New England Patriots' Nate Solder Hires a Personal Chef  (National Public Radio/WBUR)

Chef Amadeus Southern Passion Lounge Radio guest (Radio Archive) Chef Amadeus was the winner of the Food Networks Extreme chef Mexican Showdown.

Wicked Local Roslindale Transcript, Taste of Roslindale Chef Esser cooking competiation with Boston Mayor Menino and Vinney Marino (Wicked Local) 

Staycation article (Boston Globe Magazine)

Food Tour Debuts of Roslindale Farmers Market (Boston.com

A review of my BBQ (Yelp.com)

Maynard's Open Table (Maynard Beacon Villager)

 Roslindale Personal Chef goes up scale for Super Bowl meal (Boston.com

Dinosaur kale and more at the Farmers Market (A Teachable Feast Blog)

Culinary Business Academy Chef spotlight

 

Testimonials

I wanted to thank you again for the three wonderful parties we’ve just had. You are so talented and it is just such a pleasure to work with you

Law School reunion, corporate and board meeting dinner
M.S. Newton Ma.
 

 

Thank you, your food was fantastic! 

 

Justyna
Paella/Tapas Party
Wayland Ma.

 The party was absolutely wonderful, everyone had a grand time and the food was spectacular. 
Stacy
Birthday celebration party and dinner
Brookline Ma.
 
 


 

Hi Lester, Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job. I got tons of compliments on the food -- even one of the little girls said she loved " those little sandwiches!" I had a great time and really appreciate your helping make it such a memorable event.

Stephanie
Birthday celebration
Roslindale Ma. 

Thanks so much Lester the food was great and we all had a blast

Nate Solder, New England Patriots
Birthday celebration, featuring a crawfish boil
Foxboro Ma 

Excellent! The food was amazing and Lester is very pleasant to work with.
Jill, owner Pet Republic
Business open house BBQ party
Cambridge Ma. 

Thanks so much for an incredible evening. I'll be calling to coordinate a birthday dinner for my husband in November.
 
Cindy
Multiple Birthday celebration Paella and Tapas party
Boston, Back Bay Ma. 

 

Thanks so much for making the party a big success. Many of the guests raved about the food, and most importantly, Karen loved it. You, Laura and your crew did a splendid job. I actually felt like I could relax and enjoy the party -- amazing!

The dishes that got the most praise were the Lamb lollipops, lobster mac and cheese, paella, and empanadas, but it was all great.

Josh
Birthday celebration
Needham Ma. 

Dear Lester,
Thank You again for making our daughter's bat mitzvah pig roast 
a huge success. The menu was really fun and had great options
for everyone. meat eaters, vegetarians, children, older people
were all really excited about the food. We had 260+ people and
never once worried about the food or drink acpect of the party
Teresa and Itai
Bat Mitzvah
Jamaica Plain Ma. 
 

 Just wanted to say thank you again for a fabulous meal yesterday.  Everything was great, it was truly over the top!!  Can't decide what was the best as everything was so good. Everyone is still raving about your food.  You are a very talented chef and it was a pleasure to work with you.

Mary 
BBQ, Paella Christening Celebration 
Mansfield Ma. 

Lester,

Thank you so much for all you did to make the first Rooted in Rozzie event such a success.
From planning the menu to actual night of prep, it was clear what a central role you played.
RVMS is incredibly grateful.

Christina and Ben, Roslindale Villiage Main Street
Rooted in Rozzie, a farm to fork event 
Roslindale Ma. 

I think I don’t say this frequently enough, but your food is just so unbelievably fabulous.  As you thought, we just adored the seafood chowder; Paul took the Moroccan pork for lunch today and it looked great as well.  Thank you!

Martha, Long Term Meal Client
Newtom Ma. 


Hi Lester, I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and
unbelievable talent. Everyone comented on how great 
your food was and I gave out many of your cards.

Paul and Donna
Graduation Party
Frankin Ma.
 

Thanks for doing such a great job. I did get to enjoy the food today
and wanted to make sure we let you know that we got rave
reviews on everything.

Beth
Newton Ma.
Birthday Celebration

 

We're just so grateful and how consistently excellent your cooking is.

Long Term Weekly Meal Client
West Newton Ma. 


... we were definitely lovin' it! His grits and collards are to die for!

Steve G.
Brunch party
Roslindale Ma.
 

