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Escondido Dessert Caterers

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Baja's Tacos & Catering
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wendy K.
Verified review

Baja's Tacos was BEST QUALITY AND BEST SERVICE. The owner really cares about his customers and his reputation. All of my 75 guest said Baja Tacos was by far the best taco caterer they had ever had. My guest have used many local caterers in the past and I am still receiving excellent feedback on how Great the food was. I would highly recommend this company. Thank you Baja Taco.....

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 74 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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LouElla S.
Verified review

Amazing! Sit down dinner for 32. Everything perfect. People asked me for her card. First time hiring a catered dinner won't be the last. She made the party a celebration from the specialty drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres to the fillets and fish and through to dessert. Lilian, YOU made my husband's birthday special! Thank You so much.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Sandy H.
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WOW!! What a fantastic evening with Shawna from Best Mobile Chef. From the moment I first contacted Shawna, I KNEW I wanted to work with her. Shawna is friendly, helpful, and an AWESOME chef. She prepared an incredible meal and yummy desserts for our Christmas dinner party. Our guests were so impressed. Thank you, Shawna!!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
Chitra C.
Verified review

The Chef Mumsie team did an amazing job of catering my 40th birthday party! From day 1, the team was quick to respond to my emails and work with our dietary restrictions, taste preferences and budget to create a memorable menu . They even prepared something on the spot, in my kitchen, for a gluten free party guest. He was extremely pleased and so were we! I’m still getting text messages from friends raving about the food and dessert. I highly recommended the Chef Mumsie team for your next event!!

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 55 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Lucia V.
Verified review

Everybody loved the food. There was plenty and we even had leftovers. The caterers didn't mind all the stairs they had to take to carry their stove, tables etc. We will hire them again for sure when we are in the area.

Millie's Berries & Cake's
4.5
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
James M.
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I would recommend Sabrina for dessert table and cupcakes. She does an amazing job! Tasteful and delicious!!

Avian's House Catering
4.6
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Margie S.
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I threw a suprise dinner gathering for a friend's birthday in Califonia from another State (thanks to Avian's house who did all the work)...Avian was vey helpful, courteous, and very professional. He always returned my call, email and text. Everything went as planned...started the dinner on time and everyone is still talking about how delicious the dinner was....everything on the menu was made from scratch. Avian was awesome. He made me look like a genius planning from Texas and yet he did all the work. I will definately not hesitate to recommend him or use him again. Thank you Avian ~ from Texas.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen P.
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Stacy is an Extaordinary Chef! She made an excellent Stationary Buffet, Passed Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres and a Dessert Station for my residential party. All of my guests were raving about how delicious her cooking from scratch was. She is so creative and has an impressive list of appetizers to chose from. Stacy was so classy and professional and she kept everything on task so I could enjoy talking with my friends and relax. I would definitely hire her again and recommend her to my friends. She is Tremendous!

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Katy H.
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I have been to two different dinner parties and I am so impressed with the fabulous top-quality food prepared and served by Christine! Everything was amazing including the organic baby herb lettuce with confetti cabbage that was served with a roasted chicken salad. My friends and I are still talking about the delicious Panaang Coconut Curry with shrimp. Truly the best I've ever had! And the amazing dessert -a flourless chocolate cake and vanilla bean ice cream. Looking forward to the next time.

Chris Gardner Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara W.
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Christopher, is nothing short of amazing, pulling off a fantastic menu for 20 with very short notice, rack of lamb, roasted asparagus wrapped with prosciutto and a delectable threesome of desserts!

Top Chef
4.4
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Tina A.
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I hired Diane to cook a multi-course meal in the comfort of our home in order to surprise my husband for Valentines Day. We agreed upon a menu, a time, a price and we were good to go. On the day of we corresponded a bit and she offered some of her personal items to help decorate for the special night which was above and beyond. I didn't need them but I did appreciate the offer. Diane is friendly, responsive and the food she made was DIVINE! Part of our meal included cream corn and French onion soup, both my husbands favorites. He loved both items. We were so full, we couldn't even eat the dessert we had planned for the evening. My husband said one more bite and he would have exploded. Diane was efficient in the kitchen, we were able to see the flambé for the steak from the dining room where we were enjoying our salad. She served the meal and cleaned up as each course went along. It was a new experience for both of us and it ended up being a very special evening.

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathleen K.
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Wow Carly made our event so easy! I contactcted her on SHORT notice and wow she delivered ! Fed 13 of us a great meal with dessert and brought it all ready to serve !! Really loved the Mac and cheese and fried chicken, salads and dressing was yummy ! Loved that we could enjoy the company and not be busy in the kitchen, and—- she even took our group photo !!! Thanks Carly !

M&M Events Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney C.
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Please please hire her for your catering needs. Not only was the food fabulous she was prompt on arrival ! I will be highly recommending her for anyone I know . My wedding went off without a problem when it came to our food. All night my guests complimented the food . Morgan created a wonderful menu and the food was delicious ! Thank you Morgan

Swamp Daddy's BBQ
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Gelsa De Damas S.
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I attended a birthday party catered by Swamp Daddy’s BBQ and the food was delicious and promptly served. I noticed several quests stating how tasty the food was as well.

URBN Catering
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica D.
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They were quick on their toes when the parking situation wasn't ideal. They set up a beautiful table for salads and appetizers and the food was incredible! Highly recommend them!

commis.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dustin S.
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For the last 3 years, Chef Monterey has been a constant fixture at our events.  Her food is absolutely top-notch, and she always comes up with just the right dishes for each dinner!  We've done everything from a Western-themed birthday party with authentic BBQ to a classy Old Hollywood New Year's Eve where she served an eight (!!!) course tasting menu, and her food just knocks it out of the park.   Chef Monterey is most definitely in our top 3 private chefs in Southern California (and we've gone through A LOT), and if you want absolutely AMAZING food made by a dynamic young chef with a personality to match, she's your girl!

Flavor Affinity
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ian S.
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Flavor Affinity and Chef Baker came highly recommended by a co-worker of mine.  I decided to use this service because Chef Baker was not only the first to respond to my email,  (I sent out the same email to 3 private chef/caterers) but had the most value built into his quote. He had pre-built packages but ultimately allowed us to design the whole menu! We chose a 4 course option and could not have been happier with the food, ambiance, and decor.  Lastly, as the party began to wind down, I noticed that almost the whole service area and glassware was cleaned up without anyone noticing. It was a truly impressive evening and Flavor Affinity comes highly recommended from myself and surely anyone who has had the pleasure to work with them.

O'SIDE BBQ MAN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kerry M.
Verified review

Alvin was a BIG hit at our Holiday Gift Fair! The food was DELICIOUS! We are hoping he will join us for our Family Fun Day!

APRIL'S on GIRARD Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Carolann N.
Verified review

Simply put....AMAZING! April is our new go to event caterer, she is the best of the best. Details, exquisite food, and she is so warm and kind on top of that! All if our guests were so impressed!!

Takobar San Diego
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jen M.
Verified review

Juliana was very responsive and professional. The tacos we tasted were quite yummy, all the ingredients tasted fresh. We particularly liked the carne asada. I would recommend Takobar San Diego for parties and special events.

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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