Testimonials

Tom Newton
Tom Newton
VP Business Development at KNOCK; branding + advertising + design

We hired Amalia to prepare a menu for a Holiday party, and the food was AMAZING! Amalia offered a couple of different menu options after asking me a few questions about the venue and our guests. Her attention to detail was spot on, and the care she took to ensure everything would be served properly and at the right temperature made our party a huge success. Weeks later…more

January 13, 2016, Tom was Amalia’s client

SUSAN C PETERSON
SUSAN C PETERSON
C-Suite Level – Executive Assistant

Amalia catered our Board of Trustees dinner and did a phenomenal job. It was seamless and the food she prepared was over the top. She has a talent and it shows in her work and her staff love her. I would highly recommend Amalia for any type of event. You will love working with her.

November 20, 2015, SUSAN C was Amalia’s client

Tami Butters
Tami Butters
Retired teacher

I had the pleasure of working with Amalia while planning a personal social event and also while organizing a fundraising event for a non-profit organization. I found her to be very dependable, thorough and helpful in planning menus and in management the logistics of each event. The food she prepared was delicious, authentic and beautifully presented. Everything was…more

November 8, 2015, Tami was Amalia’s client

Theresa Reina
Theresa Reina 
Senior Project Manager, Information Systems at Boston Scientific

Amalia was our guest chef for Hispanic Heritage Month and did a cooking demo for the group. The display was amazing and the food outstanding! What was most exceptional was Amalia’s discussion of why Hispanic Heritage is important; she gave a background on the history, and also tied in the relation to food and importance of Latino culture. We got way more than expected and…more

October 21, 2015, Theresa was a consultant or contractor to Amalia at Amalia LLC

Antonio Sacin, MS, PMP

Antonio Sacin, MS, 
Applications Architect at Old Republic Title Company

Amalia is a great chef as well as a well-rounded professional. She helped us with logistics to have the best possible outcome at our Annual Gala at St. Anthony Main. Her menu on that occasion incorporated traditional and delicious dishes from five different Latin American countries. All along with a great introductory presentation.

August 23, 2015, Antonio was Amalia’s client

Mary Brindle
Mary Brindle 
City Council Member, Edina MN

If you are looking for a chef who knows how to make your event unforgettable, we encourage you to contact Amalia Moreno Damgaard. The food and food and dining experience was the centerpiece of our gala event. We selected Amalia Moreno Damgaard as our chef. She provided beautiful and delicious food for appetizers, dinner and dessert served by a highly skilled professional…more

January 26, 2015, Mary was Amalia’s client

Lan Freitag
Lan Freitag
Leadership Giving Officer at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

I worked with Amalia for an event that I created and executed for work. She was incredibly professional and responsive from the entire planning process to the follow-up of the event. I knew I was in good hands as she listened to my event needs, gave great recommendations and executed flawlessly. Not only was she a dream to work with, her event staff and food were top notch…more

February 14, 2014, Lan was Amalia’s client

Laura Schmitz
Laura Schmitz
Corporate Recruiter

Amalia’s organization and knowledge assured me that the food for our event was in good hands. The menu she offered was a delicious and healthy variety of Latin American cuisine. The line-up by the at the food buffet for thirds and fourths was a true testament of the quality of her work!

October 15, 2013, Laura was Amalia’s client

Jason Howard

Jason Howard 
Sales Consultant & Managing Director of Customer Service

Amalia was a delight to work with for our annual summer party!

Her menu ideas were tasty and she was flexible in designing exactly what we wanted. Her staff was hard working &the food was a huge hit with our guests!

Thanks Amalia for making our event a success!

June 6, 2013, Jason was Amalia’s client

Nancy Flicek
Nancy Flicek 
Broker, Christianson & Company Commercial Real Estate Services

Amalia catered a wonderful evening for a small dinner party at our home. From concept to execution everything was flawless. Wonderfully interactive, the culinary expertise and knowledge of her Latin American cuisine was so much fun to watch and participate in. Her food is not only amazing, but light, healthy and beautiful to look at.

