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Sizemore's BBQ and Catering
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.

A&L Catering
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!

  • 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!


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.

  • 10 years in business

Catering By Joe is Central California's full service caterer. Joe Velasquez serves authentic foods inspired by the Central Valley's rich ethnic backgrounds, traditions and the vast variety of fresh locally grown ingredients. For weddings, birthday parties and all your special events needs— from the Central Valley to the Central Coast and from Los Angeles to San Francisco—we’re your first choice for elegant, festive, and delicious catered foods

  • 10 years in business

We stand out from large catering companies because all prep work and cooking is done on location the day of the event.


We provide service to people who want to enjoy the event that they have planned. We take care of all your catering needs. We can set up a service cleanup, and most importantly, take care of the menu. We have been doing this for more than 10 years. We love what we do, and this is why we keep doing it.


McHenry Event Center, completely remodeled and refurbished, is known as one of Modesto's best venues for weddings and quinceaneras. The former Elks Lodge offers five rooms and two patios to accommodate from 15 to 610 people. Call and visit our site at 945 McHenry avenue to choose the perfect room for your event: weddings, bridal and bachelor parties, baby showers, corporate meetings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations, sweet sixteen celebrations, memorials, and any other special family gathering. McHenry Event Center also provides rooms for corporate meetings, service clubs and networking groups. The Seasons Catering provides dining services for both on-site and off-site events. Led by our professional chef', our staff and waiters have catered hundreds of events throughout Central Valley, California. Call and consult with our chef and your event coordinator to discuss your events catering needs. Arrange a meeting at our location, where you can sit down and relax among the decor of our elegant facility, or call us to meet at your location. No matter what your catering needs, we invite you to consider McHenry Event Center and The Seasons Catering for your special event. Our goal is to make your event memorable.


We have a full-service catering company, with an award-winning chef on staff. Let us create something magical for your next event! We do on-site or off-site catering. We are specializing in themed and outdoor events.


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.


We specialize in all types of cooking, from BBQ to gourmet, what ever our clients wants. We have done back yard BBQs, weddings, all types of parties and private dinners for 2 or 300. We also have servers who are professional who can help set up and break down. Our clients are very pleased with our services, and so will you.

  • 26 years in business

We pay attention to detail to ensure the customers event is a success!


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.


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


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.


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.


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

  • 6 years in business

Here at AskDrete Catering, we specialize in creating a unique and one-of-a-kind menu selection from small parties to corporate events.


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.

  • 12 years in business

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.


We deliver the "WOW" factor with everything we do from the flavor of our products to the excellent customer service we deliver to our clients.

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.

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.

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.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Taco Caterer on June 29, 2013

Hayward, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Head count
  • Details
    Was thinking of beef and chicken tacos

Need a Caterer on July 20th

Redwood City, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin, Other (I will consider either mexican or BBQ menu - 18 people)
  • Head count
  • Details
    Outdoor event - weather permitting.

Need an Italian Cuisine Caterer for a Buffet Catered Event

Santa Cruz, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Cuisine type
  • Number of guests
  • Additional Service(s)
    Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    Both Vegetarian and Chicken Options are preferable
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