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Carlsbad Buffet Caterers

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Brandi G.
Verified review

I don't even know where to begin! Jose is an amazing caterer and I am so happy we hired him for our wedding this past Friday. When we were first tasting caterers food they all seemed metiocre but Joses was amazing! We hired him on the spot! Not to mention he was the most reasonable price! Then everyone was making me nervous saying that catered food is never as good when they have too cool it in large quantities (we had 180 people). When we got to the reception everyone was already eating appetizers and happy. When Jose spotted my husband and I he came up to us and told us he had made us each an appetizer plate and if we wanted it. Then he came up to me to make sure I wanted dinner served when I had originally asked. I did and he brought us the first 2 plates. The food was amazing! Just as good as I remember! Everyone was so pleased and kept talking about how the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding! That was exactly what I wanted! His bartender was amazing and all his staff was so friendly. The setup looked nice and professional. The drinks he brought were great and everyone was talking about how great the mint water was! Then I ordered cheeseburger sliders and French fries to be served late night and they were amazing! He even brought wings and everyone was so excited! They went fast and by the time I got over there everything was gone. Jose told me let me get your plates and pulled out two foil covered plates. He always thought of us first and without him I wouldn't have eaten. All day everything had hiccups and my rentals were late, everything was slightly wrong except Jose! He really came through and went above and beyond. I will definitely hire him again for any events and recommend him to the fullest!

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 67 reviews
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
LouElla S.
Verified review

Amazing! Sit down dinner for 32. Everything perfect. People asked me for her card. First time hiring a catered dinner won't be the last. She made the party a celebration from the specialty drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres to the fillets and fish and through to dessert. Lilian, YOU made my husband's birthday special! Thank You so much.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Gina W.
Verified review

Chef Shawna went out of her way to make our wedding special. Food- We had an idea of what we wanted, fancy picnic food, and she really ran with it. Fried Chicken, Tri Tip, Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes a mixed greens salad with raspberries and vinegarette, Squash Trio and appetizers that my groom and I missed of course! Every person who ate the salmon asked about it, there's a strong chance it was the best salmon we'd ever had. I don't eat chicken, however getting anyone's attention after dinner was served was almost impossible if they had it, I'm pretty sure I saw grown men fighting over drumsticks and thighs. EVERYTHING was amazing but I cannot overstate the amount of compliments I heard about her fried chicken and smoked salmon. We had 62 people and everyone had enough to eat themselves halfway to a food coma without there being an excess left over. I think that was one of the more impressive things, working out the quantities so well. Service- Shawna communicated with me and answered all my questions leading up to the big day, as well as making some last minute tweaks to the menu to make everything flow better. She showed up on time and dinner was served when we'd asked with no interruptions from her or her (well dressed and mannered) staff. This was a huge help as I had to answer questions and wrangle other people throughout the day who had apparently forgotten our weeks of preparation. I ordered items from VG's bakery for our dessert bar then realized that no one would be able to set it out between the buffet and the time I wanted it open. Shawna stepped in and set up the table beautifully, all I had done was place the boxes and serving bowls/ canisters/ trays in the kitchen! If we lived closer we would absolutely use her services more often, personal chef, small parties, large events, I would even take classes from her if she offered. She is friendly, soft spoken and polite, yet professional, that is a hard combination to find.

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Lucia V.
Verified review

Everybody loved the food. There was plenty and we even had leftovers. The caterers didn't mind all the stairs they had to take to carry their stove, tables etc. We will hire them again for sure when we are in the area.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 49 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Craig W.
Verified review

I called Chef Mumsie 3 days before a party at which I was expecting 60 guests. She and her staff were able to put together a fantastic menu at a reasonable price. Chef M advised me on what I would need since I was getting some of the party items myself. She and her staff arrived promptly and set up the buffet seemlessly. The only problem we experienced was that the food she made was simply too delicious!!! We actually ran out of food. BTW the party was at our home and Chef M and her staff left the house impeccably clean. Just make sure you order extra food ....it is so delicious....you may run out. . .

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Aioli
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Ani F.
Verified review

We were very happy with the food and service room Aioli. Catering our family event made everything run smoothly, and gave me the opportunity to mingle and visit with our guests. The food was delicious, and delivered and set up on time. I would highly recommend Aioli.

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Daniel G.
Verified review

I contacted Sage Bleu based on the reviews I saw here. Although there were other caterers with more reviews, I was looking for a talented caterer, not jaded by decades in the business, who would go the extra mile to deliver superlative food and service. The reviews I saw here painted a picture of incredible food and personalized, unobtrusive, caring service, so I called Sage Bleu. When I spoke with Lavonne, I casually mentioned a few dishes that only the most savvy food aficionado would know. She subtly let me know that she not only knew what those dishes were, but knew how to prepare them. SOLD! I had Sage Bleu cater a casual neighborhood get together as well as a white tablecloth dinner for a dozen finicky business associates. The food selections were appropriate for both crowds. The food, wine pairings and presentation were impeccable. Service began exactly at the appointed time and clean-up was to the highest white glove standard. I cannot recommend Sage Bleu highly enough!

CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony M.
Verified review

He is a great person to work with. He brings a positive attitude to what he does. Impressed with how he uses simple, organic and fresh ingredients to make delicious meals. He has this great bechamel sauce for lasagna! In fact, everything he has ever made for us was of excellent quality.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Dolores G.
Verified review

I am beyond grateful to Thumbtack for connecting me to Chef Keith Prante and his team at Hautè Productions Events and Catering to cater my mom's 80th birthday celebration. They are absolutely A-MAZING! Chef Prante was one of two chefs who responded to my request via Thumbtack, and I also received a personal referral. Neither of the other caterers offered ANYWHERE NEAR the quality, selections, variety and value that Hautè offered at my price point. We had our tasting today, and it absolutely sealed the deal! Everything was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. I highly recommend Hautè Productions to any potential customer who appreciates excellence, accommodation and genuine customer service.

Chef Leslie Ann Catering
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy J.
Verified review

Fantastic experience! Chef Leslie Ann catered a family gathering for me. She was professional, yet easy to work with. She accommodated all of my requests and provided us with a variety of delicious foods from appetizers to dessert. Will definitely use again.

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Bala Z.
Verified review

On Saturday I attended a dinner that she catered. There were 70 people or so. It was a 4 course meal and it was delicious. Well prepared and well presented and most importantly served ON TIME!

BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jace M.
Verified review

BAPS catered our veteran event. And let me tell you, they did a phenomenal job! I would never go with anyone else.

NV Personal Dining
4.4
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Holly J.
Verified review

We had a Bachellorette party this weekend and had the pleasure of having NV Personal Dining cook dinner for us. One word. AMAZING. We gave him a list of food allergies and told him to surprise us with something delicious for 2 vegetarians and 8 carnivores. He provided steak, swordfish belly and an acorn squash dish. The presentation was beautiful and the flavor was out of this world. Needless to say, we were impressed and spoiled rotten. We look forward to hiring NV Personal Dining every time we are in SD. If you are having a group event I highly recommend having NV Personal Dinning cater for you. You won't want to go out to a restaurant after having this experience.

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
Verified review

Stephani did a wonderful job. We all enjoyed the tea party set up & the foods she prepared! I hosted the party; another person paid for it, so I cannot answer to Value, however, my guess is it was very good, as that person told me she & her sister, Staci were GREAT to work with! Linda H

Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen K.
Verified review

Wow Carly made our event so easy! I contactcted her on SHORT notice and wow she delivered ! Fed 13 of us a great meal with dessert and brought it all ready to serve !! Really loved the Mac and cheese and fried chicken, salads and dressing was yummy ! Loved that we could enjoy the company and not be busy in the kitchen, and—- she even took our group photo !!! Thanks Carly !

Super Food for Super People
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lydia M.
Verified review

Carolina and her beautiful team were the perfect choice to cater fmy wedding reception. The food was truly delicious and generously portioned. My guests ( you don't and old) raved about the food. They crafted a menu that worked with my Fiesta themed wedding made up of the freshest ingredients cooked to perfection. Carolina was attentive to every detail- bringing us samples to try, checking in with me in the days before to see if I wanted any changes and that the prep for my home wedding was under control. She even sent her team member, Erika over the day before to help us with the decorating. There was not a single thing I didn't love about them and their food! Do it hesitate to hire Super Food for Super People for your next event! I loved them and you will too. Delicious food lovingly prepared by terrific people.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dominic P.
Verified review

The Royal Food Services Team exceeded our expectations and made our Mother's Day Brunch an enjoyable experience. Michael was very professional and easy to work with. The moment we selected this service, they immediately reached out to discuss details for our event, and provided excellent suggestions that we had not thought of. As we approached the event, Michael scheduled an onsite visit to go through a dry run of the event and ensure no detail was overlooked. We discussed the menu, expectations and any additional special requests. The day of the event went without a hitch. Set up was quick and easy, the team was very professional, friendly and catered the guests every request. When they were ready to wrap up, they closed everything down, cleaned up, did all dishes and cleaned the floor and made sure everything was the way they had found it. I cannot express how pleased we were with this service, they enjoyed supporting our event and it is apparent they take pride in their service. I will absolutely use Royal Food Service again without hesitation, and without considering another provider. Thank you Michael and Travis for making out Mother's Day Celebration a great one to remember!!!

URBN Catering
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sander B.
Verified review

Michael and his team at URBN went above and beyond to make our corporate event a success! Their Pizzas were delicious and very well received by the entire team! Plus the fact that they bake them on the spot in their oven creates an unique experience. I would highly recommend them to anyone and will certainly use them again. Thanks on behalf of the entire Fox team!

O'SIDE BBQ MAN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Greg R.
Verified review

Mahalo Alvin. You and your food was outstanding, Great BBQ meal at a great price. Ordered for 25 and got enough food for 30 plus. Thank you again. Call you for our next occasion.

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Manny S.
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a fabulous meal topped off by a scratch made carrot cake that was divine.The reduction sauce with vanilla bean added was incredible to plate everything in. This was a great meal,for a great celebration in a great setting. Unique will deliver a great experience for whatever need your occasion requires.Thanks Steve for providing a great experience !

APRIL'S on GIRARD Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Carolann N.
Verified review

Simply put....AMAZING! April is our new go to event caterer, she is the best of the best. Details, exquisite food, and she is so warm and kind on top of that! All if our guests were so impressed!!

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