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Top 10 Inexpensive Caterers near Daly City, CA

2. Holy Cannoli! Catering & Food Truck
Top Pro
4.9
from 19 reviews
4.9
(19)
4.9 (19)
Great Value
Great Value
  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Daly City, CA
"We pride ourselves on being a smaller catering company that can make your vision come to life! As the owner and chef I work with you from beginning to end, adding my personal touch in everything I do! I love to do a fun and upscale version of many cuisines adding my own fusion of different styles. Here’s a few menus to give you some ideas: Contact me for more personalized options! ITALIAN SMOKED/ BBQ FUZION AMERICAN MEXICAN/LATIN FUZION Wedding AMERICAN menu example #1: Starter: Fruit display, cheese, nuts, crackers, crostini’s -Chicken w/Beurre Blanc Sauce -Italian Herbed Pan Seared Salmon w/ chimichuri -Eggplant Rolls w/Ricotta & Spinach filling(veg) -Roasted fingerling Potatoes -Seared asparagus or roasted seasonal veggies Salad:Choice (3 dressings) Bread Choice plus butter FINISH: Custom Cake available, Cannoli, many other dessert options (pastry chef quote available) BBQ menu example #1 Smoked Italian herb rubbed Chicken Smoked Holy Cannoli Rub Ribs Smoked Pulled Pork Balsamic Glazed Tri-Tip House Slaw Loaded Baked Potato Salad Green Salad Corn Cobblets Veggie Skewers Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms Mini Corn Bread and honey butter Garlic Bread Texas Toast FINISH: Mini Pecan Pies and Mini Peach cobbler Pies Mexican/BBQ FUZION Taco/Salad Bar (upscale) Smoked balsamic marinated Tri-tip BBQ Smoked Chicken Marinated Shrimp, Bacon and Pineapple Fajita Style Veggies Spanish Rice or Cilantro Rice Refried Beans, Black Beans or 3 Bean Medley Flour and Corn Tortillas All condiments on side 2 Salad choice w/dressings FINISH: Mini Churro Bar ITALIAN Example #1 Chicken Marsala w/mushrooms or Chicken Piccata or Parmesan Spaghetti or linguine noodles Eggplant Parmesan (veg) Mushroom Risotto Lasagne veggie or meat Grilled seasonal vegetables Garlic bread or rolls Salad choice (3 dressing options) FINISH: Cannoli assortment or tiramisu mousses"

$20/Person

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$20/Person

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$20/Person

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4. Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 166 reviews
4.9
(166)
4.9 (166)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 21 years in business
  • 297 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Daly City, CA
"Thank You For Looking. I offer excellent menus with base prices starting at $50pp for catering and $90pp for personal chef services. I still have a few free dates and I would love to cook for you! I am a one chef company so you will always get personal attention with me. This will not be a cookie-cutter event. "Country French”, “Tapas Nueva” and "Farm to Table Italian" are my Specialties. My Roots are Southern, so Cajun, Creole and Deep South BBQ are Personal Favorites. I also do an Amazing Wine Country BBQ Wedding that I call High-End/Down Home, it is my most Affordable and Popular Wedding Option. Whether it's Personal Cheffing, A Corporate Cocktail Party or a Country Wedding, I can create an amazing event for you. Let's discuss it! I have over 150 5Star⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reviews In the Past 28 months alone. I'm a classically trained Chef, I came up in Local Michelin Star Properties. Thumbtack Generated Events are Absolutely my Focus Now. I offer Thumbtack Clients: •Custom Menu for Every Client. •Inclusive Pricing upon Request. •Excellent, Polite, Well Trained Waitstaff. •Full Bar and Beverage Service. •Super Competitive Rental Rates. •Sustainable Local Ingredients...Organic, Free Range and Humanely Raised. Whenever possible I would personally chef your event. I don't double book on specific dates. My Calendar Fills Up Fast-I Hope You are On It! Thank You for the Opportunity. Chef Pete"

$50/Person

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$50/Person

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$50/Person

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5. Golden Gate Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
5.0 (8)
Great Value
Great Value
  • 15 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Daly City, CA
"Golden Gate Catering was founded with a very simple but very important goal. Create the best possible experience for every client, every time. Today, after years of refining our business, if you ask anyone—from our clients to our competitors—you will hear the same refrain: Golden Gate make things happen. Bring us your ideas and expectations, and we will help you make them a reality. From corporate events and meetings, fundraisers, weddings, birthdays, showers, and back yard barbeques we work with most types of events and budgets. From full service, drop off, pick up from our location we have options that fit every style and budget. Other advantages of Golden Gate, unlike most other caterers we have our own exclusive venue, in beautiful Hayes Valley that has two different settings! A lush garden covered with over 800 plants and trees that seat 45 or our dining room complete with built-in bar, professional sound system with microphones and seats 100 and fully ADA compliant. Both spaces can be combined to seat 150 or 245 for a cocktail setting. Golden Gate is fully licensed to sell and serve alcoholic beverages and is backed by a dedicated team of professionals that understand the importance of your event and will work with you hand in hand to ensure your event is a successful one."

$30/Person

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$30/Person

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$30/Person

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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 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.

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.

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.
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