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Lisa Givens is a true professional, her food is absolutely delicious, her pricing is very reasonable! The combinations of spices and food is very special.  Lisa has catered two parties that I have had.  A Christmas Party and a Birthday Party for my husband.  My guests at both parties just raved about the scrumptious food. She will meet with you, inquire about your likes and dislikes, give recommendations and give you a menu.  It is a pleasure to work with her! — Linda Feigel

I have known Lisa for a long time but I did not know how well she could cook.  I asked her to cater our Christmas Party for about 20 people and did she come through.  The food was outstanding.  We could not get enough of her desert, several of us went back twice.  We had plenty of food.  I would highly recommend her services to everyone.  — Joyce Walker

“Happy New Year Lisa.  Wanted you to know both casseroles were just awesome, especially the French toast.my sons could not get enough of it. Needless to say there were no leftover French toast. Even Ron who thinks there is nothing better than the traditional French toast gives you many high fives. No additional seasonings were required. So thanks again for accommodating me on such short notice. ” — Gwen Graham

“I have used Lisa’s services for about five years and have only wonderful things to say about her. The quality of her food is outstanding and she is wonderful to work with. I use her both for small catering jobs and weekly meals and am thrilled with her expertise and service in both. Everything is fresh and delicious and makes my life so much easier! Lisa sends you meal choices the week before and you select what you would like, the next week the meals are delivered to your door. Just leave out a cooler if you won’t be home and enjoy her excellent food! She provides a sheet with directions and nutrition information and everything is easy and quick to prepare.” — Meredith Coors

“Chef Lisa was wonderful to work with. Lisa helped with a special birthday at my home. She was responsive and helpful during the process, and very professional and warm during the event. I would highly recommend her and would welcome another opportunity to work with her.” — Shannon C.

“Lisa did an amazing job. She was very organized and personable. I would recommend her and her food to anyone.” — John R.

“Lisa was great to work with. She was prompt in her communication throughout the process and I received multiple compliments regarding her food. Overall, Lisa and her assistant did a great job and I would recommend her to others.” — Kelvin N.

“Chef Lisa is wonderful! She has been creating and cooking Paleo meals for us and the food is phenomenal! We went with Paleo to begin a healthier lifestyle, and Chef Lisa’s meals are so creative and so full of flavor! We couldn’t have asked for anything better! We feel very blessed to have found her. “– Kelvin and Carrie Nicholson”

“This was our first catering experience, our son’s High School graduation. We were pleased at how easy Chef Lisa was to work with. The food she prepared was delicious and our guests were raving about the pulled pork and brisket. She was on time, professional and even brought us a little “surprise” of cake pops. We highly recommend Chef Lisa and will use her again!” — Laura K.

“Ms Lisa – I want to thank you again for your part in making my husband’s surprise 60th birthday party a success. We definitely, got more than great food. Your catering service was excellent, professional, efficient & you were very caring. You did an exemplary job!!! I truly appreciate you working with me on the menu changes. I never knew tilapia could taste so good, or be thick as steak!! Our guests constantly commented on how superb the entrees were & how “the food melted in your mouth.” (one week later, folks were still talking about the entrees) I pray, God will continue to bless you!” — Delina L.

“I hired Lisa to provide a relaxing, but elegant dinner at home for our wedding anniversary. She exceeded all my expectations! She offered great ideas for the meal, and she arrived on time, well organized, and ready to work. The meal was delicious, and when it was over, everything was clean! Lisa is very personable and easy to work with. I highly recommend her!!” — Tara A.

“We have been using Chef Lisa’s services for two weeks now, and plan on continuing to use her for a long time. When we signed up to work with her for a meal plan, she came to our house and spent a good hour going over our food preferences, cooking preferences, and eating goals. The food is delicious and packaged very well. The serving sizes are just enough for me and my husband (who is always hungry) so we actually only eat one meal instead of two. She has been very easy to communicate with through email and on the phone.” — Brittany H.

“Chef Lisa, from the very beginning, had prompt communication with her menu planning until the very end with coordination of payment and delivery. She was open to ideas and kept to our budget. The food was excellent in taste and presentation and was even yummy reheated as left overs! I would recommend Gourmet Away and will use her services again for future events.” — Kristina J.

