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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marie K.
Verified review

We gave a big 40th birthday party for our son and wanted everything to be fantastic for him, our family, and all of our friends. We didn't know what a perfect choice we made when we hired Chef Marcel! We cannot say enough good things about Chef Marcel, his staff, and his wonderful food! The dishes were delicious - inventive and perfectly prepared! To add an extra challenge, Chef Marcel and his top notch sous chefs needed to cook in our kitchen and take food to our community room where we were holding the event. Every single step of the process was flawless and at the end of the evening I would have never known anyone had been in my kitchen! I had a recipe for the bartender I wanted to serve. She tweaked it and made it even tastier! Our guests wrote us the next day and raved about the appetizers, the meal, the yummy desserts, and the service, which was impeccable. The staff was friendly, kind, fun, and terrific at what they do. As most people know who give parties, the personalities of those who provide the service is critical. Every single person who took care of us was absolutely lovely. Chef Marcel was there the whole time. He was constantly vigilant making sure everything was running smoothly. He went out of his way to accommodate some hungry late arrivals. He was definitely in charge, respectful of his staff, gracious, flexible, and devoted to us having a great time! Our experience with Chef Marcel exceeded any expectations we could have possibly had. A million thank yous to him and to his stellar staff!

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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
James D.
Verified review

From the getgo I knew I was dealing with a professional in Marc. I was talking with a few chefs about the 4th of July party I was planning and it was obvious to me that Marc was on it- when I saw his experience running kitchens in NYC, maybe the world's toughest venue, I knew he was the one. His menu was outstanding and he was open to tweaking it ahead of time to suit our tastes and needs. Marc prepared food for our meat eating and our Vegan guests and each dish was clearly marked. When our party metastasized from expected 50 guests to over 300, Marc saved the day by thinking fast on his feet and with a little emergency grocery shopping, ended up having food for all for over 6 hours. The quality of the food really took the party over the top as far as sophistication- we've all had middling to bad food at weddings and other events and it just makes you feel awkward and bad for the host- not the case here. Almost everyone at the party commented on the quality of the food - bold, nuanced flavors but not pretentious. Also, couldn't be a nicer guy. Genuine real deal.

Jordan R.
Verified review

Had a great experience with Executive Chef Mark Kearney and Team. To set expectations before the review, I like to consider myself a food lover...not a critic, just a food lover. I love great dining experiences and am equally critical or disappointed when they fall short. My family and I were hosting Christmas Dinner for a total of 10 family members. I found Chef Mark on Thumbtack based on his previous reviews. Roy (part of Mark's team) promptly reached out with thought-starters for the meal and breakout of pricing. Over the next few weeks Roy, Mark and I worked closely crafting the perfect menu for my traditional Christmas dinner, while staying within my budget parameters. To note, Chef Mark is priced higher than some of the other chefs I was in contact with, but I'm glad we went with Mark based on the outcome. The menu consisted of 4 gourmet hors d oeuvres passed around while we opened presents. A fan favorite was the roasted fig with gorgonzola and prosciutto. Then time for dinner. We sat at the dining table and were served Butternut Ravioli as an appetizer, Lobster Bisque soup (a bit on the spicy side - only critique I have with the food all night) and an organic baby butterleaf salad with incredible apricot balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was both a grilled beef tenderloin (prepared to your liking) and pan roasted turkey breast. Sides that accompanied the main course were brocollini, green beans and bacon/garlic mashed potatoes. Everything (except the soup) was beyond 5 stars in terms of presentation, taste and expectations. Lastly we were served two very decadent and delicious deserts - a molten lava cake and traditional bread pudding. Two things to mention. My wife was forced (by her OBGYN) into a new diet two days prior to the Christmas dinner consisting of no dairy and no soy. When Chef Mark arrived we asked him what had dairy and soy ingredients and he quickly and thoughtfully mentioned that he could make my wife's servings without either dairy or soy. Talk about going above and beyond. This was much appreciated and set the tone for the entire dinner! I would potentially ask for two servers for the evening on future events. One to solely serve as sous chef, helping Mark prepare the food in the kitchen and the other server to help set the table, serve food, wine, etc.. throughout the evening. The 5 hours that Mark and Team allocate for the evening can go quickly. This might alleviate that. Either way, a great experience and thank you Mark and Team!

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Zule T.
Verified review

Chef Ana was very attentive, she made sure that we were happy with the flavor and texture of the food prior to the event. She involved us in all aspects of the process from plate selection to drink, to plating. She brought more than enough servers, and they were extremely friendly and catering with a smile to my guest! Her food and staff definitely made my event a memorable one. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends! Thank you From the Grill Catering for the amazing service you provided 😊

Top Pro
So Divine Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Virginia A.
Verified review

Chef Alexis was great! The whole team was so helpful throughout the whole event. Everyone loved the food! Would definitely have them back!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeff R.
Verified review

Segars culinary did a phenomenal job last night catering a very special dinner. Their attention to detail and ability to combine art and food in one amazing meal was second to none. They far exceeded our expectations and I would - and WILL - have them again to cook again soon. Without a question one of the best meals we have had in memory.

