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Lake Forest Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lake Forest.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 119 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
GUS D.
Verified review

Thank you Marcel, the food & the service. it was over the top, everyone loved it.. Looking forward to our next event.. G & L

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Rebekah H.
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Michael did a great job with catering for my wedding. Not only did he cater, but he helped coordinate rentals. He made planning SO much easier! Not to mention the food and service was great! Highly recommend him for any event!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cynthia H.
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From the first interaction online, gourmet lovers was prompt, professional, thorough and caring. The initial face-to-face meeting before our wedding gave me even more confidence that on the day of the wedding the food was the least of my worries. We had a hors d'oeuvre only menu that are 80+ guests loved. Many of my guests complimented their food and service and asked for their phone number for their next party which I gladly would refer gourmet lovers. Gary and I were thrilled Thank you Gourmet Lovers so very much for making a joyful day even more special!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mia S.
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Jose went above and beyond our expectations! I couldn't have been happier with the food and the service. He had really great prices, and the food was phenomenal. We have multiple people come up to us and say that they weren't expecting such great food at a wedding. We had the BBQ chicken and tri tip. Both were amazing, but the tri tip was definitely the stand out. I wasn't there when Jose and his team came to set up, but they took initiative to get everything ready. Jose even helped set up the desert table and helped cut the cake, even though we didn't order any desserts from him. He made sure to serve us (bride and groom) first. With no wedding coordinator, I had to worry about a lot of things during the wedding, but I never had to worry about the food; and that is priceless. I couldn't recommend his services more!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 203 hires on Thumbtack
Olivia H.
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Frank and Carissa were so amazing! I had them at my recent bachelorette party and couldn’t have been happier with their food and service. They were fun with our group, brought decorations and stemware, and the food was delicious! Definitely would recommend again!

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Chef Marc's Meal Prep
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Josh H.
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Chef Marc has consistently provided me with A+ food and service. He is an extremely talented Chef with an eclectic mix of healthy food options. His culinary skills are outstanding and he has helped guide me towards a healthier lifestyle. 100% game changer. Thank you sir.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jk B.
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Absolutely amazing! Fabulous food and menu for a unique wedding venue and a frazzled bride. Could not have asked for better food, service or professionalism.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Tristen G.
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Chef Mumsie and her crew were a delight to work with! The food and service was perfect. I'd highly recommend them for any party or gathering! We will for sure be using them again!

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  • 15 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Roxanne S.
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Rich and his staff did a fabulous job hosting my birthday party . . first thunderstorm in 126 years! . .No kidding so we quickly went to Plan B and Rich adapted like a professional. My Party would not have been the same without him and his cordial staff. He was gracious; kind; and funny with our guests. .Food was excellent . .Will hire him again and recommend his services.

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie Q.
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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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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeremy R.
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Steven is incredibly professional, enegertic, and skilled at what he does! We loved having him as a private chef for parties and intimate gatherings-- he brings a great enthusiaam to his work, and the food was Michelin star quality!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 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.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
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Absolutely! No complaints Hector and his team are a blessing .. Such great service ... Food was delicious!

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Tastefully Yours
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ronda B.
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Isaac's Catering was unbelievable! Mary was extremely accommodating. We had to cancel our event last minute due to fires in our area. We rescheduled without a hitch. Delivery was right on time, food quality was top notch, and the price was fantastic. Everyone at the party enjoyed the delicious food. There is no doubt Isaac's Catering will be serving our parties in the future. Thank you for a job well done. Sincerly, Ronda

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy G.
Verified review

Absolutely Wonderful.. Not only did we get what we asked for , he way above the mark. Terrific food. Best Tri Tip I have ever had. So many compliments from our guests on the food and service, and from us, the reunion committee- Presentation was excellent, and Zeke and his staff made it an event that we didn't have to worry about a thing. I can't say enough wonderful things.. We Highly reccommend him for future events.

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Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maddy D.
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There was a mixup with the menu but they remedied the situation right away. I was impressed with the taste of the food, the service and professionalism.

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Veda J.
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Fitch has been a caterer to the Boeing company for several years. His professionalism and good food go hand in hand. He's always on time and always willing to go above and beyond to ensure everyone is pleased with the service and food.

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Micheline C.
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We loved the level of service and the food was amazing! Our guests loved every course. The chef used fresh ingredients and each dish was deliciously prepared and well presented. The entire staff created a wonderful experience for us and our guests. They were professional, courteous, friendly, very accommodating, and completely self-sufficient. We didn't have to lift a finger. Even the planning stage was made easy. Bill was extremely responsive, very professional, and reliable. They were reasonabley priced, as well. I would highly recommend them.

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shauna B.
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We hired Island Soul for our mothers celebration of life party a week before the event. Luckily they were able to accommodate us on such short notice! Everyone at our event LOVED their food, and their speciality (pork belly) was to die for. They were so sweet and professional. We will be hiring them any time we need catering. Thank you so much you guys!!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie D.
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I am thrilled to share with you my experience with Chef LaTay. First it must said, her food is AMAZING. In Jan 2015, I married the love of my life; I had a small backyard wedding of about 75 ppl total and Chef LaTay catered the food for my special day. We decided to go with Tri-Tip Roast, Fully loaded mashed potatoes, Green Beans, and Salad. Her food was a hit. Delicious and memorable. My guests were happily fed and pleased with every bite and so was I. In the past, Chef LaTay would do weekly orders every Friday and Saturdays where she would deliver her meals to those local near her. It was a huge meal that came with dessert and a drink, worth the price indeed. That’s where/when I would also have some of her other delicious foods. My personal favorites are her Macaroni and Cheese, her Salmon, her Enchiladas, her Chicken (every way she makes it), and her Oxtail. She also makes wonderful tasty desserts. Her cakes are all homemade and are to die for. I love her Chocolate cake and her frostings are the best! Better than any other cakes I’ve had. And I can’t forget the dessert my husband and I always ask for throughout the year, Banana Pudding! Again, AMAZING! It is an honor to have Chef LaTay’s food be a part of my life. Every delicious bite makes you wish there was no such thing as getting full. Having her for your events or for a small special occasion, you won’t be disappointed. Chef LaTay is very creative with her food and service. She comes with class and excellent customer service. She makes sure you get what you asked for; just very professional with a welcoming loving spirit. Chef LaTay It’s Made Devine is worth your time to try her food, because I guarantee you, you’ll be asking for more!

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Natalyn B.
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Chef Steve did an amazing job preparing a luncheon at my home in Laguna Beach for 50 people. . The portions were large and scrumptious with lots of leftovers. I would definitely recommend him and will use his service again. Thanks Steve for a job well done.

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.

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.

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.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need personal chef services

Lake Forest, CA

  • Meals needed
    Dinner, Dessert
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    Company Holiday Party at my house
  • $800
    Average price

Need a Personal Chef

Irvine, CA

  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), Mediterranean
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    I would like to get a quote for services (everything from twice a week, to daily dinner). I am looking for a good long-term option, but short-term availability is fine too. Thank you so much!

Need personal chef services

Irvine, CA

  • Meals needed
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (special diet)
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    Also want additional organization assistance
  • $72
    Average price
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