“We hired Chef Lisa to teach a couples valentines day cooking class. There were 6 couples there. She did a great job including everyone, and creating a fun atmosphere. Her professionalism made everything go smoothly. She even helped me get last minute things together before the guest arrived! She taught us how to make two appetizers that were a huge hit! I’ve been craving them ever since!! Our guests loved her, and are still raving about how fun a delicious the party was. I’ll definitely be hiring Chef Lisa again!” — Brittany P.

“I have used Chef Lisa’s culinary skills for parties, cooking classes, in home meals and meal delivery services for several years. She has a passion for cooking and it shows through the quality services and awesome meals she provides. Her attention to details is impeccable and her professionalism is second to none. She works with you to understand you preferences and prepares a menu that meets your needs. The food is so delicious and her cooking classes are so much fun. My son and I eat just about anything but my Jamaican husband is more of a picky eater. Chef Lisa prepares Caribbean cuisine just for him and it is always fabulous! She makes you feel special. I highly recommend Chef Lisa for your catering or meal preparation services.” — Arlene B.

“Chef Lisa, over the years, maintains me successful in several events ranging from 1) packaged meals for pickup 2) dinner parties for more than 30 guests 3) event themed soirees with departure gifts of pastries and baked goods individually boxed and gift wrapped.” — Spencer W.

“Chef Lisa Givens is a consummate professional and her food is absolutely delicious! She makes deliciously healthy soups and quite honestly, I have never had anything from her that wasn’t outstanding!!! Try her services, you will be DELIGHTED and HEALTHY! Start 2014 off right–call your Gourmet Away, Chef Lisa Givens–I see YUM in your future!” — Lisa N.

” I had to write you to express my very sincere and heartfelt thank you for all that you have done for my clients and my business. I have been in lending now for 11 years and have always tried to get something unique that my clients would appreciate for closing gifts. About 4 months ago after trying some of your food at an event I decided that the best way to their hearts would be through their stomachs. I had no idea my taste buds had that kind of depth until I tried your desserts. And you not only helped me come up with an affordable option but also an incredibly professional and elegant package second only to the absolutely amazing flavor of your pies. In the last 11 years I would estimate about 10% of my clients would make an effort to phone me to thank me for what I had given them and some of them were fairly expensive. In these 4 months I have gotten calls from about 90% specifically mentioning how much their family enjoyed the pie in their new home. I cannot thank you enough for all your efforts and your help in creating a gift that leaves a great taste in their mouth after doing business with me. Please know I inform each and every one of them on who to call anytime they need catering for an event, help with nutritious meals at home, or simply a special item to give to a loved one.” — Dan Umbdenstock

“Ms. Lisa has been cooking for our family for more than a year and a half and we are both extremely pleased and incredibly grateful for her invaluable Persona Chef services. We are especially impressed with her genuine desire to understand and accommodate the make up, activity level and special dietary needs of our family. All of the dishes that she makes for our family are extremely healthy, diverse in content, unique for our family needs, nutritional, flavorful and very well thought out. We highly recommend her services that are invaluable to our family.” — Christopher & Marcelene Gantz

“Lisa’s in-home chef service have been a lifesaver on days when we don’t have time or energy to cook, but still want a healthy sit-down dinner at home with the family. Her home cooked meals, prepared to our family’s tastes and dietary needs are a delicious, time saving alternative to restaurant food or pre-prepared meals from the grocery store. ” — The Spenglers

“What a great service and time-saver! It was a joy to already know what’s for dinner. My kids looked at the menu daily and eagerly awaited the day I served their favorite dishes. Chef Lisa is a personable and an excellent chef, who takes time to prepare dishes tailored to your tastes. ” — The Hollands

“What’s for dinner” is an answer to a prayer for me. Lisa is very personable and professional. The food is healthy and delicious.” — A. Ash

“We began Chef Lisa’s service while I was on pregnancy bed rest and she provided scrumptious, home-cooked meals for our family. My husband is from New Orleans, so it is wonderful to have some of Chef Lisa’s southern-inspired meals. Without our asking, she provided extra portions for my daughter with allergies. We will definitely use her again!” — Yvonne O

“Being a busy professional, I don’t have time to cook, let alone cook a healthy meal. Each meal was just the right serving size, healthy and flavorful. I enjoyed having the ability to have a freshly cooked meal everyday and not have the mess in the kitchen.” —Alires Almon

“Lisa, thank you for releasing one more thing from our busy schedule. While my husband no longer asks, “what’s for dinner?”, I do have to remind him to take something out the night before. We love heat and serve.” —Pat and Travis Broxton