Reviews & Testimonials

Capitola Garden Feast takes pride in its dependability and service quality. That’s why you will never find a review that is less than five stars. Experience what others say about us with your own family and team.

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

“I hired Martin and his crew for my wife's 40th bday dinner, Martin was amazing! He followed strict COVID protocols, wore a mask and got tested prior to our event. The food was spectacular. He was really flexible with the options. Showed up on time and left the place clean. I would definitely use him again”

~ Usman A., Los Gatos

“OMG! Martin is the best! My wife and I hired him to cook us a special meal for our 2nd wedding anniversary and he went above and beyond. Every dish he prepared was literally one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life. He has a true gift. On top of cooking amazing food, his ability to serve and create an ambiance was outstanding. I can't say enough good things about him. If you're looking to hire the best - Martin is your guy.”

~ Payman F., San Jose

“What an absolute treat it was to have Chef Martin cook for us. A delicious seven course meal, paired with unique wines and beers, some home made cheese and bread all meant my wife and I had a great anniversary dinner. Chef Martin and Sky were professionals to the core, always wore masks, cleaned up everything after use and kept the leftovers for us to enjoy the next day. They were great in accommodating all dietary needs and the way they were patient with our children especially was heartwarming. Thanks for the experience.”

~ Uday D. Atherton

“Chef Martin was the absolute best! Martin was very helpful in planning a 60th birthday party for my Mom on Thanksgiving. Great suggestions and put together a fantastic menu. Martin’s sons helped prepare the food as well as serve just like a five-star restaurant. He also provided some chef hats for the kids and made the entire dinner very entertaining. We are already finding excuses to book Martin again soon! “

~ Nate G. Milpitas

“Martin is Exceptional! If you are looking for a hands-on cooking or mixology class ... look no more! This is THE guy! Everything from the quality of the ingredients to event management was great. He is also a good photographer who covered the whole event with such grace. Thank you Martin for making my birthday so special.”

~ Asma K., Palo Alto

“Martin is MAGIC!!! This guy is a one-man show with amazing cooking skills and MIXOLOGY!!! We had him at our venue and he brought all the amazing ingredients to make my friend’s birthday a full-on success. We highly recommend Martin for your amazing event, he is a funny charmer and you will be learning a lot from him."

~ Mahgul U., Atherton

“For our birthdays we had a party with friends at our home. As new parents we did not want the stress of hosting, cooking and cleaning so we decided to hire a caterer.  We found Chef Martin on Yelp and are so grateful we did!! He was absolutely amazing! I have a background in event planning and was nervous to hire someone prior to a tasting, but I didn't need to be worried at all.  Chef Martin really engaged our guests and everyone loved learning from him!

Chef Martin was so patient and engaging with the young kids that were there. They had a BLAST!
Chef Martin thought of everything, and afterwards it was cleaner than when he arrived.  It was the least amount of clean-up we ever had to do after a party (read: none). 

Further, we had quite a few serious allergies to take into consideration (shellfish, nuts, dairy, soy, gluten) and Chef Martin was a complete professional.  Our guests can't wait to have Chef Martin at their own dinner parties and we can't wait to have him back!  Thank you for such a wonderful evening!”

~ Cara M., Sunnyvale

Personal Chef

 

“I have never hired a private chef before but the quote seemed quite reasonable and the proposed five course menu sounded delicious. The food was delicious! My meat-loving Filipino family even loved the salad. I'm still dreaming about the potato soup. Steak skewers melted in your mouth. Even my notoriously frugal Asian dad was commenting what a value it was compared to an experience at a Michelin star restaurant. Can't wait for him to cater my own wedding in the spring!”

~ Nicola T., Saratoga

“Martin was engaging and entertaining! He was very flexible and had good suggestions. He prepared a delicious dinner of almost all local ingredients. I was impressed with the homemade cheese he served, and knowledge of the ingredients he was using. There were some really interesting touches and flavor combinations I hadn't experienced before.
The service was presented like an upscale restaurant. This was the first time this group had experienced a personal chef, and I'm happy it was a great first experience for them!”

