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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 119 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 177 hires on Thumbtack
Maria F.
Verified review

Chef Rocco did a fantastic job catering our party. The food and service was fabulous. We will use Chef Rocco again for our next party!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 109 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Larry J.
Verified review

The catering job I just experienced this past Saturday, Dec 28, 2013, with Taqueria Cazadores was excellent and I'd like to max out the stars for them. Although they are area-renowned for their Mexican offerings, I learned they also cater good 'ol BBQ which I chose for my 60 guests for my son's Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor. Nearly all guests went out of their way to tell me how excellent the food was. Way to go, Evan!!! For readers: Evan was there plenty early; had all the food ready on time; no problems with portions; and even went out of his way for having vegan-type food for a few of my guests. Thank you, Larry

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie P.
Verified review

I appreciated how quick Aliki was to respond to my catering request and called to discuss my needs. Our party was strictly appetizers and Aliki provided a great variety of delicious options. The meatballs with lemon hummus were so tasty along with the dolmas, and caprese bites with a wonderful pesto dipping sauce. We would certainly use Kitchenina again for another party.

Aurora Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Pam F.
Verified review

I have used Aurora Catering for several events: Financial Women's Association of Silicon Valley - Evening meetings with heavy appetizers - unique, delicious and very reasonable My Daughter's Graduation Party - pulled pork sandwiches, fabulous salads and appetizers! My Business Marketing Events -- Passed appetizers -- from light appetizers to desserts only -- always creative, delicious, and reasonably priced. The team is always professional, on time and every thing is perfect. If you hire Aurora Catering your worries are over!

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

I am so happy I chose Green Chow Down for our catering service. The owner was extremely helpful, professional, and courteous. They have a very quick response time and made sure to adjust to all our needs. The food, service and presentation were all exceptional and we still have guest speaking on the delicious yet healthy meals Green Chow Down prepared. I highly recommend booking this restaurant for any event.

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew A.
Verified review

Catered with passed apps and one wine pourer. Very good experience, would hire again. Lana, chief contact, was very professional and gave good food options for our event at our price point. (We provided our own wine.) Food quality was excellent The venue owner was also very pleased, which is a win-win for us.

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Terry L.
Verified review

Hyson prepared the most wonderful gluten-free vegan feast for our Oscar party! Six of us dined on a seemingly endless array of sumptuous “small bites.” I’m not enough of a “foodie” to know the names of dishes or the ingredients, but I know what I like! Everything Hyson made was mind-blowingly satisfying. I can’t imagine what could have made it better, because the food was almost too good. In other words, it was difficult returning to “ordinary” food after that event. Hyson excels in the extra-ordinary!

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erika C.
Verified review

Everything was perfect,not only did the staff cater to everyones needs,they served the food quickly and decorated it on the plate beautifully, they really made my wedding of 160+people amazing,i kept getting compliments all night from guests telling me service was great!must have for an y event! Bar service,waiter service, great at listening to clients needs! A++++😊😊😊😊😊

In This Moment
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Christine K.
Verified review

My client had a last minute corporate event and oddly requested Breakfast Burritos and Smoothies for their morning fare instead of the usual bagels, pastries, and coffee. After calling around and not getting any calls back from other catering places I found Kristine from This Moment. Thank God! They were responsive, professional, and provided our corporate meeting with the delicious start to the morning the client requested. Definitely will be calling Kristine again in the future!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kirstin M.
Verified review

Karla is very friendly, helpful and super easy to work with. She catered a birthday dinner for a dozen people and made excellent Brazilian dishes, including vegan options. We especially liked the cheese bread! Service was excellent and attentive and she cleaned up thoroughly at the end. Would highly recommend.

Kleinfeldt Family BBQ
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Heather and Justin and their crew are excellent! The food were fantastic! Delicious! Can't find a word to describe how yummy the chicken bbq and tri-tip were. Everyone in our event loved the food. From start to finish, I never got worried about their work quality. Set up and clean up, very professional. I wish all those who read this will hire them to cater their event to truly experience what we had. I give them 10 stars if I may. These beautiful hard working young couple who owned the business are truly passionate of what they do. They love what they do and it shows thru their work. Funtastic quality of food. You will never go wrong. I am writing this review not because I'm a relative or an old friend of them. I am writing this because I have met two lovely couple who did a fantastic excellent job in our event at the Sheriff's Office. I'm already missing your chicken bbq!! Thank you Heather and Justin!! Until our next event!

