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  • 9 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharon B.
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Marilyn and her team did a wonderful job catering my holiday cocktail party. She was very organized and a pleasure to work with. I’ve used other caterers and she provided excellent value and superb food. I would definitely reccomend her.

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  • 22 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deb M.
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If you are seeking a true PROFESSIONAL for your event, do not hesitate to hire Rich! 5 stars all the way for this awesome bartender! I hired Rich Stein for my wedding at the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Approximately 100 guests and he handled them all with ease, demonstrating the professional he truly is! Totally focused, kept on top of everything! Prior to the event, he was very helpful in assisting me with liquor decisions, among other issues specific to this venue, and answered questions promptly and completely. I had certain liquors set aside for a few certain people, and that went smoothly. I felt totally stress-free knowing he was in charge of everything at the bar. I would not hesitate to hire Rich again, next time, perhaps a catering gig because I hear he is a great chef, as well! Thanks, Rich!

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Festive Food Caterers
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary A.
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Whether you are having a small get together for a few or a large gathering, be rest assured that your event will be amazing! Chef Michel is extremely professional, respectful, and friendly! He catered 2 events for our family and we were very pleased with both. The first was a party of nearly 100 people celebrating our son’s college graduation and daughter’s high school graduation. Our second event was a last minute post Thanksgiving weekend family get together for 12-15 people. Everything from the planning, to taste testing, and delivery was on point. Aside from the food being beyond mouth watering delicious, he coordinated with outside vendors to provide everything we needed to make the graduation event beautiful. He also provided on site chefs and wait staff, all of which were professional and attentive to details. They were flexible in their assigned roles and remained past the scheduled time to attend to our guests and clean up. Our home was left as clean as it was when they arrived! Chef Michel prides himself on delivering the best quality and freshest foods possible. Other than a few items that required pre-prep (like marinating / slow cooking...definitely try the roast pork and roast chicken) everything was prepared (cut, fried, cooked, assembled etc) on site. This truly makes a difference when you’re serving items like empanadas or tostones with avocado and shrimp (both highly recommended). Chef Michel is very creative. Whether you choose something from his printed menus, have other items in mind, or even have a special recipe that you want him to prepare...HE CAN DO IT! An important point to make about his catering style is that he is so proud of his creations that he wants everyone to be able to taste everything that he prepares. If you choose an appetizer and you have 100 people, you are not going to get 1 or 2 pieces per person or be charged by the piece, like most caterers. He will make sure you have more than enough for everyone. The same applies to your main course. We had leftovers for ourselves, even after our guests took food home. With all of this said, I truly feel that his prices are fair and reasonable! I could write more and would be more than happy to speak to anyone who has any questions, but I’ll end with...make sure you try his homemade ice creams (our favorites were coconut and pineapple), flan, and especially the sangria!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Candace R.
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Platter Matters Catering were wonderful. They were professional and very pleasant, from the beginning to the end. I will hire them again and recommend them extremely highly.

Cooking & Catering Services
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna L.
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Five starts isn't even enough for my experience with Scott Murray. If you have an opportunity, hire Scott for your event! Here's my experience to prove why: My Mom just turned 70 and we wanted to give her a party on the beach. This meant that the party was in a state that neither she nor anyone in the family lives in. Hiring the caterer (from 300 miles away) was my responsibility. Thumbtack to the rescue! I got three bids and spoke with all of them, but Scott's reviews were the best and his initial menu and bid were the most sophisticated, so I chose him. Scott was super responsive from the very beginning. He had great ideas on the menu and helped guide the decision-making from choosing menu items, to start times and to helping me stay within budget. A+ for communications skills. I felt comfortable and in good hands from the first email, through our phone conversations, right up to the big day. On the day of the party, he and his delightful staffer, Celia, arrived exactly on time and began to prep. They were both charming and fun and efficient. I knew our space was challenging - small for the number of guests we had - but you would not have known that from the way Scott and Celia handled everything. Food was served exactly on time, beautifully, and was absolutely delicious. And the menu was challenging too - lobsters for 22 people expertly cooked, steak that was grilled to perfection (outside, in another location!), amazing side dishes, apps and dessert. Honest to God, I really don't know how they did it. And that's the beauty of hiring this team. They made it look super easy, they charmed all of my guests, made food that was some of the best I have had, and cleaned up after themselves so the place looked better than we found it. The leftovers (which they packed up!) were just as good (if not even better) than when 1st served. I cannot recommend Scott Murray enough.

