Several years ago we experienced Chef Monique’s culinary skills through a series of specialty dinners, so when it came time to organize a family reunion we knew we wanted to have Monique and her Crave crew do the catering for our group of forty-plus. Reserving Chef Monique and Crave was the top priority in planning the weekend festivities!
What we had not previously experienced was being a part of the planning process and found that to be as enjoyable as her dinners. Chef Monique and Sous Chef Leah are not only talented chefs, they asked pertinent questions and are great listeners, and very quickly came up with a menu that was a perfect fit for our group which spanned in age from 2 months to 92 years - and seamlessly allowed for a range of dietary and culinary needs.
Once the menu was finalized, the rest was easy... at least for us. Every detail was handled professionally - emails were promptly answered, contracts were detailed and clear, rental equipment ordered, adjustments made without a problem. Honestly, there was not one moment of stress involved in the entire process!
The night of the dinner everything went off beautifully. Every person from Crave was fantastic to work with from set-up to clean-up. And the food... it is hard to describe how delicious every course of the dinner was and how beautifully it was presented. (Our only regret is that we were enjoying our party so much we forgot to take pictures.)
Crave also came to our rescue bright and early the next morning with a wonderful “Farewell Sunday Brunch”. Working within a very tight time schedule, they served a brunch that managed to make everyone feel at home and relaxed before leaving for their drives or flights home.
Everyone raved about the dinner and brunch and were so appreciative of the details that allowed all four generations to take part in and enjoy this family gathering. We can’t thank Chef Monique and everyone at Crave enough for making this a memorable weekend for all. - Pam L. & Marc W.
Words are not adequate enough to express how thrilled we were with the special food Crave Culinary Arts created for our daughter-in-law and son's wedding rehearsal dinner, which was served on-site at The Cattle Barn at the Ranch on Swauk Creek in Cle Elum, Washington. Chef Monique was phenomenal to work with and her unique approach to planning a menu was a perfect fit. Whereas most caterers ask clients to choose from preset food options, she asked about our budget and favorite food genres and then designed a personalized meal from there. Throughout the planning, Chef Monique was very responsive to our input and she was especially flexible on the day of the event when we had to adjust the start time for dinner. To say the food was delicious and that everyone enjoyed themselves would be an understatement. Chef Monique and her staff at Crave Culinary Arts helped to make our family event truly memorable! - Rachel F.
Our family was lucky to have found Chef Monique to prepare a fabulous meal for us at our rented Suncadia house. We had a fun time doing an interactive cooking experience preparing appetizers with a little friendly competition between groups. Monique and her team were very organized and professional. The food was prepared perfectly and we especially enjoyed our beautiful dessert of chocolate mousse served in a chocolate tulip cup! This was our first experience using a private chef and I would highly recommend Chef Monique. - Theresa P.
Crave Culinary did a wonderful job catering our 130 person wedding in Cle Elum. The food was absolutely amazing, our guests raved about it afterwards. Monique was wonderful to work with and made the whole process of choosing a menu very fun. I can’t wait to use Crave Culinary again! - Andrea K.
Chef Monique is an outstanding and responsive professional, from first conversation through planning, execution, and final billing. Chef’s culinary skill is superb and her service throughout the meal is impeccable. It can be daunting to hire a chef without experiencing their food or demeanor firsthand; do not entertain a second thought when choosing to hire Crave Culinary Arts. The company, and Chef Monique specifically, will not disappoint. - Olwyn L.
Chef Monique & her team catered a stunning dinner to kick off our 2017 Manager’s Retreat. Our team consisted of a full spectrum of appetites – hungry construction guys through to ladies with small appetites. With over 20 people to cater to Chef had her work cut out for her!
Leading up to the event, Chef kept in touch with me and was specific about what she needed from me to ensure the event was a success. Her team arrived on time and took over the kitchen in the lodge we had rented. They prepared scrumptious charcuterie and imported cheeses to snack on while we sniffed the delights from the kitchen.
Our mains were served buffet style and both meats (rib-eye and pork) was cooked to absolute perfection – even the master grillers in our crew commented on how good it was! The dessert of molten chocolate cake was divine and a hit with absolutely everyone.
The best part was after dinner, Chef and her team cleared the tables, cleaned the kitchen, stacked and ran the dishwasher – all while our team relaxed and raved about the meal we were served. I can’t recommend Chef Monique and her team enough – next time we will be sure to reach out to them. If you are looking for a highly qualified Chef who will go out of her way to ensure your event is a success (for everyone!), stop right here. You’ve found her. - Theresa P.
