Clients and About Eliza Gonzalez



Over the years I have enjoyed teaching students about Latin and Spanish food; as well as cooking for private clients and corporate events, from fundraisers and dinner parties to corporate buffets and catered cocktail parties.   Clients include:

Embassy of Mexico  |  CB2 - DC  |  Arabella Advisors  |   Embassy of Finland   |   Dumbarton Oaks, Research Library and Collection   |   Netcentric Campaigns, DC   |   GTM, Public Relations |  Private Clients

“ Eliza and her team provided exceptional service during our 8-month long Don Julio Tequila programming in the Washington DC area.  She was far more than a vendor, but a strategic partner in helping us achieve the level of culinary detail needed when pairing the right foods with the world’s finest Tequila.  Her cultural insight and attention to detail was crucial in maintaining the standard of excellence required from the brand.”
— Freddie Baez, National Director of Events and Olivia Shanks, Associate Director of Events, GTM (Guerrilla Tactics Marketing and Media)

“Chef Eliza catered omelet bars for my birthday and for an office celebration.  The ingredients are fresh and delicious, the options are endless, and the food is incredible.  Eliza is easy to work with and has such a warm personality.  All of my guests and my co-workers loved meeting her just as much as they enjoyed her delicious food.  I’m looking forward to our next cooking party!” 
— -Bobbi Russell, COO, Netcentric Campaigns


a bit more...

I’ve been cooking for a living for more than fifteen years.  Shortly after moving to Washington D.C. from Mexico City, I organized a 3-year long regional culinary program with the Mexican Cultural Institute.  I got to meet and cook with such renowned chefs as Susana Trilling, Patricia Quintana and Zarela Martinez and I was hooked! 

Eliza Gonzalez, personal chef

Gradually, I moved away from my work in marketing and got into cooking, kept learning by perfecting techniques and traveling back to Mexico for research and classes, and continued experimenting with the best ways to merge the authentic with the adventurous. In Washington DC, I have found a fertile ground to combine the traditional and the contemporary always with an approach for responsible and sustainable food that nourishes and delights.  

 I am an avid promoter and admirer of Latin and Spanish cuisine through my work as a private chef and as a teacher at CulinAerie for eight years and counting. Being in Washington, I am also fortunate to discover and get inspired by great cuisines of the world and be able to work with some, including Finnish cuisine as a caterer for the Embassy of Finland and the Finnish community in DC for over ten years now.  Most recently, I have also partnered with a great nutritionist and friend, Olga Afonsky. Together we take on topics that are central to eating and feeling well while keeping a stress-free attitude around cooking through workshops and a monthly digital collaboration.   

Washington is my second home and has been a fantastic place for my husband and I to raise our children. We travel often to Mexico and France to visit family; and whenever possible, to anywhere else our cravings take us.

Nice to meet you / Mucho gusto