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Duarte Holiday Caterers

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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 123 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsey H.
Verified review

Chef Marcel create a wonderful meal for out holiday party. He was great at helping us to create a menu that was elegant yet stay within our budget. Everyone was talking about how delicious the food was over previous years.

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 93 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
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Brandi G.
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I don't even know where to begin! Jose is an amazing caterer and I am so happy we hired him for our wedding this past Friday. When we were first tasting caterers food they all seemed metiocre but Joses was amazing! We hired him on the spot! Not to mention he was the most reasonable price! Then everyone was making me nervous saying that catered food is never as good when they have too cool it in large quantities (we had 180 people). When we got to the reception everyone was already eating appetizers and happy. When Jose spotted my husband and I he came up to us and told us he had made us each an appetizer plate and if we wanted it. Then he came up to me to make sure I wanted dinner served when I had originally asked. I did and he brought us the first 2 plates. The food was amazing! Just as good as I remember! Everyone was so pleased and kept talking about how the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding! That was exactly what I wanted! His bartender was amazing and all his staff was so friendly. The setup looked nice and professional. The drinks he brought were great and everyone was talking about how great the mint water was! Then I ordered cheeseburger sliders and French fries to be served late night and they were amazing! He even brought wings and everyone was so excited! They went fast and by the time I got over there everything was gone. Jose told me let me get your plates and pulled out two foil covered plates. He always thought of us first and without him I wouldn't have eaten. All day everything had hiccups and my rentals were late, everything was slightly wrong except Jose! He really came through and went above and beyond. I will definitely hire him again for any events and recommend him to the fullest!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Hilary S.
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I needed a caterer for my dad's funeral reception. Spoke to other caterers but Carolina of Gourmet Lover's Catering was the only one who gave her condolences, this meant a lot to me. The full service presentation was tasteful, the food delicious and reasonably priced. There were no exta added on fees like the other caterers. I highly recommend Gourmet Lover's Catering, Boris & Carolina are a wonderful team and you will not be disappointed.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 208 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.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 58 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Tamara K.
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Chef Mumsie is, without exception, one of the best caterers I have worked with in the Los Angeles area. Her personal service, commitment to excellence, and over-and-above contributions made our several week-long meetings (during Summer 2014) a huge success. The menus were savory and enjoyed by all guests, the food was delivered fresh, not and easy for us to display well. Knowing that all the catering was completely taken care of allowed me to focus on the things that mattered--my guests! Not a single detail was missed. I very highly recommend Chef Mumsie's services to anyone in the Orange or Los Angeles County areas for any event, large or small. Without question, I will be a repeat customer! Thank you!

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The Pit Stop BBQ, LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Monica E.
Verified review

The Pit Stop BBQ was great! The employees really LOVED and enjoyed the food. Their services were also wonderful. We've had caterers that take up to two hours to serve 150 people. Pam and her crew were done in less than an hour. I recommend The Pit Stop and am looking forward to hiring Pam again in the near future!

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Mae S.
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Thanksgiving holiday dinner a few days early. We were staying near Disneyland and Ana and her crew made it happen. Food was delicious!! I would definitely use her again!! Ana was very responsive and easy to communicate with. :)

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Karen L.
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Used Sierra Madre Catering for an office holiday party. Would definitely use them again and pricing was very reasonable. Everyone in the office was very happy with the food and they were able to accommodate several vegetarians and one vegan in our office.

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Aioli
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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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 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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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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SEGAR LA
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Helene B.
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Creative menu, flexibility and professionalism during communications to create a holiday party. Event will be in December.

  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry C.
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We had a tight budget. It was the end of the year and money was tight. We wanted to serve a fine holiday meal for 400 tenants / merchants. KMR worked with us, made suggestions and came in at our budget. Normally I would be apprehensive to suggestions and would assume a lower quality. This was not the case. The food was beauty and delicious - better than perfect! The suggestions worked perfectly and I feel we paid a little for a whole lot. The set up and the servers were professional; they were on time. KMR met and exceeded all expectations. They were a pleasure to work with and had every detail covered. Highly recommend KMR - better than excellent! Very pleased with the entire process! KMR proved themselves to be diligent, professional, serves food that is beautiful, tasty and worthy of praise!

