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Garden Grove Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Garden Grove.

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Chef Marcel Catering
5.0
from 110 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Marie K.
Verified review

We gave a big 40th birthday party for our son and wanted everything to be fantastic for him, our family, and all of our friends. We didn't know what a perfect choice we made when we hired Chef Marcel! We cannot say enough good things about Chef Marcel, his staff, and his wonderful food! The dishes were delicious - inventive and perfectly prepared! To add an extra challenge, Chef Marcel and his top notch sous chefs needed to cook in our kitchen and take food to our community room where we were holding the event. Every single step of the process was flawless and at the end of the evening I would have never known anyone had been in my kitchen! I had a recipe for the bartender I wanted to serve. She tweaked it and made it even tastier! Our guests wrote us the next day and raved about the appetizers, the meal, the yummy desserts, and the service, which was impeccable. The staff was friendly, kind, fun, and terrific at what they do. As most people know who give parties, the personalities of those who provide the service is critical. Every single person who took care of us was absolutely lovely. Chef Marcel was there the whole time. He was constantly vigilant making sure everything was running smoothly. He went out of his way to accommodate some hungry late arrivals. He was definitely in charge, respectful of his staff, gracious, flexible, and devoted to us having a great time! Our experience with Chef Marcel exceeded any expectations we could have possibly had. A million thank yous to him and to his stellar staff!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Elsie S.
Verified review

We hired Gourmet Lovers to cater lunch at our daughter college graduation on a Yacht. Carolina and Boris arrived early dress in their professional chef coats The Buffet set in a lavished 5 star style Everything from the mouthwatering appetizer to the main lunch had great presentation, set in high-quality culinary service Each bite tasted amazing. We had a varieties of perfectly executed dessert making it the Gourmet Lovers treats During these events, our guests complement Gourmet Lovers, their culinary creations were outstanding We highly recommend Carolina & Boris Your menu is traditional and modern with unique a twist. We will use them again!!! Thank you!!!

Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 89 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 147 hires on Thumbtack
Simone N.
Verified review

I got so many compliments on the food at my wedding. Even the veggie appetizer was a hit! Jose was awesome from the start and everyone loved him! For the tasting he drove to our house and essentially provided me and my fiancé with a delicious dinner. So convenient when you are busy with wedding planning. With very minimal instruction from me he pulled off a flawless dinner at our reception. He also provided the bar tenders, who were a hit as well! Jose made sure my husband and I got food and always had a full glass of whatever we wanted. Amazing, reliable service and excellent food! I would and will recommend him to everyone I know.

  • 9 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
Liz W.
Verified review

Excellent experience for a wine tasting party. They were very professional and a full menu selection of interesting and delicious foods. The food was wonderful and unique and all my guests loved everything. Passed appetizers very tasty and full buffet menu with plenty of food and choices for all. The servers were professional and made my evening very special for the guests. Will recommend highly and use them again.

Madkins Catering
4.5
from 75 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
Dhebi J.
Verified review

We live in Laguna Niguel, and Madkins Catering was on time and I remember saying to the waitstaff, "omg, there's still more food?! Needless to say there was so much food. Madkins Catering was upfront with me in the very beginning explaining how much of each appetizer or food item I'd actually be getting which is great. I think we adjusted the amounts a few times because I thought it was going to be too much food lol, and it ended up being still too much food.... But who's complaining? :-) My guests were very pleased with the meal and left on a very very full stomach. This company is very nice and professional and delivered exactly what I wanted. I forgot to do a review at the time of the event, but the event was about 2 weeks ago. Everyone please try them, the food is delicious and at a great price!

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The Catering Carnival
4.7
from 60 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
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Brooke J.
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The Catering Carnival was quick to know exactly what dishes and appetizers would work best with my event and were very organized in delivering directly to my event venue! The food was delicious and needless to say we had no food leftover! I will definitely work with them again!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan H.
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The food for my daughter's bridal shower was delicious! Susan offers a lot of choices, and we chose 3 salads and tea sandwiches. Her grilled shrimp and caprese appetizers were fantastic! Everyone raved about the food, and several friends wanted her business card!

