They Love Us!
We are tremendously blessed to have worked with so many wonderful customers. Thank you so much for your support – we feel the love!
I just wanted to say thank you for the many years of help with menus, serving amazing meals, and last minute rescues! You are truly a top professional that stands above others. I wish you good health and great continued success.
Almut W., UCSC
I wanted to thank you so much for the delicious food you catered for our event on Friday. The canapés looked like little masterpieces of art and you put the menu together with so much thoughtfulness, love and expertise that it was obvious you enjoy your business. Thank you for making us look good through such a wonderful spread, flowers and set up. Last not least, I thought it was wonderful working with you. You have such an inspirational can-do spirit that makes it a great pleasure to work with you. You worked with our time and location constraints and were so flexible with our needs. Being the professional that you are, you were able to take any worries off my mind and I was able to proceed with the meeting. I am so happy to know you and your business.
For my husband’s 60th birthday, I planned a surprise party at the Front Street Kitchen. Andrea Mollenauer was fantastic in helping me set up the French themed menu, and she was professional and easy to work with. We had a party where we cooked some of the meal, and the food shopping, prep work and clean up were done by Andrea and her staff, leaving us to enjoy assembling the meal while socializing. I thought it might be like “herding cats”, but Andrea got us loosely organized, gave us a recipe, and she and her crew gave pointers and help, as needed. It was a terrific way for everyone to get to know everyone else, while drinking, laughing and cooking. The food was delicious and many of our friends asked for recipes! Andrea also gave a brief history of French food to our group. She is incredibly knowledgeable about foods of the world! She made it fun, interesting and even my foodie husband was impressed and learned a few things! Andrea was enthusiastic, and helped me plan a party that stayed within my budget. I so appreciate her helping me make his big 6-0 birthday memorable!
Mark & Sara
We decided to consult with Andrea Mollenauer about catering our wedding. She came highly recommended by a chef who we like. He said “Andrea will not disappoint you” and boy was he right. Andrea is a gourmet chef and manages Lifestyle Culinary Arts. We intially met with her at a café in Santa Cruz. Andrea was generous with her time and had lots of great suggestions about wedding planning in addition to her focus on the food. Andrea was zero pressure, just telling us what she could do and finding out how that intersected with what we wanted for our wedding. We met a few weeks later at her large Scotts Valley facility where she had prepared a number of sample items to taste. They were absolutely delicious, every single one. Andrea understands flavor and how to optimize it through careful selection, proper prep, watchful cooking and perfect seasoning. She can do it all, appetizers, main courses, baked items, pastry; she even makes her own custom spiced chocolate sauces from scratch. The big question was answered. Andrea can cook, in fact she is a spectacularly talented chef…
Andrea recently catered an event for us, and my husband and I both agreed that we are now spoiled. We can’t imagine having a party without her food and service. She is amazing! We had an eclectic selection of finger foods, including delicious tri-tip sliders, chicken satay with the best peanut sauce, ahi tartar to die for, and a stunning selection of cheeses, vegetables, and fruit (not your average catered party food, though). The presentation was beautiful as well. I can’t thank Andrea enough for guiding me through the planning process and putting together the perfect party. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Elena Capella and Larry Wendell
Hi Andrea, We so much enjoyed your Chocolate Lover’s Dream class. It was a special treat to blind taste all those delicious chocolates. Your surprise chocolate was so good that we went to the Farmers Market the next day to get more! The tasting was fun and informative, but the cooking section was a revelation. Who knew that ganache was so easy to make and can be used so many different ways. Thank you for providing us with such a fun chocolate adventure!
ANDREA IS A CHAMPION! I don’t’ have a lot of experience organizing or running reunion/anniversary type events and when my event ballooned up and past 175 people I had some concerns how it would turn out. However, there was absolutely no reason for that as Andrea and Lifestyle Culinary Arts had everything under control from the beginning to end. Her great work allowed me to not only throw a fantastic event, but allowed me to enjoy it as well and I cannot thank her enough for coordinating between my venue and the bar service that we brought in to serve drinks. Everyone in attendance had a wonderful time, with several remarking that the event was the best they had been to. I give Andrea all the credit for those comments. Thank you again Andrea.