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Newport Beach Party Food Caterers

Browse these party food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Newport Beach.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 120 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Bruce O.
Verified review

Four hot food trays with side dishes for forty plus at our party. The food was very - very - good and more than enough. Bruce Osterberg & Teri Canfield

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erika O.
Verified review

Jose catered our company holiday luncheon (70 people) in Ontario, CA. He delivered for free which was nice since he came all the way from Lake Elsinore....furthermore, he came a couple of weeks before the event as well to bring us food samples! The reason we decided on Jose was because he had so many options on the menus and for him having the lowest price, we were able to order the most food in comparison to other caterers. Not to mention the food is delicious! Everyone in the company was complimenting how well flavored everything was. He is very professional, friendly, and extremely accommodating. We will definitely be using him for future years! Thank you Jose :-)

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy M.
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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
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brian A.
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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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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joanne M.
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I hired Shawna to cook for my elderly, "picky" about their food, parents. Not only is her food great, she's very easy to work with, and my parents are ecstatic to not have to cook dinners anymore!

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CAKE - Gourmet Sugar Service
4.8
from 53 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie M.
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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!!!! 😀

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer K.
Verified review

This was for my sons first birthday party. The food was good and the chef and her assistant were very kind. The cake was amazing. There were a few hiccups but overall it was a good experience.

Millie's Berries & Cake's
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Erica M.
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I ordered a penis cake for a bachelorette party I was throwing. the cake looked just like the picture I sent. the cake was delicious and moist. the only thing is my friend's name was misspelled. but other than that it was great!

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Summer G.
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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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley V.
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Kieth, owner of Haute Productions was wonderful! I hired Haute Productions for my clients 60th birthday event. The food was amazing delicious! Kieth worked with me to match what my client wanted. There was no limits in our request. The guests raved about the mixed vegetables, seriously order them they wonderful. The chicken was moist the sauces were full of flavor. The spread also included another guest favorite, honey butter. Everyone was satisfied. I will defiantly be keeping Haute Productions on file for future clients and look forward to working with Kieth again. Thank you!

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Katrina P.
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Every single aspect of Tuition Bites was amazing for us! The food was incredibly delicious for all of our guests, more than enough food, awesome set up and presentation and overall really cool friendly staff!!! All for such a fantastic price. Tuition Bites truly went above and beyond and exceeded all expectations. I can't thank them enough!!!

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Cornelio G.
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We had our work event catered for breakfast and the food was Great! The price was right on budget and everything we wanted we got, not to mention Zeke was wonderful to work with. We are definitely considering using them again for another event.

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Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim A.
Verified review

Feast catering was exceptional with their food and service. From the time I called and ordered the food, the process was effortless. The presentation and set up of the food was Great! My kitchen was cleaned and the leftovers were boxed up and after our Church Service on Sunday the food was delivered to a homeless shelter! Thank you FEAST CATERING! WE WILL BE CALLING AGAIN!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Amber H.
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We asked our friends and family members who had recently been married what they thought the most important part of the wedding was, and they unanimously said "THE FOOD". From the moment we requested a quote Bill's attention to detail made it a wonderful and memorable experience. We were provided with and absolutely delicious lunch at our tasting; where Bill customized our menu to fit our unique wedding theme. The staff was friendly, informative, professional and genuinely warm and kind. Bill's help however moved beyond his fabulous food. For any and EVERY coordination mishap, he was there with creative and inventive solutions. His staff went above and beyond, even assisting in set up and decoration. We were truly overwhelmed by their generosity and their willingness to be of assistance. On our wedding day, as we ran from the car to the venue to avoid the terrible storm; we were greeted by Bill with a mini buffet for the bridal party so that we would have a chance to actually eat at our wedding. To say the food was amazing is an understatement. I cannot describe how delicious it was or how beautifully and artfully arranged. I truly cannot do it justice. When asked, our guest said that hands down, it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. Our menu included custom flank steak sliders with asian slaw, a variety of sushi, mini ribs, chicken skewers, grilled vegetable stuffed crepes, procuitto wrapped asparagus, endive spoons filled with tabouleh, chicken sate, and so much more. The service was impeccable and after everything was done, the staff cleaned and left everything immaculate. Most importantly, Bill was sensitive and understanding of our situation. You see , we were two brides. Bill and his staff were shining examples of what it is to treat everyone with equality and dignity and respect. We were afraid of vendors not wanting to work with us and Bill took all that anxiety away. Through his vast network he found amazing and supportive vendors who were ready to celebrate with us and were empowered by our decision to get married. We cannot thank Bill enough for the many kindnesses he bestowed on us and we cannot wait to eat at his amazing restaurant again. - C & A

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie D.
Verified review

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!

Super Food for Super People
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lydia M.
Verified review

Carolina and her beautiful team were the perfect choice to cater fmy wedding reception. The food was truly delicious and generously portioned. My guests ( you don't and old) raved about the food. They crafted a menu that worked with my Fiesta themed wedding made up of the freshest ingredients cooked to perfection. Carolina was attentive to every detail- bringing us samples to try, checking in with me in the days before to see if I wanted any changes and that the prep for my home wedding was under control. She even sent her team member, Erika over the day before to help us with the decorating. There was not a single thing I didn't love about them and their food! Do it hesitate to hire Super Food for Super People for your next event! I loved them and you will too. Delicious food lovingly prepared by terrific people.

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

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.
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