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Girl Friday Concierge
from 14 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Faye M.
Verified review

Girl Friday sent me a quote via Thumbtack to cater meals for a two day seminar that I was hosting on the campus of the UAB medical center. I needed breakfast, breaks and lunch for 100 attendees over the two days. Her quote was very reasonable and a follow-up phone call with her made up my mind to confirm with her. She was very professional but also warm and accommodating. I have been hosting meetings for 14 years and more often than not, the caterers arrive late when due to deliver food. Not so here! She was waiting for us to unlock doors at 6:30 a.m. for a 7:30 a.m. breakfast! She set everything up very neatly, did not forget a thing. I requested boxed sandwich meals for lunch and the rolls she used were really good, meals nicely packed with all supplies needed, from condiments to cookies. She delivered plenty of food and no-one went hungry on her watch! Thank You to Girl Friday! Do yourself a favor and hire her!

  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Inella T.
Verified review

L'Chris Catering is absolutely wonderful! They recently catered my wedding and the food was wonderful and the way they decorated the food & cake tables were so beautiful and way more than I expected. Ms. Lavita was wonderful to work with and she responded back to all my questions in a timely fashion every time I contacted her (and I contacted her A LOT!!). They definitely live up to their motto of "Where we exceed your Expectations"!

  • 14 years in business
Tana E.
Verified review

They catered my wedding in 2011 and I was SOLD!! I have had everything they offer and it only keeps getting better. Never disappoints!!! Will continue to order and they will definitely be recommended time after time to everyone that asks! Passion is put into every bite of food. Mr. Allsup wants every single person to enjoy every single bite and he will go above and beyond to make that happen!

Classic Catering and Events
from 7 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
Verified review

Kim is very professional and has done a great job at our wedding. We had to change the type of cake twice and she was very patient with us. She did a great job with cake and decorating it with flowers. The cake was delicious and everyone loved it. Will recommend her services and will consider her for any future events.

Birtie's Catering
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica D.
Verified review

Regina Young catered my wedding and she did a phenomenal job! From appetizers, all the way up to the main course, the food was so delicious and my guests were raving about it long after the wedding. I would definitely love to work with her again!

900 Degrees Catering
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Colby B.
Verified review

900 Degrees catered my wedding and I couldn't ask for a better experience. Pizza is not an ordinary meal for a wedding but 900 degrees pizza is not ordinary pizza. Their layout and spread was as classy as it was impressive and I can say that there was not one person I talked to that night that didn't brag about the food.

Premium Hospitality
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Avani P.
Verified review

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!!

  • 4 years in business
Verified review

We used Neighborhood Grill and Catering for our wedding in 2015 and our guests are still talking about it. We also eat at the restaurant regularly and the quality of the food is always great and the atmosphere is even greater. -Ashley & DJ

Big Reds Butts And BBQ
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Susan H.
Verified review

Big Reds Butts and BBQ catered my son and daughter-in-love's wedding. The food was fantastic so many compliments from the guests. Frank is friendly and very easy to work with as is his staff. Seeet people!!!

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

We were well pleased with John's City Diner for our son's wedding at the Barn at Shady Lane. The food was excellent. We had small plates for our wedding with pork belly, mac n cheese, chicken and waffles, pulled pork sliders. chipc and homemade dip, pimento cheese & crackers. It was a success.Even though the food was wonderful and we are definitely glad we picked John's City Diner since it was a Birmingham original, we had a few personality clashes with Shannon. I think he was annoyed that I kept emailing him to ask questions and he was a little annoyed with some of the ladies upon arrival when they would ask him questions so I sent my husband to talk to him and then he could not have been nicer the rest of the evening. Maybe he can deal better with guys. I know he was stressed about his Grandmother and I was stressed about this wedding so we were both stressed out and that could have caused the personality clash but all in all everything worked out great in the end. This is still a favorite restaurant in Birmingham that we will go to whenever in town.

JAZ Catering Creations
from 1 review
    Erica J.
    Verified review

    Jaz Catering first catered our wedding three years ago. They were professional and fair. Since, I have used Jaz for every event; whether it be school- related or social. I'm so thankful to know a company that provides excellent customer service and exceptional entrées!! Highly recommend!!

    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Donna R.
    Verified review

    I had an incredible experience with Chef Bryon and his staff at my wedding this past weekend. Not once did I have to look over my shoulder to make sure everything was being taken care of. The food was even better than at the tasting. I found the menu to be creative, attractive and very delicious. My guests were impressed and many asked for cards. The shooter desserts were incredibly clever. My husband loved having them on his very own table. I’ll use him again and again.

    Tomeka C.
    Verified review

    Impeccable Taste Catering catered my wedding and wedding rehearsal dinner in 2013. They were located in Pittsburgh then, and my wedding was in Birmingham. Deidra and her staff were impeccable! She went up and beyond my expectations even being hundreds of miles away. Everything was so professional and delicious! Not to mention the price! Very reasonable! I highly recommend without reservation.

    Overflow Catering
    from 1 review
      Leta S.
      Verified review

      I recently worked with Chef Fowler on wedding that I directed. He was very professional and respectful. The food was amazingly tasteful. Chef Fowler had more than enough food for over 300 guests that attended. His experience and candor made everything go even smoother. Thanks Chef Fowler!


      We offer custom baked and designed cakes and confections of all kinds. We do wedding cakes and special occasion cakes. We provide custom complete off-site catering services with wide selections of menu choices. We have professional wait staff and provide excellent service. Our one-of-a-kind cake flavors and creative designs have our customers coming back again and again, and our food is beyond compare. We can cater the simplest meal for a corporate luncheon, or design a gourmet menu for the largest event. We can work with just about any budget.

      • 6 years in business

      We are a catering/wedding and event planner. We cater most any events and weddings, from 10 to 150 people. Our price range is $50 to $5,000. Call or email us for a free consultation.

      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.

      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.

      How do you serve food at a wedding?

      Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

      • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
      • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
      • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
      • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
      • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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