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Chef Rocco Cartia
from 122 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Emmaline W.
Verified review

Chef Rocco was so accommodating - my dates kept changing and he was able to work both within my schedule and budget. We ended up doing drop-off catering and he was precisely on time with warm Italian food! Very personable too. Both the presentation and taste were scrumptious, he's obviously an experienced chef and was able to work within my preferences. As a bonus, we got WAY more food than for 12-15 people (so we had dinner for the next night as well and leftovers for everyone!). Highly recommend.

DNL Catering
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne G.
Verified review

I order catering for pubic workshops at our San Jose location. Food is delivered on time and is delicious also it is presented in a professional manner.

In This Moment
from 22 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Gia F.
Verified review

I didn't end up going with this company, but not because they weren't amazing because they were. Kristine responded to my thumbtack request immediately and not only did she take the time to give her condolences for the loss of my grandmother but she was sweet and made the process easy. You could tell by her email to me that she actually read everything I said about my event because she addressed it all and I didn't have to ask but one question. I highly recommend using "In This Moment" for your catering needs. I know I will the next chance I have.

Top Pro
  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jia X.
Verified review

Judi made our wedding reception so adorable and unforgettable! Her team took care of our cocktail hour, reception and flowers! Our venue is a Japanese garden, and her asian fusion style of food amuses everyone's mouth! Her team helps with ceremony coordination and rental too! We love how our reception is set up! All these little beautiful details, nice food, welcoming service impressed every guest of us. We would definitely share our wedding pictures when they come out :)

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Affordable Chef Services
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carl O.
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I would never hesitate to recommend him Mark and his team recently catered my daughters wedding reception at our home in Capitola. From beginning to end his relaxed nature + excellent execution + delicious food enabled the guests as well as the hosts to make the event memorable and relaxed at the same time. His experience came in handy when planning the event and he took care of everything from start to finish. My wife and I have thrown many parties over the years and this was the first where we called out for help and it was well worth it. Thanks again to Mark and I would never hesitate to recommend him or call on him again.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Ferren F.
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I have nothing but amazing things to say about Vanessa and her team. To start, I booked her super last minute (literally the day before I needed her). I was scrambling to pull together and offsite meeting that got moved 200 miles away due to the tragic fires happening in Northern California. Vanessa came to my aid by helping me brainstorm a fun, interactive activity for the team at their offsite remote location. She set up an amazing wine and whiskey tasting event that the team just loved! Everything was tailored to perfection! She event created customized wine glasses that each member of the team got to take home with them. To make matters more complex, the location where the event was happened to be located in a remote with limited (to no) resources to catering, grocery stores, etc. Did I mention that I was coordinating this entire event remotely ?!?! Vanessa stepped up and offered to not only provide an awesome team building event, but picked up dinner, plate it to perfection, and bartended for the reminder of the evening. This was phenomenal!!! Working with her was not only a joy, but easy and smooth. I can't wait to work with her again. You would be a fool not to book her 100x over!

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Table & Terrace Catering
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Funky Dog Catering
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Sonny F.
Verified review

We utilized Funky Dog Catering to serve our engineering group lunch and the value, work and product quality was excellent. Since this was our fist experience with this caterer, since we had such a great experience, we have scheduled FDC into our monthly rotation. Thanks Chris, Madison and the rest of your team for making our luncheon extra special and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Allegro Gourmet Pizzeria
from 2 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren R.
Verified review

Jeano has been amazing to work with! He is providing all the food and dessert for my wedding, happening this coming weekend, and so far, he has been flexible and accomodating to meet our needs and the needs of all our guests. He also took the time to meet with us to discuss and organize details of the event and help us figure out the best menu to make everything flow smoothly. I am confident everything will be as good as I am hoping when the day comes this saturday . . but stay tuned! "The event was a complete and beautiful success! Jeano went above and beyond to help make sure the event went smoothly. Despite not planning to help prepare the food (toss salads, plate, items) once it left his kitchen, he jumped into prep work the moment he realized he was needed to make sure guests were satisifed with everything. The appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts were all beautifully prepapred, fresh and delicious. I would definitely recommend Jeano's services for any event as I will definitely be going back to him for my next one. Thanks Jeano!!"

Tea Traditions
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Mary S.
Verified review

We recently hosted a baby shower at our home. Tea Traditions was easy to work with. We opted for a package that included food and tableware. The tableware and china was beautiful The FOOD was excellent. Although we did order salads that were delicious, the finger food were tasty, easy to eat, and very convenient. It was perfect while munching and opening gifts, sharing tea, and great fun conversation. 5 star service, 5 star help. What a great day. Sorry, dont know why pictures are sideways


We offer catering services in the Greater Bay Area. We offer various cuisines, service styles and all the party extras for every type of event. We have been voted Bay Area's Best 4 times over the last five years. We specialize in weddings, corporate events, private events and holiday parties!


I work with individuals and families to create fresh and healthy meals that they can enjoy throughout the week. I enjoy catering to restricted and unique diets to show people that special diets do not mean boring food. I am also a pastry chef with a strong background in chocolate and confectionery creations.

  • 28 years in business

Full service event and catering company. Private chef extraordinaire is also available if needed. Best of the best American Asia Cuisine. Extremely high quality, clean, healthy, and delicious food. With Michi's, life is always beautiful!


Just in Thyme is a premier caterer serving the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Our staff prepares multicultural California cuisine using organic, seasonal and local ingredients. We are committed to making responsible, ethical and sustainable food choices, and we pride ourselves on our unique dishes, flavors, and fresh ingredients.


We offer catering/baking for daily family dinners, corporate lunches, all special occasions, parties, and events e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. Party Thyme Catering provides services from planning, rentals, decorations, cooking, and baking, to cater for your special event. We work closely and cater for all your special needs. The event would be hassle free, so you can enjoy and celebrate!

  • 6 years in business

The Food Rodeo believes in integrity, small details, premier customer service, and we pride ourselves in making our clients event the talk of the town! Interacting with our clients and of course tasting the food!!


Pangea is a full-service catering and event company in San Jose with the modern customer and bride in mind. We focus on Caribbean, Asian, Indian, African, and South American, as well as other ethnic cuisines. In addition, we offer the full complement of event services, to include custom centerpieces, equipment rental, bar service, servers, valets, and security. We also work with a network of photographers, DJs, florists, and bakers to ensure that your event is truly one of a kind. We look forward to creating a one-of-a-kind event for your special occasion.


We do on-site catering, specializing in Mexican and Southern cuisine. Our to goal is to make each event a special one.


I have been in the restaurant and catering business for more than 14 years. My specialties include: -Event and menu planning -Private Chef -Upscale home meal delivery

  • 15 years in business

We are a one stop shop for catering and event planning. We coordinate with different vendors for party rentals, bakeries, DJ, photobooth, flowers, venues etc. We do all coordination to ensure that our guests are stress free. We have a variety of menus that cater to your event needs. We are very passionate with what we do. We make sure that our guests are more than satisfied and that we meet their expectations. We love to see our clients enjoy their own event.

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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