AMANDA B. (GLEN ELLEN)
Mariana was awesome! I treated my friends to dinner at our wine country house for my bachelorette weekend, and it was so great to be able to have a beautiful evening at the house with Mariana doing all of the cooking for us! She was so nice and friendly, and she came perfectly prepared, especially with fresh produce from the farmers market that morning! The scallop crudo was amazing - light, full of flavor and fresh. The veggie salad and the grilled peaches with burrata was perfect. We had halibut for dinner and it was fresh and lightly grilled. We had a fresh fig tart with hazelnut crust and whipped cream was delicious. The kitchen was left spotless at the end of the night. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for fresh and tasty California flavors. I will use her again next time I plan to host an inhouse event like this. thanks Mariana!!
JILL H. (BURLINGAME)
I would highly recommend Mariana! She & Jacob were wonderful. I hosted a party for 50 people & the food & service were amazing. I am still getting compliments on all of the delicious food & everyone is asking where they can get her information. Thanks, Mariana for making my birthday even more special.
STEPHANIE E. (CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA)
Our experience with Chef Carvallo was nothing short of extraordinary! From the planning of the meal, preparations, to the event itself, she was fantastic!! We had a small dinner party that included my young children. She had a unique way to relate with each guest, making each person feel as if she prepared the meal just for them! Our party was two months ago and each guest still talks about the evening and describes it as one of the best meals they have ever had! Cheers to Chef Carvallo! I cannot wait to plan a meal with her again soon!
MARGARET J. (LOS ALTOS HILLS)
5 star for food, service and satisfaction. Mariana is a fabulous personality and chef. Her recommendations for my dinner party were perfect and my guests were "wowed" by her presentations and delicious menu. Thank you Kitchit for having Mariana in your group of chefs. I will definitely ask for her for my next gathering.
JOHN J. (ATHERTON)
Chef Carvallo prepared and outstanding meal and the service was fantastic. Five stars!!!
MICHELLE C. (HILLSBOROUGH)
Mariana was responsive, helpful and an overall great chef. She helped us customize our menu to suit our needs and was very nice. I would highly recommend her!
SUSIE F. (ATHERTON)
Chef Carvallo was outstanding! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The whole evening was special and enjoyable thanks to her excellent culinary skills and perfect service. I look forward to working with her again. Thank you!
JODIE S. (ATHERTON)
Mariana was absolutely amazing! She prepared outstanding food for our cocktail party and every person commented on how exceptional it was. She left the kitchen immaculate. On top of that, she's one of the loveliest people you could ever meet. She's a gem.
KATE D. (LOS ALTOS HILLS)
We hosted an executive team dinner and had the most lovely evening. Chef Carvallo has the warmest personality coupled with divine cooking skills. Our guests were delighted with the dinner she prepared. We look forward to requesting one of her menus for another team dinner.
LYNNE C. (MENLO PARK)
Marianna was amazing, she was beyond accommodating and her food was amazing. She made special plates for the children and adjusted her costs based on the little ones that eat barely anything. I asked her to start serving at 6:30 and it was ready and served. The kitchen was spotless when she left. I cannot wait to use her again and try other food. She helped us with our appetizers ad that was not part of the meal at all!
SHERRY W. (PALO ALTO)
Chef Cavallo made our event a big success. She came very prepared with an assistant. She was great with our guests introducing the food and answering questions. Our appetizers were delicious, the avocado toast was delicious. Her soup was my personal favorite followed by salad and yummy crispy pork belly. She cleaned the entire kitchen, inuding the stovetop! I'm planning on using her for our next event!
DANIELLE C. (SAN CARLOS)
Believe the amazing reviews! Mariana was awesome. Her food was absolutely delicious and her personality is great too. We were delighted. Peach galette was out of this world.
NIKKI A. (SAN FRANCISCO)
One word... AMAZING!!! We had the "Wine Parings" menu that had the eggplant tarts, zucchini salad, braised lamb tagine, cous cous and Fig and salted caramel bread pudding. Every single dish was DELICIOUS! It was an excellent meal. She was very easy to coordinate with, and she left the kitchen spotless and worked so quickly. Highly recommend Chef Mariana. Cant wait to try another menu of hers or we'd even be happy to do this same menu again just cause we are still craving everything that was in it!