  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
J. J.
Verified review

Had an amazing time at Food First Events' Feastly pop-up dinner in Los Angeles. Chef David Gussin's superb menu options were shared amongst eager attendee; the aromas filling the intimate (and perfectly decorated) space from the open kitchen. Looking forward to an opportunity to share in this experience again soon.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Malia F.
Verified review

Shelly not only makes vegan cooking simple and delicious, she provides the tools and tricks you need to prepare meals for your family! She teaches with love and passion and educates the public about plant-based nutrition and provides the info you need to make the switch from omnivore to vegan or enhance your current vegan lifestyle. I have been vegetarian for 20+ years and vegan for 9 years and I learned so much from Shelly just from one class! I can’t wait to learn more, as she has so much to offer and an entire cook book worth of recipes in her head to impress any chef!

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie L.
Verified review

Chef Don and his team made my event extremely successful. Don was so easy to communicate with, and was very flexible and accommodating. He offered his suggestions and ideas when needed and made sure the entire evening went smoothly. His team was professional and friendly. I couldn't have asked for more. And the food? Amazing! We all loved everything and the report from these picky teenagers was a huge thumbs up! I will definitely contact this catering company for my next big event!

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacquie S.
Verified review

Greg catered my dinner party for 10 clients and it was spectacular! The food was delicious and visually stunning and he is a delight to work with. Everyone was blown away. Thank you Greg. We look forward to the next one!

A Wayfaring Chef
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Emily B.
Verified review

Chef Jessie was PHENOMENAL! We hired her for our anniversary dinner at home. Since we have a newborn and a 2yr old we don’t get out much so this was the perfect treat! Jessie jumped right in and even made things special for my 2yr old son! We worked together on the menu and she was very responsive! The food was outstanding and a delicious! We will be using her again! Thanks Jessie!!!

The Kitchen Door
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Karen A.
Verified review

Chef Betty was a superstar!!! Such a great cook. Loved the presentation of the food trays, and the variety of veggies/fruit. My guests loved the appetizers. I really impressed them. Chef Betty is so good at what she does, and so talented.... I would recommend her to everyone!! That’s again, Chef Betty! You Rock!!!

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Wendell catered a private event, for a group of all vegan / plant based guests. The food was phenomenal and some of the best plant based food I've had. There was a large variety of flavors and dishes - greens, tempeh, tofu, seitan, tons of veggies, quinoa and more. The variety of food was so good, I am looking to bring him as a private chef for a series of wellness retreats.

Katheryne Cooks
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elsa M.
Verified review

Katheryne cooked for my family for almost four years. She was creative and attentive to our needs. She also would help on special occasions and I would highly recommend her services.

abeautifullife jamaican
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Aja D.
Verified review

The food was soooooo tasty ... I used their personal chef services for my party and it really added a nice touch to the event.

Chef Asheesh
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shiv R.
Verified review

Chef did a great job!

Melissa Petitto, R.D.
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
Verified review

We hired Melissa to cook for us for ongoing restrictive diet-friendly meals. We had three criteria and passed these with flying colours. 1. She is incredibly organized from menu planning to day of cooking to final delivery and storage of food. This is so critical for ongoing bulk meal preparation. 2. She has such a calm, friendly, and sociable demeanor. For someone to be coming to your home on a regular basis, we've learned that personalities meshing are so important. 3. And the above are the least of the compliments. Her food is amazing! As NY foodies, my husband and I are very particular about our food. Melissa has made no salt/no oil/no carb/no sugar taste better and brighter than any 5 star NY restaurant. We look forward to continuing with Melissa as our chef.

Emily Rose Shaw
5.0
from 4 reviews
    AnnaBlanca T.
    Verified review

    Emily is the perfect mix between an angel, the most professional business woman and your dream chef. I will never forget the first time I tasted her kitchari and I still dream about it! I cannot wait for her to prepare meals for our family again, she is our absolute favorite!

    Rondeno Culinary Designs
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Louise L.
    Verified review

    Ryan is absolutely amazing. The food was wonderful, Ryan is an a amazing chef and such a lovely person too. Thankyou so much!

    BRISKET STOP
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Barbara E.
    Verified review

    We were lucky to have Rene cook for our family of 4 as our personal chef when he lived in the San Francisco area. We have 2 picky eaters in our family, yet Rene's dinners were always a hit with everyone. Rene was professional and fast. He somehow made a gourmet meal in our little kitchen in a very short amount of time. The meat and fish were always perfectly cooked, never dry. Rene's food was fresh, healthy and delicious!

    Best chef Inc.
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Jim W.
      Verified review

      Chef James' creations are exciting and perfect

      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.

      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.

      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.

      How much should catering cost for a wedding?

      The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

      • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
      • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
      • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
      • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

      How do you serve food at a wedding?

      Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

      • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
      • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
      • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
      • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
      • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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