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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 137 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

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica G.
Verified review

I live in Pittsburgh, PA and was planning a dinner in Chino, CA. I had no previous experience in that area and turned to Thumbtack to help me out. Gourmet Lovers was the first to respond to my request and they never let me down. I was NOT an easy client. I had to change my budget, my headcount, and my needs several times during the planning process. There were emails I didn't respond to on time and days when I couldn't answer their calls. Carolina's patience, understanding, and problem solving skills were spot on! She had a solution to all of my issues and I NEVER sensed frustration on her end. We were a small event with a low budget and I'm positive other, larger, parties were interested in our date, but Carolina wouldn't cancel us, even though I didn't send the signed agreement until waaaaay after I was supposed to. The last "surprise" from my end was that at the last minute I was not able to travel for the event. Carolina remained on top of things and the event was complimented by all who attended. THE FOOD was amazing!! No issues, no complaints, only positive feedback and satisfied attendees!! Oh, and the cupcakes.....I can't forget the cupcakes!!! AMAZING....just like everything else about this company!!! Customer service, food, and professionalism are top notch!

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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
Chris Y.
Verified review

Excellent personalized service. His food is delivered to me several times per week, and I find it always to be fresh and delicious. The meal plans that he designs are consistently prepared according to my specific requests and dietary needs. I highly recommend Marc's meal delivery services, especially for busy professionals.

Rose J.
Verified review

Mark was absolutely incredible! The food was amazing but what made a huge difference to me was Mark's attitude. He went out of his way to help with everything from cooking and serving tô opening wine bottles and making sure everybody was happy and well served! If you need a chef Mark is the one to go. Absolutely love his food and his service!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Kassidy G.
Verified review

Amazing service. The service and food was talked about through out the night. Tonya was a joy to work with and accommodated our clients budget and needs.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
Verified review

Absolutely! No complaints Hector and his team are a blessing .. Such great service ... Food was delicious!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Guy S.
Verified review

I was a guest at my friends dinner party that was catered by the Segar's, food was great and I would recommend their services.

  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Amy Murphy // Parties, Petals and Paper M.
Verified review

We had a the pleasure of working with Food First Events and were thrilled with the food, service, and attention to detail. Our clients and their guests were raving about the food! Looking forward to many more events with Food First!

  • 19 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Priscilla F.
Verified review

All the food Carmi has delivered is delicious and nutritious!

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Living Veg
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anna W.
Verified review

Shelley was wonderful to work with. She helped me adapt to a new food allergy protocol with her personal chef services. The food she made was fantastic! Highly recommend her!

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Hermann W.
Verified review

We had hired 'A Taste of Gourmet' to cater for a 50th birthday party in our backyard. Their job was to provide food and drink service, as well as rental furniture, dishes, glasses, silverware, etc. for about 45 guests. The owner Don provided us with many food options and was very helpful in putting together a customized menu. On the day of the event, Don and his team arrived on time and well prepared for the job. The food was very tasty, and the service was friendly and professional. We did not have to worry about anything. Everyone enjoyed the open bar, and the bartender was flexible to stay a couple of hours longer than planned. Our guests were impressed and the party turned out to be a great success. We would definitely hire 'A Taste of Gourmet' again.

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie F.
Verified review

Greg was everything I could have wanted in a personal dining chef! Such a warm personality, professional yet personal, and off the chart food. I could go on and on about the food combinations, the incredible taste, and presentation of a five star meal, made with love. You will not be disappointed with Greg: hands down, a one of a kind experience:))

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie D.
Verified review

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!

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shauna B.
Verified review

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!!

Your Kitchen Jeanne
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tillie Z.
Verified review

My family and I love her freshly made food, especially her chili rellenos, and all her Irish dishes. Yum!

Madkins Catering
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Mark A.
Verified review

Great food and service. Stephen was very delightful to work with.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Yasmin F.
Verified review

We had friends in town for a long weekend-eight adults and 7 kids. We hired Wendell to cook lunch and dinner both Friday and Saturday. What an unbelievable treat! The food was delicious, creative and healthy (and that’s coming from a group of food and wine snobs). Wendell was friendly and very attentive to guests dietary restrictions. I would hire him again in a heartbeat and highly recommend taking him up on his flat day rate!

Katheryne Cooks
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna R.
Verified review

Katheryne helped us in a weekend event and she took great care of all the food and the kitchen. I recommend her!

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Jaz Miller-Hart
Verified review

Quality Food, Quality Service! Love Me Some Yummy Creations!!!

Rondeno Culinary Designs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Vanessa S.
Verified review

He was easy to work with and the food was lovely.

Farm to Table
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon O.
Verified review

Wow & Amazing are two words that your guest will say if you hire Zachary. His food is YES that GOOD. He goes above and beyond to make his clients happy and we were over the moon happy with the food we had. Also a bonus the kitchen was clean to start and I think Zachary left it cleaner then it was when he started. He brings everything all you need to do is enjoy the amazing food he prepares for you. Perfectly seasoned, perfectly prepared made our party just perfect. Thank you Zachary.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need personal chef services

Los Angeles, CA

  • Meals needed
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    Since this would be an in-office cooking demo, we cannot use a heat source. So if the food item is quinoa salad,t he quinoa would have be prepared ahead of time.
  • $210
    Average price

Need personal chef services

Los Angeles, CA

  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Fish)
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
    $50-$60
  • Details
    I am 23 years old, and looking for someone who could make me healthy dinner. I am going there a eating disorder and want to recover and eating healthy.
  • $243.33
    Average price

Need Personal Chef

Los Angeles, CA

  • Event type
    Birthday / Anniversary
  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mediterranean
  • Courses / Dishes
    Salad: Yes, Single entree: Yes, Multiple entrees: No, Side dishes: No
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Head count
    1-2
  • Budget per head
    $70-$80
  • Details
    Because of budget am open to suggestions of tapas instead of hearty entree
  • $137.5
    Average price
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