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Palm Desert Holiday Caterers

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  • 28 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin D.
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Great experience with Chef Bloomhuff catering a meal for my family - amazing menu, great attention to detail and a really nice guy - our whole family loved the evening - thanks Chef!

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Spiro K.
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Jessica and her team are AMAZING! We hosted a holiday event in our home and Jessica, her team Angelica, Koch and Darryl made the evening extraordinary. They came in, took over and allowed us to completely enjoy our guests. They oversaw every detail and nothing was overlooked. Jessica is a great communicator, very client service oriented and shared fantastic recommendations that made the evening flow smoothly. Our house was spotless when the team left. We look forward to working with her on our next event.

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeanie C.
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We hired Jeff and his staff for our wedding weekend. Friday we had a "meet and greet" BBQ and Saturday Jeff provided the food for our buffet style taco bar. We live in San Diego so we were really in the dark about Palm Springs area caterers. The food and the presentation was outstanding. We gave Jeff ideas for what we wanted and he took control and delivered all of it and more. He is a pleasure to work with and makes every effort to ensure the food is excellent and that everything runs smoothly (even when it's not his responsibility). Jeff helped with many components of our weekend, including putting us in touch with a reliable party rental business and culinary artist for the wedding cake. We are eternally grateful for Jeff and the Creating Catering staff for being part of our special weekend.

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FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amber M.
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Excellent experience. We hired 1st class catering for Mexican food for a wedding rehearsal dinner. Michael is very easy to communicate with and responds quickly. All the pre-event coordination was seamless, and the day of was even better. Michael delivered the food early, helped us set it up and get the chaffing dishes situated, and left plenty of disposable supplies for the meal. Best part was the Mexican food was delicious! All of our guests raved about it. Definitely would hire him again!

  • 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
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Dianne A.
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Chef Julian prepared our anniversary dinner at a home we rented in Palm Springs. It was BEYOND AMAZING! He was so great in planning our special meal and easy to work with. We were able to stay by the pool and enjoy without worrying about a thing! Appetizers, salad, main course and dessert were just perfect. He was so organized, set our table, helped with wine pairing and cleaned up everything. Very professional and a great guy! Wish he lived in our state!!! We are still talking about our molten chocolate cake!!!!!

Swamp Daddy's BBQ
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
DaNny A.
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We will never use anyone else for our catering needs. The quality, taste, value are second to none. I would recommend these guys to anyone regardless of the event size.

  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marco L.
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This is an amazing service for the price. The food was perfect! The service was courteous and prompt, and the price was unbeatable. I am going to recommend this service to everyone looking for party catering.

Chef Julia Anne
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Julia S.
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We had an Amazing Baby Shower with this young lady. The food was everything we could have imagined and more. Such elegance and refinement in her plating. We have already contacted her for my hubbys surprid=se birthday!!!

Soul Food Train Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 30 years in business
Ingrid C.
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great meal

Handmades by Heidi
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brenda B.
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Food was delicious! Professional friendly service. Will defenitely hire her again!

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I do custom menus. I have worked for another catering company for 15 years. I am now on my own. I have referrals and many repeated customers.

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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.

  • 15 years in business
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Whether you are planning a simple birthday celebration in your back yard, an elegant wedding on a grand scale, or even that special anniversary meal with all the details taken care of, the staff at Johnson Catering will take the stress on and give you all the fun of the moment! Attention to detail from the guest place settings with stemmed glassware, China, and flatware to stages, customized dance floors, and lighting, we are a one-stop shop for all your event's needs! We have budget conscious menus already designed for you to choose from to be prepared and completed in your kitchen or at an approved venue as well as the ability to design that unique menu for you. Allow us to assist you in all your catering needs with food from the heart!

  • 25 years in business
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We cater for special occasions, brunch, cooking parties, and classes for group or individuals. You can't serve excuses, simply call!

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We do it all! James Beard recognized chef. Nothing is too big or too small! We provide custom menu on your budget!

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Personal Touch Catering has been creating great meals and great memories for more than 15 years. Call Personal Touch Catering today; we'll take care of everything. With Personal Touch Catering, you don't need to worry about a thing. We take care of all the details, from preparation to cleanup. We fix our prices up front. We never charge hidden fees. Our team of highly qualified professionals will make any event a pleasure. From weddings to cocktail parties or anything in between, Personal Touch Catering is your best choice. Our attention to detail, experience, and reliability ensure that your event will be a smashing success. Our food reflects our commitment to exceptional quality. All meals are prepared under the guidance of the owner, Mike Rivers. All meals are prepared with a passion for perfection. Your guests will be talking about your wonderful food for days to come. Our menu has been developed over a 20-year period, with new dishes being added regularly. We serve traditional, elegant fare with a contemporary flair!

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With a wide array of experience and a variety in multiple-service settings, I am able to assist in setups, breakdowns, bartending/catering services, childcare, cleaning, organization and event planning.

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I use the freshest and top quality ingredients just like I would make it for my own family The best is interaction with new family's and giving them a piece of me and in turn receive some of their family as well

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25 years of passion for cooking and creation owned four restaurant in California specialized in Mediterranean cuisine famous for kabobs, hommus, dolma, falafel, tabouli, creative salads , French quiches, spinach pies, cheese rolls , pizza and much more The kitchen is my paradise I like perfection great taste and presentation cooking and creating recepies started since I was 15 till now looking to impress and have people enjoy the healthy way on cooking Mediterranean food

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I am a recently relocated European caterer in the Southern California area. I am extremely knowledgeable with American and European cuisine. I am very detailed and organized with excellent food choices for all occasions. I'm very easy to work with, reliable and flexible. Bring a different and more unique experience to your event without breaking your budget with Zeno Catering.

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.

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 much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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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