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Enjoy a professionally prepared gourmet meal in the comfort of your beautiful Sayulita vacation villa. Allow Sofia to come to your home and prepare one of her amazing dishes for your friends and family.

Sofia has been preparing gourmet food all of her life – “Food is my passion”

She looks forward to sharing her expertise and her wonderful meals with you in the privacy of your Sayulita Vacation Villa.

You may either choose from Sofia’s menus which include traditional Mexican meals with a gourmet flair of  Italian, Moroccan, Indian, Vegetarian and Vegan, or work with Sofia to create your own personalized menu.

SOFIA WILL CATER ANY EVENT FOR YOU FROM A FAMILY VACATIONTO WEDDINGS, WEDDING REHEARSALS, BIRTHDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES,ETC

Each dinner includes two side dishes, a main course, and a dessert.  “I love dessert – I am known for my desserts.”

SOFIA WILL CATER ANY TYPE OF EVENT FOR YOU FROM A FAMILY VACATION, WEDDINGS, WEDDING REHEARSALS, ANNIVERSARIES, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, ETC

Sofia's recipes have been featured in the Chicago Tribune. Click here to read full article.

 

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Sofia will come to your home with all she needs to prepare you an amazing meal that will add a special element to your Sayulita Vacation.

Sofia is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and gourmet cooking.

Here is what people that have tried Sofia’s Gourmet meals have to say:

 

“During our vacation, we were planning to spend several evenings exploring some of the restaurants in town.   In the end, we never ate out once. We loved your cooking so much that we looked forward to it each night, we could not imagine eating anything else. Thank you.

 

 

“Thank you for giving us the option to enjoy a gourmet meal in the privacy and comfort of our beautiful vacation home. You made our 20th anniversary very special.”

 

"Your food is so fresh and healthy it makes us feel very good and satisfied without feeling stuffed"

 

"You have made our vacation very special and different"

More testimonials at the bottom

Please contact Sofia to arrange a gourmet meal in the privacy and comfort of your vacation villa. Spend an evening home, enjoying wonderful food and wonderful surroundings.

 

Special note:

Sofia's clients are welcome to join in with the cooking process and learn how this chef works with and prepares local ingredients into fabulous dishes. This really makes for a great cultural experience for your entire group.

 

MEXICAN MENUS



MEXICAN MENU # 1: FISH

APPETIZER: TOASTED PUMPKIN SEED DIP WITH TORTILLA CHIPS; a Mayan appetizer typical from the Yucatán peninsula, made with roasted tomatoes and spices, a very interesting blend of flavors, definitely worth trying!

MAIN COURSE: FISH FILLET IN CILANTRO PESTO; catch of the day topped with a mild spicy cilantro pesto, topped with avocado slices.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: GUAVA CHEESECAKE; a creamy cheesecake made with an aromatic tropical exotic fruit on a homemade cookie crumb crust.

MEXICAN MENU # 2: CHICKEN

APPETIZER: TOMATILLO SALAD WITH TOSTADAS AND CREAM; a traditional Michoacan state dish, a nice fresh chopped salad served over Tostadas with cream.

MAIN COURSE: CHICKEN ENCHILADAS WITH MANGO SAUCE; off the beaten path enchiladas made with a unique sauce of Achiote (a Mayan spice), mango and other Mexican ingredients. They can be spicy or mild.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: CITRUS COCONUT CAKE; a moist cake in which orange, lime and coconut blend very nicely.

 

MENU #3 FISH AND /OR SHRIMP:

APPETIZER: CUCUMBER CUPS WITH SHRIMP SALAD; stuffed cucumber slices with Mediterranean and Mexican flavors.

MAIN COURSE; FISH AND/OR SHRIMP WITH GINGER-ORANGE SAUCE; fresh catch of the day served with a very delicate ginger citrus sauce.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: FLOURLESS TEQUILA-CHOCOLATE CAKE; a truffle-like cake infused with tequila, served with fresh strawberries.

MENU #4 BEEF:

APPETIZER: TROPICAL GUACAMOLE; an exotic version of the classic with chunks of fresh mango OR pineapple, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: BEEF PICADILLO; ground beef stewed with vegetables, almonds and a kick of chipotle chili.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FLAN; a mixture between a flan and a cheesecake served with fresh fruit OR chocolate sauce on top.

MENU #5 CHICKEN:

APPETIZER: SHRIMP PATÉ; a smooth shrimp spread jazzed up with Mexican flavors, served with crackers. This is a traditional dish of Nayarit state.

