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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 121 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
Victor L.
Verified review

Hired Rocco for drop-off catering service for a party hosted at home. Delivery was right on time and the main dish of my order, "Salmon in Papillotte," was cooked with perfection. Juicy and tender, it was loved by all the guests. Rocco was also very easy to work with throughout the messaging back and forth in deciding on the menu and portion. His price was a bit toward the high end side but overall the experience was very satisfactory.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 111 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natalia D.
Verified review

I had hired Taqueria Cazadores to cater a reception to follow a memorial service for my father. Evan worked with me far ahead of time, worked with the funeral director, and made this catering event effortless for me. After speaking with him in the beginning of my search for a caterer, I felt sure that I was in good hands. The icing on the cake was that the food was absolutely off-the-charts delicious! The food, the presentation, and the service were all phenomenal, and even surpassed my expectations. Thank you Evan and Crew!

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eirini K.
Verified review

Best experience ever! I hosted my daughter's first birthday party and hired Kitchenina for the catering. The owners, Kostas and Aliki are professionals, very polite and will go out of their way to service you. They came on time for the party. The food was warm and delicious. I was raised in Greece and their Giant Mediterranean spicy beans are the best I have ever tasted:) The lamb roast, the tacos, the rice bowls and all the dishes we ordered are extremely tasty. I love they offer a variety of quality food from different cuisines and that it tastes home made. I would definitely recommend them and hire them again.

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
Ron M.
Verified review

Steve of DNL did an Outstanding job at our Wedding. From the on-set Chef Steve was very open to talking with us and taking the time to review what we were looking for and the timeline in which we wanted the Hor Dour eve's to be passed, to when dinner and the cake was to be served. The quality and quantity of food was superb! We had a sit down (plated dinner) and the food came out to our guest timely and most importantly the food was not cold..it was perfect! Overall, I would not hesitate to hire or recommend DNL Catering..They are a 5 Star business! Thank you again Chef Steve - from Ron and Coby

  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Al H.
Verified review

I have been blessed to experience Hyson's fabulous cooking in several venues. The first time was Julia's restaurant in Pacific Grove where he was the chef that evening and designed the entire menu. The food was delicious and creative. In addition Hyson added a personal touch by coming out to our table to ensure we were having a great dining experience. He is very conscientious when it comes to his customers.I have also seen Hyson cater to large events. The reaction from these varied groups was always very positive and that the food was delicious and very creative. Many of the participants were not even vegetarian but they all raved about the great food. He is also very relaxed in the kitchen and creates a fun atmosphere. He also has the ability to be very flexible and creative as most large catering events all have their unique challenges of location, space and timing.Finally, he has the unique ability, as do all great chefs, to create dishes without a cookbook, but rather using feel and intuition and taste. The end result is his creations are always delicious, different and healthy.

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna C.
Verified review

Roddy did an amazing job as our day-of wedding coordinator! We met with him just once before the wedding, but he knew how to handle everything and make sure things were in place for the day. So helpful with clean-up and managing the vendors! Totally recommend his services! Thank you, Roddy!!

In This Moment
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Gia F.
Verified review

I didn't end up going with this company, but not because they weren't amazing because they were. Kristine responded to my thumbtack request immediately and not only did she take the time to give her condolences for the loss of my grandmother but she was sweet and made the process easy. You could tell by her email to me that she actually read everything I said about my event because she addressed it all and I didn't have to ask but one question. I highly recommend using "In This Moment" for your catering needs. I know I will the next chance I have.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julia G.
Verified review

Karla and her team were great! Everyone at our event raved about the food, and Karla's professionalism is unparalleled!

The Rustic Palate
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jason G.
Verified review

Mariana Carvallo catered our party of 70 guests for the Stanford Division of Hematology on October 15th, 2016. She and her staff of 2 additional kitchen staff/servers, as well as bartender put on a spectacular event. She is a local culinary treasure not to be ignored. Below I have pasted the menu she served which honored vegetarians/vegans and gluten-free dietary needs. The guests absolutely adored the cuisine. The bartending service was top notch and many commented that it was a party to remember. Mariana and her staff cleaned up afterwards and left the our kitchen and outside area pristine. The professionalism was highly impressive. The feedback was so positive that I have every intention of hiring her for all my future catering needs. She's my go-to person now. I worked with Unica Party Rentals who works with Mariana and that aspect worked seamlessly as well. Thanks to you and your team Mariana and all my best to your future which looks very bright (just stay in the Bay Area so I can work with you again :) My best, Jason Gotlib Starters Roasted Artichoke Hearts Flatbread Lemon Dill Yogurt, Arugula, Shaved Parmesan (vegetarian) Mini Sirloin Sliders fig and sharp cheddar on toasted brioche bun Wild Mushroom and Fontina Empanadas Salsa Verde (vegetarian) Salmon and Avocado Tartare served on rice crisp (gluten free ) Sweet Butternut Soup Shooters Toasted Pepitas (vegan) Salad Shaved Asparagus, Avocado, Little Gem Salad Ricotta Salata and Mint Lemon Vinaigrette Entree Mediterranean Spiced Roasted Chicken served with crispy potatoes and root vegetables israeli cous cous with herbs, toasted pinenuts and pomegranate Dessert Bar Assortment of Mini Desserts Merengues, German Chocolate Cake, Russian Cookies, Macaroons, Pot de Creme

Reverence Catering
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Sherrie W.
Verified review

We have worked with Yvonne and Reverence Catering twice now and both times have been a pleasure. The food is delicious and affordable, and she is prompt and easy to reach by phone and email. Thanks for everything!

