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Lodi Caterers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Esther C.
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Chef Albert the "untamed chef" catered my mother's funeral reception. From the first, he just could enough for us. We coordinated the food to fit my needs. Provided everything salad. To dessert, napkins,dishes, drinks...everything. Clean up. Great food+++++ professionalism+++++ Timely+++++ working with clients+++++ Clean,neat+++++ charming+++++ Going to be my first call next time+++++!!!

Sac Valley Gourmet
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph R.
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Boris was AWESOME! We didn't necessarily have an event or catering, we were just beginners who wanted to get a good foundation for learning how to cook. Boris was extremely enthusiastic and answered all of our questions. He taught us numerous knife and cooking skills that we can use moving forward. Ingredients weren't overly complicated. He made multiple dishes for us out of a single chicken. The food turned out AMAZING! I highly recommend Boris for any of your cooking or catering needs. He is very professional and a true expert.

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Isabel S.
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Arturo and his team did a wonderful job; they went above and beyond their job; they are plrasant, hardworking, and the food was absolutely amazing! I received loads of compliments from our guest; as a matter of fact each time I see one if them, they talk about Arturo"s great menu especially the tamales, sopes, and salsa! Very pleased.

Cowabunga BBQ
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie B.
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TWO THUMBS UP isn't enough! David catered my daughter's Sweet 16 pool party. We originally had something else booked, but she had this BBQ at another party and deemed it a must have. The food is that FABULOUS. Friendly, professional and efficient, we are sure to be repeat customers!

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Abroad Catering
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Yvonne C.
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We wanted an English Tea Party for my Sister’s milestone birthday. Nancy worked on a special menu “catering” to our request. The food was fabulous! Our English guests said it was an authentic tea party.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Tamaika R.
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Kincy Catering was great and very professional. The food is really good.

Basic Catering
4.2
from 26 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy M.
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Basic Catering supported our recent Oktoberfest racecar show event and they hit it out of the park! They were easy to work with and very thorough during the planning process. And the onsite team was on-time, very professional and the food was so fresh and delicious, prepared right on site. Can't wait to work with them again. We've give them 10 stars if we could!

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east bay chef
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary M.
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Jon, and his assistant Danny, catered a sit down dinner for 24. The menu included several appetizers, salad, Filet Mignon and lobster with fingerling potatoes and veggies, and a homemade raspberry filled buttercream cake (as requested) for my husbands 70th birthday. Everything was perfect!!!!!! Exceeded our expectations. Not only was everything amazing but Jon and Danny couldn’t have been any nicer. Several of my guests are already arranging to use them for their upcoming events. We would definitely use them again. They made my husbands 70th so special. Could t be happier.

  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Eileen F.
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I was so happy to have found Chrysalis Catering on Thumbtack. Tameeka and her crew did a fabulous job at our event. Food was delicious and was service excellent. Several of our guests complimented her. She was very professional and personable. I highly recommend!

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
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Chef Jon and family was everything the dr ordered the food was excellent and the customer service was even better.I will be using him for all my catering needs.

Two Moms Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Donna S.
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Two moms catering did our wedding reception in September. The food was great! They were friendly. They even took pictures as a courtesy! Some are here on the site. We hope to see them before X-mas. :-) We would hire them again. Donna Patton

Branden Woodruff
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Eric L.
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Branden is an absolute rock star. We found him at a catering tasting at the Brazil Room in Berkeley, Ca. Out of all the caterers with their beautiful foods and cakes on display, Branden really stood out. He and is partner were very humble and confident in their back corner booth. But more importantly extremely friendly and eager to help. The food was super good too! So, we hired him for the catering, but we got was MUCH more than that! The food and service the day of the weeding was amazing (people still talk about it to this day). But, what Branden did for the wedding was far beyond the food. He knows his stuff. I believe he said he's been doing this since he was a child. That experience shows. The amount of coordination and poise that he exhibited far above and beyond the call of duty was nothing short of remarkable. His attitude and approach really set our minds at ease allowing us to focus and remain relaxed throughout the whole process. Our wedding definitely wouldn't have been the same without him.

Magpie Productions
5.0
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
Stephanie T.
Verified review

I can smell Magpie Productions chicken wings right now! MMMM good! And those roasted garlic crab and shrimp scampi dishes are the BEST! I can’t forget her amazing pasta dishes they are always filled with the right ingredients. And, what I appreciate most about Magpie Productions is her variety of dishes that range from Southern to gourmet. I would highly recommend Magpie Productions catering to anyone who is looking for tasty food that will delight the palate. And by the way, give her a party theme and she’s run with it! Bon appetite Stephanie T.

Capital Catering
5.0
from 1 review
    Peter R.
    Verified review

    Louie helped me at our Lyon Real Estate Christmas Party. He did an outstanding job with the event. Very professional and hard working. I would use him again in the future.

    About

    I offer catering and cuisines for events, parties and social events. Menus options are available. I do Mexican and California cuisines.

    About

    I do catering and cleanup at the location of your choice. My service has many options as far as food is concerned; I can cook it all.

    About

    We deliver 5 star customer service and delicious entrees. Our goal is to not only meet but exceed our clients expectations. We specialize healthy and tasty dishes ex. Mexican, American, Soul Food, Vegan, some Chinese Delivering exceptional dishes to our clients and them being more than satisfied is the most rewarding experience.

    About

    We offer catering for private parties, weddings, cooking lessons, winemaker dinners, birthdays, and anniversaries. We come to your location, set up, cook, serve, and clean up. Our specialty is BBQ and Italian cuisine. We offer a good price, a great service and great food.

    About

    unique flavors like no others. Quality ice cream and other frozen dessert and outstanding service. customers coming back for more every time.

    About

    Our specially is European style including homemade pasta and bread. We also specialize in seafood, steaks, poultry, appetizers, salads, desserts and large selection of imported and domestic wines for all occasions.

    • 15 years in business
    About

    Excellently prepared food, the way the client desire it, matched perfectly with fine wine and spirits! Excellent response and customer service provided!

    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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