Reviews

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Sarah provided a superb breakfast and dinner for a large gathering of our family and friends at the Double T River Ranch in Clyde Park.  She prepared everything exactly as we discussed, but until we tasted her food, we couldn't have been prepared for how delicious everything would be!  Her signature mac and cheese is a must, and her grilled meats and vegetables were fantastic, too.  The kids and adults practically fought over the chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches at the end of dinner.   Sarah is a wonderful cook, caterer and a delightful person, too.  And, by the way, her cookbook is fun and fabulous!

- Stephanie Henderson, Fall 2014
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Sarah prepared two dinners for our family reunion of 14 people, held at a vacation rental home in Paradise Valley in August 2014. During the planning, she took all our thoughts and restrictions into account and proposed detailed menus to meet our budget. She brought all the meal ingredients to the house for final preparation and cooking in the kitchen. Both meals were very well received by the entire group, and there was even food left over! Sarah was a delight to work with and the meals were fabulous. I highly recommend her.

- Lynda Korsan, Fall 2014
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The brunch for our bunch was perfect.  I really didn't think that 64 people would come after a celebrated wedding the night before, but they did!  And you and your staff handled it with delicious food, hot coffee and spicy Bloody Mary's.  I hope I have another such occasion because it was so pleasant working with you. 
Your space is perfect for a come and go group that size.
Thank you so much!!

- Joanie Atkinson, Fall 2014
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I wish I had taken more photos of the stellar meal you catered for our dinner party for 17 guests last Saturday, but I was too busy enjoying it all! From the very start with the shrimp-stuffed jalapeño appetizers, our eyes were all rolling in ecstasy from the amazing flavors, textures and lovely presentation of every course. The maple lime vinaigrette salad topped with dover sole was outstanding, and the succulent Wagyu beef with Sundried Tomato, artichoke and pine nuts over pasta was a big hit with our gang. Your lemon burst cake with fresh berries was so delicious that we were all fighting over the last leftover squares of it late into the night!  You were so thoughtful and accommodating when one guest had a dietary restriction that we didn’t know about.  Before I could even blink, you made special adjustments and substitutions to her meal.  Thank you so much for providing a memorable fine dining experience without every leaving our vacation accommodations. You made it so easy for us to be hosts to a large party.  We’re big fans of your YumTwist cookbook and are looking forward to returning to the Livingston area to visit your new restaurant. Cheers, The Albertson Gang.

- The Albertson's, Fall 2014
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Chef Knecht is such a wonderful treat for us. Her food is delicious, great combinations of flavors, and her menu suggestions are creative and interesting. She is also fun to be with, and has a nice way of participating in our conversation, but also knowing when to quietly hang back. We highly recommend her. (And the carrot cake is to-die-for!)

- Sarah and Samuel Schwerin, Fall 2013
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WOW!  Sarah catered our wedding at the Woodlands at Cottonwood Canyon in October 2013.  She did an excellent job!  We wanted upscale food, something other than the typical fish, beef and chicken dishes that most weddings have, but on a budget.  Sarah accommodated our budget and filled the bellies of all our guests by providing an elegant hors d'oeuvres.  We had everything from mac n cheese to salmon cakes, beef skewers, fresh roasted vegetables and even fresh Yellow Fin tuna.  Sarah accommodated the wide dietary needs all our guests; we had a wide age range of family and friends from all over the world; as far as Germany and Australia to as near as California, New York and Seattle.  We received such rave compliments from our guests on how wonderful the food was and how great the staff was.  Sarah and her staff just went above and beyond to accommodate us and our guests.  To sum this up in one sentence, Upscale Food with a Montana Flavor.

- Kelly and Bukki, Fall 2013
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Sarah Knecht offers our family and friends exceptional chef services which contributes directly to an outstanding Montana visit. She has a unique talent preparing a board range of cuisine, from appetizers through dessert; from wild game to pastries. Sarah brings creativity as well as responsiveness to each engagement.

