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  • 9 years in business
  • 106 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
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Deb M.
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If you are seeking a true PROFESSIONAL for your event, do not hesitate to hire Rich! 5 stars all the way for this awesome bartender! I hired Rich Stein for my wedding at the Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. Approximately 100 guests and he handled them all with ease, demonstrating the professional he truly is! Totally focused, kept on top of everything! Prior to the event, he was very helpful in assisting me with liquor decisions, among other issues specific to this venue, and answered questions promptly and completely. I had certain liquors set aside for a few certain people, and that went smoothly. I felt totally stress-free knowing he was in charge of everything at the bar. I would not hesitate to hire Rich again, next time, perhaps a catering gig because I hear he is a great chef, as well! Thanks, Rich!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
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David L.
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Global Chefz Catering was professional,clean, and organized. I will be calling again!

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  • 68 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina S.
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DeCicco's recently catered an office Holiday Breakfast for us. Both Luisa DeCicco and Event Planner, Francesca Sgammato were amazing to work with. They made sure we had all we wanted (and more), worked through numerous menu changes and kept us within our budget. The food was abundant and delicious and delivered hot and on time. We will definitely use DeCicco's again.

  • 22 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Demi G.
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Laura and her staff were absolutely incredible. We had a vegetarian birthday party at my house and Laura handled all our requests. Everything that was prepared was creative and delicious. The staff were super helpful cheerful and professional. You can tell that they really enjoy their work and it comes through in all wonderfully prepared dishes. Thank you sunflowers catering for making our affair a truly special event!

  • 6 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Ruoyao C.
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We cannot say enough good things about SGS catering, especially Chef Grant. We had about 80 guests and a limited budget. But he was very accommodating in working with us. Great communications all the way till the day of our event. We also had some guests bring in food as a partial potluck. The chefs were really helpful and quick in organizing everything. We also had a vegetarian guest who inquired about vegetarian options before dinner was served. When dinner was ready an hour later, the server found her in the crowd and served her a vegetarian plate (we had a buffet style). I also made a two tiered cake myself for the event as I like to bake. As I was getting ready to assemble a tiered cake for the first time, Chef Grant pulled out his great decoration skills and made my cake look beautiful! We cannot say enough thank you for all the great help! Last but not the least, the food was amazing! The guests were all talking about how much they liked it. We are very happy there was leftovers so we can keep enjoying the food for days. We would definitely go back to them again if we ever need catering for any other events. Thank you again SGS Catering for everything!

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Festive Food Caterers
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kali G.
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Wedding catering. Everything was perfect, food was so good and michel was very attentive. No complaints at all! Would use him again whenever possible!

  • 8 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Willie C.
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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!

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Chef Plum
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kara S.
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Chef Plum is the simply the best. He has catered our family holiday gathering for two years in a row, and we only pray he is available next year. The food is delicious, simply prepared with amazing flavors. True farm to table. He caters to everyone's wishes and his staff leaves your kitchen sparkling clean. His skills are only complimented by his warm and funny personality which makes the whole experience that much more special!! We luv the Plum!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah T.
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I can't even begin to express how much Platter Matters Catering was the logistical backbone of our corporate event. They are definitely NOT just another vendor but a partner and consultant to plan and execute your perfect event. They were willing to make special substitutions to fit our preferences and even shared some fun creative ideas for us. The food was simply delicious; it tasted as if made with love and pride. Our guests appreciated the attention to any serious food allergies. All staff was amazing, and Ivett (owner) was a fantastic resource and helped immensely with the planning process, logistics, and answered my questions at all hours of the day. I highly recommend them for any event! Deborah

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Chef Stef
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Joe B.
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Great experience, excellent food, we'll reach out to him again for sure next time we are catering a perty!

3R's Events
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Kiauna W.
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Everything about 3R’s Catering & Events is amazing, from the beautiful work they put together to the amazing customer service and professionalism they provide. Regina stayed in contact with me throughout the whole month of my event. They made sure they had everything and was on time. The set up and decor was beautiful and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I will recommend people to reach out during their events. Thank so much 3R’s Catering and Events for everything.

FATBOYSBBQBUS
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Greg H.
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I want to thank you Fred for the wonderful catering job you did for my companies event. The food was outstanding, your staff attentive to all our needs and then some right down to the cleanup. Thanks again and I'm glad to recommend. Greg H.

Susan Kane Catering, Inc.
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Pam Garin
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This is my first time using Susan Kane and her catering services. We used her to help us with a Broker event for Colliers International. We couldn't have asked for anything better! Susan and her team made our event such a memorable one and the food was beyond AMAZING! If you want perfection, Susan is the way to go! Thank you Susan! We will most definitely be using you again!

Seaflour Foods, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy S.
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Susan and her staff are so easy to work with. I have worked withher for years and have never been disappointed. From drop off service to full catering; I highly recommend.

Savory Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole B.
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As an event planner in Westchester/NYC/NJ/CT, I've worked with many caterers and service staffers. Claudia's team has been one of my favorites to work with, and I've hired her multiple times for multiple client events because of her professionalism, top-notch staffers, and amazing food. Claudia is so creative when it comes to catering an event and she takes pride in not only the taste but also the presentation. She knows that guests "eat with their eyes first" and she does a fantastic job of styling dishes to ensure that they look as delicious as they taste. I am proud to work with Claudia, and look forward to hiring her for many client events in the future.

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Studio Event Staffing
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nicole M.
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It was an amazing experience having Milt, Janet and their crew as our caterers. They arrived early to set up and be prepared for our guest. The food was AMAZING!!!! I cannot get over their stuffed mushrooms, those delicious little chicken quesadilla, OMG the shrimp cocktail...I can sit here and name every single dish we ordered and tell the world what an amazing experience it was for my taste buds and my guest will say the same. I will continue to work with Studio Event Staffing for all my future events. Not only were they professional, they were very friendly and warm--they have an awesome team put together!!

Plum Pure Foods & Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
JB S.
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We used PPF to cater a small office lunch and it went flawlessly. Great food and value. Easy to work with. Looking to use again for the Holidays.

Better Burger Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra D.
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Hired Better Burger to cater a lunch at the office last year, twice. Staff was great, food was good.

  • 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!!!!

Cabrera’s Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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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