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Downey Caterers

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Colleen B.
Verified review

I had a party of 40 in my house. My kitchen is very small and Chef Marcel was able to cook for all those people in my small kitchen - and the food was delicious!! We started off with delicious appetizers passed around by his servers, who were charming, courteous, and efficient. I will use chef Marcel at my next party - hands down - and all my guests asked about the catering - and called to tell me everything was first class:) I highly recommend chef Marcel!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Air C.
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Carolina was a delight to work with! She listened to my needs and she delivered above and beyond what I expected. My customers were very happy and I can't wait to use them again! I highly recommend this catering business!!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Veronika A.
Verified review

Mr WorldWide Catering was fantastic! I have used him another time since our first project and am planning to use him again for all of our occasions. I am an event coordinator and not only was I impressed with his and his staffs professionalism, delicious high quality food and efficiency throughout these events, my clients were impressed as well. That means everything for me and my business. I highly recommend Mr WorldWide catering for any special event you need catering for, no matter how big or small. He is a pleasure to work with and will ensure your expectations are met and exceeded.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 207 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffery A.
Verified review

I worked last weekend for the Tim McGraw tour and Madkins Catering catered breakfast,lunch and dinner for almost 400 crew and staff. My favorite was the lemon pepper fish and that there was plenty of food for thirds and fourths. The staff was very friendly and accommodating! They had quality food and outstanding customer service. Their business manager Marcus walked around and shook hands with everyone and asked each of us if we were satisfied.....very personable! I'd definitely recommend this company.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
Verified review

Chef Mumsie's was great! The were quick to respond to all my emails and calls. They were even willing to work with our budget. The catering service was on time and the food was incredible! Our event was a success and that's because of Chef Mumsie! Thank you!

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Zule T.
Verified review

Chef Ana was very attentive, she made sure that we were happy with the flavor and texture of the food prior to the event. She involved us in all aspects of the process from plate selection to drink, to plating. She brought more than enough servers, and they were extremely friendly and catering with a smile to my guest! Her food and staff definitely made my event a memorable one. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends! Thank you From the Grill Catering for the amazing service you provided 😊

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy M.
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Tonya and her team were awesome. I had a Chinese themed event for 75. They offerred a great selection of entrees, and the guests all raved about the food. Tonya and her team took care of every detail - they organized the rentals, bartender, clean-up, etc. I would definitely recommend them!

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ani F.
Verified review

We were very happy with the food and service room Aioli. Catering our family event made everything run smoothly, and gave me the opportunity to mingle and visit with our guests. The food was delicious, and delivered and set up on time. I would highly recommend Aioli.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Aileen W.
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So Devine Catering catered an engagement party for my daughter. I can't say enough how awesome they are. I had never hired a caterer before and was a bit out of my element. Chef Alexa was super cool and kind enough to walk me through the process, meet with me and really did an outstanding job. Chef Alexa and her entire team are just awesome. Everyone at our party was impressed. Just can't say enough great things!

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Claudia C.
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Excellent food, catering and professionalism. Catered to my guests in such an amazing way, everyone loved the food.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth F.
Verified review

Hiring Steven and his phenomenal crew was the best decision we could have made for our event! We were tremendously impressed by Steven's professionalism and flexibility to all of our requests, he is an incredibly smart and resourceful businessman and was able accommodate our many brand-standards (for a very attractive price) and wow our guests with the results. The food was simply delicious, the service was exceptional (very warm and affable) and the set up/breakdown was seamless even in our small half kitchen and office space! If you're looking to work with a professional and provide a seamless catering service at your next event, I urge you to hire Steven!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Dolores G.
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I am beyond grateful to Thumbtack for connecting me to Chef Keith Prante and his team at Hautè Productions Events and Catering to cater my mom's 80th birthday celebration. They are absolutely A-MAZING! Chef Prante was one of two chefs who responded to my request via Thumbtack, and I also received a personal referral. Neither of the other caterers offered ANYWHERE NEAR the quality, selections, variety and value that Hautè offered at my price point. We had our tasting today, and it absolutely sealed the deal! Everything was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. I highly recommend Hautè Productions to any potential customer who appreciates excellence, accommodation and genuine customer service.

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Olga J.
Verified review

Work quality - phenomenal Professionalism - fantastic Responsiveness - Joanna couldn't have been more responsive if she tried. Value- heck yes! Do you know how pricey mobile bartending and catering vendors can be in LA? This company is a steal considering the amount of collaboration and quality of service your receive. Punctuality - On time, super fast in setting up, even faster tearing down. I highly recommend this vendor. I planned an entire event from another state and Joanna made me feel like I had nothing to worry about on her end. Will work with her again for sure.

  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kristan T.
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Food First Events & Catering Co. recently did two events for my company and the feedback was amazing! The food was stepped up in such a way that the impact was noticeable. The breakfast spreads that were delivered on time and set up impeccably were delicious with a few notable homemade pastry items that left people talking! I experienced nothing but professionalism, reliability and class from this experience. Also, working with David to make sure I met my budget was extremely easy and he was eager to help meet my needs without compromising quality. I highly recommend!

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Anna V.
Verified review

I'm a Coordinator for a big Corporation at the El Segundo area and my experience with Fitch's Kitchen is excellent!. Delicious food, quality is outstanding and excellent professionalism! I will highly recommend the catering services!

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise Y.
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Shannan made sure everything was perfect for my wedding. I truly appreciate her professionalism, help and vision. I highly recommend her services! Her years of experience shine through, you will not be disappointed with her services.

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie L.
Verified review

Chef Don and his team made my event extremely successful. Don was so easy to communicate with, and was very flexible and accommodating. He offered his suggestions and ideas when needed and made sure the entire evening went smoothly. His team was professional and friendly. I couldn't have asked for more. And the food? Amazing! We all loved everything and the report from these picky teenagers was a huge thumbs up! I will definitely contact this catering company for my next big event!

A Wayfaring Chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Steph S.
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Jessie catered two parties for me and not only was the food exceptional but she was so professional and everything went so smoothly. I don't think there was one dish that wasn't great. She was so creative and helpful with great ideas to make the parties perfect.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven C.
Verified review

Living Veg provides years of experience to their clients with professional expertise and a committed focus on details along with the personalization to what the client desires. When you add these qualities to the truly delicious food that is delivered, you have a very rare combination in catering that is 2nd to none. If you are looking for a caterer for any type of event, whether it be a small business lunch for a corporate meeting or a larger event, such as a beautiful wedding or other family celebration, I would strongly recommend that you contact Shelley at Living Veg. You will receive far more than you expect as well as an overall plan that will fit perfectly within your budget.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Rena' H.
Verified review

Not only does her professionalism in satisfying your taste buds meet expectations, but her presentation is awesome as well. Yes, I would definitely recommend Chef LaTay for future catering events.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Wendell catered a private event, for a group of all vegan / plant based guests. The food was phenomenal and some of the best plant based food I've had. There was a large variety of flavors and dishes - greens, tempeh, tofu, seitan, tons of veggies, quinoa and more. The variety of food was so good, I am looking to bring him as a private chef for a series of wellness retreats.

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 Catering Services

Northridge, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Head count
  • Details
    We're interested in beef, pork & chicken tacos with rice, beans, chips, salsa and guacamole - cheese quesadillas for appetizers or vegetarisn
  • $450
    Average price

Need a Caterer

Lake Elsinore, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Head count
  • Details
    This is a twenty fifth anniverdary celebration, fiesta style reception
  • $414
    Average price

Need Catering Services

Newport Beach, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American
  • Head count
  • Details
    at our home on patio-bayside
  • $30
    Average price
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