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

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 195 hires on Thumbtack
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Julia E.
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These caterers were AMAZING. I am so happy with the food they prepared for my party. Very reasonable pricing, incredible food, and great menu creation. Will use again. Thank you so much for making my party such a breeze.

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 122 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Denise C.
Verified review

We wanted to schedule a cooking lesson as a birthday gift for our 17 year old son, who says he would like to attend culinary school after he receives a PhD in Chemistry, and Chef Rocco was truly a perfect match! Throughout the entire process (interviewing, scheduling, and instructing) Chef Rocco was friendly and attentive, and his calm and organized style set the tone for a very relaxing yet educational session of making pasta (and a sauce, of course!) from scratch. He continuously made sure that each of us had ample time and opportunity to practice every skill that he demonstrated. He provided both specific and practical guidance, and he delivered limited but valuable critique in a very kind, thoughtful, and encouraging way. While he instructed and engaged each of us in making the recipes, Chef Rocco not only tailored the lesson to our son's interest (and our goals for the session) but also treated our son as if he was already on his way to becoming a chef. Whether it is true remains unseen, but Chef Rocco clearly understands the essence and effect of good teaching. As for the homemade fettuccini pasta with fresh vegetable sauce? Magnifico! It was so good that we ordered the pasta attachments for our Kitchen-Aid mixer!

  • 12 years in business
  • 165 hires on Thumbtack
Diana S.
Verified review

Sat did a wonderful catering job for our luncheon of fifty people this past weekend. I was a little hesitant at first because I didn't know his work and he didn't have his website up and running. I'm glad I took a chance as he came through with shining colors.

A Plus Catering
4.4
from 101 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Ren S.
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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
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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I had a great experience with hiring Kitchenina as our caterers for an event with 40 people. The communication was always prompt, polite and friendly. They did a great job on the day of the event to ensure that the food was delivered on time (despite the traffic/weather conditions) and made my job as the event organizer much easier. I would definitely work with Kitchenina again in the future, and regret that I did not take photos of the food! (Thanks for the brownies as well!)

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca M.
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I found Genevieve on thumbtack after a previously recommended caterer cancelled on us. She provided a delicious catered dinner for a middle school graduation. The 100 guests, grads and their parents loved the delicious menu she prepared. We had field green salad, choice of chicken salmon or squash entrees. She prepared the food on site, and all plates came out perfect. She is a positive, energetic person who is a pleasure to deal with. I will highly recommend Stephanie

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

As a event coordinator I have worked with Steve and the folks at DNL Catering on many special occasions. We have worked together on wedding and baby showers, brunches, wedding receptions, work Christmas parties and anniversary parties. They always provide a menu to your request and the playing of the food is always on beautiful plates and dishes, not aluminum trays. There are always compliments on the foods from the guests. We are always a happy with the selections. Their website makes it easy to browse their menu and I always receive a reply promptly when I submit an event request online. DNL Catering is on my preferred vendor list when I meet with future clients. I have used them in my own home numerous times. They are my 'go to' caterers for any event.

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
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Matthew E.
Verified review

If you need a caterer, Chet's your man! He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and brings that expertise to the table. Delicious food, beautiful presentation, excellent demeanor, easy to work with, a good listener. For events both large and small. You will not be disappointed. Thank you!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole F.
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Grace catered my son's high school graduation party. The presentation and food were wonderful. Grace is easy to work with and reasonably priced. My guests really liked the sweet potato galettes. Thank you.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
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Lesley C.
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Daniella made our July 4th celebration the best yet! Her delectable menu choices were just perfect for the occasion. Everything was so beautifully and appetizingly displayed, and most importantly...every dish was delicious! Looking forward to our next celebration......DaniBensimon Catering will be our caterer of choice from now on!

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

Catered for group of 35 at private home in Sunnyvale. Pre-Event: timely in responding, worked with me in creating the perfect menu to accommodate all dietary restriction for the group. Arrived timely for pre-event set up and onsite food prep Event: the food was AMAZING! Some of our guest were in town from TX, GA, KY, NY and they all LOVED the BBQ ribs and tri-tip. This CA girl loved the shrimp and chicken and all the fabulous sides, with the apple slaw being my favorite!

