Scratch Catering LLC

Tempe, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Scratch Catering provides fine dining quality food at some of most reasonable prices in the Valley.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

We love providing our clients with a superior food service experience. There are very few things that beat wow-ing our clients.

Location

Tempe, AZ 85281

Background check

Complete

Number of employees

30

Times hired on Thumbtack

73

Reviews

54 Reviews
  • Victoria M. May 20, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Made my party a hit!! Professional, prompt and courteous. Food was great!!
    Giovanni P. May 23, 2017

    Thank you!!! We are so honored you chose us!

  • Mario H. Mar 28, 2017
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Scratch is awesome!
    Giovanni was awesome and the food was amazing. Scratch catered our wedding of a 100 people, Italian food family style and our guests absolutely loved it. My wife and I highly recommend anyone needing a caterer to go with Scratch Catering.
    Giovanni P. Apr 19, 2017

    Thank you! Congrats guys it was a Beautiful wedding!!

  • Cyndy N. Oct 31, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Outdoor poolside dinner for 25
    Everything went off perfectly. The food was excellent and the guests loved everything. We had our event in our backyard pool area and outside kitchen. Perfect night!! I would recommend them to anyone big or small event.
  • Brian S. Sep 19, 2016
    Corporate Dinner Catering
    Verified Review
    CCI corporate event.
    Giovanni and his team are the real deal. They prepared an excellent meal for our corporate event. He was very personable, prompt and his prices were fair. The meal itself was outstanding, and we're still talking about how good it was this morning. We couldn't of asked for a better catering company and will definitely be using Scratch Catering again in the near future. Thank you again Giovanni for your excellent services.
  • Jim B. Sep 18, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Giovani is AWESOME!
    We hired Scratch for a small wedding at our home as a private chef to help make the day truly unforgettable. Giovanni and his team were awesome! He was very helpful in planning and made suggestions that helped us create a very special celebration . All of our guests raved about the food and great service! Giovani is THE BEST and comes with our highest recommendation!
  • Amy N. Aug 3, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    They did an awesome job! They went above and beyond our expectations! The food was outstanding! They even made sure to wrap up some for us as we didn't get to eat much during the reception. Thank you for making our wedding reception fabulous! Mark & Amy Burstynski
  • Erin J. Jul 2, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    I love Scratch catering! We hired them for our wedding and it was a great decision! Chef Giovanni was very helpful and personable, we could tell that he cared about providing a good service for our special day. The food was delicious, the presentation was great, and the servers were nice and helpful. I highly recommend Scratch!
    Giovanni P. Jul 9, 2016

    Thanks Erin and Zach! We are so lucky to be apart of yours and so many other beautiful weddings!

  • Ellen K. Jun 22, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    If we had more than five stars, we would give Giovanni at least ten. For our small backyard wedding it was difficult to find a caterer who was willing to put good effort into his food. Giovanni's approach is refreshingly different. He created a menu for us that was outstanding in quality taste. He puts not only time and effort into the planning, he also assisted us in finding the right choices. In addition, he was very flexible with chances and special requests, for example vegetarian options. His service also included servers who did an absolutely phenomenal job throughout the entire event. All our guests agreed that this was the best menu that they had ever had. Our wedding was perfect and Giovanni and his team contributed a lot to this beautiful event. We can highly recommend his service and wish him all the best and lots of success. Thank you so much, Giovanni!
    Giovanni P. Jun 24, 2016

    Thank you Ellen and Ed It was Our Pleasure! Best wishes to you newlyweds!

  • Elizabeth A. Jun 13, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    I wish there were more than 5 stars! Excellent! Amazing! Perfect! Everything about our experience was great, but their food was truly exceptional. They made delicious homemade fries in a gorgeous display, amazing sliders that one guest told me was the best burger he'd EVER had, and the goat cheese mouse for the mushroom toasts was unbelievable! And Giovani was super accomodating, he even made mini shrimp ceviche cups, a custom off-menu item I asked for. Our guests kept saying how great everything tasted. And things were so beautifully presented. From conception to follow through - just perfect! And the bartender was so awesome. The drinks were a perfect mix. Sometimes at house parties you get WAY too much alcohol in a small mixed drink or all soda or something. They were perfect. And he remembered people's drinks and names - very cool! Also, the bar details looked awesome. The items/sodas/etc. were all in neat little rows and things were organized. I am a very detail oriented person and I think it really does matter for the overall atmosphere if all the little things come together. If there are pictures of peeps and the bar is in the background for example, I often notice those little details. In this case, I'll probably point out how nice things looked behind the people in pictures. And they were so nice. Giovani was always available if I had a question before and during. They also left the house all clean and the extra items organized. They even put leftovers in our tupperware for us! One of the coolest things that I really really appreciated is that were so careful and thoughtful in our home. They put down cloth napkins to protect surfaces, asked our preferences for things, etc. And their prices were VERY awesome! This was the single best decision we made about this party. We would (and WILL) hire them again!
    Giovanni P. Jun 24, 2016

