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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 93 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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We hired Mr. WorldWide Catering for our upcoming wedding reception. The tasting was amazing!!! We told Chef Jose the theme of our wedding and the type of foods we wanted and he NAILED IT! All the foods he cooked for us were so delicious, we couldn't decide, so we got it all!!! We can't wait for Chef Jose and his staff to join us and celebrate with us on our special day!! Bravo Chef Jose!!!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mirtha T.
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Thanks Chef Boris and Carolina for a job well done. Not only do they prepare yummy food but their overall service is outstanding. Carolina's ideas on the planning of my parents' 50th wedding anniversary were of great help. The cake she made for the event was beautiful and delicious. I highly recommend Gourmet Catering for any event. Wonderful customer service!!! I will definitely hire them for future events,

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 208 hires on Thumbtack
Linda T.
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Madkins catering responded very promptly and professionally. They created an Asian themed menu for a party of 50. The staff arrived as scheduled and provided us with very professional service. The menu was very well received and I would definitely hire them again.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sabine S.
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Chef Shawna is such a great find! We got so many compliments about the food. She is so professional and listened to our wishes and concerns AND understood my pre-party jitters. Her passion for catering is visible in every beautiful and streamlined detail. The salad and lemonade and maybe more were organic without me even asking for it! Her help with coming up with the menu was so down to earth, fancy at the same time and helpful. You can tell she is a pro. I can’t recommend her enough. Her price is so fair as well, which always helps. She packaged the leftovers up for us. Hosting a party is a breeze with The Best Chef!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 58 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Oliver B.
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WE WOULD GIVE 10 STARS IF WE COULD!!!   Chef Mumsie and her team were impeccable from start to finish.  We bid for catering and event planning assistance for our three corporate events and loved the personalization and variety presented by Chef Mumsie.  Once we were put in contact with Bridgette the event committee had all of their questions answered professionally and in a timely manner.   She offered to give us a tasting which put our minds at ease since we were looking for multiple events with completely different expectations.  We contracted with the Chef Mumsie team for our Officer’s Retreat, Product Launch Press Party and the Employee/Family Picnic.  They proved that they can execute any type of event flawlessly…  the plated, upscale 5-course dinner for our 10 corporate officers and their spouses, the cocktail party with tray passed hors d’oeuvres for 200 during the new product launch and the fun, casual employee/family picnic for 500.  When completing three different events in three days at three different locations we somewhat expected some minor hiccups but to our astonishment not only did we get everything we wanted they even surprised us with things we never anticipated, such as the personalized ice sculpture for the officer’s dinner or the live chef action Flight! at the launch party and the cotton candy, popcorn and fondue stations for the picnic.  Those personal touches surprised us yes but they were also the things that took our events from nice to EXTRAORDINARY.  The planning committee has received ongoing praise for the success of our weekend’s festivities but we know we owe it all to Chef Mumsie and her incredible team.  Without a doubt, this is now officially our catering company for all our corporate events.   A million Thanks, Oliver!  J Davis and Compan

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Andria C.
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Sierra Madre Catering made me look like a Super Star to my boss and co-workers. Service and food were excellent! Tonya & Chef were right on time for our event, food was delicious, service excellent, reasonable pricing! Can't thank Tonya enough for taking on our event on short notice. We plan to utilize Sierra Madre Catering again for upcoming employee events. Thank you Tonya and team for a wonderful catering experience. Andria Chism, ROA Senior Administrator

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Aioli
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Ani F.
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We were very happy with the food and service room Aioli. Catering our family event made everything run smoothly, and gave me the opportunity to mingle and visit with our guests. The food was delicious, and delivered and set up on time. I would highly recommend Aioli.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Nalini C.
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Great catering!

  • 3 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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I used 'drop off' service, everything was perfect! Fantastic catering by Keith for a summer party I organized for my 89 year old mother. He and staff were right on time, plated everything on beautiful serving dishes, and set up everything. Food was terrific, got lots of compliments. Recommend highly.

