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Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Desert Hot Springs.

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Fernanda O.
Verified review

Michael did a great job for our dinner party a while back. He made a fabulous tasting meal for dinner party of 10. Beef filet served over a Portebella mushroom with risotto, Chicken breast stuffed with Ricotta cheese and spinach with risotto and veggie selection. Everything was great and he even cleaned up the kitchen. Definitely would use again.

  • 28 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Alice W.
Verified review

Chef William catered a dinner party for 11 women at a vacation rental home in the Coachella Valley. He was very easy to communicate with prior to the event, and he offered a great menu at a reasonable price. He arrived on time and set up discreetly in the kitchen while our guests drank sangria and ate appetizers (all provided by Chef William) outside by the pool. All of the food was delicious, and the portion sizes were generous. The paella was fun to watch him prepare in the giant pan and tasted delicious even the next day as leftovers. The tortoni dessert was also a hit. Chef William cleaned up impeccably after dinner, and we were all grateful to wake up the next morning to an immaculate kitchen and no dishes to wash. I would definitely recommend Chef William to cater a fun and delicious dinner for a large group.

Taquizas ''El Rey''
from 45 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
G. W.
Verified review

I have used Jesse's business to cater gatherings at my house, from 40 to 70 people, on three separate occasions. Every time, I have been extremely happy with his service, his professionalism, and the quality of his food. The variety and amount of food he serves, along with toppings and even plates and plasticware, make it a really great value for the money. I just provide a fruit platter, drinks, and dessert and the party is covered. And when he's done, he even bags up the extras for you to keep. Being able to enjoy your own party and visit with your guests instead of working the whole time in the kitchen and then having to clean up is a great deal. My guests have raved about the service and the food each time and I can't compliment him enough. Tacos El Rey is a great way to go for large parties.

Awesome Events by Jessica
from 32 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie H.
Verified review

Awesome is the perfect word to describe events by Jessica! I had to back-to-back parties in early December that couldn't have been more perfectly executed. Jessica thought of absolutely everything to make each party a success. From the the the waitstaff that she hired, all were perfectly informed, professional and fantastic at their jobs. The food was amazing, the staff was prompt and polite. Both parties could not have been any better! The first person I will call before planning my next event will be Jessica! She's AWESOME!

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Creative Catering
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy A.
Verified review

From the minute I found Jeff Kaufman, I knew I had a planning partner for my wedding weekend, which we wanted to be a never-ending party. Jeff consulted with us on every detail from finding the venue and handling rentals and staffing, to creating menus for a rehearsal dinner, cocktail party, and reception (complete with happy hour, three-course meal and dessert bar), as well as a farewell brunch (in the rain!). Jeff was attentive, resourceful and realistic, saving us money where he could while feeding 175 people for three days. The food was fresh, the meat was grilled and served a la minute, and our guests raved about every bite. Jeff gave us no surprises when it came to costs and while we went over our planned budget, the outcome was well worth it. Jeff was much more than a caterer, he was a guide and a calming force throughout the experience. It was a magical winter wedding in the desert that we'll never forget.

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from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

First Class Catering service did an excellent job for our party of 30 guests. The set up service was efficient and looked great. Appreciate all the work Michael did to make the party a success!

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jim B.
Verified review

Chef Sarena had prepared our Thanksgiving Dinner - 2015. Dinner consisted of Shrimp Ceviche, Lobster with rice and beans, tortilla soup & Flan for desert. Our Dinner was outstanding and very much appreciated. There was some down time between the soup and the main course but I believe that was do to the Lobster grilled outside and serving inside. I would highly recommend Chef Sarena for your dinner and /or parties.

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Catering Services
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tedd C.
Verified review

Chef Julian catered a party for 12 of us in Palm Springs. He did an absolutely amazing job and each course was delicious (the fish was among the best we've ever had)! He also did a great job with the service as well. We would 100% recommended Chef Julian!!

Cello's Pantry
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn M.
Verified review

Whether looking for a unique, memorable experience, an intimate dinner for two or cocktail party for 500, Cello's will exceed every expectation and offer a few additional surprises, too. Exceptional food, service and quality! No wonder Cello's is the talk of the town! Congratulations to Bonnie Barkley and her talented Cello's team.

