Testimonials

Maureen Rego – Cooking Class Client

Thank you Haley for the informative shopping trip and back to my kitchen for the entire “hands-on” prepping of meals and sides. From the totally different vegetables that we used, to the very delicious and healthy meals that we prepared, I am very grateful. 9 different dishes in all. You taught me things that I had never known how to do, like braising kale and massaging kale. You taught me to use totally different vegetables, like tomatillos and poblano peppers. You taught me how to disguise a lot of vegetables in a chili verde sauce so that my 17 yr old twin boys could eat (unknowingly) healthy burritos. BTW….they ended up devouring them again the next day. I even learned a few tips about how and when to use different olive oils. And the next morning….to find my healthy quinoa and kale salad easily identified with proper identification was the bomb. Didn’t even have to think about it. Just had to grab a fork and go.

And I kid you not, after eating Kale in various ways for the next several meals, over a few days, I had the power of “Super Woman” and ended up totally trying to declutter, throw out some very old/broken furniture, rearrange and clean rooms, floors, windows, etc. I have so much more energy to do things and I’m not deterred by the overwhelmingness of the project. I just tackle it! Yea!

From start to finish, you were both personal and professional. I guess you can “teach an old dog, new tricks!” Can’t wait to learn more – (Shout out to sons, Andrew and Steven for this gift at Christmas.)


Valerie – Corporate Retreat Client

Haley creates amazing dishes. Her recipes are healthy and flavorful – she presents a beautiful elegant table, and she is personable and easy to work with. I highly recommend for any event or gathering.


Scott – Chief Compliance Officer, Meal Service Client

“Chef Haley is a life changer! How you may ask, well let me tell you. Despite no family history and not being overweight I was diagnosed in late 2018 with adult-onset Type 2 diabetes. It was time to make lifestyle changes and that started with eating healthier. My wife and I met with Haley who got to know our likes and dislikes with respect to foods, spices, etc. She then used this information and her nutritional background to design meals specifically for me including calorie count and the nutritional value of each ingredient. I have found each meal to be well prepared, very tasty and, despite being portion-controlled, filling. After eating “healthy with Haley” for less than 4 months, I have lost weight, feel healthier, and most importantly, after a follow-up doctor visit, no longer a diabetic. A result directly attributable to Haley. I highly recommend her.”


Jenny Slate – Actress, Author, Comedian

These ladies make some of the most delicious food I’ve eaten in a lonnnng time! If you live in SouthCoast MA and are looking for a chef to do meal prep, cooking classes for adults AND kids, events, or retreats, please please get in touch with my friends at The Holistic Trick. THEY MAKE THE TASTIEST BEST FOOOOOOOOD!!!! 


Basia Winograd – Documentarian, Writer

I enjoyed seven days of breakfasts, lunches and dinners by The Holistic Trick during a recent retreat. Each meal was a panoply of beautiful, nutritious and delicious dishes. I am a self-proclaimed foodie and often travel specifically to enjoy various world cuisines, yet there were several dishes served by The Holistic Trick that I thought might have just been the most delicious and satisfying things I’d ever eaten. The Holistic Trick’s varied, beautiful and nutritious meals reminded me that food is a gift to be treasured and enjoyed, and that eating well makes us feel well. The passion The Holistic Trick obviously has for their work made meals feel like soulful, even spiritual occasions, rather than just breaks in the day to fill our bellies.


Tamalin Baumgarten – Artist & Organizer at The Cuttyhunk Artist Residency – Innkeeper at The Avalon Inn on Cuttyhunk

The Holistic Trick has catered several retreats for us at the Avalon Inn on remote Cuttyhunk Island, MA. Chefs Haley and Celeste went above and beyond, providing wonderfully nourishing and delicious meals while accommodating specific dietary needs. Their food was the highlight of our guests’ experience. These young, talented chefs are a delightful presence in the kitchen, a pleasure to work with. They covered all the bases from gathering fresh, local ingredients, creating a masterful cuisine, to a beautiful presentation of meals served. They often surprised us with an unexpected dessert made from alternative and healthy ingredients. We will definitely hire them again with upmost confidence in their ability to provide a heavenly experience for our guests.


Niav 

Haley’s food is absolutely DELICIOUS! (But I kind of don’t want anyone to know because I selfishly want her all to myself.)

I hired for 2 different events. She cooked a 3-course dinner for myself and 3 other guests. OMG, the food was beyond awesome. If you knew me, you’d know what a huge compliment that is. I’m super particular about food (some call me a food snob) and Haley knocked it out of the ballpark. The salmon dish she cooked as the main entree was amazing – so flavorful, complex, interesting and beautifully presented.

I also hired for a private cooking class with 5 other ladies. It was SO MUCH FUN! We got to choose our cuisine. She came up with really interesting recipes. The food was amazing.

Haley is so easy to be around. She’s super relaxed and easy-going.

I highly, highly recommend her.


Stephanie – Cooking Class Attendee

We had the pleasure of a girl’s night cooking class led by Haley. It was delightful, informative and most importantly, delicious. I highly recommend the Holistic Trick. It was an opportunity for us to get together, cook together and learn together. The next event I host I will ask Haley to chef it, this way I can be outside of the kitchen and with my guests. Thank you, Haley!


Annie Godfrey Larmon – Writer & Editor

I was blown away by Haley and Celeste’s innovation, style, and engagement with the offerings of the local environment. (Beach-plucked rose water and dried seaweed crisps, anyone?) Everything they prepared was memorable. They are also a total pleasure to spend time with!


