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Escondido Taco 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.
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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
Missy T.
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Jose and his wife were great! Te hey arrived on time to set up before a special surprise party for my daughter. The food was a taco bar venue and it was hot and delicious. His rates were fair and everyone raved the food was delicious! His fresh guac was mmm good! We had Carne and pollo and both were great! I would hire Jose again for my next catered event! Missy t.

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 74 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike G.
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Lillian was so wonderful in all aspects of this experience. She listened to what I was looking for and created amazing and creative dishes. Her food and presentation was top notch. She is high energy and just fun to be around. If I ever need personal chef services again I don't have to think twice of who to call.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
Rosellen D.
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Great communication, took time to check out venue ahead of time. Very prompt, ready to serve on time, guests happy. Left kitchen and dining room cleaner than they found it.

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 55 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Aida H.
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La Mexicana Tacos & Catering provided three types of tacos and all the fixings for my dad's 85th birthday celebration and the food was delicious! They arrived at least 1 hour early to set up and get the hand-made tortillas going, and were ready to serve right at the time I designated. I will definitely use them again!

Avian's House Catering
4.6
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jan F.
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Chef Avian and his team provided a delicious taco feast with three meats and all the fixing plus rice and beans. Everything was freshly made at the event and everyone thought the food was fantastic! Chef Aboan and his team were friendly and worked constantly to provide a delicious meal!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Sydney T.
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I hired Stacy for a vday dinner, the food was amazing, her personality was great and the experience she gave us will last a lifetime. I highly recommend her and will hire her again.

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Ilani K.
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We had a delight Thai meal. It was delicious, leisurely and the personal attention was superb. Thank you!

Chris Gardner Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Mary M.
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We hired Chef Gardner to prepare a dinner for my husbands employes. From the early planning stages to the completion of a wonderful evening Chef Gardner did an outstanding job and exceeded our expectations. His suggestions for table & mood settings, the development of a menu, the timing of the evening & the final presentation were all spot on. Each guest had a wonderful and memorable experience, not to mention delicious food. We would not hesitate to use Chef Gardner again or refer his services out.

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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
Andy A.
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Every time Swamp Daddy delivers a GREAT meal! their BBQ beef is fabulous!

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!

All Time Catering
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Karah B.
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I had a funeral catered by Paulette and Ryan, they were very professional and respectful. The tacos were great she had chicken, carne asada, and adobada and they cooked it right in front of us and had a huge taco bar of condiments and salsas. The guacamole was awesome I will definatly be having them at all my parties!

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
Greg R.
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Mahalo Alvin. You and your food was outstanding, Great BBQ meal at a great price. Ordered for 25 and got enough food for 30 plus. Thank you again. Call you for our next occasion.

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

  • 18 years in business
About

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland in March 24, 1964. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and later went to the American Culinary Institute (affiliated with the Culinary Institute of America) in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1986. I moved to San Diego in 1989. Alan Kennedy Catering provides quality cuisine and service. The executive chef and owner, Alan Kennedy, has created an exciting selection of menus, original creations along with traditional items. Alan Kennedy Catering is a full-service caterer. I have an extensive array of talent available to meet your needs. Whether the number of guests is 10 or 10,000, I can provide all the necessary details. Alan Kennedy Catering uses only the finest ingredients, exquisite breads and pastries, the freshest seafoods, and prime meats, poultry and game. I would like to help turn your vision of your upcoming event into a reality! Offering a variety of delicious dishes and excellent customer service, let me help make your next special day memorable and worry free. Enjoy the celebration along with your guests from beginning to end without having to worry about the food preparation or clean up. Thank you. -- Alan Kennedy

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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