"We hired "Mange La Vie"for a black tie 40th birthday celebration in June 2017 in Downtown Chicago (Gold Coast), after surveying a variety of reputable best in class catering companies. We primarily sought faire and service that matched the upscale event we hoped to host for 70 - 85 attendees. We selected Kirk initially based on his responsiveness, accuracy, flexibility and professionalism. He offered full catering services and vendor support, making him the sole point of contact for the event. Due to holding the event at an art gallery, everything from tables, linens, flatware, glasses, cooking appliances, staffing and bartending needed to be supplied. Kirk confidently arranged all needs within an extremely reasonable quote and remained flexible to altering demands throughout the prep period. He customized a menu and cooked a tasting for us, in our home, to meet our expectations. He walked the event space with us and partnered directly with the gallery owner to ensure day of processes ran smoothly. But the wow factor was during the prep and execution of the event! Kirk brought a team of staff to swiftly setup the location in beautiful fashion. Each station was well oriented with artistic design matching the space and event caliber. With little direction, he ensured these settings were eye catching and photogenic. His staffing was AMAZINGLY friendly and outgoing, going above and beyond to bring cheer and personality to ensure all guest needs were met. The presentation and food quality were commendable and guests enjoyed the pace and quantity of the passed and stationed edibles. Even the gallery owner was blown away with Kirk’s talents and partnership and vowed to recommend and utilize Kirk and his team for future events. 5 Star Service and highly recommended!"
- Lisa S. 2017
"Chef Kirk and his staff were awesome. We hired Mange La Vie for my sons wedding. From the time of our first contact until the day of the wedding the professionalism & responsiveness was great. Two days prior to the wedding we were notified that the elevator was broken & would not be repaired in time for the wedding. Of course we were mortified being that the venue was a third floor loft. We were of course concerned about the inconvenience to both the guest and the vendors. Well, this minor set back did not effect Chef Kirk or his staff. They handled things like true professionals! Not once did I hear him or any one on his staff complain. Flexibility at its best. Everything was amazing, The food & service. Talk about a WOW experience! Totally exceeded my expectations. Thank again Chief Kirk. I would definitely recommend you as well as hire you again myself."
- Carol W. 2017
"CHEF KIRK IS AMAZING! For Christmas our son and daughter-in-law gave us a gift certificate for a private home chef experience. Chef Kirk called us 4 days before our scheduled evening to ask us our food preferences and/or food allergies. The evening of, Chef arrived on time with everything he needed to prepare a 6 course gourmet meal. The only things we needed to provide were flatware and plates. He gave us the option of sitting at our kitchen peninsula or in our dining room. We chose the interactive experience without a second thought. We watched Chef prepare a starter of crab cakes with capers, roasted garlic, lemon and fresh herbs served with cranberry walnut bread. The next course was a salad with roasted pear and pomegranate. Then we had seared sea scallops. Keep in mind that we have not gotten to the entree yet. The main course was blackened salmon with plantains and crispy kale. Dessert was a chocolate mousse with vanilla panna cotta and mango gelato. The transitions between courses were seamless. THIS WAS A 5 STAR MEAL!" - Nancy C. 2017
"Chef Kirk responded to my emergency plea after another chef cancelled 4 hrs before my wedding and dinner party. Chef Kirk was in my home , fresh groceries in hand and serving an assortment of appetizers 2 hours later. During our wedding ceremony, Chef Kirk was in the kitchen preparing the menu that I had previously chosen. The food and presentation was outstanding!! My guests raved about the food. And, I simply sat back, relaxed and enjoyed every moment. Chef Kirk could not have pulled this off without his experience, professionalism, talent, and generosity! I am truly grateful and have a wonderful memory of my wedding day instead of a catastrophe." - Denise D. 2017
"The chef and team were extraordinary and assisted us in creating a transformative Christmas experience. We reached out at the last minute before Christmas and not only did they quickly create a menu that suited all tastes, but also provided a tasting and revisions days before the event. We will use the Mange La Vie team again. Thanks for everything!!! - Samuel S. 2017
"We had Kirk prepare and serve lunch four our office 3 days a week for about 5 months. He was extremely professional and the food was great. He never repeated a meal, so we always got to experience new creative dishes. I would definitely recommend his services!" - Maggie J. 2016
"Chef Kirk cooked our entire Thanksgiving dinner this year and it was THE most enjoyable meal I've had! I had had a surgery so was unable to shop, cook or lift anything so we decided to use an in home chef. The entire experience was wonderful. Chef Kirk was professional, personable, interactive, happy, funny and all in all a wonderful addition to our day. I would 100% recommend him for any event you have. He also made chestnut sausage and sage stuffing at my request, it's a family favorite. Nothing was too hard for him to do and he cooked and served the meal with class, style and a smile. We are booking him for our Christmas dinner because it was so fun to have him in our home,"
- Melissa H. 2016
"The sensational Chef Swaby has ongoingly tantalized our taste buds with his succulent creations both in small private settings and with large scale events. He amazingly demonstrates his mastery time and time again. He accomplishes wonders with food, creatively extracting taste from conventional as well as not so conventional ingredients in ways we haven't experienced before. His professionalism coupled with his friendliness, flexibility and versatility makes him a stellar performer in our book. We unreservedly recommend indulging in the Chef Swaby experience!" - Cassis C. 2015
"The food from Mange La Vie took a nice spin on classic dishes and made them 5 star quality meals. Each bite was full of intense flavor that kept our tastebuds craving more. The chef was very professional and left the kitchen spotless. I would definitely recommend Mange La Vie for private events or just for your daily meals," - Charnele P. 2015
"Kirk is an AMAZING Chef and wonderful to work with. He has delivered weekly meals to us, as we are without a kitchen right now. My 10 year old has already asked if we could keep him even after the kitchen is done. We definitely will. I cannot say enough about his creative, delicious dishes. He also communicates weekly about the menu (and is open to modifications, if necessary) and is prompt with his deliveries. He prepares food to our diet (gluten free) and the fact that we want all of our foods organic, free range, etc. I look forward to continuing to work with Kirk for a long, long time.
- Amy K. 2015