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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 should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space 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.

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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Hollywood Hills chefs
Polly C.
Chef Marcel was extremely accommodating to our needs. Great chef and his team was awesome too!
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Shiv R.
Chef did a great job!
Chef AsheeshChef Asheesh
Staci C.
Fabulous chef! Loved everything!
Food by AlexanderFood by Alexander
Stephen L.
She is a joy and a wonderful chef!
Carmi Paulson - Personal ChefCarmi Paulson - Personal Chef
Thumbtack Customer
Food tasted great and the Chef is so friendly! Really willing to work with your budget and doesn't sacrifice quality for it. Thank you so much, Chef!
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Dev B.
Thanks chef ray for a great night
BiTE by Chef RayBiTE by Chef Ray
Josh S.
He was a great chef with tremondous professionalism.
Chef Marc's Meal PrepChef Marc's Meal Prep
Thumbtack Customer
Great chef, awesome team...we had a tight timeline, a tighter budget, and Chef Marcel was able to work with us on all points. Will happily use again.
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Brittany S.
Loved it all!! Awesome chef and soo sweet!!!
Chef ShinarChef Shinar
Travis B.
I first met Chef Jamie at a friends event and was so impressed by his work I hired him myself. We did a southern style seafood boil, plus ribs, chicken, and all the sides. Everyone enjoyed the food! Chef Jamie is professional, responsive, and a fantastic chef! I highly recommend him and will be using him again in the future.
The Cultured Soul - Southern Cuisine & CateringThe Cultured Soul - Southern Cuisine & Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Tye was professional, welcoming and a lovely chef. The food was excellent!!! I felt very comfortable with him and telling him what I wanted when we planned, he had excellent suggestions.
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Lauren K.
Chef Tim was super communicative and a pleasure to work with. I would recommend him off his professionalism alone! If you need private chef services that give you bang for your buck, this is your guy.
Timothy Brice Private Chef ServicesTimothy Brice Private Chef Services
Kelley J.
Chef Marcel was awesome to work with, so friendly and helpful. He crafted a fantastic and budget friendly menu for our company party. Chef was readily available for any questions I had. He stayed in constant communication with me to ensure my event went smoothly. Food and staff were amazing. I look forward to working with Chef Marcel again.
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Leo M.
Great chef , great stuff. Very nice and professional and food was amazing
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Tye cooked thanksgiving for me and my friends with his mother. He did a great job accommodating everything I wanted. He also had a fantastic attitude which I appreciated tremendously. Thanks Chef!
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Rachel H.
Chef Marcel was fantastic to work with. Immediate responses, listened carefully to the needs of our client and delivered above and beyond. The event was elevated by Chef Marcel's work. We will definitely be working with him and his team again. Highly recommend.
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Thumbtack Customer
We arranged for the waffle station, omelet bar, and breakfast buffet for an office holiday party. The food tasted great, and the omelet bar was a favorite. The two chefs who came to set up and cook were very courteous, accommodating, and timely. They handled our event with ease and served us a wonderful breakfast. Thanks so much Chef Michael for sending us your two great chefs that day.
Sensuous Taste KateringSensuous Taste Katering
Madeleine R.
5 stars for Chef Asheesh! He made us a delicious and elegant dinner. He’s gracious, talented and personable And offered me some handy cooking tips.. We look forward to our next event with Him. Thank you, chef👏
Chef AsheeshChef Asheesh
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Tye cooked dinner for a surprise 30th birthday party. Not only was the food AMAZING but him and his team make you feel like you have been friends for years. I like to ask questions to make sure everything is perfect, Chef Tye answered each one gracefullu and made sure everything was perfect for me. If you are looking for someone, chef Tye is the way to go! Great job!
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Linda R.
Chef Shinar is a gem. I am so fortunate to have found her. I needed to find a chef to prepare and serve fine restaurant quality food to my parents in their home on a regular basis. Chef Shinar prepared an outstanding tasting menu for my parents as an introduction to her cuisine. Everything was delicious. Chef Shinar is very easy to communicate with and we were able to fine tune things to perfection in a very short time. Pics are of Stuffed Clam appetizer. Caprese stuffed chicken breast w spinach and salmon atop black rice w veggies and a whole filet mignon.
Chef ShinarChef Shinar
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Marcel was a pure joy to work with! From creating the menu, to executing every detail the day of, Chef Marcel really gave us 110% effort! His staff was incredibly helpful, even taking the time to iron our napkins and help with tasks not directly related to the catering - but just helping the day go as smooth as possible. Thank you so much Chef Marcel! We wish we could bring you back to Austin with us!
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Nicole K.
Chef Ralph was on time, professional, and the food was amazing. I will be calling him for my next event.
Bliss by RalphBliss by Ralph
Mitchell C.
Britt was absolutely delightful! A very skilled chef and wonderful personality. Looking for to working with her again.
Britt's KitchenBritt's Kitchen
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Marcel helped our team throw a great holiday party, his team was prompt and professional.
Married To Food CateringMarried To Food Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Tye Bell and his sous chef Denise are everything you want for your personal chef experience and more. Not only was the food delicious and inventive, but the execution was perfect and the service flawless. Each course was served deftly with enough explanation to excite you without impeding your dining experience. It can be slightly awkward having a stranger come into your home, but chefs Tye and Denise are warm and friendly and break any awkwardness that could reasonably be in such a situation. They are professional, friendly, and make really delicious food.
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