Thank You so much for all that you did to contribute to the Bar Mitzvah. From the start you understood my vision. I felt like you made a point of partnering. Plus, the food was delicious! 
You are an imaginative and creative chef with great organizational abilities - no small feat. It was a pleasure to work with you.

Rhonda

Bar Mitzvah

Dedham Ma. 

 "Thank you so much for making the wedding so special with the art of your cooking --- beautiful to see and incredibly delicious. Every single guest oohed and ahhed about every platter of food that went by. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks"

Cindy B.
Wedding
Hull Ma 

 

Your cooking is always so wonderful, but I have to say, you particularly outdid yourself for the Superbowl. All our guests asked if they could take some of the wonderful items home!

Martha
 Newton Ma.

 

 

Thank you so much for catering our party!  We have heard from so many guests just how much they enjoyed the food.  The freshly grilled tacos and paella were hits - as was the refreshing gazpacho.  Jumping in and helping us out last minute put us at ease and allowed us to enjoy the party and focus on celebrating with our guests.  We can't thank you enough!
 
Tania and Heleneke
Dorchester Ma.

 Our Thanksgiving was so great and thank you! 
Everyone just loved your food and it worked out wonderfully. We are really lucky to have met up with you.

M.S
West Newton Ma. 

Thank you Chef Lester! My husband loved his surprise Father's Day grilling class. You are a gifted chef and wonderful teacher.

Nikki
Group BBQ/Grilling Class
Needham Ma. 

 Hi Lester, we just wanted to Thank you for being part of our Holiday Wander event. We can't thank you enough. That was great, the food delicious and people had a great time. .Thank you and we are sure we will do this again in the future

Maria C. Valencia/Owner Solera, A Shrine to Wine
Roslindale Ma.

Your gumbo was a hit. My parents are back with us for the summer.. They spent most of their lives in New Orleans and are usually snobbish about southern food made up here, but they loved it. :-). That made me happy.

Randy
Hingham Ma. 


We got great feedback from everyone at the family about you guys and the food.  It was so nice to be able to enjoy the party without worrying about anything food related.  You rocked it!   
We will for sure be in touch for future events.

Ali
Roslindale Ma. 


Thanks again for such wonderful food last night!  Everyone is raving about it!

Connie
Cambridge Ma.
Medical Board Holiday Party 

 

 

Thank you for an incredible'Thanksgiving Dinner To Go'! I was able to cook the turkey in accordance with your instructions and the meat was so moist - yummy!

 Each of the sides you prepared had incredible flavor - the quality of the ingredients you chose really shone through.  

  Topping and tailing the extravaganza with a delicious curried pumpkin soup and an apple pie (which should keep us going to next week) - we couldn't have asked for anything more or different for our Thanksgiving feast.

 Thank you again, Lester, you are a gifted chef. Les and I thank you for making our Thanksgiving at home extra special - and hassle free!

Julie and Les
Thanksgiving clients
Marblehead Ma. 

Thanks again Chef.  We really enjoyed the entire evening.  We will definitely keep you in mind for future events.

Dan
Intimate Dinner 
Mansfield Ma. 

 

 Lester, thank you so much for an amazing tasting menu last night. You made Lee's 11-11-11 birthday party so special and we will remember the great time and amazing food you made for us and our friends for many years to come! We had so much fun watching you doing your magic in our kitchen, I don't even know where to start !! Lester - you rock!!!

......And we all loved your edible spoon creations!! 
Bianka,
Needham Ma. 

 

Hi Lester,
Thanks so much for catering the picnic again this year.  As always, everyone loved the spread!
Best,
Sheila
The Learning Project Elementary School. Teachers appreciation picnic 
Held at Castle Island, Boston Ma. 


You're the man! Thank you so much. I (and everyone else) loved my party. 

Paul
Milestone, Birthday celebration, Newton Ma.

 

Lester
 
Thanks again for everything you did, I think everything was fantastic.  My wife loved the party, especially the food…     
Thanks again, and I’m sure we will be working together in the near future.

 M.O. 
North Attleboro Ma.
Surprise Birthday Party
 

I've always hated lamb. I can honestly say it was amazing & the best lamb I've EVER had. Melt in your mouth!! The stuffed acorn squash was to die for. The corn chowder with bacon was delicious. Even the damn salad was great. I was stuffed by the time dessert came but managed to get down a stuffed candied celery & apple & raisin crepe with homemade vanilla whipped cream that would make you cry for your momma. This boy can COOK!! OH and the smoked salt....OH MY. 

