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Riverside Caterers

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  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
David T.
Verified review

Our experience with Chef Mike was outstanding. The food was excellent and plentiful. The servers were polite and responsive and the bar tender was everyone's favorite. The clean up was satisfactory. I would definitely recommend Gourmet Your Way Catering.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Grace M.
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We had a drop off catering with Gourmet Lovers. They were prompt, and we had great communication. Great food quality. We booked future drop off catering services with them.

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paula S.
Verified review

I am just going to shoot my thoughts... From the beginning...Our first phone call to start planning with Jose Carbajal was instantly a pleasure. Jose was so willing to please us and had such a "Can do anything attitude," we were blown away with his kindness and just the way he anticipated our every need. We were celebrating my 50th birthday. We had an outdoor event for 65 people. (My backyard) We chose the Taco Bar and the Pasta Bar and Jose made the Margarita mix (his recipe) phenomenal guests raved about the margaritas and how good they were, Lemonade Jose recipe as well and water and coffee. Set up was smooth and we had not a worry in the world because Jose and his staff were so on top of their organization. They supplied the linens,plates, cups & utensils. All our guests’ comments were totally positive marks regarding the food quality. Saying things like, that was the best carne asada and that pasta with the pancetta was amazing, even my very picky son loved the pasta! Jose and his team which included his wife, who was the sweetest lady ever, served the food and also cut and served my birthday cake. All we can say is, if you have a party please call Worldwide Catering you will be completely satisfied and more! Thank you Jose! We appreciated your 5 star professionalism and food & beverage. When we have another party or event we will sure call you again! Paula and Marc Swinnerton-Oceanside CA.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly H.
Verified review

This is a talented group of people. Everything was an +A, from the food, down to the service. The staff is fun and professional. The food is packed with flavor and meat was extremely tender. They arrived on time each day and even cleaned our whole kitchen each day. I highly recommend madkins catering!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Tres Jolie B.
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I have nothing but great things to say about the service, quality, and overall delivery of Best Mobile Chef. From beginning to end, Shawna was very attentive and professional. As a bride, I can honestly say that planning a wedding is one of the most stressful experiences in your life; however, Shawna did an amazing job at making sure I was not stressed or worried when it came to the catering, bartending, and cake. She made sure that each and every need was met, and she even offered her assistance with cutting our cake even though that was out of her services. We sat down and went over every detail, and Shawna made sure to keep in touch throughout the way to maintain things and to make sure that we were on track with everything. Finally on the day of, the food and setup was more than what was expected. Our family and friends spoke so highly of the food and service. Shawna and her team was absolutely phenomenal! My husband and I would definitely book Shawna and her team again for a large dinner, and even desserts. We are both forever thankful and grateful!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Denise Z.
Verified review

I highly recommend Chef Mumsie for a company event that needs catering. We are very impressed and grateful for their efforts in feeding and satisfying 100+ people.

Taquizas ''El Rey''
4.6
from 45 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Renee B.
Verified review

Jesse and his Mom did a great job catering my daughter's bday party. Everyone loved the tacos! I will definately use their services again! Renee

Sierra Madre Catering
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
JoAnn H.
Verified review

I hired Sierra Madre Catering for my husband's 40th birthday party held at my home. The set up process was so easy, they were so accommodating with the menu I wanted (even though it included fried foods and philly cheese steak sandwiches which are hard to make on-site). The moment they got to my house, Tonya and her chefs were so professional, speedy, on top of it all! They made my night so much easier and fun and I finally got to enjoy my own party for once! They left my house very neat like my kitchen was never used! They picked up after my guests throughout the night. My favorites were inside-out Philly cheese steak, pulled pork sliders, mac & cheese, potstickers and garlic fries. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you again!

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Ani F.
Verified review

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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Dolores G.
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I am beyond grateful to Thumbtack for connecting me to Chef Keith Prante and his team at Hautè Productions Events and Catering to cater my mom's 80th birthday celebration. They are absolutely A-MAZING! Chef Prante was one of two chefs who responded to my request via Thumbtack, and I also received a personal referral. Neither of the other caterers offered ANYWHERE NEAR the quality, selections, variety and value that Hautè offered at my price point. We had our tasting today, and it absolutely sealed the deal! Everything was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. I highly recommend Hautè Productions to any potential customer who appreciates excellence, accommodation and genuine customer service.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Blanca T.
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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wendy B.
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We used BAPS! catering for our annual Halloween party for about 100 people. The food was AMAZING and a crowd pleaser. The prices were reasonable and Brad was professional and responsive; super helpful. They did drop-off service and set it up with everything we needed and extra supplies and food to replenish as things ran out. Would use them again and highly recommend them.

Tortas 2 Die 4 Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jose C.
Verified review

Zeke Casas is a food making artist , I have been to many events where Zekes cuisine makes the festive celebration a delightful experience . I highly recommend Tortas 2 die 4 Catering so you may be awed by his great food's and great personality not to mention an excellent crew !!! enjoy my friends

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Bree W.
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Catering By Ashley was the perfect choice for our company Holiday Party - I am glad we found them, thanks to Thumbtack! Bill and Deborah were courteous, professional, and great to work with. Everything went smoothly, and the food was great! I would definitely recommend their company. I think the roasted potatoes were the favorite! Yum! Thanks Catering By Ashley for making our lunch special!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
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Carolyn is so easy to work with. Planning parties, family gatherings, and/or holiday festivities can be very stressful, and that’s when you need someone like Carolyn to help you. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for many parties and her catering have not disappointed me yet. The only reason I didn’t rank her perfect is because I’ve yet tasted all of her specialities. Best of luck Chef LaTay. Valerie

Fahrenheit LA
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney N.
Verified review

John & his crew catered our office Holiday Party, and we could not have been more pleased! John was a pleasure to communicate with, setting the event was a snap! We had a constant flow of fresh pizza, salads and roasted veggies that kept both the adults and kids happy :) Fahrenheit LA's use of fresh ingredients and seasonal vegetables are what make the food stand out and combined with the level of professionalism & friendliness from John & his staff- Amazing! Thank you Fahrenheit LA, we will definitely be in touch!

Cajun Comfort Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brian R.
Verified review

The food was amazing. Very satisfied. I would definitely refer them to anyone who needs catering for an event.

Qsisters Event Planners
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Anabelle M.
Verified review

Q sisters went above and beyond for our daughters quince! They were patience and incorporated all our ideas in our daughters party. Thanks again Esther and staff we were extremely happy and satisfied with your service!!

Super Food for Super People
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kelsi G.
Verified review

Carolina catered two nights in a row for my client. The first evening was more formal. She helped me pick out a menu that would work accordingly. The second night was more casual and she assisted in making the perfect menu for that night as well. She was very helpful with adjusting for dietary restrictions, including Kosher. Her team was very fun, polite and professional. They arrived perfectly on time and needed minimal help with set up. Thanks, Carolina!

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

Estreno Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lauren R.
Verified review

Estreno blew our minds on the day of the event. It was perfect. Our guests loved the food and were treated like family by the awesome servers. Estreno provided every single item for our wedding and it went without a hitch.

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.

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 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.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Caterer for a Food Truck

Hesperia, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Hamburger)
  • Head count
  • Details
    French fries milk shakes

Need Catering Service for a Cocktail Party

Torrance, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American
  • Head count
  • Details
    probably anywhere from 45-50 people, 34 invitations going out
  • $1800
    Average price

Need a Caterer for a Buffet Dinner Party on Aug. 3, 2013

San Diego, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American
  • Head count
    10-25
  • $20
    Average price
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