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Apero & Apps

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Steak Tartare

filet mignon, cornichon, mustard, lemon, brioche

Spicy Shrimp Cocktail

shrimp, tomato, orange, worcestershire, horseradish, lemon, cayenne, onion powder

Lemon Ricotta Crostini

ricotta, lemon, raisin, parsley, onion powder, baguette

Stationary

Charcuterie & Cheese Board

cheese, soppressata, prosciutto, nuts, dried fruit, baguette, crackers, apple, grapes

California Dip & Crudités

pumpkin seed, lemon, oregano, dill, garlic, cayenne, onion powder, vegetables

Watercress Potato Flatbread

watercress, potato, puff pastry, pecorino romano, yogurt, whole grain mustard

Our menus can be modified to accommodate allergies, dietary restrictions, and preferences. Select this menu to see customization options.

Please enjoy $100 off gatherings of 12 people or more. Discount automatically applied.

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We offer agile chef services—so you can keep living your life.

Private Chefs in Washington D.C.

A Culinista® chef for all your culinary needs.

Gatherings

Brunch, cocktail hour, dinner party, or barbecue? We’re here to help.

Long Term & Seasonal

Need a chef for the summer, a short trip, or a forever position? We’ll get you staffed.

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Our Philosophy

Our chef services make it possible to connect around a delicious meal, without sacrificing your lifestyle.

Our Menus

Our menus are vibrant, seasonal, and infinitely customizable.

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Culinista® Chefs

Culinista chefs hail from top restaurants around the country. They help celebrate our culinary methods and approach to hospitality.

  • Thoroughly Vetted

    All Culinista chefs come highly referred and must pass a background check and a cooking interview.

  • Professionally Trained

    Culinista chefs have graduated from top culinary schools and worked in the best restaurants.

  • Perfectly Paired

    We handpick the best chefs for you based on their skills and your needs.

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WWD“Hosting dinner parties isn’t just for people who can cook.”Goop“It does everything from stock the fridge to help you plan a backyard soirée.” Curbed“People would ask me nonstop, ‘What can I get you?’ My answer: The Culinistas.”Bloomberg“There’s never been a better time to outsource your party prep.”Forbes“The Culinistas is making [a] luxury service more accessible.”WWD“Hosting dinner parties isn’t just for people who can cook.”Goop“It does everything from stock the fridge to help you plan a backyard soirée.” Curbed“People would ask me nonstop, ‘What can I get you?’ My answer: The Culinistas.”Bloomberg“There’s never been a better time to outsource your party prep.”Forbes“The Culinistas is making [a] luxury service more accessible.”WWD“Hosting dinner parties isn’t just for people who can cook.”Goop“It does everything from stock the fridge to help you plan a backyard soirée.” Curbed“People would ask me nonstop, ‘What can I get you?’ My answer: The Culinistas.”Bloomberg“There’s never been a better time to outsource your party prep.”Forbes“The Culinistas is making [a] luxury service more accessible.”WWD“Hosting dinner parties isn’t just for people who can cook.”Goop“It does everything from stock the fridge to help you plan a backyard soirée.” Curbed“People would ask me nonstop, ‘What can I get you?’ My answer: The Culinistas.”Bloomberg“There’s never been a better time to outsource your party prep.”Forbes“The Culinistas is making [a] luxury service more accessible.”

Fan Mail

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Seasonal & Long Term

Gwyneth Parltrow

“I rely on The Culinistas to streamline an integral part of my family’s lives. We’ve had many an engaging conversation, lively discourse and spirited dialogue over Turkey Bolognese, at the dinner table, and I’m convinced we’re better humans because of it.”

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"I believe magic happens when we eat together. Which is why I fell in love with The Culinistas. You can imagine after having been spoiled by decades of eating out for work, I definitely want a break in the cooking schedule from time to time. The recipes are clean, uncomplicated and still interesting."

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"[Our chef] did an awesome job and was so incredibly efficient. I was totally impressed with his speed, skill and knowledge, and of course he was super friendly and easygoing. Plus, the food is all AMAZING! My daughter gobbled up the zucchini nuggets and turkey bolognese for dinner, we had salmon and broccoli salad, with a little of the lentil and quinoa salad too, and it was delicious. Such a luxury to have all this fresh, beautiful food in the fridge for the week and none of the stress of having had to shop for and cook it on a busy Monday.”

Our services also include chefs for weekly meal prep, gatherings, and cooking classes.

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