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Pasadena Home Caterers

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan P.
Verified review

Marcel was EXCELLENT! I had an unusual catering job, one he hadn't done before. He was terrific at following up with me, patient when I had to delay getting back to him, and took care to understand exactly what I needed. And then he carried it out to the letter, with perfect results. And he's super easy to work with. By sheer coincidence, one of my event attendees had used his catering services just a couple of months before, and also had only glowing reviews of his food and his service. If you have need for catering or chef services, you can't go wrong by hiring Marcel for the job. I can't wait to use him again!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John P.
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We needed catering services for my father's funeral. We received outstanding food, fantastic service, and lots of compliments from our guests.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 207 hires on Thumbtack
Margret P.
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Provided Catering services for my Husband's 50th birthday bash. Staff was great to work with. Food was good and flavorful. We love this company!

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Natalia A.
Verified review

I would like to recommend Ana to anyone who is in search of a great catering service in LA! She catered at my baby shower and I was so impressed with her service. All my guests cleaned their plates, and even some of the ladies with small appetites jumped in for seconds! She's easy to communicate with, and she'll work with you to meet your budgetary needs, while still delivering a 1st class meal.

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Andria C.
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Sierra Madre Catering made me look like a Super Star to my boss and co-workers. Service and food were excellent! Tonya & Chef were right on time for our event, food was delicious, service excellent, reasonable pricing! Can't thank Tonya enough for taking on our event on short notice. We plan to utilize Sierra Madre Catering again for upcoming employee events. Thank you Tonya and team for a wonderful catering experience. Andria Chism, ROA Senior Administrator

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bobby B.
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Jordan is an excellent chef and caterer. He produces food that is way beyond the standard catering services. If you want cookie cutter catering go with someone else. If you want really great food at a great price stop on by or use his catering.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Kimberly F.
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Alexis was amazing form start to finish! I was giving a last minute birthday party for my husband and 4 other friends. I had a theme in mind and a budget to work with for about 20 people. Alexis came up with great suggestions for my theme and stayed right on budget. She delivered, prepared and set up everything for me and all with grace and charm. The food was way beyond the quality I expected. I clearly got more than I paid for too. I highly recommend her custom catering services and will definitely call on her again when the need arrises.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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Kenia R.
Verified review

Thank you very much for catering our UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Fundraiser. Everything was beyond what we expected. Thank you!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth F.
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Hiring Steven and his phenomenal crew was the best decision we could have made for our event! We were tremendously impressed by Steven's professionalism and flexibility to all of our requests, he is an incredibly smart and resourceful businessman and was able accommodate our many brand-standards (for a very attractive price) and wow our guests with the results. The food was simply delicious, the service was exceptional (very warm and affable) and the set up/breakdown was seamless even in our small half kitchen and office space! If you're looking to work with a professional and provide a seamless catering service at your next event, I urge you to hire Steven!!

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Olga J.
Verified review

Work quality - phenomenal Professionalism - fantastic Responsiveness - Joanna couldn't have been more responsive if she tried. Value- heck yes! Do you know how pricey mobile bartending and catering vendors can be in LA? This company is a steal considering the amount of collaboration and quality of service your receive. Punctuality - On time, super fast in setting up, even faster tearing down. I highly recommend this vendor. I planned an entire event from another state and Joanna made me feel like I had nothing to worry about on her end. Will work with her again for sure.

  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kristan T.
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Food First Events & Catering Co. recently did two events for my company and the feedback was amazing! The food was stepped up in such a way that the impact was noticeable. The breakfast spreads that were delivered on time and set up impeccably were delicious with a few notable homemade pastry items that left people talking! I experienced nothing but professionalism, reliability and class from this experience. Also, working with David to make sure I met my budget was extremely easy and he was eager to help meet my needs without compromising quality. I highly recommend!

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JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Edna L.
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Moe was an amazing addition to our pool party! He came to our rescue with his responsiveness, professionalism, punctuality and food quality. We decided last minute to have a pool party with our out of town guests (30+) and despite finalizing the number and menu on Saturday night, Moe arrived to our home Sunday morning on time with the freshest and tastiest agua fresca, fruit salad, tacos, burritos, rice, beans and tater tots. Everything was presented beautifully and his customer services was amazing... He made the decision to hire him easy because of his manner and ability to meet our needs on such short notice. We enjoyed having Moe at our party his service far surpassed expectation!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise Y.
Verified review

Shannan made sure everything was perfect for my wedding. I truly appreciate her professionalism, help and vision. I highly recommend her services! Her years of experience shine through, you will not be disappointed with her services.

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie L.
Verified review

Chef Don and his team made my event extremely successful. Don was so easy to communicate with, and was very flexible and accommodating. He offered his suggestions and ideas when needed and made sure the entire evening went smoothly. His team was professional and friendly. I couldn't have asked for more. And the food? Amazing! We all loved everything and the report from these picky teenagers was a huge thumbs up! I will definitely contact this catering company for my next big event!

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HDX WELLNESS
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steve S.
Verified review

An adept technician who clearly understands the dynamics of the human body. Well versed and most accommodating. The results are lasting day three following the service. No doubt, I will return.

A Wayfaring Chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin C.
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Great job, worked with us through every challenge and with a smile. Great service and food.

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Tom O.
Verified review

Greg put on a STELLAR evening for our dinner party! He was responsive from day one and very professional. He ensured the menu was tailored to the likes/dislikes/ and pallets of our guests. He put out show stopping appetizers, salad, main dish and dessert. Each plate was even more delicious than the first. So much more value than going out to a restaurant. We had spectacular food in the comfort of our home without being rushed to clear the table, as we would have felt in a restaurant. He was so personable and we are looking forward to the next time he can cook for us. He really took our party to the next level with his culinary skills, attention to detail, and love for the finest ingredients.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David R.
Verified review

Shelley makes the most amazing, inspiring, and eclectic dishes. Always flavorful...you would never believe it was Vegan! I use her for all of my private catering needs. She's is always accommodating and provides impeccable ontime service. She always chooses organic, heart healthy produce for her creations. I have used her so many times, I honestly don't think there is something she cannot create!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kaylee D.
Verified review

Chef LaTay was very professional and the food was the best I've ever had. Every morsel of food was delicious, even the baked goods were good. Her presentation was very appealing to the eye. I will continue to patronize Chef LaTay as my catering service.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Wendell catered a private event, for a group of all vegan / plant based guests. The food was phenomenal and some of the best plant based food I've had. There was a large variety of flavors and dishes - greens, tempeh, tofu, seitan, tons of veggies, quinoa and more. The variety of food was so good, I am looking to bring him as a private chef for a series of wellness retreats.

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Dyan D.
Verified review

I have used Chef Ray on several occasions. He has served a variety of menus at my home. Each and every one was carefully thought out and executed to the highest quality.

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.

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.

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.
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