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Alvaro's Tacos
4.7
from 140 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 257 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa K.
Verified review

Alvaro's Tacos did an amazing job at my wedding! They were on time, professional, and everyone loved the food! Plus, there was lots of food for everyone. I would highly recommend this company to anyone!

  • 18 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
Sachelle J.
Verified review

Mike did an amazing job catering my wedding for a very affordable price. He provided the food, bartenders & Italian water jugs for my guest. He prepared more than enough for my buffet style wedding and my guest were very satisfied. Mike is very easy to work with and made planning my wedding in 3 months less stressful.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle L.
Verified review

We hired Gourmet Lovers Catering for our wedding that was on July 23, 2016, honestly nothing but AMAZING!!!. From the very first contact till the very day of the event, everything went smoothly, everyone was on top of everything and Carolina and Boris were always attentive and making sure that we were worried free for our special day. When we first contacted Gourmet Lovers Catering, Carolina was very quick to respond and be at our services in any way possible. Both Carolina and Boris are so very down to earth, sweet and beyond helpful. With Carolina's great customer service, we knew that we definitely had to set up a food tasting in which I still remember her exact words were "come hungry" and let me tell everyone who is reading this that she is not kidding!! :). The food trial was very, very impressive. Personally I am a person who admires presentations and if I do not see quality presentations it is a turnoff but Gourmet Lovers blew us away!!! One of the best presentations and food tastings that we had experienced when trying to find catering for our wedding. Both Carolina and Boris were very welcoming, so welcoming that we pretty much felt like family. The presentation was beautiful for being just a tasting they went above and beyond. The quality, freshness and taste of the food was beyond words, all the food that was tasted literally melted in your mouth. Everything that was tasted was delicious. We ended up choosing the Marsala Chicken. After the tasting, Carolina was constantly available all the time in case anything changed or any questions needed to be answered. Just everything was great, it was perfect. The day of our wedding, all of our guests loved the food that guests were going back for seconds. Their staff was amazing. During the whole night, we had a personal server attending to our every need (I apologize but we do not remember his name but he was super sweet and beyond helpful, Carolina and Boris if you can remember the gentleman please tell him a big thank you from us). Once again, everything was awesome. Carolina and Boris are very passionate about what they do and it shows within their service and work. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say thank you, thank you, a million times thank you for catering our wedding. Carolina and Boris, you guys are amazing and we simply adore you. Thank you for making our wedding worry free and delicious!!!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsey O.
Verified review

I hired Jose for my wedding. His food was excellent and he was so professional at the tasting that we went to. Jose was very responsive and helpful with all of my questions/concerns over several months while I was planning my wedding. The caterer at a wedding has a huge job, and for my wedding day I felt like everything went so smoothly. His staff were so professional, friendly and dedicated to making all of our guests happy. He showed up on time and set up everything flawlessly and exactly as we had talked about. I am so happy that I found Jose for my wedding! I would highly recommend him and his staff for any event! Not only is it important to have a caterer that makes good food, but also have someone who cares about his clients and wants to provide the very best customer service and from my experience Jose did exactly this. He went above and beyond and we couldn't have been happier! Thank you Jose!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sabine S.
Verified review

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 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Joe B.
Verified review

I highly recommend Chef Mumsie for a wedding that needs catering or for any event that involves great food and wonderful service. It is hard to describe the quality of good food other than to say that it was delicious and all the guests were raving about it. Appetizers included incredible onion pastry puffs that were the talk of more than one conversation I had that night. Salad was also a big hit, not something one usually expects to say about salad. The entree was talked, posted, and blogged about. Beautiful flatware and table settings were used, and the service was light-footed, courteous, and professional. We felt we were in a 5-star hotel, not our own backyard (which is where we actually were). Aside from all this, I want to mention how impressed we were with the hard work that was so evident. Chef Mumsie's staff was present from 2pm on toward 11pm and never stopped moving for a second. We were promised that we would not have to worry about a single event during the day and that was exactly what happened. Without even realizing that we had left so much in the hands of our caterers, we passed the night catching up with old friends, connecting people, taking photos, and meeting each other's friends from far off -- never once did we have to stop to check up on any details of any kind. Chef Mumsie seemed to be in eight places at once at any moment, and everything took care of itself as if by magic. There were no hidden charges, unexpected twists, or demands for attention. We are very impressed and grateful for their efforts in feeding and satisfying 80+ people in a somewhat confined space -- done with grace, speed, and invisibility. .. and deliciousness!

