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Browse these inexpensive wedding caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Denver.

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The Crazy Caterer
from 68 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joyce N.
Verified review

Kim couldn't have been a better choice for our wedding caterer. She was so personable, helpful, calming, and efficient, not to mention a fabulous cook! She handled everything from start to finish with the expertise of a five star chef. Everyone raved about our meal, which featured Beef Wellington. She completely took over the kitchen, but was so unobtrusive that you barely knew she was there. I would recommend her over and over for any event.

Pour la France! Catering
from 64 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Tabitha C.
Verified review

I can’t believe how amazing Pour La France was for our wedding. I have been involved in others’ weddings but I have never experienced the level of helpfulness, thoughtfulness, throughness and professionalism that Pour La France brought to our wedding. From the beginning of the process 8 months ago to the end of our wedding night, they were more helpful than I ever expected and definitely more than I’ve ever seen with other caterers for other weddings. They listened to our specific desires and tweaked details in our tasting session (which was so fun!!) and they even included services on the day of the wedding that were unconventional, just because I said we were stressed about them. They helped with set up and clean up and all of my relatives and friends who helped out with the wedding told me how sweet and helpful they were. They took so much stress off of the day for me and ny husband and was invaluable to us. Plus the food was AWESOME and everyone said so.

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Your Own Kitchen
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

Thomas was fantastic and was easy to work with and stayed within our budget. He catered our wedding; the food amazing! Thomas and his crew were personable and all of my guests had great things to say about them. I definitely recommend Thomas/Your Own Kitchen.

Plum Creek Catering
from 56 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Tasia C.
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Allison and Plum Creek Catering was the perfect caterer for our wedding reception! The food was delicious and we got so many compliments on how amazing it was! It was fantastic not having to worry about anything and just enjoy the day and Allison and her crew were a huge part of that. Delicious!

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Underground Fine Dining
from 49 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lara R.
Verified review

We're planning a small, intimate wedding with 40 guests. Dustin's creative menu is fantastic, we're so excited to share the morning brunch he's planned with our family and friends!

  • 16 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley G.
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We weren't sure what to expect when we arrived for our tasting appointment to potentially hire Mama Lisa's for our upcoming wedding, but when we tasted the food it was delicious! And the price was affordable. We couldn't pass up the opportunity. When the day came the staff went above and beyond. They were outgoing and friendly and took such good care of us on our special day. As the bride and groom we were unable to eat almost at all, but before the reception started the staff let us take some food and hide with our secret meals before rejoining our guests. Our family and friends were excited about the menu items, and even those who weren't all raved about the food during, and after. A couple people even asked who we hired, either curious to hire for catering, or simply to eat at their restaurant. We absolutely love this business and all they did to take care of us. If you're looking to hire a caterer, I SERIOUSLY recommend you contact Mama Lisa's and get your tasting appointment scheduled. I am very impressed with the food, kindness and professionalism that this business has.

Clark's Custom Catering
from 27 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Julia M.
Verified review

I was blown away with the experience I had with Clark's Custom Catering for my wedding! The owner, Sean, was fantastic to work with. He truly cared about bringing my husband and I's vision to life while also being conscious about our budget. Sean was flexible and patient throughout the planning process, which made the food portion of the wedding so easy. The food was outstanding -- I still have guests raving about the meal, and the service was exceptional. I highly recommend using Clark's Custom Catering for your event!

Knife and Pepper
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel M.
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Knife and Pepper catered my wedding (150 guests, outdoor venue, street tacos and sopapilla bar), and I could not have been happier. The food was FANTASTIC, the presentation lovely, and the wait staff was professional and kind. I didn't have to lift a finger as everything was just taken care of-- including special options for my vegetarian and gluten free guests and family members! I, too, was pampered, and my new husband and I got to simply sit back and simply enjoy our special day. THANK YOU Knife and Pepper for creating such wonderful memories. P.S. my in-laws are still raving about the carne asada, and I seriously want to steal your shrimp ceviche recipe! Delish!

