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Middletown Picnic Caterers

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  • 9 years in business
  • 103 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
  • 91 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
Kim D.
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Chef Michel worked with us to design a "Latin Flair" menu that incorporated traditional selections with unique flavors and pairings. The steak fajitas were delicious, and a favorite for the crowd. We also thoroughly enjoyed the cake, customized with our Company colors/theme. Festive Food Caterers provided the full set-up (buffet servers, warmers, serving utensils, even disposable dinnerware for the diners) and was present to explain what was in a particular dish or replenish servers when empty. From planning all the way to teardown, Chef Michel made our corporate holiday party a delight to plan.

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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.

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The First Bite Catering, LLC
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gayle O.
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Anne and her assistant made my backyard picnic beyond perfect! Her food was deliciously prepared and artfully presented. I could not have made a better choice when I chose The First Bite catering. I was truly a guest at my own event.

  • 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.

Susan Kane Catering, Inc.
from 15 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Yogi P.
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I am currently working with Susan who will be catering a dinner reception for my wedding this June. I was referred to Susan by a coworker who had previously work with her and raved about how great her food is. I am so happy to have found her, she is very responsive and willing to listen to my concerns. I highly recommend Susan!

Seaflour Foods, LLC
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
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.
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!

    Maria M.
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    Renee was by far the BEST caterer that we have ever used. I have hosted many functions and have tried several caterers. Renee's food was fresh, innovative and delicious. I have recommended her to friends and family. I plan on utilizing her catering services in the near future.

    Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill
    from 2 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    David T.
    Verified review

    Great job for Company picnic. Billy does a great job making sure everything. Is organized and he knows what you want. Food was great and plentiful! Our crew loved it.

    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.


    Catering from 1 to whatever. Excellent food and service. I can do all your cooking and servering. Or you can cook I will serve. Drop off food. Whatever you perfer. I can bartend your parties.


    We offer a superior catering service. We are serving many different menus with many different meals. We are willing to work with any price points.

    • 8 years in business

    We offer competitive prices, flexible service and high quality food


    I offer the finest off-premise BBQ and catering service throughout the tri-states! I have Culinary Institute of America trained chefs.


    My service is a unique soul food catering business. We also provide themed catering ex Birthday Parties, Weddings .Unlike other restaurants we want you to feel like part of the Demita Jo Family Catering Our goal is to create great food and make you feel like you've sat right at home with a loving warm hearted family. Soul food restaurants in the north, so I'm here to mesh gap between the north and the south. Which is the biggest aspect I am hoping will have us standing out the most.


    Sea House Clambakes is owned and operated by Marc Cehovsky and Jeff Seganos. We are long-time dedicated teachers who have also been in the clam/lobster bake business for over two decades. Today, we are as known for our knowledge of the world of clambake cuisine as we are for our knowledge of the education world. Together, we both have loved working on hundreds of memorable clambakes at homes, businesses, and other facilities for intimate dinner parties, celebrations, anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions. We are proud to say that these occasions have become an anticipated and annual tradition for hundreds of people. We know that our delicious lobsters, clams, steaks, and other fine foods will be the main reason you will keep calling us. We'd also like to think that besides the exceptional food, our fine service and dependability will continue to make Sea House the obvious choice for your next unforgettable event. Whether you are hosting 25 people or 250, become a guest at your own event, and let us handle the rest. Sea House Clambake Menu Your meal includes the following: * Appetizers -- Select any two for your event. - Clam Chowder (red Manhattan, creamy New England, clear Rhode Island) Clams on the Half-Shell (fresh-shucked little necks) - Shrimp Cocktail (fresh shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce) - Steamed Little Necks, Steamers or Mussels (with butter, garlic, parsley, and white wine) - Stuffed Clams (seasoned stuffing, celery, onion, garlic, clams and fresh herbs) *Entrée -- Each guest's choice of the following: - 1¼ - ½ Pound Lobster - Rib Eye Steak (seasoned and grilled) - Grilled Herb Marinated Chicken - Grilled Swordfish (teriyaki glazed) - Vegetable Kabobs (seasonal vegetables) Your meal also includes the following: * Fresh Corn on the Cob * Red-Bliss Potatoes * Fresh Homemade Coleslaw * Fresh-Baked Brioche Rolls * Watermelon Wedges * Drawn Butter and Lemon All dishes are for only $29.95 per person plus CT sales tax (gratuity not included). One appetizer is for only $26.95 per person plus CT sales tax (gratuity not included). A 25-person minimum is suggested. All dinner paper goods and utensils are provided for your event. We can plan other options as needed. Just inquire. We are Sea House Clambakes & Catering offering food from the sea to your house. We are the providers of the finest food with a superior service.


    This is a family-owned catering company that has been cooking and servicing the Southampton community since the 1950s.


    We are a full-service catering company specializing in in-flight catering and we have a full compliment of culinary consultants.

    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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