A Delicious Round-Up of Private Chefs and Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard has long been renowned for its abundant agricultural resources that lend itself to a rich culinary scene. As a destination that attracts discerning travelers and locals alike, it’s no surprise that the Island offers a variety of culinary options to elevate any event or gathering. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party, a milestone celebration, or a lively corporate event, Martha’s Vineyard caterers and private chefs are at the ready to make your occasion even more memorable.

Here on the Point B MV Blog, we will dive into the world of unforgettable culinary experiences on Martha’s Vineyard, exploring the delights brought by some of our favorite food professionals. From personalized menus that showcase the Island’s plentiful fresh produce to the convenience and personalization of their on-site services, these skilled foodies are ready to take your event to the next level. We’re calling it a delicious round-up of private chefs and caterers on Martha’s Vineyard.

A Delicious Round-Up of Private Chefs and Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard Gavin Smith Food Minded Fellow
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Private Chefs on Martha’s Vineyard: Chef Gavin Smith

Gavin Smith, known as the Food Minded Fellow, is a multi-talented private chef, author, podcast producer, and fisherman based on Martha’s Vineyard. With a focus on thoughtfully curated, in-home dining experiences, Gavin creates memorable events using fresh, local ingredients and innovative techniques. From intimate family dinners to elaborate tasting menus and cooking classes, Gavin’s passion for bringing people together over great food shines through in every aspect of his services. You view his sample menus here, and listen to his podcast highlighting the food ecosystem on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Private Chefs on Martha’s Vineyard: Chef Lacey-Ann Williams

Nyamnz Marthas Vineyard, founded by Culinary Director Lacey-Ann Williams, is dedicated to providing guests with an authentic Jamaican “nyammings” experience. With a team of experts in catering, event planning, and culinary history, Nyamnz is committed to curating personalized culinary experiences that fulfill your dreams, regardless of your level of expertise. From sharing culinary goals and visions to delivering a memorable and authentic Jamaican dining experience, Nyamnz invites you to embark on a flavorful journey with them.

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Private Chefs on Martha’s Vineyard: Chef Carlos Montoya

Chef Carlos Montoya, a graduate of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America, brings over 20 years of culinary experience to Martha’s Vineyard and Boston. After years cooking in many of the kitchens of Martha’s Vineyard’s best restaurants including Sweet Life and Garde East, Carlos brings his passion for local food in to local homes, curating events such as birthdays, showers, weddings, and holiday gatherings. Whether it’s a private dinner or cooking classes, Carlos is dedicated to crafting menus tailored to clients’ needs and goals, ensuring that every occasion becomes a celebration of food and flavors. He also offers unique home provisions services, with the convenience of stocking up on healthy and delicious meals, customized to individual dietary preferences and restrictions, taking the pressure off meal planning and allowing clients to enjoy nourishing food with ease.

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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: Chef Deon

Chef Deon, a renowned caterer, chef, and restaurateur, incorporates the flavors of Martha’s Vineyard, Jamaica, and Anguilla in his beloved cuisine. With a focus on traditional shellfish like the channeled whelk, also known as “conch,” Chef Deon showcases his culinary expertise through his Island classics and light American fare at the stylish VFW outpost in Oak Bluffs. His dedication to fresh, locally sourced ingredients is evident in his signature dish, the MV Conch Chowder, where the vibrant flavors of the Island’s super-fresh conch shine through. You can enjoy his cooking and authentic Caribbean fare from the VFW or hire him and his team to cater one of your next events! Inspired by his offerings? You can even try many of his conch recipes at home when you purchase his cookbook, Conch Cookery

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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: Chef Spring Sheldon

Spring Sheldon is a Martha’s Vineyard-based chef and owner of S&S Kitchenette, a storefront in Vineyard Haven where she hosts food experiences and pop-up events. With a background in renowned Boston restaurants and a love for Mexican cuisine, she brings her culinary expertise to the Island season after season. Spring also provides in-home catering experiences, locally grown food provisioning for vacationers, and she hosts entertaining cooking classes for a fun and educational culinary experience. All summer long out of her Main Street, Vineyard Haven Kitchenette, Spring hosts a variety of delicious experiences and mouthwatering menus. Additionally, Spring is also the brainchild behind El Gato Grande taco truck, which serves up the beloved dish using authentic Mexican recipes and techniques, and is also available for catering. Follow her instagram for regular updates on her services and offerings.

A Delicious Round-Up of Private Chefs and Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard island Sourced Chef Services
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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: Island Sourced

Island Sourced, a versatile culinary business on Martha’s Vineyard run by chef John Thurgood, offers a range of services including catering, event planning, private chef experiences, raw bar options, and rentals. With their own one-acre farm in Chilmark, they prioritize sourcing the freshest and finest produce from the Island’s local farms and surrounding waters. From diverse seafood options to a rich variety of fruits, vegetables, and flavorful meats, Island Sourced takes pride in showcasing the bountiful offerings of Martha’s Vineyard’s food ecosystem in every culinary creation.

