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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 123 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nellie D.
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Marcel and his staff came through with a delicious and well planned menu for a last minute holiday office party. He made the catering aspect easy to handle and was a true professional. I would highly recommend him for your next event!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristin C.
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Exceptional from start to finish... We had the most amazing experience with this team. Carolina listened, understood, recommended, anticipated, and followed through in every way. It was such a blessing to work with someone so helpful, calm, responsive, accommodating, and exceptionally flexible! On the day of the event, Boris arrived and set up so quickly and efficiently, and everyone loved his cheerful and genuinely kind personality. And the FOOD was above and beyond our expectations!!! This is a five star team in every way. The value and quality was exceptionally beyond what we expected and we will never hesitate to use or recommend Boris and Caroline for any catering event of any size. Thank you for making this such a memorable event!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
Olivia H.
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Frank and Carissa were so amazing! I had them at my recent bachelorette party and couldn’t have been happier with their food and service. They were fun with our group, brought decorations and stemware, and the food was delicious! Definitely would recommend again!

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The Pit Stop BBQ, LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Lorna C.
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The Pit Stop BBQ is a reasonably priced great BBQ catering service for Southern California. We had them cater our Saturday party for 60 adults plus a few kids. The owner/operator, Pam Gram, is very friendly and goes out of her way to keep you in the loop of how plans are progressing. She presented us with several menus and options and let us pick what appealed to us. The entrée choices included tri-tip, brisket and chicken or any combination thereof. They have a variety of salads, veggies, etc. Their BBQ truck sets up anywhere they can drive to and they serve buffet style from their tables. The catering for our event included a whole raft of appetizers (delicious), salad, chicken and brisket, baked beans (excellent), green salad, grilled veggies and rolls . Pam is honest and very nice and goes out of her way to accommodate you and provide a real outstanding event. Her whole staff is great. The chicken and brisket BBQ entrees were excellent and we received many compliments from our guests on the whole experience. Their prices are very reasonable and I'm happy to recommend Pam and The Pit Stop BBQ to all.

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Larissa J.
Verified review

I contacted Ana to cater a resident event at the apartment community I manage (The Madrid Apartment Homes, Los Angeles). It was a holiday event and therefore our catering included buffett service for 2 hours of turkey, ham, her amazing mashed potatoes, stuffing, grilled veggies, gravy and dinner rolls. She also included amazing gourmet cupcakes! What impressed me about Ana is that she was extremely friendly and helpful, she did whatever she could do to help us make sure our event went on without a hitch, including making sure we got a bottle opener when we forgot one. She was on time and the quality of her food was outstanding! Everything was fresh and even better quality than what you would find at a restaurant. Her customer service was amazing, even when residents straggled in late and she had already begun to pack up, without hesitation she unpacked the food and served them right away. I could not be more happy with the service Ana provided and I look forward to calling her for our next event!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Svetlana N.
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I have decided to order catering for my daughter's first birthday and I'm glad I did ! Sierra Madre Catering did a fantastic job. They were prompt and delivered everything they have promised. The food was yummy, my guests liked it a lot, and it was very important to me! The cleaned everything after they were done. I'm really happy!!! Thank you Tonya and your team. Svetlana

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Aioli
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Ani F.
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We were very happy with the food and service room Aioli. Catering our family event made everything run smoothly, and gave me the opportunity to mingle and visit with our guests. The food was delicious, and delivered and set up on time. I would highly recommend Aioli.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Theresa G.
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Alexis and her crew were beyond words. I gave a memorial for my mother. The house is small, the day was wickedly hot; the party was inside and outside. There were lots of little old ladies who needed special care. I did not even have to ask. They took such precious care of my guests I was moved to tears. The service was impeccable ( and I am retired from 20 years in the high end dining world, so I do not say that lightly.) And they left the kitchen cleaner than they found it. I cannot recommend So Divine Catering and Alexis Kemp strongly enough.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Claudia C.
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Excellent food, catering and professionalism. Catered to my guests in such an amazing way, everyone loved the food.

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SEGAR LA
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Chelsea L.
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Steven and his team were amazing for our photoshoot! They were prompt and on time and all the food was great. Our staff and clients on site were very pleased with his food selections and options. He also last minute catered to our gluten free clients which was amazing! I would recommend SEGAR LA to anyone looking for catering for a photoshoot or simply just a party in general. Thanks Steven!

  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
David W.
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When I asked the chef about catering an event for a wedding, You set up a face-to-face consultation and was there on time. Chef David asked many questions guaranteeing and making sure all of our desires were known addressed and met. How many people, what type of food, any Allergies, Ect... The chef explained to us that he was a full service catering service, he set up tablecloths ,silverware, plates He even offered to get the center pieces (although we already had them picked out). The day of the wedding Chef David and his crew came to the venue and proceeded to set up for 80 people and cook. He created one of the most fantastic wedding dinners I have ever been able to enjoy.. Chef Dave, when I need another event catered, you are my guy! Thank you much forall your help.

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Yvonne C.
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He hasn't catered for me yet but everything I heard was amazing this is truly someone I would get to do my catering for my wedding. I loved everything he said and more the price is just right after I will be having 400 guest, I will absolutely recommend him for any type of event. I can't wait until I have his delicious food served for my family and friends.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Sophie C.
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Shelley was so easy to work with and went above and beyond with her food preparation! You can tell she truly cares about her craft and it definitely translates in her food. She is such an amazing human being and her dishes were an absolute hit at our company grand opening party. Living Veg will forever be my go to for any catering and healthy eats, thank you so much!

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Anna V.
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I'm a Coordinator for a big Corporation at the El Segundo area and my experience with Fitch's Kitchen is excellent!. Delicious food, quality is outstanding and excellent professionalism! I will highly recommend the catering services!

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Jacquie S.
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Greg catered my dinner party for 10 clients and it was spectacular! The food was delicious and visually stunning and he is a delight to work with. Everyone was blown away. Thank you Greg. We look forward to the next one!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Rena' H.
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Not only does her professionalism in satisfying your taste buds meet expectations, but her presentation is awesome as well. Yes, I would definitely recommend Chef LaTay for future catering events.

La Panzano Gourmet Catering
4.7
from 16 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy L.
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Ordered catering with them for my birthday party. The food is very delicious. All my friends enjoyed it. Will be back for the business again.

A Wayfaring Chef
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Laura A.
Verified review

Jessie and her crew were fabulous to work with... great to quickly communicate back and forth with me as we planned our entire wedding from Tennessee. Her food was impeccable, beautiful presentation and delicious! Everyone was very impressed with her work! I recommend her to anyone wanting just that special touch on for catering needs!

G Thymes
4.4
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
Verified review

Tanesha was very easy to work with in spite of all of the last minute changes that we had to make to our order to appease the expecting mother for our baby shower. Two of G Thymes people delivered our food on the day of service and they were prompt and delightful. Unfortunately, the delivers forgot one of our dishes and it was hard to get a hold of Tanesha because she was at another event. Once we spoke with her she was very helpful in providing a partial reimbursement for the inconvenience. The food was a wonderful addition to our event and I would use G Thymes again.

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Evelyn D.
Verified review

I appreciate the fast response and the excellent customer service. I expected the food to be good but it was beyond that.. the food was FLAVORFUL & SO DELICIOUS!! I told myself i was only going to eat 2 tacos max but best believe, i came back for more! They have two catering styles.. Taco man and buffet style. We had both and we were not disappointed. Will be booking with them again for my next events!

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robert C.
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Great food and service. I recommend this catering company.

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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