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La Quinta Caterers

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

  • 28 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
James O.
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Chef William responded very quickly to my catering request; a birthday dinner party for 10. We were all traveling in from the east coast, renting a house in Palm Springs for the week. We spoke on the phone where he put together a 4-course menu, while being respectful of my budget. He was also accommodating of the food requirements /allergies of our guests. The overall process went very smoothly. Day of the event, Chef William arrived right on time (if not a few minutes early.) He arrived solo, completely prepared with all of his equipment and food, and took over the kitchen with ease. All we had to do was sit, and enjoy the evening and his amazing food! Chef William prepared and served each course, explaining what each plate included. He really provided an amazing, personal experience right at our home. The feedback from all our guests was great; everyone loved the food and were quite satiated. And once the dinner was complete, Chef William packed everything up, leaving the kitchen as clean as when he arrived; nothing left for us to do. I would highly recommend Chef William to anyone planning a similar event.

Awesome Events by Jessica
from 37 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Kiran G.
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Jessica brought a lot to the table and helped our big day run smoothly. Couldn’t have done it without her. She helped with questions and recommendations leading up to the wedding as well, always having a super quick response time. We ended up going with a caterer she recommended and they were fantastic (Westwood Catering). She found us ways to save money and was a great value. Thank you Jessica!

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Creative Catering
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria B.
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Chef Jeff made our good weekend GREAT!! We spent a weekend at Desert Ridge Estate and had Chef Jeff come for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday. He provide great menu options, and was happy to work with any diet restrictions we had. He is just the right balance of professional and causal. He created top notch food in a relaxed setting, which was just what we were looking for. Chef Jeff was a hit the whole weekend, letting people watch him cook, and not minding people being in out of the kitchen to get drinks. I would not hesitate to recommend Jordan's Create Catering, and hope to use again in the future.

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from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Mollie P.
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Michael did an awesome job catering our rehearsal dinner in palm springs. Food was amazing. Guests very happy. Highly Recommend.

  • 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
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!!

Mary Khuu
from 5 reviews
    Sonja T.
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    Ms. Khuu did an amazing job with the catering and floral arrangements for my dads retirement party. Thank you again for the excellent food and the arrangements where perfect.

    The Main Course
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Kristen M.
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    Isaias planned such a wonderful evening! Not only was the meal outstanding but his explanations of the dishes and the tips that he taught us along the way will be things that I will absolutely be trying in my kitchen. The vodka jalapeno scallop ceviche is still on my mind 3 days later. If you are in the Palm Springs area calling The Main Choice is a must. 5 stars and 2 thumbs away up!

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

    Handmades by Heidi
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Brenda B.
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    Food was delicious! Professional friendly service. Will defenitely hire her again!


    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.


    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!


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


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


    We provide full catering and private chef services. We do wine pairing private dinners, cooking demonstration and cooking class parties as well as inflight corporate jet catering. This will be brought to you by a Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef and caterers sharing 20 years of experience. We also do floral and event design. We are fully licensed and insured. Our clients have included Bear Creek Country Club, Brighton Collections, Monte de Oro Winery, Fazeli Cellars Winery and Lorimar Winery among many. -Sandra Serebreni and Cheri Ellstrom


    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.


    We can make whatever it is you're looking for that tastes great and is worth every penny. You tell us what you need, and we will provide it at a reasonable price!


    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


    I am a Le Cordon Bleu trained chef. I have my own catering company, and I am an executive chef for a fine dining restaurant. My services go from cooking for private dinner parties of 6 or more, to large catered events.

    • 25 years in business

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


    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.

    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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