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Santa Cruz Ice Cream Caterers

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Cazadores Catering
from 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 195 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

Amazing food & setup! Everything was covered!! The fresh salad & dressings, warm tortillas, cheese, cream, different selections of salsa, guacamole, onions, cilantro, grilled meats & veggies, beans, and of course, the favorite- churros! Everyone went crazy for them! There was an abundance of food. They made our party a hit- thanks so much!!!!

Chef Rocco Cartia
from 122 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Azi D.
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Rocco came to my home to cook for my guests. He did a great job !! While he was serving the food for us he was sharing his cooking experience and also he told us how to select healthy foods: while we were eating to hear his experience and knowledge about foods it was our appetizer! The food he cooked for us the flavor came from the food itself: our food it was not too spicy or add too much another thing to get the flavor ( like cream , too much butter or oil) but I can tell from the food flavor Rocco use fresh and organic food for his cooking and that gives his cooking very natural and healthy taste ! He is very charming and thoughtful! The food was phenomenal! I really recommended Rocco as a experienced chef for someone who need healthy and testy food for parties or for any event! I have a plant to hire him for all my future events. I really excited to know such a talented chef in the Bay Area!! Thank you so much Rocco to make my dinner party very special and an forgettable!!

DNL Catering
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
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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.

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Green Chow Down
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Grace L.
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Angela was so great in accommodating my last minute birthday party. We needed a mixed menu of vegetarian, meat, nut-free, and gluten free. The menu was fabulous- flavorful stuffed chicken, veggie dumplings with marinara sauce (omg), and out of this world ice cream cake (who would've ever known it was gluten free!). Another thing is she didn't just drop off the food- she helped us serve it. We loved the personal service and attention to detail! 👍🏻👍🏻. Definitely hiring her again!

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LL Services
from 27 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Yvette S.
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Lucas created and executed a beautifully, delicious menu for my mother's 75th birthday party. It was a dinner party of 20, and he accommodated all "special" requests. Pleasing 20 people at once is no easy feat, but Lucas, and his server Doug, worked flawlessly together to make every one feel special and important. The food was amazing- meyer lemon cream shrimp fettucine-Yum - chateaubriand steak- delicious and cooked to perfection, shrimp canapes, decadent mac and cheese- he pulled it off to perfection. We could not have asked for anything more - it was beyond our expectations for this very special evening. Lucas is a great find!

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Roddy Diaz
from 25 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela B.
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The event was an adult dance party with friends and local residents so going in we knew everyone would be pretty respectful and helpful. So there was the question of whether we should even hire Roddy given our tight budget. But we were so glad that we did because we found his service to be invaluable. He showed up to the party early and dressed professionally, he helped set up, during the party he cleaned, he refilled and restocked drinks, he even ran to Safeway twice for forks and ice. After the party, he cleaned and did whatever we asked. He was always polite and had a smile on his face the whole time. Roddy kept the party running smoothly and it was awesome having him there. Roddy handled any issues that came up which allowed me to hang with my friends and dance the night away. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone considering using him.

  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Satinder S.
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We loved the food and the fresh pasta bar that Deepak provided for us! Everything was super delicious. The pasta bar with tons of vegetable choices was really an icing on a cake! Our guests raved about the pasta bar. Deepak and Marco did a great job from setting up to clean-up. The left-over food tasted really good even after 3 days which is usually not the case with us with any other catered food for us!!!

The Rustic Palate
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew R.
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Mariana was awesome! I treated my group of 16 friends to dinner at our wine country house for my bachelorette weekend, and it was so great to be able to have a beautiful evening at the house with Mariana doing all of the cooking for us! She was so nice and friendly, and she came perfectly prepared, especially with fresh produce from the farmers market that morning! The scallop crudo was amazing - light, full of flavor and fresh. The farmers market salad with beets and burrata cheese was perfect. We had halibut for dinner and it was fresh and lightly seared but perfectly cooked, it melted in your mouth. We had a fresh fig tart with hazelnut crust and whipped cream was delicious. The kitchen was left spotless at the end of the night. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for fresh and tasty California flavors. I will use her again next time I plan to host an in house event like this. thanks Mariana!!

from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn S.
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Working with Lalita was a dream! She catered my birthday dinner for a small group of girlfriends at a getaway in Watsonville. Lalita was always very responsive to my inquiries and helped me craft an amazing menu for my budget. She was professional throughout my entire interaction with her. And the food!! We can't stop raving about the food. All the dishes she cooked for us were out of this world in terms of flavor and richness. The chicken wings were to die for! They were crispy and light, sweet and tangy -- probably one of the best Asian chicken wings I've ever had. The noodles were light and packed with fresh seafood. The panang curry with the coconut cream sauce was so rich and complex; all my guests said that was the best dish. Lalita's attention to detail was impeccable. Her service was attentive. She has a very sweet personality and we enjoyed talking to her about her food and her journey as a chef-entrepreneur. The dinner party went off without a hitch and we are grateful to have had Lalita be a part of it. I am definitely going to hire her again to cater dinners and parties for me. It was such a pleasure to work with Lalita.

  • 18 years in business
Rob O.
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Everything went great. What a wonderful experience. The servers were nest and courteous. The ice cream was served efficiently and there were many options for toppings. I would highly recommend for a fun and yummy event. Thanks Bay Are Ice Cream Catering. 👍

  • 48 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christine P.
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They were amazing from the first phone call to the end of the event! We had an ice cream party and they even brought non-daily options so everyone had something to enjoy!!!

Rocko's Ice Cream Tacos

New To Thumbtack

  • 6 years in business

We use the best organic ingredients from local producers to make the best product possible. We make ice cream treats the way they were intended- fresh and fun. The reaction from satisfied customers.

  • 62 years in business

Ricks Rather Rich Ice Cream is a locally owned business that has been around for over 60 years! Only the best ingredients go into our array of over 48 quality flavors. We do our best to satisfy your ice cream needs, we are very flexible and willing to work with you side by side to create the ultimate ice cream social for you.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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