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Laguna Niguel Dinner Caterers

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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,

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
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Lorin S.
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Jose at Mr Worldwide Catering, did the catering for an 80th birthday party for us on March 28 2015, we did tacos, rice, beans, he also did fruit, cheese, and veggie platters for us. The food was all excellent, the service was awesome, was there when he stated he would be, did all the set up and clean up of food. Really enjoyed the professional way things were done. Everyone at the party raved about the food, and how nice everything was set up. He even had flowers for his food table to really made it look great. I hope I have the chance to use him again, for other things this is one TOP NOTCH CATERING SERVICE.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiffany F.
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Shawna is AMAZING!! She was the ONLY vendor we had for our wedding that didn't give us any difficulties. I emailed her asking to make changes and every time her response was "of course"! The food was amazing and her services were beyond outstanding. Shawna was flexible in creating our brunch menu and catered to a handful of vegans we had on our guest list. Even our non vegan guests enjoyed the vegan options! We were looking forward to left overs but everyone enjoyed the food so much, there were none!! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a caterer whether it be a wedding or any special event. I am definitely keeping her information in case I need a caterer again someday! If you want to be stress free about catering, choose Shawna! You won't be disappointed!!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
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Chef Mumsie's was great! The were quick to respond to all my emails and calls. They were even willing to work with our budget. The catering service was on time and the food was incredible! Our event was a success and that's because of Chef Mumsie! Thank you!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
JP M.
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Tanya and her chef were absolutely wonderful! They were well organized and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend Sierra Madre Catering for any catered event.

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Aioli
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Bobby B.
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Jordan is an excellent chef and caterer. He produces food that is way beyond the standard catering services. If you want cookie cutter catering go with someone else. If you want really great food at a great price stop on by or use his catering.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Kenia R.
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Thank you very much for catering our UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Fundraiser. Everything was beyond what we expected. Thank you!

  • 3 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
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I hired Haute Productions to do weekly catering for my office lunches, we currently have 9 employees that I feed daily. Working with Keith is a delight and his food so far has been delicious. Keith is very quick to respond and is always on time, which is a must when you are feeding 8 hungry men :) Keith was also able to work with my budget which is very important to me. I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for all your catering needs.

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Bala Z.
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On Saturday I attended a dinner that she catered. There were 70 people or so. It was a 4 course meal and it was delicious. Well prepared and well presented and most importantly served ON TIME!

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Cornelio G.
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We had our work event catered for breakfast and the food was Great! The price was right on budget and everything we wanted we got, not to mention Zeke was wonderful to work with. We are definitely considering using them again for another event.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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David R.
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Shelley makes the most amazing, inspiring, and eclectic dishes. Always flavorful...you would never believe it was Vegan! I use her for all of my private catering needs. She's is always accommodating and provides impeccable ontime service. She always chooses organic, heart healthy produce for her creations. I have used her so many times, I honestly don't think there is something she cannot create!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LYNDSEY M.
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Here are some highlights that stuck out: gave advice about all kinds of things leading up to the big day- rehearsal dinner location, invitations, wedding games; really listened to what we like & tailored her suggestions accordingly; was patient with us when we were indecisive; gave us a lot of guidance during the rehearsal; stayed all the way through the end of the night and packed up our parents' cars. One of her major "deliverables" is an awesomely detailed schedule of events! This was a huge asset for us. She was also extremely attentive & helpful! She was direct but not bossy- exactly what we were hoping for. I would definitely recommend her to any brides who need some guidance!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Ava C.
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Outstanding....Bill Blackburn catered my 50th Birthday Party!!! Days after the party guests were still commenting on how awesome the food tasted. Bill and his staff are professional and accommodating to your needs. If you are looking for a Caterer, Bill Blackburn is a must....!!!!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kaylee D.
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Chef LaTay was very professional and the food was the best I've ever had. Every morsel of food was delicious, even the baked goods were good. Her presentation was very appealing to the eye. I will continue to patronize Chef LaTay as my catering service.

Top Chef
4.4
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Tina A.
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I hired Diane to cook a multi-course meal in the comfort of our home in order to surprise my husband for Valentines Day. We agreed upon a menu, a time, a price and we were good to go. On the day of we corresponded a bit and she offered some of her personal items to help decorate for the special night which was above and beyond. I didn't need them but I did appreciate the offer. Diane is friendly, responsive and the food she made was DIVINE! Part of our meal included cream corn and French onion soup, both my husbands favorites. He loved both items. We were so full, we couldn't even eat the dessert we had planned for the evening. My husband said one more bite and he would have exploded. Diane was efficient in the kitchen, we were able to see the flambé for the steak from the dining room where we were enjoying our salad. She served the meal and cleaned up as each course went along. It was a new experience for both of us and it ended up being a very special evening.

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 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 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela S.
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Divoon Dining was able to produce a delicious Mac and Cheese for a simple dinner and then a five course gourmet feast at another time, all with smooth and unobtrusive preparation and good humor, which contributed to the whole excellent dining experience. We look forward to doing it again.

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ra'Daniel McCoy
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Always on point, always on time ... when it comes to choices for my personal catering and event planning needs, Yummy Creations is always mine!

Craftsman Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Cirse S.
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We used Craftsman Catering for our wedding a few weeks ago and Joe and his team did a FANTASTIC JOB! The food was delicious and the value and service we received was excellent. We also hired Craftsman Catering for their bar services and all the drinks were FABULOUS as we received many compliments about them! Joe, the owner of the company, worked with us to create our signature drink. Joe was great to work with because he was really nice and he put a lot of work into our event. It was a huge advantage that Joe showed up to work the day of our event as many company owners do not work their events and just send their staff. We researched over 20 catering companies before hiring Joe and no one offered us the same value, product, and service that Joe provided for us. Our event was very detailed with over 200 guests, so there was a lot of work that went into it, and the venue we used was extremely strict. Thankfully, Joe and his team were very patient, accommodating, and adaptable to work with. We had many vendors and Joe was one of the easiest to work with. We HIGHLY recommend Craftsman Catering! Thank you for all your hard work!

Berg Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 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

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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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 the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

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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