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Santa Monica Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santa Monica.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 120 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan P.
Verified review

Marcel was EXCELLENT! I had an unusual catering job, one he hadn't done before. He was terrific at following up with me, patient when I had to delay getting back to him, and took care to understand exactly what I needed. And then he carried it out to the letter, with perfect results. And he's super easy to work with. By sheer coincidence, one of my event attendees had used his catering services just a couple of months before, and also had only glowing reviews of his food and his service. If you have need for catering or chef services, you can't go wrong by hiring Marcel for the job. I can't wait to use him again!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cynthia H.
Verified review

From the first interaction online, gourmet lovers was prompt, professional, thorough and caring. The initial face-to-face meeting before our wedding gave me even more confidence that on the day of the wedding the food was the least of my worries. We had a hors d'oeuvre only menu that are 80+ guests loved. Many of my guests complimented their food and service and asked for their phone number for their next party which I gladly would refer gourmet lovers. Gary and I were thrilled Thank you Gourmet Lovers so very much for making a joyful day even more special!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly H.
Verified review

This is a talented group of people. Everything was an +A, from the food, down to the service. The staff is fun and professional. The food is packed with flavor and meat was extremely tender. They arrived on time each day and even cleaned our whole kitchen each day. I highly recommend madkins catering!

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Chef Marc's Meal Prep
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Josh H.
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Chef Marc has consistently provided me with A+ food and service. He is an extremely talented Chef with an eclectic mix of healthy food options. His culinary skills are outstanding and he has helped guide me towards a healthier lifestyle. 100% game changer. Thank you sir.

Rose J.
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Mark was absolutely incredible! The food was amazing but what made a huge difference to me was Mark's attitude. He went out of his way to help with everything from cooking and serving tô opening wine bottles and making sure everybody was happy and well served! If you need a chef Mark is the one to go. Absolutely love his food and his service!

Super Food for Super People
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Aida V.
Verified review

I absolutely love her food!!! Chef Johnson is very creative when it comes to cooking. She's made long lasting memories out of food in every single event she's served for us. She comes to our place, serves, and leaves my house looking like nobody has ever cook, dine or have a party there. She and her staff are very customer servise oriented, they cater not just the culinary aspect of my special events but also all the my needs to ensure my event is a success. My family and I have used her services for years and and I would recommend her services 100% to anyone who needs a the services of professional chef.

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ani F.
Verified review

We were very happy with the food and service room Aioli. Catering our family event made everything run smoothly, and gave me the opportunity to mingle and visit with our guests. The food was delicious, and delivered and set up on time. I would highly recommend Aioli.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan S.
Verified review

From the moment of the first phone conversation, within an hour or two, Alexis handled herself with warmth, intelligence and Professionalism. Her food, service, and servers were excellent. We feel fortunate to have had her services in such an important event. Would highly recommend her to any and all.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Doris A.
Verified review

I have had a wonderful experience! Quallity of food is great, tasty, presentation is awesome, very original. Either scheduled or improvised, results are always the same........GREAT!!

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amber M.
Verified review

Tuition Bites provided exceptional food and service. We would recommend and definitely choose Tuition Bites to cater events in the future.

Daily Squares, LLC
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon M.
Verified review

All of the guests were extremely happy and full of complimentts of the food!

  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel Z.
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The food and service was exceptional!

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JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matthew P.
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Super communication Food was excellent Very pleased overall

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Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim A.
Verified review

Feast catering was exceptional with their food and service. From the time I called and ordered the food, the process was effortless. The presentation and set up of the food was Great! My kitchen was cleaned and the leftovers were boxed up and after our Church Service on Sunday the food was delivered to a homeless shelter! Thank you FEAST CATERING! WE WILL BE CALLING AGAIN!

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Veda J.
Verified review

Fitch has been a caterer to the Boeing company for several years. His professionalism and good food go hand in hand. He's always on time and always willing to go above and beyond to ensure everyone is pleased with the service and food.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paul G.
Verified review

We hired Shelley for our wedding in April and LOVED her work! When we met with her she was very interested in us and our preferences, and was very helpful in reigning our scatterbrained thoughts in. She offered an array of appetizers, garlic bread, green beans (the biggest hit of all our guests!), and a creamy pasta. Although we didn't use them, she could provide dinnerware. She even visited our venue with us to get an idea of the kitchen and facilities. We never got to try the appetizers because our guests cleaned them up, so they must have been good! All through the evening everyone was amazed how good the food was. The food truly exceeded our expectations, and working with Shelley was a joy as well. She and her staff were friendly, prompt, very professional, and she worked miracles with that food. Thank you so much!

A Wayfaring Chef
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin C.
Verified review

Great job, worked with us through every challenge and with a smile. Great service and food.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie D.
Verified review

I am thrilled to share with you my experience with Chef LaTay. First it must said, her food is AMAZING. In Jan 2015, I married the love of my life; I had a small backyard wedding of about 75 ppl total and Chef LaTay catered the food for my special day. We decided to go with Tri-Tip Roast, Fully loaded mashed potatoes, Green Beans, and Salad. Her food was a hit. Delicious and memorable. My guests were happily fed and pleased with every bite and so was I. In the past, Chef LaTay would do weekly orders every Friday and Saturdays where she would deliver her meals to those local near her. It was a huge meal that came with dessert and a drink, worth the price indeed. That’s where/when I would also have some of her other delicious foods. My personal favorites are her Macaroni and Cheese, her Salmon, her Enchiladas, her Chicken (every way she makes it), and her Oxtail. She also makes wonderful tasty desserts. Her cakes are all homemade and are to die for. I love her Chocolate cake and her frostings are the best! Better than any other cakes I’ve had. And I can’t forget the dessert my husband and I always ask for throughout the year, Banana Pudding! Again, AMAZING! It is an honor to have Chef LaTay’s food be a part of my life. Every delicious bite makes you wish there was no such thing as getting full. Having her for your events or for a small special occasion, you won’t be disappointed. Chef LaTay is very creative with her food and service. She comes with class and excellent customer service. She makes sure you get what you asked for; just very professional with a welcoming loving spirit. Chef LaTay It’s Made Devine is worth your time to try her food, because I guarantee you, you’ll be asking for more!

Chef Elizabeth M
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Tina K.
Verified review

Great food, she prepared dinner for our group , once a month for 5months, great variety and every dinner was superb! Highly recommended.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
Verified review

I always look forward working at a Chef Wendell event. His expertise in culinary cuisine is beyond fabulous. Executing any menu along with any task given at hand is his specialty. He has such a way with food because I know he pours his heart into it. Can’t wait to work my next event with Chef Wendell!

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robert C.
Verified review

Great food and service. I recommend this catering company.

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

See other requests for food service professionals in Santa Monica

Need On-Going Meal Delivery Services

Santa Monica, CA

  • Meal preparation frequency
    Once a day
  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Head count
    1
  • Serving style
    Individually packaged
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    Other (No red meat or pork. Seafood and chicken or turkey only)
  • Day preference
    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time preference
    Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    Trying to lose weight
  • $250
    Average price

Need Personal Chef Services

Santa Monica, CA

  • Meals needed
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    Elderly couple
  • $256.67
    Average price

Need Personal Chef Services

Santa Monica, CA

  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mediterranean
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
  • Details
    It would be ideal if the chef were willing to also teach the diner how to make some of the recipes. And we would like the chef to prepare 2-3 meals for reheating during the rest of the week.
  • $275
    Average price
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