THANK YOU AFFORDABLE CHEF SERVICES!
Chef Mark and his staff did a fantastic job in catering our wedding. We could not have had such a great event without him .
We had 200 guests at our wedding and had cocktails and appetizers following by a great buffet. We chose items from his signature dishes as this is what we figured he did best. Everyone really liked the food and we got some great compliments on the cute bartender as well! His staff was courteous and helpful.
Don’t be put off by Mark’s short emails: he simply gets to the point and gets the job done.
We recommend his services if you want to have a nice wedding. He seems to have A LOT of experience and at the end of the day –this is really what you want from your caterer.
Thank you very much for the wonderful food and service you provided for my wedding. The food was delicious and many of my guests raved about it saying that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. I have given your name out to a lot of people. The service you provided me was outstanding and it made this special day successful. (( My family has used your catering service for four weddings )) now and we will definitely keep you in mind for future events
Can’t say enough good things about Mark and his amazing team. Our wedding was in September 2016 and Mark made the whole catering process so easy! The food was AMAZING and the staff he sent to set up and work my wedding were all GREAT! We were running behind schedule and the centerpieces needed some prep, knowing I needed to get ready, the individuals getting the tables and chairs ready very generously offered to assist in completing my centerpieces as well as filling additional mason jars with flowers all around the venue. They were all so nice and fun to have around. We got so many compliments on the food and the staff, I would highly recommend Chef Mark and his team to anyone who wants an easy, amazing catering experience.
Thank you so much for doing your part to make our wedding day so special! Everyone told me I wouldn’t have time to eat-but I had 2 plates of food :) It was THAT GOOD!
Affordable Chef Services catered my dad’s 80th birthday party. In our initial communication, I described the food my dad prefers and Mark promptly delivered a wonderful menu and quote. Throughout the planning process, Mark was responsive to questions and helpful. On the day of the event, Mark and his staff arrived early, surveyed the venue, and set things up in a way that maximized the space and allowed the guests, food, and beverages to flow. Many people remarked about the great food. Mark is cool as a cucumber under pressure which ensured that we didn’t stress about the event. His staff were amazing and extremely professional. They prepared and served our friends and family with humor and good cheer. At the end of the party, they quietly cleaned up and packed so that we had very little to do but enjoy the time together and with the friends who lingered. There were no hassles with anything which enabled my family to be able to focus on the celebration rather than the logistics and to visit with friends and family, many of whom had traveled great distances to see my family. Thank you so much, Mark, for your help with this landmark life event!
“There is much to be said about the skill level of Chef Mark and the quality of service found in Affordable Chef Services. Mark was the utmost professional, quick with his responses, helpful in decision-making, and actually MORE than made our wedding, he saved it! My husband and I were upset to discover that the reception venue had not provided adequately functioning kitchen appliances as promised, but Chef Mark creatively solved every hiccup and thrilled our guests with fresh veggies and delicious hot food. Not one of our guests knew of the behind-the-scenes stress, and we heard so many rave reviews! The wait staff were excellent and helpful, going above and beyond in preparations! Our family can whole-heartedly recommend Mark’s attentive services and delicious food, any client is sure to be pleased!”
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Mark as our wedding caterer and received many compliments on the food at our wedding (especially Mark’s veggie lasagna). In addition to catering, Mark also provided the bartending staff for our reception. The staff passed appetizers, served drinks and re-stocked the buffet like pros and with 215 guests we were no easy wedding to cater to. I was told by multiple guests how much they liked Mark’s staff and how professional they all were and Mark made us feel at ease through the whole process while also being affordable. Mark provided my husband and me with a tasting at our home, which was great, and answered all of my questions in a timely fashion. Mark also provided us with all of our linens and serving needs for the evening (plates, glasses, utensils, etc). I wouldn’t hesitate to use Mark again for a future event.
I don’t even know where to begin with how impressed I am at the job that Chef Mark and staff did for my recent wedding in May .
I will highlight just a few of the pros, but this list hardly does justice to how great this catering service is:
From the moment we contacted Mark for a proposal on the wedding, they were hands on and there every step of the way, every change of mind, every detail that needed to be incorporated. He was highly on top of everything and very responsive.
I was beyond elated when practically everyone who came to the wedding came up to us to tell us how impressed they were by the service staff at the wedding. Everyone said that the servers kept coming back asking what they would like to drink, were extremely attentive and nice . The food SOOO good. Seriously, I don’t think you can get better food at a wedding.