- Ron Dollens, 2013
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My husband and I are self-proclaimed foodies and really appreciate a great meal. We had Chef Sarah Knecht cater our wedding with an array of different appetizers.  She did not disappoint! Every single bite was better than the last.  Weeks after our wedding, our guests are STILL raving about the food.  It was the highlight of our reception, exactly what I was looking for! 

I cannot say enough good things about Sarah and her food! She is an absolute pleasure to work with.  She listened to what my vision was for my wedding meal and delivered beyond what I could ever imagine.  She was in constant communication with me up to the day of the wedding so I never had to wonder what was going on with the menu, or with set up/preparation plans. Our wedding ran a bit late, which pushed the food service time back as well.  She didn't seem phased one bit.  Sarah is incredibly calm and professional. 

I cannot wait to have another excuse to use her for another event. In the mean time, I will continue to cook from her cookbook to satisfy my need to have delicious food! I would strongly suggest purchasing her cookbook? the recipes are AMAZING!

- Jamie and Anthony, 2013
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When deciding on a caterer for our wedding, we were referred, without any hesitation, to Chef Sarah by friends and family.  From initial contact all the way through the wedding night, everything fell into place just right!  Sarah was friendly and open from day one.  We worked together to create a menu that followed the vision we had - simple yet delicious - and she listened and happily accommodated all food allergy requests with ease.   Sarah and her staff took care of all the details during the reception, allowing me and my husband to sit back and enjoy the food and celebration of the evening.
From the food to the service, it was all all simply amazing!  She takes extreme pride in her work and it shows through in every detail.
Thank you Chef Sarah for making our day so delicious!

- Ashley and Matthew Christian, 2013
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Sarah's passion for food is contagious.  She creates menus with delicious foods that compliment each other and make you go back for seconds.  Sarah creates each dish with the utmost care, and is able to make anything delicious from a comforting tray of mac-n-cheese to her sophisticated crab shooters.  Working with Sarah is easy and fun, and her food is delicious.

- Melanie Nashan, 2013
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Since the first day we made contact with Chef Sarah for our wedding planning, she has been a pleasure to work with. It was important to us to have a good working relationship with our vendors and an open line of communication. Chef Sarah didn't disappoint! Sarah's welcoming and friendly personality made it easy for us to plan WITH her. It was clear to us that she was open to sharing with our guests if they had any questions about the delicious food she was preparing. She welcomed our children and nieces into the kitchen on the day of the wedding to help prepare the reception food – which the kids loved! Sarah sent emails to us out of the blue to say she was excited about sharing in our special day with us. I can't tell you how much that meant to my then-fiance and I as we went into the final week of wedding prep. We felt completely taken care of and had no worries whatsoever on our wedding day. Let me not forget to mention the outstanding food quality. The Buffalo prime rib was out of this world! The potato crusted Salmon enticed even the "fish-haters" in our party to try it and LOVE it! Her carrot cake was sealed with an outstanding combination of caramel and cream cheese frosting. Chef Sarah has an incredible ability to produce the most enticing food that appeals to all. Thank you Sarah for making our special day even more special!

- Marti and Russel, 2013
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Sarah Knecht is an all-around great chef.  Not only is she technically skilled and theoretically knowledgeable, she pays close attention to detail in the preparation and presentation of her dishes. 

Perhaps more importantly, her charismatic personally is apparent in everything she makes.  Not only is her food delicious, it often has a story, a delicious twist or that "extra special something" that separates her from others I have worked with.  They say a good chef uses their hands but cooks with their heart.  This couldn't be more true of Sarah.  After having had the opportunity to enjoy her food three times a day for more than a week, I can say without hesitation, she is a master of her craft.  It is clear she is passionate about food and strives for perfection on the plate. 
Chef Knecht is also creative and able to think on her feet. After visiting a local Emu farm in rural Montana we brought her back some filets. Although this was a first, she didn't miss a beat and grilled them up beautifully to accompany our dinner.  When handed other special requests and preferences she did an exceptional job of providing alternative menu options in a timely and thoughtful manner.  She is consistently quick on her feet without sacrificing a commitment to quality.
 

