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Private cooking lessons/// Tailored to your skill level, your interests, your kitchen equipment. I can work with the complete novice on basics like knife skills, or with the more experienced cook who’s looking to try new things! Lessons can be skill or recipe/menu based. Also available: grocery shopping classes! Learn how to select foods, buy the right amount, and navigate your way through the market.

Group cooking lessons and parties/// Get a group of friends together and take a cooking class with me! Based out of the San Francisco culinary event space Cookhouse, I can do demos, or a hands on lesson.

Custom recipe creation/// Already a popular service, this is great for those of you who don’t live in the SF Bay Area. If you’re hosting a dinner party, attending one, or just want to surprise your significant other with a special dinner, I can write a recipe tailored to your skill level, budget, kitchen equipment, etc. I’ll work with you to consider every different angle: other dishes that might be served, dietary restrictions, and more!

Menu planning and design/// Full menu planning available for parties and for weekly meals alike. I’m also happy to work with you on food styling and set up, so that your guests will walk in and be WOWed.

Small event planning/styling/// When it comes to hosting a party that impresses, it’s all about the little unexpected details. Let’s talk about how we can make your guests feel like you went above and beyond (even when you didn’t).

Custom invitations and cards/// Paper-based and digital invitation and greeting card services available. Paper cards are all hand crafted with meticulous care.

Hand lettering/// Not quite calligraphy, but definitely not your everyday scribble. I love working with brides who want that hand lettered touch on their invites and placecards, but don’t want to blow the budget on a traditional calligrapher. This service is also great for thank you notes, holiday cards, etc. Ask me about my rates and for lettering samples!

Basic graphic design services/// Especially geared towards new bloggers, I can help you design a new header or about page graphic to give your blog a little oomph.

Blog/social media consultation/// New to blogging? Want some advice on how to treat it like a business? Need tips on how to grow your readership? Let’s connect.


And on that note, thank you. Yes, you. I wouldn’t and couldn’t be doing all this without the support of the community here on vmac+cheese. You guys inspire me in ways you can’t even imagine. Thanks for making it so fun to write here everyday, and helping me have the courage to do all this! Cheers to the future…so far 2012 is off to a rollicking start!

PS — Will be back later today with a fun little color post, though I completely acknowledge, that’s not quite as exciting as this!

106 Responses

  1. SO excited for you, and I can only imagine where you will go from here! Huge, huge things to come! xo

  2. I AM SQUEALING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW!!! First of all, I’m SO depressed I dont live in the Bay Area anymore. BUT I am so excited for you! This is amazing and I’m so happy that you’re going to be doing vmac & vivaleur.

  3. Congratulations!!!! That is beyond exciting news & good for you for taking the plunge- that alone takes courage. Cannot wait to see your business grow!

  4. Aw don’t tease me like this! Can’t wait to hear your good news! I’m sensing a new guest for my Miss Independent series soon!!!! ;)

  5. AHHHH!!! My mazel of the day def. goes to VMac and Cheese!!! So happy for you! Looking forward to seeing you and celebrating this milestone in person :)

  6. Congratulations! Those are big steps and I am so happy for you!

  7. I have been reading your blog for awhile now and this is my first time ever leaving a comment. Congrats on the great news, congrats on the new transition. You are SUCH an inspiration to me and I am so glad I found your blog !!! Good luck with ALL!!!

  8. Congratulations on your new endeavors! I’m so excited for you!

  9. Wow, congrats!! SO very, very exciting! 2012 is a BIG year for you! So inspired by your courage and fearlessness- wishing you the very best!

  10. This is incredibly exciting! Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing more, and count on my support!
    Anna

  11. So excited for you! Cheers to doing exactly what you love!

  12. So excited for this next step of your life!!

  13. Congratulations!!! You’re an inspiration. I can’t wait to see your success in this new adventure!

  14. Just learned of vmac+cheese because of your Alt recaps (which were amazing btw!!) and can’t wait to follow along in this next exciting phase. Congrats!

