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Palo Alto Food Catering Companies

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 152 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 272 hires on Thumbtack
Dalila S.
Verified review

We were looking for catering services for our small and intimate wedding during December 2015. Food was a big part of the event, but we also had a limited budget, so we shopped around to find someone that would fit our needs. Pete understood our menu concept right away and was able to work with our budget. He didn't fuzz about small details that we wanted to incorporate and went above and beyond to make them happen. He even provided ideas on how to improve the overall experience, not just the food. We interviewed lots of chefs and catering companies and we couldn't be happier about working with Pete. Our foodie friends and family members praised the food, the presentation was extraordinary and the service was very professional. Pete also provided support for the drinks, bringing with him a great mixologist that crafted creative drinks for the crowd. Finally, the next morning Pete prepared brunch for guests that spent the night at the venue (and ourselves) and even tho some things did not go as planned for him (the professional oven broke down!), he was able to have everything ready flawlessly by the time we woke up. Thank you Pete for taking care of such important part of our event! We are looking forward to working with you again.

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 123 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Maria F.
Verified review

Chef Rocco did a fantastic job catering our party. The food and service was fabulous. We will use Chef Rocco again for our next party!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 195 hires on Thumbtack
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Sadye I.
Verified review

I highly recommend this company for any catering services you need! My company hired Taqueria Cazadores for our Christmas party, the food was a hit! We are a dominantly Hispanic work place and everyone raved about the food especially the carnitas (best I've had). I will definitely recommend them to any one looking for great food for a great price! thank you again Evan your friends at PPandL

  • 12 years in business
  • 165 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff M.
Verified review

Incredible food. And Sat was very flexible with timing. We watched the Warriors game and Sat somehow timed it so the food was ready when we were and the food was perfect. I'll definitely use him again.

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 102 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Ren S.
Verified review

We received excellent service from A Plus Catering. The food arrived on time, was tasty, and everything went as planned. I would recommend them for any event. Very professional, friendly and affordable.

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 79 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
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Velina T.
Verified review

I am an event planner and have worked with many catering companies in the past few years. Kitchenina is by far my best find and the catering company that I will continue to recommend to any of my future clients. Aliki is extremely kind and very accommodating. The food is top quality and their customer service is unmatched. So glad to have found this company on thumbtack! Looking forward to working with them on many future events!

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Graham B.
Verified review

I cannot begin to describe Stephanie without using the word "unbelievable." As part of our wedding day, I could not have imagined the food and catering going more smoothly. From the initial bid process, communication prior to the wedding, and meeting up to get familiar with the site, Stephanie was responsive, kind, and flexible. She listened and modified her menu according to changing needs, and wow we were pleased. Our menu had three food options (vegan, chicken, and tri-tip) and all were 100% incredible. She had the food timed to perfection, and presented beautifully. Our guests could not believe the quality of the food, especially given that she fed 73 people entirely on her own. So many of our guests were coming up to us to describe how amazing the food was!! We would recommend Stephanie to ANYONE who needs caterer. We were incredibly beyond happy and pleased with her work. She made our day all the more special as we did not have to worry about a thing from set-up to clean-up. You would be silly not to hire her for your catering needs.

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Noelle R.
Verified review

Great food (Tailgate menu) and setup! DNL catering was on time, all the food was fresh, and DNL cleaned up promptly following the event. I would highly recommend them!

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda G.
Verified review

Celebrations by Chet Chase is a first class catering company. The food is delicious and elegantly prepared. Chet is wonderful and charming. I wholeheartedly recommend Celebrations by Chet!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Haya K.
Verified review

I've known Grace for many years. I have been over to her house for home cooked meals that were truly gourmet, and delicious. She also prepared some food and sold it from her home. On the level of catering for large parties, I went to our friend Dave's party last month were Grace did the catering. The food was flawless, delicious, with great presentation, and great variety. I strongly recommend Grace for catering your events.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
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Julie B.
Verified review

Delicious and healthy food. Daniella catered a holiday dinner for us which accomodated a variety of special dietary needs and tastes. Highly recommended!