MAIN COURSE: GREEN CHICKEN MOLE; a very unique dish made with toasted pumpkin seeds, tomatillos and Mexican spices, highly recommended! If you are adventurous, the pumpkin seeds can be substituted with pistachio nuts.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: LIME-COCONUT FLAN; topped with caramel.

MENU #6 FISH:

APPETIZER: TOASTED SESAME BEAN DIP; a creamy dip made with beans and toasted sesame seeds, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: PECAN CRUSTED MAHI MAHI WITH MANGO PICO DE GALLO; fresh fillets coated with a yummy pecan crust and topped with a spicy mango pico de gallo salsa (if mangos are not in season, pineapple will be used instead).

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: BANANA-RUM BREAD PUDDING; made with fresh bananas, topped with a caramel sauce.

MENU #7 PORK:

APPETIZER: GUACAMOLE; prepared in my own style with some secret ingredients, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: PORK IN ACHIOTE SAUCE; this is a classic Mayan dish from the Yucatán peninsula, baked marinated pork in a flavorful red tangy sauce, served with pickled red onions. Very good in tacos too!

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: COFFE-CINNAMON FLAN; topped with a caramel sauce

MENU #8 FISH:

APPETIZER: CUCUMBER SLICES WITH SHRIMP SALAD; stuffed cucumber slices with Mediterranean and Mexican flavors.

MAIN COURSE: FISH IN JUNGLE SAUCE AND CORN GNOCCHI: fresh catch of the day cooked with a green sauce made with exotic Mexican herbs (one of them is called HOJA SANTA or “sacred herb”), topped with homemade corn dough gnocchi. Very unique!

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

DESSERT: MEXICAN RICE PUDDING; very creamy, infused with vanilla and cinnamon.

 

MENU #9 VEGETARIAN:

APPETIZER: MEXICAN SALSA FRESCA; also known as pico de gallo, served with tortilla chips.

MAIN COURSE: CHILE RELLENO SOUFFLE; the light healthy version of the famous chile relleno. Worth trying!

SIDES: RICE SALAD; made with brown and wild rice and a nice light dressing. SAUTÉED BROCOLI; flavored with lime and toasted almonds.

DESSERT: KEY LIME PIE; topped with fresh strawberries and fresh mint.

MENU #10 SHRIMP ENCHILADAS:

APPETIZER: ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS DIP; a Mayan classic spiced with Habanero Chili. Served with corn chips.

MAIN COURSE: SHRIMP AND SPINACH ENCHILADAS WITH TOMATILLO SAUCE; spicy and tangy, topped with melted cheese.

SIDE DISHES: please choose 2 from the list below.

CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH MOLE FROSTING; served with vanilla sauce a delectable combination of flavors.

If you want to interchange any side dishes from any menu it is possible, as well as for desserts. If you have any other request please let me know and we can work it out.

 

SIDE DISHES FOR MEXICAN MENUS (you may choose 2)

REFRIED BEANS: Either black beans or regular pinto or another similar variety, mashed beans with olive oil, light and healthy.

WHOLE BEANS: Slow cooked beans in a nice stew.

DRUNKEN BEANS: Slow cooked beans in a beer stew served with chopped onion, cilantro and Serrano chili, if desired.

CHIPOTLE INFUSEDE BLACK BEANS

RICE: Mexican red rice with tomato sauce and chopped veggies.

WHITE RICE: with fresh herbs.

POBLANO RICE; a green colored rice with Poblano chilies, very tasty!

MASHED POTATOES

SALAD: Fresh greens and seasonal vegetables served with one of the following homemade dressings:

-Honey Mustard vinaigrette

-Lavender dressing

-Chipotle vinaigrette

-Italian herb infused oil vinaigrette

SAUTEED SEASONAL VEGETABLES; sprinkled with fresh herbs or mild spices and olive oil.

