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Top Pro
from 23 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lee A.
Verified review

Chef Ray was fantastic. He emailed within the hour after my submission to thumbtack. We had a rehearsal dinner for 70 at a location in Avondale. He listened to what I was looking for and then made suggestions to work with all the dietary needs we had. I was doing everything long distance from Texas and he made it as easy as it could be. He knew my budget and he did not encourage me to go beyond it and worked within my means. He ALWAYS answered his phone and communicated so well throughout the whole process. He arrived timely and had us ready to go with hot steaming food in plenty of time. That is all the logistics of things, the best part is the food was out of this world. We chose the roasted pork, garlic potatoes, green beans and house salad. The portions were very large and all night I continually had people asking who our caterer was and how delicious the food was. The meat was juicy with a wonderful sauce (so many times when catering for a large group the meat is dry), and their was an abundance so we were sure not to run out. If you are trying to make a decision, hands down Chef Ray is the way to go. He gets an A++++++++++ from this gal.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Janice W.
Verified review

Kim did a GREAT job. She was always "there" when I had a question or concern. The food was great which was proclaimed by the party attendees. They provided great service during the party. I have oy high compliments for the folks at Yellow Bicycle!

Brava Rotisserie Grill
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Susan S.
Verified review

We love Brava! My family enjoys dining-in and carry-out with lots of quick and healthy options that please everyone in the family! I have also used Brava for corporate catering events. The food is always on-time and delicious! I cannot say enough good things about Brava!

Eat Well Market & Events
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Colleen H.
Verified review

The people of Eat Well Market are amazing. The food is always local, always fresh, and always delicious. They offer opportunities for school age children to help in their garden in exchange for after-school snacks. It is truly a blessing to have them in the neighborhood and I will always be a loyal customer!

  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Markeita M.
Verified review

No detail was overlooked in making my husband and I happy! His professionalism during service as well as the food was amazing! Highly recommend Elegantly Plated!

Unique Impressions Catering
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Carl S.
Verified review

Food delivered on time and hot. Good quality.

Gourmet Catering
from 1 review
    Tiffany B.
    Verified review

    Everything was perfect! From the appearance to the tasting of it, two thumbs up Ms.Hodge


    I'm very much familiar with catering and banquet serving! Also, I am great at decorating events: weddings, banquets, receptions and more!


    No job is too big or too small. I have 10 years of experience in corporate and fine dining restaurants. I specialize in shellfish, oysters, crawfish, shrimp bowls, etc. Through my many years of experience and education, I'm well versed in any type of southern cuisine, whether it be BBQ, seafood, or country classics. I also use my fine dining knowledge to add a French flare to almost every dish I prepare, so the taste and look is always great.


    I do gourmet and fine dining catering and. Buffet can come to you within a twenty mile radius.


    I love to create something I have a embroidery machine and I love designing things I love designing out forts I once made a wedding dress and tux for a customers set of iguanas shop was suppose to send me pictures but I never got any and she lives somewhere up north in New I went to Wallace Community Colloge

    • 13 years in business

    When you eat the food that being prepared the aftertaste you get!

    • 7 years in business

    I'm a certified chef, and I love serving amazing food for those who can't really afford the pricey stuff. I cook a variety of foods, and the prices are spectacular as well as my food. My packages are online and easy to understand. The biggest seller is my Fried Ribs. I can also serve drinks with your meals. I'm just waiting for God to bless me with a bigger store.


    My work stands out because it's all prepared with love. Cooking is one of the many gifts God has equipped me to do...


    I can provide a multiple-course meal of your choosing at your event. I also have a photographer and a bartender at my disposal.


    We are a small cafe/coffee shop. We specialize in breakfast, pastries, soups and sandwiches. We are available for in-house meetings or catering.


    We cater small to large events along with business breakfasts and lunches. We are here for you when you need a caterer you can count on!


    willing and able to work, team player, quick learner, work and get along well with people, friendly

    • 4 years in business


    We bring Southern hospitality to life with our delicious catering. We have tasty sandwiches, casseroles, and lunch entrees. Our specialty is baked sweets, and many of which are gluten free or vegan.


    Its made with love and patience I love what I do and it shows in my food.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you find a good caterer?

    Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

    If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

    Do you tip a wedding caterer?

    Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

    How much does wedding catering cost per person?

    Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

    How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

    Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

    Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

    What should you look for in a caterer?

    A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

    • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
    • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
    • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
    • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
    • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
    • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

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    Need a Wedding Caterer

    Birmingham, AL

    • Serving style
    • Which meal
    • Venue chosen
      Yes, please describe (Family Life Center at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church)
    • Staff needed
      Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      Italian, BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort)
    • Head count
    • Budget per person
      $20-$30 per person
    • Details
      I am on a tight and small budget i just had baby and my fiance and i are both in school. so cheap as possible please. we like pasta and salads maybe even bbq and potato bar
    • $1169.32
      Average price

    Need Corporate Caterer

    Birmingham, AL

    • Type of corporate catering
      Drop-off (buffet)
    • Which meal
    • Dishes and beverages
      Main course(s), Side dish(es), Dessert(s), Beverages (non-alcoholic)
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      American - casual, American - formal, Italian
    • Staff needed
      Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
    • Catering head count
    • Budget per person
      $20-$30 per person
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
      No dietary restrictions
    • Details
    • $424.67
      Average price
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