Valerie Adair



This site was created to share my private chef and event coordination services as Culinary Origins. Recently, I added the other passions that support my interest in local/seasonal food. My cell phone camera has replaced my Nikon and I’m still collecting photos of Local Farms, Mendocino’s Natural Beauty, and my artistic projects & workshops. The blog space is perfect for the daily impressions of my life in paradise. Enjoy!

Event & Hospitality Management

Catering a wedding or an annual retreat requires an attention to every detail in 3D. Once a client communicates their vision and all of the players have been introduced, I spend hours of research and background planning to evolve the vision into a stellar special event. Clear communication from the sketches to the event day, are key.

Property Management

Managing multiple properties, staff, and vendors while orchestrating the calendars for an active family can flow like clock-work, only if you are completely flexible and prepared for alternatives at every turn. Teamwork is imperative. I flow in and out of the family dynamic to be of service, plan calendars and logistics for the household members, their guests, pets, and belongings.

Vendors and staff find me personable and professional. Team members say that I am easy to work with, respectful of each individual and their contributing skills, and a clear trainer and communicator.

Orchestrating a catered event, retreat, or multiple client properties requires the consistent management of time & details. I love the creativity of the planning process and all of the foundational elements that go into a successful celebration. Working with supportive vendors, event staff, and other local talent can be a “dance” when you know the timing and tasks that each has to contribute to the project & client vision.