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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maria V.
Verified review

I was very happy with Chef Marcel's catering and his team. He came early and preped appetizers that were yummy. So everything went smoothly. My guest raved about the rice/orzo and the triton. I highly recommend his service to anyone looking for a great chef who is down to earth friendly and is great at what he does.

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Natalia A.
Verified review

I would like to recommend Ana to anyone who is in search of a great catering service in LA! She catered at my baby shower and I was so impressed with her service. All my guests cleaned their plates, and even some of the ladies with small appetites jumped in for seconds! She's easy to communicate with, and she'll work with you to meet your budgetary needs, while still delivering a 1st class meal.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly F.
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Alexis was amazing form start to finish! I was giving a last minute birthday party for my husband and 4 other friends. I had a theme in mind and a budget to work with for about 20 people. Alexis came up with great suggestions for my theme and stayed right on budget. She delivered, prepared and set up everything for me and all with grace and charm. The food was way beyond the quality I expected. I clearly got more than I paid for too. I highly recommend her custom catering services and will definitely call on her again when the need arrises.

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Big Mann BBQ
4.6
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ladan G.
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We hired Roger for our company BBQ at a ranch in Santa Paula. This atmosphere was PERFECT for Roger's food. He brought his grilling rig - which the team was very impressed by! The meal was DELICIOUS - everything from the garden salad, to the tri tip, to the hot cheetos mac n cheese, smores bites - it was seriously amazing. Throughout the planning process Roger was extremely responsive, flexible, and very friendly. I'd definitely recommend Roger for all of your BBQ catering needs!

  • 13 years in business
  • 21 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
Melo P.
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Moe came exactly on time and all the food were so amazing as well as the service. All the guests were so happy with the food, definitely will call Moe again for my catering needs.

G Thymes
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Shamya U.
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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.

The Kitchen Door
4.7
from 12 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!

Coalescence, LLC
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lance R.
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My company was having a corporate luncheon and I was totally impressed with Laura's professionalism and her food. The food was fantastic and could not stop raving over her braised pork. Laura is very creative with her food selections and the whole luncheon was a hit! Laura was very flexible as I had to move the lunch an hour later and she was extremely nice about it and was very punctual. That is a trait of a true professional chef. We know who we will hire for our next catering experience.

Food Joy Catering
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy L.
Verified review

Leonel has been catering for our family for over 5 years and I have never been disappointed. His staff is friendly, accommodating and flexible. And the food is delicious. He is a pleasure to have in our home and Rita always makes sure everything is to our liking. We've used him for big events and small ones and it always looks beautiful and tastes wonderful!

Big Daddy's Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn A.
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We had a college graduation party in June, 2018 for about 30 people and used Big Daddy's catering. It was so incredibly good!!!! We had a full taco bat that had something delish for everyone. Our guests continued to ask "who did the food because it was awesome!" They delivered on everything they said they would do and we couldn't have been happier with both the food and the friendly service. If you are having a party or other event, please use Big Daddy's......you won't be disappointed!!

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robert C.
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Great food and service. I recommend this catering company.

  • 13 years in business
Carol A.
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I cannot say enough about Chef Francesca's delectable talents! I have had the pleasure of booking her three times and enjoying her dishes as a guest twice. Each dinner event surpasses the other. I have also recommended her to friends who absolutely love her everything she creates!! If you think you know what Italian food tastes like, think again! Chef Fran not only creates Italian dishes that are the real deal, she too, is the real deal! Born and raised in Sardinia! Everything on the menu is made with fresh, organic (as much as possible) ingredients. Her pasta dishes are made right in front of you! She makes the best meatballs on the planet. So good we chose to enjoy them as an entree rather than an appetizer. And don't get me started on the variety of sauces! So fresh! So full of flavor!! You can't get what she creates from a jar! Her gelato is simply the creamiest and most favorable you'll ever find, ask Zagat! And finally no Italian meal is complete without a big serving of "melt in your mouth" Tiramisu! I highly recommend Chef Fran of Dolcenero for a superb Italian cuisine and a culinary experience you will never forget.

ChefBarkulis, LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
April R.
Verified review

Stephen recently catered our wedding. We were very specific in the experience that we wanted our guests to have and how we envisioned this very important aspect. Stephen came up with several ideas (all of which would have worked tremendously) and immediately made us feel like we had absolutely nothing to worry about. Leading up to our wedding day, there wasn't a single detail that was overlooked. Stephen and I were in constant communication. Not only was he concerned with his role, but in how the other components of the food & beverage would come together. Dinner was served with attention to timing and temperature. The plating was beautiful and the taste was even better than what he had during our tasting. There wasn't a morsel left on a plate. My guests continue to rave about their meal and I couldn't be more pleased! I'm sure thatStephen prepared a meal that he would have been proud to serve at his own wedding. Stephen truly gave of himself to ensure that our reception/dinner was as successful as it could be. We are forever grateful and would look to no other when catering our next event.

Constance P.
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Joe is a pleasure to work with-always diligent and caring. He makes great comfort food and also does exceptional catering for small to large events.

Nate R.
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Everything was great. Beautiful food display everything tasted great and was so very easy to book and deal directly with Chef Linsey.

About

We specialize in private and business event catering. We cater luncheons, dinner parties, and barbecues. We are specializing in rustic comfort food, with a touch of fine dining appeal. Our culinary emphasis is on American, Latin, and Mediterranean cuisines. We take great pride in providing a classy, fun, professional event experience, with the most delicious food creations, because it's all about the flavor factor!

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Are you looking to host an event that will have your friends, family, or co-workers buzzing for months? "Liquid Catering" is a mobile, fully insured bar and beverage catering service with over 25 years of experience in bar and beverage catering; we are ready to modify the perfect solution to meet all your beverage needs, and help you impress your guests. We can provide your private event with everything from a simple beer and wine bar to a designer cocktail and premium bar that will fit any-size group, budget and theme. When designing your bar, we'll be glad to incorporate any special requests and liquor preferences. We're also happy to include the service of our seasoned bartenders and the benefit of our two-million dollar liability coverage with our hosted and non-hosted bars. In the business of entertainment and hospitality, any number of things can make the process of planning an event rough. We work with all event planners and wedding coordinators, and when it comes to beverage catering, "Liquid Catering" is ready to make your job as smooth as possible. As a fully insured mobile bar and beverage catering service with an ABC liquor license, and more than 25 years of experience in working with event planners and wedding coordinators, we'll be happy to customize the perfect solution to meet all your client's beverage needs. With our wealth of experience catering to all types of private events, we're excited to be able to deliver a hassle-free experience, and help you provide your client with the only things that matter: a successful event and a great time!

About

I BELIEVE THAT COOKING AND PARTY PLANNING IS AN ART AND IF YOU HAVE A TRUE SKILL FOR WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THAN YOU CAN SHARE THAT PASSION WITH OTHERS AND PROVIDE GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE TO THOSE THAT ARE IN NEED...THAN YOU TOO CAN BE OVER THE TOP

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Michelin star quality food in your home or event. Services range from a personalized tasting menu to appetizer finger food. No event is too big or too small. Customized menus to meet any and all dietary restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, allergies, etc.)

About

A southern-style fusion bistro and catering service specializing in fusion cuisine with bold and fresh flavors. Please contact us for further details. Thank you.

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.

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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