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Palm Desert Home Caterers

Browse these home catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palm Desert.

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
SUSAN A.
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Awesome food, great service! I will definitely call this great group should we need catering services again!

  • 28 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel M.
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I hired chef william to cater a dinner for 14 women in Palm Springs. We had an outstanding time! The meal began with passed hor d'oeuvres of yellow tail followed by an amazing loa cabbage salad. Cabbage salad did not sound too exciting on paper but he out together the perfect combination of sweet mangy with a tangy dressing and the crunchy cabbage and vegetables to make it really pop! I must say the highlight of the meal was the main course: rendang beef which was marinated to perfection. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in either a home catered meal or larger party and he was very reasonably priced (I researched many options prior to deciding upon Chef William)

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Minh C.
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Got a fantastic bartender from Awesome Events by Jessica. We absolutely enjoyed all the drinks that were prepared for us. The bartender took wonderful care of our group, too. The service was thoughtful and thorough. Thank you!

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Mel L.
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From their fantastic event planning to the top quality and food presentation, couldn't have asked for a better caterer! The Dijon Espresso crusted tenderloin accompanied by jumbo shrimp and chimmichuri need I say more!!? I would highly recommend Jeff for future events as he will also take care of rental services and vendor referrals.

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FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Jason C.
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First Class Catering Service catered an Italian buffet for my sister's Sweet 16. They were very friendly and accommodating throughout our event planning process and tailored the buffet to our needs in order to make our event a success. Ultimately, the event was great and our guests loved the food. It was a pleasure working with Michael and will definitely recommend him to friends and family who are in search of a catering service. Thanks!

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jason C.
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Chef Sarena was an incredible private chef. My wife and I have very particular requirements (Gluten Free and Paleo). Sarena prepared a comprehensive menu for our weekend vacation in Palm Springs. She was organized, took time to understand our likes and dislikes and most importantly her food was delicious. Sarena also kept our rental home spotless after preparing each meal and was a pleasure to be around. I would highly recommend Sarena and plan to utilize her services again any time we visit Palm Springs!

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Catering Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Joseph D.
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Julian was the definition of professionalism and quality He was kind , his service was above and beyond and his cooking was delicious We will use him again and will definitely recommend him to friends !

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Jacob Perez
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Talia J.
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Jacob's food is dynamite. I highly recommend his private chef services.

  • 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
Amber F.
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Danny's tacos were delicious!! Service was great. I will definitely hire his catering team again. Thank you thumbtack

Mark Roberts Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marisa L.
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Chef Mark is an amazing chef! He was very professional. I had a small dinner party with friends. I wasn’t sure what I wanted. Since I am on a low carb diet. After speaking with him he created a Menu to fit my diet restrict but also carter to my friends non restricted diet. Appetizer was fried calamari with sweet and sour sauce. The salad was a fresh Ahi Tuna salad. The entree was mouth watering pan seared Scallops with lemongrass carrot ginger purée. Lastly was dessert which I could only have a taste of my friends apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and homemade salted caramel. It was to hard to resist. Chef Mark made fresh berries with he’s own whipping cream!

The Main Course
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alison B.
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Isaias was very polite and professional. The food was excellent. Would highly recommend him.

Culinary Collaborations LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marshall H.
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Chef Stevie's service was excellent and the musicians he served were musicians who have experienced great food all over the world. My reason for having Chef Stevie cater for my dear musician friends was to say thank you to them for having supported me for twenty - nine years at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Also, to let Chef Stevie know that I hold him in high esteem. He has met with enormous success and will continue to be the best he can be. There is no doubt, he is a voice above the crowd. My Warmest Regards, Marshall Hawkins Director of Jazz Studies Idyllwild Arts Academy Director, MSJC Foundation Director, International Academy of Jazz San Diego President Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra If there are question about this delightful young man, feel free to be in contact. mhawkins@idyllwildarts.org 1201wdc@gmail.com seahawk.music@verizon.net (951-529-8928)

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!!!

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My personal, hands on approach to the job at hand and to the clients every personal needs.

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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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We can make whatever it is you're looking for that tastes great and is worth every penny. You tell us what you need, and we will provide it at a reasonable price!

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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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We have been serving the Southern California area since 2009 and are specializing in authentic low and slow wood-smoked BBQ. No party is too big or too small. We cater birthdays, graduations, weddings and corporate events. From set up to clean up, let Gava D's BBQ make your next event a raving success. Special requests are available.

  • 9 years in business
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I put my heart and soul into every single menu service. No matter what the budget, I always put my client first and work hard to provide their needs and wants.

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We provide canapes and appetizers as an extension of your culinary skills and kitchen. COP stuffed meats are also available. We provide the product of labor-intense food, and you get all the credits. Our customers include country clubs, hotels, casinos, amusement parks, stadiums and caterers.

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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