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  • 9 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John W.
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Epic BBQ Wedding Reception The full menu and catering service of Just Hors D'Oeuvres goes way beyond the appetizers. With their vast selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts, its hard to imagine a combination which cannot more than please the most demanding of guests. Their grilled lamb, skirt steak and beef tenderloin exceeded high quality expectations and only unsolicited complements were received from many of the guests. The entire staff worked tirelessly for eight hours serving have passed Hors douerves, creating inventive mixed drinks, grilling and organizing the delicious buffet and desserts. The caterers are focused and busy with many events both large and small so just keep this in mind when trying to determine menu selection and coordinating with the various other vendors working your event

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  • 22 years in business
  • 89 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.

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Festive Food Caterers
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nehemie M.
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Festive Food Caterers was the best choice that i made for my dad's surprise 60th birthday. From the initial conversation that I had with Chef Michel he made it very comfortable, and really was engaged in the process. He did an AMAZING before and the day of the event as well. He was kind, professional, and truly made it feel like a family event. The guests all raved about the food, as well as, how courteous and respectful FFC staff were. This was the best decision, and know for sure that in the future i will use Festive Food Caterers for events moving forward. To add, I am skeptical about finding people online, but this was truly the best decision. I can't imagine using someone else for this event. Chef Michel you are truly amazing, and were a godsend for this event. Keep up the amazing work that you do!

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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!

  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa A.
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Dinner service and brunch buffet with an egg station were provided. Service was friendly and patient. Food was delicious. Job well done to Kylene and her team.

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!

  • 27 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dan Q.
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First class ownership. The food is always excellent, as well as the service. They also do a fantastic job with their catering. Very highly recommended.

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.

Delicious Deli & Cafe LLC
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Luis R.
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Food was excellent and pricing was very reasonable. Our guests enjoyed every bite. We would definitely use your catering services again and recommend you to any person in need of a professional and yummy catering company. Thank you Delicious Deli & Cafe!

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!

    • 28 years in business
    Jill C.
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    Food was delicious and delivered on time. Chris was very professional and friendly. Best catering in town

    Chris's Catering
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    Violet S.
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    Chris catered my wedding. He was affordable and made great food with plenty to serve of everything.

    Spano's Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Cheryl O.
    Verified review

    Michael has helped me in many ways. First of all I need help with my brother. Didn't have enough time to get food ready for my brother to eat. Plus shopping and take care of a family. Michael would go shopping and buy the best ingredients to make the best dishes. That my brother enjoyed. Fruit salad, pasta salad, chicken salad. Pasta dishes, home made soups, beef stew. Also Michael would make home made bread, pies, cookies, and cakes. He would even try new recipes out. Which my brother loved very much. Michael has gone above and beyond to help make my brother days better for him. My brother looks forward to Michael's visit. Michael make food on a regular basis every week. His quality of his work is excellent and outstanding. Always on time with my brothers meals. The job was done in New Britain Connecticut. I would refer Michael to anyone of my family and friends. Excellent and Outstanding.

    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.

    • 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.

    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

    Welcome to The Bigalow's Catering Company, located in Central, Connecticut. We are an off-site catering company, serving beautiful, exquisite cuisine for your next social event. We know that choosing the right caterer and the perfect menu for your special event can be difficult. We understand how overwhelming choosing the right caterer can be, which is why we are committed to a seamless process. At Bigalow's Catering Company, our team is creative and passionate about great food and impeccable service. In a world of preset menus and few options, Bigalow's Catering Company stands out, offering completely customized and personalized menus for any event. Your choices are only limited by your specific desires and imagination. We will work with you in order to provide a memorable catering experience that is all about you: your vision, your palate, and most importantly, your budget!

    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 offer healthful, complete Italiano-American preparations at your home for one or more evenings per week; special occasions, special guests. We offer service, supply and shopping negotiable.

    About

    We are a full-service catering company. Southern Crumbs is rooted in three key values: Southern hospitality, Southern charm and comfort food. Southern Crumbs embodies warmth, elegance and a feeling of "home."

    About

    I'm a local, seasonal, and organic personal chef/caterer/ cooking teacher/ kitchen coach with whole foods; 25 years experience. Vegetarian and vegan are my specialties, with expertise in gluten-free and alergy-free cooking. I offer kitchen and wellness coaching, culinary nutrition and private and group hands-on cooking classes for health, vitality, and pleasure.

    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.

    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.

    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 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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