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  • 21 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jordan R.
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Had a great experience with Executive Chef Mark Kearney and Team. To set expectations before the review, I like to consider myself a food lover...not a critic, just a food lover. I love great dining experiences and am equally critical or disappointed when they fall short. My family and I were hosting Christmas Dinner for a total of 10 family members. I found Chef Mark on Thumbtack based on his previous reviews. Roy (part of Mark's team) promptly reached out with thought-starters for the meal and breakout of pricing. Over the next few weeks Roy, Mark and I worked closely crafting the perfect menu for my traditional Christmas dinner, while staying within my budget parameters. To note, Chef Mark is priced higher than some of the other chefs I was in contact with, but I'm glad we went with Mark based on the outcome. The menu consisted of 4 gourmet hors d oeuvres passed around while we opened presents. A fan favorite was the roasted fig with gorgonzola and prosciutto. Then time for dinner. We sat at the dining table and were served Butternut Ravioli as an appetizer, Lobster Bisque soup (a bit on the spicy side - only critique I have with the food all night) and an organic baby butterleaf salad with incredible apricot balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was both a grilled beef tenderloin (prepared to your liking) and pan roasted turkey breast. Sides that accompanied the main course were brocollini, green beans and bacon/garlic mashed potatoes. Everything (except the soup) was beyond 5 stars in terms of presentation, taste and expectations. Lastly we were served two very decadent and delicious deserts - a molten lava cake and traditional bread pudding. Two things to mention. My wife was forced (by her OBGYN) into a new diet two days prior to the Christmas dinner consisting of no dairy and no soy. When Chef Mark arrived we asked him what had dairy and soy ingredients and he quickly and thoughtfully mentioned that he could make my wife's servings without either dairy or soy. Talk about going above and beyond. This was much appreciated and set the tone for the entire dinner! I would potentially ask for two servers for the evening on future events. One to solely serve as sous chef, helping Mark prepare the food in the kitchen and the other server to help set the table, serve food, wine, etc.. throughout the evening. The 5 hours that Mark and Team allocate for the evening can go quickly. This might alleviate that. Either way, a great experience and thank you Mark and Team!

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Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Nycole H.
Verified review

I decided to look for a caterer for my Mom's celebration of life and my internet search lead me to Thumbtack. After inputting my needs I quickly received a response back from Tonya at Sierra Madre Catering with a detailed quote and attached menu. When I called to speak with Tonya I immediately got a good vibe from her voice. She seemed excited and eager to help plan our event and made me feel comfortable that everything would be taken care of. I am so thankful I decided to use Sierra Madre for my event. We ordered appetizers and desserts and they arrived and set everything up, brought their own trash cans and kept the tables clean as people were done eating. The staff was professional and nice and their food was DELICIOUS! Many of our guests gave feedback that the food was great and they even ran out of business cards because a lot of people were interested in having their info. At such a difficult time with the passing of a loved one, these details are important but not ones you want to worry about yourselves and Tonya and Sierra Madre staff took that burden off my shoulders and I am so thankful for that. I will recommend them to anyone in need of a caterer for any event and if I could give more than 5 stars I most definitely would!! Thank you Tonya and Sierra Madre Catering!!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 46 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
Richard H.
Verified review

1) BUSINESS MEETING WITH APPETIZER AND REFRESHMENTS 2) I LOVED THE PRESENTATION 3) LARGER VERITY, ALL THE DISHES WERE GREAT, WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE MORE OPTIONS

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Aioli
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ani F.
Verified review

We were very happy with the food and service room Aioli. Catering our family event made everything run smoothly, and gave me the opportunity to mingle and visit with our guests. The food was delicious, and delivered and set up on time. I would highly recommend Aioli.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy H.
Verified review

Chef Keith and his staff were great! He arrived early, set up amazing food stations and a bar for our non-profit cocktail party. The lamb chops, POKE station, "mushroom en croute", short rib skewers, cheese platter, and dessert bar complete with deep fried brownies were all a huge hit. Chef Keith really impressed my guests and made me look like a superstar hostess. I would hire him again and many of my friends and associates took his card for future catering events. Loved the bartender, server and Keith's helpers. My kitchen was spotless also...worth it!

