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Palo Alto Wedding Caterers

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 144 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 257 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly M.
Verified review

Chef Pete Coleman offered us a competitive rate to cater our wedding reception for 145 people. Without hesitation, he provided an in-home tasting with our parents. He personalized the menu according to our tastes. Pete and his team catered the wedding, cleared tables, and served a signature cocktail, beer, and wine. Our wedding guests loved the food and friendly service. I would highly recommend Chef Pete!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 111 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
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Natalia D.
Verified review

I had hired Taqueria Cazadores to cater a reception to follow a memorial service for my father. Evan worked with me far ahead of time, worked with the funeral director, and made this catering event effortless for me. After speaking with him in the beginning of my search for a caterer, I felt sure that I was in good hands. The icing on the cake was that the food was absolutely off-the-charts delicious! The food, the presentation, and the service were all phenomenal, and even surpassed my expectations. Thank you Evan and Crew!

  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Siri Chand K.
Verified review

Sat catered my wedding of over 600 hundred people. It was a delight to work with such a professional because it allowed my wife and I to focus on our special day.

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 95 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Lou K.
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A Plus Catering catered for my wedding in March 2016. They arrived on time and went the extra mile to make sure that everything went well and were fantastic! Their staff and Jeanine were great to work with.

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

Stephanie did an absolutely incredible job with the brunch we held the morning after our wedding. The food was absolutely delicious and she even provided all the ketchup and hot sauce a girl can ask for her with her eggs and hasbrowns. THE EGGS were cooked to perfection! That's so hard to do, and they were fluffy and delicious. We also had coffee and OJ. It was the perfect meal after a long night before. Everyone commented on the quality and we we're very happy with the event. I will most definitely be using Stephanie for future events.

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Ariana B.
Verified review

We had a wonderful tasting with Kitchenina last night and are so excited to be using them as our caterers for our wedding! Such wonderful people, and amazing food! The options are endless for your menu and they really work to help you personalize everything. We are so excited to work with you!

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 65 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa P.
Verified review

Deborah catered the Sunday Brunch at our Wedding back in October. She served both the Bacon and Vegetable quiches as well as made some amazing caramel apple bread pudding. She finished it off with yogurt parfaits and roasted veggies. It was truly a spectacular feast and everyone was impressed!! The timing was perfect and the experience was great! Thanks Quiche and Carry -Teresa and Amanda

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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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Nancy M.
Verified review

I have been to several catering events that Chet Chase has orchestrated, from a small private luncheon to a large holiday party. The raves from guests were numerous and the "ooohhss" and "aaahhhaas" were heard about the appetizers, drinks and entrees. He is so creative and can work within any budget. The plus side too, he is a "dream" to work with and his team is so professional. I would hire him in a heartbeat!

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Chef Andrea Lawson Gray
4.7
from 56 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Margaux S.
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My husband and I planned our wedding in 3 weeks and chose Chef Gray to cook dinner for our 22 guests. She provided a proposal immediately and create a personalized menu for us with all of our favorite foods. She was very easy to work with throughout the whole process and she even accommodated the 5 children under 6 six years old. Because it rained on the day of our wedding, we had to change our plans and Chef Gray and her staff made the necessary changes seamlessly. Everyone at our wedding dinner enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu she created and the cannolis she handmade for dessert. Her staff was very professional and made the experience even more enjoyable. She also brought a bartender with her that was very knowledgeable and made specialty cocktails before dinner and poured wine with each course. Overall it was a great experience!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 58 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
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Pamela N.
Verified review

Daniella has a passion for cooking and entertaining and it shows in her cuisine. I've utilized DaniBensimon catering for several events and have always been impressed with the high quality of the food, service and presentation. The ingredients and flavors are always fresh. Guests are always happy and enjoy the unique spin that Daniella puts on each dish!

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

Matt and his wife Nina did a wonderful job catering my small backyard wedding for 20 people. Their food was absolutely delicious and everyone loved it! Very professional with day of services and were both very kind and welcoming people. Generally pretty responsive with emails/messages. Very receptive to everything that I wanted for the event and delivered on all my requests. We rented dinnerware and glassware from them and it made everything a breeze! Such a pleasure to work with. Overall was a good experience. I would love to eat their food again!!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon B.
Verified review

Angela catered my wedding of about 80 people. Her food was amazing. We got the portobello wellington, malfati, and roasted vegetables. The wellington was wonderful, the malfati good, and the vegetables were okay. The garden salad was amazing, and the best part of the meal. Unfortunately, there were issues with the kitchen and her staff was unable to provide food timely. Three tables waited approximately and hour and fifteen after everyone else had received their food. I was disappointed that I hired 4 servers and they had to pull my bartender to serve food. Which left our event in a situation where the event manager had to oversee the bar. Overall the food is really wonderful, but there were some structural issues.

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan S.
Verified review

Lucas catered a birthday dinner for a rowdy group of ladies celebrating a birthday, and everything about the experience was great! From initial communication, working out the details (including menu changes at our request), logistics (our party was in a hotel, we were late to the meeting time, etc. but all handled with ease), and of course the food - which was delicious and beautifully presented. Would hire Lucas again in a heartbeat. Thanks again!!

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda P.
Verified review

They were very helpful the day of my wedding. Roddy is a good manager who delegates his team well and was very upfront and honest about what was provided at the quote.

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenn M.
Verified review

Cheri is a Jack of All Trades. She has all of the connections to help you with EVERYTHING. Provided an amazing beverage company as well as the furniture and food for my wedding. The staff was AWESOME and her clam chowder was to die for. Just saying. She is a great teammate. Thank you Cheri!!!

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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Jena M.
Verified review

Liberation Foods BBQ was the highlight of our wedding reception! From the start of our wedding planning, Liberation Foods responded promptly to all of our questions and was flexible with our menu and budget. We were immediately impressed by the quality of the food and booked instantly for our backyard summer wedding of 150 people. Liberation Foods checked in with us frequently before our event which helped put us at ease during the planning process. On the day of our wedding, Liberation Foods was prompt and efficient with their set up. They were kind to us and our guests, adding to the overall atmosphere. Their food was a big hit and our friends are still talking about it months after! Without hesitation, I’d recommend Liberation Foods to friends and family for weddings/special events.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon T.
Verified review

While We has to put are wedding plans on half to to an unexpected move. Karla was wonderful to work with and and here price was fair and had no problem working with my food allergy to me having an unexpected changes. If I am ever in the area and need a catering service she will be my first call.

TASTE-FULL EVENTS, LLC
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Dixie B.
Verified review

Thus far we have only completed the tasting, but Chef Judi & Chef Cyprus nailed it. They are wonderful listeners and have a great palate. My fiancee and I are complete foodies, therefore the food at our wedding is truly what the reception is about. We are confident that Taste-Full Events will provide our guests with the culinary experience we want them to have.

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Table & Terrace Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Shami R.
Verified review

Tonya was very warm from our first contact. She definitely listened to what I needed and quickly put together some ideas. She is very flexible and never lets on that you are taking up her (very precious and little) free time. The evening of the event: I finally met Tonya and Israel. They went right to work with very little direction from me (their staff had to do final set up of the tables). My guests raved about the presentation and quality of the hors d’ouevres. Dinner was beautiful, delicious, and service was lovely. Just to top it off, no other caterer/chef service we have used has left our kitchen and home in such great shape. I can’t wait to book the team again.

SPENCERS CATERING
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Heather N.
Verified review

Good food. Great staff..neat and professional.

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.

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.

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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