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Xim catering
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julia W.
Verified review

We are so happy we went with Xim catering for our wedding! Lenny was a joy to work with. He was so enthusiastic and attentive, and really listened to all of our needs to create a menu that was delicious, interesting, and within our budget. He went above and beyond with our requests and even made small portions of each dish without onions to accommodate my mom's food allergy. He also accommodated some peanut allergies and some vegetarian special requests. The food was so delicious (still dreaming about the chicken molé!) and the signature cocktails were incredible too! The decorations at the buffet line and the bar really helped set the mood. Lenny did all that he could to make sure that everything was taken care of so we could enjoy our wedding day. We didn't have a wedding planner or a coordinator so we really appreciated that he made us feel so at ease before the big day. The staff that Lenny brought to the event were so professional, courteous, and hardworking. I can't say enough good things about our experience!

  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Philippa B.
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Karen at the Modern Edge was super easy to work with. The reception for the wedding was awesome. The food was great and served efficiently. The whole experience was painless. I would recommend the Modern Edge for any event. The wait staff was professional and courteous.

Rocky Mountain Catering
from 14 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Abby K.
Verified review

Jolene catered my wedding, and she was cool as a cucumber! Even more than just making and serving the food, she had her eye out for anything that could possibly go wrong or anything we would need.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl J.
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J Street catered our wedding and we were more than satisfied. They were very flexible, yet reliable, and gave us a delicious meal. We highly recommend them.

Smoke Shack BBQ and Catering
from 11 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Norma G.
Verified review

This was a great experience, I was all stressed out to help my daughter find a caterer for her wedding, I was afraid it would cost me an arm and a leg, I feared if we had chicken or steak it would be dried out. Smoke Shack BBQ was delicious and juicy, the food looked beautiful and tasted great. To my Delight the cost was reasonable and the service was right on top of things. I will definitely use Smoke Shack for my next event. My friends and relatives kept complementing "Me" for the dinner. Thank you Smoke Shack. Mrs. Garrett

  • 16 years in business
Martijn B.
Verified review

Guillaume catered our wedding back in 2010, with about 100 people attending and they did a great job, bringing a mix of Belgian/Dutch, American and texmex goodness. People loved it.

Sugar Pine Catering
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ellie & Bryan B.
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What can be said about EAT other then the fact they are FABULOUS! From the second we sat down with them during our proposal, we instantly fell in love. We loved who they were, what they stood for and the work they do. 6 months later, our friends and family still rave about the food at our wedding. Many people have said it was by far the best food they have ever eaten! Thanks to Georgia, the whole day went flawless and we were able to sit back and just enjoy the day. What more could you ask for on your wedding day! Overall, the whole team made the process such an enjoyable, stress free experience.

Chef April's Enterprise
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Becca L.
Verified review

Chef April puts her heart & soul into everything she makes. I have been lucky enough to try many things made by Chef Apil's loving hands, and they have all been absolutely delicious!! She creates a flavorful masterpiece in your mouth with every bite of her cooking and you can totally taste the difference in richness and flavor with all she creates. I can tell by tasting her food that she is completely passionate about what she creates and her presentation of her food is exceptional!! I would highly recommend her amazing cooking to anyone who is planning an event, party, wedding, birthday or just a special weekend treat. Chef April has skills and she knows how to use them!!

Buns & Thighs Catering
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Johnny M.
Verified review

We booked Buns And Thighs for our wedding! Our guest loved the food and service. Nikki and her team did Amazing. Thanks again

Blue Mountain Kitchen
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lori H.
Verified review

Blue Mountain Kitchen catered my daughter's wedding on July 31, 2015 in Lafayette, CO. They were so helpful creating a menu that fit the style of the event. The food was superb! They are extremely professional and reliable. I have also ordered food that I picked up and took home for other family events. The food is always so delicious! I highly recommend them! You won't have to worry about a thing!

  • 1 year in business
Lex Martin
Verified review

Just had these folks serve food at our wedding! We and all our guests were blown away by the food and the staff. I want to throw a party every week so I can eat these tacos! Thank you for making my special day all the more memorable!

Craft Catering
from 1 review
    Amanda R.
    Verified review

    Great job! Food was amazing and the attention to detail and presentation of the food table at our wedding was amazing!!

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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.

      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.
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