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Danbury Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Danbury.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
BJ K.
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We were at a cocktail party where JH prepared the food. Besides the food being eye-catching, it was scrumptious as well. The staff was equally attentive to detail. I would recommend them to private as well as corporate types. Bravo!!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 76 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Joe S.
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Bacco Catering was a great choice for our event. We used them for a charity event at our store and they performed incredibly. Our guest were so pleased as many of them asked me " who are the caterers, this food and service is amazing". Thank you Lauren so much for such a great night.

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  • 22 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Marc B.
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I can not say enough great things about Rich Stein. From the moment he walked in, Rich and Paul Kane had a great energy and presence that added to the buzz of my wedding day. They were communicating and engaging. All of that would have been for nothing if the food was not good. The food was EXCELLENT. The eggplant rollatini was incredible and everyone talked about how good it was. The food was fresh and flavorful. I can't forget the broccoli rabe and sausage. Paul was great in that he put his hands to do whatever was needed to help, from appetizers to the ice to cake. I also want to throw in that, this being a backyard wedding not many people wanted this small affair but Rich took the job and made this small backyard wedding feel like a much larger wedding with the quality of food. Rich and Paul far surpassed any of the praise of previous reviews and I don't think this review can show how appreciative I am of Rich Stein for making my wedding day special. Thank you, Rich. Thank you, Paul.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
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Vicky S.
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Wayne handled our wedding reception. It is a wonderful experience. He always replied the emails and messages. His price is very reasonable. All our guests love his food. Thank you.

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  • 68 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Sam L.
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Great Caterers, great food, great setup, easy to work with.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
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Todd G.
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We had a party for my wife's birthday at the house for 40 people and could not have been more pleased with Adolfo Silverio and Manjar Catering. Both the food and the service were first class. Adolfo worked with us on the menu and layout for the party and everything went off without a hitch. People were raving about the food from the duck crepes to the quesadillas and the service including set-up, passing service, and clean-up were executed flawlessly. T.G. - Stamford

Natwerks Catering and Events
4.7
from 60 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Paula T.
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This was a brand new experience for me but I have absolutely no regrets it was money well spent Nate and his assistant did an outstanding job of catering to birthday celebration all of my guests were more than satisfied with their food and the entertainment but the food was absolutely outstanding I highly recommend Nate don't waste any time he is professional polished prepared and has a passion for what it is that he does and it shows in his work thank you Thumbtack and thank you Natwerk!! I will be using him for future events!

  • 22 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Josh H.
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Laura welcomed myself (groom) and my future mother in law to a complimentary tasting as we discussed plans for my upcoming wedding. The food was delicious and her hospitality was very warm and gracious. Looking forward to our wedding day working with Laura and Sunflowers!

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Chef Aless did a lovely job for us! Her team was professional and her food was delicious! Everyone had good things to say and personal favorites. Our party was for a group of recent college graduates and their parents so I wanted to keep the menu simple and unpretentious. Chef Aless did exactly that while still making it very grown up!

  • 6 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica P.
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Chef Stenseth and his crew did an awesome job catering my party. The food was absolutely scrumptious and everything was artistically and beautifully presented. They were highly professional, gracious food preparers and servers who made the party a great success. Chef Stenseth kept in touch during the planning and leading up to the party, communicating everything so I knew what to expect. He worked very hard to meet all of my requests and succeeded. My guests were all wow'ed and I was, too. I can't recommend S.G.S. Catering highly enough!

  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Gordon was great to work with. Easy to reach. We were able to book him last minute and it was easy to plan something quickly for 15 people. The food was good. The pace was slow but pleasant, it was what we wanted. He was professional. We had a great evening.

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Chef Dave's
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa E.
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Working with Chef Dave was great from beginning to end. He helped me throw a 50th birthday lunch. I have done many events and am all about the details and he was just the same. He came to my apartment prior to the event to see my kitchen, the set up, and discussed the rentals we would need. Together, we agreed on a menu, staff, set up, and all other details for the event. He was very easy to communicate with prior to the event, and was just as excited as I was about the party! He was on time and cost conscious. His food was delicious. Throughout the party, my guests kept going in the kitchen to get to know him and thank him. He also prepared a killer sangria for me in advance of the party which was perfectly marinated by the time we had to serve it to my guests. It was a huge hit! Our menu included everything from lamb chops to caesar salad wraps to cheesecake to of course his famous mozarella sushi. He also helped me obtain a hostess and bartender who were both so professional and gracious and all smiles all day! This was definitely a party to be remembered. Between the amazing food of Chef Dave, great service, a surprise rapper, belly dancer, singer, and a DJ on the 49th floor with amazing views of Manhattan, who wouldn't have a great time!? I definitely look forward to working with Chef Dave again. Melissa

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  • 8 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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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!

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Chef Stef
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Barry S.
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I have attended several cooking classes with Chef Stef. He is an excellent teacher, very passionate about cooking and helping others enjoy cooking. The food is always delicious and we have fun cooking and eating

Aromas Boutique Bakery
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine R.
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Great experience! Eileen was beyond professional and such a joy to work with. The food was delicious and Eileen's help with the presentation (even some food she did not prepare) led to very happy guests! Would certainly recommend!

FATBOYSBBQBUS
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa C.
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Catered my husbands 30th birthday! Food and desserts everything was delicious! Everyone raved about their Gouda bacon Mac and cheese, highly recommended!

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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
Thumbtack Customer
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Had a lovely time working with Anne on a family dinner she catered for us. Food was great, she was on time, and everyone had a nice time. Thanks First Bite!

Vivo Osteria Restaurant
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Hillary B.
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Benitez catering brought a food truck to our school carnival. It was the perfect addition! The food was excellent and the truck was prompt and stayed the whole time.

Throughmykitchen LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gabriel R.
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I hired Through My Kitchen for a wedding and they did an amazing job. Evelyn was an angle and her food was the best food i’ve tasted in. Long time, especially her seafood salad! Thanx Evelyn! :)

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.

Plates
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
JoEllen S.
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Outstanding caterers from food to staffing, highly recommend them!

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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