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Ventura Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Ventura.

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

Chef Marcel and his team were so amazing. We hired him for a Thumbtack event for LA Pros, and we could not have been happier. The food was some of the best food I have ever eaten. It was SO BEAUTIFUL too. His team was so friendly, professional, prompt, clean, courteous, and fun. And he was so patient with me during the planning process when we kept changing plans and numbers. SO GREAT. I would hire him over and over again.

Chef Michelangelo
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Alixandra L.
Verified review

Chef Michelangelo was excellent! From the beginning of the process to the end, he was professional, highly organized, on-time, funny and a pleasure to work with. Oh, and his food is really delicious. Authentic italian with lots of love! I highly recommend him!

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Valerie F.
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Chef Alexis pulled together food and beverage catering for a Congressional event in LA in a short amount of time, with elegance and style. She was professional, organized, and everyone at the event was very pleased with So Divine's offerings. I will definitely use her services again!

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Big Mann BBQ
4.6
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alyse S.
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We were very satisfied with Roger and his crew for our wedding! They were on time and prepared. The food was delicious, the meat was spiced to perfection and his desserts were a big hit! His crew was great, so friendly and helpful and they provided exceptional service! I will definitely recommend them again and again.

  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Niangi I.
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We were very please with how professional and sociable the staff was. They got our guests engaged and excited about the food, and the food itself was well worth the excitement! Everything was delicious and displayed beautifully. I highly recommend, and will be using them again the next time I have an LA event.

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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
María D.
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Lindsay is awesome, professional and food was great ! I would highly recommend her. We know who to call for the next party !

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.

Coalescence, LLC
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lance R.
Verified review

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.

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.

  • 3 years in business
Allen A.
Verified review

Supreme is one of a kind! Excellent service, timely deliveries and delicious food! After eating his food for my daily lunch, I feel amazing throughout the day, energized and ready to go!

Chef Elizabeth M
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Effie K.
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Elizabeth is great. I love the Brunette Gourmette. Delicious and healthy food. I loved her delicious desserts (so did my kids). I definitely recommend this service.

The Kitchen Door
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Gina O.
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What a wonderful blessing to have her create a lovely date night for us. Her food is delicious and nutritious and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with her thoughout the evening. I couldn’t recommend her more!

Big Daddy's Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Gina S.
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Excellent service! Showed up on time and ready to serve our hungry guest. The food was absolutely amazing! Very reasonable prices. Highly recommend!

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Betsy H.
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Mary Mills makes delicious dishes. Her cooking is imaginative and very tasty. From finger foods to desserts, her recipes are so full of flavor, so delectable. Mary is a meticulous planner, she listens to the wants of her clients, is very reliable, has very good pricing, and her presentation is impeccable. She is a joy. As a chef and caterer, Mary Mills is professional and works hard to exceed her clients expectations. Mary made our Champagne Garden Party in Montecito a very memorable event for us all - delicious food and wonderful service.

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole B.
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I cannot rave enough about this service. I hired Ira's last minute to feed 44 teenagers and they gave us everything we wanted and more at an affordable price! We had more than enough delicious food and delivery was on time and the food was still piping hot!

  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sue K.
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We had Lenny cater our wedding, and a few weeks later, people are still raving. His food is out of this world and I highly recommend it. On top of that, Lenny and his crew are awesome people. He was very attentive to us and our guests and flexible in working out the menu and price. I keep telling my hubby that we have to make a trip back to the restaurant, since we were too busy to actually sit down and eat the food on the wedding day. But I could tell by everyone's smiling faces, that this was some of the best BBQ they had ever had!

Shah's Savory Kitchen
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Krisi B.
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I hired Tina Shah to cater my bridal shower last September and she did such a wonderful job! The food she prepared included BBQ chicken, bow-tie pasta and this awesome coleslaw that was to die for. Each dish was so fresh and flavorful and many of the guests at my shower were asking Tina or I if they could get the recipes! In addition to the food being wonderful, she was very professional and so warm and friendly at the same time. I would hire Tina again in a heartbeat and definitely recommend her to others as well. I can’t wait to try more of her food because she’s truly the best!! :)

Elegant Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Donna S.
Verified review

We hired Elegant Eats for an anniversary party for 25 people and the experience was delightful! It was all Chef Jacquelyn said it would be and MORE!! The food was exceptional, service was professional, and Chef Jacquelyn was wonderful to work with. She took our ideas and expanded on them to make our event truly memorable. We can't wait to be able to enjoy Elegant Eats again!

HEATculinary
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Candice G.
Verified review

Nikki at HEATculinary is with you all the way through your event. She develops more than a client/ vendor relationship. And her food is amazing!! She did the catering for our rehearsal dinner and wedding and we could not be happier. The staff was amazing and Nikki knows how to put on a good event. I could not be happier with the entire experience of working with Nikki and HEAT for my wedding...I only wish I could do it again!

fundamental LA
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Julie H.
Verified review

I was very pleased with the catering services provided by Fundamental LA. From the quote phase all the way through to the day of my event, it was a first class operation. They worked with dietary restrictions, helped with wine pairing, showed up on time, set things up in a flash, provided nice little unexpected touches, and the food, which was what it's all about, was fantastic. My guests were still talking about it the next day.

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.
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