Kitchen 350
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
Verified review

Kitchen 350 did a fabulous job Catering our company mixer we had over 150 people attending, they were able to provide hors d'oeuvres buffet table along with some delicious past items keeping the guest very happy They also provided bartenders and bar supplies including cocktail tables and glassware it was very easy to plan our event and have all the details organized they provided a very competitive price along with several food options to satisfy Everyone Will for sure refer them to all my friends and hire them again

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
Verified review

Rose Johnson Catering was my party partner for our son’s engagement celebration last weekend in Orinda. The party was a huge success, and Rose and her team deserve much credit for the success. Rose responded to my Thumbtack inquiry with a prompt, thorough, and reasonable bid. However, after viewing her beautiful website, I replied to Rose that while I personally thought her menus were perfection, my son had specified that he did not want the food for his party to be “too fancy.” I told Rose the party would be a casual afternoon affair on our deck and I feared her culinary talents would be wasted on my son and my husband. Rose persevered, pointing out in her reply that she could do a barbecue with a southwestern flavor. The food need not be "fancy," she observed, but it should be tasty. And she sent me a custom menu that my son, his fiancée, my sisters, my husband and I all proclaimed perfect, including seared medium rare tri-tip of beef with chimichurri sauce, grilled cilantro chicken with tortillas, chipotle laced potato salad, and Mexican rice, bean, and corn salad. But Rose did not stop with sending me the menu; she said she would use my kitchen and grill on my deck, ensuring the food would be fresh as well as tasty. And after I hired her, she came to my home to check out my kitchen, my deck, and my grill and advised me on renting and setting up dining rounds and serving tables, as well as how to ensure good traffic flow for 50 guests. Rose is a real party expert, and I am not, so her advice was very much appreciated. The day of the party, Rose, Floricel and Esteban arrived a full two hours early and took charge. I hired Rose Johnson Catering for the food, which they delivered beautifully. As it turned out, they helped with the entire party, going above and beyond in many instances and showing poise and flexibility in the face of surprises, like my son’s decision to give a speech and set off a round of champagne toasts before dessert. Rose poured the champagne herself. Several guests asked me during the party: Who catered this? Who is your caterer? I happily provided several referrals to Rose Johnson Catering. Guest comments about the food were very positive: Mike: “The tri-tip was great.” Helen: “The grilled chicken was fabulous.” Kay: “I loved the potato salad. And the guacamole was wonderful.” Liz: “So nice to have so many dishes gluten-free.” Cindy: “The brownies were amazing. I told them so.” Bill: “Those parfaits were a big hit.” Matt: “Great food! Great service!” There was plenty of food for 50 guests, even with 1/3 of them being hungry 20-something friends of my son’s from high school and college. We even had leftovers, which Rose packed up and left in my refrigerator, along with leaving my kitchen cleaner than she found it. My husband, son, future daughter-in-law and I made a brunch of the leftovers the next day, sharing the delicious food and happy memories of a wonderful party. Best of all, this was the first party I’ve ever hosted where I had a great time myself. I don’t think I’ll have another big party again without booking Rose Johnson Catering!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Kateryna S.
Verified review

I've used Green Chow Down catering services on several occasions - from startup events to personal parties. The food and service is amazing - home meal quality, unique recipes, and Angela always goes an extra mile to make it a memorable experience. Highly recommend.

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LL Services
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Loren S.
Verified review

Lucas and his staff were excellent. The food was absolutely fantastic! He cooked and served a sit down dinner for 23 people. To a person everyone agreed it was an unbelievably delicious dinner. Honestly, people raved about the food. The service was also excellent and they left the kitchen cleaner than they found it. I would highly recommend LL services for any event. He's a pro and can handle it all.

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Christien T.
Verified review

An associate recommended Rainbow Chefs to provide the food for an event I was planning for a family gathering. I decided to go through with their services. There were kids and adults participating so I was a little nervous about how it would go, but everyone had a great time! It was so fun and interactive for the kids. The food was delicious! Would definitely recommend Rainbow Chefs!

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Lori M.
Verified review

Pheisty Food Catering is my “go to” for catering. The food is always delicious and the presentations are amazing. It’s awesome to see my visions come to life. Great job...as always!

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Liberation Foods BBQ
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Marielle N.
Verified review

What an incredible pop-up and delicious food! Dennis was awesome in working with our organization for our holiday party. He was very responsive and helped us organize platters for ~80 people. His food was demolished by our team well before the night ended. Highly recommend!

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie L.
Verified review

We hired Avocado & Company Catering for one of our office meetings, and it was a great experience. The venue we were renting did not have much space for food prep, so we ordered a drop-off catering option. The food was delicious, and each dish was clearly labeled. They even added a tablecloth and beautiful flower arrangements. Jordan was our delivery driver, who set everything up, and he was very friendly and accommodating. Looking forward to hiring them again to cater for future events!

Magic of the Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Thicha K.
Verified review

I order Thai and Japanese food. The food was very good fresh and tasty. For service was really nice. I got discount and staff very friendly to help me out for set up my order. I'll definitely order again.

Rainbow Chefs Eastbay
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amber F.
Verified review

Rainbow Chef's catered our company Halloween Party and did an amazing job! They served up homemade small bites with personal touches, including adorable coffin-shaped brownies and ricotta and spinach eyeballs. Everything tasted amazing. We highly recommend them!

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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