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Middletown Buffet Caterers

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  • 9 years in business
  • 105 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

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Abigail S.
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Couldn't have asked for better help at a small dinner party last night. He jumped in to take over the prep work when I was scrambling to finish getting ready for our guests, was a pro behind the bar, set up a great buffet dinner, added little extra touches to jazz up dessert, and then left a clean kitchen behind. Highly recommend Rich and plan to use him again in the future!

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Festive Food Caterers
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacqueline B.
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We would 100% recommend Festive Food Caterers to anyone looking for excellent food and even better service, at a great price! We hired Festive Food Caterers for our wedding with approximately 100 guests. Michel and his team are phenomenal! Michel consistently went out of his way to give us a delicious, polished menu within our price range. He was extremely communicative and offered flexible tastings leading up to our wedding. During the event, there were zero hiccups or problems and Michel and his team were meticulously preparred. On top of that, the food was absolutely amazing!! (Try the steak and chimichurri sauce!) Definitely consider Festive Food Caterers for whatever your event may be. They are fantastic!! (The food was so good we didn't have time to take photos before we ate it, but it looked and tasted delicious!)

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Chef Plum
from 42 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diana E.
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Chef catered a large family gathering (24 people with 6 kids) in a home we rented in the hamptons. He and his staff were amazing. They were professional, fun to work with, and easy to work with as well! The food was delicious. He even created a cocktail of "the day" that was a smashing success! (+ he brought a bartender to help) I originally went with Chef Plum because when I put the bid out for the event Chef had the most creative ideas for menu, drinks and was great to talk to on the phone. I knew from the start that he'd be easy to work with. From day 1 to the day of the event, he was amazing. Always responsive, helpful and took a ton off our "plate" as he helped organize rentals, glassware, and a lot of other details. This was an amazing event thanks to chef and his team. I highly recommend him!!

Victoria's Event Planner
from 28 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna N.
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Vickie was available throughout the entire process. Her food was exactly what we were looking for. A perfect buffet. Her staff was phenomenal they were on top of everything. Food was perfectly presented and the bartender was on spot with making sure the groom and I were taken care of. Vickie and her staff went well over above and beyond for us. I cannot recommend her enough for any type of event you are having. You will be pleased.

  • 2 years in business
  • 29 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.

Susan Kane Catering, Inc.
from 15 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah T.
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What an event ! Susan and her staff were unbelievable ! The food served was outstanding ,from passed hor’s doeurves to the grand chateucerie table and “over the top “main course buffet and desserts ! Flavors danced on our palates ! Everyone and I mean everyone raved ! Attention to detail par excellence ! In spite of the oppressive heat servers were beyond pleasant and accommodating . Thank you Susan for making our 6Oth High School Reunion so very special ! You are indeed a Master chef second to none !

Seaflour Foods, LLC
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 24 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!

Delicious Deli & Cafe LLC
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.
from 4 reviews
    Patience Hettrick
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    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!

    Black Salt Chefs
    from 3 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Carol Y.
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    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.

    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Natalia S.
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    Our Caterer Cancelled Last Minute and we had to use thumbtack. We were a little hesitant because he only had a few reviews But we were able to pull them up on Instagram and Facebook to look at their work. We went with our guts and I can tell you we were not disappointed at all!!!! Omg he came in with his team and and in no time they were all set up! They were all so professional and the food was amazing!!!! You have to try their jerk chicken! And the chicken and waffle bites! Thanks Nathaniel and your team for saving the day!!!!

    Daily Bread Catering
    from 1 review
    • 10 years in business
    Marjorie V.
    Verified review

    The food was excellent with a variety of sandwiches, fresh crisp salads, home made soup and mouth watering dessert.

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

    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.


    the service i provide stands out for the quality and the excellent customer service i have i enjoy a smile ...and also VERY happy working in the food business


    Whether you're trying to plan a small party for your friends or getting a giant wedding in order, getting a good Connecticut catering company is one of the things that you cannot skip. Getting an outside Connecticut catering company to get the meals ready for you frees your mind and time and lets you focus on the other parts of the event. Getting a large event to flow smoothly can be impossible sometimes, but there are three basic elements to consider before you make a final decision. They are the following: * Cooking -- The food at the event will have a lot to do with your guests. For example, you wouldn't pick a five-star gourmet catering company to serve at a kid's birthday party. You have to consider the different palettes that your guests will have and keep in mind if they have any allergies or special tastes. * Safety -- Most Connecticut catering companies will be glad to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how they cook and prepare the food. The reason for this is that their goal is to make your guests happy, which means being careful to avoid any potential food pollutants. They need to keep everything nice and clean, so remember to ask for a tour. * Customer Service -- Making the food is just as important as their presentation and how they serve it. Look into a company for a while before hiring them. A good way to find a good catering service is to attend an event of some kind and pay attention to how the caterers there treat you -- experiencing the company's service first will be a surefire way to hire the right caterers.


    We offer complete baking services. We make cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies/bars and all other desserts as well as provide full catering.

    • 21 years in business

    I take pride in what I do 100%. Dedicated to all my work. Reliable 100%. With the passion for creating meals with the ingredients and flavors that will touch your heart together with the passion to impress every client we serve, we are rewarded with repeat business and referrals time after time. Seeing my customers face after putting a spoon full of my food and enjoying every taste.


    Christopher Lewis is a classically trained chef, currently catering in the corporate dining world. Chris is now branching out to bring his convenient catering to you. We do all sizes and styles of catered events or dinners. We are eager to provide the best service to make your event a special one.


    We provide mobile food catering. We offer hot dogs, Italian grinders, kielbasa sandwich, steak grinders, breakfast sandwiches, drinks and desserts.


    We are a Hamptons based company providing top-notch chef and staffing services for your private event. Using all local products, the choicest cuts of meats, fish, and poultry, and farm-fresh, local produce are presented in a beautiful format to entice not only the stomach but also the eye as well. We do parties from 2 to 200, from sit-down service to buffets. We offer a wide array of culinary choices to please even the most discerning palate. We have a top-notch, professional staff at your disposal for your next event, from backyard barbecue to a formal dinner.

    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.

    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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