  • 3 years in business
  • 66 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.

  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
David W.
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When I asked the chef about catering an event for a wedding, You set up a face-to-face consultation and was there on time. Chef David asked many questions guaranteeing and making sure all of our desires were known addressed and met. How many people, what type of food, any Allergies, Ect... The chef explained to us that he was a full service catering service, he set up tablecloths ,silverware, plates He even offered to get the center pieces (although we already had them picked out). The day of the wedding Chef David and his crew came to the venue and proceeded to set up for 80 people and cook. He created one of the most fantastic wedding dinners I have ever been able to enjoy.. Chef Dave, when I need another event catered, you are my guy! Thank you much forall your help.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Steven C.
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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.

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Nellie T.
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I still wonder how I was so fortunate to have found Chef Greg Akahoshi for our event and dinner party. He’s a seasoned Chef who is intensely passionate about what he does. With his background, I wondered why someone like him would even bother to cook for us but he did. Even before our event he stayed in contact texting me photos of the mouth watering dishes he would serve. He was always friendly, upbeat, and enthusiastic. He made us feel like our event was important to him. Then when the day came, he showed up early to prepare and graciously accommodated some last minute guests. He was as friendly and passionate about food as he seemed over the phone. Our guests showed up and we ended up having the best dinner party that we have ever hosted. It was an amazing and wonderful evening with delicious dishes at an incomparable quality and presentation. The steak was so soft that you really could cut it with a butter knife. Everything was brightly colored, beautiful, and fresh. As we progressed through each dish, I could see the smile and joy coming to our guests faces. Our conversations unfolded easily and lightheartedly. It was so great that I was able to fully enjoy our guests and not have to worry about cooking and serving. And the stellar food made our guests feel good. When Chef Akahoshi was done he left with our kitchen more spotless than we he arrived. And in the afterglow of the wonderful food, our guests stayed to talk late into the evening. Some said they could eat the whole meal all over again. I am so thankful to Chef Akahoshi for coming into our home and sharing his talent, passion and wonderful personality with us. And most of all for allowing us to give some of our beloved family and friends a memorable evening that we will all always remember as an expression of our gratitude and love.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
Verified review

Carolyn is so easy to work with. Planning parties, family gatherings, and/or holiday festivities can be very stressful, and that’s when you need someone like Carolyn to help you. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for many parties and her catering have not disappointed me yet. The only reason I didn’t rank her perfect is because I’ve yet tasted all of her specialities. Best of luck Chef LaTay. Valerie

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Evelyn D.
Verified review

I appreciate the fast response and the excellent customer service. I expected the food to be good but it was beyond that.. the food was FLAVORFUL & SO DELICIOUS!! I told myself i was only going to eat 2 tacos max but best believe, i came back for more! They have two catering styles.. Taco man and buffet style. We had both and we were not disappointed. Will be booking with them again for my next events!

La Panzano Gourmet Catering
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Monica N.
Verified review

Having found La Panzano on Thumbtack, I was a little hesitant to hire since I had never worked with them before. Joseph was extremely accommodating and responsive. He provided a tasting and was able to work with our dietary restrictions. La Panzano catered our office Holiday Party and our 125 staff were all very happy. The food was great! The servers were very friendly and moved the line along quickly. I would highly recommend La Panzano as a caterer and looked forward to having another event soon in order to have some of their other food!

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 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.

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
David C.
Verified review

Iris did so much for us to make this our best holiday event to date. It was a breeze on my part, she did all of the planning, finding the DJ and venue. We worked together on menu items, and were able to taste test in advance. The salmon was amazing, as was the tri-tip. Iris is also a truly sweet person, and I enjoyed planning this event with her very much. She was very accommodating, and delivered as promised. Thank you! I would highly recommend her for your event planning.

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.

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.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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