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Made With Love
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joan B.
Verified review

Debbie was awesome to work with. She was very quick to respond to emails and came up with a creative menu for my party. The food was the hit of the party, and no one went home hungry! The food not only tasted great, but looked beautiful. I would definitely recommend and use Debbie again.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa J.
Verified review

Had a Christmas Party for 30 people in my home. Food was prepared on-site. As guests arrived first and caterers second, the kitchen was full of guests nibbling on appetizers. Alisa and her assistant blended right in working around guests. The food was delicious! All guests commented about how wonderful the food was and how pleasant Alisa and her assistant were. Clean-up was provided, and they did a great job at that too. It made enjoying guests and myself fantastic! Planning for the event was seamless, organized and expeditious! When I have another party for my 50th this year, Passionate Plates and Alisa will be on "speed-dial"!

Top Pro
  • 39 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim G.
Verified review

I could not have asked for a better experience working with Paul Michael Signature Catering. I hired them for a surprise party for my husband's 60th party. They were very creative with the menu; we served a variety of delicious appetizers. All of the guests absolutely RAVED not only about the food, but about the helpful and friendly nature of the caterers. They did such an outstanding job of keeping plenty of food available (both hot and cold appetizers) and were a definite hit. I highly recommend Paul Michael Signature Catering.

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine A.
Verified review

Oh my gosh, Arturo Vargas is one of the best, creative, culinary chefs in No. California! He does an amazing array of Spanish dishes, along with the best ceviche on the planet. You will be delighted by Taste of the Senses for all of your party planning, corporate and special events! His wife is very organized and does a great job with all the various details of event planning! Any questions? Call Katherine 916-612-5993. Cheers!

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carrie D.
Verified review

Albert is a talented chef and easy to work with! He is creative, health conscious and unique! Highly recommend Albert!

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Kenn K.
Verified review

Boris was punctual and creative. His food was yummy and his personality was a delight. I would recommend him.

Cowabunga BBQ
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Dean A.
Verified review

Cowabunga BBQ catered our daughter's outdoor wedding. The food was wonderful! David is is reliable and creative with a great personality!

Famous Creations
4.7
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica G.
Verified review

Nicholas and the team at famous creations were outstanding! They were amazingly helpful in coming up with a menu, as well as providing us with cost effective, creative and simply beautiful culinary options for our wedding. Everyone in attendance was raving about the food, as well as the service. There aren't enough adjectives in the English language to express how happy we are to have hired them, but I'll try. They were excellent, outstanding, exemplary, remarkable, unbelievable, wonderful, tremendous, phenomenal, and flat out ridiculously awesome. The week of the wedding was chaotic for us with family in town, and yet we both kept saying the one thing we did not have to worry about one bit was the caterering...we knew that we were truly in good hands. Nicholas and his team made us feel like we were actual people; they were sweet, genuine, and worked extremely hard with a REAL smile. Our venue was limited in space but they pulled it off effortlessly. Nicholas also made our cake,which was not only beautiful, but nearly every single guest said it was the best wedding cake they ever had. You will not be disappointed if your decide to have famous creations cater your event.

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
Verified review

Polkadot Dinners is our favorite caterer. Rachel is one of the most professional caterers I know in the area. Her food is absolutely amazing and her presentation of her display of food just ties in with the theme of her menu which is a added plus. Definitely within anyone budget she can make it happen. Highly recommended.

Basic Catering
4.2
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Sara B.
Verified review

The most creative dishes , I'm such a picky eater . Everything was divine and beautiful!

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Zakiyaah T.
Verified review

I had nothing less than the best experience with Kincy Catering, the food was cooked to perfection and presentation was wonderful !!! All at affordable prices ! I will be purchasing again :)

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Farm to Table
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alana W.
Verified review

I wanted my own birthday to be one I could enjoy, I love cooking and I am always the one hosting and doing it myself! I decided for the first time to hire someone so I could have the night to enjoy. This is where Zack came in. I canteven begin to describe how great he was! He took over everything and made the night perfect! He worked with me on the menu and made everything seem possible, his menu he sent me looked amazing and creative. He arrived on time and immediately started preparing. The food was beyond my expectations, three entrees, which included a steak dish with delicious sauces, a Moroccan chicken stew and a shrimp dish with kale and corn, four side dishes, all unique and so perfectly complimentary to the entrees! My guests were so pleased. It really made my birthday! Thank you so much! Can't wait to have you back!

Laurel's Catering
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Monica L.
Verified review

Laurel and her team were responsive, professional and creative and went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic event. We would recommend them heartily and plan to use them again in the future.

What's Cookin?
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara C.
Verified review

We recently hired Eileen and her staff with What's Cookin to cater a backyard luau party. From beginning to end, she was very easy to work with. The bottom line is that her food was AMAZING! What a talent!! Our party guests raved about the dishes she prepared. Since the party was themed, we worked together to come up with the perfect selections for a summer luau. Her staff that worked the party with her were super friendly and smiley, professional, and instinctively knew how to "be there" for our guests needs. As the hosts of the party, my husband and I were able to focus entirely on our guests, which is exactly what we were looking for. We were all very impressed with everything, and are certain we found our new favorite caterer! Thanks Eileen and your staff for a job well done!

La Escondida
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Miriam T.
Verified review

Amazing food! Good quality food with delicious taste.. La escondida Family were very nice people giving our guest a small taste of their wonders, now a days its hard to find real authentic Mexican food , would definitely hire them again ! Thank you

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
Verified review

Chef Jon and family was everything the dr ordered the food was excellent and the customer service was even better.I will be using him for all my catering needs.

Moonlight Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline P.
Verified review

It's always a bit of a challenge working with a new chef in one's home. From the start, it was fun working with Tom. He's attentive to detail, creative, respectful, talented, and has a knack for bringing out the utmost flavor from all our favorite foods.

  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn P.
Verified review

Working with Tameeka and Harve was a fantastic experience. The communication with Tameeka from start to finish was exceptional and super prompt! Tameeka was flexible and creative and worked easily within my budget....she is simply a joy to work with! The food was phenomenal....guests said the crab cakes were the best they'd ever had! All the food was expertly prepared and served. Tameeka and Harve were the perfect mix of professional and comfortable to have interacting with our family in our home. Not only can I wholeheartedly recommend Chrysalis Catering.....I will be using them again....SOON!

96H Brand Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew S.
Verified review

Not only was it one of the most affordable catering companies I’ve used 96H was always quick to respond to any questions I had. The people were extremely nice and were willing to do whatever it would take to make sure the entire experience was above and beyond.

Rocket Catering

New To Thumbtack

    About

    We are located in Sonoma Valley. We cater everything from corporate events to weddings. We offer quality, creative and delicious food!

    Mise En Place, LLC

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      We provide full-service catering, and we offer custom menus for all occasions: holiday parties, corporate meetings, and more.

      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.
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