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Novato Festival Caterers

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 141 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
Dalila S.
Verified review

We were looking for catering services for our small and intimate wedding during December 2015. Food was a big part of the event, but we also had a limited budget, so we shopped around to find someone that would fit our needs. Pete understood our menu concept right away and was able to work with our budget. He didn't fuzz about small details that we wanted to incorporate and went above and beyond to make them happen. He even provided ideas on how to improve the overall experience, not just the food. We interviewed lots of chefs and catering companies and we couldn't be happier about working with Pete. Our foodie friends and family members praised the food, the presentation was extraordinary and the service was very professional. Pete also provided support for the drinks, bringing with him a great mixologist that crafted creative drinks for the crowd. Finally, the next morning Pete prepared brunch for guests that spent the night at the venue (and ourselves) and even tho some things did not go as planned for him (the professional oven broke down!), he was able to have everything ready flawlessly by the time we woke up. Thank you Pete for taking care of such important part of our event! We are looking forward to working with you again.

  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Cristina M.
Verified review

Our dinner party was a success. We had a family 90th birthday party for my father-in-law. Sat created a great dinner menu for us and it tasted wonderful. Everyone was full and happy at the end of the party. Hiring Sat allowed us to enjoy the conversations and not work so hard. This was our first catered event with a chef. I look forward to the next one. Thank you Sat.

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 91 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
Leonard T.
Verified review

Our group had a very nice experience with A Plus catering! The guests thoroughly enjoyed her delicious food and the party was a huge success. We will plan on using them again for a future event!

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Made With Love
4.9
from 78 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Eric D.
Verified review

Working with Debbie was great. She helped me pull off a surprise party for my wife and the food was amazing. I highly recommend her for any catering event.

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julia E.
Verified review

Stephanie was perfect for catering our dinner - thank you so much!

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!)

Nitro BBQ & Catering
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Ardeth C.
Verified review

I have hired many caterers over the years for various events. I was looking for an experienced caterer for our son's wedding rehearsal BBQ for 130 people at our house in June. I meant Paul Lira through Thumbtack and he promptly returned my call. We set up a tasting date and the food was so delicious I hired him on the spot. His menu is locally sourced, fresh and all of it tasty for every palate. Paul and his staff were a pleasure to work with....professional and friendly. Wedding RSVP's can be slow in coming in and the few updates I sent Paul within my timeline were graciously accepted. I would highly recommend Nitro to anyone looking for delicious food prepared to the highest of standards and delivered with professionalism, on time by a great guy who loves what he does and brings a cool vibe with him!

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 65 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I never met Deborah in person but had good conversations with getting my event catered. She was very responsive to my requests and questions. Ours was a drop-off event. The food was DELICIOUS. We had grilled garlic lemon chicken, 5 quiches, a huge (almost too huge) green salad, a beautiful fruit salad, lemonade and cookies for 28 people and there was plenty of food...only had salad and cookies leftover. Her employee brought our food and set it all up very creatively considering we were at a camp lodge! I would definitely recommend Quiche and Carry for your catering. Deborah was very professional and we were all happy with our event.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa J.
Verified review

Had a Christmas Party for 30 people in my home. Food was prepared on-site. As guests arrived first and caterers second, the kitchen was full of guests nibbling on appetizers. Alisa and her assistant blended right in working around guests. The food was delicious! All guests commented about how wonderful the food was and how pleasant Alisa and her assistant were. Clean-up was provided, and they did a great job at that too. It made enjoying guests and myself fantastic! Planning for the event was seamless, organized and expeditious! When I have another party for my 50th this year, Passionate Plates and Alisa will be on "speed-dial"!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Haya K.
Verified review

I've known Grace for many years. I have been over to her house for home cooked meals that were truly gourmet, and delicious. She also prepared some food and sold it from her home. On the level of catering for large parties, I went to our friend Dave's party last month were Grace did the catering. The food was flawless, delicious, with great presentation, and great variety. I strongly recommend Grace for catering your events.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Allegra B.
Verified review

I lovvvvvvv Daniella's food. Always delicious, fresh, and elegant. Thinking about a meal from her makes me wish she was still in Oakland.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jocelyn B.
Verified review

Angela was very helpful right from the beginning. Once she and I spoke, determined a budget, she proposed some wonderful selections, and the evening was divine. Having a few people who have gluten-free diets, the menu planning was extremely important to me - and every item was gluten free AND delicious! Angela is able to help rent anything you need, so that isn't a worry. She has a wonderful assistant who is warm and friendly. I would highly recommend Angela's business for your catering event.

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Jane M.
Verified review

I attended a small dinner party that LL Services catered. The dinner was absolutely delicious and healthy at the same time. LL Services were professional and informative about the dishes they presented. Their demeanor was pleasant and easy to be around. They added a nice but subtle touch to the ambience of the evening.

  • 11 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Shelley K.
Verified review

Elyse was quite simply amazing and the best vendor I worked with for my wedding. From the very beginning, she was very responsive and did everything to help me develop a menu for my wedding. Elyse also understood my budget and worked within my contraints..something I really appreciated as I noticed many vendors would quote one price but end up costing much more. She also went above and beyond on several instances, not only providing me with suggestions on rentals and vising the venue and helping me with a floor plan but also willing to offer a helping hand with anything I needed further assistance with. Elyse and her team were top notch - my guests raved about the food!! All the ingredients were high quality and you could taste the freshness and love that was put into the preparation. I would recommend Elyse and Brass Spatula for any Catering event and hope to use her services again.

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Lori S.
Verified review

Oh my goodness, I was so, so impressed with Cheri's cooking. I've never, and I mean never, tasted a turkey that was as tender and flavorful as hers. I'm getting hungry right now just thinking of it. She catered our holiday party, and the depth and delight of all her amazing dishes tantalized all the guests. All her dishes we're cooked and baked to perfection. She's a genius in the kitechen, with a down-home, nurturing spirit to boot. I highly recommend Cheri for any catering event you're planning in the future. Your guest will rave that it's the best catered food they've ever had.

Basic Catering
4.3
from 24 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Te C.
Verified review

I hired Basic Catering for a dinner party. We had salmon and chicken breasts with asparagus and a variety of salads. The food was amazing and the presentation was beautiful. Will definitely order from them again.

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Jks Catering
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Kim H.
Verified review

JKs Caterers did our event for approximately 175 people. The food was great and their service was great. The only issue we had was that the temperature of the food was lukewarm to cold. Aside from that I would highly recommend.

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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Bethany L.
Verified review

Dennis and his team did an absolutely fantastic job hosting a bbq lunch for 145 guests in a local park. The team arrived on time (early, I think), they were attentive and responsive to my preferences, they brought everything (drinks, food, plates, cutlery, condiments, napkins) they prepared an amazing hot meal on site (burgers, mac-n-cheese, salad, beans) that exceeded expectations for food quality, they cleaned up everything (including managing a lot of guest's trash), they were relaxed and friendly. We could not have been happier with their services.

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brenden D.
Verified review

Mise En Place is hands down one of the street caterers in the Bay Area. David’s is extremely creative and professional and food is excellent!

Olive Cater
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Ohad M.
Verified review

I went to an event catered by Arkadi and Elinor back in January. I loved the richness of flavors and colors. The food was as tasty as it looked. The meats were cooked to perfection. I booked them to cater a costumers appreciation event for my construction company and it was a big success! Food was great and the service was professional.

96H Brand Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Judy C.
Verified review

Catered my wedding and did a fantastic job. Everything was so good and we had more than enough. Thanks again guys

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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