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Scottsdale Picnic Caterers

Browse these picnic caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Scottsdale.

  • 10 years in business
  • 470 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl H.
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We recently had a family picnic that was catered by Carefree Catering. Jon of Carefree Catering was very helpful in setting up the menu we requested. The food was delivered on time and was very nicely presented. All of the food was excellent and very flavorful. I would definately use Carefree Catering again and would highly recommend them to anyone!

  • 7 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra C.
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I hired a personal chef for my anniversary. Dorrenda was punctual, professional and our dinner was outstanding. Thank you very much for a great memory.

Artistic Touch Catering LLC
4.8
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Sylvia W.
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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
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 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathy H.
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He is not catering my event until April, but so far he has been wonderful to work with!

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Hob Nob Catering
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aaron G.
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Chef Alice and her business Partner Mike did a fabulous job with our Thanksgiving Dinner. Everything was prepared perfectly. We were renting a house and Chef Alice made sure to bring everything that was needed to have a beautiful relaxing family dinner. All the food was delicious and I would highly recommend using Chef Alice for any of your catering needs.

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Stacey Klaff
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • 34 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 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 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.

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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
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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Michelle and Lighthouse Catering have brought us many delicious, fresh and healthy meals, tailored to our food preferences (one vegetarian, low salt and low fat). We have also had a number a catered dinners with Lighthouse Catering and they are always elegantly presented and receive numerous compliments from our guests. Never boring and always delicious, we plan to use Lighthouse Catering for all our events. It's an extra bonus that Michelle is a delightful person through and through!

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
Rachel L.
Verified review

Whitney and her staff are amazing! Thank you for making my event come to life. I will definitely be using Party on Catering for all my future events! Thank you again!

  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah L.
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Amazing amazing amazing! So easy to work with; a few text messages and one phone call was all it took to arrange a beautiful, delicious, complete Christmas dinner for my 14 person family. We all absolutely loved the food and Jacqueline's warm personality. 5 stars all the way!

Cactus Flower Catering LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Heather C.
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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.

Estreno Catering-PHX
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jaime C.
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Estreno Catering was Awesome! Their presentation was amazing and they were on time and very nice. The food was great! Just what we expected! Thank you so much! We will be back and refer to all of our friends and family!

The Good Food Table
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ms G.
Verified review

Devan did a great job with our company picnic for 200pp, they were courteous, on time and the food was fantastic!

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.

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.
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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

  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Renee L.
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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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