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Private Chef

Give yourself a break with our Private Chef Service and let us bring the restaurant to you with your very own personal chef at home or at a venue of your choice.

Based in Bristol, we provide the chef to produce a restaurant quality meal for you and your guests, from your chosen menu, as well as waitress service to lay the table, serve and clear up – when your guests have left your kitchen will be left spotless. All you'll have to do is relax and enjoy yourselves.

We have seasonal dinner party menus for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – please take a look.  If you'd like to book, call us on 0117 962 1770 or enquire via our contact form. We love talking food and we can devise a special menu just for you.

 

Corporate Event Catering

There's so much to organise when you're running a corporate event, so the last thing you want is to waste your time stressing about the food & catering.  We understand, so we make it really easy for you by suggesting delicious and practical solutions to your corporate event catering needs.  

Based in North Bristol with a 5 star purpose built catering kitchen, we use seasonal and locally sourced produce and make everything fresh for your event.  We cater for all your dietary requirements & allergens, and also provide staff, equipment hire & drinks on sale or return.  

If you have a corporate event coming up, please call us on 0117 962 1770 or enquire via our contact form.    

Cooking Workshops

Whether you already love cooking or have no idea where to start and want to learn, come and do it with us! We offer cooking workshops for individuals or small groups of up to three people in our purpose built, 5 star kitchen in Westbury-on-Trym. Tara has been cooking professionally since 2002 and is bursting with enthusiasm, know-how, ideas and tales of many hours spent in restaurant kitchens.

After a morning or afternoon's cooking and tasting together, we will enjoy a delicious feast and all the recipes will be provided following the workshop.

Cooking and eating really does bring people together, so if there is someone you know/love/would like to get to know better, why not bring them along?

We also offer gift vouchers, so call us on 0117 962 1770 or enquire via our contact form. We'd love to hear from you. 

About Tara

Tara Clist is an award-winning chef who set up Bristol caterers Tara’s Table in 2010 after becoming disillusioned with 9-5 life.  Tara started from the bottom up in top restaurant kitchens in Bristol, as well as Babington House in Somerset.  She is a Judge at The Taste of the West Awards and Tara's Table has been awarded Luxury Caterer of the Year 2019 by Lux Magazine, as well as Caterer of the Year 2018 by The Luxury Travel Guide.

During her time in restaurants, Tara featured in the The Good Food Guide and she also did various ‘stages’ at London’s renowned Moro & River Café restaurants, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant in Padstow and the one and only Chez Panisse in California.

 

Provenance & Zero Waste

Based in the green city of Bristol, we are caterers committed to using only seasonal, responsibly sourced produce. We will never use meat or poultry that is mass produced in a factory somewhere; our fish comes from a sustainable source, our eggs are free range and our fruit and vegetables are always in season.

Of course, we can’t buy everything British, so things like lemons and olive oil normally come from Italy, Spain or Portugal. But we will never buy air freighted goods that come to us out of season, like apples from New Zealand when home grown stocks have run out... Which is why our menus for events and private parties change with the seasons.

We are fully committed to a Zero Food Waste Policy: naturally, the customer comes first so, whilst you can always be assured that there will be plenty of food for you and your guests at your event, (we know people very often like to come back for second helpings!), we aim to avoid unnecessary leftovers and waste wherever possible.  We make all your food from scratch and we reduce as much food waste and spoilage as possible  through careful handling and diligent storage at the preparation stage. We compost all our own veg waste on-site.

Where disposables have to be used at your event, we always use compostable packaging and disposables, like plates, cutlery & napkins and are ever mindful of plastics use, keeping this to a minimum. 

Dietary Requirements & Allergens

Dietary Requirements & Allergens:

We are happy to cater for dietary requirements and can provide a full list of allergens in each dish on request.

 

Please tell us about your allergy and we will be happy to accommodate you.

