Press & Praise

Cleveland Plain Dealer article on Contest Winning Cooks, October 19th, 2011

I was featured in the November 2010 issue of Akron Life and Leisure Magazine. 


I won the Cleveland regional cook-off of the Aetna Healthy Food Fight September 2010 - my winning recipe was for Five Spice Turkey Lettuce wraps.

Dine in Diva 2 (2)

Featured in Akron Beacon Journal Business Section November 2006: Whipping Up a Career by Paula Schleis (Adobe Acrobat needed to view the pages)

Front Page   Page Two

Customer Reviews:


Fantastic Birthday Dinner

"Tammy was contacted to do an informal in-home birthday dinner for my wife. Menu, preparation, planning went very well. Food quality and presentation were excellent. Portions generous. Tammy is personable and fit in with our family. Even enjoyed dessert with us. Price was reasonable. Brought all her own supplies and did the dishes after dinner. Expectations were exceeded. Would definitely recommend her."

Rich Ostendorf of Chagrin Falls, OH on June 02, 2010

Thank you so much again for the dinner.  It was the perfect way to start the perfect night.  The food was fantastic and Alaina is still talking about it!  The rest of the night actually went just as I had planned.  She said yes, which was the most important part of the night, but all the other plans fell perfectly into place for our special night.
The dessert was great also.  We have some left and are taking it over to my parents house tonight to have as dessert again.  Thanks for sending the pictures over, they look very nice, and you have our permission to use them on your website.

Thanks again, Shaun Starr

"Mom loves, loves, loves all the dishes!!  We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and special cooking talents!  You truly are a gifted individual."  - daughter of new gluten-free client, April 2010

Phenomenal! I can't say enough about Tami and her service. I planned a suprise birthday dinner and a massage for two for my girlfriend and I. She arrived early at my house, and had everything ready by the time she got home from work. The food WOW! I had two live maine lobsters flown in and she cooked them to pure prefection and made a vanilla champagne sauce that I would use on anything. I let her have the reins when it came to everything else food wise. I couldn't believe it. As soon as she knew we had everything we needed she was ready to leave us. My house was spotless when she arrived and spotless when she left. She is very respectful, when it comes to your time with her, she makes sure everything is perfect for your special event. I am already planning on using her services again. I urge anyone that has any questions or concerns to contact me.

Thanks you Tami, for making my night so special, you rock!

March 19, 2009 by Jamie Bartus in Akron, OH

And a marriage hangs in the balance....”

"Well, not exactly, but we did ask Tamara to recreate the meal we had on the evening when I proposed to my wife. Pressure much? Everything was first-rate, especially including the little things, like the cheese plate appetizer with truffle honey. God is in the details... Afterwards, Tami took the trouble to write down the recipe she had created from scratch. Now I'll be able to make a pale imitation of it. It was a truly memorable evening, and one of the great anniversaries of our life."


Rock Wehrmann of Hudson, OH on October 02, 2009

Best Engagement Ever! I had Tami cook up a little special dinner for my "new" fiance and I. When i met her we talked about all the available options, which i thought was just what we would have to eat. But when i got to my apartment i was amazed at what she cooked up, figuratively and literaly. First for the literal, the food was amazing, had lobster for the main course and great side dishes and salads and desserts and wines. But the best part of the evening was what she "figuratively" cooked up. We had a guitar player who played and sang our favorite songs and she even decorated the place with the most romantic flowers and candles. All in all it was way better than what i had planned and anticipated. If you ever try to surprise your special someone then give Tami a call. She will take care of you!!!! 

March 19, 2009 by Chris in Akron, OH 

Great Party! Tami catered a party for us in September 2008. She is highly organized and did a spectacular job on every detail, including clean up. We were very pleased and highly recommend her!

November 27, 2008 by Josie Adams in Ravenna, OH

“Everything is absolutely wonderful… we’re going to gain 50 pounds each! It’s all got just the right amount of surprising seasonings, not too heavy or overdone like many restaurant meals.  We’re actually eating in the dining room again (the kitchen table just doesn’t do your meals justice).  The salmon was outstanding, so incredibly fresh.  The pistachio crust was light and flavorful, and that cream sauce...OH MY GOD! (we can’t describe it without capital letters).

We are truly grateful for all the time you spent with us getting the menus and recipes just right.  We feel completely spoiled!


“Dine in Diva is both a pleasure and a privilege.  Ms. Mitchell provides knowledge, superior standards, and the finest fresh ingredients to meet any client’s needs and expectations.

Ms. Mitchell guided us through the entire event from menu to place settings, to flower selection.  Dine in Diva is as indulgent as her name implies. Kudos to Ms. Mitchell. Relax and enjoy the magic of “Diva” catering unfold.”

 —Paula Millar


“Tami—Thank you for the enjoyable evening, dinner was wonderful.  It was nice to be waited on in our own home.  The salmon was very fresh and done to perfection and the sides were tasty choices.  We also wanted to let you know that the dessert was very yummy. Great time!!

-Kurt & Cindy



"OK. We can't stop smiling. Our dinner was excellent and took no effort to pull together. 'E' had the stroganoff and I had the mushroom (I actually had two mushrooms). He liked it so much that he is planning to eat tomorrow's portion of the stroganoff tonight and is going for round 2. We don't want to make a habit of eating double portions in one evening, but tonight we are letting loose! Thank you! 

We actually had dinner together as a family today. Despite the fact that the kids had sports practices too. A rare occurrence for us except for Fri-Sun."   -Happy New Hudson, OH Client 

A wonderful surprise!  My husband decided to surprise me with a nice dinner at home for our anniversary. I was indeed surprised to see a personal chef standing in my kitchen when I walked in the door! It was an awesome experience - I love to cook so I was thrilled that Tami was willing to explain what she was doing as she worked. My husband apparently thinks I"m obsessed with Asian food, so he requested an Asian menu - Tami claims it wasn't her experise, but I find that difficult to believe as the food was all absolutely wonderful. My favorite was grilled fruit with cocunut sauce - delish!! She's got a great personality, which I think is key in this kind of scenario...and she was attentive, but without being "in your face". Thanks Tami!!

June 01, 2009 by Jackie in Medina, OH aAa

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