    Live Inspired,
    Heidi
    athousandlaughingstarfish.blogspot.com

  15. YAYAYAYAY! It looks so much better and seems so much more real when posted live on the blog. Can’t to see the biz grow! I know with your taste (food & aesthetics) and style your events will be a SMASHING (yes I’ve been watching Downton) success! All the love in the world on this happy launch day!

  16. So excited for you! Best of luck, not that you’ll need it! I’m sure it will be such a success!!

  17. I am so excited and inspired by you! This is going to be a wonderful journey for you, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. I just might be using your services in the near future :) And ever since you shared that quote from Ben with us, I’ve been repeating it to myself daily. Everything changes when you remember that.

    Hope you have a wonderful day. Congratulations!

    -Caitlin

  18. So excited for you Victoria!!! Cannot wait to see all the amazingness that comes from your new venture. Congratulations!!!

  19. Wow! Congratulations! This is such an exciting thing – will be really glad to see where this all goes. Your blog is fantastic so I’d expect nothing else from your business.

  20. I know you are going to be amazing in this new role. I could tell after meeting you that your eye for both the business side of things, and for design is so unusual and such an asset! It’s gonna be rough at times, but it’s going to be awesome… I just know it!

  21. CONGRATS!! This is so amazing. so so so excited for you. I know you’ll be great. I just recently left my day job as well to pursue my passion — seize the day!

  22. Congratulations! I love seeing bloggers make their dreams come true. I wish you all the best and may be giving you a call in the future :)

  23. SO exciting!! You are so talented and all of your hard work will pay off!

  24. Congratulations on your big decision! Quitting your day job is hard, but acting on a project you’ve dreamed about for so long is even harder. Good for you that you figured it out! The Vivaleur services sound just perfect and very timely. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of clients and never look back on this big change!

    I think Ben should start compiling the success stories he inspired with his Alt speech…!

  25. Congratulations!!! This sounds like an incredible, unique business, and I’m sure all of your clients’ lives will be so enriched by it! Wishing you all the best!

  26. You are amazing! I am so inspired by you. It’s so true that you have to bet on yourself. I did a year ago after leaving the biggest pr firm in the area, starting one partly just becuase someone reached out to me for services. In just one year I see HUGE potential. Have to just go for it and feel confident in yourself and your skills. I’m so proud of you!! Oh, and LOVE the name. xxoxox

  27. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! This is huge!!!!!!! I wish I lived in SF to take cooking lessons with you! I mean, amazing! I’m so incredibly excited for you and all the great things that this new endeavor will bring. xoxo

  28. YAYAYAYAYAYA! you go girl!

  29. Congratulations! This is really inspiring- I think it’s awesome you’re taking a risk and betting on yourself :)

  30. congratulations! such exciting news!! xoxox

  31. This is so amazing, congratulations!!! Your new company sounds so relevant right now; so much so, in fact, that I might have to sign up as one of your clients. :) Good luck on this adventure!!

  32. Congratulations! This sounds so exciting and is incredibly inspiring to hear that you are taking the plunge and starting your dream company. Can’t wait to see how it grows.

  33. I am a new reader but I love being able to sense your passion.
    I will send happy caffeinated vibes your way!

  34. I’m new to the fold, but I wanted to congratulate you. That’s so great that you can give up your day job and do what you love. Right now I can only dream about that day for myself.

    CONGRATULATIONS!

  35. Really happy for you girl, I just know that you will be hugely successful. You will be able to concentrate on you, your passions, and the new life you will create with your soon-to-be hubby. I can’t wait to see what happens! XOXO

  36. congratulations!!!!! looking forward to hearing about yoru new adventures!

  37. This is really very wonderful- congratulations on such a new and exciting venture! :)

  38. Oh, Victoria, congratulations!! I know you’ll rock it!! Really, really happy for you!

  39. I’m so excited and proud of you!! You are going to be amazing – way to believe in yourself and follow your dreams!!

  40. Congrats – it’s so exciting to see you go for your dreams! Best of luck, I know you’ll do great and I’m excited to hear how it is going.