Where do I begin to describe how AMAZING my experience was with Crave Catering and Chef Monique??
To begin – as a busy professional in Seattle, scheduling with me can be difficult. Chef Monique was prompt, professional, and organized during every planning call we had to discuss my husband’s surprise 30th birthday destination celebration. I very much appreciated that scheduling and communication were almost effortless on my part throughout the process!
The planning – I felt like Chef Monique became a friend during our discussions around my husband’s likes, dislikes, herbs, flavors, meats, vegetables, whiskeys and wines to really get a sense for what I was looking for and how I wanted to go about perfectly executing our event for my VERY particular husband with extremely specific preferences! Chef Monique created the absolute perfect menu with recommended pairings for each of our courses and even located the alcohol selections at a store near my home for ease of ordering and pickup – major time saver for me to not have to search for these on my own!
The details – due to my desired ‘getaway’ destination of Eastern Washington, we weren’t sure whether the rental supplies would achieve the look and feel of the evening. Chef Monique coordinate the rentals of the appropriate dishware, linens, and detailed look without me having to lift a finger!
The event – WOW, and I mean, WOW! My husband, the one with the particular preferences who is often hard to impress due to his level of attention to detail was speechless when he walked into discover the surprise dinner and table set for our dinner party. Each course continued to improve upon the previous, and every dish was not only beautiful in presentation, but the flavor profiles were impeccably executed! The support staff was friendly and attentive without being intrusive into our event, Chef Monique explained the details of each dish presented, and my party of ‘foodies’ who have experienced international and local renowned cuisine left saying this was the best meal they’ve EVER had!
We cannot wait to hire Chef Monique and her team at Crave Catering for another event very soon! - Kat W.
Monique and her team were awesome! Super flexible, affordable and what a great meal! Highly organized, easy to work with and lots of energy! Can’t wait to use her again!!! - Paul T.
I want to give a testimony to Chef Monique on her professionalism and communication skills. Although she has not catered an event for us yet, I could tell by talking with her the passion that she has for cooking and making sure that each event/gathering she caters is a special and unique experience for each guest. I was also really impressed with her communication – she always got back to be with a quick and prompt answer. I am looking forward to our next upcoming gatherings so that we can use Chef Monique. - Stephanie J.
Awesome catering! Monique and her team provide excellent service and an amazing customized and creative menu. - Cara F.
I would hire Chef Monique again in a heartbeat! We had a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in a home we rented in Suncadia. Other than pictures of the space, I had never been there. It looked like the home had a nice kitchen and a dining table for the buffet. We could not check in until 4pm and the dinner was at 7pm! Besides moving furniture, hanging lights, setting up beverage stations and decorating the space, I had the rehearsal to attend. Chef Monique and her team walked in, to what seemed like chaos, prepared and presented a beautiful buffet! We had worked together deciding on the menu online and the selection was ideal (and not the same food the guests would be enjoying at the wedding reception the next night). I am extremely picky and I thought the food was perfection (and nary a mushroom, per my request!). Guests that night, who are excellent cooks themselves, raved about the dishes served! Bravo, Chef Monique! - Colette S.
Crave did an amazing job during our company conference. The food is beyond exceptional and the staff was wonderful. I highly recommend Crave for any event you need! - CMolly B.
Chef Monique provided 2 custom brunches for our Son’s wedding. The brunches were a big hit with everyone in the house and with the Groomsmen. A European brunch and a Montana breakfast menu were made with such love and detail. I would hire her team again in a heartbeat! Very professional and the food was magnificent! Just, WOW! - Leslie G.
We contracted with Chef Monique and Crave Culinary for a small private event in a home in Suncadia Resort. The Crave team was great and felt like part of our group by the end of the night. The food that we selected was served in a timely manner and had a dash of “delight and surprise” in each dish. The portions were healthy and the entire event went seamlessly. We would definitely use them again! - Lynne D.
A, kneebucklingly good, night to remember.
We were lucky enough to have Chef Monique create, for us, an unbelievable three course dinner for four, at our home. I can say, without reservation, that her food was the best I’ve eaten, not just in Roslyn but, really as long as I can remember. Each incredible dish was prepared perfectly, then matched expertly with wine. Chef Monique was a pleasure to work with as well; promt communication, always professional, and passionate about what she does. I cannot wait to have another occasion to take advantage of her amazing talents. - Jen S.
