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Santa Ana Caterers

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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dusti O.
Verified review

Chef Marcel and his team were so amazing. We hired him for a Thumbtack event for LA Pros, and we could not have been happier. The food was some of the best food I have ever eaten. It was SO BEAUTIFUL too. His team was so friendly, professional, prompt, clean, courteous, and fun. And he was so patient with me during the planning process when we kept changing plans and numbers. SO GREAT. I would hire him over and over again.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robin L.
Verified review

Wow, Gourmet Lovers Catering and Cakes was a big hit! We had an amazing Long Beach Ribbon Cutting Luncheon for over 100 guest. The food, desserts and display were fantastic! We have heard compliment after compliment of the wonderful lunch. Carolina was such a pleasure to work with, organized and accommodating. She really made sure that we created a fantastic menu and I felt comfortable every step through this process. Chef Boris did such a fantastic job. They both worked so hard to make sure our experience was wonderful, and it was! Chef's lunch was delicious and beautifully displayed. We are so happy with everything and will definitely use Gourmet Lovers Catering again. We hope that they get a lot of business from others that were there as well. We highly recommend them. Check out our pictures. Thank you!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nicole M.
Verified review

We hired Mr. WorldWide Catering for our April wedding and couldn't be happier with Jose and his team of professionals! From the very beginning, Jose was quick to respond to all of my questions and continued being efficient until the end. When it was time for our tasting, he drove the 60+ miles to our house without hesitation. The food was DELICIOUS! We chose to go with his Hawaiian menu and were so excited for our guests to try it. As we expected, there were many compliments from everyone about the food! During the reception, Jose personally brought us our plates of food to the sweetheart table and also supplied us with a beverage bucket full of our favorite drinks. We definitely felt like royalty. As a bride, and a wedding planner, I can guarantee that I will be referring all of my friends and future clients to Jose! Thank you for making our special day so unforgettable!!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sabine S.
Verified review

Chef Shawna is such a great find! We got so many compliments about the food. She is so professional and listened to our wishes and concerns AND understood my pre-party jitters. Her passion for catering is visible in every beautiful and streamlined detail. The salad and lemonade and maybe more were organic without me even asking for it! Her help with coming up with the menu was so down to earth, fancy at the same time and helpful. You can tell she is a pro. I can’t recommend her enough. Her price is so fair as well, which always helps. She packaged the leftovers up for us. Hosting a party is a breeze with The Best Chef!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Tamara K.
Verified review

Chef Mumsie is, without exception, one of the best caterers I have worked with in the Los Angeles area. Her personal service, commitment to excellence, and over-and-above contributions made our several week-long meetings (during Summer 2014) a huge success. The menus were savory and enjoyed by all guests, the food was delivered fresh, not and easy for us to display well. Knowing that all the catering was completely taken care of allowed me to focus on the things that mattered--my guests! Not a single detail was missed. I very highly recommend Chef Mumsie's services to anyone in the Orange or Los Angeles County areas for any event, large or small. Without question, I will be a repeat customer! Thank you!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Svetlana N.
Verified review

I have decided to order catering for my daughter's first birthday and I'm glad I did ! Sierra Madre Catering did a fantastic job. They were prompt and delivered everything they have promised. The food was yummy, my guests liked it a lot, and it was very important to me! The cleaned everything after they were done. I'm really happy!!! Thank you Tonya and your team. Svetlana

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jose L.
Verified review

Catering made easy. Tuition Bites offers appetizers, entrees, and desserts all made by them. No reheated food or prepackaged desserts. You can tell the quality of the food is more of a homemade cooked meal. That alone made me fall in love. Their staff was really friendly and I look forward to planning another event with them serving us their great food.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tyler R.
Verified review

Seagars made and incredibly delicious menu for my graduation! The presentation was gorgeous. By far the best meal I've ever had!

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy H.
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Chef Keith and his staff were great! He arrived early, set up amazing food stations and a bar for our non-profit cocktail party. The lamb chops, POKE station, "mushroom en croute", short rib skewers, cheese platter, and dessert bar complete with deep fried brownies were all a huge hit. Chef Keith really impressed my guests and made me look like a superstar hostess. I would hire him again and many of my friends and associates took his card for future catering events. Loved the bartender, server and Keith's helpers. My kitchen was spotless also...worth it!