  41. Yay yay yay! So excited for you and I can’t wait to see how the new biz gets incorporated with your blog too. Enjoy all the hype and excitement today! xo

  42. I’m 100% ecstatic for you and your new ventures! I know I’ll be contacting you when I’m ready to take the big step out to the blogosphere. Mazel Tov!

  43. Congratulations!!!! Excited for your new chapter : )

  44. How exciting! So proud of you. I would love to take advantage of your blog consulting services, I need to figure out how you do it all! No doubt your going to make this venture a huge success! Cheers to you! xo

  45. So exciting! Congrats!

  46. Congrats again, Vmac. You’re gonna do superb!

  47. Excited for you! Congrats!

  48. Oh yay! And you know what, you’ve inspired me to get my creative ideas flowing. I’ve been wanting to leave my day job for a while…and perhaps I can get going down that path!

  49. Soooo excited for you Victoria!! I can’t think of a better company concept coming from you – it’s a perfect fit! I’ll help spread the word :-)
    XO – Marion

  50. Congratulations V!!! I have no doubt you will be a smashing success!! xoxo

  51. That’s so exciting! Congratulations! I can’t wait to hear more as this takes off. Especially love that you’ll be doing hand lettering. I think this is such a great idea. I hand painted names, envelopes, etc for my wedding and think it makes such a difference.

  52. Congratulations! I LOVE your ideas and I have no doubt, you will love your new career and be amazing at it all. All the best to you and I may have to take you up on your blog services real soon! Cheers to new adventures! xx

  53. Congratulations! You are so talented, and I know that things will go so well for you. Congrats again for taking a big leap!

  54. Congratulations on a big step…love the timeline. Sometimes it takes a bit of time for figure out exactly what you want. I only found you recently so I don’t know what day job you are leaving, but thumbs up on betting on yourself.

  55. That’s so exciting! I haven’t been following your blog too long, but I already feel so encouraged by your bravery and gusto to go after your dreams! Congratulations on this exciting new adventure in your life!

  56. Congratulations, so happy for you!!

  57. I found your blog a few weeks ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Your content is amazing and your blog is quality! I’m so excited for you to go full time and I wish you the best of luck!

    Louisa

  58. WOWWWW!!! This is so exciting!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

    ps I love all of your graphics!!! xoxo

  59. Oh my goodness! Congratulations on both accounts. I can’t wait to see all of this unfold ahead of you.

    Whitney

    whitneykayestyles.blogspot.com

  60. Congrats! How very exciting!

  61. You’re pretty amazing! Congrats again Victoria!

  62. 1. I am SO unbelievable excited for you and proud of you! You’re a such an inspiration to us all!

    2. Love how organized and visual this post is. It makes it so much more exciting! If that’s even possible. ;)

    Good luck to you (you don’t need it)!

  63. Fantastic!!! This is a huge leap and totally inspiring! Rock on, Victoria, I wish you nothing but success! xo

  64. Congrats!!! so exciting! looking forward to seeing all your success! xo

  65. So my weekend pales in comparison to yours. SOOOO excited for you!!! xx and CONGRATS!

  66. Hooray hooray congratulations!!!! So, SO exciting! I can’t wait to tell everyone I know about Vivaleur and get them to utilize your genius! YAY! Cheers, Victoria!!!

  67. AMAZING NEWS! So happy for you and congrats on the new business! Looks fantastic. All the best!

  68. Congrats Victoria!! That is such wonderful news! I am so glad we met at Alt, and I am really loving your blog!

  69. Congrats Victoria!!! I am so happy for you! I know your new endeavor will be a huge success! :) xoxo

  70. Congratulations! That is so exciting! I’m exciting to see some of your stationary!!

  71. Amazing! so excited for you on your new adventure! Enjoy every minute!

  72. this is great news Victoria!! congratulations!! I am so happy for you and wish you lots of success!

