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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 148 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 260 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne S.
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My sister told me that "no one remembers the food at a weddings!" However after she had the food of Chef Pete she told my mom, "I was wrong- because people will definitely remember THIS dinner!" Everyone was commenting on how good the food was! We even had a diverse range of dietary restrictions in the crowd. Pete made me feel confident in his catering services from day 1. He was great about calling on the phone and then following up with email for final quote. The food was exceptional especially for a wedding of 80 people! Pete also had great staff who everyone commented on. They had matching outfits and looked very professional. Definitely hire Pete Coleman if you want the wedding dinner of your dreams. Oh and this was all the week of the fires and he was super flexible about last minute changes to our venue and to our date. He was seriously the best. Thank you Chef Pete!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
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Jodie A.
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We LOVED Taqueria Cazadores! Very professional set up, more than enough (very delicious) food and super friendly staff. This is an amazing option for casual catering for work or friends for any occasion. Would DEFINITELY use Evan again - highly recommend!

  • 12 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
Diana S.
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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 100 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Sue C.
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A Plus Catering did a fantastic job for my New Year's Eve/50th birthday party. Jennine sourced all the rentals and the DJ. Everything was delivered and picked up as requested. Full cost including rentals, DJ, bartender and two servers was kept within my budget. With Jennine providing everything needed I was able to relax in Hawaii, returning home late on the 30th. Everyone arrived timely, we had delicious appetizers and music playing before the guests arrived. Hot appetizers, drinks and a champagne toast at midnight! Thank you for making this happen Jennine ❤️

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 77 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
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Yifan X.
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Very happy about my first catering experience with Kitchenia. Easy to communicate and food selection is awesome.

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon M.
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We use several different catering firms for events every year, but DNL has been the easiest to work with. They return calls quick, they show up and have everything ready and they just make it easy to tell my boss “we’re gonna feed 60 people” or my husband “we have 20 people for the party”. I wish they had a lot more on their menu, but everything we have ever had was really good!!! Yeah- I have already booked them again for our group BBQ next year!

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 66 reviews
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley B.
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Deborah is amazing! She catered a family brunch a few weeks ago and everything was wonderful. All the food was organic and locally sourced. She makes the best quiches I have every had! All my family were impressed With the beautiful layout of food. I'm in love with quiche and carry. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for catering.

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Sasha S.
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Grace cooked outstanding food (salmon, prosciutto/melon, eggplant, citrus salad) and provided an all-around amazing experience - customizing the menu to fit our tastes! Thank you so much Grace! I will recommend you to everyone looking for a personal chef/catering!

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Allie S.
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Dani's catering is delicious. It reminds me of a home cooked meal every time!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Miranda S.
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I am so happy I chose Green Chow Down for our catering service. The owner was extremely helpful, professional, and courteous. They have a very quick response time and made sure to adjust to all our needs. The food, service and presentation were all exceptional and we still have guest speaking on the delicious yet healthy meals Green Chow Down prepared. I highly recommend booking this restaurant for any event.

John DeMartini Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle C.
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John catered for our new year eve dinner party and he is an absolutely amazing chef and was a pleasure to have with us on New Year's Eve! He prepared a fantastic 4 course meal for our family and friends including the best beef Wellington I have ever had. And my dad is still raving about the Creme caramel and chocolate lava cakes that were for dessert! He also delt with a last min change in the menu like a pro to accommodate a few guests. I highly recommend john for any catering event you may have! thank you so much john and hope to work with you again soon :)

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy S.
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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 25 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol M.
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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
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Juavette J.
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Chef Cheri catered an event for an organization that I am associated with and it was outstanding. Cheri food presentation was excellent and the food as so good. I was actually surprised at how much food she prepared for the price. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for catering services at a great price.

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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Taylor O.
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Dennis is everything an amazing catering should be: responsive, efficient, polite and purveyor of absolutely delicious food! We hired Dennis to cater dinner for a team offsite, and it went over marvelously. He arrived right on time, set up everything without needing much oversight, served up the food to our team, then cleaned up everything himself. All while chatting up our team and with a smile. We will absolutely be hiring him again for future catering events.

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Farm to Table
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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David L.
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Zack did an OUTSTANDING job of catering my sweethearts birthday. He even completely changed the menu a week before the event and pulled it off wonderfully. I would highly recommend him!

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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Mackenzie B.
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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 :)

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  • 19 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Monica P.
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Karla was wonderful to work with. She was professional, courteous and very personable. The food was exceptional and the overall experience was sensational!! I highly recommend her for any and all of your cooking needs.

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie L.
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We hired Avocado & Company Catering for one of our office meetings, and it was a great experience. The venue we were renting did not have much space for food prep, so we ordered a drop-off catering option. The food was delicious, and each dish was clearly labeled. They even added a tablecloth and beautiful flower arrangements. Jordan was our delivery driver, who set everything up, and he was very friendly and accommodating. Looking forward to hiring them again to cater for future events!

Pipo's Grill Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Gina F.
Verified review

Pipo's tacos catering was exceptional. I have chicken, carnitas, tongues and rice & beans. They were delicious. My guests were very complimentary of the food. Tina was very professional, prompt, efficient and very accommodating. I would definitely hire her again.

Rainbow Chefs Eastbay
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amber F.
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Rainbow Chef's catered our company Halloween Party and did an amazing job! They served up homemade small bites with personal touches, including adorable coffin-shaped brownies and ricotta and spinach eyeballs. Everything tasted amazing. We highly recommend them!

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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Need a Caterer

Santa Rosa, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Informal American?)
  • Head count
  • Details
    I am not a big business. I would like nice food and some creative dishes but not over-the-top!

Need a Caterer

Sacramento, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Head count
  • Details
    This is an outdoor/indoor birthday party. We will have the plates, utensils, beverages, and appetizers already done.

Need a Caterer for a Community Event

Sunnyvale, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American
  • Head count
  • Details
    This is an small event for our non-profit organization. Our event will only need appetizers for a range of 50-100 people.
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