TASTE-FULL EVENTS, LLC
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene C.
Verified review

Wow!! Just Wow!! Chef Judith Green catered our company holiday party last Friday and it was amazing. First, and very impressive, she showed up with an army of chefs and servers. They layed out two tables of bountiful delight! Cheeses, hummus, herbs from her garden. Whole Salmon, Asian sliders, veggies, and incredible desserts!! Our CEO was so impressed. She made me and our company look good. Not only will I hire her again, I plan to recommend her to everyone in need of a caterer. Thank you so much!!

Cater This!
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michrlle F.
Verified review

Juan did a great job catering my daughters Sweet 16. Everyone including the DJ who eats at events every weekend couldn't get enough of his food. Thank you.

  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
Verified review

Loosen Your Belt BBQ was the perfect choice for our birthday party! Shon was on time and professional. We had ribs, chicken, pulled pork and smoked sausage - it was all delicious. The meat was all cooked to perfection and the BBQ sauces were very tasty (regular and spicy). All our party attendees loved the food and went back for seconds and thirds! We will definitely use Loosen Your Belt BBQ for catering again in the near future.

Kleinfeldt Family BBQ
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Heather and Justin and their crew are excellent! The food were fantastic! Delicious! Can't find a word to describe how yummy the chicken bbq and tri-tip were. Everyone in our event loved the food. From start to finish, I never got worried about their work quality. Set up and clean up, very professional. I wish all those who read this will hire them to cater their event to truly experience what we had. I give them 10 stars if I may. These beautiful hard working young couple who owned the business are truly passionate of what they do. They love what they do and it shows thru their work. Funtastic quality of food. You will never go wrong. I am writing this review not because I'm a relative or an old friend of them. I am writing this because I have met two lovely couple who did a fantastic excellent job in our event at the Sheriff's Office. I'm already missing your chicken bbq!! Thank you Heather and Justin!! Until our next event!

San Jose Catering Company
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Pat K.
Verified review

They did an awesome job catering our baby shower. The food came piping hot and the guests really liked the food . Overall we had a great eexperience. Charlie was very easy to work with and coordinate our order.

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Carl O.
Verified review

I would never hesitate to recommend him Mark and his team recently catered my daughters wedding reception at our home in Capitola. From beginning to end his relaxed nature + excellent execution + delicious food enabled the guests as well as the hosts to make the event memorable and relaxed at the same time. His experience came in handy when planning the event and he took care of everything from start to finish. My wife and I have thrown many parties over the years and this was the first where we called out for help and it was well worth it. Thanks again to Mark and I would never hesitate to recommend him or call on him again.

V&S Event Services
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Ferren F.
Verified review

I have nothing but amazing things to say about Vanessa and her team. To start, I booked her super last minute (literally the day before I needed her). I was scrambling to pull together and offsite meeting that got moved 200 miles away due to the tragic fires happening in Northern California. Vanessa came to my aid by helping me brainstorm a fun, interactive activity for the team at their offsite remote location. She set up an amazing wine and whiskey tasting event that the team just loved! Everything was tailored to perfection! She event created customized wine glasses that each member of the team got to take home with them. To make matters more complex, the location where the event was happened to be located in a remote with limited (to no) resources to catering, grocery stores, etc. Did I mention that I was coordinating this entire event remotely ?!?! Vanessa stepped up and offered to not only provide an awesome team building event, but picked up dinner, plate it to perfection, and bartended for the reminder of the evening. This was phenomenal!!! Working with her was not only a joy, but easy and smooth. I can't wait to work with her again. You would be a fool not to book her 100x over!

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Table & Terrace Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Shami R.
Verified review

Tonya was very warm from our first contact. She definitely listened to what I needed and quickly put together some ideas. She is very flexible and never lets on that you are taking up her (very precious and little) free time. The evening of the event: I finally met Tonya and Israel. They went right to work with very little direction from me (their staff had to do final set up of the tables). My guests raved about the presentation and quality of the hors d’ouevres. Dinner was beautiful, delicious, and service was lovely. Just to top it off, no other caterer/chef service we have used has left our kitchen and home in such great shape. I can’t wait to book the team again.

Laura Sharp Events
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sarah L.
Verified review

Laura and her staff did an amazing job catering my wedding! She was friendly, accommodating, and flexible. We loved the food and guests are still raving about it! I would definitely hire her again and recommend her to others for their events.

ASE Catering
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Perciella B.
Verified review

I had an impromtu family gathering that I needed catered. Reached out to ASE CATERING for our menu request, and everything was prepared amazingly! The food was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. We had beef kababs, pork kababs, roasted potatoes, and grilled brussel sprouts with bacon and a delicious lemon cheesecake.. OMG YUMM! I would highly recommend ASE, Food was outstanding service was over the top amazing.

  • 2 years in business
Mary M.
Verified review

Andy was the most professional chef I have ever done business with. He catered my wedding and everything was just perfect. The taste of the food matched the amazingly beautiful plating. I will be hiring him for all my future culinary needs. He is the best!!!!

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.

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 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 Food Truck Catering Service

San Jose, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Head count
  • Details
    swimming party for 11-13 year old girls' birthday party.

Need Buffet Catering Services on August 17th

Redwood City, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin
  • Head count
  • Details
    We are open to ideas, but half the family is Mexican, so we like this type of food. That or BBQ. Backyard party for 50-70.
  • $1
    Average price

Need Caterer

Galt, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American, Italian
  • Head count
  • Details
    Im looking for a caterer to cater my wedding new in the area
  • $225.5
    Average price
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