love Here is their custom menu: Butter Lettuce Salad with Herbs, Grapefruit Segments, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and a Citrus Vinaigrette. Salmon …

1, 2, 3 and Action!

Chef Zaida had the privilege of working with Groovy Like a Movie in the creation of a promotional film for The Angel’s Depot. Chef Zaida’s role was to make mouth watering platters of food that were filmed. The Angel’s Depot is an organization who provides FREE Senior Emergency Meal Boxes monthly to meet the nutritional needs of over 900 …