Are you really THAT good a cook? I sure thought I was. But Chef Monique and her gracious staff have proved me wrong. Or maybe they have proved me RIGHT for having the good sense to trust them to create and serve show-stopping dinners again and again.
Trust Chef Monique to work with you to design the perfect menu–from a casual smoked ribs and chicken dinner, to the most elegant, intimate Valentine tribute to Julia Child. She’s buttoned up. She’s got the culinary chops. And she knows food.
I’m writing this still in the throes of a food coma after the five-course dinner Chef Monique served at our home. Her staff did everything from polishing the silver and folding the napkins to cleaning up afterwards. And in between? Imaginative, gracious, culinary perfection.
What did I do? Let’s see…I actually ENJOYED myself at my own dinner party.
Whether you’re serving 60 or eight (and Chef Monique has done both for us), Crave Culinary is your best decision. Ever. - Kathleen H.
Chef Monique’s Mexican Fiesta for 26 was the crown event at the 60th Birthday party celebration. The weekend was magic as it happened and all along I felt in good hands leaving the entire dinner party meal up to her. Chef Monique was professional from the very start of this process, possessing extensive knowledge of food, cuisine and nutrition. Her passion for creating a perfect meal experience for us came through in her attention to the details, grasping and synthesizing myriad details to pull off a magnificent, delicious feast for us, a discriminating group of foodies. Her vast experience as chef helped me as she was flexible when my inexperience at party planning required changes to our plans. She communicates clearly. Her prices were quite fair. And the Carne Asade Yucatena meal was distinctive and delicious. I recommend Crave Culinary Arts highly. - Tanya K.
Crave Culinary catered the rehearsal dinner for my wedding (20+ ppl). The food was AMAZING! Chef Monique created four unique multi-course menus to choose from, and they all sounded so good it was hard to decide. The food presentation was beautiful and elegant, we were all very impressed. She also paired a specialty lemongrass martini to accompany the pan – Asian menu we selected. - Amber M.
Chef Monique did an amazing job with our wedding and rehearsal dinner! She was so easy to work with reducing the stress in such a typically stressful situation. She gave us multiple choices for food with a great selection to choose from. She worked within our budget making changes as needed. All of her employees were very professional and courteous. The food was extraordinary! The guests were also very pleased. From appetizers to dessert everything was incredible- better than I had ever imagined! She also helped with the rental company making our job even easier. I would highly recommend using Crave Culinary Arts, and will use them in the future when the need arises! - Jamie S.
Chef Monique and her fabulous Crave crew catered our mother’s 80th birthday party at Suncadia. From the very beginning it was apparent our experience was going to be exceptional! Chef Monique helped us plan an exquisite 5-course meal with perfect wine paring suggestions. The food was absolutely delicious and service superb. From beginning to end it was an A+ experience. Thank you again for the evening. Your food and service made the night so very special and very relaxing as you and your crew did everything! The kitchen was spotless afterwards and we were full for hours - Krista P.
I absolutely LOVED my experience with Chef Monique and Crave. Chef Monique recently catered my wedding and it was flawless! Everyone knows how stressful weddings can be – I was able to avoid that. The menu planning was fun and inventive, the team were all wonderful and the food was delicious! Literally every person at my wedding talked about how good the food was. Not to sound cliche, but the next morning I definitely CRAVED the food I’d had the night before. Maybe that’s where the name came from? If I did it over, I would ask to make extra to keep in the fridge for the next day – I couldn’t get the deviled eggs off of my mind!! The team was kind, professional and a pleasure to work with. I could not have been happier and will definitely be a return customer. - Sarah S.
Yes, She is that good. 5 out of 5 stars does not seem adequate for what this brilliant chef can create.
In planning my parents 45 wedding anniversary I was in need a booking a fabulous chef in a city I was not familiar with. After researching her website and within minutes of speaking with her I knew I had found our chef. She was smart, professional, creative and most of all was so passionate about her work. Unlike other chefs I’ve worked with, she seemed to take the most time really understanding our vision and theme of our event, really drilling down to what was most important to us. She wanted to create a unique, personal experience, using nothing but the freshest ingredients. She even came up with a delightful menu for the little kids in our family making them feel just as special as the rest of us. She took care of all the rentals, the set up and break down of our evening. I never lifted a finger. They took care of EVERYTHING! Chef Monique and her team were so incredible, truly going above and beyond what was asked of them. I even threw in a last minute request for a cookie creation for my daughters birthday and she whipped it up and delivered it without a problem. I plan on hiring her again, and again and again. She is simply the best. - Amy F.
