Mexican Fiesta for 8

This couple celebrated two birthdays with friends and kicked it off with a Mexican themed dinner party. Colorful and tasty menu. Everyone loved the food and we loved this group. Here is a sampling of images and their custom menu:     Mini Tostadas with Avocado Puree topped with Pork, Cilantro and Jalapeno. Mango Pomegranate …

Birthday Celebration for 8

What a lovely family? So so sweet! They planned a surprise dinner for the Birthday Girl. Birthday Girl had recent dental work so, needed to ensure she could eat everything being served. It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Thank you for the yelp review. Here is their Custom Menu and a few photos: …

HBS Tapas Night for 10

This group of 10 Harvard Alumni get together once a year. This year they rented an oceanfront property in Oceanside. They wanted a multi-course Tapas night and we did just that. Here is their Custom Menu and images from their event: Charcuterie & Cheese — Meats accompanied by Pickles and Mustard. Marinated Goat Cheese served …

Fine Dining Dinner for 21

This was a celebration to launch the client’s new business. It was an elegant affair with an amazing ocean view. We loved their menu and presentation. Here is their custom menu and images from their event. Scallop. Beurre Blanc. Chive. Arugula. Asparagus. Grape Tomatoes. Pine Nuts. Parmesan Tuile. Citrus Vinaigrette. Beef Tenderloin. Parsnip Puree. Veal …

Birthday Dinner for 7

Client J. rented an Air BnB, wanting to stay local and keep her birthday celebration a seamless event. We created a lovely and delicious menu. I surprised her with an Amuse Bouche inspired by a local Carlsbad restaurant. Here is her custom menu and a few photos:   Amuse Bouche: Parsnip Puree with roasted Red …

Birthday Dinner for 4

Fairly new parents wanting to celebrate Dad’s birthday. His wife wanted to highlight all of his favorites and I think we came pretty close. They loved the food and were such a joy to cook for. Thank you! Here is their custom menu and a few images from their Dinner: First Course: Corn Chowder with …

Valentine’s Dinner for Two

The sweetest couple ever. Client E. surprised and I mean surprised his husband with a romantic dinner for two. We wanted to do something a little out of the box for the main course and it was a show stopper. Here is their custom menu and an image of the main course: First Course: Seared …

New Year’s Eve Dinner for 12

These friends know how to ring in the new year right! They rented a beautiful oceanfront house and asked that we create a fine dining experience. I am in love with their menu. Please take a peek at their mouth watering dishes and custom menu.       Roasted Shrimp with a Chimichurri Dipping Sauce Crostini …

Birthday Celebration for 8

What a lovely family? They asked that I create a Mexican inspired Dinner for 8. We did just that. It was a fun night with lots of laughs and yummy eats. Here is their custom menu and photos from their Dinner.       Mini Tostadas with Avocado Puree topped with shredded Chicken, Cilantro and Jalapeño. …

Fine Dining Holiday Dinner for 12

I love my repeat Clients! We were asked to cook a full service, fully plated fine dining Holiday Dinner for 12. I was thrilled about their menu. I am drooling just thinking about it. Thank you for your continued business. Drool Worthy? I will let you be the judge. Here is their custom menu and …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …