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Elk Grove Inexpensive Caterers

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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
Stephanie B.
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I can't say enough about Auturo and "taste for the senses". From the 1st moment we meet him and his assistant , we were sold. Their professionalism was top notch and the food was by far, the best I'd ever tasted. Before we selected, we interviewed other caterers just to be fair but it was hopeless. We found our selves comparing everyone else to our experience with Auturo and the others just didn't stand a chance. We would , without a doubt, recommend "Taste for the Senses" to anyone we know who may be hosting an event that requires 1 st class catering.

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 41 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!

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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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  • 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
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
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 30 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
Barbara P.
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Mimi and her staff were amazing; they by far exceeded my expectations. My safari baby shower was more than I ever hoped for because Mimi took the time to find out what was important to me and made it happen. Mimi was responsible for everything from set up, decorations, catering, games and cleanup. She and her very professional staff came into my home 4 hours prior to the party and transformed our living and dining room into a real safari jungle! She even hand made the party favor bags and they were so adorable. My guests were so amazed and had an amazing time. I can't wait to hire Mimi again soon!!! I must comment also on her staff: I felt like they were part of our family. They all brought the personal touch and were here at our service. The warmth and personality of her staff are beyond description.

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DidiCoco's
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Imari L.
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Service was very professional. Food was tasty and set up really nicely.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 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 17 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
David S.
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THE BEST. Very professional. The food was amazing. Also very nice people as well. A++++++

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!

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!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Andrea D.
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It is my pleasure to offer a review of Sylvia's catering, culinary expertise and work ethic. I have enjoyed years of her cooking as she and I were coworkers. In addtion she has catered a couple parties for our family. Sylvia is classically trained so she may provide any food item or method requested. She is also of course very proficient in kitchen safety, equipment, hygiene, prep, timing and temperature requirements. Now for food! Sylvia has a special sense for pairing and encorporating big flavors and complimentary textures. Whether is is fried chicken and mashed potatoes you are after or exotic flavors of the Far East and Carribean Islands, she can provide. Personally I prefer the latter and the spices and flavors Sylvia creates are completely delicious. Some examples include her Chana Alu (curry chick pea and potato), chilie spiced salsas and chutneys, and tangy tomato marinaras. Our family perferes the Caribbean flavors and a recent menu included jerk spiced chicken (and tofu), coconut prawn, chana alu, spicy mango chutney, yougart/ dill chutney, green salad and cilantro/ lime rice. Sylvia graces any atmoshere with exuberance, style, positivity and professionalism. Highly recommened!

About

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

  • 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.

About

We do weddings to small, sit-down dinners at your house. We can make whatever you want. We also have a BBQ we can bring if that is what you want.

About

We provide farm-to-fork catering services. We make exceptional food using local seasonal fruits, vegetables and meats. We have a vast network of top local servers and bartenders to make any event top-notch. We also provide event planning or decorating.

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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