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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 123 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
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Travis H.
Verified review

Marcel was the perfect caterer for our event! The food was loved by all and he was great to work with! His team arrvied promptly on time and assisted us with the setup for the night! I highly recommend for any event large or small!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Cortney J.
Verified review

I was very impressed with EVERYTHING! I had a grand opening party for my business and the food, set up and server were amazing! I will only use them going forward and recommend them to everyone!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 208 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy M.
Verified review

We had a very special breakfast catered by Madkins catering. The food was amazing! All of our guests have been raving about how great it was. They are very professional and such a pleasure to work with. We will definitely hire them again in the future.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brian A.
Verified review

Jessica and her team stepped in at the last minute and pulled everything together for me for the day of my event. It allowed me to focus on the nearly 100 guests I’d invited and not have to worry about the caterer, bartenders, wait staff, valets, photographer, flowers, set up, etc. Jessica was professional and handled all the vendors respectfully, as well as attended to needs of the guests. I appreciated her ability to anticipate their needs, respond to their requests and do it all so seamlessly. As one who plans corporate events myself, I know the attention to detail that it takes in order to accomplish a successful event. Jessica definitely did that and I would trust her and her team to do another event for me --- without question. If you are looking for someone to plan, organize and manage your event, so that you can actually enjoy it, then 3 little birds is your event planning team.

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CAKE - Gourmet Sugar Service
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
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Stephanie M.
Verified review

Cassidy Cakes is and was amazing! I had a Big Hero 6 cake done for my sons 8th birthday this past May and she did the most amazing job ever! Not only me and my son were so incredibly taken by the deliciously moist cake in itself but also how there were truly the most amazing details to the cake! I will most definitely be using Cassidy Cakes in the future for all our catering and party needs! Thank you so much! Cassidy Cakes ROCKS!!!! 😀

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Beatriz N.
Verified review

Ana is awesome to work with and you can tell upon meeting her that she loves what she does. You know you hired an Outstanding caterer when food and service is top notch. Responsive and available to answer questions and consider our needs. Food is incredibly delicious!!! Highly recommended

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

Sierra Madre Catering has the best tasting food! The flavor is always so fresh, they're really accomodating in making a custom menu and thier staff is really great. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a corporate meal or private party. I've had them for both.

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Aioli
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Bobby B.
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Jordan is an excellent chef and caterer. He produces food that is way beyond the standard catering services. If you want cookie cutter catering go with someone else. If you want really great food at a great price stop on by or use his catering.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Paula K.
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Alexis catered our annual holiday corporate party in our home for 30 people. Everything was perfect. She has an extensive menu to choose from. The passed appetizers were very delicious - potato chorizo empanadas, beef sliders, and spicy tuna krisps. The holiday menu was outstanding - hand-carved prime rib, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, field green salad with pomegranate, goat cheese and candied pecans. She also provided a fabulous dessert bar with mini fruit tarts, cheese cakes, brownies, Christmas cookies, and flan. Her presentation was beautiful with a beautiful gingerbread house that I got to keep. Most impressive was her excellent servers who helped to set up our tables, decorate the tables, prepare the food and serve. They also served cocktails and prepared a wonderful signature holiday drink. They arrived on time and left my kitchen in immaculate condition. Put away every dish, cleaned the ovens, stove and mopped the floor. They were so professional and helpful. Our guests loved the food. We've had holiday parties at very nice restaurants the past 12 years but everyone agreed this was the best party because of the food and service they received from Alexis and her team. I would not hesitate to hire Alexis for another event. She is fantastic. Thank you Alexis!

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Claudia C.
Verified review

Excellent food, catering and professionalism. Catered to my guests in such an amazing way, everyone loved the food.

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SEGAR LA
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Summer G.
Verified review

I last minute decided to host a birthday dinner party and was in need of a caterer asap. After submitting my hopeful requirements and details for my party, Steven reached out to me immediately and was the only message I received that had personalization within the text. He truly was reaching out to ME vs copy and pasting his business portfolio. We had a call immediately and within 1-2 days had the menu selection squared away. I gave him very simple directions - 'I love Mediterranean food'... he came back with a Croatian Michelin star restaurant inspired menu with hints of Morocco. He was super communicative and informative on each dish and my party needs. The food was delivered right on time in serving dishes with serving utensils and everything was absolutely beautiful, clean and quick. The two employees that delivered the dishes were also extremely sweet and efficient. Steven normally does larger events, from what I've seen on his website, but my get together was only 20 people and he made it feel so special and easy. So, big or small event, Steven Segar is definitely the catering route you should go.

  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Phi D.
Verified review

KMR has been accommodating from the start especially with a late notice for catering. Their food is amazing and our guests couldn't help but to go back for seconds.

  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny L.
Verified review

Very good service and responsive (that's important). We hired David for our gals' 1st and 3rd birthday party, for approximate 45 adults and 12 kids. Everyone kept telling me the food was delicious at the party and after. David was very honest from the start when we first engaged him, he basically suggested me to get those portable table and linen than charging me for it. For a small size party like mine, a server may not be necessary since all are close friends. We took his advise, put more budget on the food, and it came up perfect. The food were adult proof and kids proof. Kids love his food too where a few mums came up to me and ask about the food choices that we decided. Also, he helped my husband to prep a dish without we asking. I'm looking for another reason to have another party so that I can have him cook for us again.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Paul G.
Verified review

We hired Shelley for our wedding in April and LOVED her work! When we met with her she was very interested in us and our preferences, and was very helpful in reigning our scatterbrained thoughts in. She offered an array of appetizers, garlic bread, green beans (the biggest hit of all our guests!), and a creamy pasta. Although we didn't use them, she could provide dinnerware. She even visited our venue with us to get an idea of the kitchen and facilities. We never got to try the appetizers because our guests cleaned them up, so they must have been good! All through the evening everyone was amazed how good the food was. The food truly exceeded our expectations, and working with Shelley was a joy as well. She and her staff were friendly, prompt, very professional, and she worked miracles with that food. Thank you so much!

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Jacquie S.
Verified review

Greg catered my dinner party for 10 clients and it was spectacular! The food was delicious and visually stunning and he is a delight to work with. Everyone was blown away. Thank you Greg. We look forward to the next one!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 9 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!

A Wayfaring Chef
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Steph S.
Verified review

Jessie catered two parties for me and not only was the food exceptional but she was so professional and everything went so smoothly. I don't think there was one dish that wasn't great. She was so creative and helpful with great ideas to make the parties perfect.

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Alfred D.
Verified review

Will book these guys again and again!! They arrived 30 minutes before my event started, they were able to set up quickly with all their equipment and food organized. The food was delicious and you can tell that they really love what they do! Great conversations, good vibes, and my guests kept going back for more tacos especially the sisig tacos!! Thank you guys for keeping my guests full and happy! A++++

La Panzano Gourmet Catering
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy L.
Verified review

Ordered catering with them for my birthday party. The food is very delicious. All my friends enjoyed it. Will be back for the business again.

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

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

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole B.
Verified review

I cannot rave enough about this service. I hired Ira's last minute to feed 44 teenagers and they gave us everything we wanted and more at an affordable price! We had more than enough delicious food and delivery was on time and the food was still piping hot!

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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