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Affordable chef services LLC logo

Affordable chef services LLC

Santa Cruz , California, USA

Affordable chef services LLC logo

Affordable chef services LLC

Santa Cruz , California, USA



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.


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Adam Sultaire

30 June 2019

We hired Mark for our wedding May 2019 and we couldn't have been more happy with our selection. We wanted a more casual "food truck" style dinner and Mark delivered- everything was delicious. Mark returned all of my emails and calls promptly during the planning process and was very open to any changes we made to the menu. Mark and his team also handled glassware, dish-ware and linens as well which was one less thing we had to worry about. On the day of the wedding itself, Mark and his team were AUTOMATIC and everything went like clockwork. My wife specifically wanted grill cheese and tomato soup appetizers and we completely forgot to eat while greeting our guests- Mark overheard and made sure that all of the apps we missed were at our table so we could eat them. Finally, Mark did late night food for our guests- burgers, dogs and Mac and cheese - nothing better to soak up some booze.I can't recommend the affordable chef and his team enough from both a price point perspective but for quality of food and service.Thanks Mark! More...



8 March 2019

I honestly cannot write and praise Chef Mark and his crew enough!! They made our day amazing. We did not have to worry about anything. They were so on their game, and went as far as sending one of the servers out to us while we were taking photos so we could try the apps.

They ran on time, and the food was delicious! They made the dinner for us at our venue (OVY Camp - San Greogrio, CA)and then also made a brunch for us that Sunday. They were the best we could have gotten. I so appreciated the fact that it truly was affordable. When compared to other caterers - they don't even come close to the quality and the amazing deal that you can get through Mark.

If your're planning a wedding -or just an event- I would hire Mark no doubt. He is extremely easy to work with, mellow, but will also reply very very fast. They went above and beyond our expectations.



12 July 2018

Most important point first: THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS!

Mark came to our house in San Jose to let us sample the menu and it was good. Really all I wanted was the food to not be bad. Most people don't remember the food at a wedding, but they will remember it if it sucked. Everything we sampled was pretty good and our menu was set and on the day of... holy crap did he kick it up a notch. Somehow the food was EVEN BETTER at the wedding itself.

Personally, I loved Mark's personality. He's a Chef. And most of the Chefs I've known got their quirks and he is no exception. But if you're looking for good food at a great price, look no further. His responses can be curt, but hey! At least he responds. He also recommended a week before our wedding to switch from whatever beef dish we had originally chosen to a tri-tip. My wife was a bit worried at the last minute change, but I told her to just go with it. He's the Chef, he knows what's best and... of course it turned out amazing. I can't tell you how many people complimented us on the quality of the meat as well as the dining service in general.

All in all, Mark is a pro. My friends and I have been to several weddings around the Santa Cruz area that he has catered and none of us have ever been disappointed and neither will you!


Sherry Cassedy

21 May 2018

Mark is amazing. He appears to be laid back but he handles all the stress and delivers regardless. He catered my son's wedding 3 years ago and did amazing job in very small kitchen for 100 people. He has gotten even better since. His food is even better and he has the whole thing down from set up -- chairs, tables, dish and glass ware, and excellent servers. They jumped in and did everything. This time he catered a formal dinner party for 75 on Saturday night and the wedding on the beach with full sit down dinner the next evening. Due to high tides we had a lagoon on the beach between entry and set up. The guys all pitched in but Mark made it happen with full set up across the water. Again food and service was excellent. And menus varied from Saturday night to Sunday Wedding fare. AND the overall cost can NOT be beat. I don't even know how he does it. Thanks so much Mark for making it all work. More...



6 December 2016

I was very happy with Affordable Chef Services. The food was great, the service exceptional and the price was impossible to beat.



7 July 2016

I must say that Mark is a super laid back guy, so if you're a bridezilla and need reassurance, you can always email him and he is very responsive. Mark delivered all the food on time perfectly. He is very accommodating and has a wonderful staff on hand that made my wedding feel at ease and flow perfectly! More...



8 December 2015

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. More...



23 November 2015

Mark and his team were exceptional. Very friendly and the food was delicious.



22 November 2015

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! More...



22 November 2015

Mark was amazing. Not only was the price super reasonable, but all the services provided were exceptional. Food was great, staff were helpful and friendly, and everyone was super accommodating.


Gina Blanchard

22 May 2015

Sadly, I was sick on my big day and did not get the full experience, but I can still review with the following: Others loved the food. The displays were *beautiful*. Although communication was not always 100% easy with Mark, he responded very promptly every time. Everyone he brought had giant smiles constantly. No one from my 150+ attendees were lacking for food or drink the entire time. Even when I threw the schedule to pieces from my illness, they moved quickly and were spot-on.I would use Mark and his crew again and again (and kind of want to throw a party to do so). More...



