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Bristol Cocktail Party Caterers

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  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea D.
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Marylyn & her staff helped me throw a successful cocktail party for about 10 people. Everything went smoothly from my initial phonecall with her, during which she helped plan my menu, to the wonderful food she provided. Marylyn arrived promptly at my home and went straight to work giving me directions for finishing some of the dishes and even added some decorative pieces to display on the platters of food. I received many compliments from my guests on the food and even had enough to provide them with doggie bags! Marylyn even followed up with an email and phone all to make sure everything went as planned. I would definitely recommend Juste Horsdoeuvres and would consider using them again

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ross C.
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I’m not one to write reviews but I feel compelled to given my overwhelmingly positive experience with Rich. I hired Rich to bartend and serve/clean for a 16-person dinner party. He also assisted the chef prepare a 16-person dinner and a 30-person lunch the subsequent day. His drinks were exceptional and I was very impressed with his professionalism and punctuality. All of my guests were talking about how amazing the drinks were (yet low calories!). The chef also had extremely positive things to say about working with Rich. I will definitely be hiring Rich for my next event.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ariana C.
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Highly Recommend. Awesome Birthday Party! Platter Matters catered my Dad's Birthday Party last year in October (60 people). Bernadett and Ivett were so easy to work with and their food was delicious! Their staff was extremely professional and very organized. They made the day stress free and spectacular! I would highly recommend Platter Matters for any event!

Cooking & Catering Services
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Sheri W.
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What can I say?! Scott was magnificent. He was helpful in planning the perfect seasonal menu, the food was exquisite, and he left my kitchen spotless. He has a sparkling personality, which actually added to the fun of the dinner party. Some of the ladies were interested in learning his recipes, and he let them jump in and help! Thank you for a wonderful evening, Scott!

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The First Bite Catering, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cathy W.
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We had a wonderful experience with Anne and First Bite Catering. We held a wine tasting and spanish dinner party for 25 guests. Anne was extremely responsive and helpful during the planning process. She was open to handling many details over and above the food prep and presentation. That was very helpful. And the food was wonderful! My guests raved about it. She and her staff were punctual and professional on the night of the event and cleaned up everything so I could enjoy the party and guests. I highly recommend First Bite and I will definitely hire them again. Thanks Anne!

Chef Gerard
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy Corsi S.
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My pal and I hired Kendall and Gerry to cater our husbands' joint 50th birthday party in Bedford in 2008, to rave reviews from guests. They've since catered two graduation parties for me and another 50th for a friend. Such wonderful attention to detail, from designing signature cocktails to selecting a personalized menu with the freshest locally sourced food. They make sure that not only the guest of honor and guests had a good time, but the hosts as well. Most impressive to me--Kendall joined her staff in surprising our son at his ballgame themed graduation party wearing Yankees tees and caps--despite being Red Sox fans themselves. :-) Every event they've catered has been lovely from start to finish. I cannot recommend highly enough!

Seaflour Foods, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Heather M.
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Our Company Holiday Party was catered by Susan. Everyone raved about the food. It was excellent quality done with exceptional presentation.

  • 27 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Larry M.
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Donovan's Reefe is the best restaurant on the shoreline. We had several large parties there and the food, drink and service is impeccable. A friendly staff and just a great place to eat or have a large gathering. Three great floors for parties or a quiet gathering. Don't pass Donovan's Reefe up. It's a great placr

Angelo's Market & Catering
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 58 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Bill H.
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All I have to say is..WOW, what a great job, the food was excellent and looked so appetizing, Joe at Angelos Market was so much fun and funny he really made this experience unforgettable and a success, it was like eating food my grandmother made when I was a kid. I have a 50th birthday party to plan later this year and I already know who is catering that party and I think I'm going to use there venue this time what a beautiful hall. Thanks Joe for making my party a success.

Matt W.
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The ladies were outstanding from start to finish. Super easy -- fun even -- to work with to develop a tailored menu. The food they cooked was superb, they had just the right amount of presence (the event was a home dinner party at which they helped serve), and they left the place spotless. I'm looking forward to using them again in just a few weeks' time.

D.Myles Chef&Catering
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Diane B.
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Had an awesome dinner party on New Years Eve thanks to Dexter. Will highly recommend and use in the future! Food and service were great. It was a nice evening.

Dish Catering & Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Linda S.
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I had Peter cater a dinner party of 15 and it was a great experience. His menu suggestions were perfect and were cooked to perfection. The food, service and his attention to detail guaranteed success. Would not hesitate to work with him again.

Delicious Deli & Cafe LLC
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Thumbtack Customer
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Delicious deli and cafe had catered a birthday party for me a few months ago and the outcome was phenomenal. The food was amazing the attitude and professionalism was outstanding. They were very determined to give the best experience possible and they surely delivered that. Would definitely recommend to anyone in need of catering. I will definitely be doing business with them in the future for future events.

Short Bus Catering LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Donna S.
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Clayton and Kurt with Short Bus Catering catered our 2014 corporate holiday party, which was attended by not only employees but clients as well. It was held on a Saturday evening at the home of one of our firm's owners and the approximately 20 people in attendance commented on how delicious as well as beautifully presented the food was. We had the opportunity to work with Clayton and Kurt beforehand in putting together the menu we wanted, right down to having sugar cookies with our company logo printed on them in edible ink. A couple of our attendees had specific dietary challenges (nut allergies, gluten free, etc.) which Clayton was more than happy to accommodate. No chafing dishes and sterno cans here; the appetizers as well as main courses were made on premises in small batches and as they were consumed, more were made so that nothing sat around getting cold. Clayton's experience having worked for Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio at one of his restaurants was evident in his attention to detail and knowledge of how to create culinary delights. They also provided us with a bartender for the evening who kept everyone in good spirits. We would not hesitate to work with Short Bus Catering in the future, and highly recommend them for anyone's event.

CT Personal Chefs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Carol Y.
Verified review

Jamie and Karla catered our launch party and it was fantastic. The food was so delicious and we ate the leftovers for a week. I would highly recommend them for your next event.

Alain C.
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Molly was great. She help us with budget, designed a great menu, and manage this 20 + party as walk in the park..with great humour! She is the best.

Foxcroft Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
Kristen S.
Verified review

I hired Foxcroft Catering for my daughters birthday party. I have to say that my guests are still talking about the food! It was amazing! The brisket was better then the BBQ that I've had in Texas. They were on time, they were professional and affordable. I highly recommend them!

  • 30 years in business
About

I have 35 years experience in the business of entertainment. From cooking for 4 to 400 or entertaining and hosting your wedding or any other event, you should have your Party with Marty.

About

We offer catering services, birthday cakes and cupcakes. We also do wedding cakes and cupcakes, platters, and wedding decor. Jolly Tots Party Shop is a company that offers their services and do catering as well as cakes. We do parties and weddings for both kids and adults.

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We plan and do it best! Hospitality and catering in the most professional way! We work hard to make you look good.

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We provide off-premise catering and catering rentals. Oolee Cafe will plan the menu, supply plates, glasses, flatware, tables, chairs, etc.

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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