Gatherings & Events


Hire a private chef for your next gathering or event customized to your needs, from a birthday dinner for 10
to a cocktail party for 40. There’s a reason NYMag named The Culinistas one of the best caterers in NYC.

Culinista Gatherings® are ideal for:

Intimate meals when you
need a personal chef in
the kitchen

Occasions when the food
is as important as the
guest list

Bridal showers, birthday parties, family get-togethers, and company team bonding


Tell Us The Details

Tell us the date, guest count, location, and your vision for
your gathering; we hand select the perfect private chef to fit
your party specifics.

Choose Your Menu

We listen to your tastes to create a menu, from a coursed
dinner to a buffet style brunch.

We Do The Cooking

Your personal chef shops, preps, cooks, and serves [along
with additional staff if needed]. We use your serveware,
glasses, linen napkins and bring your home to life.

Party On

The occasion will be personal & unique to you. We clean up
and pack leftovers to enjoy the next day.

What our clients have to say

Lisa P.

“Our Culinista was amazing; better than I could ever have imagined. The food was magnificent and we loved how he presented each dish. He insisted that I let them serve and clean up, but it did not feel overly formal, as I wanted it to be just a casual dinner for my friends.”

Shawn O.

“I have never seen my husband eat so many yummy dishes with vegetables. The whole experience rated higher than our best restaurants! Thanks for the memories and everyone’s work to make it so special!”

Kate D.

“I wanted to let you know that my get-together yesterday was quite the success. Our Culinista was amazing — every single guest told me how impressed they are with her talented culinary skills. Thank you all so much!”

Susan R.

“It all went perfectly yesterday. I felt totally relaxed, could enjoy my guests and our Cuinistas did a terrific job. Everything was delicious and they were a great team. Made it all look easy. Will definitely put the word out.”

Nell D.

“Most amazing experience ever last night with the team from The Culinistas. Couldn’t have been better, and it actually made me relax and just enjoy the night. The chef and servers were so nice and helpful and the food was insane. It was seamless.”

Lesley D.

“The MOST gorgeous food. I couldn’t believe it was all actually made in my kitchen. Guests couldn’t stop raving. Our Culinista is an angel of organization and artistry.”

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Questions about this service

Culinista Gatherings® services are available in New York City as well as upstate, Westchester County, Fairfield County, CT, northern New Jersey, the Hamptons, the D.C. metro area, Los Angeles, and Aspen. If you need a chef in a different location, email and we'll try our best to source a chef for you.

The service fee for Culinista Gatherings & Events starts at $500. Additional costs include groceries, tip, a $15 travel reimbursement for the chef & sales tax. Submit a request with event details and we’ll provide a proposal for your special occasion.

Yes. Our client services team works closely with our clients to develop a custom Culinista Kitchen® menu for their event and match them with the right chef. That means everything from the format you want, from BBQ to buffet, to chefs who specialize in a specific cuisine, from Japanese to fresh made pastas.

We work with top agencies to provide experienced, skilled waitstaff. The fee for waitstaff starts at $300. We can also source the top floral, rental, and wine vendors and will facilitate an introduction to make your experience as seamless as possible.

Our Culinista chefs specialize in a range of cuisines using our recipes as the backbone of every occasion. They’ve worked in some of the best kitchens in the world, bringing you a restaurant-quality meal from presentation to flavors. They have experience with events large & small, hitting the right balance of intimacy and professional efficiency.

Still have questions?

If you cannot find an answer to your question, please contact us.


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