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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 152 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 272 hires on Thumbtack
Bobby B.
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Pete was outstanding! We had a party of about 40 folks. So many favorable comments on the food and service - very impressive.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 195 hires on Thumbtack
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Wibke W.
Verified review

We were very late, needing catering for a party of 60 people 10 days later. They were very professional and helpful. The food and service was great, the guests were very happy.

  • 12 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
Matt F.
Verified review

Just a great experience all around. The food was phenomenal. Sat was accommodating and flexible, and the party was everything we could have hoped for. Our birthday dinner party for 16 went out without a hitch. Thanks so much!

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 102 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Carly G.
Verified review

Food was great (especially the bacon-wrapped apricots - YUM!). Drop-off was on time and pick-up was hassle free! Would absolutely call them again for my next party catering needs!

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Made With Love
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
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Maritza C.
Verified review

Debbie catered a party for my sister and I, for our birthday. We didn't have many ideas on what food to serve, only that we wanted appetizer style. Debbie was extremely helpful with supplying ideas on what to serve and how to serve them. knowing we were on a budget, she was very aware of cost and did all she could to help stay within our budget, She was also extremely flexible when it came to buying the food, knowing that some foods would need to be purchased a day in advanced due to spoilage and also being able to buy food that could be stored longer. Overall she was wonderful person to work with, especially during those crazy moments when we didn't know what we were doing. we a least knew that the food would be taken care of. As for the food, everything was FABULOUS! And the party was a huge success. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 79 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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I had a great experience with hiring Kitchenina as our caterers for an event with 40 people. The communication was always prompt, polite and friendly. They did a great job on the day of the event to ensure that the food was delivered on time (despite the traffic/weather conditions) and made my job as the event organizer much easier. I would definitely work with Kitchenina again in the future, and regret that I did not take photos of the food! (Thanks for the brownies as well!)

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
Verified review

As a event coordinator I have worked with Steve and the folks at DNL Catering on many special occasions. We have worked together on wedding and baby showers, brunches, wedding receptions, work Christmas parties and anniversary parties. They always provide a menu to your request and the playing of the food is always on beautiful plates and dishes, not aluminum trays. There are always compliments on the foods from the guests. We are always a happy with the selections. Their website makes it easy to browse their menu and I always receive a reply promptly when I submit an event request online. DNL Catering is on my preferred vendor list when I meet with future clients. I have used them in my own home numerous times. They are my 'go to' caterers for any event.

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Chaz S.
Verified review

Chet and his team are extraordinary in every aspect of party planning: highly responsive, budget conscious, superior savory food, and service were all far above and beyond for our holiday party of 80, from the signature cocktail and mocktail ideas to the service that required his team to traverse up and down 3 floors of a spiral staircase for 4 hours. I have not one complaint, and if you're planning a party - you'd be a fool not to engage Chet and his team immediately.

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Niranjan S.
Verified review

This was our first time having a chef for a house party with ~15 guests, and I highly recommend Graceful Kitchen! Chef Grace was able to accommodate our request for vegetarian food, and presented us with several good choices. She was there ahead of time, and the food, esp. the pasta, received good feedback from everyone that attended. I will use Graceful Kitchen again for future events.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah W.
Verified review

Daniella was a perfect fit from Day 1. She made my birthday dinner party for 12 feel effortless with her thoughtful menu ideas, careful ingredient sourcing, flexibility, and responsiveness. It was seamless! She prepared a three course Mediterranean/North African meal, including hummus with tahine sourced from Israel, fresh veggie hors d'ouevres from the farmers market, delicious goat cheese/beet salad, a succulent chicken tagine, roasted veggies and cardamom spiced rice, and for the grand finale, a banana chocolate cake to die for! Perhaps most of all, I appreciated her openness and friendliness. She was a lovely addition in our home while she prepared the meal, and a true professional. Very, very happy that I was able to find her and have recommended her to others since.

Kitchen 350
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Peter D.
Verified review

I hired Kitchen 350 to cater a company holiday party of about 30 people in the Mission district of SF. Matt and his team were perfectly on time to prepare at the venue. He was also accommodating with the menu (we asked for French and BBQ), and the food was delicious! Not one complaint from an office of somewhat picky eaters. Also, his server, Daniel, was so attentive the entire party. It was a level of service I didn't expect from a caterer, and it was sincerely appreciated. They also had everything cleaned up by the time the party was over. I would definitely hire again!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
Verified review