    Thank you for finding and choosing us! All the best to you two newlyweds!

  • Lou A. May 25, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Food was excellent. All attendees were satisfied. I will definitely work with Chef again and again.
  • Kate S. May 23, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
  • Angela C. May 19, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Scratch Catering was amazing for my son's communion party. The service was great and the food delicious . I will be using them again.
  • Zach H. May 19, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Scratch catered our 2 year olds birthday party and did an amazing job. They were super easy to work with and even customized a menu that would work for both the kids and adults at a reasonable cost. We were pleasantly surprised to learn a member of his staff was able to stay throughout our party and kept the food fresh, changed the trash out and helped with anything he could find to do. They went above and beyond to correct a mistake I made in the ordering process as well. I was 100% happy with my experience and will be using them again. Oh, and of course the food was amazing and everyone at the party raved about it.
  • Constantino T. May 10, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    We used Giovanni to cater our Mother's Day meal for 14. The meal was delicious and the service outstanding. Thank you.
  • Kim N. May 9, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Tamara C. May 8, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
  • Nicole L. May 1, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    This is the second time using this company. Amazing food and communication during the process.
  • Kirstie M. Apr 27, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Amazing food, great customer service ice and genuinely great people to work with!
  • Kaley E. Apr 25, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend!
  • Julie A. Apr 9, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We had a small wedding at our home that we hired Scratch for to cater. They were so amazing and way better than I expected from the beginning of the process to the end. They got back to us quickly, answered all of our questions, so nice, so understanding, and all of the above. The food was amazing as well as all of the service. When everything was going wrong not because of them they made what they could go right. They were on time, clean, perfect price. They made what we wanted and added our special wants with no problems. We have a caterer for life any time I need one. We won't go anywhere else. We highly recommend Scratch they are the very best.
  • Shaleen K. Apr 6, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Amazing food and service! I hired Scratch Catering for my husband's 40th birthday and couldn't be happier with the choice I made. Chef Giovanni was a pleasure to work with - very responsive to all my questions and created a menu to match the party theme (casino). His team arrived on time, were extremely professional and friendly, and our guests RAVED about the food. I will absolutely hire SC for future events!
    Giovanni P. Apr 7, 2016

    Thank You Shaleen!!!

  • Lory L. Mar 31, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    I was giving a backyard party for about 70 people and spoke with Giovanni about the menu and service. He offered many different options for both of my requests and made suggestions for dinnerware and silverware. I actually gave him wrong information about the start time and when I realized it he reassured me it was no problem to adjust the time. He and 2 servers arrived in plenty of time to set up and serve. Giovanni was a jewel to work with and Seth and Zane were the most polite and capable servers I have ever had at any event. They were so accommodating and took care of taking out the garbage, serving, cleaning up and did it with exceptional hospitality. My guests were made to feel so welcome and taken care of. The food was outstanding and everyone complemented it. I highly recommend Giovanni and Scratch Catering for your special event.
    Giovanni P. Apr 7, 2016

    Thank you Lory!!!

  • Rita D. Mar 14, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    The food and customer service were stellar!
  • Sandy B. Mar 7, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Giovanni was fabulous! The food was so favorable it made the taste buds scream for more. We had the short ribs, wild rice, red potatoes and carrots along with the Romaine Cesar salad. Parties can be a lot a fun; the food can make or break the memories. All my party guests walked away raving about the food. Giovanni was very quick to respond to questions. This took a lot of stress off of the party planning. Not only was he prompt with responses, he was right on time with hot food! I highly recommend Giovanni/Scratch Catering for anyone’s event. Absolutely outstanding food and service! What more can an event planner ask for! Sandy Baldin
  • Jennifer O. Mar 2, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Unfortunately, I was unable to go with Scratch Catering, due to a conflict with our venue. However, I absolutely LOVED Chef Giovanni and Ali, they were both so friendly and professional. My fiancé and I had a tasting with them, and it was a great experience. The food was incredible, and I loved that Chef didn't hover around us while we ate. He allowed us ample time to discuss the food and enjoy each bite, without the pressure of having to compliment him after each taste. I can't say enough great things about this caterer, and their food. Although our venue required us to choose one of their caterers, we will definitely be using Scratch Catering in the future for other events!
    Giovanni P. Mar 7, 2016