A Delicious Round-Up of Private Chefs and Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard On Time Catering MV
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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: On Time Catering MV

On Time Catering MV, led by Chef Jimmy Alvarado, is a renowned culinary team that owns the popular restaurant Tiger Hawk in Oak Bluffs and also offers full-service catering. They focus on utilizing fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers, fishermen, and artisans on Martha’s Vineyard, ensuring a sustainable and socially responsible approach. From private chef services and formal events to unforgettable weddings and personalized multi-course plated dinners, On Time Catering MV strives to exceed expectations by providing exquisite food, impeccable service, and an unforgettable dining experience.

A Delicious Round-Up of Private Chefs and Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard Buckley's Catering
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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: Buckley’s Gourmet Catering

Buckley’s Gourmet Catering is a well-established family-run business with over 25 years of catering expertise. They take pride in their high-quality food, efficient service, and friendly approach. From beautifully presented hors d’oeuvres to a professional bartending service and the option of a raw bar boat, Buckley’s Catering is dedicated to creating delicious and memorable weddings and events that bring clients’ visions to life. Visit their website to see sample menus for cocktail parties, dinners, and weddings. 

A Delicious Round-Up of Private Chefs and Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard Jamie Hamlin and Sons
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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: V Jamie Hamlin and Sons

V. Jamie Hamlin and Sons catering has established itself as the premier catering company on Martha’s Vineyard for over four decades. Their extensive client list ranges from happy couples celebrating weddings to esteemed cultural figures and even United States presidents. Beyond their exceptional service and recognition as yearly winners of the Best of the Vineyard award, they also give back to the community by donating a portion of their catering services to support local organizations and events. They have a sample menu available on their website, and also offer private Vineyard clambakes!

A Delicious Round-Up of Private Chefs and Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard Premier Chef Services Shane Tank
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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: Premier Chef Services

Premier Chef Services, led by chef/owner Shane Tank, is committed to providing the highest quality catering service on Martha’s Vineyard. With a team of experienced chefs boasting extensive culinary backgrounds, they utilize the finest local ingredients to create custom seasonal menus that showcase the island’s bounty. From intimate dinner parties to large-scale events, Premier Chef Services offers full-service catering, event planning, and execution, ensuring a memorable and personalized experience for every client.

Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: Quitsa Catering

Quitsa Cuisine is a catering company and private chef service out of Aquinnah, owned and operated by Theresa Manning, who also owns and operates Cliffhangers restaurant at the Aquinnah Cliffs alongside her family. Quitsa Cuisine takes pride in offering an unforgettable culinary experience tailored to your unique preferences and needs and works closely with local farms and other purveyors to bring the freshest quality ingredients to every dish they prepare. From family dinners to intimate gatherings, they have the expertise to create a memorable culinary experience for any occasion!

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Caterers on Martha’s Vineyard: Bill Smith Clambakes

If a classic New England clambake is what you’re after, Bill Smith’s Clambakes is sure to deliver. Bill Smith’s Clambakes has been expertly executing clambakes on Martha’s Vineyard continuously for over sixty years. Bill Smith himself started catering clambakes for Martha’s Vineyard residents in the early 1960s. He passed away in 2003, but not before passing on his legacy. Bill Smith’s Famous Clambakes has catered events for Presidents and many famous people, but their focus has always been on the local and summer residents and visitors that want to enjoy nothing more than a classic clambake. They offer casual and full-service clambakes as well as a clambake-to-go option that is available for parties of eight or more. Their clambake menus include their famous clam chowder, lobster, clams, mussels, corn on the cob, boiled red bliss potatoes, and more.  

Creative Culinary Options on Martha’s Vineyard

Perhaps you want to try something different, or out of the home. Check out these unique culinary offerings from other local professionals.

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Creative Culinary Options on Martha’s Vineyard: MV Cheesery

From large grazing table spreads, to cute little grazing cups, to cheese wheel cakes, MV Cheesery’s catering offerings bring cheesy goodness to events of all sizes. New this year they are now offering events! Have you ever wanted to host a private cheese tasting? What about a Cheese 101 workshop where you can ask a monger your most burning cheese questions? Are you longing for an ooey-gooey raclette party? Well look no further! MV Cheesery is thrilled to bring these unique cheese experiences to our island community. You can also visit them at Catboat Coffee in the Tisbury Marketplace to sample their offerings.

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Creative Culinary Options on Martha’s Vineyard:
Martha’s Vineyard Picnic

Martha’s Vineyard Picnic sets up dreamy, memorable and special boutique pop-up picnics. They offer several different designed gourmet picnics that provide a unique and enjoyable experience for any occasion. From an understated, elegant picnic, to a more luxurious one outfitted with an abundance of Bohemian style decorations, they provide everything you need for an unforgettable beach or backyard picnic experience on beautiful Martha’s Vineyard. They also offer bubble tents, for outdoor or indoor picnics! This super cozy picnic offers warm shelter, a bit of privacy, and all the necessary picnic accompaniments to enjoy an outdoor experience.

No matter what Martha’s Vineyard caterer, private chef, or culinary adventure you choose, you can be assured it will be a delicious and authentic experience. Many of our clients make it a tradition to enjoy a special meal from one of our many culinary professionals each summer, and we can’t think of a more mouthwatering memory than that. Happy eating! 

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