Chef Amber Phillips

Chef/Owner Sage Events LLC

Having a young daughter and 2 step sons, Amber left her full time position with a restaurant group for another career. She couldn't walk away from the business completely though. Amber opened Sage as a private chef service back in 2006 as a side business. She maintained her career unrelated to food for several years. The economy drop of 2008/2009 was devastating on her business, private chef customers had completely diminished so she concentrated on her career. Fast forward 2011, Amber donated a dinner for charity that someone had won and wanted to redeem. Although she wasn't cooking as a business, she agreed to do the dinner. She made an organic carrot, sage and mint soup shooter and posted a photo on Facebook. From that photo, a former classmate and current physician emailed her asking if she knew how to do gluten free. Amber then began researching gluten free, along with dairy free and soy free. She started cooking for that classmate who had multiple food allergies. Her new client started spreading the word and Amber specialized her business and re launched it.

At 40 years old, as a single mom, she quit her full time job and built her own kitchen specializing in gluten free meal delivery and catering service. She has won Gulfshore Life Magazine's Best Pre-Made Meal for 2014,2015, and 2016 along with many other awards in Catering, Farm to Table, Organics, Vegetarian, and Healthy Treat Categories. In 2016, she expanded her kitchen to include Sage Kitchen which is the wholesale division of Sage, providing gluten free baked goods and other products for resale and to country clubs. Amber also owns Sand Dollar Weddings, which is a full service wedding and officiating company.

Amber personally writes and performs the weddings she officiates. Amber grew up in Naples. She has 1 daughter Meadow who is a student at her alma mater, Barron Collier. Amber enjoys kayaking, the beach, traveling, experiencing different cuisines, watching football, and is an avid concert goer.

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  • 2014 2015 & 2016 WINNER Gulfshore Life Magazine's Best Pre-Made Meal in Collier & Lee County!
  • 2015 & 2016 WINNER Gulfshore Life Magazine's Best Healthy Options, Farm to Table, Organics
  • 2016 WINNER Gulfshore Life Magazine's Best Healthy Treat
  • 2015 & 2016 Finalist Gulfshore Life Magazine's Best Caterer Collier & Lee County
  • 2014 WINNER Gulfshore Business Magazine's Best Caterer
  • 2015 WINNER Couple's Choice Award for Wedding Planning