  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Allison N.
Verified review

I truly couldn't have imagined a better catering experience than West Hollywood Sausage Co. and Peter. He catered my boyfriends 30th birthday at our place and made it such a special event. First of all, his food was phenomenal. Everything from his appetizers (we got the pulled pork sliders and brie and grape quesadillas) and all of the entree dishes were incredible. People were finding me all night to ask about the catering because it was so delicious. Ive found myself craving it since. But even beyond that, he added so much to the party from how he catered it. He passed appetizers over drinks, and for dinner kept replenishing the buffet with warm and delicious food straight off of the grill. He couldn't have been more of a pleasure to work with - he made everything in planning the party very easy. On the night of, he arrived early and not only set up his grill and everything for the food, but helped me with the our rented tables and chairs and other aspects of setting up the party. I felt so at ease with his help. If you're looking for a caterer, I don't think you could do any better than Peter and West Hollywood Sausage Co. I will definitely hire them for all other events I have from here on out.

Gabriels Catering
4.6
from 24 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lori M.
Verified review

I have had the pleasure of being Edmond's dinner guest on two occasions. First, his warm and friendly style created a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere to enjoy a perfectly executed meal. The lure of the aroma of the secretly spiced crusted tilapia was rivaled only by its artistic, inventive presentation. His raspberry vinaigrette is unrivaled, I ate the remainder of the salad directly from the serving bowl! The side dish of soft pinto beans was the refined choice and the best I've ever had. The Riesling sangria was the ideal beverage since I rarely drink alcohol, he read his guest skillfully.Bravo Edmond!! Dessert was the crowning glory; a flawless cake with berries and cream, an impeccable choice for a superb ending. Edmond then came to my house and showcased his skills as a great teacher. We had pork chops with spiced apples, garlic mashed potatoes, thumbelina carrots and salad. He was the ideal teacher: patient, gentle, and very informative. I learned about using correct tools, suitable sides, and refined presentations. His experience was superb and I would highly recommend Edmond for anything food! He's dependable, goes above and beyond to please his guests. He's an all around accomplished chef, good guy and marvelous host, highly recommended!

RE Catering
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
Verified review

Rich was very professional and the food was delicious. The sandwiches were perfect for our event and the pasta and potato salads were absolutely delicious! I would definitely use RE Catering again for our next event.

  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tava W.
Verified review

Acacia catered a large family event I hosted! Choosing her to take care of the food was the best decision I made! She was always very kind, professional, and easy to work with! And her dishes were delicious! I will Be using her many times over in the future! Thank you Acaia! Your food was the highlight of our event!

JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jahari B.
Verified review

MO!!!! Was absolutely amazing. Everyone raved about his food. I especially loved how he was able to cater to all my guest from picky toddlers to vegetarians!!. You made the event a complete success. Oh and my Italian Beef was Delicious mmmmm

La Panzano Gourmet Catering
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Brian B.
Verified review

from prep, to cocktails, appetizers, main course and clean up. a home run. these guys are the epitome of professional. highly recommend them for small or large group. you will enjoy the staff and you will give the food a thumbs up.

  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanette L.
Verified review

Food is always awesome and Ihsan works very hard. He is dedicated to making your event and your meal terrific.

Tuition Bites Taco Catering
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jose L.
Verified review

Catering made easy. Tuition Bites offers appetizers, entrees, and desserts all made by them. No reheated food or prepackaged desserts. You can tell the quality of the food is more of a homemade cooked meal. That alone made me fall in love. Their staff was really friendly and I look forward to planning another event with them serving us their great food.

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

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