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from 21 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Andea B.
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Armida is an amazing person has helped us so much. When we met with her she came to my rescue lifted so much weight of my shoulders just by her knowledge. Can't wait for the big day to come I know it will turn out great!

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

Comfort Market
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lee Anne K.
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I have had many really great meals at Comfort Market, so I asked Kari if she would cater my husbands 60th birthday party. We had well over 200 people in attendance and she did an absolutely amazing job. She is super efficent and accommodating. Two weeks later people are still talking about how fantastic the food was. I would highly recommend she and her staff.

The Hidden Kitchen
from 4 reviews
    Denise K.
    Verified review

    The food is delicious and affordable. Adrian and his employees have years of serving experience and it shows! I will use them again and again for catering and just an excuse not to cook dinner.

    Cuisine Extraordinaire
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sylvia H.
    Verified review

    Chef catered an offsite highschool reunion dinner. He delivered equipment, food and staff to a winery location. He was well prepared and his staff was cordial and moved about the room unobtrusively. Now, the food - the variety was unbelievable - yes, he did it ALL well. There was something for everyone from the most "robust" of appetites to the most finicky. He worked within my time frame and budget, asking me for my preferences and then making recommendations to best suit the venue and quantity of people. I would definitely call upon Chef again for my next event.


    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


    • 18 years in business

    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.


    As your Personal chef, I plan and prepare Delicious, Nutritious Meals specifically created for your Personal Dietary Needs and Taste Preferences. Whether you enjoy certain tastes and cuisine or are in need of specific meals due to health issues, I can create delicious meals that delight both your palate and address your dietary requirements. I do the shopping, packaging, and storing of your meals, leaving you with easy-to-follow heating instructions. I do all of the work, so all you have to do is "Heat and Eat." I am also a Baker...Amazing Cookies, Scones, Muffins, Cakes, Cupcakes, Breads....You name it, I'll bake it!! I cater small parties, provide meals for vacation rentals, do menu planning, grocery shopping, stock your fridge at home or on vacation with groceries or ready-to-eat meals, prepare perfect picnic baskets, prepare various Appetizer, Meal, or Dessert Platters for Meetings, Fundraisers, Parties. I teach fun interactive dinner parties and cooking classes. For anything else you might need, just ask!!


    I have been in the business for more than 20 years, and I am looking for a long-time position in my culinary experience. I am a leader, and I manage staff to be leaders. I work well under high volume. I want to work in a professional establishment. My strengths are being respectful of others in the kitchen as well in the home of the clients. I offer a creative, intelligent approach to all aspects of the catered affair, whether 2 people or to 200.


    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.


    We specialize in BBQ meals up to 250, custom made menus, extremely affordable, in-home cooking available, on-site or off-site preparation. We offer cooking demos and distributor for waterless cookware. Event planning services are also available.


    We offer a friendly and prompt service with a smile. We are always willing to go the extra mile to please our guests. Let us know how to make your event spectacular.


    We provide a full-service bar and food catering, from formal to buffet and party platters, including Santa Maria style BBQ.


    We at Jr's love to cook, you can say its a passion of ours since its a family run business started off back since early 2009 when a tragic accident happen to one of our family members we made a fundraiser type BBQ sale to help out one of our family members in need then we had no intention of making a business out of it but people from that single sale started getting our number down and wanted us to cook for their private party's. I told my dad why not people love your cooking and at affordable prices they came back for more and more first it started as small as kids birthday party's to as big an event of wedding receptions baptisms bachelor parties you name it. The art of BBQ comes to us as a fun loving hobby of ours trying new things while keeping the old traditional methods santa maria style BBQ Family is first and will always be a great part in our business


    Splash Cafe Gourmet Catering will make your special event a rousing success. We can fit into any budget and any theme. We are available for the following: • Weddings • Anniversaries • Beach parties • Graduations or anything your heart desires We have full-service catering available if you like, or you can pick up beautiful platters to set up your own buffet.


    Rib Line offers dining services for any event being planned on the Central Coast. When you hire Rib Line for your next corporate luncheon or marriage reception, sporting event or any other kind of crowds, you prove yourself to be the best event planner on the Central Coast! Why not give Rib Line a try? We offer free tastings at multiple Central Coast locations for free. If you don't absolutely love our fresh flavors, you can explore other options. Rib Line offers audience-applauding dishes that leave your event so memorable and make you the hero!


    I offer personal chef and catering services for business lunches, cocktail parties, cooking classes, intimate dinner parties and private events up to 100 people.


    We specialize in high-end dining experience! Food is our passion, and we strive to be of the greatest. Menus are fueled by the local and sustainable bounty. Creativity is never stifled and always encouraged. Avant-Garde directly translates to cutting edge. Most of all, we just love what we do!


    I'm an undergrad looking for work. My name is Patrick Smith, and I am a culinary arts student at Cuesta College of San Luis Obispo. I am looking to get into the catering field and would appreciate any experience. Please feel free to call me. Thanks!


    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.

    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.

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    Need a Buffet Caterer

    Camarillo, CA

    • Type of catering needed
      Buffet - with servers
    • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    • Number of guests
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
    • Details
      USC graduation BBQ & Pool Party w/families, start 1 p,.m. with appetizers/drinks, serve late lunch/early dinner BBQ can be cooked onsite, have large outdoor "kitchen" area with sink, burner, gas grill or bring your own, serve buffet style, desserts not needed - have cake. Caterer can depart around 6 - 8 p.m. Can meet with caterer this weekend to discuss
    • $1800
      Average price

    Need a BBQ Caterer for Buffet Dinner Party

    San Luis Obispo, CA

    • Type of catering needed
      Buffet - self-service
    • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    • Number of guests
    • Additional Service(s)
    • $16
      Average price
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