Rose Johnson Catering was my party partner for our son’s engagement celebration last weekend in Orinda. The party was a huge success, and Rose and her team deserve much credit for the success. Rose responded to my Thumbtack inquiry with a prompt, thorough, and reasonable bid. However, after viewing her beautiful website, I replied to Rose that while I personally thought her menus were perfection, my son had specified that he did not want the food for his party to be “too fancy.” I told Rose the party would be a casual afternoon affair on our deck and I feared her culinary talents would be wasted on my son and my husband. Rose persevered, pointing out in her reply that she could do a barbecue with a southwestern flavor. The food need not be "fancy," she observed, but it should be tasty. And she sent me a custom menu that my son, his fiancée, my sisters, my husband and I all proclaimed perfect, including seared medium rare tri-tip of beef with chimichurri sauce, grilled cilantro chicken with tortillas, chipotle laced potato salad, and Mexican rice, bean, and corn salad. But Rose did not stop with sending me the menu; she said she would use my kitchen and grill on my deck, ensuring the food would be fresh as well as tasty. And after I hired her, she came to my home to check out my kitchen, my deck, and my grill and advised me on renting and setting up dining rounds and serving tables, as well as how to ensure good traffic flow for 50 guests. Rose is a real party expert, and I am not, so her advice was very much appreciated. The day of the party, Rose, Floricel and Esteban arrived a full two hours early and took charge. I hired Rose Johnson Catering for the food, which they delivered beautifully. As it turned out, they helped with the entire party, going above and beyond in many instances and showing poise and flexibility in the face of surprises, like my son’s decision to give a speech and set off a round of champagne toasts before dessert. Rose poured the champagne herself. Several guests asked me during the party: Who catered this? Who is your caterer? I happily provided several referrals to Rose Johnson Catering. Guest comments about the food were very positive: Mike: “The tri-tip was great.” Helen: “The grilled chicken was fabulous.” Kay: “I loved the potato salad. And the guacamole was wonderful.” Liz: “So nice to have so many dishes gluten-free.” Cindy: “The brownies were amazing. I told them so.” Bill: “Those parfaits were a big hit.” Matt: “Great food! Great service!” There was plenty of food for 50 guests, even with 1/3 of them being hungry 20-something friends of my son’s from high school and college. We even had leftovers, which Rose packed up and left in my refrigerator, along with leaving my kitchen cleaner than she found it. My husband, son, future daughter-in-law and I made a brunch of the leftovers the next day, sharing the delicious food and happy memories of a wonderful party. Best of all, this was the first party I’ve ever hosted where I had a great time myself. I don’t think I’ll have another big party again without booking Rose Johnson Catering!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian B.
Verified review

Catered our New Years party for 16. Appetizers and food were excellent. Specializes in veggie, but did a meat course for us. All ingredients fresh, organic and gluten free. The gnocchi was to die for!

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LL Services
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Yvette S.
Verified review

Lucas created and executed a beautifully, delicious menu for my mother's 75th birthday party. It was a dinner party of 20, and he accommodated all "special" requests. Pleasing 20 people at once is no easy feat, but Lucas, and his server Doug, worked flawlessly together to make every one feel special and important. The food was amazing- meyer lemon cream shrimp fettucine-Yum - chateaubriand steak- delicious and cooked to perfection, shrimp canapes, decadent mac and cheese- he pulled it off to perfection. We could not have asked for anything more - it was beyond our expectations for this very special evening. Lucas is a great find!

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie H.
Verified review

We had a small dinner party (10 people) at our home and hired Rainbow Chefs to make the appetizer, dinner and dessert. It was amazing! We'll definitely recommend to all our friends and can't wait for our next event. Highly recommended!

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Adam T.
Verified review

I've had the opportunity to work with Miss Harper as her photographer on many occasions. Whether we are providing services for a small private house party with 20 guests, with a culturally enriched theme, to providing services for a 100th year life celebration, we have always gone above and beyond to provide the best service possible for our clients. Through observing her process of developing a experience, planning all the details with the client for a wedding, to the detail with a client for a birthday party with more then 100 guests. Her attention to detail and follow though with the requests of clients has provided her opportunity to provide services to several clients in the corporate arena in the finance and technology sectors. Most don't know what goes into the planning and preparation to deliver and execute a catered experience. Our clients trust us to provide what they have requested, based on what's ordered. When it comes to designing and delivering productions which are memorable and leave pleasant memories, the details matter. Our clients expect us to think through everything and have a backup plan for those unexpected situations which may crop up. To all those who are considering contracting with her. I encourage you to look at some of the photos which have been captured and represent the quality of work she executes. Contact her and let her know your desires in a clear communicative way and you'll be glad you made the choice to keep it Phiesty, with Chef Cheri Harper.

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Liberation Foods BBQ
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Janel T.
Verified review

I worked with Dennis at Liberation Foods to cater my son's 6th birthday party. The food was DELICIOUS. My only regret was that we only had 1 hour of food time (due to the venue, not Liberation)! :) Highly recommend and will definitely use again.

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Brenden D.
Verified review

Mise En Place is hands down one of the street caterers in the Bay Area. David’s is extremely creative and professional and food is excellent!

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Joan S.
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Avocado and Company delivered delicious and gorgeous food and was an absolute pleasure to work with. They catered our wedding this September at The Green Room and it was perfect. I have celiac disease and was nervous about finding a caterer who not only would provide a tasty gluten free menu, but also cared enough to adhere to my strict requirements to avoid cross contamination. We emailed many high end caterers, and each time got response ranging from "no we cannot do a gluten free wedding" to "we can do gluten free food but we are not sure about preventing contamination". Johnny at Avocado & Company immediately responded that they understood exactly what we needed, and had experience catering gluten free events for celiac guests. We had a cocktail style party for 120 guests we are big foodies and eat mostly local, organic food. The style and quality of dishes felt like eating in your favorite local restaurant. Our venue was atypical, being a Victorian townhouse with multiple floors and Johnny walked us through every step, assuring us they could deliver the perfect evening. We crafted a gorgeous menu with him, the we were so pleased with. The whole experience from our initial meeting to the wedding was fantastic, Johnny even took time to give us tips on wedding planning which was well beyond her role as our catering vendor. Our favorite part was the tasting where we actually had time to try all of the amazing food and have a fun evening with their team! The wedding exceeded our expectations, the food and cocktails were perfect, and Johnny and his team handled everything seamlessly throughout the evening. Our guests were blown away and we could not be happier to have worked with Avocado & Company. We look forward to using them for future events.

Magic of the Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pisutkan A.
Verified review

I love the food and the service is amazing. They are professional and my party is memorable.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Molly B.
Verified review

We needed an office party catered with gift bags and a wine tasting. It was not an off the shelf request, and they did a great job customizing a party to our needs. We would use them again!

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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