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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
  • 471 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
  • 115 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
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
  • 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
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 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
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Shana K.
Verified review

Chef Sasha was amazing!!! She was great to work with and she helped make the perfect menu for our group. Her food was delicious!!!

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Stacey Klaff
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghan A.
Verified review

Creative. Passionate. Ambitious. Stacey pours her heart and soul into her food! From large catered events to small family meals, Stacey understands what her clients want as well as put her own personal spin on it. She is quick to help the novice at home chef as well as collaborate with seasoned peers to create delicious dishes.

Az Caterer
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 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
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 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!!

Lighthouse Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica C.
Verified review

Michelle was fantastic!! She was very punctual, quick response and very easy to work with. I had a dinner party for 20 people and everyone really loved her food. She used fresh ingredients, and her food was delicious everyone wanted seconds. I highly recommend Michelle.

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.
Verified review

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.
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

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

I attended a class reunion that was hosted by Jeanette. The food was excellent, and it was a good value. The food, the value, those are tangible items that can be critiqued, but what makes it a super value added is Jeanette's communication, responsiveness and punctuality. if she says she is going to take care of it or get it done, consider it a real commitment. These types of qualities are what can make or break your next event.

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!

Double T Catering & Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Daniel F.
Verified review

Adetoun Oluwole (aka Double T catering) was tasked with providing catering services for my Alma mata's reunion. This was a weekend long event (3 days). Not only was Adetoun Oluwole on time, every meal served was fresh and super duper delicious. The food/cuisines spanned a few cultures:American, Englis, African and Afro Caribbean to cater to the different guests attending. Another highlight of Adetoun Oluwole's work was her "Presentation". This was exotic and classy. I look forward to another event in the near future hosted by her. (I salivated all throughout the time I was writing this review)

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

Tiny Maven Productions
5.0
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.

  • 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 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.

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 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.

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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