Don’t take our word for it. Read some of our testimonials from our clients below!

Linda & Scott
Houston, TX

Garlic Mike’s has been one of our favorite restaurants for many years, and Chef Mike has become a good friend. We had a gathering of friends and family at our home on Spring Creek this summer, so we arranged a private dinner with Chef Mike. It was one of the most special evenings my family has ever experienced! Leading up to the evening, Michael communicated with us regarding our preferences, then he and his assistant Jesus created not only a perfectly delicious meal, but also the most joyful dining experience. Starting with delectable grilled oysters, the food got more delicious with each course. Chef Mike absolutely loves sharing his gifts with others, and his passion for delicious food and outpouring of joy is contagious! It was truly one of the most memorable meals that my family and friends have ever shared. Thank-you, Michael!

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Sally and Jim
Vero Beach Florida

Mike and Jesus did a catered event at our house in Mount Crested Butte this summer. They did a great job coordinating the menu to make sure everything was perfect. The day of the dinner they arrived early and made it easy to host our party of 11. We can’t say enough good things about how great Garlic Mike was for this event and we would recommend him to others looking for a fun relaxing evening.

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The Clariday’s, The Aspinall’s, and The Hernandez’s

Talk about an authentic, exceptional Italian experience in the heart of Colorado! Each course was carefully selected for our individual tastes and didn’t disappoint. Mike and Jesus made us feel like family and went above and beyond, as if we were sitting in their kitchen back home. Truly one of our favorite evenings to add to our annual family trip to Gunnison.
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Shea
Denver, CO

I hired Mike as the personal chef for my fiance’s birthday party. The restaurant, in Gunnison, has been a favorite of ours since we discovered it while camping in the area. Recently, we purchased some property south of Gunnison and I was hoping Mike and his team would make the trek out to our land to provide a memory and meal that we wouldn’t forget. And, wow, did they deliver!

I should add, the property we acquired is rugged, to say the least. Without hesitation or complaint Mike and Chuy adapted quickly to the rustic scene and minimal kitchen and delivered a night that was so meaningful to myself, my fiance and our closest friends! The food was, of course, spectacular. However, what truly stands out to me is the relationships created and fostered over the dinner table that night. A “once in a lifetime experience” that I hope to have many times over!!

With Love, Banu

First time I met “Garlic Mike” as person at “Culture Discover” in Sicily,Italy. Since I never had a doubt about his personality. He is not just Chef or owner of the Italian Cuisine, he also offers private dinners for those special friends and family celebrations. Chef “Garlic Mike” promises you an event that you will experience, as if you are a “guest at your own party”. He knows how to sure the right food with highest quality and freshness, arrange the environment in a way that “special event”, and it is all done with ease and efficiency. This is a chance to have a party people will remember for years and so will you! Thank you!!!!
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Fred and Sue
Anthracite, Mt. CB

We had Garlic Mike cater a dinner for our Mt. Crested Butte neighborhood, and it could not have been more successful. Mike’s menu was unique, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. His assistant, Jesus, managed the arrangements and supervised the professional service. We had accolades from all our friends. To top it off, the crew cleaned up as if nothing had happened!

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Matt H.

My family and friends have now made it a habit to always have Garlic Mike and Jesus over for an incredible night of drinks, dinner and laughs each time we make it to Crested Butte from our home in Austin, Texas. They take care of it all and everything is done first class – we just sit back and have a great time, every time. Highly recommend having Mike and Jesus over to your house for an incredible dinner experience!

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The Dirty Pearls of Fort Worth

Being a Dirty Pearl from Fort Worth we know what it means to throw a party; enjoy great food, drinks & company; and most importantly to be notorious! These same things also personify the iconic Garlic Mike. No trip to the Moncrief Ranch in Gunnison is ever complete without Garlic Mike’s crew coming in to spoil us from beginning to end with their personalized dinner and service! Mike’s food is so incredibly flavorful and consistently on point and the presentation is always exquisite. His extraordinary staff, including Jesus, knows after just one time what each of our favorite drinks are and if you are lucky enough he might even surprise you with a serenade at the end of the evening. Each time we have had Garlic Mike out for his personal chef services we know it is going to be much more then a dinner, it will be an event to be remembered! Garlic Mike is family and his smile says it all!

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Erik Harp

Hi Mike,
You are the best! The food, fun and service was amazing! On the way home, all everyone could talk about was the dinner. Epic!
Thank you for being part of the storybook of our lives.

