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Palm Desert Wedding Caterers

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

  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Rebekah H.
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Michael did a great job with catering for my wedding. Not only did he cater, but he helped coordinate rentals. He made planning SO much easier! Not to mention the food and service was great! Highly recommend him for any event!

  • 28 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Pam V.
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Amazing and very professional experience. William was very easy to work with and accommodated our parents 50th wedding anniversary dinner perfectly. I would highly recommend him to anyone for any type of dinner. The food was spectacular and I would certainly use him again! Thank you William for a wonderful evening!

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Edrienne G.
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Jessica is truly awesome, if you really want your wedding to be awesome, hire Jessica. Imagine Winston Wolf from Pulp Fiction as a blonde and more approachable. She gets things done and really solves problems sometimes even before you've thought of them. She is always on time, and is always aware of the time and what should be happening at any given moment with the wedding party and vendors. I simply can't imagine how our day would've went without Jessica quarterbacking the event. Due to ours and her schedule we didn't get to meet face to face until the day before our wedding for rehearsal. This had us a little uneasy but it really did not matter as immediately upon meeting her we knew she was the right person. Her professionalism, personality, and experience went to work as soon as she stepped out of her car. She asked us how we were getting on with preparations and if we needed any last minute items and asked about any concerns. She listened to everything we said and actually started solving our concerns right away. I had a worry about the parking situation for the wedding as we didn't want any cars in photos but we had to keep the gates open. She managed to get a sign made to let the guest and cab drivers know where to park or drop guests off, and it really worked well. When she met the wedding party she gauged what type of crowd we were and made sure everyone felt comfortable to ask her for anything, even let my groomsmen know if we run out of pre gaming beers she'd be happy to make the run to the store. On the big day she went to work immediately, she did everything we asked of her and more! She ensured my wife and I and our parents were fed first and our cups were always, always full. I always thought the coordinator was suppose to pull the strings and be invisible on the day. I thought this because of weddings I've recently attended as a guest. However Jessica was always there and available, everyone in our wedding party and even guests felt like they could approach her and ask her anything. I truly preferred her presence and not hidden away behind the scenes. She genuinely looked happy to be there and it's obvious she loves her work. When you're planning a wedding everyone is quick to tell you what you will need and won't need and what you can get away with on the cheap. A day of coordinator should not be on that list. You can prepare and prepare but something unexpected comes up the day of or you forget to do something and you won't have the time or mental energy to deal with it properly yourself. This is where Jessica's awesomeness is invaluable. She will take care of all the loose ends and make certain the schedule runs smoothly, so you can actually enjoy your day and savour the experience of getting married!

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Courtney L.
Verified review

Jeff was outstanding. We hired him for our wedding catering. He was professional, kind and fun! The food was delicious and better than we could have ever imagined. His staff was very attentive. Our guests were literally raving about the cuisine! We are so thankful to have had him to work with during planning. He was so patient with our indecisiveness, had so many great ideas and found ways for us to cut back on costs. We will be highly recommending his services to all of our family and friends. Jeff is the man!

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FirstClassCateringService
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joanna H.
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I am still craving the enchilladas and beans!!! I wish I could do it all over again and spend some time appreciating the goodness. Michael catered my wedding and it was perfection!!! Thank you Michael and crew for the care and deliciousness!

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista S.
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Chef Sarena catered for my baby shower and did a phenomenal job. The food and presentation were top notch, I would highly recommend Chef Sarena for any occasion!

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Catering Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Tedd C.
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Chef Julian catered a party for 12 of us in Palm Springs. He did an absolutely amazing job and each course was delicious (the fish was among the best we've ever had)! He also did a great job with the service as well. We would 100% recommended Chef Julian!!

Bartending
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
John G.
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Worked is butt off to make my wedding great, really brad thx you so much. Good luck with this

  • 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
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.

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
Tamara R.
Verified review

Isaias and his staff were wonderful. I hired him to cook two dinners and one breakfast for a girls weekend for 10 ladies. His price was extremely reasonable for all the amazing food we received. Filet mignon, salmon, tarts, lava cakes, omelette bar, fresh fruit! Plates were beautiful, vegetables were fresh and tasty. Amazing. He even went shopping for us to stock the fridge with snacks and brought us candles to light our table outside in the evening. He was friendly, professional, efficient, clean, but best of all, my guests raved about the food. I would recommend Isaias in a heartbeat. Hire him! You'll be glad you did.

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!!!

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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 assist couples in the planning of their wedding by putting them together with florists, caterers, venues, and valet parkers. I also sing and play the organ for the ceremony.

  • 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 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.

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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 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.

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 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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