Frequently Asked Questions

What types of services do you offer?

Zacki’s Culinary Creations offers a variety of services including culinary classes, personal chef services, corporate team building and in-home parties. To book an event and for more information contact ZCC.

What is your typical process for working with a new client?

  • The return of an initial client inquiry form, followed by a ZCC consultation that includes an evaluation of client menu, time-table, needs & budget; discussion of any travel, staff, rentals & decor.

  • ZCC provides personal previews of the event space and consultations for a $25 an hour consulting fee OR clients can submit photos of kitchen layout, cooking space, serving dishes, etc.

  • Finalization of menu and time for travel, preparation, set-up, event & clean-up. A 50% deposit is due upon contract signing, with the balance due the day of the event.

what is the event serving capacity?

For full service caterings, ZCC serves groups up to sixty people. For culinary demos and expos, with sample sized portions, ZCC works with groups up to 100.

how are services priced?

After a preliminary phone or email complimentary consultation, event pricing is based upon final menu selection, staffing, rentals, travel (outside of a 25-mile radius) and any additional consulting time at a rate of $25/hour. Catering pricing for groups ranges from $25-100 per person depending on the menu selected. Culinary classes are priced per person or at an agreed upon group rate. For pricing information Contact ZCC.

Are other services available?

Zacki’s Culinary Creations offers custom gift baskets & holiday items as well as event decor. See Other Services or Contact ZCC.

what is zcc’s payment & cancellation policy?

A 50% deposit and final menu selections are required at initial contract signing for ZCC to confirm any catering. A final head count is required 7 days in advance of any event and constitutes a binding agreement. Payment can be made by credit card via PayPal, Zelle, Venmo, cashiers check, money order or cash. All deposits are non-refundable. However, if cancelled within 5 days of the event, deposits are transferable to another date within one year of the original event.

What education, Training & Experience does founder Zacki murphy have?

Extensive international travel and freelance consulting and culinary experience including:

  • Epicurean Culinary School - Los Angeles, CA

  • Ma Maison Cooking School - Los Angeles, CA

  • Martha Stewart Living - Westport, CT

    (food stylist & menu developer)

  • Family Circle Magazine - New York, NY

    (lifestyle consultant)

  • Chick-Fil-A - Atlanta GA

    (recipe developer)

  • Ark Restaurants, Inc. - New York, NY

  • Bold American Foods - Atlanta, GA

What advice would you give a client looking to hire a cater? What questions should clients think through before talking to professionals about their project?

  • Consider actual needs including a realistic preliminary budget, timetable, number of guests, weather considerations, menu & theme.

  • Have a preliminary phone consultation to discuss menu and event details.

  • Let Zacki's Culinary Creations exceed client expectations!