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Carl O.
Verified review

I would never hesitate to recommend him Mark and his team recently catered my daughters wedding reception at our home in Capitola. From beginning to end his relaxed nature + excellent execution + delicious food enabled the guests as well as the hosts to make the event memorable and relaxed at the same time. His experience came in handy when planning the event and he took care of everything from start to finish. My wife and I have thrown many parties over the years and this was the first where we called out for help and it was well worth it. Thanks again to Mark and I would never hesitate to recommend him or call on him again.

V&S Event Services
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Ferren F.
Verified review

I have nothing but amazing things to say about Vanessa and her team. To start, I booked her super last minute (literally the day before I needed her). I was scrambling to pull together and offsite meeting that got moved 200 miles away due to the tragic fires happening in Northern California. Vanessa came to my aid by helping me brainstorm a fun, interactive activity for the team at their offsite remote location. She set up an amazing wine and whiskey tasting event that the team just loved! Everything was tailored to perfection! She event created customized wine glasses that each member of the team got to take home with them. To make matters more complex, the location where the event was happened to be located in a remote with limited (to no) resources to catering, grocery stores, etc. Did I mention that I was coordinating this entire event remotely ?!?! Vanessa stepped up and offered to not only provide an awesome team building event, but picked up dinner, plate it to perfection, and bartended for the reminder of the evening. This was phenomenal!!! Working with her was not only a joy, but easy and smooth. I can't wait to work with her again. You would be a fool not to book her 100x over!

Oysters a Go-Go!
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tala D.
Verified review

Patrick is a shucking machine! He has catered fresh oysters for several events I've hosted and he was by far the most popular person at all of those events. He is very punctual, professional, and hard working. If you're considering hiring him for your event, do not hesitate to call him.

Rainbow Chefs San Francisco
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amber F.
Verified review

Rainbow Chef's catered our company Halloween Party and did an amazing job! They served up homemade small bites with personal touches, including adorable coffin-shaped brownies and ricotta and spinach eyeballs. Everything tasted amazing. We highly recommend them!

Star Catering and Cafe
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Violette J.
Verified review

Owner Jerry and Chef Charlie with their crew catered our corporate office lunch meeting for 3 days in a row. The food was delicious, and honestly the service was fantastic. I will definitely be ordering from them again.

Branden Woodruff
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Eric L.
Verified review

Branden is an absolute rock star. We found him at a catering tasting at the Brazil Room in Berkeley, Ca. Out of all the caterers with their beautiful foods and cakes on display, Branden really stood out. He and is partner were very humble and confident in their back corner booth. But more importantly extremely friendly and eager to help. The food was super good too! So, we hired him for the catering, but we got was MUCH more than that! The food and service the day of the weeding was amazing (people still talk about it to this day). But, what Branden did for the wedding was far beyond the food. He knows his stuff. I believe he said he's been doing this since he was a child. That experience shows. The amount of coordination and poise that he exhibited far above and beyond the call of duty was nothing short of remarkable. His attitude and approach really set our minds at ease allowing us to focus and remain relaxed throughout the whole process. Our wedding definitely wouldn't have been the same without him.

About

We cater Filipino and Chinese dishes. We do full-service and deliver party trays all over the Bay Area. We do lechon or roast pig catering, too.

Opa! Signature Foods

New To Thumbtack

  • 10 years in business
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LuLu's Mexican Food

New To Thumbtack

    About

    We make fresh, authentic Mexican food! We offer taqueria-style dining at four locations on the Mid-Peninsula: San Carlos, Menlo Park, Palo alto and Los Altos. We offer dine in, take out, heated outdoor patios, delivery and full-service catering. We are open daily.

    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.

    Actual Requests

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    Need Food Truck Catering Services on September 21, 2013

    San Francisco, CA

    • Type of catering needed
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      Other (Crepe French )
    • Head count

    Need a Caterer

    Gilroy, CA

    • Type of catering needed
      Buffet
    • Interested in the following cuisine
    • Head count
    • Details
      The party is at Mt Madonna Park at the top of Hecker Pass (Hwy 152) between Gilroy and Watsonville. The food is being provide by another. I need a couple of staff to handle the buffet.

    Need Catering Service for an Event

    Half Moon Bay, CA

    • Type of catering needed
      Plated meal
    • Interested in the following cuisine
    • Head count
    • Details
      Its to be a backyard wedding in halfmoon bay.
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