MOBY C. (RESWOOD CITY)
Mariana is first class. She was so relaxed and at home in our home and very responsive to our needs. She served our party of 12 for a 60th birthday party, and the food was excellent. The wild mushroom and caramelized leek flat bread was amazing as was the little gem salad with shaved heirloom carrots. As a third course, she served a rustic corn chowder with confit potato which everyone loved. Mariana gave a nice presentation about each dish and was very responsive to questions. She and her helper served the guests water and wine throughout the evening and they cleaned up very well. We would have Mariana back in a heartbeat!
NEHA G. (SONOMA)
Marianna is an excellent chef--preparing really delicious food for my super picky family. We all highly enjoyed the Mexican fiesta plus she's really nice as well which just added to the experience. She was great at accommodating all of my menu changes. She was a touch late in arriving so dinner started late which worked out well in the end but just be aware she's coming from the Santa Cruz mountains if you book something in the northern part of the Bay Area.
DIANNE N. (PALO ALTO)
Wonderful experience with Mariana! We have several internal logistical challenges (I was the coordinator but was unable to be in person at the dinner) but Mariana handled the logistics beautifully.
MARCI M. (PALO ALTO)
I needed last minute help with a dinner party at my house and Mariana made it so easy. With one or two simple conversations we were all set and I didn't have to worry about a thing. I picked a few items from her menu suggestion and it was perfect. Every course was fantastic and well presented. Each dish was delicious and super flavorful. Because it was a relatively large group to be serving dinner to, she brought a person to help out. He was also super courteous, nice and helpful. The two of them were great. They came in, found their way around the kitchen, and cleaned up before they left. I would definitely user Mariana again.
ANGELINA S. (SHERMAN OAKS)
Mariana was wonderful! We had a lovely meal, a relaxing evening and she and her assistant took care of everything else for the dinner and clean-up (which was much appreciated since the wine was certainly flowing). The food was exceptional, deliciously prepared and Mariana was a delight to have in our home and kitchen.
J B. (MALIBU)
Planning an intimate international birthday dinner can be challenging, as I try to represent the flavors and countries that delight each individual guest. Chef Carvallo and her talented staff rose the challenge. From tireless menu planning to clean up we were thrilled at every step. Her professionalism and flexibility was matched by her talent and enthusiasm. The food was amazing and the pace of the service was spot on. We enjoyed without being rushed, and as hostess, I had nothing to do but entertain.
JASON E. (LOS ANGELES)
It was a pleasure and really made my boyfriends birthday even more wonderful.
TONI M. (MALIBU)
The group had a fantastic evening with Chef Mariana, her food was amazing and the service was superb. We'll be hiring her again.
ZAC C. (LOS ANGELES)
We couldn't have been happier with Chef Mariana and her team. The food was fresh, creative, presented beautifully and with a sense of casual chic that we love. Thank you Mariana for an amazing evening. Our wedding feast was nothing short of spectacular!
MITCHELL L. (LOS ANGELES)
This was such an incredible find. We had an amazing night, and it's a testament to Chef Mariana that our group of 12 was pretty much evenly split on what the best part of the meal was. For me, it was the peach and burrata salad. Out of this world.Anyway, I can't recommend Chef Mariana enough. The whole process was seamless. We tailored the menu, she showed up early and did everything she said she would. Her assistant was always there to refill wine glasses and to clean up at the end.It was the first time I can remember that I hosted a party and was able to enjoy it. I would (and will) hire her again in a heartbeat.
NICK S. (PALM SPRINGS)
Mariana and her sous chef were absolutely incredible! We had a group of 10 for a friend's bachelorette party (a couple of specific dietary requirements) and Mariana was accommodative of every request.The food was spectacular and perfect for the occasion (fun Mexican fiesta) and Mariana found the perfect balance of involving herself in the group's activities (we had a surprise video for the bride to be before the dinner) and being nonintrusive.We had some leftovers and Mariana had brought extra containers which was very convenient. The kitchen was left absolutely spotless upon their departure - probably cleaner than when they arrived! Would highly recommend Mariana for your next event - a very memorable experience and occasion.
JAMES H. (LOS ANGELES)
Chef Mariana exceed all expectations I had - her menu creation was outstanding, her cooking flawless and she has a fabulous personality to boot. If you're thinking of selecting another chef on Kitchit, stop right now and choose Mariana instead!!
MARK S. (PALM SPRINGS)
Mariana was great,She drove 2 hours from LA to join us at our event and brought everything she needed. She even made due with a broken A/C during an unusually hot weekend in Palm Springs.A week before our event she reached out to let us adjust the menu according to our tastes and did 2 entrees choices for our guests. Everything was awesome. Our whole group of 14 people was impressed.Would be happy to book her again.
