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Baja's Tacos & Catering
4.8
from 142 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tamara H.
Verified review

Wow! I am not easily impressed, but I was blown away by the quality, freshness, and entire set-up and presentation by your team. To see the meat grilled and chopped on one side, while fresh corn tortillas were being pressed out on the other, it just added to the atmosphere! Our family has used 5 different Taco Catering companies because we had never found one worth calling back. But thanks to you guys, we will look no further! We will call you every time! And although I am a bit of a control freak and was uneasy because you were so laid back before the event (all communication was through Thumbtack, which is new to me) in hind sight, I was worried for nothing. You were so laid back because you know what you are doing, and all of my guests were so pleased! I've had many requests for your number since the event and look forward to calling you again soon!

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 75 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kirin Q.
Verified review

Lilian was absolutely fantastic from my first interaction to the delivery of the food. She was super accommodating and knew exactly what I was looking for. I hired her for a corporate event for 100 people and received nothing but glowing reviews about the food! I would definitely hire her again for any of my catering needs!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pam R.
Verified review

The menu, food, service, and delivery were all great for a memorial service reception. Shawna was able to customize the food and extras to accommodate all the needs for this situation. There were many complements about the food from our guests. Thank you for making everything worry-free and wonderful for this day!

Avian's House Catering, LLC
4.6
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Robert W.
Verified review

I was searching online and I found a website called thumbtack so I put my name and what kind of catering I need and about the price and how many people that I needed this for, in about 30 minutes I started getting different quotes and different estimates for exactly what I was looking for, the first person to respond to me was Avian he called me and we discussed what I needed and gave me a couple different quotes eventually he ended up working with me and the price that I needed I thought for sure it was a home run and it turned out to be an absolute success the food was amazing and there was plenty of it he worked with whatever we needed him to work with with no complaints he was very professional and he was very understanding and our families time of grieving if I had to hire him again I would do it in an instant without thinking twice and I would recommend him to any of my friends and family but I can't really say that now because my whole family did eat from him and they loved it they raved about it. The taco cart was amazing everything was so fresh I'm actually craving some of the adobada he made... 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 when the party was done he left us all the leftovers thank God cuz the next day after the party we didn't want to cook so we ended up making rolled tacos out of the meat that he left us and again it was still absolutely delicious I would like to say thank you again to Avian and his family for catering our party our family will have you back anytime thank you again so much

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne F.
Verified review

Christine McMaster is a hidden gem of the culinary and catering world! She was the caterer last year for a wedding I attended and I was most impressed. She completely handled an amazing dinner for 21 people with delectable Indian and Middle Eastern Food; taking care of the shopping, the food preparation, the service and cleaning up of the food and leftovers. I was so impressed that I asked her to cater an Indian Meal for 75 people! Since it was a much larger undertaking, we provided theingredients, but Chris oversaw every aspect of the preparation of a 5 course meal, and remained calm, organized and personable throughout. The food was absolutely delicious. I would absolutely recommend her for any catering needs you might have - you would be lucky to get her!

Chris Gardner Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Dana H.
Verified review

By far the best idea and decision for a teen birthday party ever!! He brought them aprons, taught them about different kinds of knives and knife care, workspace and hand cleanliness, how to get the best deal at the grocery stores, how to cut up a chicken, how to filet fish, proper seasonings, taste testing, how to multitask in the kitchen to time things to hit the table at the same time and how to prepare dishes for complete meals. He was patient, thorough and totally entertaining to the teens. They were all so proud of their meal and all talked about how cool this party was. After the food was set on the table, he gave a description of each item being served, then he cleaned up the kitchen and exited while we sat down to dinner. He was absolutely amazing. He'd never done a birthday party because he usually teaches couples and does catering events but I'd highly recommend him.

  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Annette S.
Verified review

We ordered lunch for our wedding rehearsal day through Steal Your Taste Catering Company. Our menu consisted of tacos, beans, rice, and salad. It was all delicious and affordable! We had a ton of left overs that kept us fed and satisfied all the week. David also rented a margarita machine on our behalf and has it delivered with all the mixings. This company was organized, yummy, and reliable! I would highly recommend David and Steal Your Taste Catering Company.

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Louis R.
Verified review

We hired Stephani to cater a company event for 75 people and we couldn't have been happier. We were so grateful for her professionalism and graciousness. The food was artfully displayed and tasted amazing. Everybody loved it. We will be calling on her services again soon! Thank you, Stephani!