YOU MAY INTERCHANGE APPETIZERS, SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS FROM ANY MENU. IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL REQUEST LET ME KNOW... WE CAN WORK IT OUT! VEGAN MENUS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

 
INTERNATIONAL MENUS

ITALIAN MENU # 1

APPETIZER: TOMATO OLIVE BRUSCHETTA

MAIN COURSE: PASTA WITH PESTO SAUCE AND SHRIMP

SIDE DISH: SALAD WITH YOUR CHOICE OF HOMEMADE DRESSING

DESSERT: CHOCOLATE SEMIFREDDO; a frozen chocolate mousse with almonds and coconut and topped with a dark chocolate homemade sauce

ITALIAN MENU # 2

APPETIZER: BLACK OLIVE AND ANCHOVY DIP; served with bread

MAIN COURSE: MAHI MAHI FISH FILLET WITH SPICES, TOMATO AND WHITE WINE SAUCE

SIDE DISH: SALAD WITH YOUR CHOICE OF HOMEMADE DRESSING

DESSERT: TIRAMISU;  made with authentic mascarpone cheese and gooood espresso coffee

MEDITERRANEAN MENU

APPETIZER: CUCUMBER BITES WITH SHRIMP SALAD; cucumber cups stuffed with a unique mixture of cooked shrimp, garlic, olive oil and herbs

MAIN COURSE:STEWED CHICKEN WITH LEMON AND OLIVES

SIDE DISHES: GREEK SALAD AND SAFFRON RICE

DESSERT: ALMOND LEMON CAKE

MOROCCAN MENU

APPETIZER: HUMUS WITH PITA BREAD OR VEGETABLES

MAIN COURSE: MOROCCAN CHICKEN; stewd chicken with morocan spices and almonds

SIDE DISHES:COUS COUS AND CUCUMBER SALAD WITH YOGURT

DESSERT: SPICED COFFEE CARDAMOM CAKE

VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN MENUS ALSO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

 

MORE TESTIMONIALS

It was wonderful to hear from you! All of us think of you with such wonderful memories and warm hearts! You managed to make our vacation in Sayulita a perfect one! Your incredible personality was like the delicious icing on top of a moist “melt in your mouth” cake, which symbolizes your amazing abilities to create and cook a mouth watering, perfect meal! All of us could taste the love you put in every bite of delectable food!
Our very best to you always,
Karen & Tom Hill

From simple, balanced breakfasts through decadent desserts, Sofia's creative, soulful and delicious meals were the highlight of our yoga retreat. We loved how she expertly integrated our dietary restrictions and health consciousness with her inspiration from what was fresh and local.  Her healthy and mouthwatering cuisine is grounded in her Mexican roots.The way it smells,tastes, looks and feels, every dish tells a story. It's clear that Sofia's heart goes into her food, each meal bursting with unique inspiration.  Sofia is always willing to teach her culinary tricks and share her signature recipes. Make sure you get a taste of her Coconut-Lime Flan, it's out of this world! Britt Fohrman, Yoga Instructor, San Francisco, CA

Sofia is a remarkably talented chef who creates exotic, delicious and beautiful food for any palette. From traditional Mexican cuisine to vegetarian or vegan fare, She is your local gourmet artist in Sayulita. All of Sofia's dishes are created from scratch with only the freshest ingredients and made to order, including her deeply satisfying handmade chocolates. Sofia is a joy to work with, is punctual and takes care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy the cornucopia of bliss that she creates for you! Claudette

Recommendations for Personal Chef
Rating: 4.98 out of 5 (based on 47 reviews)
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5/5
The BEST DINNER WE HAVE EVER HAD AT ANY EVENT!!!

Do not wait... please book Sofia as soon as possible! We just returned from Sayulita where Sofia prepared our wedding dinner and desert for 20 people. Every single aspect of her service from pre-wedding communication to the food itself was an absolute 10. Several of our guest said it was one of the best meals they have ever had. I cannot give Sofia and her staff enough praise. Thank you! Truffles... bliss!! Pecan Crusted Mahi mahi..... heavenly.

Recommended by: Geoff & Mylene (Vancouver, Canada)
On: 11/25/14
|Date of Stay: November, 2014
5/5
Delicious!

If you are looking for someone to make your vacation easier, hire Chef Sofia! We had her come to our rental house twice, and it was perfect each time. She was very easy to work with, flexible, brought everything she needed, packed up leftovers for us, and cleaned up as well. Her food was better than the any of the restaurants in town! I would recommend her to anyone visiting Sayulita!

Recommended by: Roxanne (Denver, CO)
On: 11/15/14
|Date of Stay: October, 2014
5/5
Wonderful authentic food and drink

We hired Sofia to prepare a dinner on site for a large group (18) for my daughter's 30th birthday. Prior to arriving we communicated about the menu and made our selections with her help. We were extremely pleased with the quality of the ingredients, the variety and selection and her service. She arrived, with a helper, about an hour and a half prior to cocktail hour. Quietly and efficiently prepped the meal, set up the bar as well as service tables. Meal was fresh, local and DELICIOUS!! Would highly recommend Sofia and her mates.

