Let European Chef Blazena and her staff do their delicious magic. Relax and enjoy your company and party without stress, or if you prefer, roll up your sleeves, learn and cook along.
Blažena is an internationally experienced chef, cook, caterer and innovative instructor. Having lived throughout Europe, Mexico and the US, her fascination with local cuisine is evident in her unique recipes. Blažena is an imaginative culinary technologist, degreed chemist, chemical engineer and research chef. She has studied food science at Rutgers University, and holds a Culinary Arts Degree from the Culinary Institute of America.
Her highly trained and professional staff are professionally attired, unobtrusive, and strive to provide a positive and accommodating experience for you and your guests.
We custom design our services to suit your needs, whether it's a small private party or a large corporate function. We are happy to recommend the services of other vendors including decorators, photographers, parking valets, and entertainment.
Blažena is available for:
Chef for hire by the day, week, or take-along vacations
Cooking lessons and parties
Corporate team building events
Fully catered affairs
When you don't have time to cook, Blažena offers private chef services to help alleviate stress. Whether it's a one-time occasion or a 2-3 x a week service, we can provide great tasting, fresh and healthy meals whenever you need them.
Blažena's cooking tips, recipes and creative food presentations have been featured in Whole Foods magazine "What's Cooking?" and in Kiwi Magazine.
Blažena also offers cooking classes that can be taught in your home or any rental location. Cooking parties are a great way to learn and have fun, and your guests will delight in the special meal that they helped create. We offer several different themes for these events including:
Dinner & a movie - customize the menu according to your movie choice
Book Club Feast - celebrating the culture of chosen reading material
High or Casual Tea
Parent and Teen Cooking - a great birthday party activity
Cooking lessons are also a great gift idea for newlyweds, anniversaries, or entertaining corporate clients.
Blažena has provided services for:
Tom Rinaldi - ESPN/CNN correspondent
De Beers Diamonds
Jacqueline Bloom, Ernst & Young executive director
Franklin Lakes Book Club
Extensive menu selections are available on our website.
Whether you are celebrating a once in a lifetime event or just looking to treat yourself, family and friends to good food and a good time, let us bring our outstanding service and quality to your table.
Among other cities, Culinary Affair may serve the following areas: Newark, Paterson, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Clifton, Dover, Edison, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Morristown, Branchville, East Orange, Hackensack, Mahwah, North Plainfield, Perth Amboy, Ridgewood, Wayne, Whippany, Basking Ridge, Caldwell, Cranbury, East Millstone, Englewood, Haledon, Hawthorne, Hillsdale, Kearny, Laurence Harbor, Montclair
Cooking Demo at Jennifer's Bridal Shower - Leonia, NJ
Dear Chef Blazena:
An absolute delightful cooking encounter! A wonderful life story and what an honor to be your "assistant"! ... Best,
Suzy "Batman" Landes
you did a fantastic job and the food was just wonderful!... Heather
That was very delicious meal and very simple to me! Thanks for coming to my bridal shower - I hope to learn more simple recipes from you I can learn to make! ... Jen (the bride-to-be)
That was a wonderful cooking ceremony! Fantastic! And you come from one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen: Czech Republic. I fell in love with Prague + would go back in a heartbeat!
God Bless You and more power and success! ... Elena
The presentation was very nice, the food was great and your stories were fun & inspiring. Keep it up! ... Arleen
What a wonderful, joyful time! Your stories & attitude were amazing! I so enjoyed your presentation. My husband is a chef; owned a restaurant for 32 yrs. He would love to see you "act"! ... Chris
SOUPS of the WORLD - Cooking Demo in Ramsey, NJ
Dear chef Blazena:
Thank you for a Delicious Evening :) ....
Chef, I enjoyed the class a lot. Will come again! .....
Blaz, the Bombay Tomato Soup was the best! I did not know what to expect, when I read the description - but it was fabulous, every spoon of it - and so easy to make! .....
Chef Blazena: You made me appreciate chicken soup in a new way! Generally, I am not crazy about any chicken soup, but the Greek Chicken Soup was simply outstanding! .....
Great fun, good food, as always! Your salad was also unique and delectable! Till the next time :) .....
Kathy, Palma, Tatiana, Lisa and Marlene, Virginia, Tracy, Carol, Renee, Deidre and Lorraine - the class foodies!
