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New London Chefs

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  • 17 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Nick M.
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The experience with Chef Colin was great! We hired him to cook a pre-wedding dinner for our bridal party of 18 people. We did all small plates / appetizers and he ensured there was plenty of food for everyone. We gameplanned before the event to ensure the menu was excellent and accommodated dietary preferences of our group. Everyone raved about the food - it was excellent and he was extremely professional! Would hire again for another outing.

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Chef Michael Haigh
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michele N.
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Chef Michael responded right away to my requests. I have not had the pleasures of using his services yet.. I am giving “him” as a Christmas gift to teach a relative cooking skills and techniques.

Global Gourmet Cuisine
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly H.
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W've been using Chris for just two full weeks and are thoroughly impressed with the nutritious, balanced, delicious meals he has created for his family. They've been hit with each of us including my two kids (10) & (13) who have eaten salmon, asian beef, Pad Thai, Mexican and lots of veggies and soups. It's been a time saver and a wonderful addition to our weekly routine. Chris is thoughtful, organized and a great chef for a range of occasions! Highly recommend.

My Chef Lara
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha N.
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Working with Norbert and Deb was a fantastic experience. We had them prepare a few courses for a bachelorette dinner. The food was delicious, they were soooo friendly and at the same time, very professional. I had a great time with old friends and the chefs! Pricing was on point too! Overall great experience -- I would definitely use Norbert and Deb again!

Designed by Delsie
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Megan K.
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We've worked with Delise on two different occasions. Once to cater a company retreat for our boutique hotel brand and again at a very special "girls getaway" weekend for several influential lifestyle bloggers in the New England area. Each time, the room was filled with foodies, and hospitality professionals and each time it felt like we were at our own private restaurant, but at this restaurant the Chef and staff read your mind. Pearl has a true talent for understanding a customers vision. She even helped us figure out our oddly shaped rooms and lay out floor plans. Kevin and the entire staff were so incredibly professional, very prompt and also very smooth. Chef is truly a genius. It really doesn't even matter what he puts on the menu, rest assured it will be some of the most delicious and beautiful food you've ever seen. When we work with Delsie again, I'm fairly certain I won't even need to preview the menu because I know whatever it is it will be awesome. We really wanted a curated feel instead of a catered feel and that's exactly what we got. If you're looking for beef wellington bites, scallops wrapped in bacon and stuffed mushrooms, there are many caterers that can help you. If you're interested in black pepper gel, truffle foam, and and giving your guests a dining experience they'll never forget- I'm doubtful that anyone in the area can do it better than Delsie. There's no way you won't be happy with an event catered by Delsie- they're on a different level. Thanks Pearl and team for all of your help!

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  • 10 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Colin S.
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Nina is a very fine server. She arrived on time, was cordial to both my clients and to me. She anticipated things without me having to ask and she followed through. Both my clients and I are very pleased the way the dinner went. Thank you, Chef Colin Shea.

Short Bus Catering LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Donna S.
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Clayton and Kurt with Short Bus Catering catered our 2014 corporate holiday party, which was attended by not only employees but clients as well. It was held on a Saturday evening at the home of one of our firm's owners and the approximately 20 people in attendance commented on how delicious as well as beautifully presented the food was. We had the opportunity to work with Clayton and Kurt beforehand in putting together the menu we wanted, right down to having sugar cookies with our company logo printed on them in edible ink. A couple of our attendees had specific dietary challenges (nut allergies, gluten free, etc.) which Clayton was more than happy to accommodate. No chafing dishes and sterno cans here; the appetizers as well as main courses were made on premises in small batches and as they were consumed, more were made so that nothing sat around getting cold. Clayton's experience having worked for Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio at one of his restaurants was evident in his attention to detail and knowledge of how to create culinary delights. They also provided us with a bartender for the evening who kept everyone in good spirits. We would not hesitate to work with Short Bus Catering in the future, and highly recommend them for anyone's event.

Chef Adam Baffoni
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Luis M.
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Adam prepared an amazing, custom menu for us! He was diligent about researching ingredients to accommodate my wife's food allergies and delivered a fantastic dinner. He was personable, professional and on time… a true Chef! Food was amazing! Timing of each plate was perfect, while we sat back and enjoyed great conversation during our courses. Food presentations were fit for TV and everything was made fresh. I'd find it hard to ask for more. Highly Recommend!

Black Salt Chefs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Karla C.
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Karla took care of us in planning our menu within our budget for a large birthday party that we were planning. Both Jamie and Karla were present the day of and prepared some of the most delicious food I think I've ever had in my life. Jamie is also wildly knowledgable and willing to share a wealth of culinary information with you if you just ask. Had a great time and can't wait to hire them back again.

Rosa Ross
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 38 years in business
Jill K.
Verified review

Chef Rosa Ross is absolutely terrific. Chef will use her vast experience and for sure you will benefit. I’m a professional food stylist and certainly Rosa taught me many things that have contributed to my success. If you are looking for a real professional chef with chef instructor experience than you can’t go wrong. Chef Rosa Ross is also a published cookbook author.

Lesley Moore
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
Elizabeth K.
Verified review

Working with Lesley Moore is one of the best experiences I have had. She is a terrific chef, her food is delicious and her baked goods in particular have become a family and holiday favorite. Whether it is for two people or a party for 40 she can and has handled it. Lesley is very good at sensing what a person wants and likes and finding just the right thing to make. She is very good at dealing with people with food sensitivities as well.

  • 13 years in business
About

I am a chef who has been in the restaurant and catering business all my life. I work hard at creating menus for clients which are personalized. I shop at the best farm stands and use as much local product as possible. I have received 3 stars by the NY times many times and worked in some of Manhattans best restaurants. I love helping my clients visons come true when creating their special event. Whether it be a small intimate dinner or a wedding,they all are special moments

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A diverse and accomplished culinary experience ranging from private, independent start-up projects to supervising and directing high-volume restaurant operations attained over a ten year period of thriving and working as a professional chef in New York City.

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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.

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I provide services for wedding cakes, private catering, in-home parties, and a private chef for that weekend party in the Hamptons. I will travel up to 50 miles west!

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I am a veteran of the food service industry. I have been a professional chef for over 12 years primarily focusing on fine dining, farm to table, New American-French cuisine. I offer my services in the form of cooking for clients in their homes or business for private events and functions. I will work with every client to create the best plan and menus for each event to match all their needs and wishes. From idea to completion I am always in constant contact with clients to ensure a smooth and successful event every time. I have a deeply rooted passion for food stemming back to my early childhood. I have always known that a Chef's life was for me and I have taken every opportunity to advance my own personal career and knowledge throughout the years. I particularly enjoy working with clients to make their dreams become reality. I love the creative process and pride myself on delivering the best service to my clients and their guests.

  • 26 years in business
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herbs leave their fragrence on the hands thaat nurture them seeing the gratification on my clients faces

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I am a Johnson & Wales Culinary Graduate. I am very passionate about food. I have been a chef for 30 years now. I have created many menus, and I can cook anything you desire. I can come cook at your house, or I can bring the food to you. If you have an event, I can handle the food. So, please contact me for any needs, big or small. I am very reasonable, and I always deliver high-quality food.

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We provide full-service catering to backyard barbeques, to corporate dining, to gourmet dinners for two. We will cater to your every whim!

  • 6 years in business
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I have years of experience and a formal culinary training Showing people cool ways to eat healthy

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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