Testimonials

Judy Rzucidlo – Farmer

“Haley loves food and all its grandeur. Her true passion is the challenge of preparing food for its peak flavor. She has made several different dishes for me. I do like my food simple and non-spicy – not a chefs dream customer. However, I have been surprised and impressed with the composition, presentation and most of all the taste of her meals for me. It is a bit of a holistic trick as to what she can create. For sure, it is a holistic treat.”

 

 


Sarah Corbett – Photographer

“I cannot say enough wonderful things about Haley and her mad chef skills! She was the personal chef at a retreat I attended, and prepared farm-to-table meals for us 3 x’s a day. Her cooking is a multi-sensory experience! From flavors to textures to color… it was an absolutely delicious and beautiful experience. She blew us away. AND everything she prepared was so incredibly healthy and easy on the digestive system. I felt SO GOOD eating her food all week. To top it all off, Haley is awesome person to be around… easy going, thoughtful, witty, professional, and engaging. The retreat atmosphere and experience was enhanced 10 fold because she was there. She is top notch. I can’t imagine anyone better all around.”

-Sarah Corbett thank you so much for contributing beautiful photographs to my portfolio & website. You so perfectly snap in just the right moments – it’s beyond a gift, you have.


Caitlin Winkley – Life Coach

“I most recently hired Haley Pollock of The Holistic Trick to chef at my life coaching retreat at Smith Farm Gardens. Blown away doesn’t even come close to describing my experience of hiring Haley. Before finding Haley, I had interviewed tons of chefs. None of them felt just right, until I had found The Holistic Trick. She had all of the unique elements I was looking for – education on how food effects our wellbeing, a value in farm-to-table dining, the ability to creatively use local ingredients, friendly, positive demeanor, gorgeous presentation of the meals and impeccable work ethic. Ready for the best part though? Her food was insanely good! I wanted to offer my retreat members healthy meals and Haley was able to turn gluten free, dairy free and mostly refined sugar free meals into some of the most delicious meals me and my retreat members have literally ever tasted! Her attention to detail with each meal was noted and appreciated. Not to be corny, but I could feel the love with every bite. Everyone needs chef Haley in their kitchen. I can’t recommend this woman enough!”


Donna Osorio – Administrative Assistant 

“I highly recommend Haley – The Holistic Trick! Her food is creative, very healthy and YUMMY! We ate a lot during our retreat but we felt so light because of all the nutritious food Haley served us! We love our morning juices, kale chips. the muffins and golden mil before bed! Oh my, so so good! I was so spoiled for 4 days and it was hard to go back to reality – HAHA! Haley, definitely work on that book – we are going back to CT for the book tour! I appreciate your talents and your sweet personality! You are awesome!”


Kelsey Sperl – Rise Yoga

“I am so grateful that I stumbled upon The Hollistic Trick in my chef search for my recent Yoga Retreat! 

Haley far exceeded my expectations in preparing, cooking, and executing 3 meals a day for our group of 14. Every single meal was absolutely delicious and nutritious. The women and I were continuously blown away by the dishes. From the Pistachio Encrusted Salmon to the Braised Pork to the Pumpkin Teff Porridge, the quality & flavor were outstanding.

Haley also was super attentive to those with dietary restrictions and made each and every one of them feel taken care of. Every meal had a vegetarian option or dairy free or sugar free option.

I also truly value that Haley sources all of her ingredients from local farms and/or small independent food stores. Her and her assistant, Ellen, did such a beautiful job maneuvering around a small kitchen (with sometimes limited serving plates/utensils/etc) and creating a beautiful atmosphere for each of our meals. I want to book my next yoga retreat now just so I can hire Haley again!”


Ben Shattuck – Founder & Director of The Cutty Hunk Residency – Author & Artist

“Haley Pollock (The Holistic Trick) made everyone’s week here at Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency pure bliss. She’s an extremely hard worker and astoundingly talented. More, she’s passionate about the food she makes. I wholeheartedly recommend her for any job — if she can cook such good food for fifteen people for a week on a tiny island (with no grocery store) twelve miles from the mainland, she can do pretty much anything.”

 


Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi – Author

“I am already planning how to arrange for Haley at my next group retreat! She is a force in the kitchen and a lovely lady to spend an evening with to boot. The meals she prepped and executed for our group of 15-25 people (group size varied over the course of the week) were the highlight of our time at Cuttyhunk Island, on par with the scenery and atmosphere of a spectacular place.

It’s hard to pick favorites but Haley’s salad dressings (seriously — creamy orange blossom, beet green pesto) and chutneys are really special! I loved her almond encrusted curry salmon. Her watermelon gazpacho made it onto my instagram feed and tasted even more delicious than it looks. And the lamb chops!

The best part might be that as a nutritionist, everything she makes is incredibly healthy. I have gallstones that are easily set off by typical meals that are high in fat or hard for my GI system to process. It was a real treat to spend a week having Haley cook and not having to worry about my body feeling tired or weighed down from meals. She cooked for a diverse group of tastes and dietary restrictions (from vegan to meat-lovers) and left everyone feeling thrilled.”


Jabeen Akhtar – Author

“Haley and her staff created the most delicious and hearty vegan meals for me (and in huge portions!). I’ll never forget the cucumber dill soup, watermelon gazpacho, grilled soy sausage skewers and teriyaki tempeh “meatballs” with soba noodles, along with so many other dishes. On top of that, Haley is extremely professional, friendly and welcomes feedback from her clients. I wholeheartedly recommend her for any catering or personal chef needs!”


Mary Tobaygo – LPN

“Haley shines in the kitchen, she’s very organized and comes prepared. The meals are delicious and well thought out staying within my dietary guidelines. Works clean and efficiently Haley has a very helpful and friendly attitude and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store. All of the meals were put together organized, easy to reheat, and was everything labeled appropriately. Thank you!”