  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kristan T.
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Food First Events & Catering Co. recently did two events for my company and the feedback was amazing! The food was stepped up in such a way that the impact was noticeable. The breakfast spreads that were delivered on time and set up impeccably were delicious with a few notable homemade pastry items that left people talking! I experienced nothing but professionalism, reliability and class from this experience. Also, working with David to make sure I met my budget was extremely easy and he was eager to help meet my needs without compromising quality. I highly recommend!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise Y.
Verified review

Shannan made sure everything was perfect for my wedding. I truly appreciate her professionalism, help and vision. I highly recommend her services! Her years of experience shine through, you will not be disappointed with her services.

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Brandon B.
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A Taste of Gourmet did an incredible catering job at our party! Everything went as planned, the food was delicious and the service was so professional. I would recommend them to anyone that needs a professional caterer.

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacquie S.
Verified review

Greg catered my dinner party for 10 clients and it was spectacular! The food was delicious and visually stunning and he is a delight to work with. Everyone was blown away. Thank you Greg. We look forward to the next one!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Abby T.
Verified review

We hired Catering by Ashley for a memorial service. David was so easy to work with. He was excellent and prepared a creative menu with very short notice. He worked within our tight budget and delivered a gourmet experience. His server was incredible. I would recommend them highly.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sabrina H.
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I hired Chef La'Tay for my themed baby shower. She was able to help me plan a hearty delicious brunch menu for an amazing price! Working with her was easy and I highly recommend her for anyone needing catering that tastes like home cooking.

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra L.
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Sydney made a special/private dinner for my fiancé and I after our engagement. She was amazing!! She emailed with my fiancé ahead of time and found out what sort of foods we like and what was meaningful and special to our relationship and then based the menu off of that. She was present enough to explain things to us, but also gave us our privacy. It was the perfect balance. It was so fun to feel like we have a private chef catering to all of our needs and expectations. Very romantic! The food Sydney cooked was AMAZING! From the appetizer to the dessert, we could not have asked for a better meal. I would highly recommend Sydney. You will not be disappointed.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Wendell catered a private event, for a group of all vegan / plant based guests. The food was phenomenal and some of the best plant based food I've had. There was a large variety of flavors and dishes - greens, tempeh, tofu, seitan, tons of veggies, quinoa and more. The variety of food was so good, I am looking to bring him as a private chef for a series of wellness retreats.

Divoon Dining
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
Verified review

Chef Gene is wonderful. He is calm to a fault,caters beautifully,food was delicious,and he is reasonable for all that he does. You cannot go wrong using him and his servers.

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ra'Daniel McCoy
Verified review

Always on point, always on time ... when it comes to choices for my personal catering and event planning needs, Yummy Creations is always mine!

Craftsman Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kate B.
Verified review

John and his amazing team are real miracle workers! Extremely professional from our first conversation through the entire event, John was a delight to work with. Reasonable prices, the food was great (I will definitely be visiting their restaurant), and completely self sufficient. I didn't have to worry about anything! Craftsman Catering barbecued on sight, providing a little entertainment and a few samples right off the grill for guests that wandered by. Not only were the main dishes phenomenal but I still have guests raving about the coleslaw and other sides! Thank you so much John & Craftsman team! I'll be seeing you soon!

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

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

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Need a Caterer to Prepare a Variety of Cuisines for a Cocktail Party

West Hollywood, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American, Mexican / Latin
  • Head count
  • Details
    We want small appetizers, No drinks we will provide that. We will just need 2 staff employees 1 handing food out and at the other at the station.
  • $1060.28
    Average price

Need a Buffet Catering Service on July 4, 2013

Laguna Beach, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Head count
    10-25
  • Details
    July 4th in Laguna Beach
  • $237.5
    Average price

Need Catering Services for a Buffet Party on September 13, 2013

Huntington Beach, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Head count
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