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  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
SUSAN A.
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Awesome food, great service! I will definitely call this great group should we need catering services again!

  • 28 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Byron F.
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Chef William blew our evening's expectations out of the water. Not only was his services professional and personalized, his kind demeanor while serving us made us feel like royalty. The food WAS EPIC -- weeks later and we are still talking about it!

Taquizas ''El Rey''
4.6
from 45 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Irene A.
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They were courteous with my guest and quick. They came to cater and they really stayed on task and got everyone feed. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a cater. The food was excellent too. Hi needs a cater

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Mikelynn L.
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Jessica was amazing so happy that I found her. The food and service was fantastic we're already planning for our party next year. Jessica really knows how to make your guest feel special she does it all!!!❤❤

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Mel L.
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From their fantastic event planning to the top quality and food presentation, couldn't have asked for a better caterer! The Dijon Espresso crusted tenderloin accompanied by jumbo shrimp and chimmichuri need I say more!!? I would highly recommend Jeff for future events as he will also take care of rental services and vendor referrals.

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FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jason C.
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First Class Catering Service catered an Italian buffet for my sister's Sweet 16. They were very friendly and accommodating throughout our event planning process and tailored the buffet to our needs in order to make our event a success. Ultimately, the event was great and our guests loved the food. It was a pleasure working with Michael and will definitely recommend him to friends and family who are in search of a catering service. Thanks!

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha W.
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Thank you Chef Sarena!!!! My husband and our guests had the most amazing time. Hands down the best food we have ever had!!!! I can't wait for our next event and have Chef Sarena cater for you. Amazing food!!!

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Catering Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aleida H.
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very professional on time handled everything excellent service food was great very flexible to menu suggestions, would hire him again

  • 11 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Temma K.
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Pleazingly Tasteful catered my wedding, their service was spectacular!! I highly recommend their services, especially the grape tree. The most delicious grapes I've ever had. They were very professional, the food was well plated and tasty.

  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marco L.
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This is an amazing service for the price. The food was perfect! The service was courteous and prompt, and the price was unbeatable. I am going to recommend this service to everyone looking for party catering.

Royal Bash Event Design
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Jim H.
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Royal Bash Event Design catered our 50th Anniversary luau. Uniquely developed details personalized every facet of the celebration. The planning began months in advance with a "save the date" reminder followed by beautiful invitations. Nearing the entrance you were greated by sounds of Hawaiian music, fragrant flowers and a beautiful door wreath, which carried the ambiance of island life throughout the entire home and poolside area. Every expressed wish was incorporated into the theme, especially with the food. A whole pig ws BBQ'd in an open above ground pit. The rest of the food choices Royal Bash selected for the event were not only delicious and authentic, but fabulously displayed. We were truly honored in every respect and will carry this celebration as a treasured memory forever. Our sincere thanks and recommendation to Royal Bash Event Design and to all their capable staff.

Mark Roberts Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marisa L.
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Chef Mark is an amazing chef! He was very professional. I had a small dinner party with friends. I wasn’t sure what I wanted. Since I am on a low carb diet. After speaking with him he created a Menu to fit my diet restrict but also carter to my friends non restricted diet. Appetizer was fried calamari with sweet and sour sauce. The salad was a fresh Ahi Tuna salad. The entree was mouth watering pan seared Scallops with lemongrass carrot ginger purée. Lastly was dessert which I could only have a taste of my friends apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and homemade salted caramel. It was to hard to resist. Chef Mark made fresh berries with he’s own whipping cream!

Handmades by Heidi
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brenda B.
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Food was delicious! Professional friendly service. Will defenitely hire her again!

About

We provide canapes and appetizers as an extension of your culinary skills and kitchen. COP stuffed meats are also available. We provide the product of labor-intense food, and you get all the credits. Our customers include country clubs, hotels, casinos, amusement parks, stadiums and caterers.

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Mexican food with a good Southern California style is made available by Taco Man. We can handle parties, large events of 1,000 or cook a romantic dinner for two.

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

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Well, I have been working at Spherion's temporary agencies for about four years now, so I have a great customer experience.

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We are catering all your needs. We cook all ethnicity of foods. We are a small family owned catering company. I have 20 years of military cooking experience.

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

  • 6 years in business
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I try my best to do the most authentic street tacos always trying different recipes to make my tacos better

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.

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Need catering (full service)

Palm Springs, CA

  • Event type
    Other (wedding)
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    100-125
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    Vegetarian
  • Details
    would like food served at the tables family style.
  • $40
    Average price
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