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 2008 - Demo Cooking Party, Waterleaf Art Store, Ramsey
Hello, Chef Blazena:
Just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time at your Cinco de Mayo class.
The food was excellent and you had some really great "tips" that I look forward to using in my future recipes. Tonight I am making grilled chicken with the chipotle sauce recipe you used on the shrimp. I'm sure it will be delicious!
You are, as always, a great teacher and a very warm, fun and friendly person to spend time with. Thank you.
Love, Denise (Norwoord, NJ)
Birthday Celebration and Art Exhibition, Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ
On behalf of myself and the entire Pelech “host” family we want to say thank you for the tremendous job you did planning and hosting my mother-in-law’s 80th Birthday Celebration and Art Show at the Ridgewood Art Institute this past weekend.
Honestly, the party could not have been the success it was without you. I can’t tell you how many calls I received the day after the party from our friends and family telling me what a wonderful time they had and how much they enjoyed the day, especially the wonderful food and professional service.
You were such a pleasure to work with and you truly collaborated with me every step of the way to plan and create the ultimate art show – 80th birthday celebration. You took this very complex event and made it a most memorable occasion for Olga, her 65 friends and our family.
I personally have had affairs catered in the past but no caterer has come close to the level of service that you and your staff provided. Having you there the day of the party was great, the way you decorated the galleries, setup the banquet areas, made and served all the food, kept the bar going and directed your staff while attending to the needs of our guests was phenomenal—I could never have done it with your style and grace.
Your personal involvement the day of the party allowed our guests and family to enjoy a very memorable day of family history that we will never forget!
Thank you again. It is my pleasure to highly recommend you to any future clients.
Mrs. Nancy Pelech, Waldwick, NJ
AMAZING Wine Pairing Dinner - Rio Vista, Mahvah-May 2014
It is easy to describe the culinary genius of Chef Blazena Federer owner of Culinary Affair, LLC.
In a word, AMAZING! I flew in from Texas for a wine dinner hosted by Dr. and Mrs. G. Kwiatkowski of Mahwah N.J. on May 3rd well expecting a decadent dinner.
Decadent soon paled in describing Chef B.'s artful array of European French styled food uniquely presented to "wow" the senses and delight the palate. Her signature appetizer Shrimp Cocktail Hollywood served at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony dinner made a dramatic appearance at the Kwiatkowski dinner in what else, a martini glass!
The Red Potato-Smoked Salmon Boats were delectable and colorful.
Like instruments in a symphony all the dishes came together in a fine tuned melody that played well from one recipe to another.
Chef and her assistant unobtrusively served appetizer to dessert with a seamless sophistication that made guest feel like the courses just magically appeared in front of you.
For International menus, inspired food styling and immaculate service, "Culinary Affair, LLC of Ridgewood, N.J. will not disappoint.
Bravo! Chef Blazena!
Debra Johnson, Texas
Magical wine tasting dinner - delighful service; May 2014
Chef Blazena: Saturday was absolutely delightful and professionally served. One of our guests even called it magical. Everything was done superbly. Each dish was delicious and interesting in its own right, visually and taste wise. We would be interested in doing other events with you. Thank you and best regards! Dr. George Kwiatkowski, Mahwah, NJ
Incredible evening of food, friends and fun at your “Food For Friends Buffet” cooking class. Great party and learning!
Dear Chef Blažena:
I can’t thank you enough for the incredible evening of food, friends and fun we enjoyed in January 2005! We are still talking about it with my friends – several months later!
Our Allendale “Girls Club” loved the “Food For Friends Buffet” cooking class. We each learned some great techniques from you – and still use the recipes to impress our other friends and families, who were not fortunate enough to be present at the class.
The best compliment to you is that my husband, the “vegetable hater” still asks me to make the “green bean-bacon bundles!
The evening was kicked-up-a-notch to yet another (elegant) level, once the husbands showed up at the end of the class – to eat, if course! The buffet table looked beautiful and the dessert finale – the Bananas Foster was a show stopper!
You made it all so easy to have a great party and to learn, that even I (the hostess) enjoyed it and felt “like having an evening out” – I never had so much fun at my “own party and in my own home!
We all are looking forward to our next cooking event with you, Blažena.
Lots of Love and Thanks for the Great Food!
Kathy Melle Di Pietro, Allendale, NJ