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Morgan Hill Appetizer Caterers

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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 121 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
Azi D.
Verified review

Rocco came to my home to cook for my guests. He did a great job !! While he was serving the food for us he was sharing his cooking experience and also he told us how to select healthy foods: while we were eating to hear his experience and knowledge about foods it was our appetizer! The food he cooked for us the flavor came from the food itself: our food it was not too spicy or add too much another thing to get the flavor ( like cream , too much butter or oil) but I can tell from the food flavor Rocco use fresh and organic food for his cooking and that gives his cooking very natural and healthy taste ! He is very charming and thoughtful! The food was phenomenal! I really recommended Rocco as a experienced chef for someone who need healthy and testy food for parties or for any event! I have a plant to hire him for all my future events. I really excited to know such a talented chef in the Bay Area!! Thank you so much Rocco to make my dinner party very special and an forgettable!!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 111 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
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Ivonne K.
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They catered the appetizers and dinner and provided servers, tables and linens. The food was delicious and competitively priced. Evan was very responsive and made planning quick and easy.

  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren Z.
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Sat was incredible! He cooked an amazing 3 course meal for 8 assorted finicky, typical, crazy Bay Area dietary restricted people (gluten-free, lactose intolerant, vegetarian, etc.) and made us all happy!! I got stuck at work so I left a key under my mat for St to get in and start cooking. When I got home, my house smelled amazing! Sat found everything, was already cooking away and comfortable. He is not only a great chef, but a really warm and down to earth person. You can tell he loves what he does and it shows in his food. Aside from the fantastic herbed zucchini goat cheese appetizer that was scarfed down by everyoe rather quickly, we had the best kabocha squash soup I have ever had and grilled sea bass on a quinoa pilaf that was to die for. (My mouth is watering as I write this!) I had told Sat that I was going to do my own hors d'oeuvres and had bought some cheese and fruit spreads, baguette, grapes, etc. Sat offered to help me plate and arrange them and I wish I could channel him every time I entertain. My platters were gorgeous. I would (and will) hire Sat back in a heartbeat. I'm planning already......

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I had a great experience with hiring Kitchenina as our caterers for an event with 40 people. The communication was always prompt, polite and friendly. They did a great job on the day of the event to ensure that the food was delivered on time (despite the traffic/weather conditions) and made my job as the event organizer much easier. I would definitely work with Kitchenina again in the future, and regret that I did not take photos of the food! (Thanks for the brownies as well!)

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
Verified review

As a event coordinator I have worked with Steve and the folks at DNL Catering on many special occasions. We have worked together on wedding and baby showers, brunches, wedding receptions, work Christmas parties and anniversary parties. They always provide a menu to your request and the playing of the food is always on beautiful plates and dishes, not aluminum trays. There are always compliments on the foods from the guests. We are always a happy with the selections. Their website makes it easy to browse their menu and I always receive a reply promptly when I submit an event request online. DNL Catering is on my preferred vendor list when I meet with future clients. I have used them in my own home numerous times. They are my 'go to' caterers for any event.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian B.
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Catered our New Years party for 16. Appetizers and food were excellent. Specializes in veggie, but did a meat course for us. All ingredients fresh, organic and gluten free. The gnocchi was to die for!

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Dawn R.
Verified review

Lucas was the consummate professional all around. I truly enjoyed working with him - especially on such short notice. He was quick to respond in the planning stages. As for the meal, our group loved it. He cooked a spectacular prime rib roast with roasted vegetable. The homemade pasta with the saffron sauce was delicious. The amuse bouche and dessert were wonderful complements to the main courses. His server, Angel, was great, as well. I would highly recommend Lucas to anyone. Thanks for making our evening spectacular.

  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine V.
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Hyson catered my 30-person wedding! With the help of 3 other amazing assistants, he created unique and delicious appetizers, our wedding meal, as well as a late-night snack. He was great at communicating, showed up on time, and dressed professionally for both our tasting and the wedding. Overall, he was the perfect chef/vendor for our event and I would not hesitate to contact him again :)

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Eleonora T.
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They were prompt & professional throughout the engagement. They prepared various appetizers for a party of 25 guests. Great service and food was delicious.

In This Moment
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Staci H.
Verified review

I hired In This Moment to cater my sunset/evening wedding this fall. They managed appetizers, dinner, cake cutting, and bartending. We went with a Mexican buffet and people were telling me during the evening they thought it was great idea and very delicous. (We also had a mariachi band during arrivals and ceremony to tie together a light theme.) The groom and I stole a few minutes to eat some dinner ourselves and agreed! Several mentioned that they loved that there was some great guacamole and chips to snack on immediately after the ceremony while people mingled & moved to the indoor reception area. Kristine herself is friendly, calm, and highly responsive. I was an anxious bride and she made things simple for me. I always felt better after checking in with her or seeking her guidance. I am glad Kristine was able to take on our nearly last minute request (2+ weeks out?) and help make our lightly Mexican themed/DIY wedding be fun experience for our friends and family. Thank you!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Jocelyn D.
Verified review

Karla was an absolute joy to work with. She loves her job and it shows in her work. Karla was flexible, prompt in her replies to questions and her staff was professional and so friendly! The food got rave reviews from my guests - and the delicious leftovers were enjoyed by even more people! Let Karla cater your event. You won't be disappointed.

