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Claremont Caterers

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 120 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine W.
Verified review

Marcel and his entire staff were fabulous. The food was fabulous, as was the service. They were very efficient and truly cared that our guests were all enjoying themselves. Many guests complimented Marcel's catering and I would highly recommend and higher him again. My experience was excellent with Marcel.

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Ginger M.
Verified review

Hired Chef Mike to cater my wedding and he was great! He answered all my emailed questions immediately leading up to the wedding. He was right on time and my drop-off catering went smoothly. The food was great and we had plenty of it. I will use Gourmet Your Way again for my catering needs. I recommend!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan. D.
Verified review

Gourmet Lovers recently catered my son's wedding reception and everything turned out wonderfully! Carolina, Boris and their team took care of everything from start to finish and they didn't leave until the place was spotless. The food was amazing. My son and his bride didn't want "traditional" reception food so Chef Boris put together some of the tastiest tacos, beans, rice and salsa we have ever had, not to mention a fun interactive build your own Nacho Bar for the hors d'oeuvres that all the guests raved about. Not only was Chef Boris' food amazing, Carolina's wedding cake was something special. She worked with us to design just want the bride and groom wanted. The cake was rich in flavor and beautifully decorated. She certainly knows how to bake an amazing cake. I am a fan of Gourmet Lovers Catering and highly recommend them to anyone needing a caterer who not only knows how to put together great food, but knows how to work within your budget. Carolina was always prompt in returning calls and always stayed in touch with us. I plan on using them for all my catering needs in the future.

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adriana J.
Verified review

Mr. World Wide Catering was amazing at our wedding. Jose offers very professional service at very affordable prices! Our guests loved the food. He also provided bartending service for us and our guests definitely loved the open bar. Everyone was so friendly and had great customer service. Jose delivered our plate of food personally. Cannot say enough great things about him and his team. Thank you so much!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
Kenn P.
Verified review

Adkins Catering was very accommodating; my party had to be relocated a few hours before the party and they had no problem with it which helped me out a lot. On top of that, the food was amazing and more than I expected. The servers/bartender that they provide were super friendly and all my guest enjoyed them. So worth it. Thanks again :-)

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The Pit Stop BBQ, LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael A.
Verified review

Great food.Great service.Great price.Pam and her crew did a great job.I recommend them to those that are looking for a catering service.I will use them again if needed in the future.They provide catering for our wedding reception and everyone was pleased.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

Aioli is amazing! We use their catering every week for office lunches and often for special events. They are very professional and always on time. The staff magically appears with fabulous, healthy food selections. All this for a very affordable price. We love you guys! You are the best in the business and we thank you for all you do! :)

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alanah C.
Verified review

Incredible! Everyone was so nice to work with and the food was to die for!! Will definitely be using them again for another event. Overall, had the best experience with this catering company. I wish they could cook for me every night, the food was so good :0 !!!!!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

I used 'drop off' service, everything was perfect! Fantastic catering by Keith for a summer party I organized for my 89 year old mother. He and staff were right on time, plated everything on beautiful serving dishes, and set up everything. Food was terrific, got lots of compliments. Recommend highly.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kenia R.
Verified review

Thank you very much for catering our UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Fundraiser. Everything was beyond what we expected. Thank you!

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Olga J.
Verified review

Work quality - phenomenal Professionalism - fantastic Responsiveness - Joanna couldn't have been more responsive if she tried. Value- heck yes! Do you know how pricey mobile bartending and catering vendors can be in LA? This company is a steal considering the amount of collaboration and quality of service your receive. Punctuality - On time, super fast in setting up, even faster tearing down. I highly recommend this vendor. I planned an entire event from another state and Joanna made me feel like I had nothing to worry about on her end. Will work with her again for sure.

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy Ruben M.
Verified review

We just can’t thank Zeke of Tortas 2 Die 4 for going above and beyond to make our wedding as perfect as we could have wished for! Each and every guest has commented on how delicious all of the food was, from the appetizers, aguas frescas to the dinner to the yummy coffee bar. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for handling everything and making sure everything went smoothly and perfect for us, for all of your guidance, answering all our questions and your overall help with everything! The delicious and colorful food, it was seriously a work of art! Tortas 2 Die 4 provided a spectacular experience for our guests! Everything was impressive! Comments throughout the night, days, weeks, even months later, the best dinner at a wedding by far! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! We highly recommend Tortas 2 Die 4 for any catering event; we look forward to the next feast with Zeke!

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JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melo P.
Verified review

Moe came exactly on time and all the food were so amazing as well as the service. All the guests were so happy with the food, definitely will call Moe again for my catering needs.

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Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim A.
Verified review

Feast catering was exceptional with their food and service. From the time I called and ordered the food, the process was effortless. The presentation and set up of the food was Great! My kitchen was cleaned and the leftovers were boxed up and after our Church Service on Sunday the food was delivered to a homeless shelter! Thank you FEAST CATERING! WE WILL BE CALLING AGAIN!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Bree W.
Verified review

Catering By Ashley was the perfect choice for our company Holiday Party - I am glad we found them, thanks to Thumbtack! Bill and Deborah were courteous, professional, and great to work with. Everything went smoothly, and the food was great! I would definitely recommend their company. I think the roasted potatoes were the favorite! Yum! Thanks Catering By Ashley for making our lunch special!

Madkins Catering
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney M.
Verified review

Stephen catered a dinner party on NYE for 17 people. He was very professional and kind. He took all my menu ideas into consideration and created the type of dinner I was looking for. I highly recommend LA Perry Cafe for your catering needs.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kaylee D.
Verified review

Chef LaTay was very professional and the food was the best I've ever had. Every morsel of food was delicious, even the baked goods were good. Her presentation was very appealing to the eye. I will continue to patronize Chef LaTay as my catering service.

Fahrenheit LA
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney N.
Verified review

John & his crew catered our office Holiday Party, and we could not have been more pleased! John was a pleasure to communicate with, setting the event was a snap! We had a constant flow of fresh pizza, salads and roasted veggies that kept both the adults and kids happy :) Fahrenheit LA's use of fresh ingredients and seasonal vegetables are what make the food stand out and combined with the level of professionalism & friendliness from John & his staff- Amazing! Thank you Fahrenheit LA, we will definitely be in touch!

Qsisters Event Planners
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Anabelle M.
Verified review

Q sisters went above and beyond for our daughters quince! They were patience and incorporated all our ideas in our daughters party. Thanks again Esther and staff we were extremely happy and satisfied with your service!!

  • 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 !

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 Claremont

Need a Catering Service for a Dinner Party on July 20, 2013

Encinitas, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - self-service
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Mexican/Latin
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    I am hosting my husband's 40th birthday party at my house in Encinitas. I am estimating approx 40 guests. I would like to offer chicken, beef and shrimp options

Need Catering Service for a Cocktail Party

Glendora, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Cocktail party
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Other (Cold stuff- fruits veggies, finger sandwhiches, chees and crackers type stuff)
  • Number of guests
    60-80

Need Buffet Catering on July 13, 2013

Mission Viejo, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual, BBQ
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Details
    Casual college going away party at a picnic area at Mission Viejo Lake. Have access to 16 BBQs and 16 seven foot picnic tables with option to bring tables & chairs, if needed. Event is 3 to 7 pm.
  • $16.95
    Average price
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