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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 148 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 260 hires on Thumbtack
Jeri D.
Verified review

We hired Pete to cater my 35th birthday party for 22 people which was a murder mystery party that we hosted at our home. From the first time we spoke, he was very responsive, answering my phone calls, emails and texts. He offered a lot of advice and any questions I had. He also had items that he brought that helped me cut down on my rental prices (plates, cloth napkins and silverware). All of my guests commented on how delicious all of his food was including apps, salad, main dishes and desserts. It was all delicious and presented very well. He and his two servers were great with helping to set up and break down and they were very very polite and considerate. My only real comparison is when my husband and I got married 8 years ago and used the facilities on-site catering company. Although it was a completely different type of event, I was somewhat expecting to have a deposit, signed contract and more of a set "this is the menu" like we did for the wedding but in this case, we didn't. Typically I am wanting to be very hands on (some may say controlling :) ) and have every detail planned out but I let Pete run with the menu (aside from my dietary restrictions and a couple of preferences) and he was great, I have no regrets and would hire him again no questions asked! The whole evening was a success and I would highly recommend working with Pete. I am thinking of what event I could host next just so I could have Pete come cater again. I will be recommending him to anyone I know who is searching for a caterer.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 113 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natalia D.
Verified review

I had hired Taqueria Cazadores to cater a reception to follow a memorial service for my father. Evan worked with me far ahead of time, worked with the funeral director, and made this catering event effortless for me. After speaking with him in the beginning of my search for a caterer, I felt sure that I was in good hands. The icing on the cake was that the food was absolutely off-the-charts delicious! The food, the presentation, and the service were all phenomenal, and even surpassed my expectations. Thank you Evan and Crew!

  • 12 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
Diana S.
Verified review

Sat did a wonderful catering job for our luncheon of fifty people this past weekend. I was a little hesitant at first because I didn't know his work and he didn't have his website up and running. I'm glad I took a chance as he came through with shining colors.

A Plus Catering
4.4
from 99 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
Lara W.
Verified review

A Plus Catering lives up to their name!!!! I needed 2 servers to help facilitate a bridal shower tea party and they were perfect!!! They did everything I asked and created a smooth, seamless experience while I enjoyed my guests. And they left the kitchen sparkling!

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Made With Love
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
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Dale M.
Verified review

This was my first experience ordering catering service so I wasn't sure what to expect. Debbie did a great job for our group. The food was delicious and plentiful. Debbie worked with some special criteria to make the deliveries to us but was on time and well prepared. Thank you Debbie for the great food and all your hard work!

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael J.
Verified review

Aliki was incredible to work with and Kitchenina’s food is just as amazing! Our company had a holiday party and Aliki had by far the best menu and presentation. Her food was liked by all of the board members and employees. There were only a few pieces of the entrees left over, so the amount was close to perfect. I had so many people go up to me to thank me numerous times for the food, yet Aliki deserves credit in how amazing it all came together. Not to mention working with Aliki was a privilege. She was very graceful and understanding of how to make the right food for this setting and how to best plan it out. I’ve already recommended her to my friend who hosts large parties (I saved the last bit of entrees for her to try) and my friend already decided on working with Aliki in the future, as I’m sure my company will as well!

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

My work just had its 65th anniversary of being in business and we wanted to make it special. DNL Catering was the first company that I came across and after receiving quotes from a few others I found that DNL was the most affordable and offered more of what we were looking for. They were very short and sweet and got straight to the point. Steve helped me understand what i would need and what to expect (this was the first time i hired a caterer). On the day of the event they were here on time and everything was prepared and ready to go by the time guests arrived. The food was absolutely AMAZING! We received a lot of great feedback from our guests and everyone was telling us how awesome the food was. It was well displayed and there were many options for people to chose from. They were very accommodating and since it was my first event i didn't realize that they weren't going to be here for the duration of the party, but after the 5 hours that we hired them for they were nice enough to move the rest of the food inside and offered to come the next morning to pick up everything. It was perfect! Overall, I would highly recommend DNL! The only thing that i would suggest is to have a little more communication since i didnt really know what time they were going to be here and when they were going to stay until. Thank you Steve, Malcom, and Juan! You guys are awesome!

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

Not using until 8/4/2017, but very responsive and flexible to our planning needs. They gave a good reference to another business in town that has retained their service. This sounds like a small business, fewer years in catering experience, and as such more personalized. We will try them.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Anya V.
Verified review

I wish I could give her a million stars. From her original quote to her sweet and thoughtful follow-up email the day after my wedding, I was never disappointed by the professionalism and service provided by Alisa and her colleague. She worked catering into our already tight budget, corresponded with me (your typical type A personality) about small details and ever changing menu ideas/headcount, and was prompt, professional, and wonderful! The food was OUTSTANDING. She created 4 different pasta dishes, two excellent salads, veggies, and wonderful garlic bread. She and her colleague rinsed off all of our rented tableware, put them back into their crates, and even cleaned up after guests long after dinner was done! I could not have been happier with the quality and quantity of the food prepared and received several wonderful comments from my guests about the choice of food and caterer. Alisa and her colleague mingled with our guests, made themselves available when needed, and were very self-sufficient, which is a great thing to have on the day of a wedding! They even prepared a small treat for breakfast the next day. All in all, I would hire them again in a heartbeat and would advise you all to do the same if her quote comes your way. "Passionate" about food and service is what Alisa stands for and I couldn't ask for better for my wedding.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Esther C.
Verified review