  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marco L.
Verified review

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.

Cater by Sheila
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Diane H.
Verified review

Sheila catered our staff Christmas party and did an outstanding job. I own a fine dining restaurant and wanted the staff to be impressed with the meal, (apps were scrumptious and two entrees and sides were hot and delicious) and she did not let me down. At the end of the evening I r served her services for next year.

  • 6 years in business
Norma J.
Verified review

My husband and I were the lucky recipients to be invited to a dinner party that Chef Woody catered. The entire meal was delicious and the food presentation was beautiful. Chef Woody was kind enough to share his recipes and answer any question that the guests had. My husband and I would highly recommend Chef Woody.

Royal Bash Event Design
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Rainey C.
Verified review

Royal Bash came to our company's 4,000 sq. ft. warehouse and transformed a good portion of it into an unbelievable Oscar night! True eloquence in decorations, plus the food was outstanding AND included party favors! Everyone dressed for the occasion. Thanks Royal Bash for a stunning evening!

Mark Roberts Catering
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marisa L.
Verified review

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!

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Steve S.
Verified review

Garlic Girls catered a masquerade party at our home near Silver Lake. We gave her about 2 weeks advance notice and Amy was able to fit us in to her schedule. She and one assistant arrived right on time to set up. Using their own display equipment it was masterfully arranged, and her menu recommendations blended well, creating a compelling visual. Considering the quality of the food, the price was very reasonable. Save yourself the hassle and delegate your successful gathering to a friendly and conscientious professional.

Haney Catering
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sherri B.
Verified review

Robert Haney's catering came in to our party and set up all the food within minutes and we had a party of about 80 people for my Husband's 50th birthday. It looked Fantastic and Delicious and even the fruit tray was Beautiful and sweet and some of the fruit wasn't even in season. How did he even find such sweet fruit? Then when we announced at our party that the food has been served we had people filling up their plates as high as they could go because Everything he served looked So Appetizing and Delicous. Everyone Loved Everything he cooked.i can't tell you my favorite because I Loved it all! We had Tri Tip, Chicken Breast (HUGE CHICKEN BREASTS) pulled pork, potato salad, rolls and The Best Potato Salad Ever! We couldn't have asked for a better menu or Better Food. Everyone Loved Roberts Haneys catering and we will for sure ask him to cater our next party and every party we cater in the future. It was THE BEST FOOD I've EVER Had at Any Party. Many Friends have already ask me who our caterer was because they would also Love to have him cater their next party. I gave him 5 stars but id Love to give him at least ten! We had the Best BBQ in town! Thank You Thumbtack for having him as one of your caterers. I believe I got the Best you have. A Million Thank You's! Or at least 80!

Robin H. Faber
from 2 reviews
    Patricia L.
    Verified review

    Robin was great to have at my Anniversary Party. She arrived early, was the utmost professional. Great positive energy. My guests were very impressed, as was I. I would love to utilize her talents again anytime.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Antoinette B.
    Verified review

    I love Papa Joe's. The owners are super friendly. My family are regulars and they always recognize us when we come in. Their prices are great and their pizza is always good and fast. The interior of the restaurant could use some updating, but this is a local family-owned place that does what they can with what they have. Try their party-sized pizza for your next party. It feeds many hungry teenagers.

    Personal Chef Services
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Ann C.
    Verified review

    Lynn catered a dinner party for me; every bite was delicious and she was lovely. Her creamy chicken chili was a huge hit on a chilly evening!

    Kathy's Catering
    from 1 review
      Cassi W.
      Verified review

      Outstanding, Yes! Fantastic flavor & cooked to perfection. Pleasingly excellent presentation. Very punctual, professional & conveniently located. We have enjoyed Kathy's Catering for several dinner gatherings & parties, as well as luncheons. We will be requesting Kathy's Catering for our future catering needs.

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      New To Thumbtack

      • 8 years in business

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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.

      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.
      Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.