February 3, 2013, Nancy was Amalia’s client

Toni Chelikowsky
Toni Chelikowsky 
Proofreader at Fusion Hill

It was our pleasure to have Amalia cater our event. Her amazing menu, warm hospitality, her flexibility and creativity, helped make the night a memorable and successful one. I would not hesitate to recommend Amalia to anyone in search of a caterer for their event. Yum!

January 2, 2013, Toni was Amalia’s client

Rosa Rodriguez Rivera
Rosa Rodriguez Rivera 
Project Management, Boston Scientific

Thank you for a great event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. I loved your story-telling approach. Particularly we enjoyed how you explained the differences on food preparation for many latinamerican countries; from the subtle differences to the not-so-subtle.
Attendees enjoyed the event and the food was delicious!
We’ll plan to invite you again in the future.

October 25, 2012, Rosa was Amalia’s client

Rick S. Pulito
Rick S. Pulito 
Driving global business results by elevating engagement for Fortune 500 organizations

Amalia’s passion for the lovely and delicious cuisine of her native Guatamala, coupled with her European influences and sensibilities, makes for an outstanding and unique experience. Her knowledge, skills and vision, working together, create an extraordinary feast for the senses. I look forward to working with Amalia on many future events!

October 15, 2012, Rick S. was Amalia’s client

Tomas Frodis, MBA, ChFC
Tomas Frodis, MBA, ChFC 
Agency Recruiting Leadership at State Farm

I recently had the pleasure to work with Amalia as she provided lunch and a cultural experience during a two day meeting. From start to finish, Amalia was a class act. Amalia’s presentation was fantastic as she displayed her deep culinary knowledge coupled with her entertaining cooking demonstration. I would for sure get in touch with Amalia if you are looking for…more

June 4, 2012, Tomas was with another company when working with Amalia at Amalia LLC

Chris Mathew

Chris Mathew 
Marketing Program Manager at Jostens

Amalia was great to work with and provided the extra flare for our charity event. She and her family were wonderful.

May 1, 2012, Chris was Amalia’s client

Kathleen Schneibel
Kathleen Schneibel
Entrepreneurial Accountant & Enthusiastic Volunteer

I have had the pleasure of working with Amalia on the WeMN board for over a year now and I am continually amazed at the level of professionalism and energy she gives to everything – from a simple board meeting to planning a major event for WeMN – all while running her own company and writing a cookbook! I look forward to continuing to serve with Amalia, she truly leads by…more

October 4, 2012, Kathleen worked directly with Amalia at Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

Amy Perez Ortiz

Amy Perez Ortiz 
Business Development Executive | Diversity.Inclusion.Equity Consultant

Can you picture an inviting table with a freshly prepared meal? Delivered with style and a smile? Desire a side dish of cultural expertise? You need to meet Amalia!

Award-winning author, gourmet chef, educated business woman and a leader who knows how to execute on your vision with bold flair. You’ll find high quality ingredients in working with Amalia, and it won’t…more

May 16, 2013, Amy was with another company when working with Amalia at Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

Stacey Larsen
Stacey Larsen 
Leadership Engagement Coach/Consultant | Coach Educator

Amalia is a force of nature. WeMN’s success is as a result of her compelling vision and willingness to go out of her way to support women (including myself) in making their entrepreneurial efforts successful. She is an action oriented “go-getter” who has the capacity to accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Her genuine care endears her all around her, which is evident…more

April 15, 2013, Stacey worked directly with Amalia at Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

Kathleen Westerhaus
Kathleen Westerhaus
Marketing Manager at Stratis Health

Everyone raved about the food at the CLUES 30th Annual Celebration –Amalia planned the meal, shared her personal recipes, and trained the chef and staff of The Depot how to prepare the specific Latin cuisine. Received a lot of compliments! Very impressive work, indeed! I highly recommend her work!

November 25, 2011, Kathleen was Amalia’s client

Chris Barrington Davis

Chris Barrington Davis 
Sr. Project Manager at United Health Group – Optum Health

Amalia is a delight to work with. I hired her to put together a participatory cooking event for my company’s annual retreat, and was impressed with both the care she put into creating menu options for us, and with how willing she was to find creative ways to work within our budget and schedule. Her demonstration was informative and easy to follow, and our group had a…more

October 7, 2011, Chris was Amalia’s client

Jenni Konrad
Jenni Konrad 
Senior Software Developer

Amalia catered our wedding in September 2011, and I cannot say enough good things about her. From the menu to the staff to the execution, everything was excellent. I appreciate her attention to detail and dedication to not only providing great food, but educating people about it as well.

