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Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steffanie J.
Verified review

AMAZING Experience. Marylyn and her crew were exceptional catering our Holiday Party for 35 people. Delicious food, immaculate presentation, and professional staff. Thanks so much. Highly Recommended!!!

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann B.
Verified review

Over the years, Rich has catered many events for me. From a chefs birthday party for 13 year old girls to a fully catered holiday dinner party. Every detail was perfection and the food was amazing!

Natwerks Catering and Events
from 60 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Durranie W.
Verified review

The food was amazing! We just had our holiday staff party and a friend recommended Nathan - the price was wirhk g our budget and the food was excellent! Thank you so so much! All the best!

  • 22 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanmarie S.
Verified review

We cannot begin to explain what a great Caterer this is. We were having a problem finding a caterer for our Holiday Party. Laura came to our rescue! Her staff was amazing and the food, OMG! I have never seen so many people go back for so many seconds! Her staff is attentive, personable and efficient. Laura is an amazing chef with great ideas and the skills to go along with it. Our guests could not compliment the entire staff enough. I will use them again in a heartbeat - and so should anyone else looking to hire a caterer. BTW - go with the crepe station!

  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Willie C.
Verified review

I hardly ever provide reviews but after our experience on Sunday, I felt compelled to provide feedback for the 'White Wolf' and his catering services. We contracted Gordon for a 4th of July weekend clam bake in our private home for 15 guests and it quickly became the centerpiece of the weekend. With regard to preparation and professionalism, Gordon scouted the location on the previous day, arrived early, and even used local seawater and kelp from the backyard to cook the lobsters! Their friendly and attentive service continued through the day. Although we were contracted from noon to 4p, the entire day went from 11a to 7:30p. We never felt rushed and his warm attitude and informative presentation allowed us to enjoy the day and feel tucked in. The very best part, aside from feeling as though we made friends during the day, was the food!! Everything was fresh and absolutely delicious. Local produce and lobsters from main may have been the highlight, but they certainly weren't everything! Gordon cooked the best meal many of us have had in a while - and this is from a tough to impressive group of New Yorkers! While he took off, everyone raved about the day and our experience. Our guests requested his business card and hope he's not booked for our nex celebration. Never hesitate to use Gordon for any meal or to celebrate a special occasion - they exceeded expectations and provided a day we'll remember for a long time!

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Emily C.
Verified review

I hired Platter Matters Catering for my 40th Birthday Party. Ivett did a phenomenal job planning the entire event! She took care of all the rentals and flower arrangements, too. Bernadett helped me create a custom menu(many allergies in the family). The staff was very friendly and professional. All of my guests raved about their food and service. My kitchen was left spottless at the end of the event. I highly recommend them!! Emily Westport, CT

3R's Events
from 28 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Scherrie P.
Verified review

Oh my where do I start. I hired 3R's Catering & Eventd for a family meet & greet, for my wedding head table and chapel decor. The family dinner was a beautiful start to a memorable weekend. The food was delicious the Mac and cheese was scrumptious. The candy table was breathtaking it was all I could ask for and more. My family was speechless. Next day the wedding chapel was pretty and simple but all we needed because my wife and I were the focal points. The head table was the prettiest setup I've ever seen. It made us feel like we were the Queens of the Night. Simply Beautiful. Regina you have a talent that will take you sooo many places. I appreciate all the hard work and thought you put into making my weekend extra special.

from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Rita K.
Verified review

FatBoysBBQBus was one of our favorite vendors for our wedding. Fred was easy to work with, remained professional, and gave us a reasonable price for our rehearsal dinner. Everyone loved the food, which was delicious and arrived on time. I highly recommend FatBoysBBQBus and would definitely use them again.

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The First Bite Catering, LLC
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

Anne did an outstanding job of putting together "An Evening in Italia" for my husband's 50th birthday party! Everyone raved about the food and wine pairings. Anne was so pleasant and professional from our first communication to the drop off on the day of the event. She is a pleasure to work with an a very talented chef! I will gladly recommend her to friends and family looking for catering services in the future.

Chef Gerard
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Dina B.
Verified review

Gerry was great! I had a holiday dinner for 8 friends and the meal was excellent!!! Everything was prepared perfectly! The appetizers were incredible! Great job!

Vivo Osteria Restaurant
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Timia W.
Verified review

I had a birthday party this past weekend January 16th, 2016. I hired Benitez Catering and from the time they arrived to the event, they went above and beyond with helping out to make the party run smoothly. I really appreciated their help. I would hire them again!!