  73. Congratulations! I just found your blog recently, and I’m already a fan. I may end up utilizing some of your blog consultation services in the future…

    Can’t wait to see what comes of vivaleur! :)

  74. Congratulations for deciding to live the dream! I’m working on this myself but I’m not quite at your level yet. Hopefully soon! I’ll pass your information along to my social media web in hopes that you’ll find some clients. :)

  75. Congratulations! This is such a huge step. I started reading your blog a few weeks ago, and it’s become one of my favorites. From what I know of you just by reading your blog, this new business sounds like a natural fit! I think it’s going to be great and good for you for taking on a brand new business. I’m excited to follow along and see how it goes!

  76. Ahh congrats Victoria for making this huge leap! You are truly inspiring and I can’t wait to see how your new venture unfolds! xx

  77. Congrats to you! Very big and exciting news!

    – Ashley

  78. SO amazing!

  79. Victoria this is soooo exciting!! Congratulations!!!

  80. That’s awesome!! Congrats!

  81. Congratulations! Best of luck!

  82. Congratulations! I wish I was closer! Also, that quote from Ben… amazing. I need someone to say that to my face.

  83. CONGRATS AGAIN! Love the look of Vivaleur’s website!~!! Can’t wait to check back for more!!!

  84. Victoria this is so exciting! I only wished I lived closer. I could really use a knife skills class.

  85. really excited for you and your new venture! it take a lot of courage and guts to pursue your dreams-bravo!!

  86. Congratulations, Victoria! Such a huge step in your life. You’re so brave to leave your day job and bet on yourself- a big risk for great rewards! May you have success in all your ventures.

  87. For the hundredth time: I am so happy and proud and excited for you!! You will do great!! Big big hugs! Congrats again!! X

  88. This is amazing Victoria!! Congrats- I know it’ll be nothing but a big success :)

  89. So exciting, friend. Can’t wait to hear how it goes. You’re going to knock it out of the park.

  90. This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  91. Holy! It is 6:30 and you already have almost 100 comments. Victoria, you are going to rock this. So happy and excited for you. xo

  92. You are an inspiration Victoria! Wishing you much continued success…happy, happy news.

  93. Congrats! And great info-graphic by the way! you must be a photoshop wiz!!

  94. So exciting!!! I’m working toward starting a business right now too (planning to launch officially in June) and it’s so inspiring to see other ladies taking the plunge and following their dreams!

  95. Girl, this is so exciting (and inspiring)!!!!! Congrats!!!!

  96. Congratulations to you! It takes courage and devotion to launch a company…no doubt it’s well deserved. Best of luck!
    Such exciting news!
    xx

  97. Hee hee this is the cutest post ever! Congrats! Long overdue, you are too talented not to do this! And lucky us that we get to benefit now from your immense creativity!

  98. Congratulations! What an exciting endeavor. I hope you’ll keep us readers posted on your learnings, celebrations and more as time goes on! ~ Alexis (lexandlearn.com)

  99. Just wanted to add my congratulations. I absolutely love to hear stories about people following their dreams and passions. I love that you included, “2008: Background was black and text was orange. We will never speak of this again.” Made me chuckle.
    Wishing you continued success.
    Cheers!

  100. Ummm…..Hello! Why weren’t we cheers’ing to this last week!!!!!!! This is so, so, SO major! Congratulations!!!! I’m so happy for you!

  101. Wow! So inspiring vmac+cheese! =) Hope to be there some day.

    http://www.ihearthmong.com

  102. i am so happy for you! go get em! and i wish you a lifetime of success! -marissa

  103. SO excited for you. Linking up to you tomorrow!

  104. […] made it official!  She is starting her own amazing business, Vivaleur.  I know she will succeed, and I am so proud […]

  105. wow congrats, that’s totally inspiring! best of luck!

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