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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 144 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 257 hires on Thumbtack
Dalila S.
Verified review

We were looking for catering services for our small and intimate wedding during December 2015. Food was a big part of the event, but we also had a limited budget, so we shopped around to find someone that would fit our needs. Pete understood our menu concept right away and was able to work with our budget. He didn't fuzz about small details that we wanted to incorporate and went above and beyond to make them happen. He even provided ideas on how to improve the overall experience, not just the food. We interviewed lots of chefs and catering companies and we couldn't be happier about working with Pete. Our foodie friends and family members praised the food, the presentation was extraordinary and the service was very professional. Pete also provided support for the drinks, bringing with him a great mixologist that crafted creative drinks for the crowd. Finally, the next morning Pete prepared brunch for guests that spent the night at the venue (and ourselves) and even tho some things did not go as planned for him (the professional oven broke down!), he was able to have everything ready flawlessly by the time we woke up. Thank you Pete for taking care of such important part of our event! We are looking forward to working with you again.

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 121 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie B.
Verified review

Chef Rocco responded quickly and worked with our budget! He provided a heavy amount of appetizers for a great price. We had a small miscommunication about bringing plates/utensil, but he gave us a discount since he did not bring them to the event. All the food was fresh and delicious! Thanks Chef Rocco!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 111 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 186 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julia E.
Verified review

These caterers were AMAZING. I am so happy with the food they prepared for my party. Very reasonable pricing, incredible food, and great menu creation. Will use again. Thank you so much for making my party such a breeze.

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 95 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Leonard T.
Verified review

Our group had a very nice experience with A Plus catering! The guests thoroughly enjoyed her delicious food and the party was a huge success. We will plan on using them again for a future event!

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Julia E.
Verified review

Stephanie was perfect for catering our dinner - thank you so much!

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I had a great experience with hiring Kitchenina as our caterers for an event with 40 people. The communication was always prompt, polite and friendly. They did a great job on the day of the event to ensure that the food was delivered on time (despite the traffic/weather conditions) and made my job as the event organizer much easier. I would definitely work with Kitchenina again in the future, and regret that I did not take photos of the food! (Thanks for the brownies as well!)

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
Verified review

As a event coordinator I have worked with Steve and the folks at DNL Catering on many special occasions. We have worked together on wedding and baby showers, brunches, wedding receptions, work Christmas parties and anniversary parties. They always provide a menu to your request and the playing of the food is always on beautiful plates and dishes, not aluminum trays. There are always compliments on the foods from the guests. We are always a happy with the selections. Their website makes it easy to browse their menu and I always receive a reply promptly when I submit an event request online. DNL Catering is on my preferred vendor list when I meet with future clients. I have used them in my own home numerous times. They are my 'go to' caterers for any event.

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 65 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I never met Deborah in person but had good conversations with getting my event catered. She was very responsive to my requests and questions. Ours was a drop-off event. The food was DELICIOUS. We had grilled garlic lemon chicken, 5 quiches, a huge (almost too huge) green salad, a beautiful fruit salad, lemonade and cookies for 28 people and there was plenty of food...only had salad and cookies leftover. Her employee brought our food and set it all up very creatively considering we were at a camp lodge! I would definitely recommend Quiche and Carry for your catering. Deborah was very professional and we were all happy with our event.

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Haya K.
Verified review

I've known Grace for many years. I have been over to her house for home cooked meals that were truly gourmet, and delicious. She also prepared some food and sold it from her home. On the level of catering for large parties, I went to our friend Dave's party last month were Grace did the catering. The food was flawless, delicious, with great presentation, and great variety. I strongly recommend Grace for catering your events.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Sabinna C.
Verified review

Dani was very pleasant to work with and patient with me (and my group) while I figure out the process, as this is our first time doing catering event, in a city all the way on the other side of the country. Her food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful! Hopefully she will have us back if we are going to do something similar next year!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Tamra B.
Verified review

Rose was amazing! She promptly respnded to all my emails and communicated flawlessly. She provided all the staff needed for our wedding and customized our menu for our dietary restrictions. We met with many caterers and she was the best value and most friendly. All of the staff working with her were very friendly and professional. The food was amazing. Evertthing was cooked to perfection, looked beautiful and tasted delicious. I don't think it could have gone any better and I highly reccomend her for any occassion! Thanks again Rose!!!!!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Jocelyn B.
Verified review

Angela was very helpful right from the beginning. Once she and I spoke, determined a budget, she proposed some wonderful selections, and the evening was divine. Having a few people who have gluten-free diets, the menu planning was extremely important to me - and every item was gluten free AND delicious! Angela is able to help rent anything you need, so that isn't a worry. She has a wonderful assistant who is warm and friendly. I would highly recommend Angela's business for your catering event.

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Christien T.
Verified review

An associate recommended Rainbow Chefs to provide the food for an event I was planning for a family gathering. I decided to go through with their services. There were kids and adults participating so I was a little nervous about how it would go, but everyone had a great time! It was so fun and interactive for the kids. The food was delicious! Would definitely recommend Rainbow Chefs!

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Jane M.
Verified review

I attended a small dinner party that LL Services catered. The dinner was absolutely delicious and healthy at the same time. LL Services were professional and informative about the dishes they presented. Their demeanor was pleasant and easy to be around. They added a nice but subtle touch to the ambience of the evening.

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Katie C.
Verified review

Roddy was great. Super fast response, really proactive and took care of event details that we didn't even know needed to be taken care of. It was great watching my mom enjoy the party- vs running around taking care of the details. Would definitely recommend Roddy for your party or event.

In This Moment
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Tessa O.
Verified review

I had In This Moment cater my daughters first communion. Kristine was great in preparing a menu that worked within my budget. She was very responsive on days leading up to the event, and the food arrived on time too. The best part of the meal was the Lasagna!

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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Taylor O.
Verified review

Dennis is everything an amazing catering should be: responsive, efficient, polite and purveyor of absolutely delicious food! We hired Dennis to cater dinner for a team offsite, and it went over marvelously. He arrived right on time, set up everything without needing much oversight, served up the food to our team, then cleaned up everything himself. All while chatting up our team and with a smile. We will absolutely be hiring him again for future catering events.

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Brenden D.
Verified review

Mise En Place is hands down one of the street caterers in the Bay Area. David’s is extremely creative and professional and food is excellent!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Jocelyn D.
Verified review

Karla was an absolute joy to work with. She loves her job and it shows in her work. Karla was flexible, prompt in her replies to questions and her staff was professional and so friendly! The food got rave reviews from my guests - and the delicious leftovers were enjoyed by even more people! Let Karla cater your event. You won't be disappointed.

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east bay chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary m.
Verified review

Jon, and his assistant Danny, catered a sit down dinner for 24. The menu included several appetizers, salad, Filet Mignon and lobster with fingerling potatoes and veggies, and a homemade raspberry filled buttercream cake (as requested) for my husbands 70th birthday. Everything was perfect!!!!!! Exceeded our expectations. Not only was everything amazing but Jon and Danny couldn’t have been any nicer. Several of my guests are already arranging to use them for their upcoming events. We would definitely use them again. They made my husbands 70th so special. Could t be happier.

Rainbow Chefs Eastbay
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy F.
Verified review

It what can only be described as a limited and challenging environment, Rainbow Chefs provided a gourmet dinner for my executives that was truly exquisite. Everything about the process was handled well with great communication from Lana. I chose Rainbow Chefs after initial conversations with more than 20 caterers because I was convinced that she was really listening to me. Chef Nicholas created a masterpiece of a dinner that was enjoyed by everybody. It was the highlight of a long day.

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.

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 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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