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Indio Wedding Caterers

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  • 28 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Pam V.
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Amazing and very professional experience. William was very easy to work with and accommodated our parents 50th wedding anniversary dinner perfectly. I would highly recommend him to anyone for any type of dinner. The food was spectacular and I would certainly use him again! Thank you William for a wonderful evening!

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Edrienne G.
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Jessica is truly awesome, if you really want your wedding to be awesome, hire Jessica. Imagine Winston Wolf from Pulp Fiction as a blonde and more approachable. She gets things done and really solves problems sometimes even before you've thought of them. She is always on time, and is always aware of the time and what should be happening at any given moment with the wedding party and vendors. I simply can't imagine how our day would've went without Jessica quarterbacking the event. Due to ours and her schedule we didn't get to meet face to face until the day before our wedding for rehearsal. This had us a little uneasy but it really did not matter as immediately upon meeting her we knew she was the right person. Her professionalism, personality, and experience went to work as soon as she stepped out of her car. She asked us how we were getting on with preparations and if we needed any last minute items and asked about any concerns. She listened to everything we said and actually started solving our concerns right away. I had a worry about the parking situation for the wedding as we didn't want any cars in photos but we had to keep the gates open. She managed to get a sign made to let the guest and cab drivers know where to park or drop guests off, and it really worked well. When she met the wedding party she gauged what type of crowd we were and made sure everyone felt comfortable to ask her for anything, even let my groomsmen know if we run out of pre gaming beers she'd be happy to make the run to the store. On the big day she went to work immediately, she did everything we asked of her and more! She ensured my wife and I and our parents were fed first and our cups were always, always full. I always thought the coordinator was suppose to pull the strings and be invisible on the day. I thought this because of weddings I've recently attended as a guest. However Jessica was always there and available, everyone in our wedding party and even guests felt like they could approach her and ask her anything. I truly preferred her presence and not hidden away behind the scenes. She genuinely looked happy to be there and it's obvious she loves her work. When you're planning a wedding everyone is quick to tell you what you will need and won't need and what you can get away with on the cheap. A day of coordinator should not be on that list. You can prepare and prepare but something unexpected comes up the day of or you forget to do something and you won't have the time or mental energy to deal with it properly yourself. This is where Jessica's awesomeness is invaluable. She will take care of all the loose ends and make certain the schedule runs smoothly, so you can actually enjoy your day and savour the experience of getting married!

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Courtney L.
Verified review

Jeff was outstanding. We hired him for our wedding catering. He was professional, kind and fun! The food was delicious and better than we could have ever imagined. His staff was very attentive. Our guests were literally raving about the cuisine! We are so thankful to have had him to work with during planning. He was so patient with our indecisiveness, had so many great ideas and found ways for us to cut back on costs. We will be highly recommending his services to all of our family and friends. Jeff is the man!

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FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Joanna H.
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I am still craving the enchilladas and beans!!! I wish I could do it all over again and spend some time appreciating the goodness. Michael catered my wedding and it was perfection!!! Thank you Michael and crew for the care and deliciousness!

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista S.
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Chef Sarena catered for my baby shower and did a phenomenal job. The food and presentation were top notch, I would highly recommend Chef Sarena for any occasion!

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Catering Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Tedd C.
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Chef Julian catered a party for 12 of us in Palm Springs. He did an absolutely amazing job and each course was delicious (the fish was among the best we've ever had)! He also did a great job with the service as well. We would 100% recommended Chef Julian!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nancy L.
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We hired Garlic Girls Catering to provide a post-wedding lunch for 40 people. I could go on forever about how great Amy was in every way--responsive to our needs, creative menu suggestion that fit our event perfectly, fabulous food in presentation and taste, reasonable cost. We had exactly the amount of food we needed. Everyone--from grandparents to kids, guys, gals--everyone loved the food. I got lots of compliments, I wish Amy could have heard them, but she kept quietly behind the scenes for the entire event. We had an uncertain schedule because of post-wedding photos and didn't actually eat until a couple of hours after I had asked Amy to have the food ready. She had planned a perfect menu that was delicious nonetheless. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending her catering services for any event. Thanks Amy!!

Chef Julia Anne
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Julia S.
Verified review

We had an Amazing Baby Shower with this young lady. The food was everything we could have imagined and more. Such elegance and refinement in her plating. We have already contacted her for my hubbys surprid=se birthday!!!

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People enjoy the foods N THE music and the shows as well! When my clients and customers are totally satisfied and absolutely loved N enjoy my music and the shows too!

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My personal, hands on approach to the job at hand and to the clients every personal needs. The creative aspect and the effect that it has on the client. Knowing that they are not just pleased, but amazed at the outcome makes it all worth while.

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Desert Cities provides full-service catering for special events, weddings, corporate catering and craft services for film and photo shoots. Social events, dinner parties and cocktail parties are serviced. Whether it's a large group of friends or just a few of your closest friends, Desert Cities Catering can assist in making your event the talk of the town! The following are catered to: * Themed Events * Hawaiian * Moroccan * Western * Mexican Whether it is a Western hoedown or an Egyptian snake-charming party, Desert Cities Catering has all the props and imagination needed to pull off your themed party!

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We provide canapes and appetizers as an extension of your culinary skills and kitchen. COP stuffed meats are also available. We provide the product of labor-intense food, and you get all the credits. Our customers include country clubs, hotels, casinos, amusement parks, stadiums and caterers.

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Do to my wide experience working with food I am able to meet my customers needs. I am also able to do ice carvings, fruit & vegetable carvings. The creative liberty food gives me and the many mediums I am capable of working in keeps my interest always evolving. I also enjoy teaching my clients about food and showing them simple tricks they can use in every day food preparation.

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I make all kinds of recipes at open parties. I will be open to cooking meal on the side and dropping them off.

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Well, I have been working at Spherion's temporary agencies for about four years now, so I have a great customer experience.

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I assist couples in the planning of their wedding by putting them together with florists, caterers, venues, and valet parkers. I also sing and play the organ for the ceremony.

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Outstanding Chef with a large variety of Nutricious, Creative and "Yummy" Food that You & Guest will Rave about! Experience & Knowledge about All Cultural Recipies.

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I use the freshest and top quality ingredients just like I would make it for my own family The best is interaction with new family's and giving them a piece of me and in turn receive some of their family as well

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We do it all! James Beard recognized chef. Nothing is too big or too small! We provide custom menu on your budget!

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We do catering for weddings. We specialize in delivering meals to your homes, offices or any location. Private cooking classes and private chef are available.

  • 25 years in business
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We cater for special occasions, brunch, cooking parties, and classes for group or individuals. You can't serve excuses, simply call!

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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