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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 141 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
Jeri D.
Verified review

We hired Pete to cater my 35th birthday party for 22 people which was a murder mystery party that we hosted at our home. From the first time we spoke, he was very responsive, answering my phone calls, emails and texts. He offered a lot of advice and any questions I had. He also had items that he brought that helped me cut down on my rental prices (plates, cloth napkins and silverware). All of my guests commented on how delicious all of his food was including apps, salad, main dishes and desserts. It was all delicious and presented very well. He and his two servers were great with helping to set up and break down and they were very very polite and considerate. My only real comparison is when my husband and I got married 8 years ago and used the facilities on-site catering company. Although it was a completely different type of event, I was somewhat expecting to have a deposit, signed contract and more of a set "this is the menu" like we did for the wedding but in this case, we didn't. Typically I am wanting to be very hands on (some may say controlling :) ) and have every detail planned out but I let Pete run with the menu (aside from my dietary restrictions and a couple of preferences) and he was great, I have no regrets and would hire him again no questions asked! The whole evening was a success and I would highly recommend working with Pete. I am thinking of what event I could host next just so I could have Pete come cater again. I will be recommending him to anyone I know who is searching for a caterer.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 109 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wibke W.
Verified review

We were very late, needing catering for a party of 60 people 10 days later. They were very professional and helpful. The food and service was great, the guests were very happy.

  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Diana S.
Verified review

Sat did a wonderful catering job for our luncheon of fifty people this past weekend. I was a little hesitant at first because I didn't know his work and he didn't have his website up and running. I'm glad I took a chance as he came through with shining colors.

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 91 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia D.
Verified review

Wow! The food was Awesome! On time and all set up. And two of the best servers that I’ve ever seen. I would highly recommend A Plus Catering!!

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Made With Love
4.9
from 78 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Becky R.
Verified review

Debbie was quick to respond, showed up on time and offered helpful suggestions for my catering needs. The food was great.

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie N.
Verified review

We were in a bind. It was Tuesday and we were hosting a bridal shower with 40 guests on Saturday. Thumbtack was easy to use and quickly got us in contact with Stephanie. Stephanie was available to speak on the phone that evening, was flexible and creative with the menu, and affordable! The day of the party, Stephanie and her staff member were punctual and professional. Food was plentiful, too. After the luncheon, they helped clean the dishes and pack up the leftovers. Thanks to Stephanie's Catering, our shower was a success!

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie P.
Verified review

I appreciated how quick Aliki was to respond to my catering request and called to discuss my needs. Our party was strictly appetizers and Aliki provided a great variety of delicious options. The meatballs with lemon hummus were so tasty along with the dolmas, and caprese bites with a wonderful pesto dipping sauce. We would certainly use Kitchenina again for another party.

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 65 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Laura K.
Verified review

Deborah helped us with a brunch for 30+ people at our home. We selected vegetarian and nonvegetarian frittatas which is a fantastic dish to serve buffet style along with potatoes and her most excellent granola, cinnamon rolls, zucchini bread, and a special baked french toast with berries dish. She was very responsive to all of my questions and made great suggestions. She was punctual on the delivery (no stress for the hostess). Meeting Deborah was also a fun experience.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa J.
Verified review

I had a Alisa Hill cater my son's wedding. She was on time and her service was above and beyond. Lets just say when she got to my house I knew she had everything under control and I could breath a sigh of relief. I loved her AND her staff ( they hustled and improvised when drinks recipes did not work out) could not have pulled off my son's beautiful wedding with out her. She was helpful from beginning to end. I will be using her again!!! Thank you Alisa

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Haya K.
Verified review

I've known Grace for many years. I have been over to her house for home cooked meals that were truly gourmet, and delicious. She also prepared some food and sold it from her home. On the level of catering for large parties, I went to our friend Dave's party last month were Grace did the catering. The food was flawless, delicious, with great presentation, and great variety. I strongly recommend Grace for catering your events.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Lesley C.
Verified review

Daniella made our July 4th celebration the best yet! Her delectable menu choices were just perfect for the occasion. Everything was so beautifully and appetizingly displayed, and most importantly...every dish was delicious! Looking forward to our next celebration......DaniBensimon Catering will be our caterer of choice from now on!

