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Are you looking to elevate your event to a whole new level of culinary excellence? Whether you're envisioning an elegant sit-down dinner or a relaxed cocktail party with friends, our personal chef experience is the perfect choice to leave a lasting impression on your guests, from the very beginning to the final bite.

At our culinary haven, we take your event's vision and turn it into a delicious reality. It all starts with a conversation where we learn more about your event and your unique goals. We believe that every occasion is special and should be treated as such. That's why we meticulously craft a customized menu tailored to your taste, using only the freshest and finest locally-sourced ingredients from the breathtaking Hudson Valley region.

Imagine celebrating a milestone birthday, a cherished anniversary, a well-deserved graduation, or a memorable bachelorette party without the hassle of cooking or the noise of dining out. With our personal chef service, you can savor every moment, snap photos, and create cherished memories with your guests, all while indulging in a culinary journey that's second to none.

Say goodbye to the stress of meal preparation and the constraints of dining at crowded restaurants. Instead, set the table at the most exclusive spot in town – your own! Let us transform your special occasion into an epicurean adventure that will dazzle your senses and leave your guests raving about the incredible flavors and memorable moments. Your celebration deserves nothing less than the best, and that's exactly what we're here to deliver.


Executive Chef & Owner

Meet Wayne Homsi, a culinary virtuoso whose passion for food and artistry has made him a prominent figure in the world of gastronomy. His pursuit of excellence led him to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he graduated with honors.

A Remarkable Career Wayne's culinary talents quickly caught the eye of the culinary elite, and he embarked on his career at the illustrious Waldorf Astoria hotel on Park Avenue in New York City. His ascent through the ranks was nothing short of remarkable, as he became the youngest Sous Chef in the history of the Waldorf. During his tenure, Wayne had the privilege of creating culinary masterpieces for dignitaries, celebrities, royal monarchs, professional athletes, and even world leaders such as President Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Madonna.

Continual Growth and Mentorship Wayne's culinary journey didn't stop there. He was recruited to work at some of the finest restaurants in New York City, including Peacock Alley, Artisanal Fromagerie, and Picholine. Eager to further refine his craft, Chef Wayne sought out opportunities to train with and work alongside renowned chefs such as Laurant Gras, Eric Ripert, Laurant Manrique, Daniel Boulud, Terrance Brennan, Gray Kunz, John Doherty, and Jeroen Van den Bos.

Il Barilotto Restaurant and Wine Bar In 2002, Wayne Homsi became the Executive Chef and partner at the highly regarded Il Barilotto Restaurant and Wine Bar, nestled in the beautiful Hudson Valley, New York. Here, Wayne's innovative culinary creations consistently brought a touch of New York City flair to the Valley. Under his guidance, Il Barilotto earned accolades and was rated by Zagat as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country, elevating its rating from 24 ("very good to excellent") to an impressive 27 ("extraordinary to perfection").

Local Connections and Casual Elegance Wayne Homsi has deep-rooted connections with the Hudson Valley community. As the Chef/Owner of Casual Elegance, he continues to set new standards for dining in the Hudson Valley. Here, he seamlessly blends classic culinary techniques with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to craft menus that showcase the abundant bounty of the Hudson Valley.

Awards & Recognition Throughout his illustrious career, Wayne has received numerous awards and accolades. His restaurants and culinary creations have been featured in both local and national publications, including The Valley Table, Chronogram, Hudson Valley Magazine, Poughkeepsie Journal, Gourmet Magazine, The New York Times, Travel and Leisure, USA Today, and Bon Appétit Magazine. In addition to his culinary endeavors, Wayne has authored his own cookbook, titled "Good Food is an Adventure," embodying his belief that culinary exploration is a thrilling journey.

"Good food is an adventure." Experience the thrill of fresh, gourmet cuisine paired with top-notch service at Casual Elegance, where Wayne Homsi's culinary artistry comes to life. Join us for an unforgettable dining experience that transcends the ordinary and celebrates the extraordinary.