Thanks again, Amalia!

September 26, 2011, Jenni was Amalia’s client

Rachel Hughes
Rachel Hughes 
Associate Gift Officer

It was a pleasure working Amalia on event, and all the feedback I’ve gotten about the food is that it was very well received. I appreciate what you were able to do with the budget provided. And I also appreciated how easy you were to work with–taking time to put together two menu options, being easy to communicate with, arriving on time to set-up. People really enjoyed…more

July 7, 2011, Rachel was Amalia’s client

Jamie Flora
Jamie Flora 
Health & Fitness Coach at Jamie Flora Fitness

I highly recommend Amalia, LLC for any catering services that your business may need. Truly, I would check all of the “Top Attributes” if I could. Amalia is so knowledgable, professional, and really knows how to make dollars and food stretch. I have hired Amalia twice and the second time I did so because I knew that process would be smooth and that she would exceed my…more

October 29, 2010, Jamie was Amalia’s client

Dan Guerrero
Dan Guerrero 
attorney at meshbesher & spence, ltd.

I recently contracted with Amalia to provide food and decor for the opening night reception of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 2010 conference at Orchestra Hall. Her professionalism, integrity, originality, preparation and warm personality were all top shelf. She and her staff handled 350 people very smoothly, and she contributed immensley to a wonderful first…more

September 27, 2010, Dan was Amalia’s client

Dawn Meyer
Dawn Meyer
Career Services Professional – Le Cordon Bleu Mpls/St. Paul

“Amalia is very detail-oriented and customer service driven. She has strong leadership abilities and is adept at thinking outside the box. The food she prepared and the demonstration she provided at our Alumni Association Networking event in Sept 2010 was outstanding. She engaged the guests and answered their questions professionally and thoroughly.

Amalia is very involved in the community and truly exemplifies the “giving back” attitude. We are proud to have her as the Le Cordon Bleu Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumni Association’s face in the community.” November 29, 2010

Dawn Meyer, Career Services, Le Cordon Bleu College was with another company when working with Amalia at Le Cordon Bleu College, Minneapolis

Katie Clobes
Katie Clobes 
Owner, Clobes Custom Bookkeeping, LLC

I had the privilege of working with Amalia on the WEMN Board of Directors. Amalia is an amazing leader who encouraged all board member’s participation and ideas and mentored each of us in our role. She is very conscientious and detail-oriented and truly wants to help others succeed. Amalia is very successful at looking at the big picture and developing the steps to get…more

August 29, 2011, Katie worked directly with Amalia at Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

Meg Jakubik
Meg Jakubik 
Financial Advisor, John N. Fox & Associates

I had the pleasure of working with Amalia on the Board of Directors for Women Entrepreneurs of MN. Amalia’s drive and perserverance resulted in a successful non-profit organization (WEMN) that drove business for it’s members. Amalia is a great connector and visionary who is able to assemble and lead teams to bring her visions to fruition. In one word, “impressive”!

July 12, 2011, Meg was with another company when working with Amalia at Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

Irene Kelly
Irene Kelly 
Connecting people, ideas & resources

Amalia is a team player who is organized, purposeful and results oriented. She can be counted on to determine a clear purpose, create a plan based on intent and work toward the identified goal. Amalia is a master at organizing, bringing people together for a common purpose and achieving results. I highly recommend Amalia for her ability and expertise.

March 19, 2011, Irene worked directly with Amalia at Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

Margaret A. Tortorella Cronin
Margaret A. Tortorella Cronin
Attorney at Stinson Leonard Street LLP| Advising Family Businesses, Families of Wealth and Private Foundations

Amalia is a true leader who has the talent and drive to take a project from vision to execution. I have had the opportunity to work with Amalia in her role as President of Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (www.wemn.org). Amalia is wonderful to work with and is a role model for women entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level.

