Affordable Chef Services

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For all your culinary catering needs
  • Eddy Lane

    Santa Cruz, CA 95062

    Cross street: 7th ave

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  • 831-325-6924

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Thank you for all your votes .. We won Best of Santa Cruz ..

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Thank you for all your votes .. We won Best of Santa Cruz ..

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I would HIGHLY recommend chef Mark and Affordable Chef Catering, who we hired for our parent's 50th anniversary on 9/4/10 at a private home. I was an inexperienced and nervous party planner who wanted everything to be AMAZING, and I was in great hands with Mark who certainly delivered that! He was always quick to correspond and very patient. He offered a fantastic menu and worked with me on everything allowing us to throw the party the way we wanted. Mark's style is laid back and organic (while I was wound up and overstressed at the time), which equates to he was totally on it even when I wasn't, knowing where to fill in and jump in as needed, and keeping a great energy and flow to the party. His package was all-inclusive and hiring Mark was the best and easiest part of our event. Satisfied at the end is an understatement. Mark and his staff were super friendly and all went 100% above and beyond. We had so many compliments on the food, so many people asked who the caterer was, and the passed appetizers added such an elegant touch to the affair. I would without hesitation hire Affordable Chef in a heartbeat for any of my future events. Not only is Mark a super nice guy, but he more than delivered on his services. Thank you Mark again for everything and giving us a wonderful event!!

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I would HIGHLY recommend chef Mark and Affordable Chef Catering, who we hired for our parent's 50th anniversary on 9/4/10 at a private home. I was an inexperienced and nervous party planner who wanted everything to be AMAZING, and I was in great hands with Mark who certainly delivered that! He was always quick to correspond and very patient. He offered a fantastic menu and worked with me on everything allowing us to throw the party the way we wanted. Mark's style is laid back and organic (while I was wound up and overstressed at the time), which equates to he was totally on it even when I wasn't, knowing where to fill in and jump in as needed, and keeping a great energy and flow to the party. His package was all-inclusive and hiring Mark was the best and easiest part of our event. Satisfied at the end is an understatement. Mark and his staff were super friendly and all went 100% above and beyond. We had so many compliments on the food, so many people asked who the caterer was, and the passed appetizers added such an elegant touch to the affair. I would without hesitation hire Affordable Chef in a heartbeat for any of my future events. Not only is Mark a super nice guy, but he more than delivered on his services. Thank you Mark again for everything and giving us a wonderful event!!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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We booked Affordable Chef for our wedding in July. Though there were some logistical issues, the wedding ceremony was beautiful.

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We booked Affordable Chef for our wedding in July. Though there were some logistical issues, the wedding ceremony was beautiful.

Pros: at least no one got sick from the raw chicken

Cons: chef Mark did not show, food was disappointing

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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

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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

Pros: The appetizers were fantastic

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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.

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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.

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Recently a friend of mine needed a place to hold a mother daughter dinner to be catered by Chef Mark Gallagher. Mark came to my house and determined it would be an ideal spot. The afternoon of the dinner Mark and his staff showed up right on time and promptly set to work transforming the back yard into a gorgeous dining experience. The food was above average, unique and presented in a beautiful manner. Mark & his staff were courteous, respectful and waited on our every need with a delightful sense of humor. I would recommend Chef Mark to anyone with any event catering needs, big or small.Erica Pittman-Gaynor

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Recently a friend of mine needed a place to hold a mother daughter dinner to be catered by Chef Mark Gallagher. Mark came to my house and determined it would be an ideal spot. The afternoon of the dinner Mark and his staff showed up right on time and promptly set to work transforming the back yard into a gorgeous dining experience. The food was above average, unique and presented in a beautiful manner. Mark & his staff were courteous, respectful and waited on our every need with a delightful sense of humor. I would recommend Chef Mark to anyone with any event catering needs, big or small.Erica Pittman-Gaynor

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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,

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Chef Mark Gallagher at Affordable Chef in Santa Cruz. Uses organic local and sustainable foods, Our party was cooked from scratch. Chef Gallagher Listens to every detail of your vision and with added experience leaves nothing to chance for your perfect party. Call today and reserve a elegant dinner party for 2-60 people, or your full service catered wedding or event! 831-325-6924.

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Chef Mark Gallagher at Affordable Chef in Santa Cruz. Uses organic local and sustainable foods, Our party was cooked from scratch. Chef Gallagher Listens to every detail of your vision and with added experience leaves nothing to chance for your perfect party. Call today and reserve a elegant dinner party for 2-60 people, or your full service catered wedding or event! 831-325-6924.

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I found Chef Mark thru then Internet. From the beginning to the end he was wonderful to work with. He returned phone calls promptly and professionally. We met for our first consultation to discuss ideas and menus for our 3rd annual Mother Daughter weekend. This year I wanted to do something different and Mark helped me with new ideas for venues and menu planning options. We had last minute changes to the menu which were no problem for Chef Mark. He made the changes with a smile! Our dinner was fabulous! Everyone had a great time, and the food was fantastic! There were 10 of us at this event and it was so nice to just get waited on. He took care of everything from tables, linens, dishes, to cleanup! I have planned many events over the years and found Chef Mark to be professional and very affordable!
Thanks Chef Mark we look forward to our next event with you!
Cyndy Mulhern
Sacramento/Santa Cruz

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I found Chef Mark thru then Internet. From the beginning to the end he was wonderful to work with. He returned phone calls promptly and professionally. We met for our first consultation to discuss ideas and menus for our 3rd annual Mother Daughter weekend. This year I wanted to do something different and Mark helped me with new ideas for venues and menu planning options. We had last minute changes to the menu which were no problem for Chef Mark. He made the changes with a smile! Our dinner was fabulous! Everyone had a great time, and the food was fantastic! There were 10 of us at this event and it was so nice to just get waited on. He took care of everything from tables, linens, dishes, to cleanup! I have planned many events over the years and found Chef Mark to be professional and very affordable!
Thanks Chef Mark we look forward to our next event with you!
Cyndy Mulhern
Sacramento/Santa Cruz

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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.\r
I was nervous to higher a personal chef, not

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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.\r
I was nervous to higher a personal chef, not

Pros: Easy and affordable

Cons: There were no pre-set menus, all menus were custom

Message from Affordable Chef Services

Although vastly experienced with large catering events, personal chef Mark Gallagher, now specializes in smaller more exclusive Venues. Inviting friends and family over for an event has become more important than ever and everybody knows a great catered meal provides good conversation and a good time for all.



Whether you are planning a wedding, company picnic, or a holiday, extravaganza, Chef Mark will custom-tailor a menu just for you, along with our highly trained professional catering staff.

 

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