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The First Bite Catering, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Richard M.
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Wow Anne and team did an amazing job for a hosted private party absolutely seamless and fabulous food severed perfectly for a sit down dinner . From planning to the attendees rave reviews took almost none of our time allowing us to really enjoy the time with our friends !

Chef Gerard
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Ivonne L.
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Gerry provided personal chef services for my family and friends who were staying at my home for a week; he provided breakfast and dinner for 10-12 people. I was really impressed from the beginning for his level of professionalism, punctuality, and the high quality of the meals he provided for us.You can tell he really loves what he does. Everyone was delighted and I am sure we will be asking him to help us again in the very near future. I highly recommend him.

  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanette S.
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I hired Kylene to cater a small Christmas gathering. Everything went perfectly. She is professional, the food was outstanding and she even delivered it to me. I am very pleased with Chef Kylene and her efforts to make an event go smoothly.

Susan Kane Catering, Inc.
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Luna Aryma
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Great food and excelent caterer...!!!! :)

Seaflour Foods, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Faye M.
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Susan was fantastic from the start! She provided a great menu and a quote within my budget. I am a meeting planner and I work with caterers twice a year, all over the US. Few have offered to stay on site during meal service and that was a very special perk that Seaflour offers. I love the personal touch, and the attention to detail. I would work with her again anytime and wish I could clone her for other meeting locations!

D.Myles Chef&Catering
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tara A.
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We hired Dexter to cook a nice breakfast/brunch for my parents in law. He was very professional, his food got rave reviews and they loved the experience! Highly recommended. Thank you, Dexter!!

Good Food Catering Co.
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Patience Hettrick
    Verified review

    Hire this company! I stumbled across 'Good Food Catering' while researching caterers for a small gathering at my house. Kevin was quick and thorough when answering every question I had. He made the planning easy and painless. The delivery was smooth and the food was DELICIOUS. Each guest went back for seconds. I highly recommend the chicken with the sun dried tomato cream sauce. Give them a try - you won't be disappointed!

    Cabrera’s Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    My mom and I started our own catering company, we’ve done all types of events. We strive to offer affordable catering for every occasion.

    About

    I am a Connecticut based catering and event planning business. We cater to the specific needs and requests of each individual client. No two events or food served at the events are the same because no two people are the same or have the same needs.

    About

    We serve American and Latin food. Serving you is our pleasure. Come and visit us; you will love it.

    About

    I am dedicated food service professional and caterer. My 20 years of experience gives me an edge over the competition. I have worked coast to coast, and am highly skilled in many cuisines.

    About

    Petes Eats is all about pleasing the client. A no-limits menu is what Petes Eats offers; from plated parties and buffet style to chicken and lobster. Make your function a one to remember. The food is amazing. The presentation is like no other. You design your own menu. No function is too big or too small.

    About

    At Just Becauz, we believe that our name speaks for itself. We cook just for the love of it, it's calming and soothing just to see how raw ingredients are transformed into awesome dishes that your family and friends love to enjoy and it is with this passion and prompting from so many "Testers" along the way that we know our food/dishes speaks volumes to the hearts and souls of so many people. We specialize in Caribbean and American Cuisine and try to keep true to their origins. There are many Caribbean countries, but Patricia loves the flavors from Trinidad and Tobago, with its rich African, East Indian and European flavors and that combined with American Cuisine makes such an awesome combination to share with her clientele. Please, take a moment to browse our website, learn a little bit more about Patricia and view some of her dishes. We look forward to being of service to you! Be blessed.

    About

    I am a personal as well as corporate chef. I prepare and serve many different types of cuisines. I specialize in Northern Italian and contemporary American. I am also classically trained in French cuisine.

    About

    I am a hard worker. If I don't know how to do something. I ask for help, but I'll do my best and do and get it right.

    • 11 years in business
    About

    We specialize in coastal sea, American cuisine, Italian cuisine and a la carte. Studying under veteran chefs from here and abroad, we provide a choice selection of fresh ingredients to complement our love for food.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.
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