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Los Angeles Full Service Caterers

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan P.
Verified review

Marcel was EXCELLENT! I had an unusual catering job, one he hadn't done before. He was terrific at following up with me, patient when I had to delay getting back to him, and took care to understand exactly what I needed. And then he carried it out to the letter, with perfect results. And he's super easy to work with. By sheer coincidence, one of my event attendees had used his catering services just a couple of months before, and also had only glowing reviews of his food and his service. If you have need for catering or chef services, you can't go wrong by hiring Marcel for the job. I can't wait to use him again!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
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Ken S.
Verified review

I have to say, this was the first time we used a catering service for our company event and they came through with no issues. The food was great and so was their presentation. We asked that they have the food ready for serving at 6:30am and they had everything ready before the time frame. I would highly recommend using this company to cater for any type of event! We will be using them again!!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 207 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly H.
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This is a talented group of people. Everything was an +A, from the food, down to the service. The staff is fun and professional. The food is packed with flavor and meat was extremely tender. They arrived on time each day and even cleaned our whole kitchen each day. I highly recommend madkins catering!

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Sensuous Taste Katering
4.9
from 58 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
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Andrea P.
Verified review

Chef Michael really cared about my order, my decisions and lack there of, the taste and the appearance of the food he provided for us. The food and service were both really good.

Super Food for Super People
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne T.
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The food was delicious, the service impeccable and the price was very reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend Super Food for Super People to anyone looking for a catering service for their event--large or small!

FSLA Catering
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Tracey Z.
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Faisal provided full-service catering for my organization's group which included more than 100 people. The event went perfectly and there was nothing overlooked in the set-ups or the food. Faisal provided a large assortment of hors d'ouevres and added a signature beverage and desserts. All the attendees were impressed by the quality and taste of the food. If you would like a dependable catering experience personalized specifically for your event, I would highly recommend Clubhouse Cuisine.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Christina S.
Verified review

We've hosted many parties and charity events at our home and have used a variety of small and corporate catering companies over the years. But of all of them, So Devine was truly "so divine!" The food was fresh, perfectly cooked and well presented. We also appreciated the service staff who were all professional, polite and helpful. We will definitely be using So Devine over and over again.

  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara R.
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I had the pleasure to experience the food and service of KMR Gourmet Catering in different occasions. The service and quality of their meals are first class. It really does not matter if the event is private, corporate, public and/or family parties. Kenia is an awesome host, paying always close attention to the smallest details and presentation. On another hand the delicious, healthy and good looking creations of Chef Rivas makes it always special and tasty. Thank you for the good food and memories! Barbara Rabelo CABE Founder Board Member Chapter 40 Whittier

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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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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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth F.
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Hiring Steven and his phenomenal crew was the best decision we could have made for our event! We were tremendously impressed by Steven's professionalism and flexibility to all of our requests, he is an incredibly smart and resourceful businessman and was able accommodate our many brand-standards (for a very attractive price) and wow our guests with the results. The food was simply delicious, the service was exceptional (very warm and affable) and the set up/breakdown was seamless even in our small half kitchen and office space! If you're looking to work with a professional and provide a seamless catering service at your next event, I urge you to hire Steven!!

Tania Spil
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
David S.
Verified review

Attended a social gathering where Tania provided on site catering service. She prepared a full course meal including appetizers, entrees and dessert. Overall extremely pleased with the quality of the dishes, the presentation and the timeliness of the meal. Tania displayed an attention to detail and is devoted to her craft.

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Dale G.
Verified review

This event went off without a hitch. Mobile Caterer was on time, on point and on the ball for the entirety of the event. They rolled with the changes I had and made the event a complete success. The food was incredible. The set up was beautiful. They went above and beyond considering they had the best value of any of the caterers who responded to my project request. It was truly seamless and effortless.

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JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Melo P.
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Moe came exactly on time and all the food were so amazing as well as the service. All the guests were so happy with the food, definitely will call Moe again for my catering needs.

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Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Tammy S.
Verified review

Professional and exquisite meal presentations and staff; very reliable; very reasonable; always go the extra mile to accommodate special requests. Wait, did I say that they're reliable. I've already recommended them to 2 other agencies and they are equally impressed with Feast Catering's exceptional services.

  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lynnette T.
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Acacia’s professionalism and quality of catering services are unprecedented. I had a family reunion and she came highly recommended to me. Her overall services exceeded my expectations. Her food is amazing. I’d recommend her to anyone for your catering needs without hesitation.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Victoria G.
Verified review

Shannon is a great coordinator she went above and beyond to make our day stress-free. She was on top of everything and made herself available at all times to make sure everything was prepared and under control. She also made flower arrangements, which came out absolutely gorgeous & provided us with extra items like boutonnieres and bouquets at an affordable price. She is definitely talented in many areas. Very professional & highly recommended. We could not have had a more enjoyable and stress-free wedding without her & her staffs help.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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David R.
Verified review

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!

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Leandro D.
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I attended a dinner party that Wendell Catered.He made several dishes that were very tasty and delicious but the dish I could not get enough of was his Seafood Soup❤️.I felt like a slob because I had 5 full serving.I definitely will alway have him cater my parties

  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Weekly D.
Verified review

Ihsan defines a real professional and gives food a whole new level of experience! The love he has for creating succulent tasting, eye appealing foods you taste in every bite you take. Every event with him is always a total success from the service to the food!!

Chef Cesar Cuisine
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Irina M.
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Had corporate event catered by Chef Cesar Cuisine. Love the food! And customer service is excellent.

Fresh Brew Coffee Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Francine A.
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If you have an event that needs latte or coffee service, Fresh Brew is a great choice.

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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