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Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Phoenix.

  • 10 years in business
  • 474 hires on Thumbtack
Dr. Ernest B.
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Simply the best catering company I have EVER worked. I recently had a dinner party and cocktails for 30 people and selected Carefree Catering to handle everything. They did not disappoint. All of the personnel were knowledgeable and professional and went that extra yard to insure a successful evening. And, oh yes, the food was delicious.

  • 7 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Tim T.
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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 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie K.
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Chef Michael Cole came to our home to cook for our dinner party of ten people. It was awesome! I didn't have to do a thing, other than enjoy my guests. The food was great, he and his assistant worked very hard and our guests were thrilled with the evening. Thank you Chef Michael!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erica M.
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We hosted a cocktail party for 30 people that my husband was hoping to impress. From planning, to set up, to menu, to take down, Steve and Carol Ann were perfect. Our guests are still talking about the amazing food. We will use them again for any event and highly recommend.

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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
Stacey K.
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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!

Cuisine Du Chef
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Jean P.
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Hired Jim a week before I wanted to host a dinner party of 25. Loved the appetizers - Salmon Bruschetta was incredible! Had Beef & Chicken and got lots of compliments. The gluten free desert was a big hit and was gone! Thanks for the dinner Jim!

Sandra, Your Private Chef
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara R.
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I interviewed several caterers and chose Sandra because I felt she would be comfortable to work with. I was right! She was a pleasure and prepared a wonderful menu. Everyone had a great time. She even created a special drink for me and my husband's 50th Anniversary.

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Stacey Klaff
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Betsy F.
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I retained Stacey to bake a cake and cookies for my daughter's bridal shower. Stacey created the most unique cake comprised of cupcakes to create the shape of a wedding dress. Stacey also baked wedding cake shaped cookies which were decorated exquisitely and wrapped in cellophane then tied in a bow. I highly recommend Stacey for any catering needs. With Stacey's background she is highly qualified to create anything sweet or savory. Stacey is highly professional, courteous and prompt. Throughout the process Stacey was always in touch with photo samples, new ideas and overall status. I will definitely call Stacey next time I have a party catered into my home.

Az Caterer
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
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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 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney O.
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What a tremendous experience from beginning to end. Anna-Liisa catered a graduation party for 50 guests - she tailored the menu to match my daughters favorites - arrived with a huge smile on her face and put on a dinner that all of my guests raved about. She is gracious, professional and a fabulous cook - I can't wait to work with her again.

Witnessing Nature, LLC
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas T.
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Catered Family dinner celebration

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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
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica C.
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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.

Miller Marcus Catering
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy S.
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If you want wholesome healthy great tasting food with some exceptional service on the top. Catered my birthday party it was a hit. Thank you

  • 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

Catering by Amy
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle T.
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Amy catered for our community’s annual pool party. Her food was excellent amd her portions/price were perfect! We will definitely be hiring her again!

  • 7 years in business
Daniel L.
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We had our company Christmas party catered and they nocked it out of the park with everything. Plenty to eat and food was amazing! Definitely gonna hire again.

  • 6 years in business
Scott T.
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I had Sweet P’s cater my sons twelfth birthday party and it was an immediate hit! I’ve Never had such good ice cream catered by such joyful people before. Also the ice cream cart was cuter than conceivably possible. No more Ben and Jerry’s for this guy

Tamales y Tacos Puebla LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tom P.
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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.

  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Corey G.
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Great service great food made everything easy for me the owner jerome took care of everything for me and was very professional

  • 32 years in business
Judy M.
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I have recently had two catered parties at Vito's, both of which were handled perfectly. Chelsea Berhorst was my contact and she went above and beyond to make my events a success. The food, the value, her work quality and professionalism was over the top and I would highly recommend Vito's for any party of any size.

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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