Chef Eliot Ramirez launched his private catering business – Eating with Eliot – in 2018, after graduating from culinary school and working at several Upper West Side restaurants including Burke & Wills and Kirsh Bakery and Kitchen (which he actually helped open).
Now 26, Eliot runs the business with his fiancé Amanda (29), who also went to culinary school and was previously a host at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in Columbus Circle, before the struggling restaurant industry saw its massive layoffs.
The culinary couple have a true Upper West Side love story, first meeting at the now closed Meatball Shop on Amsterdam Avenue.
Eliot is the chef and Amanda works as his server, host and eager taste-tester.
Eliot and Amanda’s private food and catering services are available for groups of up to 25 people – making them the perfect duo to hit up for micro-weddings (which they’re actually in the process of trying to plan for themselves).
Eliot describes his cuisine as “approachable yet elevated,” with multiple course dinners consisting of seasonally fresh plates.
While we’re not quite at that stage of post-pandemic life where giant parties are on the table, many of us are ready to be social with select groups. And Eliot and Amanda are the perfect pair to make your small get-togethers unforgettable – both for the food and intimate experience they provide.