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

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 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"!

Taste for the Senses
4.9
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.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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BRENDA B.
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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!

Polkadot Dinners
4.8
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.

Aurora Catering
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Landon T.
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Dawn and Marty were simply amazing. Marty is the chef and is more passionate about food then any chef I've ever met. He went beyond the extra mile to prepare amazing food for our wedding. The quality of the food and the the caliber of service provided by Dawn was outstanding. We live over 300 miles away from where the wedding was held so we had to hire our caterer remotely. We were worried about that at first, but Dawn put us completely at ease. She arranged for a site visit and then a private tasting at their facility. That was AMAZING! Appetizers, main courses, desert AND wine. What a great preview. Dawn helped us coordinate our order with the rental company and gave lots of helpful tips. Marty accommodated a special request my bride wanted which was to replace the traditional wedding cake with a tiered 60 cup Creme Brûlée desert tower! Wow... incredible. I heard several guest snuck two helpings :) Dawn and Marty were not just Caterers, they became family to us as they helped make the day a huge success! We would absolutely recommend their service to others and will use them again!

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Nancy Gerbault
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Rob G.
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Nancy did a fabulous job with our 50+ person graduation event at our home. She responded quickly, was very flexible and delivered a delicious meal (appetizers through dessert) that got universal compliments! She even accommodated various ethnic and allergy-related food needs. She is full service and would be a great caterer for your next event!

Basic Catering
4.3
from 24 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Lana Z.
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Overall it was a great experience. They made planning easy and the food was delicious!

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 16 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.

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east bay chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 16 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.

Strings Italian - Livermore
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Lani I.
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The food was delicious and Mike was great to work with, he was on time and everything was hot. Would definitely recommend this caterer,.

Julie q
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kati S.
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Julie was such an amazing caterer for our wedding. The food was delicious!! She has a great variety of food to choose from and it is all amazing. She also provided table settings and a beverage table. Julie was right by our side the whole way with quick responses and offering more assistance when needed. I recommend her for any type of event!

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 6 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.

Star Catering and Cafe
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Violette J.
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Owner Jerry and Chef Charlie with their crew catered our corporate office lunch meeting for 3 days in a row. The food was delicious, and honestly the service was fantastic. I will definitely be ordering from them again.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mike P.
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I couldn't have asked for a better experience having Chrysalis Catering working my son's graduation party. Tameeka had great communication skills. She always kept in contact with me before and during the event. She was professional and attentive to the needs of the party and made sure the meal was prepared on time. My guests were also impressed with Tameeka and asked for her card to cater their future events. This was the first time I used this app and my wife and I were pleasantly surprised. Chrysalis Catering is top notch.

  • 13 years in business
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I love doing different presentation for different events the food is amazing the hot secret sauce he would love...

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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.

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Simply the personal touch.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Tasting the World Catering prides itself on being versatile and knowledgeable in all aspects of the industry. While providing excellent customer service for people within the community. Tasting the World Catering also works diligently i n providing quality services using the best ingredients while supporting local farmers within the community.

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Teo Chow Noodle Shack is a fusion of Chinese and American dishes. Our main specialty is noodles which we cater to local business already. We want to expand our clients with new businesses around us.

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We do Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine service that can cater from ready-to-go lunch to full-service buffet tables.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.
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