My mission is to showcase the seasonal bounty of WNC farmers by masterfully creating culinary experiences while cultivating a connection between farm and family. I create customized menus for two to 100 people, all while working within your budget and personal preferences and requests.
We had a reunion in the Smoky Mountains and had Rachel come in and cook our meals. It was a smart move. The food was excellent.
I hired BMDA to handles meal needs for my group of 12 for 2 days. They stayed at the rental property with us and prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rachel was very flexible with me when creating the menus and timing of the meals. Their demeanor and easy personalities made us feel as though they were part of our group. Their professionalism of keeping meals on time without having to be pushy was great, and again, the food was phenomenal, locally sourced, and very fresh.
I can't stress enough how happy my group was that no one had to shop, cook, clean, or put away dishes. This freed up so much time for my guests to really enjoy the time we had together. That value alone was enough to pay for Rachel and Cody's services, but the pricing we received from them was very very fair for what they delivered.
Rachel and her partner orchestrated an amazing private dinner experience! She was wonderful to work with prior to the event. The menu selections were great. The food the night of the evening was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere truly perfect! Thanks Rachel for a memorable experience!
Rachel made the cake just as described...it was the perfect size and tasted better than most wedding cakes! Thanks Rachel!
We were fortunate to discover Rachel Arenas with Bake My Day and hired her to cater our wedding reception. She thoughtfully personalized a menu for the guests that would attend and met with us to discuss details in advance. The meal that she and her team provided on the day was fresh, flavorful, locally sourced, and, honestly, one of the best meals that we've had. Rachel is professional, efficient, works to meet everyone's needs and, on top of that, is a quality person. Our guests are still talking about how impressed they were with the food that she provided. We highly suggest Rachel if you want quality catering for your event.
We were recently celebrating my husband's 40th in Asheville with some family and friends and had Rachel and her partner come over one evening to cook for us. From the very first time I contacted her she was very responsive, communicative, gave us menu options and reasonable prices. We ended up having an amazing four course dinner that everyone in our group raved about! She even set the table, lit candles and brought flowers. Not to mention, the food was outstanding!! We had an overall great experience and would definitely hire her again.
Bake My Day cooked all of the meals for our wellness retreat in Asheville. We provided them with ingredient guidelines and they created the entire wellness menu! They were on schedule (which is challenging on retreat), the food was tasty and savory, and they were so incredibly pleasant to work with. I'd recommend them for anyone looking for chefs in the Asheville area! I'm still dreaming about their homemade salad dressing mmmmm.
Our family can't say enough about Rachel! She creates the kind of delicious local food experience you hope for when you come to Western North Carolina. She's cooked a number of meals for our family. From the lovely spiced lamb and lentils to the tender roasted chicken and kale salad. (kids now love kale - thank you!!) And then there are the desserts, cookies and more that melt in the mouth. (seriously thinking about renewing our vows - for one of her cakes)
Rachel is a talented chef who is connected to the local farmer's market - and it shows. She is an absolute pleasure to work with, extremely professional at all times, and really worked with our entire family to achieve the perfect menu. Each dish was better than the next - amazing quality and gorgeous presentation. I highly recommend Rachel for destination weddings, parties and events - and for locals, that special brunch/lunch/dinner you've been thinking and talking about for years.
Thank you Rachel and Bake My Day!
Price Range: (phone number hidden)
Gig Length: 90 - 300 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - FLIP
What to Expect
I will work directly with you or your planner to create a personalized menu or sweet confection that reflects both your own preferences as well my own skill at developing flavor pairings. The menus I create are highly customized to give you exactly what you want while staying within your budget.
Over the past 7 years I have honed my craft at some of the most highly praised restaurants in Asheville, some of which include Tupelo Honey Cafe, the banquet and pastry departments at The Biltmore Estate, with Heirloom Hospitality Group working at Nightbell under the guide of Chef Katie Button and pastry chef Carmen Vaquera, and at Buxton Hall BBQ where I assisted in opening Elliot Moss's new restaurant while establishing the pastry department. I started my own business in the hopes to generate awareness of the local food scene and to work closely with farmers to bring the best of the local cuisine to your table!
Additional Booking Notes
I require a full kitchen available before during and after an event. I bring almost everything I should need to prepare the meal but will need access to prep areas with a sink, a stove and range.
Past Booked Events
|November 29, 2017–December 07, 2017 • 7:00am - 7:00pm||Retreat|
|May 19, 2017 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Dinner Party- Bachelorette|
Influences & Inspiration
Heirloom Hospitality Group.
AB Tech Baking and Pastry Department.
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