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne F.
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Christine McMaster is a hidden gem of the culinary and catering world! She was the caterer last year for a wedding I attended and I was most impressed. She completely handled an amazing dinner for 21 people with delectable Indian and Middle Eastern Food; taking care of the shopping, the food preparation, the service and cleaning up of the food and leftovers. I was so impressed that I asked her to cater an Indian Meal for 75 people! Since it was a much larger undertaking, we provided theingredients, but Chris oversaw every aspect of the preparation of a 5 course meal, and remained calm, organized and personable throughout. The food was absolutely delicious. I would absolutely recommend her for any catering needs you might have - you would be lucky to get her!

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
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Stephani did a wonderful job. We all enjoyed the tea party set up & the foods she prepared! I hosted the party; another person paid for it, so I cannot answer to Value, however, my guess is it was very good, as that person told me she & her sister, Staci were GREAT to work with! Linda H

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Sophie C.
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Shelley was so easy to work with and went above and beyond with her food preparation! You can tell she truly cares about her craft and it definitely translates in her food. She is such an amazing human being and her dishes were an absolute hit at our company grand opening party. Living Veg will forever be my go to for any catering and healthy eats, thank you so much!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Bob D.
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I found Catering by Ashley/Blackburn's on Thumbtack. Wow, what a find! First they showed up on time, big plus. They were helpful and friendly in setting up. There were no hidden fees or surprises. They were very good with people. Bill and Ashley were both lovely people and professional. They were able to cater within my budget. The food was excellent! I received many compliments from those within my company on how good the food was.

La Panzano Gourmet Catering
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy L.
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Ordered catering with them for my birthday party. The food is very delicious. All my friends enjoyed it. Will be back for the business again.

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Evelyn D.
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I appreciate the fast response and the excellent customer service. I expected the food to be good but it was beyond that.. the food was FLAVORFUL & SO DELICIOUS!! I told myself i was only going to eat 2 tacos max but best believe, i came back for more! They have two catering styles.. Taco man and buffet style. We had both and we were not disappointed. Will be booking with them again for my next events!

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra L.
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Sydney made a special/private dinner for my fiancé and I after our engagement. She was amazing!! She emailed with my fiancé ahead of time and found out what sort of foods we like and what was meaningful and special to our relationship and then based the menu off of that. She was present enough to explain things to us, but also gave us our privacy. It was the perfect balance. It was so fun to feel like we have a private chef catering to all of our needs and expectations. Very romantic! The food Sydney cooked was AMAZING! From the appetizer to the dessert, we could not have asked for a better meal. I would highly recommend Sydney. You will not be disappointed.

Divoon Dining
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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Chef Gene is wonderful. He is calm to a fault,caters beautifully,food was delicious,and he is reasonable for all that he does. You cannot go wrong using him and his servers.

Swamp Daddy's BBQ
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
DaNny A.
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We will never use anyone else for our catering needs. The quality, taste, value are second to none. I would recommend these guys to anyone regardless of the event size.

Berg Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew L.
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April and her crew came in at the 11th hour to save my wedding catering! Thy provided above average quality service and delicious food. April was happy to work with our specific needs and she delivered exaclty as hoped. I'll be using her services in the future

Craftsman Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kate B.
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John and his amazing team are real miracle workers! Extremely professional from our first conversation through the entire event, John was a delight to work with. Reasonable prices, the food was great (I will definitely be visiting their restaurant), and completely self sufficient. I didn't have to worry about anything! Craftsman Catering barbecued on sight, providing a little entertainment and a few samples right off the grill for guests that wandered by. Not only were the main dishes phenomenal but I still have guests raving about the coleslaw and other sides! Thank you so much John & Craftsman team! I'll be seeing you soon!

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Manny S.
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We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a fabulous meal topped off by a scratch made carrot cake that was divine.The reduction sauce with vanilla bean added was incredible to plate everything in. This was a great meal,for a great celebration in a great setting. Unique will deliver a great experience for whatever need your occasion requires.Thanks Steve for providing a great experience !

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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