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Santa Barbara Caterers

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Big Mann BBQ
4.6
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brian M.
Verified review

Big Mann BBQ did an excellent job catering our daughter's 8th birthday party! Roger was responsive and easy to communicate with. He and his team showed up on time with their cool BBQ rig, then flawlessly prepared and served a delicious meal while happily interacting with the guests. Everyone loved the food and the service! Overall they delivered a quality product for a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend hiring Big Mann BBQ and look forward to working with them again. Sincerely, Brian Massie

The Kitchen Door
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Heather J.
Verified review

I reached out to Bettina looking for healthy ways to lose weight fast.Within 10 minutes she had responded.Sent me meal plans,gave a lots of education and counseling on what I needed to change.She promptly answered all my questions.Got me on a plan quick.Its fabulous I almost can feel the fat melting off.Recipes are excellent.I was scared of recipes that had no taste.Not the case here at all.Delicious!!I told her my big problem was super,she didn’t tell my I couldn’t have it at all,in fact she also sent me healthy alternatives that will cater to my sweet tooth.Definately recommend her to anyone looking to make changes and not sure where to begin!Thank you Bettina!

  • 3 years in business
Christian P.
Verified review

Supreme does a great job catering the meals to our very specific dietary restrictions. The meals are healthy and tasty and when we've wanted adjustments, Supreme has been more than accommodating. He's also very reliable with delivery. Highly recommended.

Big Daddy's Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph X.
Verified review

I had Big Daddy's Catering for my 33rd birthday and I was very very satisfied with the overall service and quality. The food was amazing, especially the flavorful tri tip and the best potato salad I've ever had. But I will never forget how amazing the artichoke dip was. It was to die for! Steve, Michelle, and the crew were so helpful and generous and you could definitely see how much they genuinely care about the quality of their product and their outstanding customer service. I highly recommend this catering company to anyone who is looking for excellent service and excellent food.

Mai's Aloha Cafe
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Kelly N.
Verified review

Loved the food! Mai was really friendly in assisting us figure out a diverse menu for our party. Will definitely be using her again for My catering needs....thanks Mai!!!

Elegant Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Donna S.
Verified review

We hired Elegant Eats for an anniversary party for 25 people and the experience was delightful! It was all Chef Jacquelyn said it would be and MORE!! The food was exceptional, service was professional, and Chef Jacquelyn was wonderful to work with. She took our ideas and expanded on them to make our event truly memorable. We can't wait to be able to enjoy Elegant Eats again!

HEATculinary
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Candice G.
Verified review

Nikki at HEATculinary is with you all the way through your event. She develops more than a client/ vendor relationship. And her food is amazing!! She did the catering for our rehearsal dinner and wedding and we could not be happier. The staff was amazing and Nikki knows how to put on a good event. I could not be happier with the entire experience of working with Nikki and HEAT for my wedding...I only wish I could do it again!

Savory Thymes
5.0
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gabi A.
Verified review

Andrew provided an IMPECCABLE experience for my friends and I. He prepared a delicious meal with high attention to detail and we all had a total blast. I highly recommend Andrew's services. Thank you, Andrew!

Catering Connection
5.0
from 1 review
  • 23 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lewis J.
Verified review

Could not have been better Out standing

  • 13 years in business
About

Our leadership stands out. We have an elegant staff of cooks, servers, cleaners, and dishwashers. Our team is aware of their schedules, place settings, serving customs, and food safety regulations. We also provide direction and advice to customers, - ensuring that their event will be special.

About

I BELIEVE THAT COOKING AND PARTY PLANNING IS AN ART AND IF YOU HAVE A TRUE SKILL FOR WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THAN YOU CAN SHARE THAT PASSION WITH OTHERS AND PROVIDE GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE TO THOSE THAT ARE IN NEED...THAN YOU TOO CAN BE OVER THE TOP

  • 18 years in business
About

I am a private chef who caters on-the -Go / VIP, BBQ, weddings, Birthdays,Sweet-16 ect. I cater indoor/outdoor, and I prepare all types of Cuisine. Pop-up taco bars for back yard family and fun events and much much more. Feel Free to CALL FOR ANY QUESTIONS U MAY HAVE FOR ME? My career began when I was 6 yrs old In the kitchen with my Mother and Grandmother. Since then, I have been dedicated to cooking and making delicious TYPES OF DISHES. I serve the following: * Mexican,Latin ,Mediterranean, Italian, Chinese, French,Out Door Wild Game and BBQ * Vegetarian/Vegan/NAS * ADD/therapeutic diets * Appetizers, etc.

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We specialize at cooking over a live oak barbecue most anything you desire. We offer a Santa Maria style barbecue menu along with many traditional and some more unique menu items to please all your culinary desires. Our prices are set to work within your budget and Live Oak Grill can supply more than just the food. We either have in our inventory the tables, chairs, flatware, stemware you desire or we will get them for you. Let us take the headache out of having an event catered.

  • 9 years in business
About

I think are food stands out. A lot of times when you go to an event and the food is catered you can really tell it was mass produced. We take pride in our food. We are not just BBq also. We are well versed in many different cuisines.

  • 10 years in business
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We have the best BBQ. You will ever eat

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We do everything you need for your party catering. We provide foods, balloons and drinks. We will go everywhere you need us.

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We serve delicious food that is cooked to your liking. I make food on the stove and grill. I've got my own recipes and different styles of making food that will have your taste buds jumping off your tongue.

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We are an upscale off-site catering company. We can also offer event planning for any-size event. We look forward to helping you plan your next event.

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WE offer family style restaurant. Manny's Restaurant 1693 Mission Drive, Suite A-104 Solvang, CA, 93463, USA Contact Person: Fernando Tovalin Services offered: * Family style restaurant * Catering * Mexican food * Wine * Corporate events

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We are a dynamic duo who makes a mix of international and American cuisine using fresh from the garden and local farmers ingredients and bring it to you.

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We provide fast, excellent service to our clients, and have many references. We customize our menus to suit each client.

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

Van Nuys, CA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Head count
    10-25
  • Details
    We have a group of 15 people that we need to cater for. It's a casual business lunch at Van Nuys private airport.

Need Catering Service

Long Beach, CA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), Other (Hamburgers & Hot Dogs)
  • Serving style
  • Head count
  • $370
    Average price

Need Catering Service

Glendale, CA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian
  • Serving style
    Plated meal
  • Head count
  • Details
    Backyard wedding
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