February 2, 2011, Margaret worked directly with Amalia at Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota

Mary Horan

Mary Horan 
Sponsorship Events Coordinator at Common Hope

Amalia provided a wonderful Guatemalan meal and demonstration for Common Hope’s Annual Meeting in September. Her demonstration included insights into the people and culture of Guatemala. A perfect accompaniment to our work. She is delightful!

October 2, 2009, Mary was Amalia’s client

Karen Sorbo
Karen Sorbo
Professional Benefit Auctioneer

Amalia and her staff surpassed all expectations. Her attention to detail is far above any caterer we have ever worked with. She went over and beyond what we ever imagined for our celebration. Our guests are still raving about the food. The presentation was out of this world. No detail was missed. Before the event, she met with us several times to make sure that everything…more

September 6, 2009, Karen was Amalia’s client

Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz 
Education Management Professional

Chef Amalia performed exceptionally as she lead a group of about ten women, including myself, in a cooking class. The event was held to celebrate the impending nuptials of one of my good friends. Chef Amalia’s presentation was organized, interesting, and easy to follow. We were able to get our hands dirty with the ingredients, mingle with each other, and enjoy the fruits…more

August 25, 2009, Melissa was Amalia’s client

Mary J Anderson
Mary J Anderson 
Social Events Organizer at Every Niche Club

It has been very fun working with Amalia in 2008 -09. She truly develops the theme,researchs the menu , adds a creative flair to the event & gets to know her audiences.
Our 2 themes have been: Cocina & Bodega & Empty Nester’s Go Latin.
Her knowledge of cooking, combined with healthly ingredients is amazing!!!
Mary J Anderson

August 20, 2009, Mary J was Amalia’s client

Kathy Longo
Kathy Longo 
President & Founder at Flourish Wealth Management

Amalia hosted a wonderful celebration of food and tradition for our company holiday party. She provided creative and delicious suggestions for the menu. Our office eagerly anticipated the meal with the delectable aromas of her cooking circulating the office while she prepared for the meal. Amalia also provided a cooking demonstration including cooking techniques and some…more

June 1, 2009, Kathy was Amalia’s client

Valeria La Rosa
Valeria La Rosa
Foundation Program Manager at Life Time Foundation

Amalia is wonderful to work with. She has great knowledge and ideas for events. Amalia works with wonderful partners that will ensure your event is a success! The food she designed for our gala was fantastic!

May 29, 2009, Valeria was Amalia’s client

Tim Scott
Tim Scott 
Corporate Chef at Macy’s

I met Amalia after I had done a cooking demonstration in one of our stores a few years ago. She expressed a sincere interest in cooking and possibly working together in the future. Eventually we met and discussed this along with her other interests.
She is a very amazing woman and very passionate and knowledgeable about food and travel. Since we first met she has done a…more

May 22, 2009, Tim worked directly with Amalia at Amalia LLC

Martha Vargas
Martha Vargas 
Accomplished Sales & Merchandising Professional

Amalia is an culinary expert with knowledge that taps into flavors of the world. She has always delivered beyond my expectations and has managed to wow crowds within a couple of bites of outstanding food. Her professionalism is top notch and her on stage presentation is always clear and informative!

April 6, 2009, Martha was Amalia’s client

Sandra Balaguera
Sandra Balaguera 
Consultant at Human Resources Consulting

Amalia has managed and served several events for me at Target and at the National Society Hispanic MBAs events. Her work ethic, attention to detail and expertise made our events a complete success. I would have to say that our events were splendid thanks to Amalia’s participation. I look forward to continuing working with Amalia in the future.

March 11, 2009, Sandra was Amalia’s client

Hazzen Munoz
Hazzen Munoz
Human Resources Director, Employee Relations & Compliance at Ecolab

I have known Amalia for a couple years and I have had the pleasure of tasting her cooking at several events across the twin cities, but this year we hired Amalia to cater my son’s baptism. My family, who are of Guatemalan descent were in town for the baptism. Amalia cooked a variety of Guatemalan dishes. My family left raving about the authenticity of the dishes. My wife’s…more

December 7, 2008, Hazzen was Amalia’s client

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