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Elk Grove Affordable Catering Services

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Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Gregory H.
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We have found Alisa through Thumbtack based upon the reviews and were extremely pleased with her Catering Service for our Wedding. Alisa and her team arrived early, set up the tables and had the venue smelling wonderful with all of the food she cooked. Not only did her and the team assist with the dinner service, but they also cleaned and packed away all of the rental settings. This was extremely beneficial and gave both us and our friends additional time to enjoy the day. If anyone ever needs Catering Services in the East Bay, she is the best and has the most reasonable prices! Greg-n-Greg

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Jill L.
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Arturo is a joy to work with and makes delicious healthy foods. I've used his catering for a number of business lunches and they are always enjoyed. I especially love that he makes tamales with olive oil, and the veggie ones are superb.

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Sue C.
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Boris is professional - brings recipes, ingredients, and cooking utensils if needed. He keeps the lesson fun, interesting, and moving. I look forward to further lessons and possible catering services by him.

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C's BBQ Catering
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy H.
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I did not make the payment for the services, therefore, I was unable to rate value, but food & service was excellent! Great catering company!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angel V.
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Chef Albert's food is amazing. He arrived at my home on time and fully prepared. I didn't have to worry about anything. He provided my brunch guest with a delicious meal at a very reasonable price. I will definitely be booking his services again.

Cowabunga BBQ
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Chris M.
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Excellent caterer, made our party fabulous. All of our guests commented on how good the barbecue was and how the potato salad rocked. Willing to do what it takes to get the job done right, polite, professional and accommodating, Dave and crew can be counted upon to do a superb job at a surprisingly affordable price.

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Michele B.
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everything is amazing from service to quality of food

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Nancy Gerbault
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yvonne C.
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We wanted an English Tea Party for my Sister’s milestone birthday. Nancy worked on a special menu “catering” to our request. The food was fabulous! Our English guests said it was an authentic tea party.

Designs By Mimi
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jo H.
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We hired Mimi to cater out daughter's Bat Mitzvah. But what Mimi did was so above and beyond just catering. Mimi's food and presentation of food was delicious and beautiful. But in addition, she turned the party space into a gorgeously decorated space beyond the dreams of our daughter. Mimi was determined to make it the most magical event for our daughter and listened very carefully to all our daughter's ideas. We really couldn't believe Mimi's magic! She has the highest work ethic and delivers more than 100%! Great team of people backing her up as well. It was the best day of our daughter's life. Thank you mimi!

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Atherlee R.
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With all of the catering services available online, I chose to go with KINCY CATERING and I'm glad that I did. While speaking with Mr. Emani, he assured me that he could definitely provide a catered luncheon for 40 of my co-workers and myself. The selection of food items was huge, however I wanted to pick items that would fit within my budget and he had no problem assisting me in doing so. What I was looking for was some down-home, southern comfort food. He and I agreed on green beans w/ onions and red skin potatoes, macaroni / cheese and chicken. On the schedule day of the luncheon Mr. Emani was very punctual, as he arrived 30 minutes early. He was very professional, humble and a pleasure to do business with. As I expected the food was absolutely fabulous. Many of my co-workers complemented and agreed that it was well worth it. The presentation of the food trays was very neat and the food looking very appealing. I was totally delighted by the fact that Mr. Emani kept constant communication with me as there are some allergies with my co-workers and some do not eat meat so he was very considerate in his ingredients that were being used in efforts to accommodate every dietary need. So from my co-workers and myself we want to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to experience KINCY CATERING and we will definitely be using your catering services in the future!! Ms.Leah ~ BC/BS

Julie q
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Alicia T.
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Julie Quiroga catered my daughter's 15th birthday party. She helped me with food suggestions according with the theme and it was a hit! She is courtious, respectful and on time. My guest were satisfied and I strongly recommend her to cater any event.

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

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lynn P.
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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!

Three D Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff M.
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They are the Truth! Chefs and owners Roger and Dee are my new go to caterers! Their warm, and friendly staff were extremely pro! I've been put in charge of a few company events before but NEVER has the food tasted this good! I mean ultimately that's what it comes down to is the food. They definitely love what they do and it shows. The best part of the day for me was when my boss waved at me from across the way to get my attention. Then he pointed at his plate and gave me a very enthusiastic thumbs up! That's never happened before. Three D Catering are the best!

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We do all kinds of events from small buffets to large to table service, taco carts, and even group events.

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I make sure that I do things in the right way, and I do a fast-paced work. We work as a team with others, getting the money and hours I want.

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My name is Patty. I've been in the IT, telecom, food service, and hospitality industries for over 25 years. I've held corporate positions as an executive assistant, office manager, business, and telecom analyst. I've also been a high-end food server in fine dining, banquets and events, along with meal planning, budgeting, and orchestrating from start to finish. I'm considered a culinary foodie enjoying several cultures in the kitchen (old school meat and potatoes to chicken cordon bleu), along with gardening, landscape and design. I'm honest, personable, highly organized, and meticulous in nature. Satisfaction is guaranteed with the intent to surpass expectations to services rendered. I'm seeking to assist those in need of personal services for the busy executive or at-home mom wanting to focus on her family or outside interests. I'm not seeking daycare responsibilities.

About

Full service catering company specializing in all types of events from boxed lunches to large scale events of 200 people or more and everything in between. Any party any size any time.

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I'm an artist who makes beautiful cakes, pastries, pies, and more. I own my business and I am trying to expand my business.

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I am a Chef/Gourmet Cajun Food Truck Owner I have over 15 years of professional skills I cater all events and can cook all cuisines, I do parties, weddings, and personal chef/ we do a lot of food truck bookings we are her to provide excellent services

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We deliver 5 star customer service and delicious entrees. Our goal is to not only meet but exceed our clients expectations. We specialize healthy and tasty dishes ex. Mexican, American, Soul Food, Vegan, some Chinese

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 a Caterer

Elk Grove, CA

  • Event type
    Other (wedding)
  • Which meal
    Brunch
  • Dishes and beverages
    Appetizer(s)
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Hors D'oeurves
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Head count
    50-75
  • Budget per person
    $10-$20 per person
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    want finger foods because guest will not be seated at tables.
  • $486.67
    Average price

Need catering

Elk Grove, CA

  • Event type
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Serving style
    Plated meal
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    The reception will be held outdoors at a winery.
  • $1678.67
    Average price

Need catering

Elk Grove, CA

  • Event type
    Birthday party
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian
  • Serving style
  • Staff needed
    Set up: No, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    It is my 50th birthday..woo hoo..gathering of friends and family. December 13th
  • $1278.33
    Average price
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