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Elk Grove Inexpensive Caterers

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Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 80 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"!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 44 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!

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Shirley H.
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This was my very special day, (Our wedding) Global Gourmet, Made it Superior. With the excellent flavor of his food and service. Everyone raved about the the caterer. I'm promising you he is truly the best! With the price!

Cowabunga BBQ
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 44 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.

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C's BBQ Catering
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Brad C.
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I have been a pastor for over 25 years. When my son and his wife were married two summers ago Chris catered the meal. It honestly was head and shoulders over anything that I have experienced in over 25 years of doing weddings. The food was absolutely awesome and no one went away hungry. People are still telling me how good it was! And his graciousness, calmness, goodheartedness, and professionalism shone throughout his service to us. I would heartily encourage anyone to use him! Thanks Chris!

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Abroad Catering
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally C.
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Fantastic!! This is your next caterer!! Fabulous food at a price that is unbeatable. I really wanted a wedding with great and, for me, memorable food. But where could I get someone to handle my special food needs; vegan and gluten free?! Yikes. Nancy not only came through with a great menu but all the food was delicious, varied and creative. My very persnickety (food wise) vegan best friend turned to me during the reception and said, "This is the best vegan food I've ever had." And it was. Nancy had to go way our of her way to order gluten free bread for the bruschettas and no one could tell the difference from sourdough baguette. Neither could I! So, you're not a vegan? Then order the grilled peaches - mine came with a vegan cream but yours could be the real deal. Everyone loved it. And a fantastic side or main dish: Grilled Eggplant dipped in Chile Oil with Kabocha Squash and Scarlet Runner Beans tossed in Black Bean Sauce. Nancy's so good that the same aforementioned friend just hired her for her wedding.

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
Verified review

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.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Allyssa P.
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Kincy Catering provided quality food at an affordable price. When we had a huge drop in our guest count at the last minute, he was kind enough to change our total for us. I would definitely use them again in the future.

Laurel's Catering
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
David S.
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THE BEST. Very professional. The food was amazing. Also very nice people as well. A++++++

  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda Lopez
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Just about everything I have tasted from Chrysalis Catering has been delicious! They will not disappoint. I highly recommend!

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 7 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.

Chef Chelsea Ozuna
5.0
from 1 review
    Angela G.
    Verified review

    I hired Chelsea to bake cupcakes and set up for a baby shower I was hosting. Chelsea helped me select the flavor combo for the cupcakes and they turned out delicious! She was on time delivering them and did a fantastic job carrying out my vision for the set up of the shower. She even did the floral arrangements. I strongly recommend Chelsea for catering or events. She's professional, punctual and personable. I plan on hiring her again for my future events.

    • 9 years in business
    About

    We provide an array of different styles of food service, from buffet, to traditional, we have no limits. We design a catering service built around your ideas. We are health conscious, and our beliefs are that any food has its own right to be healthy. We are a company that strives to open our consumers mind, and experience to the Art of Consumption....Infusion is our strength. I enjoy cooking and sharing my love for food with others. It's comforting, soulful, I enjoy learning diffrent cuisines of food. Being creative is always a plus. Make it your own!!!!

    About

    We do all kinds of events from small buffets to large to table service, taco carts, and even group events. I love to make people happy and enjoy the ambiance.

    • 8 years in business
    About

    I really work with my clients to give them what they expect. I cook organic farm fresh local foods as well as organic foods. I have worked and have experience with many multicultural/ethnic cuisines such as Indian, Asian, Irish and American palates. The looks on the faces of my client's when they taste my dishes and the interaction with my clients. Also when they see my set up for catering.

    About

    I provide full-service catering using the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. We grow much of the fruits, produce and herbs that we use.

    About

    We do weddings, reunions, special events, meetings, 15 anos, any special events. We have been in the business for more than 10 years. I have an associate's degree in culinary, and what makes my company great is that we accommodate for the customer's needs.

    About

    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

    Carol's Creations is a starter company primary planned for bakery; however, my love for cooking, baking, etc. has lead me to expand my focus to include all areas of food preparation. I am extremely confident that my diverse culmination of recipes will excite even the most finicky of taste buds. I guarantee it! So, please give me a try. You have everything to gain. That is everything but weight, unless that is your desired goal.

    • 22 years in business
    About

    We are very responsive to inquiries and changes. When a guest sends us a request we respond in less than 24 hours the majority of the time. Many caterers get their food from their freezer, we make the majority of our items from scratch. This makes our food taste better. Helping guests create events they are proud of. The sense of satisfaction we get when we're done with a job knowing we helped to make someone's day is the best!

    • 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.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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