G.F.
Roslindale Ma.
Dinner party guest 

 

 

I can’t tell you how much people enjoyed the food!  Everyone mentioned it.
M.S. West Newton Ma.
Super Bowl  Party


 The entire event for Mark's birthday was a grand success.  Mark has been talking about it nonstop to his friends and family.  We had an awesome time.  Let us know when you start your Roslindale Farmers Market tours again!

T.C
Cambridge Ma. 

 

Thanks for the great Party!
C & C
Dover Ma. Holiday Party

I can’t thank you enough for the planning and pulling off the event in my home.  The food was delicious right down the freshness of the bread and the home made dips.  The meat and seafood couldn’t have been more succulent.  Your attention to fresh ingredients truly rounded out the menu details and gave the food the extra pop that takes it from really good to great!  I was hesitant about having someone in my kitchen, but your ability to blend and speak about your passion food made not just your food but you a focal point.  Without hesitation I will have you back!

 Andrea

Bridgewater Ma. 


I don't know how to begin to thank you for making my husband's 60th birthday party such
a success. I am so happy I gave you the job. You made my day so easy. I could not have handled
the food, the shopping, cooking and serving with so many guest in town for the party for so long.
The party was such a success our friends have not stopped talking about you and the food.

I am so glad I ordered the pulled pork and bean salad for Sunday.

Michelle D,
Mashpee (Cape Cod) Ma.
Beach house party. 

They loved you...It was wonderful...thanks so much for making the party so successful with
 your deliciously delightful food! Thanks again for your sweet touches that made
 the event so special...all appreciated it!

Mary C.
Somerville Ma. 

I know I speak for the whole family when I tell you what a memorable day we had yesterday.  It was all we could have hoped for thanks to your wonderful culinary skills.  Everything was delicious from soup to nuts which now that I think of it was included in the menu.

I have already passed on your business card to a couple of co-workers who were very interested.  We will all keep you in mind for future events.

 Patricia
Walpole Ma.  

 

Hi Lester, 

Our guests had a fabulous time on Saturday. Thank you so much!  I was really impressed not only your dishes but the way you and our wine specialist created a harmonious agenda on the fly!   

Hope to see you again soon! 
-Bob L.
Attleboro Ma. 

 

Thank You so much for the amazing picnic treats! The food was as beautiful to look at as it was delicious, and the muffaletta was  beyond incredible.

Lindsey,   
Boston,  Ma. 

 

Last night was a huge success. Everyone was calling today saying what a great time they had and how amazing they thought the food was. Your bomb sauce was all that.

Beth,
Roslindale, Ma.

 

We won a BBQ catered by Lester at a school auction a few years ago.  His BBQ Ribs were something of a legend , so we invited our biggest "Rib Snob" friends to join us.  They were not disappointed. When we get together with them, they still talk about that meal.

Rick,
Boston Ma. 

Thank you, we really had a good time, we both enjoyed talking to you and the food was delicious. We'd love to do it again sometime.

T. L.
Saugus Ma. 
Intimate Dinner Party
 

I just pray that some day his ribs will once again pass thru my lips and his bbq sauce will rain down upon me.......

D. F.
Roslindale Ma. 

 

Thanks so much for all you did last night to make the picnic such a success. The staff really loved the food.

K.G.

 
Picnic at Castle Island, Boston Ma

 

 
 

I had a great time and I learned so much. Thanks for the great tour and ideas. 

Kathleen R. 


In all, we had a blast spending time outside in the glorious day, talking with a universally happy crowd of farmers (perhaps there's something to that!), and finding unique new places to add to our shopping itineraries. Lester was a magnificent and deeply knowledgeable guide who could answer just about every question we had about the foods we found. How lucky we were! I mean, how many times do you find something in a store or at a market and say to yourself--what IS that? or how would I use that? It was great to have someone right there to answer us.

A Teachable Feast, Food Blog

 

The party was fun and the food was great. I was surprised by the volume of goodies you and chef Laura prepared.

Judi
Winthrop Ma.
Graduation Party 

 

Lester Esser is both a consummate professional and an artist

His chicken soup and freshly made hummus was the best I've ever had. 