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Prime Cuts Catering
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda D.
Verified review

I could go on and on about how glad I am that I hired Ron at Prime Cuts Catering to cater our wedding. From beginning to end he went above and beyond. He was professional, responsive, communicative, helpful, and gave us the best price we could find for wedding catering. And most importantly, everyone at our wedding couldn't stop raving about how good the food was! It was SO tasty! I highly recommend Ron at Prime Cuts Catering for any of your catering needs.

Taquizas ''El Rey''
4.6
from 45 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy H.
Verified review

Great communication, returned phone calls quickly. Arrived on time ,set up and service was great! Most important food was awesome! thanks Jesse, would recommend to anyone. We had a large group, (wedding with 250 guests!) All went well!! Thanks again!.

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie Q.
Verified review

I used Aioli for my wedding rehearsal lunch/picnic and it was great! They delivered on time and the food was amazing. Thank you guys for your high quality food & service. Highly recommended :)

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Next Event Catering
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Krystina V.
Verified review

Jennifer and Annette were amazing! They catered my wedding of 160 people and every one of my guests came up to me and told me how good their food was. Also, how friendly they were as well. Their vegetable tuscany pasta was a hit! The red roasted potatoes were seasoned to perfection and the chicken was tasty and moist. I would highly recommend tray gourmet catering for anybodys event.

Belle Fete Catering
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Mariah N.
Verified review

Food and service was professional, flexible, prompt and delicious. They catered my wedding and nothing but good things to say from me and my wedding guests. *Get the bite sized chicken and waffles. You're welcome.

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Tastefully Yours
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha S.
Verified review

Isaac's did a great job catering our wedding! The food was both super delicious & very affordable. Lisa at Isaac's Catering is wonderful to work with, very responsive and helpful. I definitely recommend using them for any of your events!

All Catering Services
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Hailey A.
Verified review

We used Reynaldo and All catering services for our brunch wedding in June of 2015. The food was delicious and Reynaldo was very professional and went above and beyond to make everything perfect. I would suggest him for any event he would be sure to make the food and its presentation amazing!

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha P.
Verified review

Weddings are stupid and stressful but these guys were freaking amazing. They went so far above and beyond to make mine and Brians wedding day everything we dreamed of. No matter what I was thinking she was there. No matter when I texted or called she responded. Seriously the best choice ever.

Brother 2 Brother Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Joan C.
Verified review

OMG! Chef James [and his sous chef Rob (of partylink staffing)] went so over and beyond our expectations! We chose his catering services for our May 28, 2016 wedding although we're not from Corona area-- just because they gave the lowest price... and we notified them just a few months before our wedding date. They were able to still give an outstanding service. Budget was a big issue with us and he understood. He worked his way around it like a fairy godfather... our guests kept on raving about how good the food was. Chef James was definitely like a Big Brother! It's like his calling and mission. For the blessing of food, he even sang "Your Grace" like a true jazz singer. We just can't thank him and his staff enough. I really hope and pray that more and more people will discover his food and services. So highly recommended! Thank you so much Chef James! - from Joan and Hermin