Not only is Sarah an outstanding chef, she is a wonderfully kind and thoughtful person.  It was a true pleasure to share time together at our family reunion.  I look forward to our culinary paths crossing again one day.  Oh- Did I mention that she makes the best rice crispy treats in the entire world?  Seriously.  To-die-for.
 

 

- Elaina Spring Eden - Client, Large Family Reunion, July 2013
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Thank you so much to Sarah and her team for catering our wedding at the Double T this spring.  From the time I sat down with Sarah in Livingston to have our first brainstorming lesson, I felt she would do a fine job preparing the meals for our weekend wedding.  She was flexible and creative, listened well and incorporated many details into the food, without making it fussy.  Sarah communicated a reasonable budget range for the items we were planning and kept within that realm, while taking no shortcuts.  She and her crew arrived prepared, and yet still managed to be flexible to the crowd and space as they worked and requests were made of them.  The presentation of buffet and served items was thoughtful and attractive, and the food delicious.  Everyone raved about the diversity in the menu, the attention to flavor and balance between courses.  The clean-up was efficient and respectful of the other activities everyone was enjoying.  Our family LOVED the catered breakfast in the morning - such a special treat to have home-made cinnamon rolls, omelets to order and all fresh, delicious accompaniments.  We also enjoyed all of the goodies left to snack on for lunch after everyone departed.  Sarah, you did a great job.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding meals so special and the process so easy.

- Brian and Erin Nostrant, Spring 2013
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We're the types that fancy ourselves laid back and easy going. In that comes a lot complications when you also have high expectations. Sarah not only met us at the last minute and was easy to work with, but she made some delicious food and did it with a great attitude. She was able to ask us some basic questions about what flavors we like and offer some great suggestions. Come show time the food was simply delicious with great flavors made from healthy local ingredients. It even pleased the "clean" food crowd from L.A. We loved it. Thanks Sarah for the ideas and great flavors. 

- Mark Schaffer, 2013
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You have found it! The best Chef in the land!
Sarah is AMAZING. She is not only a brilliant chef, she truly cares about you and your event.  Sarah stepped up and offered any and all ways to help (she turned into my wedding planner!). She made me feel comfortable and more at ease during a high stress time. Sarah cared about us as people and didn't place us on a prioritized list based on who was "paying more".  Sarah went above and beyond! She is kind, funny, laid back, and oh so sweet! She truly wants your event to be the very best ever and she will do anything and everything to make sure it's spot on perfect.
All of our guests continue to talk about her incredible food. The presentation was beautiful, the taste was out of this world, and the creativity was something to brag about. She's wonderful. She will work with you and create the most perfect and unique menu. Your search is over! It's a no-brainer.... Sarah is the best Chef ever and you must hire her! I promise you will not be disappointed.
- Katie Eckman, 2013
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Chef Sarah did more than cater our wedding -- she created a menu that fit us as a couple perfectly! Paul's taste for spice was met with Sarah's amazing stuffed jalepenos, and Rachel's love of fish and summer berries with smoked salmon and fresh berries and crackers. Our guests raved about the main meal -- babyback ribs with Chef Sarah's own Montana BBQ sauce and grilled chicken with huckleberry and tarragon sauce. Her bootstrap biscuits were a huge favorite not only with the kids at the wedding but adults alike. And the vegetarian green chili enchiladas? Better than any we've ever had!
 
Sarah did an amazing job of taking in what we wanted for the "feel" of our wedding and delivering it in such a seamless and memorable way on our wedding day. She worked with an outdoor venue and was so organized neither of us had to lift a finger! We love Chef Sarah!
- Rachel & Paul Holman, 2012
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Because of our own passion for cooking and love of delicious food, Sarah Knecht was the natural choice to include in our wedding celebration. Upon our initial meeting, she took our ideas and created a menu that was a masterpiece for all to enjoy - and still, months later, when our family and friends talk about our wedding day, they almost always mention, over and over again, how wonderful the food was. Sarah and her staff were extremely professional and worked incredibly hard to give our guests the ultimate catered culinary experience, and we highly recommend her. Sarah, thank you for all that you do! We can't wait to work with you again at the next celebration.

