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Carrie D. August 30, 2017 

“Chef Andrea provided us with a wonderful celebration dinner at our rental Villa in Sonoma. She was super helpful in developing a menu that satisfied all our requirements. Her response time to all questions was quick and greatly appreciated! The food she prepared and served us exceeded our expectations!! Thank you Chef for a lovely meal and we really enjoyed meeting you. Cheers!”

Greg G. Aug. 25, 2017 

“Una Senorita did a nice job for an event we were trying to have last minute. Food was well prepared, she interacted well with our guests and was very professional. Our evening was very casual and flexible and her style worked well with the evening.”

Polina M. July 5, 2017 

“Andrea’s cooking was fantastic! The dishes were unique and really well-made, with fresh ingredients and close attention to detail. The planning process was also really smooth. She was easy to get in touch with and very accommodating to dietary restrictions. Highly recommend!”

Liz. S June 29, 2017  

“I can’t wait to hire Chef Gray again! She prepared a custom7-coursee meal for my husband’s surprise party – every single dish was outstanding. She was also incredibly responsive and reliable. The meal absolutely made my husband’s party a success. She also accommodated various food allergies. Her staff was also amazing. I can’t recommend her highly enough!”

Andre W. February 5, 2017 

“Chef definitely went above and beyond in helping managing the event with a tight timeline and multiple changes due to the nuances of the guest of honor. In addition to great food, she gave me advice and specific examples on how to make every aspect of the event memorable.”

 

Bryon O. Jan 15, 2017,

“I hired Chef Gray for a 40th birthday dinner for my wife. She prepared great food and felt amount of food served justified the cost would definitely recommend.”

Dan C. January 4, 2017,

“All was Great!! would use them again”

Jenna B. Oct. 1, 2016,

“Thanks so much for a fabulous evening! It turned out so much better than I ever could have hoped. It was truly special for my parents and the food was fabulous!! Thanks for working with our group and making it a delightful experience.”

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Elissa B. June 10th 2016 

“It was all great. Exceptional food. Worked with us when we wanted to eat in front of the Warriors game and served us each course plated individually when we had requested an appetizer buffet. Left the kitchen spotless. Exceptional all around!!”

McKenna C. May 11, 2016 

“She was a fabulous chef and made it fun and exciting for our guests. She was the perfect chef for our event because she lightened the mood and made what could have been awkward (corporate retreat hosted at an air BnB with no alcohol) not uncomfortable at all! She was interactive and talkative. She even chimed in on our discussion about shared economy since she is an expert in the field. I would definitely recommend her if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining, and delicious dinner!”

May W. April 11, 2016 

“We all loved this experience! Chef Gray helped figure out a menu that suited the occasion. She and her crew served amazing tacos with tastes that made everyone sigh. They were also most accommodating about serving the food in an area we hadn’t considered but needed due to the coolness of the evening. When we later moved inside, the food arrived seamlessly, course after course. And, when the event was finally done, the kitchen looked like no one had been in it at all.”

From Sheila R. March 9, 2016 

“Andrea helped me with an engagement party for my brother. I had a number of food restrictions and personalities that she was able to work into the menu. No one felt like that were left out! She helped me with decor and brought a great staff to help her. The party was a huge success and everyone is still talking about how great the food was! Thank you Andrea!!”

Sierra H. Dec. 10, 2015,

“Andrea did an outstanding job. I could not have asked for a better fit. She is experienced, professional, and easy to work with. She was uber-responsive to txts, accommodative regarding payment method, and flexible regarding food preferences. My team loved her high-quality food selection for the main course and the finesse of the appetizer, initial courses, and desserts. For instance, the chocolate-covered strawberries were custom-made with coconut shreds, dark chocolate, and praline. She dressed the part and brought a wonderful helper / assistant along. She shopped at the best meat shop in SF, and the king salmon tasted amazing- buttery, rich, and fresh. She cleaned up 100%, and left the kitchen cleaner than she found it. Finally, she was able to get this production for 11people together in less than 48 hours. I’d definitely recommend her and her staff, as well as hire her again. Thank you, Chef Gray!”


Annabelle R. July 13, 2015, 

“I can’t say enough about Andrea’s catering service. Food was not only DELICIOUS it was unique. A feast of spicy flavors. Each dish was well prepared–cooked to perfection. Andrea was very easy to communicate with. Very patient even through my busy event preparation stage. She arrived on time on each of our meetings, returned every phone call or email. Most importantly, she easily set up all our food for our garden party in very timely fashion.

I’ll definitely use Andrea again and highly recommend her for all catering events!!”

 

Paul W. May 17, 2015,
“Before the event, Andrea took great care to create a menu that would fit our party. At the party, she and her staff created a wonderful dinner and they were very friendly without creating any distractions. I can definitely recommend her.”
Lana G. April 25, 2015,
“Andrea served a delicious meal and provided amazing service. We had a 5 course sit down dinner and she timed it perfectly with each dish presented beautifully.”

Nikki April 9, 2015,

Delicious food, great service, kitchen perfectly clean afterward! The easiest and best dinner party for 12 people I have ever hosted!!”

Brayton Feb.15, 2015 

“Andrea was great, all dishes were special and a few with a surprising kick. She was wonderful to work with and would highly recommend her!”