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Amber H.
Verified review

We asked our friends and family members who had recently been married what they thought the most important part of the wedding was, and they unanimously said "THE FOOD". From the moment we requested a quote Bill's attention to detail made it a wonderful and memorable experience. We were provided with and absolutely delicious lunch at our tasting; where Bill customized our menu to fit our unique wedding theme. The staff was friendly, informative, professional and genuinely warm and kind. Bill's help however moved beyond his fabulous food. For any and EVERY coordination mishap, he was there with creative and inventive solutions. His staff went above and beyond, even assisting in set up and decoration. We were truly overwhelmed by their generosity and their willingness to be of assistance. On our wedding day, as we ran from the car to the venue to avoid the terrible storm; we were greeted by Bill with a mini buffet for the bridal party so that we would have a chance to actually eat at our wedding. To say the food was amazing is an understatement. I cannot describe how delicious it was or how beautifully and artfully arranged. I truly cannot do it justice. When asked, our guest said that hands down, it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Our menu included custom flank steak sliders with asian slaw, a variety of sushi, mini ribs, chicken skewers, grilled vegetable stuffed crepes, procuitto wrapped asparagus, endive spoons filled with tabouleh, chicken sate, and so much more. The service was impeccable and after everything was done, the staff cleaned and left everything immaculate. Most importantly, Bill was sensitive and understanding of our situation. You see , we were two brides. Bill and his staff were shining examples of what it is to treat everyone with equality and dignity and respect. We were afraid of vendors not wanting to work with us and Bill took all that anxiety away. Through his vast network he found amazing and supportive vendors who were ready to celebrate with us and were empowered by our decision to get married. We cannot thank Bill enough for the many kindnesses he bestowed on us and we cannot wait to eat at his amazing restaurant again. - C & A

Chef Michael
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jo D.
Verified review

Catered for 25. Ordered finger foods. Chef made suggestions and all the food was tasty and wonderful. Service was professional and polite. Would most definitely hire again and share with friends to do so. It was our 50th wedding anniversary and Chef ' s were certainly a big part of making this event a wonderful memory.

Luscious Bites, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly A.
Verified review

We had them cater our Wedding last weekend and they were a godsend. I could go on and on about how wonderful, caring, attentive and friendly they were. While planning they were a great source of advice and guidance. Chef Renee gracefully answered my parents' (numerous) questions basically being our caterer/wedding planner. Most importantly the food was delicious!! The passed hors d'oeuvres for cocktail hour were outstanding and everyone complimented the incredible dinner! To top it all off our cake was delicious and beautiful, Did I say delicious!! They also provided friendly and attentive bartenders and waitstaff. Everything was so good, our guests were so happy and full... we are still receiving compliments. The entire team was professional and so attentive and they really set up our tables beautifully! Chef Renee and her team went above and beyond our expectations and really made our day perfect! If you hire them you won't be disappointed!! We can't wait until the occasion comes to use them again!

CK Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Cassandra C.
    Verified review

    John and his team were fantastic! They created a beautiful menu that met my needs for my wedding. The quality of the food was delicious and the presentation was flawless! We keep getting compliments on how great the food was. John is a great communicator and responds quickly. I highly recommend CK to anyone and will definitely use them for our next event.

    Personal Palate
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 22 years in business
    Sandy K.
    Verified review

    Stacie has been a personal chef for me and for events over the past five years. Her attention to detail is outstanding. Both the presentation and the taste of her food is superior to almost any. The atmosphere she brings is all class. She has a way about her that is both professional and comforting, she makes me feel like she cares about me and about all the other guests. I love the value she provides She's well priced, if might I say inexpensive for the quality she brings. I highly recommend Stacie.

    Pete's Firehouse BBQ
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Katie O.
    Verified review

    Pete and his wife Melissa are an amazing and caring team. When my wedding planner Birgit Aviles recommended that we try Pete’s for our catering, my husband was determined that they were going to be our caterer. After a hearty taste test, we were beyond sold (and stuffed!). Melissa met with us at the venue a couple of weeks beforehand to finish with details which was wonderful. The day of, we had a fantastic spread of tri-tip, smoked chicken, smoked mac n’ cheese, baked beans, salad and rolls. I had SO MANY of my guests tell me they usually don’t like wedding food, but every person cleared their plates! The only thing I heard anyone complain about was that they didn’t get enough mac n’ cheese! They even made a small dish of mac n’ cheese and had portobello skewers for our few vegetarian guests. After the event was over, they packed up all the leftovers for us so we could snack on it later that night and the next day! They also had two servers that worked their butts off throughout the night helping serve our guests and then clean up. Everything was beyond delicious, beyond wonderful, and top notch. Thank you for your wonderful customer service and delicious BBQ!

    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.

    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.

    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 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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