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Tempe Banquet Caterers

Browse these banquet caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tempe.

  • 10 years in business
  • 476 hires on Thumbtack
Rex F.
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Everything was perfect! They showed up on time, set up quickly, served with smiles, they helped clean up....food was delicious! I was asked by our guests for the Caterers phone number. Completely satisfied and VERY happy we choose Carefree Catering!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 119 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 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Brian K.
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I used artistic touch catering for a wedding rehearsal dinner. The food was amazing and looked fantastic. They were super responsive the entire time. They worked really hard to make the dinner look absolutely amazing, playing it with flowers and creating a beautiful experience. All of my guests complimented us on the catering and the dinner. My wife said that it was the rehearsal dinner of her dreams, and she is very picky. Fantastic job all around.

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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
  • 51 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!

Az Caterer
4.8
from 24 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
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 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.

Corporate Caterers
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Maria S.
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We used Corporate Caterers for a Christmas dinner for our group of 100. We enjoyed the Caribbean chicken and steak combo with salad, rice, and chips. We had cookies and brownies for dessert. Everyone enjoyed the meal very much. The chicken was tender and juicy and the grilled steak was delicious. They provided two outstanding servers that were professional, helpful, and efficient. It was the easiest party I've ever thrown. They set up the buffet, served, and cleaned up. I didn't have to do anything. It was great. Inaie was wonderful from the first email she sent to bid for the party. She replied to all my inquiries quickly. She was very helpful as we planned the meal. I was really impressed that she called me the day of the party to confirm everything. I will use this company again! Thanks!

RE Catering
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Jaklin O.
Verified review

This was the first time I ever had a holiday dinner catered, and I couldn't be happier to have come across Rich at RE Catering. He was a most pleasant person to deal with, and true to his word. He delivered exactly what he promised... delicious home made food, piping hot on Thanksgiving afternoon, with plenty of leftovers. He delivered everything from rolls and butter to pumpkin pie and apple pie. The only thing I supplemented was sweet potato casserole. Although catering our holiday meal was supposed to be an exceptional event to accommodate my hectic work schedule, we are now considering having it caterer by Rich every year. 😋

Plant 2 Plate
4.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Karen D.
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Jami did an amazing job while catering my recent dinner party. Incredible and unique menu. I highly recommend her.

Big Cuz's BBQ Catering
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gia F.
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The best BBQ in Arizona, awesome catering service . The sauce & meat texture you get from a slow smoker is delicious. Juicy fried turkey is a must! Your guests will beg for more. Highly recommend Big Cuz Catering!

Party On Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Dora H.
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We hired Party On Catering for bartending at our wedding. They were great! Professional and friendly!

Scents of Taste Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah L.
Verified review

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!

Maureen G.
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Betsy was wonderful to work with! Everyone commented on how delicious the food was, many said it was the best they had ever had at a wedding! She was very responsive and patient with me (who is not a planner and can be slow to give answers) and worked with us to make the food meet our needs and provide dinner service (buffett for over 200!) as smooth and quick as possible. I highly recommend!

The Good Food Table
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Keiona E.
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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 hires on Thumbtack
Kris A.
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Laken Deal runs a great ship. She came down with strep throat and had Jenna fill in for our Premier Launch Event at a one-of-a-kind estate in Sedona. Not only did Jenna come prepared, she wowed the guests. Absolut Bartending is top notch and absolutely delivers! On behalf of ILoveSedonaRealEstate.Com- we LOVE Absolut Bartending...

Giancarlo Stefanutto
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Charles M.
Verified review

This was an awesome experience. We hired Giancarlo for our annual team dinner, which we normally go to local restaurants. This time Giancarlo and team came here and made a three course meal! It was fresh, delicious, and high quality. They were easy to work with and the entire team thought it was our best event since we started doing them 8 years ago!

  • 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

2 Chefs Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Mike A.
Verified review

Awesome job on time, answered all questions I had! Food was just delightful!

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I'm an authentic cuisines cook. I take pride in my cooking and catering service. I will cook and make almost anything you'd like to serve, and make them tasteful and delicious.

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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.

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 much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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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