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Santa Cruz Mexican Food Caterers

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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 119 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 178 hires on Thumbtack
Maria F.
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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 110 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
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Marie V.
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Evan was WONDERFUL through the whole process & event! He catered at our "Mexican" family reunion at an outdoor park. Food was one of the most important things to get for our reunion and having many good Mexican cooks in the family, Evan came through! There were so many COMPLIMENTS about how GREAT the food was! We had the Mexican Taco Bar with Churros added for dessert. His roasted meats for the tacos were so tasty with the grilled veggies and all the sides and garnishes, and those churros went real fast! Marie from Elk Grove

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Catherine C.
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Planning for my wedding was stressful at times, but Aliki definitely made catering food from them easy. The process from tasting to the day of the wedding was smooth, and they took care of everything that we needed for us: table linens, servers, and drinks. Pretty much anything that you need done at the reception or related to food services they will handle it for you. They charge very fair and their food taste amazing!

Aurora Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Susie F.
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Warm and professional and yummy food! They did an outstanding job for our graduation lunch.

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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.
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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
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Great experience except with amounts of food Too much pasta and bread, too little vegetables and salads, too much salt on the chicken

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Ruthanne R.
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Could not recommend highly enough. Was professional and on point through the entire process. Highly communicative and flexible with the menu. A delight to have in our home and the food was DELICIOUS. We will hire again.

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Rebekah N.
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Chef Hyson catered our wedding last year (over 100 guests) in June. He did a phenomenal job. The food was amazing, our guests still mention it. It was not your typical bland boring wedding buffet food. Everything was fresh and flavorful. We would love to hire him to cook the same meal for us on our Anniversary! There are so many great things I could say about our experience with Chef Hyson and it would go on for pages. I will keep it simple and just say that you'd be crazy not to hire him. Also just want to add that the only negative review I see here is by Donna C who also had prime rib served at her wedding. I assume the prime rib was pre cut. We chose to have someone cut and serve the prime rib for each guest as they went through the buffet line. The prime rib was amazing!

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Eleonora T.
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They were prompt & professional throughout the engagement. They prepared various appetizers for a party of 25 guests. Great service and food was delicious.

In This Moment
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Staci H.
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I hired In This Moment to cater my sunset/evening wedding this fall. They managed appetizers, dinner, cake cutting, and bartending. We went with a Mexican buffet and people were telling me during the evening they thought it was great idea and very delicous. (We also had a mariachi band during arrivals and ceremony to tie together a light theme.) The groom and I stole a few minutes to eat some dinner ourselves and agreed! Several mentioned that they loved that there was some great guacamole and chips to snack on immediately after the ceremony while people mingled & moved to the indoor reception area. Kristine herself is friendly, calm, and highly responsive. I was an anxious bride and she made things simple for me. I always felt better after checking in with her or seeking her guidance. I am glad Kristine was able to take on our nearly last minute request (2+ weeks out?) and help make our lightly Mexican themed/DIY wedding be fun experience for our friends and family. Thank you!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Ligia G.
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And she cooks like a goddess. She is full of energy. She is amazing. Her food is simply delicious!

TASTE-FULL EVENTS, LLC
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Susan P.
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Taste-full events met and exceeded my expectations for my recent family birthday event. The food was very tasty and presentation was lovely. Kudos to the chef and staff!!

Kleinfeldt Family BBQ
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tina S.
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Absolutely fantastic people to work with. Heather and Justin are extremely professional, punctual and a joy to work with. Their food is exceptional. We had the tri-tip sliders, ribs, chicken, grilled veggies, corn, and garlic bread. We had rave reviews from all of our party guests and I would highly recommend them.

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jadyn P.
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GREAT SERVICE We got married yesterday and had to post a review immediately because Affordable Chef was so great! Chef Mark was punctual in replying to my questions before the big day, which, as an out-of-town bride, was very reassuring! At the last minute, Chef Mark was unable to attend the reception, but his on-site chef made delicious food, and the staff were phenomenal! There was one staff member in particular who took an interest in my Husband and I. She told us that we were her "celebrities for the day," made sure we ate appetizers before we walked in, escorted us to the buffet first, and was constantly checking on our drinks. She also took an interest in our families, leading many people to tell us how amazing she was! The bartender Chef Mark sent was also lovely, knew her stuff, and made our signature cocktails perfectly! All in all, a great experience and a company we would trust our next big event to!

KitchenGardenCatering
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Emily S.
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Megan provided a lovely vegan Italian meal for a family birthday party. The communication was very good and we appreciated her knowledge of the vegan diet that included protein and more than just pasta. The locally sourced ingredients were top notch.

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

After much searching, we finally found the Pan Asian food we were looking for (Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese) for a world traveler's Celebration of Life. The food and Chef Ty were both fabulous! The appetizers, complemented by delicious sauces, were a huge hit with our guests. The produce was fresh and delicious. And RCs were not only able to pull this together on very short notice (~1 week) with grace and aplomb (thanks to Lana as well), but they also created an attractive presentation in an unfortunately small space. I would definitely use Rainbow Chefs again, and will recommend them to those looking for exceptionally tasty and healthy food. Five stars!

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

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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.

  • 10 years in business
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About

Wok Star offers cook-to-order menu and fast food with great selection of traditional Chinese food. Our contemporary interior provides a fresh and fun experience for patrons. We offer dine-in, to-go and catering services. Following are a few quick facts regarding us : * No MSG is added in any of our dishes. * Our menu comprises over 70 items including lots of vegetarian dishes. * Do not see what you're searching for on the menu? Let us know. We will prepare it for you. * All ingredients are fresh and are bought from local providers three to four times a week. * We use only sun flower seed oil or vegetable oil. * We can render catering orders for 200-300 people within a 24-hour notice. Most of all, our prices are very competitory. We can give set and custom menus that are tailored to your needs and are devoted to give services of excellence.

  • 6 years in business
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The Food Rodeo believes in integrity, small details, premier customer service, and we pride ourselves in making our clients event the talk of the town!

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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