Cathedral City, CA233 Appetizer Caterers near you

Where do you need the appetizer caterer?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

Cathedral City Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Cathedral City.

Top Pro
Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 93 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Simone N.
Verified review

I got so many compliments on the food at my wedding. Even the veggie appetizer was a hit! Jose was awesome from the start and everyone loved him! For the tasting he drove to our house and essentially provided me and my fiancé with a delicious dinner. So convenient when you are busy with wedding planning. With very minimal instruction from me he pulled off a flawless dinner at our reception. He also provided the bar tenders, who were a hit as well! Jose made sure my husband and I got food and always had a full glass of whatever we wanted. Amazing, reliable service and excellent food! I would and will recommend him to everyone I know.

  • 28 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Patti D.
Verified review

Very professional from start to finish! Met with us personally ahead of the event to coordinate ideas. Came prepared and on time and everything from appetizers to dessert was amazing! Outstanding attentive service and clean up was great! Highly recommend Chef William!

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie H.
Verified review

Awesome is the perfect word to describe events by Jessica! I had to back-to-back parties in early December that couldn't have been more perfectly executed. Jessica thought of absolutely everything to make each party a success. From the caterers...to the bartender...to the waitstaff that she hired, all were perfectly informed, professional and fantastic at their jobs. The food was amazing, the staff was prompt and polite. Both parties could not have been any better! The first person I will call before planning my next event will be Jessica! She's AWESOME!

Top Pro
Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy A.
Verified review

From the minute I found Jeff Kaufman, I knew I had a planning partner for my wedding weekend, which we wanted to be a never-ending party. Jeff consulted with us on every detail from finding the venue and handling rentals and staffing, to creating menus for a rehearsal dinner, cocktail party, and reception (complete with happy hour, three-course meal and dessert bar), as well as a farewell brunch (in the rain!). Jeff was attentive, resourceful and realistic, saving us money where he could while feeding 175 people for three days. The food was fresh, the meat was grilled and served a la minute, and our guests raved about every bite. Jeff gave us no surprises when it came to costs and while we went over our planned budget, the outcome was well worth it. Jeff was much more than a caterer, he was a guide and a calming force throughout the experience. It was a magical winter wedding in the desert that we'll never forget.

Top Pro
FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Skylar K.
Verified review

Michael did an amazing job catering the brunch / pool party we hosted the day after our wedding. He was prompt, professional, and kind. And he always responded to all my questions and concerns. But the best part was the food!!! We had several vegetarians so Michael made us special veggie enchiladas. They were so amazing that even sworn meat-eaters were going back for seconds. The food far exceeded our expectations. We would love to have occasion to hire Michael again. I've already recommended him to 2 friends. A+++

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy B.
Verified review

Chef Sarena was fantastic! She arrived early, well presented with all the necessary cooking supplies and food. She went above and beyond our request for a traditional Mexican Puerto Nuevo lobster dinner. The shrimp ceviche and tortilla soup were incredible. Without notice, she was able to even whip up a last minute, delicious dessert that left all of us in awe. The meal and experience was wonderful. Thank you Sarena- we will definitely be calling you again! -Jason and Wendy

Top Pro
Catering Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dianne A.
Verified review

Chef Julian prepared our anniversary dinner at a home we rented in Palm Springs. It was BEYOND AMAZING! He was so great in planning our special meal and easy to work with. We were able to stay by the pool and enjoy without worrying about a thing! Appetizers, salad, main course and dessert were just perfect. He was so organized, set our table, helped with wine pairing and cleaned up everything. Very professional and a great guy! Wish he lived in our state!!! We are still talking about our molten chocolate cake!!!!!

Swamp Daddy's BBQ
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Andy A.
Verified review

Every time Swamp Daddy delivers a GREAT meal! their BBQ beef is fabulous!

Moore Tasty BBQ & Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Nicole S.
Verified review

Christy is amazing at providing a personalized catering experience for my sister's bridal shower! The food was delicious and fun, and the set-up was beautiful. I've also had their BBQ and highly recommend giving them a try!

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nancy L.
Verified review

We hired Garlic Girls Catering to provide a post-wedding lunch for 40 people. I could go on forever about how great Amy was in every way--responsive to our needs, creative menu suggestion that fit our event perfectly, fabulous food in presentation and taste, reasonable cost. We had exactly the amount of food we needed. Everyone--from grandparents to kids, guys, gals--everyone loved the food. I got lots of compliments, I wish Amy could have heard them, but she kept quietly behind the scenes for the entire event. We had an uncertain schedule because of post-wedding photos and didn't actually eat until a couple of hours after I had asked Amy to have the food ready. She had planned a perfect menu that was delicious nonetheless. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending her catering services for any event. Thanks Amy!!

The Main Course
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen M.
Verified review

Isaias planned such a wonderful evening! Not only was the meal outstanding but his explanations of the dishes and the tips that he taught us along the way will be things that I will absolutely be trying in my kitchen. The vodka jalapeno scallop ceviche is still on my mind 3 days later. If you are in the Palm Springs area calling The Main Choice is a must. 5 stars and 2 thumbs away up!

Handmades by Heidi
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brenda B.
Verified review

Food was delicious! Professional friendly service. Will defenitely hire her again!

About

Do to my wide experience working with food I am able to meet my customers needs. I am also able to do ice carvings, fruit & vegetable carvings.

About

Outstanding Chef with a large variety of Nutricious, Creative and "Yummy" Food that You & Guest will Rave about!

  • 6 years in business
About

I try my best to do the most authentic street tacos always trying different recipes to make my tacos better

About

I use the freshest and top quality ingredients just like I would make it for my own family

About

Personal Touch Catering has been creating great meals and great memories for more than 15 years. Call Personal Touch Catering today; we'll take care of everything. With Personal Touch Catering, you don't need to worry about a thing. We take care of all the details, from preparation to cleanup. We fix our prices up front. We never charge hidden fees. Our team of highly qualified professionals will make any event a pleasure. From weddings to cocktail parties or anything in between, Personal Touch Catering is your best choice. Our attention to detail, experience, and reliability ensure that your event will be a smashing success. Our food reflects our commitment to exceptional quality. All meals are prepared under the guidance of the owner, Mike Rivers. All meals are prepared with a passion for perfection. Your guests will be talking about your wonderful food for days to come. Our menu has been developed over a 20-year period, with new dishes being added regularly. We serve traditional, elegant fare with a contemporary flair!

About

We are a full-service caterer and restaurant in a country-club setting offering classic dishes with a seasonal flare.

About

People enjoy the foods N THE music and the shows as well!

  • 25 years in business
About

We cater for special occasions, brunch, cooking parties, and classes for group or individuals. You can't serve excuses, simply call!

About

We do it all! James Beard recognized chef. Nothing is too big or too small! We provide custom menu on your budget!

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.
Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.