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Peoria Inexpensive Wedding Caterers

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  • 10 years in business
  • 470 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen U.
Verified review

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
  • 114 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 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle C.
Verified review

I have had several outstanding experiences with this catering company. The wedding reception was beautiful and well put together. The food was great! A breakfast party I attended was awesome. You wouldn't believe how good the omelets were! ARTISTIC Touch Catering will create a party in your mouth

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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
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.

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Zcaters
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
CJ M.
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We catered our wedding through Zcaters and we were very pleased with the result. The food was great, Stephan and Michelle were attentive, flexible, and pragmatic. Everything you want in a caterer!

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

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.

Lighthouse Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna T.
Verified review

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.

AK Catering LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Alina G.
Verified review

“Thank you very much for the wonderful food and service you provided for my wedding. The food was delicious and many of my guests raved about it saying that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. I have given your name out to a lot of people. The service you provided me was outstanding and it made this special day successful. My family has used your catering service for holidays parties, birthdays and three weddings now and we will definitely keep you in mind for future events.” Thank you!

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!

Fresh from the Kitchen LLC
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Tina A.
Verified review

Noelle was our head chef. She gave us a wonderful selection and the food was spectacular in taste, quality and presentation. Love her serving dishes and table decor. It made the entire presentation so appealing, contemporary and elegant. We got great reviews from our guests on the food and deserts. Noelle was a pleasure to work with, she was quick to respond to all our questions, needs and requests. She worked exceptionally well with our florist and together they created a spectacular decor for our wedding. We highly recommend Noelle and her team if you are trying to create a high quality, contemporary and chic event.

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.

  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Steve And Lisa B.
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The food was exceptional and exceeded our expectations. The presentation was simple yet elegant and complimented our wedding very well. The service during and after the event was great and we did not have to worry about one thing not being taken care of. Food and service of this kind would be expected at a much higher price. We will definitely use Lisa again and I would "HIGHLY" recommend using her services for your next event or gathering. Absolutely top notch!

Le Pique-Nique
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Paula P.
Verified review

Jim and Marcy catered my son's wedding. They really took their time with us to plan the menu. The main entrée was an A. MAZ. ING. pork tenderloin. So flavorful, tender and moist. If you're planning an event you should do yourself a favor and give Le Pique-Nique a try.

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

Everything was wonderful, from start to finish victor was helpful and responsive! We wanted something quirky and they created exactly the right menu for us and their prices blew everyone out of the water!! While my groom and I didn’t have a minute to sit down and eat the food everyone said it was great! They provided everything and I just cannot sing their praise loud enough! Thank you for making such a huge part of our wedding so effortless for us - The New Mr. & Mrs. Kasdorf

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

Adetoun is the best thing that happened to me during my wedding planning process. I hired her to do my decoration and she was exceptional. We bonded from our first meeting and she was one stop shop as she planned everything. She is very professional and keeps to her words. She did everything she said she was gonna do and even more. when the doors opened for the guess to walk into the reception venue, their face lit up because they felt like they were in Cinderella's ballroom. Everything looked so amazing. I couldn't be happier that i chosed her and i thank God for leading me to her. She made me have my dream wedding. I was a very satisfied bride and i will recommend Adetoun anytime, anyday and for any event. I will use her again for all events i will ever have. She has become our family decorator for life. I love doublt T cateering.??

Gabriela's Kitchen
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia Y.
Verified review

Gabriela's Kitchen was responsible for the outstanding menu at my wedding reception. She is utmost professional, full of exciting ideas, extremely helpful and the food was delicious. In addition, the food presentation was breath taking. I would highly recommend her.

  • 7 years in business
Kate S.
Verified review

Culinary Canvas catered at my wedding. They did a fantastic job! The staff was well mannered with excellent service. The food was amazing, all gourmet and beautifully presented! I kept hearing compliments from my guests on how impressed they were with the presentation and the delicious food. Luke was very organized and made sure everything ran smoothly. I'm so glad I chose Culinary Canvas Catering for my wedding reception! Thank you for your outstanding service, I was so pleased with how everything turned out!

Aioli Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Britt G.
Verified review

I hired Aioli to cater my wedding and could not have been happier. The food was amazing, the selection was incredible and the staff was an absolute delight. They took care of everything leaving me to enjoy my special day. My guests we so impressed that many left with business cards so they could book them for their upcoming events. I am not one to write reviews, but wanted to let the world know how outstanding Aioli was that I could not resist. I will totally use them again for my baby shower in the up coming months! Thank you Ailoi for truly going above and beyond to help make my wedding that much better!!!

Magnolia Blossom Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Adelaide G.
Verified review

Greg and Tetonia Blossom went above and beyond to give us the best catering experience. They had wonderful communication, great service, and provided the absolute best quality of food, drinks, linens and more for our wedding. They also worked incredibly well under the stressors of our wedding (rain at an ourdooor wedding) and managed to keep all the food tasteful, warm and delicious!

Romans Eight Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Tiye K.
Verified review

The food was amazing. Romans Eight was on time and very professional until my wedding was over. My guests were very very pleased with the food. I received nothing but great comments on the selection of food, variety, quality, taste, and overall appearance of the food. They were happy to see the chef smiling and friendly as well. I’m very pleased and will be using Romans Eight Catering again.

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  • 12 years in business
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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.

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 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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