The Rustic Palate
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jason G.
Verified review

Mariana Carvallo catered our party of 70 guests for the Stanford Division of Hematology on October 15th, 2016. She and her staff of 2 additional kitchen staff/servers, as well as bartender put on a spectacular event. She is a local culinary treasure not to be ignored. Below I have pasted the menu she served which honored vegetarians/vegans and gluten-free dietary needs. The guests absolutely adored the cuisine. The bartending service was top notch and many commented that it was a party to remember. Mariana and her staff cleaned up afterwards and left the our kitchen and outside area pristine. The professionalism was highly impressive. The feedback was so positive that I have every intention of hiring her for all my future catering needs. She's my go-to person now. I worked with Unica Party Rentals who works with Mariana and that aspect worked seamlessly as well. Thanks to you and your team Mariana and all my best to your future which looks very bright (just stay in the Bay Area so I can work with you again :) My best, Jason Gotlib Starters Roasted Artichoke Hearts Flatbread Lemon Dill Yogurt, Arugula, Shaved Parmesan (vegetarian) Mini Sirloin Sliders fig and sharp cheddar on toasted brioche bun Wild Mushroom and Fontina Empanadas Salsa Verde (vegetarian) Salmon and Avocado Tartare served on rice crisp (gluten free ) Sweet Butternut Soup Shooters Toasted Pepitas (vegan) Salad Shaved Asparagus, Avocado, Little Gem Salad Ricotta Salata and Mint Lemon Vinaigrette Entree Mediterranean Spiced Roasted Chicken served with crispy potatoes and root vegetables israeli cous cous with herbs, toasted pinenuts and pomegranate Dessert Bar Assortment of Mini Desserts Merengues, German Chocolate Cake, Russian Cookies, Macaroons, Pot de Creme

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east bay chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Stephen J.
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We had a fantastic experience hiring John, and I would unreservedly recommend him. I was hosting an 8-person dinner party with a group of international friends at a rental property in Sonoma in mid November. He was very responsive to my fairly vague request on Thumbtack, instantly proposing a delicious-sounding 4 course meal with appetizers that took account of my preference for mostly vegan dishes. He was flexible and easy to work with at a very reasonable price point. He arrived on time with his wife to help, and they cooked, served and cleaned very professionally with a great friendly attitude. I would certainly hire him again.

Reverence Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Dave M.
Verified review

Yvonne from Reverence was great. She was on time with delicious appetizers and outstanding service. She personally prepared our food and our guests were extremely complimentary. We were very happy with Reverence!

TASTE-FULL EVENTS, LLC
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Sondra M.
Verified review

I have been to several of Judith's events and each one of them has amazed me. She works tirelessly on every detail from decor to dessert. She has a generous, warm spirit and will ensure that your event is remarkable.

Cater This!
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
Verified review

Cater This! was onsite at my company for a private event & the food was phenomenal. Juan served our corporate event a delicious selection of various entrees from his holiday menu. We all loved the entrees and sides that accompanied them. His service was impeccable and he was very easy to coordinate the event with. If you are looking for a caterer for your corporate event, Juan is your man.

  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Elisa L.
Verified review

The baby shower we threw was made much better by this amazing BBQ! Every single item on the menu was delicious but I got to call out the divine ribs and the peach dump cake, I get hungry just thinking about their food. Compared the other quotes I got theirs was the a little more expensive, I'm glad I didn't choose a cheaper option. It was worth it.

San Jose Catering Company
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle F.
Verified review

I had a party at an obscure location. They were on time and helped me find the best place to set everything up Food was great a wide variety so something for everyone. I'm not usually a huge fan of meatballs but these were delicious and had great sauce I personally would have preferred a little more dressing on the lettuce wraps (next time I would order extra sauce on the side). But they were fresh with good flavor. The lettuce was in great shape which is what you need if you're eating lettuce wraps (Sometimes when I've ordered them elsewhere they all fell apart.)

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jadyn P.
Verified review

GREAT SERVICE We got married yesterday and had to post a review immediately because Affordable Chef was so great! Chef Mark was punctual in replying to my questions before the big day, which, as an out-of-town bride, was very reassuring! At the last minute, Chef Mark was unable to attend the reception, but his on-site chef made delicious food, and the staff were phenomenal! There was one staff member in particular who took an interest in my Husband and I. She told us that we were her "celebrities for the day," made sure we ate appetizers before we walked in, escorted us to the buffet first, and was constantly checking on our drinks. She also took an interest in our families, leading many people to tell us how amazing she was! The bartender Chef Mark sent was also lovely, knew her stuff, and made our signature cocktails perfectly! All in all, a great experience and a company we would trust our next big event to!

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Table & Terrace Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Shami R.
Verified review

Tonya was very warm from our first contact. She definitely listened to what I needed and quickly put together some ideas. She is very flexible and never lets on that you are taking up her (very precious and little) free time. The evening of the event: I finally met Tonya and Israel. They went right to work with very little direction from me (their staff had to do final set up of the tables). My guests raved about the presentation and quality of the hors d’ouevres. Dinner was beautiful, delicious, and service was lovely. Just to top it off, no other caterer/chef service we have used has left our kitchen and home in such great shape. I can’t wait to book the team again.

Laura Sharp Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sarah L.
Verified review

Laura and her staff did an amazing job catering my wedding! She was friendly, accommodating, and flexible. We loved the food and guests are still raving about it! I would definitely hire her again and recommend her to others for their events.

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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