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Cafe Rue Orleans
5.0
from 1 review
    Carolyn L.
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    We LOVE Cafe Rue Orleans! The food is excellent and it is such a treat to get New Orleans style food in the heart of Fayetteville. Maudie is an great chef, and her food never disappoints. You won't regret making Cafe Rue Orleans your destination for lunch or dinner. Plus we have used her for catering, and it is always a big hit.

    About

    I am Chef Jessie Schumann. Services: Whether you desire weekly meals for your family or you need a four-course meal, I can cater exactly to your needs. As your ghost chef, I will prepare an entire meal in your home, but leave the final steps to you. I will teach you as I go, giving you the guidance and goods that you need before stepping out of your way so that you can take all the credit for a delicious meal. Cooking lessons with me are not solely about learning specific recipes, but rather are aimed at providing confidence in navigating the kitchen and familiarization with various produce and seasonings through practice with cooking and thinking on your toes. I will instill in you with common sense when cooking, which will give you confidence in the kitchen, encouraging you to create your own dishes.

    About

    We do private dinners, instruction and speaking. We cook in private homes for elegant dinners or luncheons. We do consultation of specifics and cost before event.

    About

    I can provide catering for events, and I can do hair services for special events. I am a pastry chef and a cosmetologist.

    • 30 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I am very passionate about the taste an how it looks on the plate.I love to be creative with fresh herbs.If you want to have the best meal you ever had then I am your extraordinary Chef. I would also set the table, serve you, and clean the kitchen before I leave. 40 years as a chef. I only use fresh product. Try to never use anything out of a can.

    About

    I am a CIA trained chef and married to a fellow CIA chef/food scientist. I am a local farmer who grows cucumbers and ferments pickles in barrels. I am extensively trained and specialize in fermented foods.

    About

    I believe in fresh herbs and homemade soups and desserts. I'm very passionate about food and how it looks and taste. You will be taken aback in how I prepare and cook. I have done this for 32 years. I have cooked for two presidents of the USA, senators, and famous and just good, old down people.

    About

    I customize menus per group. Some vegan/vegetarian and a full-range of low-glycemic meals are available; as well as paleo, low-carb, and no-carb options.

    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.

    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.

    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 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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