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Palm Desert Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palm Desert.

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Abigayle R.
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I needed food for 100+ people for my wedding. Gourmet your way offered a great price, they gave me great service, and the food was absolutely amazing. I would use them again and again.

  • 28 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Cliff M.
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Chef William exceeded all our expectations--and they were high. From the pre-party meet five days before the event, I knew Bill would easy and enjoyable to work with. Very flexible, adaptable, open to our ideas. Also, extremely knowledgeable about not only the food, but about logistics to make the party run without a single glitch. Our party of 10 gave nothing but raves. Can't recommend him highly enough.

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Mikelynn L.
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Jessica was amazing so happy that I found her. The food and service was fantastic we're already planning for our party next year. Jessica really knows how to make your guest feel special she does it all!!!❤❤

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristine L.
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Chef Jeff was absolutely fantastic! He catered lunch, brunch and dinner for my family over a 5 day family vacation. The food and service was outstanding and we would definitely use Jeff again in the future!

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FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Regina G.
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I hired Alcantar Catering to cater my sons Birthday party. Food and service was excellent. Catering director was on top of things and very professional. I highly recommend Alcantar Catering.

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
CORAL S.
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CHEF SARENA PREPARED FOOD FOR 36 GUESTS AT MY CHRISTMAS PARTY - SHE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS- SHE WAS EFFICIENT, PREPARED AND WELL ORGANIZED. SHE IS AN INCREDIBLE CHEF AND EVERYTHING TASTED SO GOOD. I HAVE HEARD FROM ALMOST EVERYONE AT THE PARTY HOW GOOD EVERYTHING TASTED AND WAS PRESENTED. KUDOS TO CHEF SARENA..

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Catering Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Aleida H.
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very professional on time handled everything excellent service food was great very flexible to menu suggestions, would hire him again

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Jacob Perez
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Jackie V.
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I used Jacob for a special dinner event celebrating a very special person. Mr. Perez worked with me to create a special Menu for my guests, I had meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans all in attendance, and he made sure there was something for everyone. His professionalism, skills, and service was impeccable. His mouth watering Filet Mignon with red wine demi glace reduction, whipped potatoes & sautéed vegetables is nothing short of amazing-My absolute favorite! I highly recommend Chef Perez, and can not rave enough how spectacular his food & service is, and how beautiful the presentation was. I exclusively use Chef Perez for all of my events.

Tra An Cuisine
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn C.
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She was on time. The food was amazing. Very friendly and professional. Will book again!

  • 11 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Temma K.
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Pleazingly Tasteful catered my wedding, their service was spectacular!! I highly recommend their services, especially the grape tree. The most delicious grapes I've ever had. They were very professional, the food was well plated and tasty.

  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kim M.
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From the beginning to end my experience with Danny was professional, worry free & excellent service from him & his 2 helpers! I did exactly what he said I would..."enjoy my company while he did all the work". Priced excellent for the quality & amount of food. All guests left stuffed from delicious food & complimented what an awesome caterer I hired! Thanks again Danny!

Mary Khuu
4.8
from 5 reviews
    Sonja T.
    Verified review

    Ms. Khuu did an amazing job with the catering and floral arrangements for my dads retirement party. Thank you again for the excellent food and the arrangements where perfect.

    Mark Roberts Catering
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Lisa G.
    Verified review

    I would highly recommend Mark! His cooking skills were AMAZING, his portions were huge, the food was DELICIOUS and he was such a pleasure and very, very professional!!!! We will hire him again and again.

    Deedo G.
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    I would recommend anyone to try the food and desserts. EVERYTHING I have had is beyond amazing! The strawberry butter is to die for, loaded Mac is yummy,shrimp and grits are unforgettable and lastly favorite the funnel cake cupcake is to die for! And everything is always fresh.

    Anthony Cruz
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Amelyn M.
    Verified review

    Chef Anthony was so easy to work with. He was very flexible and responded quickly with any questions or concerns I had. He arrived on time, served and explain every dish and left the kitchen spotless. He was delightful and a pleasure to work with. He was very knowledgeable and was very open to share recipes and tips for cooking vegan food. He was easy to talk to and was very professional. His food was excellent. I am not vegan, but arranged for a vegan chef because of my friend's dietary preference. All the non-vegan guests also enjoyed the meal. He designed menus for me to choose from Mexican, Italian and American. We chose the Mexican cuisine. I would highly recommend him. His price point for a 3 course meal serving 7 people was absolutely reasonable. The food as well as the presentation was so beautifully done. I wish him much success! Menu- Starter: Mexican corn entree: roasted cauliflower tacos Dessert: Mexican chocolate cheesecake

    DeliciosoOnline
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    Dawn M.
    Verified review

    Everything about Delicioso is great! Thea does a fabulous job during her cooking lessons; not only did I learn how to cook delicious food (I am not an experienced cook in any way) but I also had fun! The blends she makes (savory and sweet) are so versatile that I purchased some for gifts and everybody else loves them as much as I do! I'm so glad I found Thea!

    • 3 years in business
    Reginald G.
    Verified review

    Made my event a complete success. The food was bangin and the presentation was very nice. One they cleaned up it was like they we not even there. Good job thanks.

    Mel's Meal Prep
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Beth K.
      Verified review

      Melissa is awesome at meal prepping! She makes delicious food and was able to customize the meals so that they fit my lifestyle (I eat a mostly paleo diet). She works fast and was able to make a lot of food in a very reasonable amount of time. She’s very good at following a particular recipe, but is also super creative and came up with some delicious meals that I would have never thought of myself. I enjoyed the variety as I was used to always eating the same three or four things. I can’t say enough about how nice it has been to have healthy, home cooked, food in the fridge making it easy to eat well all the time. I would highly recommend Melissa!

      About

      We pay attention to detail and quality of food. We have experience in contemporary and classic cuisines, menu planning, execution of menus, and following through with customer satisfaction.

      About

      We are a family-owned BBQ/soul food business based out of Murrieta, Ca. Owners, Tony and Christian, both come from families of cooks and restaurateurs. Tony's family has owned a number of BBQ restaurants in Oklahoma. Christian's family has owned catering trucks and food stands.

      About

      Mexican Food Catering for All Occasions provides services from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire and surrounding areas. Contact me with any of your questions. Ask about our packages and monthly specials.

      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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      Need a Personal Chef

      Palm Desert, CA

      • Meals needed
        Dinner
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        Other (Variety not spicy)
      • Will the chef provide alcohol?
        No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
      • Budget per head
      • Details
        Delivery for my elderly father
      • $20
        Average price

      Need Personal Chef Services

      Palm Desert, CA

      • Meals needed
        Dinner
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        Italian, Mediterranean
      • Will the chef provide alcohol?
        No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
      • Budget per head
      • Details
        Wife bday dinner party for 12-14
      • $435
        Average price

      Need personal chef services

      Palm Desert, CA

      • Meals needed
        Dinner
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        Italian, BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), Mexican / Latin, Mediterranean
      • Will the chef provide alcohol?
        No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
      • Budget per head
      • Details
        My mother is recovering from surgery and I would like to provide her husband and her a hot meal every night during her recovery. She also likes fresh cut up fruit and nuts to snake on so I would like that prepared for her daily.
      • $62.5
        Average price
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