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Carson Party Caterers

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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 123 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Courtney B.
Verified review

Marcel was very prompt, excellent with communication and knowledgeable of the menu and what our employees needed. I would definitely recommend him, his food and pricing for any party or catered event. Thanks Courtney from EventXPERTS

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Hilary S.
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I needed a caterer for my dad's funeral reception. Spoke to other caterers but Carolina of Gourmet Lover's Catering was the only one who gave her condolences, this meant a lot to me. The full service presentation was tasteful, the food delicious and reasonably priced. There were no exta added on fees like the other caterers. I highly recommend Gourmet Lover's Catering, Boris & Carolina are a wonderful team and you will not be disappointed.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 208 hires on Thumbtack
Linda T.
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Madkins catering responded very promptly and professionally. They created an Asian themed menu for a party of 50. The staff arrived as scheduled and provided us with very professional service. The menu was very well received and I would definitely hire them again.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 58 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Terry R.
Verified review

Chef Mumsie and team are the best caterers I have ever worked with...everyone at the event raved about the food...staff was professional and efficient. Chef Renee presented the food and we all began to immediately drool over her signature items. She created unique flavors and items that we had never seen before and couldn't wait to try. OOOHHHHH and when we did!! I can't recall when i've tasted things that just made me want to close my eyes and dance... MMMMMM Mmmmm mmmmm. They took care of everything with magnificent precision. Arrived early, set it all up without a word and fed 80 picky ladies to perfection. The price was very reasonable...you cannot get this caliber of service excellence for this price anywhere. They even helped me select the venue based on what I was looking for since they were familiar with all the best sites. The venue needed no Insurance documentation because of their great experiences in working with Chef Mumsie and her team. If I could I would give them 7 stars and it still would not be enough!!!! If you want OUTSTANDING food and FABULOUS customer service then you're here. . . they will take care of everything without missing a beat and leave you and your guests with very happy palates with delicious food. THANK YOU ladies for the BEST High-Tea we've ever had!!!! We wil definitely be hiring again for our needs !!! Kisses

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Irma U.
Verified review

I had to find a caterer for my party within a week, and found Ana on Thumbtack. She was quick to respond with a quote, and worked with me to tailor the menu to suit our party needs. Very professional, the food was great and the service outstanding. Thanks Ana!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
David D.
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Tonya and her team were incredible! We had a 50 person private party, she worked with me on the perfect menu and provided food and bartending services. They used my outdoor kitchen to fire the food right before serving so it was hot and awesome. Everyone mentioned how great the food was, and most went back for more. The best part of having a caterer is to not have to worry about anything. We never once had to think or worry about anything being ready or right. Thanks!!!

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Aioli
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Craig Y.
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We had a birthday party with over 130 people this weekend and Aioli Catering knocked it out of the park! Food was delicious and there was plenty of it! Jordan was very responsive and professional. They showed up right on time and delivered a great meal at a great price. They followed up with us to make sure everything went well! I would highly recommend Jordan and Aioli catering for your special event!

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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David T.
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We had a birthday party for 25 at our home and found Chef Alexis on the internet. Chef Alexis had gone over everything prior to the event and also came to our house to make all of the final arrangements and to check out the kitchen. On the day of the event she and her staff arrived early to setup and start food preparations. When the first guests arrived the cheese platters were out and the food had started to come. Everything went exactly as Chef Alexis had described. Her food was amazing! Her staff was also amazing! As the last guests left Chef Alexis and her staff finished the final clean up and everything looked exactly the way it did when they arrived 7 1/2 hours earlier. We were extremely delighted with everything. Everyone complemented us on how delicious and tasteful the food was and on the great service that Chef Alexis and her staff provided. This was the best party that we've had and we can't wait to have Chef Alexis and her staff do our next one. Thank you Chef Alexis you are the best!

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Maurice M.
Verified review

Hired Tuition Bites to cater my dad's 75th birthday party on 9/15. Everything went well! Delivery was prompt; set-up was quick; and, most importantly, the food was great. I chose this company due to their commitment to helping out students via scholarships and fundraising; I am very happy that the high quality of their service matches the high quality of their philanthropic intentions.

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SEGAR LA
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Guy S.
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I was a guest at my friends dinner party that was catered by the Segar's, food was great and I would recommend their services.

