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  • 18 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
Jay G.
Verified review

We wanted to put on a dinner at our house for our Advisory Board and Senior Management team. The problem is that after a long day of meetings who has the energy to cook? So we decided to search for a personal chef that could put together a meal that would rival a five star restaurant. Michael and his staff showed up on time and not only knocked the meal out of the park, they also cleaned up! I would highly recommend Gourmet Your Way Catering and Personal Chef!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan. D.
Verified review

Gourmet Lovers recently catered my son's wedding reception and everything turned out wonderfully! Carolina, Boris and their team took care of everything from start to finish and they didn't leave until the place was spotless. The food was amazing. My son and his bride didn't want "traditional" reception food so Chef Boris put together some of the tastiest tacos, beans, rice and salsa we have ever had, not to mention a fun interactive build your own Nacho Bar for the hors d'oeuvres that all the guests raved about. Not only was Chef Boris' food amazing, Carolina's wedding cake was something special. She worked with us to design just want the bride and groom wanted. The cake was rich in flavor and beautifully decorated. She certainly knows how to bake an amazing cake. I am a fan of Gourmet Lovers Catering and highly recommend them to anyone needing a caterer who not only knows how to put together great food, but knows how to work within your budget. Carolina was always prompt in returning calls and always stayed in touch with us. I plan on using them for all my catering needs in the future.

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John B.
Verified review

Everything was top notch. Jose was extremely professional. He was on gime, the food was great and all our guests enjoyed everything. I would definately recommend his catering to everyone.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tres Jolie B.
Verified review

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 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Hoofrish P.
Verified review

Sierra Madre Catering has the best tasting food! The flavor is always so fresh, they're really accomodating in making a custom menu and thier staff is really great. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a corporate meal or private party. I've had them for both.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nalini C.
Verified review

Great catering!

  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica B.
Verified review

I hired Haute Productions to do weekly catering for my office lunches, we currently have 9 employees that I feed daily. Working with Keith is a delight and his food so far has been delicious. Keith is very quick to respond and is always on time, which is a must when you are feeding 8 hungry men :) Keith was also able to work with my budget which is very important to me. I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for all your catering needs.

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

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  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sonya A.
Verified review

Shannan is awesome and did everything she could to make my event perfect! Her quality of tables, chairs and linens are awesome! I definitely recommend her!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Bob D.
Verified review

I found Catering by Ashley/Blackburn's on Thumbtack. Wow, what a find! First they showed up on time, big plus. They were helpful and friendly in setting up. There were no hidden fees or surprises. They were very good with people. Bill and Ashley were both lovely people and professional. They were able to cater within my budget. The food was excellent! I received many compliments from those within my company on how good the food was.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
Verified review

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

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra L.
Verified review

Sydney made a special/private dinner for my fiancé and I after our engagement. She was amazing!! She emailed with my fiancé ahead of time and found out what sort of foods we like and what was meaningful and special to our relationship and then based the menu off of that. She was present enough to explain things to us, but also gave us our privacy. It was the perfect balance. It was so fun to feel like we have a private chef catering to all of our needs and expectations. Very romantic! The food Sydney cooked was AMAZING! From the appetizer to the dessert, we could not have asked for a better meal. I would highly recommend Sydney. You will not be disappointed.

M&M Events Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Claudia H.
Verified review

My experiance with morgan and her crew was the best experience ever and this coming from someone who has never worked with a catarer before! I was kinda spectical at the begening to hire a catering company for my wedding! Morgan and her crew made the experince very easy! Taking over and handeling all the needs of the food and serving the guests , they made my wedding so stress free to where i didnt have to worry about one thing! All it took was one unitial face to face visit to where i explained to her my needs and sure enough morgan and her crew exceeded my expectations in a perfesional manner ... I def highly recommend M&M catering to any one!!! Thanks Morgan

Divoon Dining
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
Verified review

Chef Gene is wonderful. He is calm to a fault,caters beautifully,food was delicious,and he is reasonable for all that he does. You cannot go wrong using him and his servers.

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!

Swamp Daddy's BBQ
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
DaNny A.
Verified review

We will never use anyone else for our catering needs. The quality, taste, value are second to none. I would recommend these guys to anyone regardless of the event size.

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ra'Daniel McCoy
Verified review

Always on point, always on time ... when it comes to choices for my personal catering and event planning needs, Yummy Creations is always mine!

Berg Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew L.
Verified review

April and her crew came in at the 11th hour to save my wedding catering! Thy provided above average quality service and delicious food. April was happy to work with our specific needs and she delivered exaclty as hoped. I'll be using her services in the future

Craftsman Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kate B.
Verified review

John and his amazing team are real miracle workers! Extremely professional from our first conversation through the entire event, John was a delight to work with. Reasonable prices, the food was great (I will definitely be visiting their restaurant), and completely self sufficient. I didn't have to worry about anything! Craftsman Catering barbecued on sight, providing a little entertainment and a few samples right off the grill for guests that wandered by. Not only were the main dishes phenomenal but I still have guests raving about the coleslaw and other sides! Thank you so much John & Craftsman team! I'll be seeing you soon!

  • 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 !

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.

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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