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Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa J.
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Had a Christmas Party for 30 people in my home. Food was prepared on-site. As guests arrived first and caterers second, the kitchen was full of guests nibbling on appetizers. Alisa and her assistant blended right in working around guests. The food was delicious! All guests commented about how wonderful the food was and how pleasant Alisa and her assistant were. Clean-up was provided, and they did a great job at that too. It made enjoying guests and myself fantastic! Planning for the event was seamless, organized and expeditious! When I have another party for my 50th this year, Passionate Plates and Alisa will be on "speed-dial"!

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Jean D.
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I have been to several events which Taste of the Senses catered. They all have been above and beyond my expectations. The quality and quantity of food surpasses those of other caterers at the events. His menu includes tri-tip, ceviche, and tamales, among other delicious, homemade authentic Mexican fare. Arturo and his crew go to all lengths to adjust to the event and circumstances, whether it is a wedding, a quincianera, or a fundraiser. They are friendly, hard-working, and talented, and I recommend Taste of the Senses highly.

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Tara L.
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I had the pleasure of using Boris Seljak's services on several occasions. His meals - all types of cuisine - can range from simple and casual to elegant and gourmet and all delicious! The most notable catering event was a birthday celebration for 40 guests. I wanted specific types of dishes and Boris made it work within the budget. It was a fantastic meal - the Thai curry shrimp and scallops was my favorite! I highly recommend Boris Seljak - he is an excellent chef and will make your event memorable!

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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
Michelle K.
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Exceeded my expectations from the initial communication to the actual catering of the event. I will definitely use C'S BBQ Catering again.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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BRENDA B.
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We hired Albert for my birthday party to do a progressive dinner. It was spectacular. He is a very engaging person who is passionate about his work. His food is beautiful, like works of art with unique combinations of flavors we had not tasted before. He spent hours prior to arrival slow cooking several dishes. He is not a caterer, he is a master artist personal chef!

Cowabunga BBQ
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer D.
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We hired Cowabunga BBQ for our daughter's High Graduation / 18th birthday celebration on 5/27/2017. Cowabunga BBQ was absolutely fantastic to work with. The food was beyond delicious; all of the guests were raving about how wonderful everything they prepared was. We could not decided if the potato salad, mac & cheese or the tri-tip was the favorite. Even more than that though was how incredibly wonderful and professional David and his amazing daughter Megan was. The food was delicious and top notch: the staff are friendly and so so helpful. Any event we host needing a caterer will be Cowabunga BBQ.

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
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Polkadot Dinners is our favorite caterer. Rachel is one of the most professional caterers I know in the area. Her food is absolutely amazing and her presentation of her display of food just ties in with the theme of her menu which is a added plus. Definitely within anyone budget she can make it happen. Highly recommended.

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Nancy Gerbault
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Rob G.
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Nancy did a fabulous job with our 50+ person graduation event at our home. She responded quickly, was very flexible and delivered a delicious meal (appetizers through dessert) that got universal compliments! She even accommodated various ethnic and allergy-related food needs. She is full service and would be a great caterer for your next event!

Designs By Mimi
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Ralph C.
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Mimi catered an event for 30 people for me. She was very prompt, flexible, provided many options, and was easy to communicate with in pre-event planning and preparation. The food was delivered on time, was presented beautifully, and was excellent. Quantity and Quality were both above expectations. We could not be happier!

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Zakiyaah T.
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I had nothing less than the best experience with Kincy Catering, the food was cooked to perfection and presentation was wonderful !!! All at affordable prices ! I will be purchasing again :)

Laurel's Catering
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Beth G.
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Laurel was wonderful to work with. She developed a great menu for our event and in spite of 100 degree weather kept cool and gracious. Food was delicious and beautifully served. Thank you Laurel!

Julie q
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kati S.
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Julie was such an amazing caterer for our wedding. The food was delicious!! She has a great variety of food to choose from and it is all amazing. She also provided table settings and a beverage table. Julie was right by our side the whole way with quick responses and offering more assistance when needed. I recommend her for any type of event!

Catering By Grace
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Andea A.
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Grace's food is amazing! She is one of the best caterers we've ever used here at the CTA; the food is hot and delicious, she's on-time and prepared, and she goes above and beyond the call of duty!

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

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
Mike P.
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I couldn't have asked for a better experience having Chrysalis Catering working my son's graduation party. Tameeka had great communication skills. She always kept in contact with me before and during the event. She was professional and attentive to the needs of the party and made sure the meal was prepared on time. My guests were also impressed with Tameeka and asked for her card to cater their future events. This was the first time I used this app and my wife and I were pleasantly surprised. Chrysalis Catering is top notch.

Home Sweet Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shantelle D.
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Casey works extremely hard to make your event perfect. Her food is amazing and her attitude is always positive. You won't be disappointed!

About

I am a beginning business. My goal is health, wealth and always ready to serve. I do my business because I love what I do. I've been told that I am good at what I do.

  • 12 years in business
About

We are a family based full service catering company. Specialize in down home southern cooking. Food prepared with only the finest quality ingredients. Utilize local products. Have a history in corporate catering and weddings. We can provide quality full service from a small two person every to a large group of 300 plus.

About

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.

  • 7 years in business
About

We offer a gourmet food truck, with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors on gourmet wraps. For catering, we are very flexible.

About

I do catering and cleanup at the location of your choice. My service has many options as far as food is concerned; I can cook it all.

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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