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

Rose was amazing! She promptly respnded to all my emails and communicated flawlessly. She provided all the staff needed for our wedding and customized our menu for our dietary restrictions. We met with many caterers and she was the best value and most friendly. All of the staff working with her were very friendly and professional. The food was amazing. Evertthing was cooked to perfection, looked beautiful and tasted delicious. I don't think it could have gone any better and I highly reccomend her for any occassion! Thanks again Rose!!!!!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Leah A.
Verified review

Angela is an exceptional caterer! We hired her for a long (10 day) job for a production crew, serving multiple meals for VERY hungry people. I heard consistently that they were the best meals the crew had ever had on a job. She was very thorough in her choices, and made it obvious that she takes pride in what she cooks, plans, and serves. We plan to make Angela our go-to caterer for ALL future jobs. As much as I would love to tell you to stay away so we can hoard her...you HAVE to hire Angela and try her meals for yourself!

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LL Services
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda S.
Verified review

We hired Lucas for a dinner for two at our home and he was friendly, professional, and his food was delicious. The attention to detail and flavors he presented in his food, was amazing. We had so much fun! We highly recommend Lucas, and have given his information out to all of our friends!

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 64 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
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeff W.
Verified review

Dennis and team are absolutely awesome. They showed up on time and prepared to serve 80 guests. Set up was an ease and I didn't need to do anything aside from point to a place in the yard for them to prep. The food was outstanding and I HIGHLY recommend the Nachos with pulled pork. The guests were all very happy and will be using Liberation for their upcoming events. I'll be hiring the team again!

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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Brenden D.
Verified review

Mise En Place is hands down one of the street caterers in the Bay Area. David’s is extremely creative and professional and food is excellent!

  • 9 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Joan S.
Verified review

Avocado and Company delivered delicious and gorgeous food and was an absolute pleasure to work with. They catered our wedding this September at The Green Room and it was perfect. I have celiac disease and was nervous about finding a caterer who not only would provide a tasty gluten free menu, but also cared enough to adhere to my strict requirements to avoid cross contamination. We emailed many high end caterers, and each time got response ranging from "no we cannot do a gluten free wedding" to "we can do gluten free food but we are not sure about preventing contamination". Johnny at Avocado & Company immediately responded that they understood exactly what we needed, and had experience catering gluten free events for celiac guests. We had a cocktail style party for 120 guests we are big foodies and eat mostly local, organic food. The style and quality of dishes felt like eating in your favorite local restaurant. Our venue was atypical, being a Victorian townhouse with multiple floors and Johnny walked us through every step, assuring us they could deliver the perfect evening. We crafted a gorgeous menu with him, the we were so pleased with. The whole experience from our initial meeting to the wedding was fantastic, Johnny even took time to give us tips on wedding planning which was well beyond her role as our catering vendor. Our favorite part was the tasting where we actually had time to try all of the amazing food and have a fun evening with their team! The wedding exceeded our expectations, the food and cocktails were perfect, and Johnny and his team handled everything seamlessly throughout the evening. Our guests were blown away and we could not be happier to have worked with Avocado & Company. We look forward to using them for future events.

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jadyn P.
Verified review

GREAT SERVICE We got married yesterday and had to post a review immediately because Affordable Chef was so great! Chef Mark was punctual in replying to my questions before the big day, which, as an out-of-town bride, was very reassuring! At the last minute, Chef Mark was unable to attend the reception, but his on-site chef made delicious food, and the staff were phenomenal! There was one staff member in particular who took an interest in my Husband and I. She told us that we were her "celebrities for the day," made sure we ate appetizers before we walked in, escorted us to the buffet first, and was constantly checking on our drinks. She also took an interest in our families, leading many people to tell us how amazing she was! The bartender Chef Mark sent was also lovely, knew her stuff, and made our signature cocktails perfectly! All in all, a great experience and a company we would trust our next big event to!

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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