 

FAQ's

Will you wash up?
Definitely, it’s one of our biggest selling points! We will agree what you would like to happen at the end of the evening as guests often stay later, but we will clear the table as much as possible and the kitchen will be left spotless, in fact, we often leave customers’ kitchens cleaner than we find them!

Will you be able to work in our kitchen?  It’s a bit on the small side!
Yes! We have cooked in several kitchens over the years, of varying shapes & sizes so don’t worry, you’d be surprised what can be achieved in a small space with careful organisation and years of experience.  

Do you mind if we are still feeding the kids when you arrive?
Absolutely no problem, we will just slot in and get on with our work, we’re very adaptable.

What time will your team be at my house/venue on the day?
For a private dinner, we aim to arrive about one hour before you want to eat, so if you are planning on sitting down at 8.00pm, we will be with you by 7.00pm.  Arrival times vary for larger events, depending on the planning but this can all be discussed beforehand.

Can we meet you in person to discuss our event?
Yes of course.  It’s a great idea to meet at the venue, be that your home or a hired venue, by arrangement, to see the set up and layout and discuss how you would like things to happen on the day.  We will come to you, there is no charge for this service. 

What happens then?
After our meeting, we will send you a thorough email with prices, agreed menu and recap of everything we discussed, then we’ll get a firm date in the diary and take it from there.

When do we need to confirm final numbers and menu choices?
We work on initial numbers after a meeting/discussion and we’ll need confirmed numbers no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.  Please note that numbers can go up after this point, but not down and we cannot refund if guests drop out after this point.

Can we tweak the menu if we don’t like some garnishes, or accompaniments, etc.?  
Yes, of course.  Our menus are just a guide/pointer to whet your appetite and get things started.  However, we do cook seasonally, with ingredients that are at their best, so no asparagus from Peru in mid-January!  If you have a special theme or style of food in mind, we are only too happy to help.

Do you cater for dietary requirements and allergies?
Yes, we are very happy to cater for diverse dietary requirements and we provide full allergen information with our food deliveries.  We make all the food from scratch so rest assured, we know exactly what is in everything.

What will happen to my leftovers after the event?
We aim for there to be minimal leftovers but this does sometimes happen at bigger events and you are welcome to take them home with you afterwards, we are more than happy to pack them up for you in this case.  If you don’t want to take them, many of our waiting staff are students and therefore, happy recipients of good food!

We want to order from your Private Chef menu, can everyone choose a different dish?
We are delighted to cater for various dietary requirements. As our Private Chef Service differs from a restaurant setting and the food is made from scratch, it’s not always practical to make very small portions of each dish.  This depends on the number of guests and we can discuss options. In our experience, many customers choose the same menu for everyone.

Do you charge for delivery?
No, there is no delivery charge, but we do charge mileage at 45p per mile for journeys that are outside a 15 mile radius of Bristol.

What do your waiting staff wear?
Our waiting staff are always clean and smart.  They wear black trousers and a black or white shirt with a Tara’s Table apron.

What if we don’t have enough crockery, cutlery, etc?
For a private dinner held in your home, we normally use your crockery, cutlery, etc. On occasion, people also borrow from neighbours or friends to fill gaps.
For larger events, we can hire from our third party supplier who deliver and collect the equipment dirty after the event. In this case, our staff will stack it all and put it to one side at the end of your event.

Can we taste your food before we book you?
No, we do not offer tastings or samples.  We have been in business since 2010 and we have plenty of wonderful testimonials from very satisfied customers, which we think speak for themselves. We encourage you to take a few moments to read these if you have any doubts about booking us.

How far will you travel?
We work within a 30 mile radius of Bristol.  We charge mileage at 45p per mile for journeys that are outside a 15 mile radius of Bristol.

Do you provide wine?
Yes, we work with a reputable wine merchant to provide wines & beers on sale or return basis for your event: we only charge for the bottles that are opened.  For tea, coffee & soft drinks, we charge a fixed price per head for unlimited refills.
We have good wine knowledge so are also very happy to recommend wines to accompany your food choices, at no extra charge.