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Baja's Tacos & Catering
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rand A.
Verified review

Jesus and his crew did an amazing job at my holiday party. They served over 100 guests and everyone loved the food. We are still enjoying the leftovers. I tasted their food previously at a neighbor's house. The hand-made tortillas and salsa picante sold me, so I contacted them for our party and will do so again in the future. This is a small family business, not a chain and the quality and flavors are authentic and delicious. Jesus was easy to work with and corresponded via email which I appreciated. I will gladly refer them to my friends.

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sig L.
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We had a holiday party for 75 people of all ages and tastes. Everyone raved about the food Lilian prepared for us. So yummy that we already booked her for next year!!!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandy H.
Verified review

WOW!! What a fantastic evening with Shawna from Best Mobile Chef. From the moment I first contacted Shawna, I KNEW I wanted to work with her. Shawna is friendly, helpful, and an AWESOME chef. She prepared an incredible meal and yummy desserts for our Christmas dinner party. Our guests were so impressed. Thank you, Shawna!!

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Priti B.
Verified review

We booked La Mexicana Tacos & Catering for our holiday party and we loved it!!!Food was amazing! Will definitely keep them in mind for when we book future events at office and outside of office. The Al Pastor Tacos, A+++++++ with the Habanero Sauce.. Yummy!

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had an excellent experience. We used bleu catering for a birthday party of about 20. The price was reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. Very responsive to our requests and worked with our budget. I would use them again for an event.

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ana B.
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We had a NYE dinner party and Francesco was amazing. From the very beginning he was so easy to work with. The service was great and the food was delicious.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pat M.
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This was my first experience hiring a private chef service. The event was a holiday party for a school staff (30 guests). Stacy made things easy from start to finish. She came to my workplace to provide an overview, she kept in touch via email and phone, she made excellent menu suggestions to fit my budget, and the resulting party received rave reviews from the guests. It was a pleasure working with Stacy! She has a confident, upbeat and flexible style that is focused on serving her clients and their guests.

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Tastefully Yours
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jean H.
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Richard was on time, informative and had excel any food. It made our holiday party a hit. I highly recommend the pork tenderloin. All dishes were yummy. Very reasonably price for such a great spread.

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy S.
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We hired Chris after tasting her cooking at our friend's dinner party where she was the chef. She cooked dinner for us off & on during the week when our schedules got to be too much. This was during the early years of parenting and making dinner after being at work just didn't fit in my schedule. We loved having her in our home and her food was always so delicious and nurturing! I loved her help it freed up about 8 hours a week for me to spend time with the kids and or relaxing as a family. Dinner time was so enjoyable since I wasn't the one making it or cleaning up. I think she is a fine chef with a very special touch. We went to a Dinner party last summer where she was the cook...her roasted chicken w/ pasta and pesto was divine! Tracy

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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer N.
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We had a phenomenal Thanksgiving Dinner prepared and delivered by BAPS catering. We were expecting about 20 people for our holiday dinner and BAPS catering delivered a wonderful meal that everyone loved. The turkey was moist, the vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake were delicious. Needless to say, we had enough food to satisfy everyone and still had some great Thanksgiving leftovers. We would definitely recommend BAPS catering for everyone who wants tasty food cooked just the way you like. Thanks for helping us make our holiday dinner such a success!

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Betty S.
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Chef Stephani provided a wonderful dinner party for us. Her expertise in sharing what would make for the best menu was excellent. The presentation absolutely spectacular. Thank you Chef Stephani.

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christian W.
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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!

  • 8 years in business
Sunny F.
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I had a party yesterday for 4th of July and OMG! Their food is amazing, the water and the guacamole is simply delicious. I hope to have you again in another party. I’m so happy! All my friends loved the food! Thank you!

Francoise Brana
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Robert W.
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We had a Christmas party for 15 with Francoise preparing and delivering the menu. It was all wonderful and the perfect solution for this size group. It certainly helped in reducing the stress associated with the holidays.

Rogue BBQ
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Howard M.
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It was a great experience having rogue bbq cater for our family event. Everyone really enjoyed the various types of food, and the smoked brisket was as delicious as could be! I would absolutely recommend to anyone looking to hire a professional caterer for any events such as bday parties, weddings, or business lunches, etc... Rogue bbq will deliver the tasty goods every time. 👌

Chef Joann
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine H.
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We've used Chef Joann a number of times for holiday and birthday parties. She and her team arrive on time and prepared and their food is always amazing!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony H.
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I have used Michael on two seperate occasions. Both parties the food was outstanding and customer service is unbelievable. He is young, creative and truly has a passion for the food. I Would recommend anyone to use his services.

commis.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Dustin S.
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For the last 3 years, Chef Monterey has been a constant fixture at our events.  Her food is absolutely top-notch, and she always comes up with just the right dishes for each dinner!  We've done everything from a Western-themed birthday party with authentic BBQ to a classy Old Hollywood New Year's Eve where she served an eight (!!!) course tasting menu, and her food just knocks it out of the park.   Chef Monterey is most definitely in our top 3 private chefs in Southern California (and we've gone through A LOT), and if you want absolutely AMAZING food made by a dynamic young chef with a personality to match, she's your girl!

O'SIDE BBQ MAN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kerry M.
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Alvin was a BIG hit at our Holiday Gift Fair! The food was DELICIOUS! We are hoping he will join us for our Family Fun Day!

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
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Ellena is incredible! She offers amazing food and exceptional service. She clearly loves what she does and is passionate about food and clients, offering creativity and customization. Whether looking to feed yourself or your family healthy meals or looking to host a knock-your-socks-off catered gathering - I work with her regularly for both and there is nothing she doesn't wow me with. The best Cuban sandwiches you have ever tasted for a fun Miami night theme, mashed potatoe bar for a midnight comfort food theme at a fancy holiday party - Ellena is creative, kind, and extremely talented. I would highly recommend her.

Lee L.
Verified review

Chris catered an event at our home for roughly 40 people and everything went extremely well. He was right on schedule and had everything under control which impressed us. The food was amazing and most (if not all) of my guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food and presentation. Everything went smoothly from start to finish. Having Chris there let us actually enjoy a party at our home for once! I whole heartedly recommend Chris.

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.
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