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  • 12 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
Dan R.
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Cool chef , delicious food. Easy to work with and adaptable to our needs

Passionate Plates
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa J.
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Had a Christmas Party for 30 people in my home. Food was prepared on-site. As guests arrived first and caterers second, the kitchen was full of guests nibbling on appetizers. Alisa and her assistant blended right in working around guests. The food was delicious! All guests commented about how wonderful the food was and how pleasant Alisa and her assistant were. Clean-up was provided, and they did a great job at that too. It made enjoying guests and myself fantastic! Planning for the event was seamless, organized and expeditious! When I have another party for my 50th this year, Passionate Plates and Alisa will be on "speed-dial"!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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We hired Albert for my birthday party to do a progressive dinner. It was spectacular. He is a very engaging person who is passionate about his work. His food is beautiful, like works of art with unique combinations of flavors we had not tasted before. He spent hours prior to arrival slow cooking several dishes. He is not a caterer, he is a master artist personal chef!

Taste for the Senses
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie B.
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I can't say enough about Auturo and "taste for the senses". From the 1st moment we meet him and his assistant , we were sold. Their professionalism was top notch and the food was by far, the best I'd ever tasted. Before we selected, we interviewed other caterers just to be fair but it was hopeless. We found our selves comparing everyone else to our experience with Auturo and the others just didn't stand a chance. We would , without a doubt, recommend "Taste for the Senses" to anyone we know who may be hosting an event that requires 1 st class catering.

Famous Creations
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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I hired Nicholas to cater a dinner for my company. He provided a bartender and his servers passed appetizers during cocktail hour. Then they served a delicious sit down dinner for 27 people. (Tri-tip, Roasted Chicken, Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin, or Rustic Vegetable Pasta) In addition to the fabulous entrees, Nicholas was very flexible and worked around those with special dietary needs. The food was upscale and plentiful, and the staff was professional yet friendly. They served an assortment of decadent desserts, which were out of this world! People raved about the food, and Nicholas and his staff thoroughly cleaned everything up afterwards so we didn't have to do anything but relax and enjoy ourselves. All at a very reasonable price. Nicholas and his staff will be our new "go to" caterer!

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Abroad Catering
from 33 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally C.
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Fantastic!! This is your next caterer!! Fabulous food at a price that is unbeatable. I really wanted a wedding with great and, for me, memorable food. But where could I get someone to handle my special food needs; vegan and gluten free?! Yikes. Nancy not only came through with a great menu but all the food was delicious, varied and creative. My very persnickety (food wise) vegan best friend turned to me during the reception and said, "This is the best vegan food I've ever had." And it was. Nancy had to go way our of her way to order gluten free bread for the bruschettas and no one could tell the difference from sourdough baguette. Neither could I! So, you're not a vegan? Then order the grilled peaches - mine came with a vegan cream but yours could be the real deal. Everyone loved it. And a fantastic side or main dish: Grilled Eggplant dipped in Chile Oil with Kabocha Squash and Scarlet Runner Beans tossed in Black Bean Sauce. Nancy's so good that the same aforementioned friend just hired her for her wedding.

Polkadot Dinners
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
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Polkadot Dinners is our favorite caterer. Rachel is one of the most professional caterers I know in the area. Her food is absolutely amazing and her presentation of her display of food just ties in with the theme of her menu which is a added plus. Definitely within anyone budget she can make it happen. Highly recommended.

Kincy Catering Plus
from 20 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Allyssa P.
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Kincy Catering provided quality food at an affordable price. When we had a huge drop in our guest count at the last minute, he was kind enough to change our total for us. I would definitely use them again in the future.

Basic Catering
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lana Z.
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Overall it was a great experience. They made planning easy and the food was delicious!