- Morgan and Joe Parks, 2012
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Sarah took on a tremendous challenge when she cooked for my gluten-free wellness retreat. She was able to make gluten-free, dairy-free, and many foods-free meals for people with severe food sensitivities. Sarah took extra time and care to make sure that everyone was taken care of and that no meals were cross-contaminated. She also offered her expertise, knowledge, and sense of humor to the group events. She was a true partner in making the retreat a success, and I'm so happy she was able to cook for us.

- Janelle, 2012
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I write this review on one condition, per my husband…. Sarah, send some Seriously Mac &Cheese, please. (Good thing I bought her new cookbook!) Chef Sarah assisted with planning our annual employee Christmas Party for a large group of hungry railroaders. She was able create a hearty menu within the budget allotted and ensure food was plentiful (and delicious!). Not a light task, as the final guest count kept escalating! Along with being pleasurable to work with; Sarah is very confident and professional in her planning process, which leads to a successful event! I purchased Sarah’s new cookbook, hot off the press in December. I love all of the personal touches added throughout, along with the “Yumtwist” variations offered. This book is very creative and well put together; I am excited to add it to my collection! As a dedicated recipe follower, I am looking forward to “stepping out of my box” and “Yumtwist” it up a bit! Looking for you to come to Missoula to host a cooking class! Thank you for all you do Sarah!

- Trish Anderson, Montana Rail Link, Missoula, 2012
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We have had the distinct pleasure of Sarah and her superb cooking at our ranch many times, for both family occasions and large parties. Her food is original and delicious, and the ingredients expertly sourced. Moreover, Sarah's smile and can-do spirit is winning - you can count on her to deliver, with grace, passion and a sense of fun. Whether you are entertaining 6 or 60, she will pull it off with aplomb. We highly recommend her services!

- William and Loraine Kriegel, 2010, 2011, 2012
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I live out of state and used Sarah for our outdoor wedding in Bozeman. From start to finish, Sarah went over and above to ensure a smooth event, leaving no worries or concerns for the bride. She was very flexible, offered creative ideas, and even offered to prep extra food for our Sunday brunch. Most importantly, she is passionate about her craft and it shows as soon as you take a bite of the succulent ribs or festive salad. All of our guests commented on the quality and presentation of the food – and we had some picky eaters in the group! She satisfied all of them. Sarah is personable, relaxed and organized which are key attributes when hiring a catering professional. She and her team had to make due with a fairly small kitchen - without the tools of a professional kitchen. I think the kitchen looked better after they left than it did before they came.

- Annette and Brian, Summer 2012
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'Thanks so much for the wonderful service you provided for last week’s Yellowstone trip.  We received many, many compliments on not only the fabulous food but also on the excellence and incredible service you gave!  There was a survey given to all the participants and everyone gave you the highest score (5 stars!!).  We definitely can’t wait to work with you again for our 2013 trip!'

- Chianti Seitz Summer, 2012
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Sarah has me eating things I don’t even like, and loving them. I don’t like potato salad but after one taste heaped that irresistible salad made with potatoes on my plate. I don’t like chocolate or dessert but just ate that entire chocolate mousse dessert and am eyeing a second. And on and on. She has catered a numerous events I have been involved in, I have learned to try everything she puts out and haven’t tasted anything yet that wasn’t delicious. She also adds little niceties and extras, and is super pleasant to be around. The guests love her and her staff and her food.

