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Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Birmingham.

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ChefChefCatering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Crystal C.
Verified review

Chef Franklin was so easy to work with and the food was fantastic! He catered a party for us on very short notice and everything was perfect. He is very courteous and professional. I highly recommend him and will use him again.

  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Mitch J.
Verified review

Honestly, words can't fully express how amazing Lavita is. I used L'Chris Catering Services for my mother's 60th birthday party with 70 guests. The food was spectacular and every setup was impeccable. The guests were extraordinarily pleased with the food and every aspect of L'Chris Catering Services. She added tremendous value, elegance, and grace to our event. Her professionalism is unmatched and her prices are the best in town. I look forward to working with L'Chris Catering Services in the future. She is one of a kind.

East 59 Vintage & Cafe
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jerome H.
Verified review

East 59 catered our employee holiday party in the office and did a phenomenal job. All the food was very tasty and attractively presented. We also used them for a retirement cocktail party and they performed equally as well. Would definitely recommend.

Not Just Catering, LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca C.
Verified review

I had the opportunity to attend a party catered by NJC a while back. Eryka, the owner, had us each bring an ingredient and she put together creative versions of familiar dishes that were so tasty, fresh, and all around divine. I am eager to put in my first real order with NJC because I am confident of the skill, time, effort and care that will be put into my investment.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Joey F.
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Babalu's catered my wife's 40th Birthday. Prompt service and class A communication. The food (Taco Bar) was excellent. Served 30 to 40 people at the party. I would highly recommend their catering. My friends and family were very impressed with the food and their professional set up. Thanks Carmon

  • 14 years in business
Buddy M.
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I've had the incredible pleasure to enjoy the food prepared by Zane Allsup with Sweet Bonz Alabama for years. Whether at weddings, parties or just privately prepared the food is exceptional, second to none! He and his staff are professional and will make sure you are satisfied with food and service. From a party of 10 to as large as you can imagine, I HIGHLY recommend Zane and Sweet Bonz Alabama.

  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Christy S.
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We had a small job with just a few days' notice, but Stan immediately responded with ideas and a quote. The order was delivered on time, including great tasting food and pleasant service. Would definitely use him again!

Birmingham Sushi Classes
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Bonnie F.
Verified review

I have used Birmingham Sushi Classes to cater my office parties as well as taken the class on how to make my own sushi. Chef Kelly makes the class informative as well as fun. Her catering skills are beyond great! She has creative and innovative ideas that make your party an event that all of your friends will talk about for a long time to come. She can work with any budget. She will so whatever it takes to make your party the talk of the office.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Blair R.
Verified review

Outstanding support of our private party event at our home. 100 guests and every guest was a happy one! Highly recommend them!

Michael's Restaurant
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 65 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Is W.
Verified review

Michael's catered my nephew's album release party and the food and service was delicious. Michael's has been known for their food and exceptional service for over 50 years. It was my pleasure to have them cater my event. To say the very least, I was not disappointed. IKW

Premium Hospitality
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Avani P.
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Premium Hospitality provided us with our alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for a 4 day Indian wedding. Jason Lea, his bartenders, and waitstaff were all always on time for every event. They knew exactly what needed to be done where and when without the bride, groom, or family constantly reminding them. A+ on organization and timeliness. They catered food for us the first day for about 80 people with cajun fries, quesadillas, and fried pickles for apps. The dinner was a live pasta station. Everything was so tasty! The drinks were AMAZING. The strawberry lemonade was a huge hit with our guests. Also, they made us speciality cocktails for the wedding which everyone raved about all weekend! My family and myself will highly recommend Premium Hospitality for any event of any size for food, drinks, bartenders, and waitstaff! Thank you for making our wedding weekend a success!!

Big Reds Butts And BBQ
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Sandra R.
Verified review

Big Reds BBQ is delicious! I highly recommend booking them for your wedding, party, or corporate events.

  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ben H.
Verified review

Everything was absolutely perfect!! Great food, Great service, and always on time. The perfect caterer for any occasion. This is the only person that our company uses for our events. Thanks L.A.

John's City Diner
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie C.
Verified review

I retired after 44 years as a high school teacher and wanted to celebrate with all my friends and family. Drop off catering with a server made it possible for me to be part of the party. Meagan, the server, took care of everything while I enjoyed my friends. The food exceeded expectations and the guests raved about the grits, chicken and chocolate bread pudding. It was wonderful!!

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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