We got married yesterday and had to post a review immediately because Affordable Chef was so great! Chef Mark was punctual in replying to my questions before the big day, which, as an out-of-town bride, was very reassuring! At the last minute, Chef Mark was unable to attend the reception, but his on-site chef made delicious food, and the staff were phenomenal! There was one staff member in particular who took an interest in my Husband and I. She told us that we were her “celebrities for the day,” made sure we ate appetizers before we walked in, escorted us to the buffet first, and was constantly checking on our drinks. She also took an interest in our families, leading many people to tell us how amazing she was! The bartender Chef Mark sent was also lovely, knew her stuff, and made our signature cocktails perfectly! All in all, a great experience and a company we would trust our next big event to!
Wow! Chef Mark was amazing at working with us to come up with a proposal that would meet our budget. We were so impressed with Mark and his staff at the event. He made sure everything ran smoothly and in a timely fashion. The food was amazing. AMAZING! Everyone at the wedding was raving about how it was “the best food they have ever had at a wedding.” Choose Affordable chef services . You will not regret it!
Chef Mark Gallagher’s awards continue to roll in!
He was voted Santa Cruz County’s Best Caterer, Best Personal Chef, and Best Chef runner-up for 2014. These honors follow his 2013 awards as Best Caterer and Best Chef.
Whether you’re searching for a caterer for a dinner party, birthday, anniversary, wedding reception, holiday, company picnic, or other event, personal Chef Mark Gallagher of Affordable Chef Services of Santa Cruz can custom cater a menu just for you.
Our highly trained professional staff have the experience and passion to cater your special event. Multi-course plated wine pairing dinners or buffet-style meals are available; Affordable Chef Services is also available for cooking classes and team building events.
To ensure the best culinary experience, Affordable Chef uses the highest quality meats, fish and local Santa Cruz County-grown organic produce available.
Chef Mark personally caters and designs each event menu dependent on the type of event, your desired catering price range, and any special dietary or religious needs you may have.
For an event quote, please send us your information via our Event Quote form.
For other types of inquiries, please use the Contact form or give us a call.
Our son and daughter in law just got married in the Big Basin Park, a difficult place to cater. Mark served two meals, including the main reception buffet with three meats and salads and vegetables etc. The food was amazing, the best I have ever had at hundreds of these affairs. All courses were delicious! The service was very efficient and friendly. This was a difficult venue to cater and he pulled it off beyond our expectation. I have no criticisms, only praise.
— Ron Riffel
Mark is absolutely amazing and so is his food. I highly recommend him! He is very sweet and wants it to be right for your special day. He takes care of so much that other caterers won’t even consider–linens, table setting, everything.
Chef Mark is amazing. I run a business here Denver and I have a very high standard for those that I work with. From start to finish during the planning process they have been very creative, responsive, and professional.
We had some unique requirements for our wedding and Mark did everything in his power to accommodate.
Most importantly, he has made this process low stress (this part is for the grooms). My fiance has a lot to deal with to plan our event and the stress level can be high as I imagine it is with all couples. This has been the least stressful part of the process because of Mark and his team. That says a lot because catering is a very important part of the event.
I would highly recommend this team to my friends, family and business partners.
We – and I believe everyone here – were very impressed with your food and its presentation. The evening went beautifully with the delicious food and the manner in which it was served. You were so “right on” about not using plates -no mess,no spill, etc. I will remember this in the future and will certainly use you again. I don’t have as many events as I used to have but always enjoy doing it when I agree to it. But……we ARE sort of tired now. But your clean-up was excellent and so was the Dominican help. Thanks for everything. —Mary Blanchard
Chef Gallagher was voted Santa Cruz County’s Best Caterer, Best Personal Chef, and Best Chef runner-up for 2014.
These honors follow his 2013 awards as Best Caterer and Best Chef.
Chef Mark and the Affordable Chef Services were a life saver. We had our caterer back out two weeks before our event. With less than two weeks to go Chef Mark was so accommodating to our needs.
We created a BBQ menu to feed approximately 200 people. Not only was the food delivered on time in hot insulated food boxes, but it was delicious. Everyone raved about the ribs.
I highly recommend Affordable Chef Services for your next event!
Mark catered my wedding two weeks ago and he made the impossible, possible! I wanted to have an elegant but affordable backyard wedding and he made it happen.
Mark provided great service and amazing food. His chicken was moist and his vegetarian lasagna was absolutely delicious. The appetizers were also a hit!
The backyard was a bit challenging due to uneven grounds but Mark saw my vision and delivered wonderfully. I will admit that I was not the easiest bride to work with and Mark still gave me everything I wanted and more.
Throughout the wedding Mark had an easy going and calm attitude which was a tremendous relief for any bride!
Mark and his crew were on time and left the place spotless before leaving. I am thankful I went with Affordable Chef Services and would highly recommend him!
Mark made my wedding day run very smoothly, I can’t thank Mark and his crew enough! Thanks Mark!