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Gardena Party Caterers

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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sari G.
Verified review

Chef Marcel catered my party. It was in my backyard for 40 people, mostly adults. Guests loved the food. The staff Chef hired were professional and did a wonderful job. I will hire him again when I have another party.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilary S.
Verified review

I needed a caterer for my dad's funeral reception. Spoke to other caterers but Carolina of Gourmet Lover's Catering was the only one who gave her condolences, this meant a lot to me. The full service presentation was tasteful, the food delicious and reasonably priced. There were no exta added on fees like the other caterers. I highly recommend Gourmet Lover's Catering, Boris & Carolina are a wonderful team and you will not be disappointed.

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

Chef Mumsie and team are the best caterers I have ever worked with...everyone at the event raved about the food...staff was professional and efficient. Chef Renee presented the food and we all began to immediately drool over her signature items. She created unique flavors and items that we had never seen before and couldn't wait to try. OOOHHHHH and when we did!! I can't recall when i've tasted things that just made me want to close my eyes and dance... MMMMMM Mmmmm mmmmm. They took care of everything with magnificent precision. Arrived early, set it all up without a word and fed 80 picky ladies to perfection. The price was very reasonable...you cannot get this caliber of service excellence for this price anywhere. They even helped me select the venue based on what I was looking for since they were familiar with all the best sites. The venue needed no Insurance documentation because of their great experiences in working with Chef Mumsie and her team. If I could I would give them 7 stars and it still would not be enough!!!! If you want OUTSTANDING food and FABULOUS customer service then you're here. . . they will take care of everything without missing a beat and leave you and your guests with very happy palates with delicious food. THANK YOU ladies for the BEST High-Tea we've ever had!!!! We wil definitely be hiring again for our needs !!! Kisses

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Irma U.
Verified review

I had to find a caterer for my party within a week, and found Ana on Thumbtack. She was quick to respond with a quote, and worked with me to tailor the menu to suit our party needs. Very professional, the food was great and the service outstanding. Thanks Ana!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
David D.
Verified review

Tonya and her team were incredible! We had a 50 person private party, she worked with me on the perfect menu and provided food and bartending services. They used my outdoor kitchen to fire the food right before serving so it was hot and awesome. Everyone mentioned how great the food was, and most went back for more. The best part of having a caterer is to not have to worry about anything. We never once had to think or worry about anything being ready or right. Thanks!!!

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Aioli
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Craig Y.
Verified review

We had a birthday party with over 130 people this weekend and Aioli Catering knocked it out of the park! Food was delicious and there was plenty of it! Jordan was very responsive and professional. They showed up right on time and delivered a great meal at a great price. They followed up with us to make sure everything went well! I would highly recommend Jordan and Aioli catering for your special event!

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David T.
Verified review

We had a birthday party for 25 at our home and found Chef Alexis on the internet. Chef Alexis had gone over everything prior to the event and also came to our house to make all of the final arrangements and to check out the kitchen. On the day of the event she and her staff arrived early to setup and start food preparations. When the first guests arrived the cheese platters were out and the food had started to come. Everything went exactly as Chef Alexis had described. Her food was amazing! Her staff was also amazing! As the last guests left Chef Alexis and her staff finished the final clean up and everything looked exactly the way it did when they arrived 7 1/2 hours earlier. We were extremely delighted with everything. Everyone complemented us on how delicious and tasteful the food was and on the great service that Chef Alexis and her staff provided. This was the best party that we've had and we can't wait to have Chef Alexis and her staff do our next one. Thank you Chef Alexis you are the best!

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maurice M.
Verified review

Hired Tuition Bites to cater my dad's 75th birthday party on 9/15. Everything went well! Delivery was prompt; set-up was quick; and, most importantly, the food was great. I chose this company due to their commitment to helping out students via scholarships and fundraising; I am very happy that the high quality of their service matches the high quality of their philanthropic intentions.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Guy S.
Verified review

I was a guest at my friends dinner party that was catered by the Segar's, food was great and I would recommend their services.

  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny L.
Verified review

Very good service and responsive (that's important). We hired David for our gals' 1st and 3rd birthday party, for approximate 45 adults and 12 kids. Everyone kept telling me the food was delicious at the party and after. David was very honest from the start when we first engaged him, he basically suggested me to get those portable table and linen than charging me for it. For a small size party like mine, a server may not be necessary since all are close friends. We took his advise, put more budget on the food, and it came up perfect. The food were adult proof and kids proof. Kids love his food too where a few mums came up to me and ask about the food choices that we decided. Also, he helped my husband to prep a dish without we asking. I'm looking for another reason to have another party so that I can have him cook for us again.