Lisa & Tye Green

One of the best decisions while on vacation we have ever made was to have Chef Mike and his assistant Taylor come to our home and prepare dinner. WOW! From the starter cocktails to the Shrimp Scampi, Tortellini, Salad, Steak and Fresh Fruit Brûlée dessert we all were extremely satisfied. He was kind enough to allow my 18 year old nephew join him in the kitchen for his own private cooking lessons. This was an amazing act of kindness! A true delight and a wonderful experience for my entire family. We not only enjoyed some of the best food, we gained a friend for life. On a scale from 1 to 10 ~ we give him a 100+. I highly recommend giving Chef Mike a call and having him prepare a meal like no other for you and your family/friends. It will be a memory I promise worth making.

Lacy and Edie
Texas and Louisiana

Thank you for a fabulous evening last night. You and Jesus produced such a wonderful experience with your outstanding dinner and antipasto served on our deck. The salmon was fantastic with the most beautiful presentation!
The salad of mixed greens, fruits, and nuts and your balsamic dressing was beautiful and enjoyed by all.
Finishing the dinner with the Zabaglione custard made with a healthy dose of Marsala wine over fresh fruit completed the outstanding event.
Edie and I appreciate your talents very much and look forward to another experience this summer.

Duane Coker
Little Elm, Texas and Gunnison, Colorado

Garlic Mike prepared dinner for me, my wife, and six friends on New Year’s Eve eve and it was absolutely one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. We are back and forth between Texas and Gunnison and this dinner was at our Gunnison home.

Michael showed up with his assistant, Taylor, and let us know right away they were going to take care of everything and that we wouldn’t have to lift a finger. True to his word, we gathered around our kitchen island bar and watched the show. We definitely did not have to do anything other than, occasionally, talk Chef into teaching us a trick or two, which he was super willing to do and exceptionally great at doing!

The food – and there was so much of it that we were actually able to make another couple meals out of the leftovers – was out of this world! So, so good. We laughed until our faces hurt, ate until our belts hurt, and drank until our heads hurt a little bit the next morning. It was so much fun enjoying great wine with dinner and knowing that we didn’t have to clean up or drive home after!

If you have a special occasion, or, really, if you just want a great dinner, made in your home, served with humor and style, and wrapped up so that it was impossible to tell that anyone cooked or ate at your house that night, then give Garlic Mike a call and set up one of his personal chef experiences. Definitely not to be missed!

David Six
Dallas, TX

I met you at The Moncrief Ranch over the New Year. What an absolute pleasure it was to be a part of the two nights you prepared the meals at the ranch. You are a true professional and your staff were the best. I am a huge lover of Oysters Rockefeller and I can tell you they were the best I have ever had, the Caesar salad was unique and the tenderloin steak was succulent and able to be cut with a fork.

On Saturday your Salmon served with asparagus was an excellent presentation and delicious. Please tell Shelby how much we enjoyed her drinks and also to Taylor for her smiling face as she served us. I wold recommend you to anyone at anytime.
PS: The tiramisu was as good as I have ever had.

Tom & Therese Moncrief
Gunnison, CO and Fort Worth, TX

Mike prepared our group at our home an incredible dinner! The oysters Rockefeller was the best I have ever had, no exception. Everything was the best, steaks, salad, dessert, etc.! Looking forward to our next adventure.

Peggy and Mike Vaughan and Brandon Vaughan
Ft. Worth, Texas

Mike,
You made dinner for our group at the Moncrief Ranch in late December. The meals were excellent, especially the Oysters Rockefeller and the beef tenderloin. Cocktails by Shelby were a great hit. We have enjoyed your restaurant for more than 20 years and never miss when we are in Gunnison or Crested Butte. Garlic Mike’s is my son’s favorite place to eat. The attached picture is from last year. I was delighted to learn that you are from North Jersey near where I grew up. Hope to see you in fort Worth.

Clif & Kathy Barnhart
Crested Butte, CO

I write this as one who has enjoyed Chef Mike Busse’s talents from several angles. Mike oversees his successful river-front restaurant specializing in his Italian creations. He also shares his knowledge and culinary guidance as the personal escort for small groups who choose to join Mike and his wife, Traci, on one of their annual gustatory treks through Italy. And, if you’re lucky enough, he offers his services when available as a personal chef.