I must begin with, I have not had Crave cater an event for me specifically, please know I definitely will! My experience with Crave was attending an exhibition type of event at the Stone House in Roslyn. The food and presentation were both OUTSTANDING. It was several courses of seafood and my mouth waters just thinking about it! Even things I typically don’t eat (I’m fussy about texture) were prepared so deliciously, I would have been remiss to pass them up! I will definitely have a catered event in the future and I will definitely use Crave for that event. Highly, highly recommended. - Wendy P.
Monique catered a dinner for our family of 17 while we were staying at Suncadia. Monique was easy to work with and she came up with a really great menu. The dinner was amazing with excellent food & service! - Janet P.
Monique and her team created a fresh, flavorful and wonderful dinner at our wedding. Not only was her staff professional, while working in the outdoor summer elements, they were friendly and kind. Our guests said the food was the best they have ever had at a wedding!! We wanted a flavor profile that would surprise and challenge the usual “wedding spread” and her team succeed! Monique went above and beyond to make our special day special and yummy! Thank you! - Alicia G.
We used Monique to cater my Son’s wedding rehersal dinner. To say the food was incredible would be an understatement. Monique and my wife worked together to finalize the perfect menu, she was very flexible and provided multiple options. We had hoped to host the event outside at the home we rented in Sun Cadia. Weather forced us inside, where we had seat 34 people in a small living area. Monique was quick to provide input in order to insure everyone was comfortable. Let’s just say the working space was a bit cramped and kitchen preparation area was far from perfect. But Monique did not let either take away from providing a 5 star meal and service to our quests. AMAZING!!!! - Will D.
I helped plan a 40th birthday in Suncadia and Chef Monique was incredible to work with for this event. She was super professional, a great communicator and the food was outstanding. I would recommend her and her staff for any event – she caters to your needs and creates menus that speak to any group. I’m planning to use her for at least two more events this year. - Michelle S.
We are so grateful for Monique and her staff for the delicious prime rib dinner. Everyone raved over the perfectly cooked prime rib, and the au jus sauce was phenomenal. My son-n-law said it was the best horseradish sauce he has every had. The mashed potatoes were so yummy. What a treat to have a professional chef prepare our fabulous dinner for my husband’s 70th birthday. Cooking for thirty people of various ages would have been a challenge for me, but Monique did it with such ease and poise. She is definitely a 5 Star chef! - Sharon D.
We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with our family. While it was a small dinner party, we wanted it to be special and without any of us having to do the work. Monique at Crave was suggested….. What a wonderful surprise! This turned from a small celebration to a major epicurean experience! Monique first phoned and asked questions regarding food likes and dislikes, the formality of the event, etc. I then received a couple of sample menus to choose from and ended up choosing some items from both menus. Each course was simply amazing! Her assistants were delightful and they disappeared between courses, which allowed us our private family time. And I was thrilled to learn she would travel to Seattle to do a repeat performance! - Deeann B.
As an event planner, I can honestly attest that Chef Monique is amazing. I completely recommend using her for all your catering needs. Not only is the food artistic and amazing to look at, but the taste is out of this world. She is extremely knowledge and is so easy to work with. I have used her several times for many of gatherings. - Susan S.
Over the past few years, we have had occasion to participate in many meals prepared by Chef Monique at Crave Culinary Arts. Without exception, every one has been over the top!. If you would like to have a private dinner in your home, Crave Culinary Arts is the place to call, turn it over to Chef Monique and you would have no worries – wedding? wine tasting? Hors D’oeurves?, Birthday party? I would recommend Crave Culinary Arts without reservation. Chef Monique is a veritable gold mine!” - Eileen S.
Crave Culinary Arts is a gem in the small town of Roslyn, WA. My husband and I attended one of Chef Monique’s theme dinners last fall and were treated to an experience usually found in a large metropolis. The wine pairings, food presentation, atmosphere, and amazing flavors of the multi-course meal were expertly prepared. We eagerly await to see what else Chef Monique has up her sleeve! - Maria A.