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christian W.
Verified review

Daily Chew Catering dished up a bit of heaven on a plate for a holiday party recently and from the first time I contacted Carly until the last bit of food was gone, we were blown away by the entire experience. Daily Chew Catering offers a wide selection of menu options, so there's guaranteed to be something great for every palate, and everything is done well. Daily Chew does food service right, and I'll no doubt be quick to call back and start planning for our next event as soon as the time comes. Thank you for the professionalism, the amazing food, and your passion for great-tasting, incredible quality catering experience!

Now We're Cookin'
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine G.
Verified review

Steven and his crew really helped to make our event memorable! Not only was the entire staff personable and professional, but they were also flexible, adaptable and articulate! I look forward to hiring this full service catering company again and highly recommend Now We're Cookin' to anyone who is looking to hire a first class, service oriented catering / bartending service!

Big City Chefs
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Peter B.
Verified review

Catering for a large party, exceptional cuisine, presentation, and overall value for money.

URBN Catering
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff F.
Verified review

URBN went above and beyond what we expected from a catering company. They worked with us on every request. The food was excellent, especially the cannoli's. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a catering company.

commis.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gina W.
Verified review

This lady can COOK! She’s such a sweetheart to boot— one of the girls in our group class recognized her from when she was on Food Network and got a little nervous and star-struck but Monterey was so friendly and GENUINE while she walked my friend through one of the trickier steps of the recipe we were making. Her food was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, and it was clear she really put in a lot of time and effort into making sure everyone in the group had a fantastic and MEMORABLE evening.

Flavor Affinity
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ian S.
Verified review

Flavor Affinity and Chef Baker came highly recommended by a co-worker of mine.  I decided to use this service because Chef Baker was not only the first to respond to my email,  (I sent out the same email to 3 private chef/caterers) but had the most value built into his quote. He had pre-built packages but ultimately allowed us to design the whole menu! We chose a 4 course option and could not have been happier with the food, ambiance, and decor.  Lastly, as the party began to wind down, I noticed that almost the whole service area and glassware was cleaned up without anyone noticing. It was a truly impressive evening and Flavor Affinity comes highly recommended from myself and surely anyone who has had the pleasure to work with them.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mark E.
Verified review

Amazing customer service. The company catered a large family even, they were courteous very clean, and an absolute joy to have around. The food was out of this world the best combination of southern blends I've ever had. The pulled pork was tender and juicy as well as the fries and coleslaw. I highly recommend that anyone looking for a catering choose this company!!

Mary Khuu
4.8
from 5 reviews
    Sonja T.
    Verified review

    Ms. Khuu did an amazing job with the catering and floral arrangements for my dads retirement party. Thank you again for the excellent food and the arrangements where perfect.

    O'SIDE BBQ MAN
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 17 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Krystal C.
    Verified review

    We had our annual conference and needed someone that had some flexibility on the amount of guests attending. O'Side BBQ Man was not just accommodating but provided amazing service. He arrived early to make sure he was ready to serve on time and also the food was amazing. Everyone wished they could have had seconds, maybe even thirds. We will definitely be booking O'Side BBQ Man for any future company events.

    APRIL'S on GIRARD Catering
    4.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Wendy T.
    Verified review

    April was fantastic. She put together a delicious array of food for my 94 year old Father receiving The Quilt of Valor for his service in WW11. She was timely. She was organized. The food was great. Thanks again.

    Takobar San Diego
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jennifer D.
    Verified review

    Julianna was very professional in setting up all details of our event and gave a discount for the number of people we had at our event. She wrote out a very detailed contract to what would be served, time they would arrive to set up and to start serving our guests. She went over and beyond when she included a sweet and special treat for our daughter that was a spectacular surprise, Chocolate Covered Strawberries at no additional charge! Jorge the chef's meat was amazing and all the fixings! In addition they served quesadillas as an appetizer and Julianna brought them out on a tray to serve our guests! She also made a menu and asked for a pic to include! Like I said she went over and beyond! Everyone enjoyed the food, service and people! All wanting to use this company for their catering needs! Thank You Takobar!

    Charlete J.
    Verified review

    Never disappointed with the quality of food. Everything is so good and accommodations for food sensitivities are considered. Thank you for that!

    Fuego Catering

    New To Thumbtack

    • 9 years in business
    About

    We offer full catering services, both cooking on and offsite, complete with our grilling chefs and service personnel. As far as food concern we will ensure the perfect event. Our desire is to serve the community with great food in a clean and friendly atmosphere. We assure the quality of our ingredients, so we prepare our food fresh daily using the freshest and fines ingredients available

    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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