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Chandler Cocktail Party Caterers

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

  • 10 years in business
  • 476 hires on Thumbtack
Dr. Ernest B.
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Simply the best catering company I have EVER worked. I recently had a dinner party and cocktails for 30 people and selected Carefree Catering to handle everything. They did not disappoint. All of the personnel were knowledgeable and professional and went that extra yard to insure a successful evening. And, oh yes, the food was delicious.

  • 7 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Tim T.
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Used Dynamic Cuisine Catering for a neighborhood Home Tour party. Food was good, service was good, price was good. She had no problem adjusting the head count when we needed to. All in all a great experience.

Artistic Touch Catering LLC
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie K.
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Chef Michael Cole came to our home to cook for our dinner party of ten people. It was awesome! I didn't have to do a thing, other than enjoy my guests. The food was great, he and his assistant worked very hard and our guests were thrilled with the evening. Thank you Chef Michael!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erica M.
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We hosted a cocktail party for 30 people that my husband was hoping to impress. From planning, to set up, to menu, to take down, Steve and Carol Ann were perfect. Our guests are still talking about the amazing food. We will use them again for any event and highly recommend.

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The Perfect SAIZ Taco
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacey K.
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This was a great experience from the very beginning! Response from Juan was immediate when I inquired, we set up a meeting for him to check out the site, and he was exactly on time. Everything was outlined as to what was offered and how it would be served. Juan and his family showed up exactly on time the day of the party, the food was fabulous, the service spectacular, and we couldn't be more pleased that we had The Perfect SAIZ Taco (and family) at our celebration. Thanks Juan!

Az Caterer
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
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Chef Vic did a fantastic job catering our Thanksgiving dinner for 30. He delivered a hot & fresh meal to our counter at 2:00 on Thanksgiving Day--not many caterers are willing to work on the holiday but Vic & his staff made sure we were taken care of & the meal was better than anything I could have accomplished in my home with days of preparation. It was definitely homemade and the price he gave us was more than worth it! The chain stores & grocery stores we looked into were slightly cheaper but a lesser quality by far & required all the heating up & transferring to dishes that makes Thanksgiving so much work to begin with. Can't say enough about how happy we were & our guests were all impressed as well!

The Great Plate
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney O.
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What a tremendous experience from beginning to end. Anna-Liisa catered a graduation party for 50 guests - she tailored the menu to match my daughters favorites - arrived with a huge smile on her face and put on a dinner that all of my guests raved about. She is gracious, professional and a fabulous cook - I can't wait to work with her again.

Corporate Caterers
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Maria S.
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We used Corporate Caterers for a Christmas dinner for our group of 100. We enjoyed the Caribbean chicken and steak combo with salad, rice, and chips. We had cookies and brownies for dessert. Everyone enjoyed the meal very much. The chicken was tender and juicy and the grilled steak was delicious. They provided two outstanding servers that were professional, helpful, and efficient. It was the easiest party I've ever thrown. They set up the buffet, served, and cleaned up. I didn't have to do anything. It was great. Inaie was wonderful from the first email she sent to bid for the party. She replied to all my inquiries quickly. She was very helpful as we planned the meal. I was really impressed that she called me the day of the party to confirm everything. I will use this company again! Thanks!

Witnessing Nature, LLC
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas T.
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Catered Family dinner celebration

RE Catering
from 15 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Jaklin O.
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This was the first time I ever had a holiday dinner catered, and I couldn't be happier to have come across Rich at RE Catering. He was a most pleasant person to deal with, and true to his word. He delivered exactly what he promised... delicious home made food, piping hot on Thanksgiving afternoon, with plenty of leftovers. He delivered everything from rolls and butter to pumpkin pie and apple pie. The only thing I supplemented was sweet potato casserole. Although catering our holiday meal was supposed to be an exceptional event to accommodate my hectic work schedule, we are now considering having it caterer by Rich every year. 😋

Plant 2 Plate
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Karen D.
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Jami did an amazing job while catering my recent dinner party. Incredible and unique menu. I highly recommend her.

Cupcakery & catering
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sally S.
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Emma was terrific - we got exactly what we were looking for, and the entire exchange was super easy! The cupcakes ordered for my sister's bachelorette party were excellent - a super funny hit and also delicious (we had to get gluten free for my sister, who knew those could be tasty)!

Party On Catering
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Dora H.
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We hired Party On Catering for bartending at our wedding. They were great! Professional and friendly!

Miller Marcus Catering
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy S.
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If you want wholesome healthy great tasting food with some exceptional service on the top. Catered my birthday party it was a hit. Thank you

Scents of Taste Catering
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Robert D.
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I hired her to cater a birthday party. The food was so delicious that I ended up hiring her for my personal chef. I've been happily eating her dishes for over a year now. She is amazing

  • 7 years in business
Daniel L.
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We had our company Christmas party catered and they nocked it out of the park with everything. Plenty to eat and food was amazing! Definitely gonna hire again.

Catering by Amy
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle T.
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Amy catered for our community’s annual pool party. Her food was excellent amd her portions/price were perfect! We will definitely be hiring her again!

Ashley S.
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My guests have raved about the food for weeks now! Betsy from The Farmers Daughter was so incredibly sweet and professional during all of our interactions. We met her first for a tasting, and we fell in love with how important her business is to her and how she makes you feel like "its all about you". Jesse and I especially loved the fact that she only schedules ONE event a day!! We had her full attention for our wedding, and it showed in every aspect from the cocktail hour appetizers to the delicious reception meal. Betsy served us (Bride & Groom) directly and immediately which was so sweet!! The food we ordered for our 100 guest wedding included: -BBQ Meatballs = Our cocktail our app, and we heard "These are the best meatballs I've ever had" so many times. -Strawberry Spinach salad = Too die for!! My guests loved this and it was so fresh and vibrant it paired with the meal great! -Smothered Asiago Chicken Alfredo = The name alone makes my mouth water! Incredibly juicy and cheesy, huge hit! -Baked Mac & Cheese = I think I received a compliment from EVERY guest for the Mac & Cheese! -Fresh Steamed Veggies = Added another item for vegetarians! Good compliment to the food, and cooked perfect! We are so thankful Betsy was able to be a part of our wedding celebration, she really made our guests happy and Jesse and I wouldn't have changed a thing! Planning the food was something we expected to be difficult but Betsy made the experience stress-free, her food is incredible!

Tamales y Tacos Puebla LLC
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tom P.
Verified review

They were the absolute best caterers to work with. The food was fantastic, they were extremely professional and friendly. I have nothing but positive to say about them. We would definitely use them again given the opportunity.

  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Corey G.
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Great service great food made everything easy for me the owner jerome took care of everything for me and was very professional

  • 32 years in business
Judy M.
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I have recently had two catered parties at Vito's, both of which were handled perfectly. Chelsea Berhorst was my contact and she went above and beyond to make my events a success. The food, the value, her work quality and professionalism was over the top and I would highly recommend Vito's for any party of any size.

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.

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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