We’ve been fortunate enough to compare and contrast the styles of several chefs in our home. What makes Mike’s style stand out is the blend of his ebullient personality and the skills and techniques he shares with his ‘audience’ as he brings you into the experience from kitchen to table. For the group who prefers a cook working quietly in the background, plating, clearing and cleaning up, there are plenty of choices that would work. (Although I guess you could convince Mike to perform in that manner, in so doing you would defeat a large portion of what makes a meal made by Mike Busse stand out.) If your group includes ‘foodies’ and/or those who love to try their hand in the kitchen, I believe you will find an evening with Mike Busse in charge of the dinner an experience you’ll fondly remember.

Mike and Tiffiny West
Midland, TX / Gunnison, CO

Michael- What a delightful evening you prepared for us at our ranch on the Taylor! From the cocktails to the dessert, it was delicious!

Thank you so much for a lovely evening, hope to see you again sometime.

Marjorie Locker
Midland, TX / Gunnison, CO

I have been fortunate to work with Chef Mike several times. His menus and themed dinners are creative, fun, incredibly delicious and always enjoyed by everyone. I’ve seen him work magic under extraordinary circumstances… outdoors, small kitchens, dietary limitations, huge crowds.. etc.. His private cooking classes are really fun and informative and his laughing infectious. Whether planning small dinner parties or larger events, Mike always listens to my ideas, adds his expert opinions and and executes flawlessly, the smallest of details taken care of by him, or if necessary, his support team. Above all.. his food is so yummy! I always look forward to what creative item will be on the menu next

Ann and Bob Osborne
Wichita Falls, TX/Gunnison, CO

Mike has done private dinners and large fund raisers many times at our Colorado ranch home and the greatest dinners ever! Everything from appetizers trays, Oyster Rockefeller, crab cakes, traditional Italian, steaks, desserts, etc are unbelievable. Great staff that helps Mike with these dinners! A perfect 10 out of 10!

Kathy Barnhart
Crested Butte,CO/Galveston,TX

If you want to offer houseguests a unique dinner they will remember hire Mike. You get an amazing meal, a cooking demonstration (if you want) all done by a stand-up comedian. You can’t get much better than that.

Gloria Willey
Ft Myers, FL

My husband and I had a housewarming party a few years ago and hired Mike from Garlic Mikes.  We are friends with Mike’s in laws and knew we could depend on Mike to amaze our guests.  We live in Florida so Mike and his wife had no problem leaving Gunnison Colorado and zero degree weather to spend time with us and our warm weather. We had such fun shopping with Mike and Traci for food and party decorations and enjoyed being part of the creative process.  The party was a huge success.  Our guests couldn’t believe we hired a chef from Colorado.  Then they couldn’t believe how fantastic the food was.  We had a pool table that Traci had transformed with fabric and mirrored trays and elevated platters.  A first class fantasyland in our pool table room!  
Our friends and neighbors still say that party was the best. One friend even said it was better than her daughter’s thirty thousand dollar wedding.
If you are looking for high end food served with creativity and style then look no further than Garlic Mikes.

Ken & Becky Swan
Colorado and Texas

You can’t go wrong with Mike Busse! Best Italian chef I’ve seen anywhere!  Wonderful and cheerful personality which all makes for Great times in Gunnison valley.

Tommy and Kathy
Alphareta GA / Gunnison,CO

Just want to reach out and say a great big word of thanks for your chef services and awesome meal at our home last fall. Mike and Christian were truly outstanding in preparing 5 courses of truly special dishes for 9 adults and 2 children. Presentation and quality were 5 star. Everyone that evening were truly the best family ever !!!  The kitchen and dining area was left spotless!!!  They were awesome and we will have an encore performance. Truly a special treat! Thanks to Mike and Christian!

Kurt and Janet Giesselman
Ocala FL/Crested Butte, CO

We recently had a cocktail party for 50+ people and Mike was our personal chef. From start to finish he and his staff were absolutely meticulous about the event and such a pleasure to work with-From menu planning to setup and greeting guests to the final cleanup. Everyone had a smile the entire night and every guest was so complimentary of the great fun party. Mike’s food was incredible and there was a lot of it!  He was right in the middle of everything so the guests could interact with Mike while he produced a gourmet feast. We will definitely ask Mike and his team to come back again.
Thank you Garlic Mike!!!

Marion
Midland,TX/Crested Butte,CO

Mike at Garlic Mike’s has become a part of our family after providing memorable private chef services for us. He has prepared wonderful table settings for all ages and willingly adapts his menus to accommodate gluten free requirements. He has served such fabulous dinners for some of our friends that now they ask if Garlic Mike is coming!