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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 152 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 272 hires on Thumbtack
Julie Atwood Events A.
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Chef Pete Colman is a pro. His food is distinctive, flawlessly prepared and presented. He can manage off-site commando catering while serving 5-star fine dining. And clients love him!

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 123 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Victor L.
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Hired Rocco for drop-off catering service for a party hosted at home. Delivery was right on time and the main dish of my order, "Salmon in Papillotte," was cooked with perfection. Juicy and tender, it was loved by all the guests. Rocco was also very easy to work with throughout the messaging back and forth in deciding on the menu and portion. His price was a bit toward the high end side but overall the experience was very satisfactory.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 195 hires on Thumbtack
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Jodie A.
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We LOVED Taqueria Cazadores! Very professional set up, more than enough (very delicious) food and super friendly staff. This is an amazing option for casual catering for work or friends for any occasion. Would DEFINITELY use Evan again - highly recommend!

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 102 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley M.
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A Plus catering provided a competent team of two servers for our event. They arrived on time, professionally dressed and ready to help. They helped with plating and passing our appetizers and dessert, gathering used plates and glasses, and rinsing and stacking our rental items. Overall they did a solid job.

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 79 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 118 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!

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristal P.
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Stephanie catered brunch for 13 of us and everything was fantastic. She was right on time, everything was wrapped up and ready to serve, and all of the dishes were delicious! A couple of friends even asked about how I found her in case they had a future event,I would definitely use her catering service again.

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Adrienne J.
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Steven was AWESOME! He kept me in the loop with everything from day one to the time of the event. He was on time with the food and everything. The food itself was so delicious, everyone in the office was raving how good the breakfast burritos were. Our company will be definitely using DNL Catering for future events. Thank you again Steven.

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
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I have been to several catering events that Chet Chase has orchestrated, from a small private luncheon to a large holiday party. The raves from guests were numerous and the "ooohhss" and "aaahhhaas" were heard about the appetizers, drinks and entrees. He is so creative and can work within any budget. The plus side too, he is a "dream" to work with and his team is so professional. I would hire him in a heartbeat!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Sasha S.
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Grace cooked outstanding food (salmon, prosciutto/melon, eggplant, citrus salad) and provided an all-around amazing experience - customizing the menu to fit our tastes! Thank you so much Grace! I will recommend you to everyone looking for a personal chef/catering!

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
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Marya S.
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We had a staff appreciation dinner at Wag Hotels, Oakland. Since we're a new location, our budget was a little limited. Daniella was great, and willing to work with us to find a price point that fit our budget. She made a roast chicken with lemon and herbs, veggie lasagne, a mixed veggie salad with greens, and banana bread with dark chocolate. The chicken was moist and tender, the lasagne was (literally) some of the best I've ever tasted, and had a subtle, and unexpected spicy kick to it, and the vinaigrette dressing for the fresh and healthy veggie greens had the perfect balance of vinegar to oil. Finally, the banana bread: drool! Everyone commented on how good the food was, which made me extra happy since I was the one to suggest DaniBensimon Catering. Everything went off without a hitch. Thank you so much for the amazing meal, and I can't wait till the next corporate event to be able to taste your amazing food.

Kitchen 350
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
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Kitchen 350 did a fabulous job Catering our company mixer we had over 150 people attending, they were able to provide hors d'oeuvres buffet table along with some delicious past items keeping the guest very happy They also provided bartenders and bar supplies including cocktail tables and glassware it was very easy to plan our event and have all the details organized they provided a very competitive price along with several food options to satisfy Everyone Will for sure refer them to all my friends and hire them again

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Gina H.
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Rose catered the Chinese Historical Society Museum VIP re-opening party for us and did an absolutely fabulous job! I really appreciated how her communication during the entire process was very clear and prompt. Rose brought a great energy to the event, had wonderful staff working with her, and last but not least, the food was AMAZING!! I would definitely work with her again, and I recommend her services for any Bay Area organizations looking for a great catering experience. Thanks again Rose!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 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.

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LL Services
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol M.
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Don't look any further: LL Services is the BEST! They catered a women's luncheon in my home, and I found their friendly manner, professionalism and responsiveness to be unmatched. They offered flexible menu options with fresh, creative and delicious selections. My guests went back not only for seconds, but thirds, and they all left with a business card for their own catering needs. Don't pass up the opportunity to have them cater your next event.

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew A.
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Catered with passed apps and one wine pourer. Very good experience, would hire again. Lana, chief contact, was very professional and gave good food options for our event at our price point. (We provided our own wine.) Food quality was excellent The venue owner was also very pleased, which is a win-win for us.

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Cel A.
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I normally do not write reviews but after meeting Chef Cheri at several events I attended recently, I was moved to submit this review because Chef Cheri and her catering company , Phiesty Foods, has been exceptional! She was very professional, approachable, and you can tell that she loves what she does. At each event, the food was Fantastic, hors'douvers were creatively and deliciously paired with the wine and cocktails, and her eye for details for plating each dish/tray and with meeting all the guests needs, was evident to me that she is truly a master of her craft. I would 100% hire or recommend you for any event in need of catering! Continued success, Chef Cheri!!!

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Liberation Foods BBQ
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Taylor O.
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Dennis is everything an amazing catering should be: responsive, efficient, polite and purveyor of absolutely delicious food! We hired Dennis to cater dinner for a team offsite, and it went over marvelously. He arrived right on time, set up everything without needing much oversight, served up the food to our team, then cleaned up everything himself. All while chatting up our team and with a smile. We will absolutely be hiring him again for future catering events.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Chris T.
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Karla arrived as promised and dinner was on the table as requested. She was very efficient and the food tasted great. I will ask for her again. Chris Trabert

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Landia S.
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If I could give Avocado & Company a hundred starts I absolutely would. From the service to the food to everything in between, they will take care of you like no other. The team came into our wedding venue and each and every person hit the ground running, they work with the flawless execution of a well-oiled machine. Chef Aaron is a master and everything was very tasty (and honestly, on top of that really just the nicest guy). I love asian food so our menu had a bit of asian fusion mixed in, and he nailed it. Guests raved about the appetizers and entrees (duck confit was life-changing for more than a couple guests, one even asked later if it was from a restaurant because he had to have more of it) Everyone was impressed at the attentiveness, consideration, and friendliness of the servers. We had a bubble tea bar setup at our reception, something that Avocado and Company’s bartender had never worked with prior, but she learned on the fly and was an absolute PRO. I cannot recommend Avocado & Company enough, they are a literal catering-dream-come-true. If you're on the fence between another caterer and these guys, HIRE THESE GUYS!!

Magic of the Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Fe L.
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Food was good - I ordered the sushi trays and thai food. Very punctual and set up catering service. Highly recommend them. I have use them several times for our catered lunches.

Rainbow Chefs Eastbay
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amber F.
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Rainbow Chef's catered our company Halloween Party and did an amazing job! They served up homemade small bites with personal touches, including adorable coffin-shaped brownies and ricotta and spinach eyeballs. Everything tasted amazing. We highly recommend them!

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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