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I am the executive chef and owner of a New York private chef/ catering company called A Wonderland Of Food. I specialize in three main points of service: Private Cheffing for busy families-supplying fresh, organic and homemade meals and snacks for the whole family to enjoy; Private Party Catering- providing incredible food and service for multi-coursed sit down meals; and Cocktail Party Catering- fusing heavenly passed appetizers with flawless organization, presentation and service.

Spiralized (featuring Basil Pesto with Zucchini Noodles)

Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pesto

My dad clumsily peeled the skins off a few garlic cloves and then looked up at me with an expression I didn’t recognize.  He looked like a little boy. “I’m nervous cooking for you,” he said. I smiled at the slight power shift from the man whose passion in the kitchen inspired my career– and ...

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Thanks, but no thanks (featuring Brie Tartlets with Honey Garlic Sauce)


“Y’know… I used to be in catering…” The slightly weathered woman took another swig from her rocks glass and leaned against the counter.  “It just got to be too much for my body.” She must have seen me from across the room and knew that this would be the perfect moment to declare victory over ...

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Only in New York… (featuring Thai Green Curry Chicken Puffs)

Thai Green Curry Chicken Puffs

Last week, I got caught up in a conversation about money.  One friend, who does pretty well as a real estate agent, was saying she feels like she’s always losing the New York battle of finances.  Everywhere she goes, she’s with people who make more money than she does and that makes her feel terrible ...

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The Kids Are All Right (featuring Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches)


I got sick last week.  Sick like “Oh my god, I’m never going to walk again.”  Sick like, “Should I go to hospital now?”  Sick like stomach virus.  Liquid Alison.  It was the worst, though luckily it moved through me quickly, so to speak.  After hours of sleeping cocoon-style on the couch, I realized I ...

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Gimmie Some Sugar (featuring Salted Butterscotch Cookies)

Salted Butterscotch Cookies

I was methodically chopping chives into ¼ inch batons to balance on top of the mini crabcakes I would soon serve.  I was lost in thought about my 4 ½ year relationship that I had ended earlier that day.  4 ½ years.  Sigh.  I was thinking about the love and all the amazing moments we ...

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Why? How? Who???

A Wonderland of Words is the new off-shoot of A Wonderland of Food- my private chef, private party catering company.

I’m Chef Alison Wonderland Tucker, the owner, executive chef and writer of this food blog. I wanted a place to share with friends and clients what I’m thinking about when I’m not cooking, and wouldn’t you know it, most of the time, it’s cooking. I just feel the happiest when I’m in the kitchen. So here’s my food blog, about my life behind the scenes as a private chef and caterer in the greatest city in the world.

And, lest I forget the pitch,

If you need a fantastic private chef or caterer:

A Wonderland Of Food


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