- Mike Leahy, 2010, 2011, 2012
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The wonderfully creative Chef Sarah Knecht is now considered part of our beloved “extended family”. Her innovative culinary skills and technical abilities are unparalleled. She is professional through and through, yet so wonderfully down to earth, it is just as much fun talking to Sarah and watching her cook! She’s a great teacher and loves to share recipes, too! Her imaginative cuisine exceeded our expectations. Sarah and her wonderful staff spent a week cooking for our large group of family and friends - three unique meals a day plus snacks, appetizers, and specialty beverages… all of which were superb and phenomenal. Sarah listened to the types of food we liked and then made menu selections 100 times better than anything we had considered. All the fish and meats were fresh and tender, the vegetables and fruit at their seasonal best, and the savory baked goods could not be matched. Sarah was also generous in making delicious options for those with dietary restrictions. Definitely, the meals were the highlight of our week and deeply loved by all of us! Sarah, you are the best and we look forward to being with you again!

- Jean Branan, Summer 2012
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For ethical and health reasons, I’ve changed my eating habits over the past year. I’ve eliminated dairy and grains. I eat mostly sustainably produced local grass-fed meat, organic vegetables and free range local eggs.(for those interested, check out ‘Paleo Diet’) I feel much better and really enjoy eating this way. It is always a challenge to go to social functions where there is a buffet of yummy foods and nothing that fits my food plan. Enter Chef Sarah. I have been thrilled to find, at the last two such functions I attended, a wide array of delicious food that totally fit my food plan. I will ask from now on, when invited, “Who is your Chef?”, and if it’s Chef Sarah, I know I don’t have to pack my own snacks!

- Annie Conley, Winter 2012
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Sarah’s knowledge and pairing of food is impeccable… Her presentation is creative and fun. She has always accommodated our wishes and is a true pleasure to work with.

- John Banovich, 2010, 2011
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Sarah Knecht is a phenomenal chef! Her food is delicious, and her ideas are always great. Her menus for our wedding parties were a huge hit with all of our guests. Sarah is easy to work with, and we would recommend her to anyone. She even went so far as to bring us cookies the morning of our wedding!

- Josh and Melissa, Fall 2011
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We can’t say enough wonderful things about Sarah Knecht and our experience having her cater our wedding last September! Every step, from initial contact through the last minute details, Sarah was personable and professional . Sarah’s upbeat demeanor and knowledge regarding planning our wedding menu made working with her a simple pleasure. She helped us with so many questions and offered many suggestions and solutions. She hired wonderful wait staff. And, of course, she made the most delicious food! All of our guests raved about it! Along with several delectable courses, Sarah made a wedding cake that surpassed all expectations. It was beautiful and tasted divine! Thank you, Sarah!

- Jill and Gary Owens, Fall 2010
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It has been pure pleasure to work with Chef Sarah Knecht. Her meals are those foods you have always loved, with a uniquely joyful culinary twist. It’s the high quality, fresh and local ingredients and the care in preparing them – and the love that she has for what she does, that make her dishes so special. One thing we especially appreciate is that the portions are realistic – not too little or too much. This is very important when you want to fully enjoy the meal all the way from the beef tenderloin appetizer to the Coconut Cake with Caramelized Macadamia Nut Brittle and Vanilla Bean Frosting!From planning the menus, to chatting (and maybe sampling a scone) in the fabulous-smelling kitchen, to the lovely presentation and impeccable service, Chef Sarah provides the dining experience that exactly matches our catering needs. In a life where we often grab food on the go – this is the “sit a spell” side of dining. Our goal each summer is to provide our guests with a Montana experience – slow down the pace, breathe that impossibly fresh air, drink in the view. And our guests, many of whom are visiting Montana for the first time, agree that the food matches the scenery – and that’s saying something.

- Ken and Jenny Poelman, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
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We have used Sarah at several of our high end customer events, and have been very pleased. Our customers have expressed their delight with her culinary creations. Sarah’s service and food fits seamlessly with the image of excellence and quality we communicate for our business. I’m sure we will continue using her for future events.

