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Santee Finger Food Caterers

Browse these finger food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santee.

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Baja's Tacos & Catering
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elsa O.
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I was a little skeptical as hired Jesus for a work event. I was worried that things would go wrong making me look bad with the agency. I am pleased to say that I worried for nothing. The Caterers were punctual, professional, clean and courteous. The food was delicious. Everyone loved the food and where highly impressed with the freshness and authentic flavor! Some are considering hiring Baja's Tacos for future events. Caterers prepped the food on site rather quick, served guests for 2 hours and put all the leftovers in containers for me. Event was for 60 people and had more than enough food for everyone to enjoy. Overall I was very impressed and pleased with the service and food. Would definitely hire again! Gracias!

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna M.
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Lilian did an a terrific job providing delicious tray passed hors d'oeuvres and a scrumptious hors d'oeuvres display for the surprise birthday party we planned at at the last minute. Lilian was professional and delightful when passing the food. She was very helpful and easy to work with in the planning. Several of the guests asked me for cards and contact information to be able to hire Busy Bee in the future. My husband was not only surprised by the party but thrilled with the food and whole catering experience. He's planning on calling on Lilian again for future events. I'm in complete agreement. It was a great night and Lilian was a big part of that.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Joanne M.
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I hired Shawna to cook for my elderly, "picky" about their food, parents. Not only is her food great, she's very easy to work with, and my parents are ecstatic to not have to cook dinners anymore!

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Lucia V.
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Everybody loved the food. There was plenty and we even had leftovers. The caterers didn't mind all the stairs they had to take to carry their stove, tables etc. We will hire them again for sure when we are in the area.

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brad S.
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A overall great experience with Sage Bleu Catering. Lavonne's food and presentation was a big hit with my guests. She will be catering my next party.

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adisa Z.
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I’ve tried Cucina Migrante’s food on many occasions and have been part of many culinary events they host. The food was always excellent and you can taste the quality of ingredients in every dish! They are passionate about the food they serve and supporting local farmers, as well as providing a memorable experience for their clients!

Taco Daddy Mobile Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
April W.
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Taco Daddy did a great job catering for our party! The food was delicious and the caterers were on time and very professional. We were overall very happy and will use them again and recommend to our friends!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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James R.
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The best food! Epicures catered our wedding reception and was very professional and fun. It was so nice listening to our guests talking about how much they were enjoying the food!

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Tastefully Yours
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Samantha S.
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Isaac's did a great job catering our wedding! The food was both super delicious & very affordable. Lisa at Isaac's Catering is wonderful to work with, very responsive and helpful. I definitely recommend using them for any of your events!

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Cheri T.
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She helped me with yellow curry with chicken, potatoes, onions and carrots. It was quite nice to be able to do this at my place. It took about an hour and a half from start to meal time and the food was really flavorful! She was calm and patient which made the experience really fun.

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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally S.
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Our family always enjoys good food over the holidays. This time around we decided to go with a local caterer, BAPS!, so we could relax and enjoy. They did not disappoint! The turkey breast was hot and juicy- the gravy was very good- not too thick, not too thin. Moist stuffing- mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes- had to have seconds on those! The vegetable medley was a nice change over the usual one or two separate vegetables. We are looking forward to trying out other foods BAPS! has to offer for future occasions!

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
David S.
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Stephani did a fantastic job catering our affair. The food was tasty, healthy, and the presentation was impressive. Highly recommend.

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christian W.
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Daily Chew Catering dished up a bit of heaven on a plate for a holiday party recently and from the first time I contacted Carly until the last bit of food was gone, we were blown away by the entire experience. Daily Chew Catering offers a wide selection of menu options, so there's guaranteed to be something great for every palate, and everything is done well. Daily Chew does food service right, and I'll no doubt be quick to call back and start planning for our next event as soon as the time comes. Thank you for the professionalism, the amazing food, and your passion for great-tasting, incredible quality catering experience!

  • 8 years in business
Sunny F.
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I had a party yesterday for 4th of July and OMG! Their food is amazing, the water and the guacamole is simply delicious. I hope to have you again in another party. I’m so happy! All my friends loved the food! Thank you!

Rogue BBQ
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
James H.
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Rouge bbq is such a great place to get quality bbq. The chef is such a nice guy and explains how he makes his food so well y .oku feel like your there. He takes pride in his work, and does it all with a smile. If you want some amazing food and awsome customer service make sure you hit up rogue bbq you won't regret it.

URBN Catering
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Joy B.
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Food was great and staff were professional. Quality and taste of food exceeded expectations. Highly recommend

Chef Joann
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine H.
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We've used Chef Joann a number of times for holiday and birthday parties. She and her team arrive on time and prepared and their food is always amazing!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nina S.
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My experience with royal food service and catering was phenomenal! I ate the chicken tacos meal. The meat was so tender, flavorful and just the right spices. The fresh salsa is just how I like and the marinated.steak was out of this world with the grilled onions yuummm. Everyone in my household tried it and were beyond impressed. The kids even loved it. I most definitely recommend this to anyone and the convenience of having the ready meal delivered to my location was all to perfect. Mike has great talent and wonderful taste. Thanks so much and I expect great things!

O'SIDE BBQ MAN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Greg R.
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Mahalo Alvin. You and your food was outstanding, Great BBQ meal at a great price. Ordered for 25 and got enough food for 30 plus. Thank you again. Call you for our next occasion.

commis.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Tamara K.
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Monterey is an enthusiastic & extraordinarily talented Chef preparing food that is pleasing to the eye as well as to the palate. From a buffet lunch where she created beautiful & scrumptious dishes that made our taste buds dance to an authentic Moroccan Feast that transported us all back to Marrakech, her food has never failed to delight us and our guests. I confidently recommend her.

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Aditya V.
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Ellena was amazing and catered a meal for 17 of us over the course of 3 days. Her ability to make great food at scale with fresh ingredients left our entire party in awe. I would def use her again!

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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