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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 120 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan P.
Verified review

Marcel was EXCELLENT! I had an unusual catering job, one he hadn't done before. He was terrific at following up with me, patient when I had to delay getting back to him, and took care to understand exactly what I needed. And then he carried it out to the letter, with perfect results. And he's super easy to work with. By sheer coincidence, one of my event attendees had used his catering services just a couple of months before, and also had only glowing reviews of his food and his service. If you have need for catering or chef services, you can't go wrong by hiring Marcel for the job. I can't wait to use him again!

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Sonia J.
Verified review

We used Ana's catering for my parent's 50 Anniversary party. We were pleased with the service, The food was very good, especially with her unique apettizer (yucca with bacon) very presentable and tasty. We loved it !

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Clarissa R.
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Chef Alexis made catering a meal in LA from MI a breeze!! Her communication is excellent and her food is even better. The lunches were a HUGE hit with our clients and really helped make my company stand out! We highly recommend So Divine Catering and are already working with them for our next round of luncheons!

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Big Mann BBQ
4.6
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

Great food and friendly attitude of the Big Mann. We would certainly recommend him for your next event, party, catering, etc. - Big Mann BBQ is your guy.

  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Kristan T.
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Food First Events & Catering Co. recently did two events for my company and the feedback was amazing! The food was stepped up in such a way that the impact was noticeable. The breakfast spreads that were delivered on time and set up impeccably were delicious with a few notable homemade pastry items that left people talking! I experienced nothing but professionalism, reliability and class from this experience. Also, working with David to make sure I met my budget was extremely easy and he was eager to help meet my needs without compromising quality. I highly recommend!

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JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gina T.
Verified review

Moe was really incredible to work with. He was always available when I called, he was really easy to work with, extremely accommodating to what I needed and everyone loved the food he made. He was a great selection for catering.

Fork & Thyme Catering
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Norman D.
Verified review

It was a pleasure working with Lindsay. She was enthusiastic and provided us with very quick and efficient service (not to mention the food was great). I have events coming up in the future and I would definitely consider her for them.

Atmosphere Events & Catering
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lindy G.
Verified review

Dana (and Atmosphere Events and Catering) has catered both my business and personal events over the past 6 years. She is INCREDIBLE in every way - she will work within your budget, has wonderful ideas and the food is quite simply the best! I would and have recommended her to everyone - you are assured of a superb catering experience.

2 French Chicks
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Holley S.
Verified review

Claudine was very professional. Food arrived on time. Portions were great. The food was very flavorful, especially loved the coconut rice.

G Thymes
4.3
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Shamya U.
Verified review

Really enjoyed Tanesha's catering. The food was of great quality and the prices were reasonable. We had a some confusion over the time of delivery (so be sure to confirm the time you want the food delivered) but besides that everything was perfect. Would recommend.

Josie Hoffmann, Private Chef
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Will K.
Verified review

We hired Josie to feed our 20+ wedding party the morning after our wedding, and she nailed it! She prepared a fantastic menu that catered to Gluten Free (fantastic muffins, toast) and Normal diets alike... Let herself in to the villa while we were still sound asleeep, so that we awoke to great coffee and amazing spread. Very grateful for culinary skills and easy-going nature, thanks Josie!

Chef Elizabeth M
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Lisa M.
Verified review

The Brunette Gourmette is amazing! Elizabeth and Co. truly delivered above and beyond! She's a great chef, very creative, reliable and fun. Food for our daughter's graduation party couldn't have been better -- rave reviews from everyone. I will definitely go back for more of her wonderful catering. If you want a wonderful party, dinner party or event, don't hesitate to contact the Brunette Gourmette -- you will not be disappointed.

The Kitchen Door
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Heather J.
Verified review

I reached out to Bettina looking for healthy ways to lose weight fast.Within 10 minutes she had responded.Sent me meal plans,gave a lots of education and counseling on what I needed to change.She promptly answered all my questions.Got me on a plan quick.Its fabulous I almost can feel the fat melting off.Recipes are excellent.I was scared of recipes that had no taste.Not the case here at all.Delicious!!I told her my big problem was super,she didn’t tell my I couldn’t have it at all,in fact she also sent me healthy alternatives that will cater to my sweet tooth.Definately recommend her to anyone looking to make changes and not sure where to begin!Thank you Bettina!

Big Daddy's Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph X.
Verified review

I had Big Daddy's Catering for my 33rd birthday and I was very very satisfied with the overall service and quality. The food was amazing, especially the flavorful tri tip and the best potato salad I've ever had. But I will never forget how amazing the artichoke dip was. It was to die for! Steve, Michelle, and the crew were so helpful and generous and you could definitely see how much they genuinely care about the quality of their product and their outstanding customer service. I highly recommend this catering company to anyone who is looking for excellent service and excellent food.

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robert C.
Verified review

Great food and service. I recommend this catering company.

  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Caitlin N.
Verified review

Lenny was a great help to our tv crew when we were looking for catering last minute! He was a pleasure to work with and our catered breakfast was delicious!

Eat Well with Will
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Sunny H.
    Verified review

    Will's heartwarming demeanor definitely shows through in the food he prepares. This guy truly cooks with his heart and you can definitely taste it! From warmed olive goat cheese to lamb chops in cherry wine reduction, Will is able to prepare food of expansive tastes and caters to you, specifically. Additionally, he is exceedingly personable and really seeks to please.

    Anyone for Tea? Catering
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Beth F.
      Verified review

      Jane is a beautiful spirit and a kind soul. She is completely passionate about her Anyone for Tea? Catering! and...her vegan scones are THE BEST EVER!!!

      Delphi Greek

      New To Thumbtack

      • 33 years in business
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      Buck's BBQ

      New To Thumbtack

      • 31 years in business
      About

      We are a full-service catering company, specializing in outdoor parties and events, such as weddings, picnics, and Western BBQs, from boots to black ties.

      About

      I prepare and serve drinks to partygoers/customers at private parties, events, charities and special events. I can pour wine and beer and mix ingredients to prepare cocktails and other drinks. I can check identification as well as determine when someone has had too much drink. I serve food to customers who are seated at the bar. I serve customers in a friendly and helpful manner. I can setup and cleanup after the customers and all work areas. I can collect payments and do the operation of a cash register.

      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.

      Actual Requests

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      Need Catering Services on August 10, 2013

      Cerritos, CA

      • Type of catering needed
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        American
      • Head count
      • Details
        I would like to have one pasta dish and 2 types of appetizers delivered for my event.

      Need a Caterer for a Family Reunion

      Lancaster, CA

      • Type of catering needed
        Buffet
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        Other (mixed variety of cultural dishes)
      • Head count
      • Details
        Family reunion / celebration of life Father dying of cancer, family coming in from Iowa, Oregon and throughout Southern California

      Need a Mexican Caterer

      Santa Barbara, CA

      • Event type
        Cocktail party
      • Cuisine type
        Mexican/Latin, BBQ
      • Number of people
        50-100
      • Additional Service(s)
        Appetizers, Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
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