    Thank You!!! We are bummed we won't get to be there and wish you two the best! Call on us anytime!

  • Levi E. Mar 1, 2016
    Event Help and Wait Staff
    Verified Review
    As I said to my husband after the wedding was over: "The servers from Scratch catering were angels sent from above." they made everything go by so smoothly and just made our wedding an unforgettable night. Very organized,kind and patient. Not enough kind words to say about them!! Just wonderful!
  • Julia B. Feb 10, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Had a great light breakfast buffet today. We had a Greek yogurt bar with some toasted coconut, toasted almonds, brown sugar, fresh berries - Really a hit for our participants for a one day meeting. Assortment of pastries was great too. I highly recommend. Julia Burk, Leadership Network
  • Steve P. Feb 2, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Giovanni prepared 3 meals for a guy's (8 of us) golf trip. 1 breakfast and 2 dinners. All of it was delicious. He is courteous and on time. Willing to work with me for menus and adjustments. I recommend the Sunny side up Eggs over Prime Rib hash for the morning and definitely the Latin influence dinner. His guacamole is do die for. We'll book him next year as well.
  • Bruce L. Jan 28, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We hired Chef Giovanni and Scratch for my girlfriend's birthday dinner party and it couldn't have gone any better. Ali and Chef Giovanni took great care of us and their level of communication was only rivaled by the taste of their food. We opted for a "black tie menu" with Chili pasted rubbed filet mignon, Jumbo prawn and asparagus with Bernaise sauce and Lobster Mac and Cheese beginning with mini Italian meatballs, a beet and cheese burrata and a Kale salad. It was all really tasty and prepared perfectly. We finished off the perfect meal with a mini apple pie, and although none of had room for dessert, we managed! All in all, between the communication and Chef Giovanni's recommendations, his ability to create and his downright love of food it was one of the best food experiences we've had. We will definitely use them again and look forward to the next event. Thank you Ali and Chef Giovanni for taking such great care of us!!
  • Leigh A. Jan 10, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Absolutely could NOT have been more impressed! Amazing menu, food and service!! We will be using them for any future events!! We are foodies and were blown away!!!
  • Eliz A. Dec 31, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Scratch catering came to help with our Christmas party...they were on time, great people and we had a lot of compliments on how good the food was. We will be referring them to others and using them again.
  • Brownee J. Dec 27, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    I never heard of thumbtack before. I completed their profile questionnaire and was contacted by Scratch Catering. Scratch Catering was able to accommodate my request to prepare a meal for our call center staff who had to work on Christmas with only a 24 hour advance notice. They sent recommended menus for the type of food I was interested in serving for me to select from. They meal was prepared deliciously, the delivery was on time and the set-up service was excellent. I would definitely recommend them as a preferred caterer . Experience was great. Brownee Jordan Senior Administrative Assistant Aetna
  • Laura E. Dec 21, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We hired Scratch Catering to provide a meal for 20 people. The communication before the event was excellent, the food was delicious, and they were very efficient and accommodating. I would highly recommend them.
  • Bob G. Dec 18, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Very professional food was outstanding. I will definitely be using them again
  • Laura C. Dec 15, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    The food was delicious. All my guests raved about it.
  • Jamie M. Dec 15, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    BEST experience. I would highly recommend Scratch to anyone I know. :) We had a wedding of 200 guests and they all LOVED the food. Highly professional and restaurant-style quality (probably even better).
  • Nicole V. Dec 14, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    amazing food and at a good price. They are also very fast with their responses. Would use again
  • Kimberly S. Nov 30, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great experience! Ali is terrific with her communication. The food arrived on time and hot!!! We had a great, no stress Thanksgiving with the help of Scratch Catering! We would definitely recommend this company and will use them again.
  • Kali M. Nov 22, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We had dinner delivered for a party of 6. It was all very good and our guests loved it! It saved us time and allowed us to enjoy the day prior to guests arriving!
  • Patricia M. Nov 18, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    The staff at Scratch are amazing and very easy to work with! Our event was a huge success. Scratch Catering took care of all of our needs from big to small. Thank You!!!
  • Drew N. Nov 15, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Loved the platter trays!