  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Carole K.
Verified review

My husband forgot to tell me he had agreed to host a cocktail party for 40 guest only 8 days away. When I talked to Graham he said he was available and within a day he had a menu and some suggestions about the bar.Graham arrived at our apartment in S.F. 2 hours before the event and just made everything so easy and and gracious that the party seemed like it had been planned way in advance. Graham served small bites of very tasty canapes and wonderful french style sliders that satisfied everyone. The whole evening was a success from set up to clean up and I was able to enjoy being the hostess and not worry about anything. Graham makes eating good food a total joy and I look forward to catering future parties with him as the Chef. Carole

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jocelyn B.
Verified review

Angela was very helpful right from the beginning. Once she and I spoke, determined a budget, she proposed some wonderful selections, and the evening was divine. Having a few people who have gluten-free diets, the menu planning was extremely important to me - and every item was gluten free AND delicious! Angela is able to help rent anything you need, so that isn't a worry. She has a wonderful assistant who is warm and friendly. I would highly recommend Angela's business for your catering event.

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy S.
Verified review

My friend recently celebrated her 50th birthday. Her wish? To have a catered dinner at home where she could relax and enjoy a wonderful evening of food, vino and friends. My decision to go with Rainbow Chefs was the BEST CHOICE! They worked with me to create the menu which the chef cooked to PERFECTION! It was a joy to see the guests "ooohh" and "aahhh" as each dish was brought out...Having Rainbow Chefs prepare, serve and clean up allowed the hostesses (me and my friend) to enjoy the event too! It was truly a magical night...I highly recommend them!

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol M.
Verified review

Don't look any further: LL Services is the BEST! They catered a women's luncheon in my home, and I found their friendly manner, professionalism and responsiveness to be unmatched. They offered flexible menu options with fresh, creative and delicious selections. My guests went back not only for seconds, but thirds, and they all left with a business card for their own catering needs. Don't pass up the opportunity to have them cater your next event.

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Cel A.
Verified review

I normally do not write reviews but after meeting Chef Cheri at several events I attended recently, I was moved to submit this review because Chef Cheri and her catering company , Phiesty Foods, has been exceptional! She was very professional, approachable, and you can tell that she loves what she does. At each event, the food was Fantastic, hors'douvers were creatively and deliciously paired with the wine and cocktails, and her eye for details for plating each dish/tray and with meeting all the guests needs, was evident to me that she is truly a master of her craft. I would 100% hire or recommend you for any event in need of catering! Continued success, Chef Cheri!!!

Basic Catering
4.3
from 24 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sara B.
Verified review

My baby shower was a very important event for my family and friends , bring that's we have been struggling for so many years for this blessing . Not only did basic catering supply us with mouth watering food that was also pleasing to the eye! Most importantly the patience you had for me. You over exceeded my expectations. Everyone said it was more a more beautiful event then some weddings !!! I can't wait to plan my wedding with you all , hopefully one day ❤️

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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diana P.
Verified review

Dennis and his team were really awesome and professional! He catered our Startup Weekend event! The brisket, pulled pork, and BBQ tofu was so yummy!

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mackenzie B.
Verified review

Daniel was an amazing caterer. He was extremely prompt and came with most of the catering gear he needed (which is good because I have very few kitchen tools). Our entire group loved the food: cheese/meat course, tuna tartar, couscous, salmon, and tiramisu. It was delicious! And as a bonus, we did not need to clean up :)

Olive Cater
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Sia M.
Verified review

I hired Olive for my birthday party and they are hands down the best catering experience I've ever had for reasonable prices. The value simply can't be beat! We had the Moroccan salmon, a lamb dish and some side options and they were all delicious. Both Arkadi and Elinor went an ve and beyond to make this experience go smooth. I will certainly be asking for services in the future for both private parties and work related events.

Pipo's Grill Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Rosa K.
Verified review

Agripina's catering service was impeccable and her the food was yummy. I will certainly use her again.

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.

Actual Requests

See other requests for caterers in Berkeley

Need Catering Services

Sacramento, CA

  • Event type
    Buffet dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, BBQ
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    Was wondering if you are able to set up a portable grill and cook at the location. If you could that would be awesome.

Need Catering Services for a Birthday Party

San Ramon, CA

  • Event type
    Buffet dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Italian
  • Number of people
    10-25
  • Additional Service(s)
    Other (2 tables, chairs and clothing for 12)
  • Details
    15 years old birthday

Need a Catering Service

Vacaville, CA

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, Formal American, BBQ
  • Number of people
    100-150
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    This is the Volunteers In Police Service Appreciation Luncheon
  • $1
    Average price
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