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Katie E.
Verified review

Joanna bartended my birthday party for 40. She went above and beyond, made a list and shopped for the event, was super nice to my guests and even helped with clean up. Thanks Joanna!

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven C.
Verified review

Living Veg provides years of experience to their clients with professional expertise and a committed focus on details along with the personalization to what the client desires. When you add these qualities to the truly delicious food that is delivered, you have a very rare combination in catering that is 2nd to none. If you are looking for a caterer for any type of event, whether it be a small business lunch for a corporate meeting or a larger event, such as a beautiful wedding or other family celebration, I would strongly recommend that you contact Shelley at Living Veg. You will receive far more than you expect as well as an overall plan that will fit perfectly within your budget.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LYNDSEY M.
Verified review

Here are some highlights that stuck out: gave advice about all kinds of things leading up to the big day- rehearsal dinner location, invitations, wedding games; really listened to what we like & tailored her suggestions accordingly; was patient with us when we were indecisive; gave us a lot of guidance during the rehearsal; stayed all the way through the end of the night and packed up our parents' cars. One of her major "deliverables" is an awesomely detailed schedule of events! This was a huge asset for us. She was also extremely attentive & helpful! She was direct but not bossy- exactly what we were hoping for. I would definitely recommend her to any brides who need some guidance!

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I have hired other caterers in the past, but none of them come close the experience I had with Chef Lofthouse and his team. Chef Lofthouse created a spectacular menu and it was delicious to eat. He and his team took care of all of the planning and set-up for the event. They served perfectly on time, and gave me and my guests such great service, that my guests are still emailing me to get Chef Lofthouse's phone number. You are missing out if you don't have him cater your party!

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacquie S.
Verified review

Greg catered my dinner party for 10 clients and it was spectacular! The food was delicious and visually stunning and he is a delight to work with. Everyone was blown away. Thank you Greg. We look forward to the next one!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
Verified review

Carolyn is so easy to work with. Planning parties, family gatherings, and/or holiday festivities can be very stressful, and that’s when you need someone like Carolyn to help you. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for many parties and her catering have not disappointed me yet. The only reason I didn’t rank her perfect is because I’ve yet tasted all of her specialities. Best of luck Chef LaTay. Valerie

Madkins Catering
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney M.
Verified review

Stephen catered a dinner party on NYE for 17 people. He was very professional and kind. He took all my menu ideas into consideration and created the type of dinner I was looking for. I highly recommend LA Perry Cafe for your catering needs.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth H.
Verified review

Wendell was absolutely fabulous. He was kind enough to break his policy and do my dinner party even though he had a luncheon that day, and he was punctual in spite of those other demands. He is a pleasure for your company to engage with so that the meal becomes more like performance art in cooking in front of an audience. incredibly efficient,

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ra'Daniel McCoy
Verified review

Always on point, always on time ... when it comes to choices for my personal catering and event planning needs, Yummy Creations is always mine!

abeautifullife jamaican
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
TOM L.
Verified review

I LOVE JAMAICAN FOOD AND ABEAUTIFULLIFE IS THE REAL DEAL! DID I SAY THE FOOD IS AMAZING YET, ITS AMAZING! I HAD THEM CATER MY BIRTHDAY PARTY AND THE FOOD WAS SO GOOD THAT IVE BECOME A REGULAR AT THE CAFE!

Farm to Table
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon O.
Verified review

Wow & Amazing are two words that your guest will say if you hire Zachary. His food is YES that GOOD. He goes above and beyond to make his clients happy and we were over the moon happy with the food we had. Also a bonus the kitchen was clean to start and I think Zachary left it cleaner then it was when he started. He brings everything all you need to do is enjoy the amazing food he prepares for you. Perfectly seasoned, perfectly prepared made our party just perfect. Thank you Zachary.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need Caterer

Torrance, CA

  • Event type
    Birthday party
  • Which meal
    Lunch
  • Dishes and beverages
    Full meal, Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Head count
    25-50
  • Budget per person
    $10-$20 per person
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    I want something easy to serve non spicy or messy simple but not to plane its an out door event so food has to stay warm and of course I expect something delicious.
  • $208
    Average price

Need catering

Playa Vista, CA

  • Event type
    Birthday party
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), Mexican / Latin
  • Serving style
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    Home. Inside and outside space. Should fit 20-35 people
  • $1360
    Average price

Need catering

Torrance, CA

  • Event type
    Baby shower
  • Which meal
    Lunch
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Serving style
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    buritoes pasta chicken
  • $604.33
    Average price
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