  • Kim F. Nov 5, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    From the onset, Giovanni and Ali had a sincere desire to make my mother's 80th birthday celebration a special event. We worked together closely on the menu selection and they took my feedback to heart to make adjustments to match my needs. They delivered 110% on their promise to me and my family. They were consummate professionals by arriving on-time, setting a beautiful buffet, replenishing food as needed, and speedy clean-up. All the guests made the point of coming up to me say that the catered brunch was delicious. As someone who hosts large family functions (60+), it was a pleasure, and relief to leave the catering service to the professionals – Giovanni, Ali and Ryan. I will be seeking their support for future functions!
  • Nicholas B. Nov 2, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • Lee W. Oct 26, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Phenomenal- the food was as beautiful as it was delicious (and I'm very particular about presentation)! Giovanni was wonderful to work with... very helpful in customizing an hors d'hoeuvre menu for our party; always prompt, professional, and responsive; he and his staff were well-prepared, and very personable and upbeat through-out the evening. All of the food was delicious, and they did a fantastic job of keeping all the stations and trays fresh and well-groomed, moving seamlessly through the crowds (and achieving that perfect balance of being both attentive and invisible). We are not only booking them again for our party next year, but also planning to use Giovanni's personal chef services for several dinner parties we'd like to have... Just can't say enough good things about Scratch Catering! We'll never use another caterer.
  • Heath S. Oct 14, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Family brunch
  • Julie E. Oct 5, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    The event is yet to occur, but up to this point the communication has been very thorough and timely. Very professional and willing to make my event special!
  • Fred J. Sep 16, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • David L. Jul 22, 2015
    Had a catered event for 15 and couldn't have been happier with the delicious food. Fantastic job and flawless execution.
  • Craig C. Jul 21, 2015
    Great food and Customer Service!!
  • Kai S. Jul 21, 2015
  • LINDSEY P. Jul 21, 2015
    The crew did an amazing job at our wedding. We couldn't be happier. The food looked beautiful, and tasted unbelievably delicious! If you are looking for a catering company you HAVE to hire Scratch! -- Mr. & Mrs. Patel.
  • Charlie E. Jul 19, 2015
    Scratch Catering provided an amazing lunch at one of our volunteer projects for Operation Enduring Gratitude. Very professional and friendly staff. They really wanted to make sure our volunteers that were serving a veteran in need were well fed and left with a deep appreciation for their time. They were all very grateful for the delicious food and hospitality.
  • Daniel B. Jul 17, 2015
    I had a dinner party for some clients and I chose to try scratch catering. They were amazing all the food was properly prepared and delicious! They were super nice and met every single want and need of mine! Great people and food!!
  • Don H. Jul 16, 2015
    Giovanni. This guys name alone should have told us he was born to be a chef. We had a party for about 50 of our family and friends. Nothing short of amazing food. They said they could do it all, and they did. Definitely our new catering company.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
If we acquire our client through thumbtack we generally work through our email to work out event details, and receive payment. We also would love to hear from potential clients by a good old-fashion phone call.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Chef Giovanni is a member of the American Culinary Federation and also maintains a Servsafe Certification with the FDA to ensure a safe production of food items for these wonderful events.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Our pricing is customized to the details of your event. We work hard to be the best, but we are competitively priced to beat our peers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
At Scratch Catering we have always been driven by the passion to make a truly memorable experience, and want to share what we do best with the public.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have worked with all types of clients. Ranging from corporate wine dinners, and weddings to nitrogen ice cream parties and, drop-offs. We pride ourselves on working with client's budgets to give them exactly what they want.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Most recently we catered a plated 4 course wedding rehearsal dinner for 50 guests in Oro Valley, Tucson. The guests were so blown away we actually had callbacks form attending guests for their own events. That's when you know you've done it right.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't be shy. Ask for what you really want, and never settle for less.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
There is a difference in caterers and you should not be afraid to ask questions.