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Dana Point Caterers

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  • 18 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
Richard L.
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I have used Gourmet Your Way Catering for both business and personal occasions. The food is always excellent, the service outstanding and set-up accommodations tasteful.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
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Mirtha T.
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Thanks Chef Boris and Carolina for a job well done. Not only do they prepare yummy food but their overall service is outstanding. Carolina's ideas on the planning of my parents' 50th wedding anniversary were of great help. The cake she made for the event was beautiful and delicious. I highly recommend Gourmet Catering for any event. Wonderful customer service!!! I will definitely hire them for future events,

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathryn L.
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Jose was very good. On time, organized, friendly. The food was excellent. Our guests were very impressed. So impressed that all of the food got eaten!! Lol The groom and I were making visits around the tables and everyone raved about the food ! His pastries were a bonus! We had Italuan food for our wedding. His beverages were excellent as well. I would recommend his catering to everyone. It was over the top and prices were very affordable. Thanks Jose for making our day a success !!❤️👍😊

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 207 hires on Thumbtack
Monica M.
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I had requested a quote and food options for our company's holiday party. Madkins Catering provided a menu and pricing within the same day.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiffany F.
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Shawna is AMAZING!! She was the ONLY vendor we had for our wedding that didn't give us any difficulties. I emailed her asking to make changes and every time her response was "of course"! The food was amazing and her services were beyond outstanding. Shawna was flexible in creating our brunch menu and catered to a handful of vegans we had on our guest list. Even our non vegan guests enjoyed the vegan options! We were looking forward to left overs but everyone enjoyed the food so much, there were none!! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a caterer whether it be a wedding or any special event. I am definitely keeping her information in case I need a caterer again someday! If you want to be stress free about catering, choose Shawna! You won't be disappointed!!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Ruth T.
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Chef Mumsie is a wonderful catering company. Very personable and the food was delicious (warm, tasty, and satisfied my 300 guests). Bridgette was amazing to work with and was able to meet my every standard. They enthusiastically worked with me to provide a meal within my budget. They were able to provide a meal (Spaghetti with spicy meatballs, vegetarian baked spaghetti, mixed green salad, dinner rolls/garlic bread, and cookies) that was delicious. Thank you Chef Mumsie and Bridgette!!

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 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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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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Kenia R.
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Thank you very much for catering our UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Fundraiser. Everything was beyond what we expected. Thank you!

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy H.
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Chef Keith and his staff were great! He arrived early, set up amazing food stations and a bar for our non-profit cocktail party. The lamb chops, POKE station, "mushroom en croute", short rib skewers, cheese platter, and dessert bar complete with deep fried brownies were all a huge hit. Chef Keith really impressed my guests and made me look like a superstar hostess. I would hire him again and many of my friends and associates took his card for future catering events. Loved the bartender, server and Keith's helpers. My kitchen was spotless also...worth it!

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne F.
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Christine McMaster is a hidden gem of the culinary and catering world! She was the caterer last year for a wedding I attended and I was most impressed. She completely handled an amazing dinner for 21 people with delectable Indian and Middle Eastern Food; taking care of the shopping, the food preparation, the service and cleaning up of the food and leftovers. I was so impressed that I asked her to cater an Indian Meal for 75 people! Since it was a much larger undertaking, we provided theingredients, but Chris oversaw every aspect of the preparation of a 5 course meal, and remained calm, organized and personable throughout. The food was absolutely delicious. I would absolutely recommend her for any catering needs you might have - you would be lucky to get her!

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Yvonne C.
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He hasn't catered for me yet but everything I heard was amazing this is truly someone I would get to do my catering for my wedding. I loved everything he said and more the price is just right after I will be having 400 guest, I will absolutely recommend him for any type of event. I can't wait until I have his delicious food served for my family and friends.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LYNDSEY M.
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Here are some highlights that stuck out: gave advice about all kinds of things leading up to the big day- rehearsal dinner location, invitations, wedding games; really listened to what we like & tailored her suggestions accordingly; was patient with us when we were indecisive; gave us a lot of guidance during the rehearsal; stayed all the way through the end of the night and packed up our parents' cars. One of her major "deliverables" is an awesomely detailed schedule of events! This was a huge asset for us. She was also extremely attentive & helpful! She was direct but not bossy- exactly what we were hoping for. I would definitely recommend her to any brides who need some guidance!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Abby T.
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We hired Catering by Ashley for a memorial service. David was so easy to work with. He was excellent and prepared a creative menu with very short notice. He worked within our tight budget and delivered a gourmet experience. His server was incredible. I would recommend them highly.

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alexandra L.
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Sydney made a special/private dinner for my fiancé and I after our engagement. She was amazing!! She emailed with my fiancé ahead of time and found out what sort of foods we like and what was meaningful and special to our relationship and then based the menu off of that. She was present enough to explain things to us, but also gave us our privacy. It was the perfect balance. It was so fun to feel like we have a private chef catering to all of our needs and expectations. Very romantic! The food Sydney cooked was AMAZING! From the appetizer to the dessert, we could not have asked for a better meal. I would highly recommend Sydney. You will not be disappointed.

Divoon Dining
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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Chef Gene is wonderful. He is calm to a fault,caters beautifully,food was delicious,and he is reasonable for all that he does. You cannot go wrong using him and his servers.

URBN Catering
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff F.
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URBN went above and beyond what we expected from a catering company. They worked with us on every request. The food was excellent, especially the cannoli's. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a catering company.

Meraki Meals
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Holly C.
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They don't get any better ! He has catered several 45-50 guest parties for us and has hit it out of the ball park every time. A true gem!!

Berg Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 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

O'SIDE BBQ MAN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Krystal C.
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We had our annual conference and needed someone that had some flexibility on the amount of guests attending. O'Side BBQ Man was not just accommodating but provided amazing service. He arrived early to make sure he was ready to serve on time and also the food was amazing. Everyone wished they could have had seconds, maybe even thirds. We will definitely be booking O'Side BBQ Man for any future company events.

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

Craftsman Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Robin M.
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Joe is awesome! His food makes a lot of our customers very, very happy. And they come from all over the world. His customer service is superb. Quality of food is way above standards. DELICIOUS!! Keep it up Joe!!!

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.

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 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

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Need Taco Catering Services

Temecula, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Mexican/Latin
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    looking for a taco catering cart for a outside party

Need Catering Services

Long Beach, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    dinner party with tables covered with cloth

Need Caterer for a Memorial Dinner on June 20, 2013

San Marcos, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - self-service
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    This is a memorial dinner to honor my dad's life. This dinner will be held after his service.
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