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Dothan Caterers

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Celebration Events
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Amelia K.
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I can't imagine ever doing an event without them! Their energy, enthusiasm and professionalism are unmatched and they personalize every aspect of their services to our requests and theme whether it is a banquet, meals at camp, or prom. We have used them for over 10 years and have already booked their DJ and catering services for our upcoming event. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!

Transforming Edge Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Shirley R.
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Great Job! Catered Youth Awards Ceremony at Dothan Elks Lodge, this is the 3rd time we have used this service and plan to use again in November, great food and did not come close to running out, which is something that I am always afraid of at a function like this, even if you have a count. Displays everything beautifully and food is great!👍

  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel L.
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The professionalism, attention to detail and plain passion that this family owned business has is incredible!! Not only do they cater the are event coordinators *which they should advertise*. Nydia is an amazing chef and Baker.. For several months we looked for a caterer for our daughters birthday party but we're unable to find one that we felt would follow our theme. The theme was Alice in Wonderland "The Mad Hatter". Well Peppa's showed up and made it happen!! I all did was mentioned that we were unable to find most of the theme like decorations and authentic stuff we wanted. Nydia sprang into action, she asked if we would purchase the supplies that she would MAKE yes MAKE the decorations.. What caterer does that?? Everything came out so beautiful and my daughter was beyond surprised and excited. Everyone was amazed, the centerpieces she made were all one of a kind and made especially for the party.. The menu OMG!! Nydia is versed is all kinds of cuisines and she brought her flare!! The desserts well there was NONE left!! The chocolate covered strawberries and Oreo's. The Key Lime Pie Shooters were to die for, The cupcakes!! She had something for kids and adults alike. The custom party favors for the kids!! I can go on and on about how amazing everything was but all I'll say is we've already booked her for Memorial Day BBQ, 4th of July and our Anniversary!! LOL I am thankful for Thumbtack having services like this to find gems like Nydia and her company. I added a few pics and I'll add more once our photographer send them to us. Nydia and Frank I wish you guys nothing but success!! Rachel

2nd Taste Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Je'Neen R.
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2nd Taste has catered several events we have hosted or sponsored. The service was always professional and prompt. The food was delicious, proper serving temperature, and appeal to the senses. Their lunch delivery meals are awesome too.

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I have a good eye for presentation, and a great aptitude for combining flavors and food textures as well as knowing what new ideas are great, and which ones are just a fad.

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We are a family-owned business with years of experience. We are very reliable. We also do decorating. We work to make our clients happy.

  • 3 years in business
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We specialize in creating custom meals to suit you needs. We can prepare any type of cuisine you desire, whether it be Mexican, Asian, Greek, Middle Eastern, American, Soul Food, Italian, and more! We also specialize in custom desserts, baklava, cakes, cheesecakes, brownies and more! Our desire is to satisfy every customer 100%. We have a full menu, or if you have specific ideas, we can do it all! Gluten free, halal, kosher, sugar-free, and all organic are available! Let us service you. We promise you will not be disappointed!

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I can do catering and event planning. I also have glass plates, cups, many wedding candleabras, and prayer benches. I am serving dishes both hot and cold.

  • 20 years in business
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We are a BBQ catering company. We provide open-pit cooked meat and fresh homemade side and desserts. We are equipped to cook on-site.

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I provide private catering for small events and private dinners. I provide up to five courses served, depending on the occasion.

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We are a restaurant and bakery that provides full-scale catering from hors d'oeuvres to buffet or plated dinners. We have a talented cake decorator for wedding cakes and groom's cakes (also wedding cupcakes or wedding cheesecakes). Cake tastings are scheduled to allow customers to taste before they decide on flavors. We have a private room that is perfect for bridal showers, bridesmaid luncheons and rehearsal dinners. Let our event planner assist you with all your catering and cake needs for your wedding events.

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We do parties and anything great with food and cakes with a southern feel. We have a great staff who will give you what you need.

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We are a seafood restaurant, with full service catering. We can cook anything you need. We do cakes and all types of desserts.

  • 3 years in business
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We provide Southern food, Southern cuisine, seafood, burgers, finger foods, and desserts like cakes, cobblers, pies etc.

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We meet and exceed all expectations! We achieve 90-100% customer satisfaction. We do wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, private dinner parties, reunions and any special occasion.

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I'm a professional Johnson and Wales University trained chef providing personal catering. I help design menus with customers according to their needs, wants, and diets.

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We take pride in making every event stress free for you. Our motto is: tell us what you expect and watch us deliver. No job is too big or too small for us. Whatever your event might be —brunches, lunches or parties— we are here for you.

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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