From Christophe Jan. 11, 2015″Andrea did a fantastic job to help me throw a private dinner party for my wife’s birthday. We were 23 guests and Andrea was very constructive and helpful in devising a menu with my feedback. Execution was flawless and she left the kitchen in pristine condition. Highly recommended.”

Larry Oct. 27, 2014 

“I hosted a 50th birthday dinner at our home last night form my wife and 12 of her close girl friends. Senorita Gourmet Andrea Gray catered a Mexican themed dinner for us and did an outstanding job. The ladies absolutely loved it and my wife could not have been more pleased with her birthday dinner. Thank you Andrea.

We interviewed three other private chefs for our dinner before deciding to go with Andrea. She was the most professional, the most responsive, and by far the most creative. Of course we wanted great food (Andrea can deliver that), but we were also looking for something unique and creative, without being stiff and formal. Enter Andrea, with her Mexican themed dinner complete with her own plates, glasses and table decorations. Fun, Festive, and Uniquely Fresh!

As for the food and drink. Key highlights were the Raspberry Mojitos, Avocado Soup, Quiche de Calebazita, and Mexican Corn Cake. I highly recommend the Una Senorita Gourmet.”

Roxanne July 15, 2014 

“We hired Chef Gray to prepare an intimate birthday dinner for my boyfriend. She was wonderful to work with. She prepared a creative menu and worked with me to align it to his food restrictions and tastes, while still keeping the interesting flavor combinations that attracted me to her work in the first place. She was on time, well-prepared, and efficient, and the food was fresh, unique, incredibly tasty, and perfectly presented. The kitchen was left orderly and clean. Beyond that, she was very pleasant, professional, and friendly, and we had a lovely conversation at the end of the evening. I would definitely recommend her to friends”.
Roxanne D.

 

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Chef Lawson Gray in the News- “A Chef’s Special Molé Sauce Will Help Dozens of Immigrants Apply for DACA Renewal”

FROM MOTHER JONES:

Because without immigrants, there’d be no restaurants.

Traci Des Jardins, a Top Chef Masters finalist and owner of six San Francisco restaurants including the much-lauded Jardiniere, hopes her award-winning French-rooted cuisine inspires pleasure and satisfaction above all—but knows that it’s sometimes impossible to avoid the spice of politics. The question of how far to wade into political territory—without distracting from the food she concocts—is often on her mind. “I’ve always tried not to be preachy in my restaurants,” she said on a recent episode of Bite podcast.

But some causes tip the scales. On Jardiniere’s receipts, she now includes a tiny message at the bottom that reads, “Immigrants make America great! They also cooked and served you dinner this evening.“Immigrants are the backbone of the restaurant world,” Des Jardins says. “I think it’s incredibly important in the political climate that we’re

“Immigrants are the backbone of the restaurant world,” Des Jardins says. “I think it’s incredibly important in the political climate that we’re in to really acknowledge that.” But even in liberal San Francisco, not all diners agree, she says:

“We’ve had people write on the bottom of the checks: ‘I’ll never come back here again,’” after seeing the message. “There’s a lot of vitriol.”

In early September, President Donald Trump rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that allowed certain undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers to procure two-year work permits. Though the program is slated to end, roughly 154,000 immigrants in the country are eligible to renew their benefits one more time if they file before October 5 for a fee of $495.

And Des Jardins was once again drawn into a political cause. It started with chef Andrea Lawson Gray, author of Celebraciones Mexicanas and a private chef in San Francisco who runs a group of top-rated local private chefs. “The night Trump was elected, I felt we really needed to do something,” Lawson Gray says.  “We had the power to put ourselves together and create a meal for good.”

When she learned that the DACA program was ending, Lawson Gray thought first of her daughter-in-law, a former Dreamer who had finally qualified for her permanent residency just weeks before. The aha moment arrived when a friend put Lawson Gray in touch with Mission Asset Fund, a nonprofit lending organization that is providing financial assistance to more than 2,000 Dreamers eligible for DACA renewal, many of whom can’t afford the fee.

Lawson Gray spent the next three weeks organizing a benefit dinner to raise funds for Mission Asset’s scholarship. One of the chefs who agreed to help was Rogelio Garcia, executive chef of Des Jardins’ The Commissary restaurant. He approached Des Jardins about the benefit, and she offered up a dining room at her restaurant Jardiniere. “I think Rogelio got the impression that this would happen,” Lawson Gray says of Des Jardins’ offer. “I think this is very personal for her.”

Des Jardins’grandparents came from Mexico, and she has employed DACA recipients at her restaurants. “They’re part of the fabric of our culture, and they have a place here,” Des Jardins told CBS Local.

The dinner, which took place on September 25, raised nearly $10,000 that night, with donations continuing to arrive in the days after. Lawson Gray, one of the four chefs preparing the dinner, made blackberry mole with shredded chicken on a puree of sweet plantains, served on a blue corn tortilla topped with queso fresco and a plantain chip. Two Dreamers spoke about their own experiences and the importance of renewals.

The day after the event, Lawson Gray reflected that the dinner really seemed to “touch a nerve for people,” and said she believes it was the first event of its kind in the country. City leaders in pockets of the country, and Rhode Island’s governor, have also offered funding for DACA renewals, but Lawson Gray hadn’t heard of any other chef events like this one. She hopes to work on similar politically inspired fundraising dinners in the future. “Just take whatever talents you have and get together with other people and make things happen,” she urges.

 See Chef Andrea Lawson Gray being interviewed on KPIX 5 here!