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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Cherry Creek caterers
Anthony D.
WOW!! Had an event catered for 3 people and the food was DELICIOUS!!!
Something Social Catering & EventsSomething Social Catering & Events
Tawnie P.
The only catering company that has worked with my budget and vision. Absolutly wonderful.
Clark's Custom CateringClark's Custom Catering
Breanne B.
I enjoyed working with this catering company! The food was pretty good and the catering delivery had the challenge of getting the food out & presentable very quietly, which went well. I had to take a star off because the chicken was undercooked on the two meals set aside for our folks with dietary restrictions and delivery on the second day was about 20 minutes late. Overall, the experience was good and I will keep them in the list of caterers for future events.
Clark's Custom CateringClark's Custom Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Catered a corporate breakfast event and the food was a hit. They were on time and quick with set up and easy to work with in the planning.
Something Social Catering & EventsSomething Social Catering & Events
Kathy M.
The people were very nice and easy to work with; however, I would not consider them to be caterers. I could have bought the same food (at Costco or King Sooper) heated it up in the microwave and put in heated trays and save a lot of money. To me a caterer is someone who makes the food so it was a little disappointing. There was nothing home made.
Clark's Custom CateringClark's Custom Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Everyone complimented the food. The food and the service was fantastic and all for a reasonable price. I would highly recommend Bob for other catering events.
Events by BobEvents by Bob
Margaret R.
Thomas was great from binging to end. We plan to use him whenever we want catering. Our guests raved about his food. Phenomenal!
Your Own KitchenYour Own Kitchen
Thumbtack Customer
Grant catered our wedding in September, and I'm still getting compliments!! His food was excellent, chosen specifically for our needs, and the service he and his employees provided was exemplary!! The decor he brought matched mine and he and his staff were helpful, caring and generous all night. They even kept an eye on wandering kids! I highly recommend Grant for any event, and I'll personally be returning to him for any of my future catering needs.
GB CulinaryGB Culinary
Kelsey D.
Lenny was amazing. Everyone at the party was raving about his food and he was the most friendly person ever. I will definitely be hiring him again for any events, large or small that require catering.
Xim cateringXim catering
Allen M.
Had a mixed business and personal wine and cheese party at my new home. Xim catering came in and made a beautiful spread. I asked for elegant and impressive and my guests got way more.
Xim cateringXim catering
Elizabeth H.
Kim at Crazy Caterer was very good at getting in touch after mhy first query, communicating through the menu selection, and follow-up. Her servers showed up on time, cooked a tasty dinner, and cleaned up in a flash.
The Crazy CatererThe Crazy Caterer
Thumbtack Customer
Bob catered for our private dinner party. The food and service were great. We had a plated meal and the timing was perfect. He even left the kitchen cleaner then when he came. I would highly recommend Bob.
Events by BobEvents by Bob
Mikaela C.
Far and away the best Christmas lunch we have ever had. The food was beyond delicious and working with Nancy was a breeze. The options Sparrow Kitchen offered were plentiful and I've already been asked to have them cater our next quarterly luncheon!
Sparrow KitchenSparrow Kitchen
Richard T.
Tri-Stone catered a wonderful dinner for my mother's 100th Birthday. It was a very special evening. I live in Tucson, so all the arrangements were made long distance - it was easy! The menu was perfect and Matthew's attention to detail made the party a success! Thanks, Matthew!
Tri-Stone Catering & Events Ltd.Tri-Stone Catering & Events Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
Had a small dinner party for friends. Trusan did an outstanding job. Very professional. The food was fantastic. The kitchen was clean when he left. He got along very well with all of the guests. Looking forward to having him cater more parties in the future. I was 109% satisfied.
Trusan CuisinesTrusan Cuisines
Ariel I.
Angela was a dream to work with. She was a prompt communicator and flexible with menu items to accommodate my many requests. She was also extremely creative in order to stay within my catering budget. And, to top if all off, she's very friendly. I would recommend Taste The Love to anyone looking for top-notch customer service.
Taste The Love CookingTaste The Love Cooking
Joy P.
I had an event in downtown Denver and I live out of state. The planning was difficult but I relied on Timothy, the caterer To Help guide me in choice of menu and quantity of various Items. Everything went well and I appreciated that Tim was Willing to negotiate the menu and service into a great event! Thank you so very much!
Scorching Brick CateringScorching Brick Catering
Onna P.
I used Pour la France to cater for my wedding. Bo is the owner and a great guy. I also had the pleasure of working with the event captain, Ryhan. They were on top of it and had great attitudes. We had a bit of an issue with the amount of food but they got creative to solve the problem and took care of me after the event, a sign of a great business. I recommend working with them! Thanks team!
Something Social Catering & EventsSomething Social Catering & Events
Juli D.
Xim catering did a charcuterie spread for our wedding cocktail hour. Because they had a large event the same weekend, they were able to lump our event in under the large orders that got him discount pricing. This was an incredible value for us, and he came and set everything up with so much care! It was beautiful, delicious, and a great price. Plus the owner is kind, helpful, and easy to work with. Definitely recommend!
Xim cateringXim catering
Deborah R.
From our first contact, I knew we had found the right fit! Sara was exceptionally helpful developing a cost effective approach and Chef Sean prepared exceptionally tasty food which he served with a friendly smile. He arrived early and even helped with last minute decorations! Clark's Custom Catering provides that personal touch and level of service that you don't find with larger commercial institutions. And their culinary creations are wonderful. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
Clark's Custom CateringClark's Custom Catering
LeighAn J.
Our firm hired Taste the Love Cooking to cater a small in office event for our firm. It was a causal event to celebrate a recent move. Angela provided prompt responses via Thumbtack, as well as a competitive proposal. On the day of the event, Angela arrived on time, set-up was quick and professional. Portions were perfect for the amount of people we had. Food was delicious and flavorful. We have quite a picky group to please and everyone was delightfully happy with the variety and quality of the food. Two thumbs ups! We would definitely hired again!
Taste The Love CookingTaste The Love Cooking
Thumbtack Customer
I hit the jackpot when I found Lenny with Xim catering. He went way above and beyond to accommodate our somewhat complex needs for my Mother's 80th birthday. He was so incredibly gracious, kind, and professional. Xim had some challenges with the venue we had chosen but they really make it work so well despite the none kitchen, tiny space and complex menu. All our guests raved about the food and the extremely friendly service. I give Lenny and Xim 10 stars for service and execution. Thank you very much
Xim cateringXim catering
Thumbtack Customer
I used Nancy for catering my mother's surprise birthday party and her team was fantastic from start to finish! I was able to speak with Nancy to work out a wonderful menu that fit to our dietary needs and the food was delicious. What I greatly appreciated was how easy it was to work with her. She was so accommodating and made my experience easy and foolproof. My mother and the guests were so happy with the tasty bites. Overall, Nancy and her team were such a pleasure to work with and made it a day to remember. Thank you Sparrow Solutions! I look forward to working with you again!
Sparrow KitchenSparrow Kitchen
Kevin G.
From the start of my experience with Knife and Pepper, working with Carrie was a breeze and, equally importantly, a fantastic decision for my private party. Between short notice, a change in party organization, and personalized service, she really went above and beyond to provide an incredible catering package. On the day of, she was professional, punctual, and eager to make the party a hit, and I am very glad that I went with Knife and Pepper. Finally, it bears mentioning that everyone loved the food, and the portions were very generous for the number of guests confirmed. I would absolutely recommend going with Knife and Pepper for your private party!
Knife and PepperKnife and Pepper
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