Chef Albert the "untamed chef" catered my mother's funeral reception. From the first, he just could enough for us. We coordinated the food to fit my needs. Provided everything salad. To dessert, napkins,dishes, drinks...everything. Clean up. Great food+++++ professionalism+++++ Timely+++++ working with clients+++++ Clean,neat+++++ charming+++++ Going to be my first call next time+++++!!!

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

I've used Green Chow Down catering services on several occasions - from startup events to personal parties. The food and service is amazing - home meal quality, unique recipes, and Angela always goes an extra mile to make it a memorable experience. Highly recommend.

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

My friend recently celebrated her 50th birthday. Her wish? To have a catered dinner at home where she could relax and enjoy a wonderful evening of food, vino and friends. My decision to go with Rainbow Chefs was the BEST CHOICE! They worked with me to create the menu which the chef cooked to PERFECTION! It was a joy to see the guests "ooohh" and "aahhh" as each dish was brought out...Having Rainbow Chefs prepare, serve and clean up allowed the hostesses (me and my friend) to enjoy the event too! It was truly a magical night...I highly recommend them!

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LL Services
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol M.
Verified review

Don't look any further: LL Services is the BEST! They catered a women's luncheon in my home, and I found their friendly manner, professionalism and responsiveness to be unmatched. They offered flexible menu options with fresh, creative and delicious selections. My guests went back not only for seconds, but thirds, and they all left with a business card for their own catering needs. Don't pass up the opportunity to have them cater your next event.

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenn M.
Verified review

Cheri is a Jack of All Trades. She has all of the connections to help you with EVERYTHING. Provided an amazing beverage company as well as the furniture and food for my wedding. The staff was AWESOME and her clam chowder was to die for. Just saying. She is a great teammate. Thank you Cheri!!!

Basic Catering
4.2
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Desha S.
Verified review

Excellent service Excellent performance i would recommend anyone to order from Bacsic catering. Thank for a really great job

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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Farm to Table
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David L.
Verified review

Zack did an OUTSTANDING job of catering my sweethearts birthday. He even completely changed the menu a week before the event and pulled it off wonderfully. I would highly recommend him!

What's Cookin?
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara C.
Verified review

We recently hired Eileen and her staff with What's Cookin to cater a backyard luau party. From beginning to end, she was very easy to work with. The bottom line is that her food was AMAZING! What a talent!! Our party guests raved about the dishes she prepared. Since the party was themed, we worked together to come up with the perfect selections for a summer luau. Her staff that worked the party with her were super friendly and smiley, professional, and instinctively knew how to "be there" for our guests needs. As the hosts of the party, my husband and I were able to focus entirely on our guests, which is exactly what we were looking for. We were all very impressed with everything, and are certain we found our new favorite caterer! Thanks Eileen and your staff for a job well done!

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa K.
Verified review

Avocado & Company is well beyond a catering company that designs exquisite foods and decor. Every member of their staff filled the venue with a lovely energy and created for us a perfect mood, a blend of elegance and playfulness. They catered an event in honor of my grandmother and it was stunning. Johnny made sure that every moment is one which will leave an imprint. Paired with the divine food and impressive bar it was one of the most beautiful days in recent memory. Thank you, Avocado & Company! - Melissa

Pipo's Grill Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Gina F.
Verified review

Pipo's tacos catering was exceptional. I have chicken, carnitas, tongues and rice & beans. They were delicious. My guests were very complimentary of the food. Tina was very professional, prompt, efficient and very accommodating. I would definitely hire her again.

Magic of the Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Fe L.
Verified review

Food was good - I ordered the sushi trays and thai food. Very punctual and set up catering service. Highly recommend them. I have use them several times for our catered lunches.

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

See other requests for caterers in San Leandro

Need a Buffet Catering Service on August 2, 2013

Sonoma, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Mexican/Latin
  • Number of guests
    80-100
  • Details
    no kitcken at the reception place
  • $1
    Average price

Need a Catering Service

Sacramento, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Cocktail party
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual
  • Number of guests
    60-80
  • Details
    Evening Valentine's Day wedding for couple in late 40's. Venue is at Clubhouse 24. Would like hourdourves, but considering price between that or buffet.
  • $1
    Average price

Need Buffet Catering Service

Santa Cruz, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual, BBQ
  • Number of guests
    80-100
  • Details
    BQ Steak, & Chicken, Salads, Breads Annual Labor Day dinner for Paradise Park members in Picnic ground
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