Recommended by: Deb Gibson (Santa Barbara, CA)
On: 08/04/14
|Date of Stay: July, 2014
5/5
DELICIOUS! Sofia and her team were wonderful!

We hired Sofia, Clementina and Ernesto to cook for a large group of us while visiting Sayulita. We were renting a home there in town so they came to us! They brought everything with them, so if you don't have a full kitchen, they will make it work. Everything was absolutely delicious and authentic. Sofia caters the menu to seasonal cuisine and has great recommendations and a TON of options. They were all very fun and professional. I HIGHLY recommend Sofia for any personal chef experience in Sayulita. Very reasonably priced as well.

Recommended by: Alison (United States)
On: 07/31/14
|Date of Stay: July, 2014
5/5
Great event and presentation

Sophia was fabulous and the food was crazy good. She was easy to work with up front via email and she knew exactly what the expectation was. When she got to our casa she dove in and whipped up a great meal and served it with pride. The apps and drinks were great too. Not too much food but enough to cover a light lunch the next day with left overs. She is colorful and fun. When she was done the place was left spotless while we lounged in the pool with our bellies full. A pleasure that I highly recommend.

Recommended by: Brit (United States)
On: 07/30/14
|Date of Stay: July, 2014
5/5
Give yourself a real treat!

Our family rented a house in Sayulita and it was wonderful to have Sofia and her assistant, Teresa, come to prepare gourmet meals for us and then do all of the cleanup! My family (sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins) relaxed and played music and enjoyed being together while she prepared our dinner. Sofia's food is delicious! Her pecan-crusted mahi mahi and citrus coconut cake were to die for! We also enjoyed chicken enchiladas (enough left over for the next day) and scrumptious key lime pie. Her appetizers were a big hit, too! Make it a real vacation by asking Sofia to cook for you! You will be glad you did.

Recommended by: Anne Marie (Boulder, Colorado)
On: 04/19/14
|Date of Stay: April, 2014
5/5
A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Sofia and her wonderful assistant Theresa arrived right on time with arms full of fresh, beautiful ingredients. For 2 hours they prepared exquisite food, and all the while Sofia chatted easily with us about what she was doing, but also about her experiences living & working in the region. She was delightful! But even that was nothing compared to the bliss of eating her food, or sipping on her incredible margaritas. She was happy to make sure I, as the only vegetarian in the group, had just as many luscious dishes as everyone else. Every bite was amazing, but her key lime pie was truly out of this world. I'll remember this meal as one of the top three I have EVER eaten!

Recommended by: LuEllen Casler (Lakewood, CO)
On: 04/19/14
|Date of Stay: April, 2014
5/5
Great imaginative food.

Best guacamole I have ever eaten! All the food was great and Sophia gives you so many wonderful choices.

Recommended by: Donna Saunders (United States)
On: 03/31/14
|Date of Stay: March, 2014
5/5
Excellent food and service!!!!

We hired Sofia to cater our wedding in Sayulita and we were so thankful that we did. The food was amazing so many compliments from guests. Sofia went above and beyond our expectations helping us in every way she could arranging all sorts of different services. All of her workers were great and very professional, providing the best service and ensured that everything went smooth. Her prices are very fair and all of her food is made from scratch. We highly recommend that you take advantage of her excellent services, our wedding would not have been the same without her. Thanks so much Sofia.

Recommended by: Wes (Alaska)
On: 03/24/14
|Date of Stay: March, 2014
5/5
Wonderful experience!

Sofia came to our rental casa outside of Sayulita and prepared a scrumptious meal, which included Mohitos, Marguaritas, appetizers, and an exquisite dinner for 8. She had multiple menu suggestions, which we decided on ahead of time....her flavorful dishes were beyond expectation. She served us out on our beachfront patio....timing between courses afforded us ample time to enjoy conversation without feeling rushed. Her gracious presence between the kitchen and patio was unintrusive, yet when we chatted with her she was friendly and informative.....the whole evening was memorable: charming hostess, awesome food with true Mexican flair, the best drinks, and a clean kitchen when all was done!

Recommended by: Maureen (United States)
On: 03/11/14
|Date of Stay: March, 2014
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