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Goleta Caterers

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Big Mann BBQ
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tim L.
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BIG MANN BBQ (Roger Mann) was amazing & his meals were even better!! He was very attentive and helpful in catering to our crew. He brought special meals for dietarily restricted crew members. We are very happy with his work, delicious cuisine, and positive attitude. LOVED BIG MANN BBQ!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Thank you!!

  • 3 years in business
Christian P.
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Supreme does a great job catering the meals to our very specific dietary restrictions. The meals are healthy and tasty and when we've wanted adjustments, Supreme has been more than accommodating. He's also very reliable with delivery. Highly recommended.

The Kitchen Door
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Heather J.
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I reached out to Bettina looking for healthy ways to lose weight fast.Within 10 minutes she had responded.Sent me meal plans,gave a lots of education and counseling on what I needed to change.She promptly answered all my questions.Got me on a plan quick.Its fabulous I almost can feel the fat melting off.Recipes are excellent.I was scared of recipes that had no taste.Not the case here at all.Delicious!!I told her my big problem was super,she didn’t tell my I couldn’t have it at all,in fact she also sent me healthy alternatives that will cater to my sweet tooth.Definately recommend her to anyone looking to make changes and not sure where to begin!Thank you Bettina!

Big Daddy's Catering
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph X.
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I had Big Daddy's Catering for my 33rd birthday and I was very very satisfied with the overall service and quality. The food was amazing, especially the flavorful tri tip and the best potato salad I've ever had. But I will never forget how amazing the artichoke dip was. It was to die for! Steve, Michelle, and the crew were so helpful and generous and you could definitely see how much they genuinely care about the quality of their product and their outstanding customer service. I highly recommend this catering company to anyone who is looking for excellent service and excellent food.

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Betsy H.
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Mary Mills makes delicious dishes. Her cooking is imaginative and very tasty. From finger foods to desserts, her recipes are so full of flavor, so delectable. Mary is a meticulous planner, she listens to the wants of her clients, is very reliable, has very good pricing, and her presentation is impeccable. She is a joy. As a chef and caterer, Mary Mills is professional and works hard to exceed her clients expectations. Mary made our Champagne Garden Party in Montecito a very memorable event for us all - delicious food and wonderful service.

from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Candice G.
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Nikki at HEATculinary is with you all the way through your event. She develops more than a client/ vendor relationship. And her food is amazing!! She did the catering for our rehearsal dinner and wedding and we could not be happier. The staff was amazing and Nikki knows how to put on a good event. I could not be happier with the entire experience of working with Nikki and HEAT for my wedding...I only wish I could do it again!

Flair Project
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Hristo H.
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Very professional, sharp looking and fun bartenders. Flair Project provides exceptional service at every event they cater. You can never go wrong with their drinks, tricks and professional presentation.

Savory Thymes
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gabi A.
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Andrew provided an IMPECCABLE experience for my friends and I. He prepared a delicious meal with high attention to detail and we all had a total blast. I highly recommend Andrew's services. Thank you, Andrew!


We are an upscale off-site catering company. We can also offer event planning for any-size event. We look forward to helping you plan your next event.


We provide fast, excellent service to our clients, and have many references. We customize our menus to suit each client.



  • 18 years in business

I am a private chef who caters on-the -Go / VIP, BBQ, weddings, Birthdays,Sweet-16 ect. I cater indoor/outdoor, and I prepare all types of Cuisine. Pop-up taco bars for back yard family and fun events and much much more. Feel Free to CALL FOR ANY QUESTIONS U MAY HAVE FOR ME? My career began when I was 6 yrs old In the kitchen with my Mother and Grandmother. Since then, I have been dedicated to cooking and making delicious TYPES OF DISHES. I serve the following: * Mexican,Latin ,Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese, French,Out Door Wild Game and BBQ * Vegetarian/Vegan/NAS * ADD/therapeutic diets * Appetizers, etc.


We specialize at cooking over a live oak barbecue most anything you desire. We offer a Santa Maria style barbecue menu along with many traditional and some more unique menu items to please all your culinary desires. Our prices are set to work within your budget and Live Oak Grill can supply more than just the food. We either have in our inventory the tables, chairs, flatware, stemware you desire or we will get them for you. Let us take the headache out of having an event catered.



WE offer family style restaurant. Manny's Restaurant 1693 Mission Drive, Suite A-104 Solvang, CA, 93463, USA Contact Person: Fernando Tovalin Services offered: * Family style restaurant * Catering * Mexican food * Wine * Corporate events

  • 13 years in business

Our leadership stands out. We have an elegant staff of cooks, servers, cleaners, and dishwashers. Our team is aware of their schedules, place settings, serving customs, and food safety regulations. We also provide direction and advice to customers, - ensuring that their event will be special.

  • 4 years in business

We are an off-site bartending and catering company. We have experienced professional bartenders for your special event!

  • 10 years in business

We have the best BBQ. You will ever eat


I have been in the business for more than 20 years, and I am looking for a long-time position in my culinary experience. I am a leader, and I manage staff to be leaders. I work well under high volume. I want to work in a professional establishment. My strengths are being respectful of others in the kitchen as well in the home of the clients. I offer a creative, intelligent approach to all aspects of the catered affair, whether 2 people or to 200.


We serve delicious food that is cooked to your liking. I make food on the stove and grill. I've got my own recipes and different styles of making food that will have your taste buds jumping off your tongue.


I offer private chef and catering services. I do anything, from small dinner parties to large parties. I work through a small restaurant in Santa Barbara. My food is fresh and creative, using produce that is available and in season. I have many excellent references in Santa Barbara, and Montecito.

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.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

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.

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.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Mexican or Latin Cuisine Caterer for a Quinceanera

Shandon, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Plated meal
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    Quinceanera party
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