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Located in East Highland, VC Gourmet is a fast-casual setting that offers amazing cuisine from Chef Valarie Carlone Baker.
This is what is said when you walk into any food service business in Italy. It is always said with a smile and a warm feeling of gratitude that you came into their establishment. You feel like you are family and this is what VC Gourmet wants their customers to feel. VC Gourmet is owned and operated by Chef Valarie Carlone Baker, a classically trained chef who holds a master’s certification in Italian cuisine and culture.
VC Gourmet is a fast-casual setting that offers an array of small plates, salads, soups, entrées, pastries, and of course a deli case full of gourmet foods from her kitchen and imported from abroad. VC Gourmet is a true Delicatessen that offers dine-in, take out and catering services. Their goal is to provide customers with healthy, no preservative, made with love and attention to detail meals. From their small plates to complete dinners ready to go hot, cold or frozen.
Monday - Thursday
11:00am – 7:00pm
11:00am – 8:00pm
Chef Valarie has spent many years perfecting her fusion of flavors to bring you a unique and delightful assortment of small plates, entrées and pastries. From the shrimp tostadas to Truffle lamb chops, you will never be disappointed.
VC Gourmet proudly offers a fully stocked deli case. This centerpiece of the delicatessen displays a large variety of hand picked gourmet meats, cheeses, marinated items, desserts, pastries and fresh baked goods. Chef Valarie only carries the highest quality deli meats like prosciutto San Daniele, bresaola, Soppressata, and cheeses like pecorino Toscano, taleggio, and buffalo mozzarella.
In addition to the deli case, VC Gourmet also showcases an assortment of gourmet olives, breads, seasonings, pastas, peppers, and seasonal items.
Pick-up & To Go
Are you a busy parent that has a car full of kids? Or a sleeping toddler or baby? Chef Valarie knows all about this because of her experience with small children of her own. So VC Gourmet proudly offers Online ordering and curbside pick-up. She knows all too well how waking up a sleeping child can have a multitude of consequences. Simply call in or place your order Online, once you arrive they will happily bring your order out to you, making feeding your family healthy and delicious food as convenient as possible.
VC Gourmet is also proud to offer meals that are completely prepared for you and ready to heat & serve. Not sure about how to heat them? No problem! Along with detailed written instructions, you will also have the option of watching an Online video featuring Chef Valarie with step-by-step details on how to heat, serve and hold your meals. Love throwing dinner parties but don’t like all the hours it takes in the kitchen to put together a great meal? No problem! VC Gourmet will do it for you and with their step-by-step videos Chef Valarie will even show you how to do a professional plating for your guests, they will never know and we won’t tell!
In addition, VC Gourmet hosts monthly fine dining experiences. Pre-Reservations and menus will be available at the first of each month. Please come join us for a truly European dining experience. You will be greeted at the door with fine hors d’oeuvres and your choice of wine or beer. Feel free to look around and engage in conversation during the 30-minute reception. You will then be introduced to your Chef for the night and a comprehension of the menu and wine or beer pairings for the evening. You will be transported to the region of the cuisine through texture, smell and taste. If you would like to be put on the reservation list, please contact us.
VC Gourmet offers a wide variety of menu options including small plates, soups, salads, charcuterie, panini, entrées, and desserts. Some items are only available during lunch or dinner hours and are identified below.
happy hour specials - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Small Plates - all day
Soup of the Day - all day
Cup or Bowl
Salads - all day
Meat & Cheese Boards - all day
Charcuterie served with mixed olives, accompaniments and grissini
Melts & Panini - 11:00am to 5:00pm
All our sandwiches are made with premium meats & cheeses, fresh bread and the highest quality ingredients. Comes with your choice of house-made kettle chips or mixed green salad.
