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Gilbert Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Gilbert.

  • 10 years in business
  • 474 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra J.
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We just had carefree catering take care of a big party with over 150 people, the caterers were super nice and efficient, the food was awesome and the staff was super sweet and attentive following directions and throwing some great ideas for a menu as well as food set up! Appreciate you guys and we will definitely always chose you in the future and refer you to others for any of our catering needs! Thanks!

  • 7 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
Roshan W.
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My wife and I have ordered almost everything on this menu and has always left us for begging or making excuses to get another serving! From the Ribs to the Peach cobbler everything is exceptional Dynamic cuisine never disappoints with taste, portions, and quality! Great customer service and even better food! Roshan Wirasinha

Artistic Touch Catering LLC
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Sylvia W.
Verified review

After emailing and leaving unreturned voicemails for two caterers that I won't mention, I found Artistic Touch Catering. Immediately, I knew that I was in great hands because of our interaction. Chef Michael dove right in and was present every step of the way! Being a foodie, the food is a major part of my day and I didn't want the typical Hors d'oeuvre. Chef Michael called me and I explained my vision to him and he just got it. When I mentioned that I wanted out guests to have a foodgasm when they tasted it. After emailing and finalizing a menu, my fiance and I scheduled a tasting, which was no additional charge. When we arrived, Chef Michael greeted us personally. Although it was our first time meeting, you would have never guessed it! He has such a sparkling personality and has a level of professionalism that I haven't seen in a long time. From that very first moment, I knew that I could let go and trust that Chef Michael saw vision and after that first bite, I realized that not only did he meet it, he exceed it! His food is PHENOMENAL, the service EXQUISITE! The table setting was beautiful, which he had set up in the kitchen. Many caterers will sit you outside of their kitchen area and you're unable to actually see the food prepared and plated. They did everything in front of us and seeing him work with his staff and the level of respect that have for each other is admirable! Chef Michael has the experience and the passion and it's evident in everything that he does! Chef Michael, Nicole and the rest of the staff at Artistic has not only set the bar high, but also given me peace of mind! Thank you, Chef Michael, Nicole and the rest of your amazing staff! I can't wait to see you on my BIG DAY!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Alfie Y.
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I have been a restaurant owner, caterer & food critic prior to retiring. I think I know a little bit about food & the business. So read my review. This company did a fabulous job! It was a last minute party & I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it how I wanted it! I am a my way type A person. They sent chef Ezra & server Roberta they were wonderful. The food was exactly what I wanted & how I wanted it. Delicious, served hot and plenty of it. We were late serving- people were held up getting to our location. No problem at all they took it in stride. You will pay up front don't worry they are honest. Very reasonable price, excellent quality food and as long as I can talk to Chef Steve because HE LISTENS I will have these guys again & again! great job guys thank you thumbtack

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The Perfect SAIZ Taco
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Anita M.
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The family provided a wonderful spread of food for our guests. They worked well together and each managed to chat it up with everyone in line for food. The food was fresh, fantastic and plentiful. We had lots of extra food because at the last moment I made a panic call and asked for another 20 meals. This was not at all necessary and the Saiz family had no problem sending our guests away with food to take home for later. It was great seeing guests go back for seconds and then take a container home as well!! I think they provided a fantastic experience for all at a very reasonable rate. JP was very professional and responsive. His family is delightful.

Chic Personal Chef LLC
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Chad S.
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Sasha with Body & Soul Food did a fabulous job with my personal cooking class in my kitchen. I set this class up as a date with my girl friend and she enjoyed it very much. Sasha was very well prepared and it was such a joy having her demonstrated and instructing us on the dishes we made. Our class was schedule around lunch time so we enjoyed the dishes as our lunch. It was such a perfect date. Good food and fun. I highly recommend this experience to people wanting to do something different as a date. Sasha is the one to call to make it happen.

Az Caterer
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Derek M.
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Chef Vic was very helpful in catering for our wedding. The food was delicious! Excellent service as well, we definitely suggest him for any event!

The Great Plate
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Abigail A.
Verified review

Anna with the great plate has prepared meals for my family and for special events for me for the past several years. The food has always been delicious and served warm. I would eat the wings she makes for every meal if I could! She is very professional and friendly. I would highly recommend her and her food.

Witnessing Nature, LLC
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Deb W.
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What a fabulous caterer!! Not only were Jennifer's appetizers delicious but they way the food was displayed was gorgeous. Everything was so fresh and tasted wonderful!

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  • 15 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristina M.
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Christine did an excellent job cooking for our bachelorette party! She was extremely responsive, easy to work with and the food was delicious. We were staying at an AirBnB and the electricity went out in the middle of her cooking but she just worked through it and still made everything taste great. Would highly recommend!

CULINARY MISFITS
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Shayda T.
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We hired Eric and Culinary Misfits during SXSW and Eric and his team did not disappoint. We had amazing service, delicious food, and overall had a wonderful presence at our event due to their service.

Big Cuz's BBQ Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Julie C.
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The food was delicious, service was friendly. Everyone was raving about it! We will use Big Cuz's Catering again.

  • 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

Catering by Amy
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Erika S.
Verified review

Amy and was an incredible caterer. The food was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. She provided delicious selections for both the meat eaters and the vegetarians. We decided to go with cold foods for many reasons and this was a perfect choice for our party. Thank you for everything Amy, I will utilize your services for all of our catering needs.

The Good Food Table
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Keiona E.
Verified review

Extremely impressed witht the food quality and service of the Good Food Table! Chef Devan truly takes care in his craft and every meal is full of flavor! Especially impressed with their vegan dishes (and Im a heavy carnivore) would recommend to everyone. PS the BEST mac n cheese, hands down!

  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Job B.
Verified review

Very professional, delicious food, friendly staff, could not be a better choice for catering your event. If I lived closer, we would use Jamburritos Catering for every event we do!

Giancarlo Stefanutto
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mary Lou L.
Verified review

The process from start to end was seamless. Chef met with us and listened to our ideas and designed a totally custom menu just for our event. His food was tasty and the presentation was amazing. The staff was professional and friendly. I would highly recommend Chef Giancarlo's services to anyone looking for a caterer. You won't be disappointed.

  • 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
Gavin R.
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We so appreciated our wonderful service and exceptional food. Thank you Vito's for making this a night to remember.

2 Chefs Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Mike A.
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Awesome job on time, answered all questions I had! Food was just delightful!

  • 4 years in business
About

I offer in-home private chef and small-event catering services as well as one-on-one cooking instruction. Sustenance is my passion, and I only use organic, locally sourced, non-GMO ingredients whenever and wherever possible. My cooking is a romantic food adventure celebrating the simple, sensual pleasures of life while embracing harmony with nature and one another. Pulling from the limitless ingredients our world has to offer, my goal is to provide fun and ethically responsible tips to spice up your life and libido while nourishing your body, mind and spirit. Namaste!

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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