Nick Greene – Writer

I have never in my life eaten better than when I was at the Cuttyhunk residency. Seriously. It was also the healthiest I’ve ever eaten. Really, I was astonished by everything you made. For example: I went my entire life thinking I hated fish … and I LOVED every fish dish you prepared. Am I a fish guy now? Or was it just because you are magicians? Either way, nice work.


Maryanne – Yoga Retreat Attendee

Holistic Trick does it all! I am always amazed at the integrity of the food itself, quality and variety of options, the skill involved in preparation and serving. The choices are interesting, varied and original. I was delighted with each of my meals and felt very satisfied with the physical and emotional aesthetics of the food on my body as a system. Kudos to Haley!


Yoga Retreat Attendee

Oh my! When I ate saw Haley’s food laid out at my yoga retreat, I thought I went to heaven. When I ate it, I knew I did! It was a feast for my eyes and a flavor bouquet to my mouth. And all of it—every little beautiful scrumptious bite—was served with love. Heaven lingered even after the retreat, because the food nourished me deeply on every level.


Yoga Retreat Attendee

Best food I’ve ever eaten.


Ellen Schaeffer – Integrative Yoga Therapist at One Yoga Center

Haley was the chef for a Women’s Yoga Retreat that I offered. Participants had varied dietary needs/preferences including celiac disease, nut allergies and vegan. Haley skillfully created a menu which insured that no one felt left out of a full spectrum dining experience. Everyone loved the food and enjoyed Haleys sweet presence at the retreat.


Yoga Retreat Attendee

Ours was ‘an immersion in the yogic lifestyle’ according to Ellen Schaeffer. The meals and snacks and beverages all gave us the opportunity to try vegetarian foods (except for eggs) solely over the days that we were on retreat. I had no problem with that! The food was ample and fresh and creative! I enjoyed new flavors, textures and warm spices. Love is a main ingredient! I appreciated the green salads and fresh fruit and the rose water and basil water. Gluten-free foods were always front and center!


Yoga Retreat Attendee

The invitation to be free to work with you, Haley, and be welcome in the kitchen throughout the weekend was special and educational. You gave us your time and talent while maintaining your commitment to the schedule and the pre-planned menu, all the while communicating with all of us! You work hard but make it all seem welcoming and easy-going. The vegetarian foods and beverages were perfect accompaniment to the June season. New flavors and food combinations, aptly labeled, were delicious! I maintain a gluten-free diet and found your conscientious preparations gave me comfort. I also loved it when you joined us for a few activities and at the table! Comfort is the word that keeps coming to my mind!


Sunheek – Artist Residency Attendee

Just amazing. It was like Mama’s meal but upgraded beautiful art.


Artist Residency Attendee

Haley and Celeste were amazing chefs. The food was beautifully prepared and presented at each meal. I wish I could have them cook for me forever!


Artist Residency Attendee

The food was what I imagined a high-end spa would serve. An unexpected culinary experience happened on an art retreat catered by The Holistic Trick. The food was imaginative and well prepared. I wish I lived closer so I could have meals prepared by you all the time!

Food was way above my expectations. Excellent!! I liked everything. Really nice – broadened my tasting horizons in a couple cases. <grin>


Lukas Georgiou – Writer

Thank you so much guys. It was the most exciting part of my day coming into the dining room to see what you had made for lunch and dinner. It’s nice to meet young people so engaged in healthy, locally sourced food 🙂


Betsy – Yoga Retreat Attendee

As a vegetarian, I’ve had to resign myself to “making do” when eating out. The 4-day event I attended was 4 days of vegetarian bliss, with amazingly healthy and flavorful foods. Each meal was a treat for the taste buds and the combinations of fresh and nutritious ingredients denied any guilt at second helpings. At a minimum, I want a cookbook, but my ideal would be a restaurant where Haley’s food is available every week. This event was easily the best culinary experience I’ve ever had.


Lisa – Yoga Retreat Attendee

The beauty of the food you prepared together with your knowledge and disciplined skills were reflective of your unique spirit, surpassing food trends. You are a gifted artisan, preparing meals to support nutritional needs while providing delicious bites that remain memorable and enhance the shared experience of life around a table.


Loretta – Yoga Retreat Attendee

I highly recommend The Holistic Trick for personal cooking and nutrition needs as well as for any special event. Haley nailed the food preparation and menu she created for our 4-day special event. The food was delicious, and she handled everyone’s special dietary needs seemingly effortless. Haley prepared the vegetarian food expertly with so much flavor and imagination.


Yoga Retreat Attendee

Holistic Trick provides consistently colorful, satisfying meals that are made with care and sooth the taste buds as well as the soul. 


Yoga Retreat Attendee

This was my first time with just a vegetarian menu and it was wonderful! Felt great, never hungry. I truly enjoyed it and will strive to incorporate more of it in my daily eating. Thank you Haley!


Meal Service Client

Having Haley cook for us has made a huge positive impact in our busy lives. Having a quick healthy meal available has been so amazing for us!


Meal Service Client

Haley is fantastic. We have gotten everything we had hoped to get and more from her services.


Mary Tobaygo – LPN, Meal Service Client

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!”


Carissa 

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Chef Haley…the food she prepares is layered with flavor and she takes the time to understand your likes, (along with your dislikes) and then creates the most perfect menu for you and your guests. The ingredients she uses are locally sourced and her preparation is unmatched. Besides her food being wonderful, chef Haley is so easy to work with, has a great disposition and is always dependable and extremely organized. We have used her for both small and larger dinner parties and the experience and food she provides are always amazing. I’d recommend The Holistic Trick again and again.


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 Cuttyhunk Island ResidencyAuthor & 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!”