  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Pauline C.
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We organized a party in a villa and everything went super well. We were not from LA, organized this trip all remotely with the great help of Kenia and his team. It was awesome!

  • 3 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Dolores G.
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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.

  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny L.
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Very good service and responsive (that's important). We hired David for our gals' 1st and 3rd birthday party, for approximate 45 adults and 12 kids. Everyone kept telling me the food was delicious at the party and after. David was very honest from the start when we first engaged him, he basically suggested me to get those portable table and linen than charging me for it. For a small size party like mine, a server may not be necessary since all are close friends. We took his advise, put more budget on the food, and it came up perfect. The food were adult proof and kids proof. Kids love his food too where a few mums came up to me and ask about the food choices that we decided. Also, he helped my husband to prep a dish without we asking. I'm looking for another reason to have another party so that I can have him cook for us again.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven C.
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Living Veg provides years of experience to their clients with professional expertise and a committed focus on details along with the personalization to what the client desires. When you add these qualities to the truly delicious food that is delivered, you have a very rare combination in catering that is 2nd to none. If you are looking for a caterer for any type of event, whether it be a small business lunch for a corporate meeting or a larger event, such as a beautiful wedding or other family celebration, I would strongly recommend that you contact Shelley at Living Veg. You will receive far more than you expect as well as an overall plan that will fit perfectly within your budget.

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Reema S.
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We just hosted a birthday party for 27 people and hired Greg. He was very very quick with his response and kept me updated about everything. He was very patience in answering my thousands of questions ! We worked together to create a very nice menu. He was very generous and offered me lots of choices. The food he prepared was delicious, fresh, and looked beautiful. The presentation was superb!! He was on time and left my kitchen shinning clean. I would highly recommend him for any event. He really does go above and beyond.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
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Carolyn is so easy to work with. Planning parties, family gatherings, and/or holiday festivities can be very stressful, and that’s when you need someone like Carolyn to help you. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for many parties and her catering have not disappointed me yet. The only reason I didn’t rank her perfect is because I’ve yet tasted all of her specialities. Best of luck Chef LaTay. Valerie

A Wayfaring Chef
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Maythee R.
Verified review

Jessie was really fabulous to work with. We had a tight budget but big dreams (and a fairly large guest list). She communicated regularly with me throughout the planning and met all our requests. Her team arrived on time and set up right away. She brought flowers and other decorating touches without being asked to do so - all to create a very pretty scene. The food she delivered tasted great and kept steadily coming out throughout the entire party. We also asked for a hot chocolate bar and were so excited by what she put together. There were all sorts of toppings, including homemade marshmallows that were especially delicious. The hot chocolate itself was amazing. Seriously haven't had such good tasting hot chocolate before. When the event finished, the kitchen space was immaculate and everything was so clean no one would know she had ever been there. All to say, Jessie and her team far exceeded our expectations. We definitely hope to hire her again!

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Kriz D.
Verified review

I attended a birthday party that they catered, and my oh my was it deeeeelish! I love how original the dishes were, especially since I'm a creature of habit. The food definitely got me out of my shell and had me drooling for more. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners and she was so professional as I complimented how amazing the food was. I'm actually looking forward to seeing her for an upcoming event I have planned. (that's how impressed with everything I was!) She has responded to all my requests in a timely fashion and has been so easy to work with! I highly recommend anyone to cater with them because the food is high quality and so is the service. Thank you and I'll see you guys soon :)

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Leandro D.
Verified review

I attended a dinner party that Wendell Catered.He made several dishes that were very tasty and delicious but the dish I could not get enough of was his Seafood Soup❤️.I felt like a slob because I had 5 full serving.I definitely will alway have him cater my parties

La Panzano Gourmet Catering
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Monica N.
Verified review

Having found La Panzano on Thumbtack, I was a little hesitant to hire since I had never worked with them before. Joseph was extremely accommodating and responsive. He provided a tasting and was able to work with our dietary restrictions. La Panzano catered our office Holiday Party and our 125 staff were all very happy. The food was great! The servers were very friendly and moved the line along quickly. I would highly recommend La Panzano as a caterer and looked forward to having another event soon in order to have some of their other food!

Berg Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew L.
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April and her crew came in at the 11th hour to save my wedding catering! Thy provided above average quality service and delicious food. April was happy to work with our specific needs and she delivered exaclty as hoped. I'll be using her services in the future

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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