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I did a search before I posted but I'm not sure if I was using the right search phrases - I'm looking for reviews of smaller catering companies who also offer personal chef services. The catering bit is because I'm hoping to host a small New Year's gathering (about 25 people). If it also works out, I'm looking for some meal prep during the week - I'm new to the area and I work pretty long hours to the point where sometimes when I leave work, my choices are between In-N-Out and Pizza My Heart - not that they're bad! I just wouldn't mind a bit more (healthy) variety. If anyone knows someone I should call (or shouldn't), I'd be very happy. Chowhound always served me well in Boston, here's hoping SF does the same!

P.S. I live in Palo Alto, not SF! That might be an issue for some...

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  1. Have you heard of Deeelish! Meals Made Easy in Menlo Park? For years I've wanted to try them, but always balk at the $200+ order for about 16 solo restaurant-quality meals to be finished at home. Maybe they are closed now, since their Web site doesn't seem to work?

    High-quality Chinese restaurants like Fu Lam Mum in downtown Mountain View stay open till midnight. Would it work for you to eat there or get takeout after work?

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    Fu Lam Mum
    155 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

    1. Oh, Palo Alto. Bummer. I was going to offer you my services, but I'm too far away from you for that. I'll see what I can find out for you - I have a great network, so here's to hoping.

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      1. re: mamachef

        @ mamachef - oh that is too bad! but i look forward to hearing what you find!

        @ vincentlo - I did not know about Fu Lam Mum...I'll definitely have to check it out! I have definitely gone past the Deeelish! building but never thought to try them because the building always looked very corporate-oriented... but this morning I looked more closely and there didn't seem to be anyone there...gave them a call and got the disconnected message.

        Thanks for the suggestions!

      2. Rebecca Alonzi catered our wedding (~60 guests) in Palo Alto and also a small party for us recently (~10 guests) in San Francisco and I can attest she's AMAZING. Give her a call and see if she can fit your event into her schedule.

        http://www.seasonalelegancesf.com/ind...

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