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Palm Desert Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palm Desert.

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqueline A.
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I would recommend Gourmet Your Way to anyone looking for a great caterer! We loved the food and Michael was easy to work with.

  • 28 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria D.
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Outstanding, delicious food, professional in every aspect. The servers who assisted William were so attentive and personable. They left our home in the condition that they found it. William went beyond the call of duty in adjusting some of the items to fit my food limitations. Our guests raved about every aspect of the experience. We could not have asked for a better experience.

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Nora C.
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I reached out to Jessica the day before my event and she was able to accommodate us and to plan a wonderful event for our guests. The food was delicious and the service was superb!! Thank you!

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
Ruben O.
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Great service and delicious food. Highly recommended

  • 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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ilana S.
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Julian was amazing! He was prompt, professional, easy to get a hold of and his food was delicious! We had a private dinner for 7 people starting with passed appetizers, a salad, dinner and dessert. Everything was amazing and I would highly reccommend hiring him!

  • 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.
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    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.

    • 10 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Nancy L.
    Verified review

    We hired Garlic Girls Catering to provide a post-wedding lunch for 40 people. I could go on forever about how great Amy was in every way--responsive to our needs, creative menu suggestion that fit our event perfectly, fabulous food in presentation and taste, reasonable cost. We had exactly the amount of food we needed. Everyone--from grandparents to kids, guys, gals--everyone loved the food. I got lots of compliments, I wish Amy could have heard them, but she kept quietly behind the scenes for the entire event. We had an uncertain schedule because of post-wedding photos and didn't actually eat until a couple of hours after I had asked Amy to have the food ready. She had planned a perfect menu that was delicious nonetheless. I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending her catering services for any event. Thanks Amy!!

    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.

    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.

    Robin H. Faber
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Marianne C.
      Verified review

      I had 5 parties during the Christmas Holidays which I had Robin cater. She was very professional looking and acting. The food was really good and my guest enjoyed her.

      Pete's Firehouse BBQ
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 10 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Katie O.
      Verified review

      Pete and his wife Melissa are an amazing and caring team. When my wedding planner Birgit Aviles recommended that we try Pete’s for our catering, my husband was determined that they were going to be our caterer. After a hearty taste test, we were beyond sold (and stuffed!). Melissa met with us at the venue a couple of weeks beforehand to finish with details which was wonderful. The day of, we had a fantastic spread of tri-tip, smoked chicken, smoked mac n’ cheese, baked beans, salad and rolls. I had SO MANY of my guests tell me they usually don’t like wedding food, but every person cleared their plates! The only thing I heard anyone complain about was that they didn’t get enough mac n’ cheese! They even made a small dish of mac n’ cheese and had portobello skewers for our few vegetarian guests. After the event was over, they packed up all the leftovers for us so we could snack on it later that night and the next day! They also had two servers that worked their butts off throughout the night helping serve our guests and then clean up. Everything was beyond delicious, beyond wonderful, and top notch. Thank you for your wonderful customer service and delicious BBQ!

      Handmades by Heidi
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Brenda B.
      Verified review

      Food was delicious! Professional friendly service. Will defenitely hire her again!

      Chef Julia Anne
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 6 years in business
      Julia S.
      Verified review

      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
      About

      It is well done. Great food, prepared deliciously and provided to your location.

      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.

      Soul Services

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        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.

        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.

        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.
        Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.