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Browse these inexpensive caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Glendale.

  • 10 years in business
  • 470 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra J.
Verified review

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
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Yesenia M.
Verified review

This has been the second time we have used this caterer and I would recommend! Food arrived on time and the team members enjoyed it very much!

Artistic Touch Catering LLC
4.8
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 83 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
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Marc M.
Verified review

Unique Luxury Catering is easy to work with and handled every detail to perfection! The food was world class in flavor to presentation. Chef Steve is a master as a chef and in professionalism.

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The Perfect SAIZ Taco
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Rob D.
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We used this catering service for the welcome party to our wedding weekend that we hosted at a private house with about 60 guests. This is a family business run by Juan Pablo and all the servers that day were his wife and kids. They all did a great job and were very friendly and professional. We had a lot of out-of-town guests so we wanted to give them a taste of local Arizona flavor, Juan Pablo did a really nice job engaging people and telling them what they were getting. We had a taco bar buffet line with ground beef, chicken and chorizo, rice, beans, hot tortillas, guacamole, salsa, etc. Everyone said they enjoyed the food, and Juan Pablo packed up the leftovers for us, which we ate for the rest of the weekend! He also made horchata for our rum horchata signature drinks which was a nice touch. We recommend this business!

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Hob Nob Catering
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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RICHARD P.
Verified review

Amazing food, fabulous presentation Chef Alice rocked it. I have used her catering for showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, New Years Eve parties and birthday parties. Every event was done with style and great care. I can't wait for next party!

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Stacey Klaff
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Aiyana M.
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Let’s start off with how great of an individual Stacey is. I have known her for less than a year and I knew the minute I met her that she would be a reliable and great source for catering, professionalism and hard working! I had the honor to get Stacey to cater my grad party and let’s just say I planned to have enough food for 25 people when I only had 10 people to feed ..... well there was no food left! Everything was so delicious everyone had 2-3 plates each! The dressing that was all made by her was so good! I’m not a huge balsamic fan but Stacey’s homemade dressing was delicious. I support her business! Everyone else should. This is a reliable caterer to count on to be on time and to have the turn out be amazing! I’ll definitely be booking her again!

Az Caterer
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
Verified review

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
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Julie R.
Verified review

Anna is wonderful! Some last minute changes for a surprise Graduation Party made her services a must! She responded quickly to my requests, was very creative in our request for "elevated College Kid foods" and arrived prepared and on time. She handled all the catering so I could actually enjoy the party and guests, and her creations received RAVE reviews! I highly recommend Anna and will be using her again!

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  • 15 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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John Z.
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Christine and her team have catered many events for us, family & friends previously. The food and overall experience are always nothing less than stellar! The attention to detail and quality of food are fantastic! This is why we keep her busy. One of the best caterers on the west side by far. John T

Lighthouse Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Corey W.
Verified review

Michelle Rogers with Lighthouse Catering did an event for The Central Arizona Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators and City of Phoenix. I am the President Elect for the Central Arizona Chapter for National Forum for Black Public Administrators as well as Management Assistant II to the City Manager for the City of Phoenix. The event was for 100 people and she provided barbecue beef, chicken, baked beans, salad, desserts and drinks. The keynote speaker was the City Manager of Phoenix. The food was excellent and everyone was pleased. I would definitely recommend this caterer for small and large events.

Big Cuz's Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Julie C.
Verified review

The food was delicious, service was friendly. Everyone was raving about it! We will use Big Cuz's Catering again.

Party On Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 13 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!

  • 7 years in business
  • 6 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

Cactus Flower Catering LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Heather C.
Verified review

Jeanette is an amazing caterer. She made the best little pulled pork sliders for my wedding! She’s very personable and helpful. She goes above and beyond. Thank you so much for catering our wedding and making the day so memorable.

Estreno Catering-PHX
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Towana J.
Verified review

I think they did an excellent job everybody was satisfied and in the future I will use them again when my oldest son gets married also I will pass the word around to anyone else who would need to use the catering service they would be my number one choice thank you for all your help.

Tamales y Tacos Puebla LLC
5.0
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.

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

My husband I just got married a few weeks ago and we are SOOO THANKFUL that we chose "The Good Food Table" to cater our big night. They were so prompt and on top of everything. Not to mention we had so many compliments on our food!! We will definitely be using them for all our catering needs. Thanks Devan!

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.
Verified review

Great service great food made everything easy for me the owner jerome took care of everything for me and was very professional

  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Renee L.
Verified review

Choosing AZ Inspirations to cater our state women’s retreat was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Nik was wonderful to work with. He was very helpful with menu selection and suggestions for how to tailor to the needs of my particular group. The prices are extremely reasonable and there were no hidden surprises. The agreement was clearly written and all was delivered as promised. The buffet set up was beautiful and the food was amazing. (Make sure to check out the lemon bundt cake). We chose the all inclusive taco bar for our dinner and the Cranberry Chicken Salad for lunch -- set up in a build-your-own salad bar presentation. Our guests raved about the food and went back for seconds (yes, there was more than plenty to eat). I would highly recommend AZ Inspirations and plan to use them for every future event. Thanks Nik and team!!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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