22 March 2015

They were absolutely amazing! Mark let us completely customize our menu and was always quick to respond. We had a medieval themed wedding and the whole crew totally got involved. They came dressed as"serving wenches"!! So cute. All involved were beyond professional and the food was insanely delicious. Budget friendly, tons of tasty food, great to work with. I highly recommend this vendor. More...


Mallory Pastrof

22 May 2014

We got married October 5th and were referred to Mark by a friend. Him and his team before and on the day of the wedding were amazing! Mark answered my emails promptly regarding any questions I had and was extremely nice in a very stressful time. His team was lovely! Guests from the wedding are still raving about how attentive and great they were. We had BBQ style dinner and it was delicious! I wish I could've eaten more, but was too busy to sit in one place for very long. Mark took care of so much regarding our wedding and checked in to see how we were doing throughout the party, it was really amazing. I will definitely refer Affordable Chef Services to any bride or groom. Thanks again, guys! xoxox More...


Laura Martin

22 May 2014

My son lives in Santa Cruz and was getting married in August. I was in charge of the rehearsal dinner. I didn't start looking for venue until the end of May. I was panicking because I wasn't having any luck on such short notice. Reluctantly, I decided to have the dinner at the house I was renting on the beach. A house I had never seen. I searched the Internet and found Chef Mark's website. Afraid that I would come up against another, "no, we can't help you on such short notice", I called Mark with my fingers crossed hoping he would be my Hero. My needs were a little more complicated than just needing some food on a specific date. I also needed a menu for my vegetarian and gluten free guest, as well as, a satisfying selection for my meat eaters. Did I mention, to top it off, I hadn't seen the house I was renting except in pictures? In steps my Hero.Not only was his fresh menu ideas not your typical catered affair food; he went to the house to view it for me to make sure it would accommodate 25 people. He also, transformed the house to fulfill my vision of a casual, yet elegant indoor barbecue! He met me at the house when I got to town to assure me he had everything under control. That evening when we came back from the wedding rehearsal, his staff had transformed the great room into a beautiful dining room with white lines, glass ware, china and the gorgeous flower arrangement's I chose for the tables. All overlooking the ocean view. The staff started by walking around offering appetizers and ran the show all evening, including pouring the champagne for the toast at the end of the night. Everyone raved about the food and how beautiful everything looked. Mark took what could have been a very stressful situation for this out of state, Mother of the Groom, and made me look like a rock star! I have been raving about the Affordable Chef to everyone who has asked about the wedding. I attend catered events frequently in my line of work. Mark's food and service were one of the best I've had. THANK YOU AFFORDABLE CHEF! You customer service skills are exemplary and it's proof you love what you do! More...



23 April 2014

We hired Chef Mark Gallagher after meeting him at a wedding show in Santa Cruz . It was the perfect fit that we were looking for , for our big day .. Guests as well as my family were very happy with the food as well as goodtime had by all .. Loved it all , but the meatballs are the bomb .. Thank you Mark and Erin .. More...



30 June 2013

Marks crew did a great job at our wedding. People loved the food and the service was top notch. We were a little nervous to chose a caterer that we had never met or tasted, but it worked out great - just like the reviews we read from others that had used him.


chris pedersen

22 May 2012

Thanks Chef Mark and team! After a slightly hectic last minute venue change, you guys were all such great sports, and really made the day! The food all tasted great, and the guests loved it, more than anything all the service was fantastic. All the guests told us how much they loved the appetizers and the dinner, in addition, everyone said how nice all the staff was!I would highly recommend you for all types of events, and specifically weddings! If you are looking for an amazing chef, who keeps their cool, and makes sure your special day runs perfectly this is the man you want to hire! We can't say thanks enough for everything More...


Teresa Rabenberg Grobecker

22 May 2012

Chef Mark, Thanks for doing an AMAZING job planning the menu and executing on the day of the event. We loved all the fabulous food and you helped our celebration really take flight. Thank you!



9 December 2010

An excellent caterer. The price could not be beat and the food was absolutely delightful. He even provided the tables and chairs, as our location had none available. Very friendly and organized, my wife and I felt completely at ease. I didn't worry about anything. Mark handled it all and if we ever have an event that needs to be catered again, Mark will be the first person we call. More...



9 December 2010

I can't think of the adjectives to convey how satisfied my husband and I AND everyone at our wedding was with Affordable Chef Catering. Not only is Marks food awesome but Mark and his staff are stellar as well. All of them went way beyond the call of duty. It is not overstating to say that when my husbands family was two hours late for the ceremony Mark and his staff saved our wedding with their finely honed problem solving and people skills. Everything was perfect. Hire Affordable Chef and you will cut your wedding planning and wedding day stress way back! More...


Anything you would like .. it could be your favorites or something your great grandma made you while young ..

Basically we have a website events quote page which we will ask for any menu input client may have and we build around that .

The happiness it brings to a day ..
The building of an event and menu around someone’s vision ..