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  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Sharhonda R.
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We had to change caterers literally 2 weeks before the wedding. Mike stepped up to the plate and was amazing!! Everyone loved the pesto!! Thanks again for everything!!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
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Brandi G.
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I don't even know where to begin! Jose is an amazing caterer and I am so happy we hired him for our wedding this past Friday. When we were first tasting caterers food they all seemed metiocre but Joses was amazing! We hired him on the spot! Not to mention he was the most reasonable price! Then everyone was making me nervous saying that catered food is never as good when they have too cool it in large quantities (we had 180 people). When we got to the reception everyone was already eating appetizers and happy. When Jose spotted my husband and I he came up to us and told us he had made us each an appetizer plate and if we wanted it. Then he came up to me to make sure I wanted dinner served when I had originally asked. I did and he brought us the first 2 plates. The food was amazing! Just as good as I remember! Everyone was so pleased and kept talking about how the food was the best they had ever had at a wedding! That was exactly what I wanted! His bartender was amazing and all his staff was so friendly. The setup looked nice and professional. The drinks he brought were great and everyone was talking about how great the mint water was! Then I ordered cheeseburger sliders and French fries to be served late night and they were amazing! He even brought wings and everyone was so excited! They went fast and by the time I got over there everything was gone. Jose told me let me get your plates and pulled out two foil covered plates. He always thought of us first and without him I wouldn't have eaten. All day everything had hiccups and my rentals were late, everything was slightly wrong except Jose! He really came through and went above and beyond. I will definitely hire him again for any events and recommend him to the fullest!

  • 28 years in business
  • 67 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!

Taquizas ''El Rey''
4.6
from 45 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Paul C.
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This was our first time using a caterer for any event. From the first call to inquire information to the moment the event ended, everything went smoothly. We're very pleased and glad that there were no hick ups. I would certainly recommend as well as call them again for future events. Thanks Jesse!

Awesome Events by Jessica
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie H.
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Awesome is the perfect word to describe events by Jessica! I had to back-to-back parties in early December that couldn't have been more perfectly executed. Jessica thought of absolutely everything to make each party a success. From the caterers...to the bartender...to the waitstaff that she hired, all were perfectly informed, professional and fantastic at their jobs. The food was amazing, the staff was prompt and polite. Both parties could not have been any better! The first person I will call before planning my next event will be Jessica! She's AWESOME!

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Creative Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 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
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Wanda N.
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Food and service was excellent!! Michael is very professional and accommodating. I would definitely recommend his company and I will look no further the next time I need catering. Good job First Class Catering!

  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan O.
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Loved her! Excellent service! Amazing food! Hire her!

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Catering Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Montana B.
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Made my party very easy to do! Food was good and setup was quick. Helped me out in a big way at the last minute on the 4th of July, thanks Julian!

  • 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.

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

THATS MY DAWG CONCESSIONS
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Darla B.
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That’s my Dawg was a perfect catering option for me for my small gathering. Food was great. My guests loved this idea!

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I make all kinds of recipes at open parties. I will be open to cooking meal on the side and dropping them off.

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Desert Cities provides full-service catering for special events, weddings, corporate catering and craft services for film and photo shoots. Social events, dinner parties and cocktail parties are serviced. Whether it's a large group of friends or just a few of your closest friends, Desert Cities Catering can assist in making your event the talk of the town! The following are catered to: * Themed Events * Hawaiian * Moroccan * Western * Mexican Whether it is a Western hoedown or an Egyptian snake-charming party, Desert Cities Catering has all the props and imagination needed to pull off your themed party!

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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'm a certified chef with 14 years of restaurant and fine dining experience with American, Italian and international cuisines under my belt.

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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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I am just starting out, as far as going into others' homes to help them with cooking. I felt this was a way to make them feel at home, and make it much easier to teach them the basics of cooking. I do everything from desserts to some French food; and catering is a favourite. Here at Dee's, we know not everyone is a born cook/chef, but we all can learn the basics and have fun making many different types of food and drinks. We just have fun, as we learn together, you will get a great deal out of cooking with Dee (Donna). I love people and cooking, so here at my place, together we shall learn to cook and enjoy life. Make that man or woman in your life never want to leave nor get enough.

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People enjoy the foods N THE music and the shows as well!

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We are a mobile catering service. We come to your home or business. We provide professional and personal services. We have no time restrictions. We offer burritos, tacos, rice, beans, Italian food, etc.

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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!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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