Rent The Chef
from 14 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly C.
Verified review

Chef Dan is amazing! We hired him for a private dinner for 11 ladies, celebrating a bachelorette weekend in the Catskills. From the very first communication, he was responsive, helpful, and easy to work with. He helped us create the perfect menu for a 4-course, family style meal that satisfied a variety of tastes. He was extremely accommodating when we requested an additional vegetarian meal at the last minute and needed to make some other menu changes. Upon his arrival at the house, he got right to work in the kitchen and had the first course ready exactly when we wanted to begin. I can't say enough how DELICIOUS the food was. The entire group was raving about every single bite, and we have all been talking about it ever since. Everything he did looked and tasted of the utmost quality and we were thrilled to still have some left over (that we gladly devoured the next day). He left the place even cleaner than he found out, which was the icing on the cake of a great experience. It was the best way to celebrate a special occasion with a large group. Not to mention, he traveled quite a distance on a holiday weekend and we are so grateful. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to host a private dinner - big or small - that will taste like a million bucks (but not costing so!)

Seaflour Foods, LLC
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Faye M.
Verified review

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!

Full Of Soul
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stacy G.
Verified review

My experience with full of soul was amazing ! The food is well flavored and great pricing. I recommend for anyone who is looking for great quality food and catering.

Angelo's Market & Catering
from 9 reviews
  • 58 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Corey C.
Verified review

What a great job by Joe and his catering team at Angelo's Market & catering. The food was out of this world and the presentation was as if I was on a Iron Chef episode. It could not have gone any better and I definitely am going to be using Joe again. Thanks again. Robert S.

D.Myles Chef&Catering
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Diane B.
Verified review

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.

  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lola N.
Verified review

My name is Ms. Lola Nathan, a recently retired Public School Administrator. It gives me great pleasure to write this review for Gwen Robinson. I've known Gwen for over 30 years and our best times have been spent singing and cooking. She specializes in vegetarian, vegan, cooked, and raw foods. We have spent many hours preparing dishes like vegan potato salad, whole wheat dinner rolls, vegetarian meat loaf, roasted veggies, vegan eggplant parmigiana, raw seasoned kale, baked sweet potatoes, vegan burgers, all types of potatoes, every kind of vegetable, fruit, cake, apple crisp and so much more. Our latest collaboration was vegan lentil loaf in which we added organic shredded carrots, organic chopped celery, organic chopped onions, ground flax seed, nutritional yeast, liquid smoke and some seasonings to our organic lentils. It was so delicious that the guests I invited for dinner wanted to take slices of the lentil loaf home for the next day. Juicing is an integral part of our health practices. One of our most healthful combinations is kale, spinach, celery, carrots, and a touch of ginger, all organic! We know it's best to juice our vegetables and eat our fruit. Juiced veggies go straight to our cells giving strength and vitality to our whole body. Fruit we eat raw because this way cleanse our digestive system. Gwen prepares excellent fruit platters! Gwen is busy but she makes time for people like me who care about their health and want great tasting food. It doesn't take us long to do anything. I get all the ingredients, she does the preparing with me. Sometimes I just have her prepare meals for me for special occasions! She gets rave reviews, is easy to work with and is patient with all whom she is instructing. Gwen has taught many of my associates and friends how to make different tasty entrées and treats. She has no problem sharing recipes and keeps some with her. Young and old alike love whatever she prepares. She makes her own dough, from scratch, for fried dough & pizzas! Wonderful!! She is one of the best vegetarian Chef's I know. Always rave reviews! Always!! We know her as Ms. G, the personal vegan chef. Truly, Ms. Lola Nathan

Better Burger Catering
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra D.
Verified review

Hired Better Burger to cater a lunch at the office last year, twice. Staff was great, food was good.

Good Food Catering Co.
from 3 reviews
    Maureen P.
    Verified review

    I hired Good Food Catering for a shower in my home for approximately 25 people. I was offered a variety of appetizers and dinner items to choose from. The food was timely delivered, set up, served and cleared without interrupting the shower whatsoever. Most of all, the food was delicious! My guests really enjoyed the variety and there was plenty of food for seconds which many took advantage of. I was able to enjoy the shower and not worry about the food, serving or clean up!

    • 28 years in business
    Jill C.
    Verified review

    Food was delicious and delivered on time. Chris was very professional and friendly. Best catering in town

    Sita Caters
    from 2 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Gabriela P.
    Verified review

    Amazing all a round! You can tell she cooks with soo much love. She values your opinion and is always making sure everyone is enjoying their meal. Loved everything! Taste buds went crazy for her delicious food! Can’t wait for the next event. Thank you Sita Caters and her amazing team ❤️

    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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.