- Elichai Fine Jewelry, 2010, 2011, 2012
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Chef Sarah has been submitting articles for Hyalite Publishing Co. over the past year and her attention to detail while still managing to have fun has been a true treat. Sarah provides wonderful ideas on everything from hosting parties to simple family dinners. I’ve used several of her ideas, such as how children can help out in the kitchen and even tried her “Seriously Mac and Cheese” recipe. Seriously delicious!! We have enjoyed working with Chef Sarah and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

- Joan M. McCorkhill - Editor, Hyalite Publishing CO
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Sarah Knecht is so much fun to work with. She’s very professional but also very down to earth and flexible when need be. She never gets flustered and loves her work. We love her food and enjoy so very much having her her around to help us at special times.

- Ellen Gimbel, 2010, 2011
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From the beginning stages of planning our menu to the end of our evening, I can’t put into words how fabulous Sarah was to work with. She is very professional, flexible and such a pleasure to have cater your event. She stays relaxed and helps the evening run smoothly. And did I mention the food is delicious! We have guests that travel all over to banquets and catered events and they tell us time and again how AMAZING the meal is at our banquet. Thank you Sarah for making an evening to honor our Foster Parents such joyful experience for everyone involved.

- Megan - Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, 2010, 2011, 2012
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We can’t thank Sarah enough for the outstanding job she did for us. Planning and calmly executing those plans for three different events (at two remote Wyoming ranches) was no small feat! Every detail was considered and thought out. Sarah’s passion for food was reflected in the menus she created for us. Our family and friends raved about its freshness and variety at each event. So, thanks Sarah, for the wonderful memories that we will always cherish.

- Mary and Frank, Fall 2011
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We all enjoyed the wonderful treat of having you prepare dinner for the girls! We received emails that next day from all of our guests and they were very thankful that they got to participate in this event! We cannot wait for your cookbook. Your latest recipes were a delight and your helpful hints made the evening so enjoyable. Everyone was very impressed. Thanks again for a terrific time!

- Terry Johnson, Winter 2012
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You have been a life saver to me many times. There is no way I can manage my family and run my business, and then come home to entertain my clients and friends. There have been so many times when I’ve wanted to entertain at home rather than dining out, and you always make this happen. Working with you is very easy because you have such a great attitude, the food is always superb because you are passionate about what your do, and my guests always enjoy your presence because you are a terrific person. I don’t know what I would do without you!

- Tracy Raich, 2010, 2011, 2012
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Sarah Knecht prepared food for our wedding in the beautiful Paradise Valley. Working with chef Knecht was a much more creative, interactive experience than we thought possible. Together, we bounced ideas off each other and developed a unique menu that honored our tastes and the amazing food that Montana and Alaska provide. And, she definitely delivered on the day of the wedding. The serving stations were beautifully laid out, and guests were eagerly awaiting seconds. After the wedding numerous guests commented on how amazing the food was and how unique the dishes were. We were delighted to have such an amazing spread of Spanish-inspired plates to compliment our day…it seemed so fitting! We can give nothing but the highest praise and recommendation for chef Knecht for any event, large or small.

- Josh and Anne, Fall 2011
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I just took a cooking class from Sarah Knecht, “ Dinners to Remember” it was a class to remember, YUMMY! The first time I took a class from Sarah a friend encouraged me to go with her. I thought it would be some gourmet food class I would not ever do at home, my friend said come and we will eat. It was great food and I came away encouraged to experiment, and not be bound by a recipe. At “Dinners to Remember” Sarah again showed us how to make common simple dishes into something special without a lot of fuss. Every time I take a class from Sarah we have a new family favorite “Dinner to Remember”.

- Diane Devine, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
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We were thrilled to work with Sarah in planning a customized menu for our wedding. Having phenomenal food was so important to us and from day one she was worked creatively with our budget and ideas to give each dish a special twist. She went above and beyond for us by working with Alaskan halibut brought in from family, creating the tastiest and most beautiful wedding cake ever and tracking down my favorite dessert. She and her staff worked with the venue/rentals we had perfectly and our reception went off without a hitch – nothing but compliments from our guests all evening and weeks after on how fabulous everything was! Through the entire process and long distance planning Sarah had us at complete ease. It was a pleasure to have worked with her and highly recommend her services!

- Sarah Roper, Spring 2011