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east bay chef
from 15 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Stephen J.
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We had a fantastic experience hiring John, and I would unreservedly recommend him. I was hosting an 8-person dinner party with a group of international friends at a rental property in Sonoma in mid November. He was very responsive to my fairly vague request on Thumbtack, instantly proposing a delicious-sounding 4 course meal with appetizers that took account of my preference for mostly vegan dishes. He was flexible and easy to work with at a very reasonable price point. He arrived on time with his wife to help, and they cooked, served and cleaned very professionally with a great friendly attitude. I would certainly hire him again.

  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Linda Lopez
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Just about everything I have tasted from Chrysalis Catering has been delicious! They will not disappoint. I highly recommend!

from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
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Chef Jon and family was everything the dr ordered the food was excellent and the customer service was even better.I will be using him for all my catering needs.

  • 2 years in business
Salima ko K.
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I loved my experience with this chef. On short notice he was able to deliver on all my expectations. He was personable and i felt as if i knew him forever. His qaulity of food preparation and presentation shows his passion of catering food and baked delicacies. Everything this chef touches resonates through his personality. I would highly recommend this chef and chef wife. Great people and company!

Casablanca Bridal
from 1 review
  • 38 years in business
Bernadette S.
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Casablanca Bridal Catering recently catered an event for me, and their service and food was far beyond anything I could have imagined. When I was preparing for my wedding, I was able to work with Cher and Derrick to give my general parameters for the type of food and cake that I desired, and they took what I said and pulled off a delectable and crowd pleasing menu, all while managing to stay within my budget. Not having to worry at all about the catering, and everything smoothly progressing from beginning to end, including setup and cleanup, was one of the key reasons my perfect day was so wonderful! I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting a pleasant and fulfilling catering experience.


My food is real authentic Mexican food. Everything is homemade by me with a taste that everyone will enjoy. I also do unique decorations and centerpieces for events working with my customers as much as possible to get the exact thing they desire.

  • 11 years in business

We provide all types of German food and products. We even prepare fresh salads for your party, wedding, or next BBQ. We also have German breads and sausages.


We are a mobile wood-fired oven preparing pizza on-site and baking in a 900-wood-fired oven. We have done many private/corporate parties, weddings, wedding rehearsals and wedding after parties. We have been in business for approximately 5 years and strive for professionalism with having a great time! Guests really enjoy being interactive with us. We are on Facebook: Soleil Wood Fired Pizza.

  • 3 years in business

I offer in home cooking for any occasion. I do large and small event catering, bar tending/wine bar, and menu planning.

  • 8 years in business

At Zaiqa Catering, we offer Indian, Pakistani, and Afghani cuisines with a vast selection of exquisite choices. We create our displays with lots of creativity and artistry. However, our skills go beyond providing great food and service. We work with leading industry professionals to assist you in selecting the right venue, music, floral designs, and much more. We design the entire occasion, menu and service around your unique needs, so that you and your guests truly get a once-in-a-lifetime experience and every one of our clients gets the personalized attention that they deserve, because every single event we are trusted to cater is of the utmost importance. No event is too big or too small for Zaiqa Catering. We try to accommodate everyone, both in services and price. We provide tailored catering solutions for your events, keeping your budget in mind. Our priority is always the customer's wishes and their fulfillment.


Our specially is European style including homemade pasta and bread. We also specialize in seafood, steaks, poultry, appetizers, salads, desserts and large selection of imported and domestic wines for all occasions.


Wok Star offers cook-to-order menu and fast food with great selection of traditional Chinese food. Our contemporary interior provides a fresh and fun experience for patrons. We offer dine-in, to-go and catering services. Following are a few quick facts regarding us : * No MSG is added in any of our dishes. * Our menu comprises over 70 items including lots of vegetarian dishes. * Do not see what you're searching for on the menu? Let us know. We will prepare it for you. * All ingredients are fresh and are bought from local providers three to four times a week. * We use only sun flower seed oil or vegetable oil. * We can render catering orders for 200-300 people within a 24-hour notice. Most of all, our prices are very competitory. We can give set and custom menus that are tailored to your needs and are devoted to give services of excellence.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space 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.

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