Main Entrées - 5:00pm to Close
Beer & Wine
Gourmet Cured MEATs
Italy has been the worldwide pioneer in the techniques of curing meats since ancient Roman times. Curing is the age-old process of preserving fresh meat through salting, smoking and air-drying Italian Meats. Pork is the most common cured meat in Italy, although other meats such as beef, venison and wild boar are also cured. Each region of Italy is known for its own cured meats, known as salumi, based on local customs. Spice plays an important role in the curing of Italian Meats. Typically, Italian Meats from the south tend to be spicier than those from northern Italy.
Prices are listed in 1/4 lbs. and 1/2 lbs. portions
Gourmet Deli Cheese
These are some of the Italian cheeses VC Gourmet stocks daily, including several DOP cheeses. Italy is one of the most productive cheese regions, rivaling French cheeses in variety, with well over 450. DOP cheese has been recognized for their high quality, local production, and traditional recipes. Taste the authentic flavors of the Italian countryside in these old-world cheeses, all handcrafted in small batches.
Prices are listed in 1/4 lbs. and 1/2 lbs. portions
Catering menus and options
"Valerie is amazing to work with and her food is delicious. My shower was Happily Ever After themed and she crafted a gorgeous cake. She is meticulous in her organization and planning and everything went off without a hitch. Everyone was a fan of her antipasto plate and i got rave reviews about the signature cocktail she crafted. I would definitely recommend VC personal chef to anyone looking for a catering." - Taryn C. Corona, CA
Leave Everything to us
VC Gourmet can meet all your catering needs. Let our experienced chef personalize a menu to fit your taste buds and budget. We have a 10 year reputation of the highest quality gourmet cuisine and service that keeps our clients coming back for more. Just give us a call and let VC Gourmet be your “one-stop shop”, you can count on us to coordinate all your event needs, such as rentals, staff, valet, etc.
For that special someone
VC Gourmet offers private dinning for intimate affairs. Whether you want a quiet dinner for two or an intimate setting for a group of friends or family, VC Gourmet will be sure to take special care of you. Our chef will work with you to design a custom menu just for your event. No need to worry about running to get more wine or butter, with your personal servers you will not have to worry about a thing! Call or e-mail us for more details!
Learn from the Pro's
For over 10 years, Chef Valarie has specialized in providing unique and innovative culinary solutions for the food service industry. VC Gourmet takes great pride in a practical, hands-on approach to overcoming any culinary challenge. Whether you're in need of a chef for your next trade show or product demonstration, training for your food service employees or menu development, Chef Valarie is at your service.
• Holiday parties
• Retirement parties
• Recognition Events
• Open houses
• Corporate meetings
• In-Home Dining
• Special Occasions
• Just Because
• Event Planning
• Menu Development
• Trade Shows
International Chef Valarie Carlone Baker is an award-winning, innovative Chef with an exceptional record of quality, service and experience. Valarie Carlone Baker received her Master Chef culinary degree in Italian Cuisine from the Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria, Italy. Chef Carlone also has international experience at such noted establishments as The Palazzo Arzaga and Le Sablon, along with Membership in the Italian Culinary Federation and Grade II Sommelier awarded. Chef Valarie also teaches culinary classes at The Art Institute in the Inland Empire campus and has appeared on the Food Network!
In addition to her delicatessen, Chef Valarie Carlone Baker offers a wide variety of additional culinary services to a broad clientele including; catering, private dining, event planning, menu development, consulting and on-site demonstration chef services. Chef Valarie prides herself in uncompromising standards of high quality service and superb presentation.
SPLENDORS OF NORTH ITALY
As an Alumni of The Italian Culinary Institute and good friend of Chef's Mark McDonald & John Nocita, Chef Valarie is honored to be able to present to you "Splendors of North Italy". Hosted by Chef Mark McDonald of Old Vine Café & The Italian Culinary Institute.
IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US TO SAVOR THE SPLENDORS OF NORTH ITALY!
During this special program, you will live northern Italy, not as a tourist, but as an Italian, as you travel and dine with Chef Mark McDonald of Old Vine Café and Master Chef John Nocita of the Italian Culinary Institute.
NORTH ITALY TOUR DATES: OCTOBER 21-30 2017