ABIGAIL S. (LOS ANGELES)
Everything was wonderful! Couldn't have asked for better service and food!
CAROLINE B. (DANA POINT)
I hosted a dinner party for 12 people and I could not recommend Chef Mariana any higher. She was extremely easy to work with, friendly, and her food was unbelievable! We all agreed it was some of the best food we have ever eaten in our lives. Anytime I have another party, I will be calling her. We all were so impressed. On top of it, she was so nice and a joy to be around!
RHONDA N. (BUENA PARK)
Chef Mariana made our night! I wanted a chef that would explain cooking steps and interact with my husband for his birthday. She went above and beyond involving him through the cooking process. She has a great personality which added much more than just food to our event. Presentation was wonderful and the clean kitchen a blessing! We highly recommend her!
AARON B. (LOS ANGELES)
Such an incredible experience. Mariana prepared a five course meal for my proposal and it couldn't have been more perfect. It was just me and my girlfriend (now fiance!). We customized the meal over the phone to suit my fiance's dietary needs. Mariana was totally flexible and a pleasure to work with, not to mention, the food was AMAZING. So delicious. She cooked the most incredible parpadelle pasta and duck over parsnip puree (with a port reduction sauce, so good!). She also created her own take on my fiance's favorite dessert, Banana Cream Pie! I can't wait to have Mariana cook at another event of mine. I haven't stopped raving about her.
PAMELA B. (SANTA MONICA)
It was great! Food was delicious! Perfect in every way!
CAROLA S. (LOS ANGELES)
We were so lucky to have Mariana share her gift with us. She was easy to communicate with, easy to get along with and she constantly checked in with us to make sure we were not only enjoying the food, but also having a good time. Our event was a dinner party for 10 for my fiancee's birthday party and she was part of making this night unforgettable. Not only did she cook delicious and beautiful food but she also left our kitchen spotless! We didn't have to wash a dish, sweep or mop after our dinner. She also has excellent taste in music! This was the first time we contracted Marianna, but definitely not the last. Muchisimas gracias Mariana!
RACHEL T. (LOS ANGELES)
Chef Caravallo was so wonderful. My husband is a bit of chef himself and loves adventurous food. Chef Carvallo delivered on all fronts. She and her sous, Christian, were incredibly warm and friendly, and the dishes were executed perfectly. The presentation was great, and I was especially grateful that they cleaned everything up. I would love to bring her back again for a future event.
JEAN Q. (LONG BEACH)
We had Chef Carvallo for my husbands 60th Birthday and it was absolutely wonderful. Her and her 2 assistants were very professional and my 21 guests were all pleased with their presentation, all her food was awesome and beautiful. I hired her bartender friend as well, and a few guests said he got a few cocktails wrong, but professional. My kitchen was immaculate when they were done, so don't worry about that. I can't wait to have her again :0)
JON E. (MANHATTAN BEACH)
Mariana put together an amazing culinary experience for our party with a variety of dishes that demonstrated her mastery of intertwining flavors and bringing out the freshness in each ingredient. She was very friendly and took the time to explain and serve each dish to our party. I would absolutely recommend Mariana to anyone who would like to enjoy an awesome meal with a chef that has a personality to match!
LAURA A. (LONG BEACH)
Excellent! We really enjoyed our evening and Marriana did such a great job! It was so nice to experience such a fine dining experience in the comfort of our home! We for sure will recommend this service to our friends and use again one day! Thank you!
IAN J. (FOUNTAIN VALLEY)
Thank you for a wonderful evening. Excellent food and service.
BREEGAN V. (LOS ANGELES)
We had an AMAZING thanksgiving dinner experience!!! She did EVERYTHING! My family was SUPER impressed with the food... and it did taste wonderful! (and we are PICKY foodies)... She met serval dietary restrictions with ease... she sacrificed no flavor to meet non-dairy requirements. We will be using her again. oh... and having a CLEAN KITCHEN after... was the icing on the top!!!
ANTHONY/JENNIFER T. (LADERA RANCH)
Mariana was great! We put this dinner together last minute and she only had 2 days to really prepare once we settled on a menu. Speaking of menu, she was incredibly flexible and willing to adjust according to our personal tastes and theme of the night. I would recommend Mariana and her awesome team again. Can't wait to see what she does for a Spanish inspired dinner!
MEGAN P. (MANHATTAN BEACH)
Mariana is amazing! The food was spectacular....delicious, beautiful presentation....perfection! Mariana brings an amazing spirt and joy to our dinner party!