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Mesa Party Food Caterers

Browse these party food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Mesa.

  • 10 years in business
  • 476 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
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Tim T.
Verified review

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
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!

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ted C.
Verified review

Great evening and great chef. Knew when to engage and when to stand back. Does it all from creating, serving, plating and cleaning. Not too much but plenty of food for all. We did a very small party and it came out great! Highly recommend. Thanks Chef

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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.
Verified review

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!

Chic Personal Chef LLC
from 33 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn U.
Verified review

Chef Sasha prepared a delicious meal at my home for a special dinner party. It was spectacular! She prepared the meal with all fresh ingredients which resulted in a first rate meal. We had a 4 course meal and she presented each course by detailing the ingredients to the guests at my party. Sasha was extremely professional and courteous. She cleaned up the kitchen and our dinnerware and left the kitchen spotless. This was the first time I have ever done anything like this and it far exceeded my expectations! I will definitely use her services again for another special event!

Az Caterer
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Derek M.
Verified review

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
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle J.
Verified review

Had a great experience! We had a wonderful meal prepared for our dinner party, which was so little effort on our part. Which was a huge plus since I am pregnant. Arrived on time food instructions were very clear and everything was great. Holy cow the goat cheese dip and the chocolate cake were to die for!!

Corporate Caterers
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Maria S.
Verified review

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!

  • 20 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Vinda C.
Verified review

Firstly I have been waiting to write this review from so long. Since I didn’t take so much excitement in writing a review for anyone before. That’s how much I was flattered by Debbie Kennedy Events. First time to use event planner in America, I was searching for an expert for my son’s first birthday party. On top of it for a very picky and fickle person like me found it very hard to finalize on a professional and make sure I am not getting cheated. The first call I had with her she quickly caught up with me and the theme I had in my mind that assured me that Debbie knows what she is talking especially during our first consultation, me and my husband we were flattered by what she bought to the table. From there on in finalizing the venue, decorations, food and fun activities this couldn’t have developed so easily without Debbie’s expertise. She did a fantastic job and so we're grateful having Debbie help us celebrate our Sons 1st bday! Debbie was very accommodating and attentive to every detail we have agreed during the planning. She did everything firstly hearing to all my requirements, finalizing them and showing me a mock up (like really) and from there on doing everything from set up to clean up. She is purely one of a kind and highly expertized. All my guests were flattered and enjoyed the party so much. We would definitely love love love to work with her again and highly recommend to others...! I would definitely hire Debbie again for any events/parties I may have in the future. It’s worth spending money for the great and professional service that she renders. Definitely a five star!!!

RE Catering
from 15 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Linda G.
Verified review

Rich did an excellent job! I had an Oscar Party and with only a few days notice Rich was able to accommodate all my food requests. The food was a HUGE HIT!! Everyone loved it! He responded immediately to calls and emails and everything was on time and the food was ready to serve. I will definitely use his services again! Thanks again Rich!

Plant 2 Plate
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Tim R.
Verified review

Plant 2 Plate is absolutely amazing! Jami is very professional and the local organic food is outstanding. We had the mexican food spread and it was up to par with any restaurant in town. Would absolutely recommend for any party!

Big Cuz's BBQ Catering
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 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
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Dora H.
Verified review

We hired Party On Catering for bartending at our wedding. They were great! Professional and friendly!

Scents of Taste Catering
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Robert D.
Verified review

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

Maureen G.
Verified review

Betsy was wonderful to work with! Everyone commented on how delicious the food was, many said it was the best they had ever had at a wedding! She was very responsive and patient with me (who is not a planner and can be slow to give answers) and worked with us to make the food meet our needs and provide dinner service (buffett for over 200!) as smooth and quick as possible. I highly recommend!

Giancarlo Stefanutto
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

Pique Partners Events
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Meg J.
Verified review

Based on a recommendation, from a friend, we hired Tiny Maven to plan my daughter’s birthday party. In less than two weeks, they were able to create a beautiful party at a local petting zoo/farm (not an easy task!). Since that time, we have hired the team for two more parties. They always provide creative and tasteful ideas and come prepared for everything. They are so detailed and organized that I know I will be able to enjoy my parties! Plus, I love that my guests are always impressed and have a fabulous time.

The Breakfast Joynt
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Anoalo A.
Verified review

My experience with Chef David Phelps was amazing. He was able to help us out by figuring out the menu, the prices and everything and how he was able to help out with the surprise planning. I would highly recommend his service and everything. I had 100 guests and at the end of the party, every guests was able to take 2 or 3 take outs from the leftover and we still had enough food left for our family to eat for a week. The service was amazing, the good was tasty, and everything was perfect. Thank you David for treating us like family and I will make sure to spread the word so they can experience your excellent service. God Bless.

  • 4 years in business

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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