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Mobile Inexpensive Wedding Caterers

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Carol's Cakes & Catering
from 18 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen B.
Verified review

I hired Carol to bake for my wedding in May and am so glad I did. First, we had a wonderful, intimate tasting at her home to decide what cupcake flavors we wanted (we opted for cupcakes over a standard wedding cake.) I was hooked after my first bite of her lemon blueberry cupcake. It was exactly what I wanted. Carol was open to all our ideas & suggestions, delivered the cupcakes to the reception the day of the wedding & helped with set up. We had the cake table set up for her before she arrived but she placed all 108 cupcakes on our 4 tier cupcake stand. She is a wonderful woman and a fantastic baker. I would absolutely hire her again!

  • 27 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Sara T.
Verified review

Food and service was great! Helped make my daughters wedding day special.

  • 4 years in business
Denise H.
Verified review

Bonnie Cuisine, catered my bridal shower and I must say that everything was amazing. They truly made my showe one to remember.

Selvins Bon Appetite
from 3 reviews
    Grace P.
    Verified review

    He's great at what he do...he takes pride and joy in all his presentation of his services. He makes sure that all guests are happy and taking care of during the course of their visit and dining. My wedding, birthday events and family reunions were awesome. Always please his work.

    Sweet Southern Scratch
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Micki K.
    Verified review

    I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa Sims from Sweet Southern Scratch on multiple occasions. Lisa catered my 2 daughter's weddings in June of 2013 and Jan of 2016. The first wedding was a night wedding which included a fabulous sit down dinner for 200 plus people with vintage plates and all the trimmings! Four years later, people are still talking about the shrimp and grits and famous sweet tea! The second wedding was a night wedding which included heavy hors devours, for 150 people, that were devine! Lisa and her crew have the gift of not only creating a mouth watering menu but of also creating a beautiful, artistic table display! When it came time for the mother of the bride to get married in October of 2016, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lisa Sims was the person to call. She came up with a creative idea to do a brunch for a morning wedding out side on a beautiful October morning. People continue to rave about the homemade yeast cinnamon rolls, shrimp and grits, cucumber sandwiches, mini quiches, homemade sweet potato biscuits with ham and strawberry jam and beautiful tables. You will never be disappointed when Sweet Southern Scratch and her crew cater your event. If you want to make a "sweet memory", call Lisa Sims and let her start planning!

    Island Epicurean Food Co.
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Patrick F.
    Verified review

    Service, food and communication were all 5 star for our wedding. They took care of all the details and made sure everyone had a great time. Wonderful

    Tiffany H.
    Verified review

    Ms. Pierce recently catered my engagement party and it was wonderful! She was so helpful in helping me and my fiancé pick a menu that was catered to our tastes but would be enjoyable for guests as well. She made the process very smooth! It was easy to contact her and she stayed in touch throughout the whole time. It was a simple menu of hors d'oeuvres but it was perfect for the party. And to top it off she is very reasonably priced! The food was was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. We are going to use her again to cater our wedding and yo do our cakes since she does beautiful wedding cakes as well.

    Macaroni Grill Mobile
    from 1 review
      Darlene L.
      Verified review

      Have used these guys on several occasions first time was for my Daughters wedding reception actually they also handled our rehearsal dinner in their private dining room with a custom menu that the Groom and his family chose the next day they showed up early and were most helpful in finalizing all the minor details Food was amazing and service to match since then I have used Macaroni Grill Catering for several of my clients luncheon with their great drop-off service, I would Highly recommend.

      Q & A

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      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.

      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 much should catering cost for a wedding?

      The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

      • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
      • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
      • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
      • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

      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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