~ Brian H., Campbell

Corporate Group / Teambuilding

 

“My team at Google (20 members) was looking for a fun team building event for our January summit and I came across Capitola Garden Feast. When I spoke to Martin on the phone, I immediately felt his warmth, humor and was very excited to work with him.
We cooked an amazing 5 course meal, each meal individually paired with a beverage (fine wines and rare saki). He was funny, engaging and informative -- teaching us about different cuisines, cooking styles and techniques, and foods. The food was absolutely incredible.

My team had an amazing time and was raving about the experience and food for days. Martin was a joy to work with and extremely thoughtful from the start. He was incredibly communicative, often checking in to ensure the event would meet our team's goals/priorities. He was more than willing to accommodate all of the allergy/dietary needs on our team.
I would HIGHLY recommend Capitola Garden Feast for your next team building event. Martin and his team made the planning effortless and the event a huge success. Thank you to Martin and Capitola Garden Feast!“

~ Joanna S., Google, San Francisco

“What an amazing experience!  Martin helped plan my executive (3 day) offsite and went above & beyond my expectations!  Martin gave so much thought & consideration to my event that he made the experience effortless on my part - making me look like a shining star after our event was over!  Martin is professional, FUN, creative and an extremely talented chef!  I've worked with Martin a few times now and will continue to collaborate down the road. My executive team couldn't be more satisfied with Martin and my CEO continues to request Martin anytime we're headed in his direction.  Thank you Martin for always providing wonderful customer service and for helping me create memorable experiences!”

~ Candace D. - Cloudian, Inc., San Mateo

“Such a fun team building event! Martin used hands-on cooking in a masterful way to promote collaboration and team spirit. His instruction was inclusive and supportive and gave everyone the confidence to try something new - we even have a few new budding chefs! It was truly a pleasure to work with someone who aligned with our values and who brought humor and positivity to every step of the process!”

~ C Fletch, Santa Clara

“This was by far the BEST brunch I have ever had and really one of the top meals of my life. I will remember it. The food was so fresh, well prepared and delicious. The colors, textures and tastes of all the dishes were outstanding. Thank you, Martin for sharing your talent and skill with us. They are very much appreciated!”

~ Kate E., Mountain View

 

Cooking Class / Public Events

“The seafood brunch with Martin was nothing short of spectacular. The food was incredibly fresh, simply and artistically prepared, and much of it was picked from his backyard garden. Throughout the meal, Martin would take time to answer questions and share little details revealing his passion for food and his process. It was a treat for the senses, in every way. After the brunch, my wife remarked that it was one of the best and most satisfying meals she's ever had. I have to agree. We highly recommend Martin and his wonderful approach to food. You will not regret it.”

~ Erik H., Redwood City

“What an amazing afternoon! Martin took us on a journey through several countries in the course of a few hours. Every dish was delightful, with incredible flavors and lots of unusual ingredient combinations. Each dish was paired with a different delicious wine to complement the flavors. It was awesome!”

~ Chris S., Monterey

“Martin Hollrigl is a fantastic host and gentleman. His talents go beyond cooking. He’s creative with the ingredients he uses from his own garden and makes a perfect setting for you to feel special and relaxed. He pairs wine with food like a pro... because he is one. I highly recommend dining with Martin at his home and garden or attending one of his local classes.”

~ Pat M., Santa Cruz

“I met with my pod at Martin’s backyard garden for a class on how to make cheese and pasta. We had a marvelous time! It was outside, masked, and very safe. The wine was flowing and the pasta Alfredo was of the best I have ever had! And we made it! It was delicious! Martin was charming, his assistants were on point, and honestly, it was the best time that I’ve had this entire pandemic!”

~ Melanie S., Pacific Grove