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Goleta Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Goleta.

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Big Mann BBQ
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Roger and his team did a great job catering for my dad's retirement party. They were very professional and the food was very tasty. The guests and my dad were all happy :)

The Kitchen Door
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 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!

  • 3 years in business
Christian P.
Verified review

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.

Big Daddy's Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn A.
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We had a college graduation party in June, 2018 for about 30 people and used Big Daddy's catering. It was so incredibly good!!!! We had a full taco bat that had something delish for everyone. Our guests continued to ask "who did the food because it was awesome!" They delivered on everything they said they would do and we couldn't have been happier with both the food and the friendly service. If you are having a party or other event, please use Big Daddy's......you won't be disappointed!!

HEATculinary
5.0
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!

Elegant Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Donna S.
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We hired Elegant Eats for an anniversary party for 25 people and the experience was delightful! It was all Chef Jacquelyn said it would be and MORE!! The food was exceptional, service was professional, and Chef Jacquelyn was wonderful to work with. She took our ideas and expanded on them to make our event truly memorable. We can't wait to be able to enjoy Elegant Eats again!

Mai's Aloha Cafe
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Kelly N.
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Loved the food! Mai was really friendly in assisting us figure out a diverse menu for our party. Will definitely be using her again for My catering needs....thanks Mai!!!

Flair Project
5.0
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.

Catering Connection
5.0
from 1 review
  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lewis J.
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Could not have been better Out standing

Savory Thymes
5.0
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!

  • 13 years in business
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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. Seeing my client smile

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Meeting and connecting with new people while putting a smile on their faces.

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We provide fast, excellent service to our clients, and have many references. We customize our menus to suit each client. I enjoy the service industry and love to cook for others.

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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

  • 10 years in business
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We have the best BBQ. You will ever eat Serving customer

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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.

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We are a dynamic duo who makes a mix of international and American cuisine using fresh from the garden and local farmers ingredients and bring it to you.

  • 9 years in business
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I think are food stands out. A lot of times when you go to an event and the food is catered you can really tell it was mass produced. We take pride in our food. We are not just BBq also. We are well versed in many different cuisines.

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

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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.

  • 18 years in business
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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.

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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