Susetta Homsi's culinary journey began in Naples, Italy, where she developed a deep love for Italian cuisine while helping her mother prepare traditional feasts. With a background in accounting and political science, she moved to the United States and joined her family's restaurant, Aroma.


Over the years, Susetta's passion for food and wine grew, leading her to complete a comprehensive wine training course in Italy and further her culinary education at The Culinary Institute of America. As the General Manager of Aroma, she became dedicated to providing memorable dining experiences.


Susetta's commitment to her craft culminated in her achieving the prestigious title of Certified Sommelier from the Sommelier Society of America. Her culinary adventures across Europe and the Mediterranean continue to inspire her love for food and wine.


General Manager &


Our most popular option.  Be a guest at the most exclusive table in town. Your Own!  This multi course menu focuses on creating a culinary journey with an emphasis on seasonal and local products.  Let us design a menu for you and your guest and create an experience they won’t forget.

Personal Chef Experience (Plated Service)

This is the perfect option for larger groups looking for a more relaxed and casual dining experience while still having the ability to customize your menu and enjoying a delicious meal together.

Family Style Dining

Casual Elegance Catering provides customized menus made from the finest ingredients available to exceed all guest expectations.  Whatever special occasion you maybe celebrating you can count on us to take the stress out of hosting so you can spend your time enjoying your guest company and being apart of the fun. So, grab a glass of wine and let’s start planning


If you are looking for a fun evening with friends or bachelorette activity. Book one of our hands on cooking classes.  Part cooking class, part dinner party. Casual Elegance cooking classes are a fun way to learn from an award winning professional chef. All while having fun and enjoying a delicious meal. 

*Currently only being offered as a in home service

Cooking Classes



Step 1: Initial Consultation

Our culinary journey begins with a phone consultation. We'll delve into the details of your event, your preferences, likes and dislikes, any dietary restrictions or allergies, and the purpose behind your chef service. In addition, I'll inquire about your kitchen setup and available equipment to ensure I have everything necessary to bring our culinary vision to life.


Step 2: Crafting the Perfect Menu

Next, I'll curate a selection of menu options that are not only unique but also tailored to the season, ensuring an exciting dining experience. Once you've had a chance to review these options, we'll have a collaborative discussion to address any questions or suggestions you may have, resulting in the finalization of your evening's exquisite menu.


Step 3: Secure Your Date

With the menu in place and your taste buds tantalized, we'll proceed to secure a date for your event or special occasion meal. A deposit will be required to reserve and confirm your chosen date, ensuring that it's exclusively yours.


Step 4: Let the Celebration Begin!

As your personal chef, I will personally source the finest ingredients that the Hudson Valley has to offer, carefully selecting the elements that will transform your meal into a memorable experience. On the scheduled day, I will arrive at your home fully prepared to craft a delightful meal and ensure that your event is a celebration to be cherished.


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"Chef Wayne and Susetta were hands down the best! We had gone through a few chefs over the years and his food, service, personality left everyone happy and satisfied. The food was outstanding. We had a family reunion in the Catskills and he prepared dinners for two nights for 16 people. He also brought dessert for the kids which they devoured. We are all vegetarian and his menu was perfect, I had no changes. He also brought fresh fruit, water bottles and bread from the market during our stay, which was very thoughtful and appreciated. The food was delicious and we will be using Chef Wayne again! Thank you so much for the delicious dinners. Our entire family enjoyed both nights! "

Sneha K.

"What a phenomenal evening! Chef Wayne and his staff made our wine tasting & dinner party a night to remember! From menu planning to execution, the responsiveness and professionalism was beyond compare. Chef's exceptional culinary creations were a quite a hit, and paired with the white glove service, made the evening truly elegant! Looking forward to booking again soon! Thank you!"

Steve D.

Steve D.

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