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Mesa Wedding Food Caterers

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

  • 10 years in business
  • 474 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen U.
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Worked with Jon and Alicia on catering my daughters backyard wedding. They were the only caterers willing to not only provide me with amazing food, but were also willing to serve food that I had prepared as well. We are transplants from Louisiana and it was important for us to prepare some of our cajun recipe's and share our our heritage with our guests. Jon loved that we wanted to do that and didnt hesitate to accommodate us. Alicia came out a couple of weeks before the wedding to understand the setting and what exactly it was we envisioned. The day of the wedding Alicia and staff showed up and took over. I literally turned my home over to them and enjoyed every minute of my daughters wedding. Thank you Carefree Catering for a job well done!

  • 7 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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The Service is Top Notch! They do an OUTSTANDING job!! She took care of everything! And they even served the cake at our wedding reception! The food was awesome, thank you Dynamic Cuisine Catering & Events, you made our day remarkable!

Artistic Touch Catering LLC
4.8
from 63 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Kandice K.
Verified review

Artistic Touch Catering catered our wedding and we are so happy they did! The food was excellent, and their service and hospitality was top notch the entire evening. I will highly reccomend them to all of my friends in the future. Thank you for making our special day even more special! 5 Stars!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David B.
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Chef Steve did an amazing job from top to bottom. His preparation, creative style and enthusiasm were over the top. We had ten guests for dinner and the food was amazing. Every detail perfectly done creating wonderful pairings and combinations that left you wanting more.

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The Perfect SAIZ Taco
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa M.
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JP and his family did an amazing job at our wedding. Great food and service! We highly recommend them.

Cuisine Du Chef
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Jill S.
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Jim catered our wedding this past weekend (4/12/14) and he was absolutely wonderful. He was professional and the food was absolutely phenomenal. I would HIGHLY recommend Jim for any catering event. His menu was unique and creative and food was fantastic. He was a pleasure to work with and very professional. Thank you Jim!!!

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Stacey Klaff
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Katie T.
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Stacey catered our wedding a few years ago. She had the most brilliant ideas to offer after describing what we were looking for. The food she prepared and served was, and still is three years later, the talk of the wedding. People raved over the presentation and deliciousness of everything she made. She was also very professional and warm to all of our guests and provided such great service!! I eagerly look forward to working with her again.

Az Caterer
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 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
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 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.

  • 20 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Vinda C.
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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!!!

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  • 15 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna T.
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Michelle has been the best caterer I worked with so far, she made these delicious cupcakes for my daughter birthday and now she will be catering for my wedding in November.

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

A cut above
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Corry R.
Verified review

Michael catered our wedding. He felt more like family then just a business. I would hire him again without question.

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!

  • 6 years in business
Mike W.
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We've had several events catered by these guys and the food is always perfect (no small accomplishment since we order the Prime rib). The servers are friendly and experienced. We'll use them again int he future.

  • 19 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
John P.
Verified review

Delicously prepared in a very professional manner. Will definelty keep this caterer in mind in the future.

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

Culinary Creations
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Steve P.
Verified review

Tricia is just terrific. The food is out of bounds "GREAT". One of the best Mexican meals we've every had. Incredible value. Make sure you bring a huge appetite. She is at the top of our list.

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.

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 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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