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Merced Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Merced.

Hunt & Gather
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Scott M.
Verified review

For our first-ever catered dinner party for colleagues from work, this went very well. David was responsive and easy to work with. He was prompt and attentive to our requests and the food was great. Would recommend!

Sizemore's BBQ and Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christina R.
Verified review

Dave provided lunch for our Bus Driver's Appreciation Day. The food was terrific. Dave was on time, the food was great and the price reasonable. I wouldn't hesitate to use Sizemore's BBQ and Catering for our next event.

As You Like It Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cindy B.
Verified review

I've sampled numerous dishes/pastries Valerie has made and you will not find a better caterer! She's a perfectionist and wants to make sure you have the best experience with her food. I can't recommend her enough. She made my grandson's 1st birthday cake from a photo on the internet (we chose Toodles from The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse). Not only was it spot on, but absolutely delicious. The marble cake was moist and tasty, the buttercream frosting was sublime (not too sweet), but the best part of the entire cake was the fresh raspberry filling. Once my grandson tasted it, he tore the top layer of his little cake off to get to those berries! I can't say enough about Valerie and her cooking/baking skills. Once you've had her food, you'll never want anyone else to cook/bake for you.

  • 3 years in business
Phyllis G.
Verified review

The food was delicious and just as we ordered, the entire transaction was done professionally, from the first contact, to the cleanup after the meal at my event. Great staff, great chef. I recommend them highly!

A&L Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Virginia M.
Verified review

Everything I've ever had prepared has been outstanding! More, please! More, more, more, please!

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I love to cook, so I started catering because it was a life dream. Now that my children have their own lives, this is the perfect time to make my dreams come true. I do all kinds of dishes. Here at NuBri's, we make every occasion tastefully amazing.

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We are specializing in upscale American comfort foods including hand-cut steaks, barbecues, seafoods and pasta. I am now also serving breakfast!

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We are cooking quality meats! We are providing a great culinary experience. We do anything from Mexican food to southern comfort, seafood and more!

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I'm professional trained in cooking, but my passion is Southern style cooking! Contact me, and I can make sure your catering needs are met at an unbeatable price.

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We are professional, clean, affordable, and only offer food of high quality and excellent flavor. We can do any range of food from backyard barbecues and street tacos to five-star cuisines and international delicacies. Hire us for your next event, and not only will nobody want to leave, but they will look forward to attending any future events.

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Globally inspired California grown, we can fulfill any of your catering needs. We have over 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry, ranging from Las Vegas resorts to mom-and-pop restaurants in Italy.

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

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We do catering for fine and casual affairs. We also do Tuesday night dinner deliveries. We can be your personal chef and provide corporate lunches.

  • 6 years in business
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Here at AskDrete Catering, we specialize in creating a unique and one-of-a-kind menu selection from small parties to corporate events. We, here at AskDrete Catering, pride ourselves with providing a one-of-a-kind luxury service for all your guests.

  • 12 years in business
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We are a family based full service catering company. Specialize in down home southern cooking. Food prepared with only the finest quality ingredients. Utilize local products. Have a history in corporate catering and weddings. We can provide quality full service from a small two person every to a large group of 300 plus. Providing the highest level of food and service to my customers at a reasonable price.

  • 26 years in business
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We pay attention to detail to ensure the customers event is a success! We put lots of time and effort into our food, no matter how big or small the event is and seeing people enjoy the food and service and have a successful event it is very gratifying.

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We at Delicious by Design Custom Catering seek to deliver to you the rich flavors of modern cuisine, together with the simple comforts of home cooking. By using the best traditional family recipes in our unique menu, we are able to retain the flavors that have been made perfect through generations, and still provide a fare that is consistently adapting. We are backed by the philosophy of approachable gourmet: bringing new styles and ingredients together, in a spread that will entice to even the least “adventurous” of eaters. We hope to bring you an excellent dining experience, offering a number of serving options and a variety of customizable menus, in order to meet the specific requirements of your event. For those who are looking for something even more unique, we provide a complete, customized service, which includes original menu compositions to blend well with your desired atmosphere. We hope you will give us a chance to design an unforgettable culinary experience for both you and your guests. So, for your next reunion, wedding, or other event, let us create the menu Delicious by Design.

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We offer BBQ tri-tips, ribs and chicken. I used to BBQ for New Deal market on Oakdale road Modesto, CA. I specialize in ribs and tri-tip.

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We at Foodie Chix have been fortunate to cater for local and surrounding customers. We cater to super foodies who wish to discover style, culture and good taste. We specialize in small-plate faire, wine and cheese pairing and so much more. We are the Foodie Chix -- Suzanne Siroonian and Stephanie Valorosi.

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At The Loft Catering, we provide professional and on time catering services. We do weddings, parties, events, etc. We are located in Modesto, CA.

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The mission of Upperbound Chef is to serve up exceptional food experiences, a recipe that will always be cherished and remembered; taking care of all your culinary needs and desires. No mess, no fuss, no stress, never a dash of work for you. Not only will we save you substantial amounts of time, we sprinkle in just the right amount of service and a pinch of creativity. Upperbound Chef will take your vision to reality, effortlessly.

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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