His vegetable dishes are amazing - clever and tasty.

He was courteous, clean, efficient and simply a pleasure to have around. 

Michael, 
Cambridge,  Ma.

 

It was such a pleasure to have you do our party!  Everyone called the next day to rave about the food.  You are very professional and organized!  We would hire you again in a second! 

Linda,
Weston Ma. 

 

Everything was so fabulous!,, Thank you so so much! You have a lot of new fans ready to book some barbecues.

J.H.G  Attleboro Ma.


 

The evening you planned was perfect down to the finest detail. Your culinary skills,

presentation and your quiet yet attentive manner surpassed all my expectations.

J.D. Intimate dinner client
Roslindale Ma.

 

The whole experience was just wonderful.  I still get all excited thinking about the fridge full of food at home.

Heck, even the kids loved it.

Sara, 
West Roxbury,  Ma.

 

I told Lester that I liked lowfat meals.  I was a little skeptical that he could make lowfat taste really good. But he nailed it. 

I was especially impressed with the vegetables and vegetarian dishes--they were out of this world. Try his eggplant parmesan, for example, or his kale with dried cranberries. 

Versatility is Lester's strength; tell him what you want, and he'll make it.  Plus, if you're going to let anyone take over in your kitchen for few hours, you'll want it to be Lester:  He's delightful, but quiet and unobstrusive, and he leaves everything immacculate.  

Tad R., 
Boston, Ma.

 

The food was magnificent. The timing of apps and main dishes brought out from the kitchen to the back yard was perfect. 

He brought everything he needed into the kitchen early on, set up and went to work. A cheese plate with marinated olives was first out. Homemade hummus, delicious. Small lamb meatballs served with homemade yogurt dip so nicely spiced they were a treat for the tongue. Huge shrimp wrapped in bacon and grilled, outrageous. BBQ chicken wings with a slightly sweet glaze....really good stuff.

Now I'm kind of a foodie, as they say; and I know smoked meats. Lester's smoked baby back ribs served on a bed of collards were unparalleled.  I'm telling you the big three local BBQ joints in and around Boston don't compare. Really. His BBQ sauce is homemade and I pray he bottles it. 

He made it seem effortless and after he cleaned up the kitchen and patio you would have sworn no one had been there that night, let alone cooked in the kitchen.

Do yourself a favor.......call this man next time you're entertaining and you actually want to spend time with your guests.   

Oh man, I almost forgot about the vegetarian pressed panini sandwiches and the little crab cakes with chipotle aioli.

MB, Yelp Review
Roslindale Ma. 

 

Thanks so much for the delicious food at the L.P. picnic.It was great to work with you from start to finish: Your Menu ideas, presentation, delivery and taste were excellent.

Kathy
Boston Ma. 

 

What a great and memorable evening we had with Chef Lester Esser cuisine and specialty South American wines presented by Valerie Larsen of The Swirling Vine in Norton, MA. The two worked in harmony as wines were paired with Chef Esser's creations. Featured appetizers were Goat Cheese Poached Fig Tarts and Chef Esser's signature home-made Hummus. Can't wait until next time!!

 

The Kitchen Club
Attleboro Ma. 

 

Thank you once again for a wonderful evening and a fantastic dinner.

C & P,   Surprise Intimate Birthday Dinner
West Newton Ma. 

 

Selam Lester,
      It was such a relief and pleasant to have you do the BBQ. My guests were happy and the BBQ was done well. 

Solomon
Somerville Ma. 

 

Thank you…we loved it!

Mary
Beach House, BBQ Party
Marshfield Ma. 



Thank you again for doing a tour last Saturday.  Staff at ABCD heard about the experience of the  people you toured around.  I think your tour is so high quality! 

Roslindale Farmers Market Manager 
Roslindale Ma. 

 

 It was our honor to have you with us!!! Thank you So very very much!!! The "center" tent is yours when ever you want it!!!

Attleboro Farmers Market Manager
Farmers Market Live Paella Demonstration

 

Lester Esser is both a consummate professional and an artist

His chicken soup and freshly made hummus was the best I've ever had. 

His vegetable dishes are amazing - clever and tasty.

He was courteous, clean, efficient and simply a pleasure to have around. 

Michael, 
Cambridge,  Ma.