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Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rhona S.
Verified review

Marylyn was a delight to work with. From the get-go, she listened and really worked with me to create the right menus for my son's Bar Mitzvah (between the apps, the adults' fare and the kids' fare)...and then she delivered absolutely delicious food, even though she wound up having to work under very adverse circumstances -- the location wouldn't allow her to use the kitchen because the kitchen is glatt kosher, so she had to set up on a 7' x 8' stairwell landing, plus the electricity kept shorting out on her ovens. Nonetheless the food was absolutely delicious -- our guests loved it all and are still remarking on it to me...and then being extra-impressed when I explained what Marylyn and her crew had to deal with. When I first discussed the lack of a kitchen, she told me she could pull it off in a tiny space...and then she really delivered. She also went out of her way to be helpful to me in too many small but meaningful ways to list here. I highly recommend her and her catering company.

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deb M.
Verified review

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!

Natwerks Catering and Events
4.7
from 60 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Paula T.
Verified review

This was a brand new experience for me but I have absolutely no regrets it was money well spent Nate and his assistant did an outstanding job of catering to birthday celebration all of my guests were more than satisfied with their food and the entertainment but the food was absolutely outstanding I highly recommend Nate don't waste any time he is professional polished prepared and has a passion for what it is that he does and it shows in his work thank you Thumbtack and thank you Natwerk!! I will be using him for future events!

  • 22 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Christine M.
Verified review

I could not be more happy with the quality food that I had delivered and prepared by Sunflower catering. I hired them for a food drop off for a graduation party. Absolutely everyone raved about how delicious everything was from the Crostini Setup to "the best Eggplant Rollatini" they ever had. Being the first time I had used them I was nervous of course. But as soon as they dropped everything off with easy to understand directions and excellent presentation of platters I was at ease. Then all the compliments from guests!! Will be using them again and would highly recommend them to everyone.

  • 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
Rebecca M.
Verified review

Ivette's attention to detail and professionalism was impressive to say the least. She was the key to the bridal shower that I hoster at my house with 30 guests. She was so great that several guests asked me for her information to hire her in the future. I look forward to working with her again for our next party.

3R's Events
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Akina W.
Verified review

We LOVED the catering provided for my friend's Bridal Shower Brunch - it was a complete HIT! Everyone raved about the food. It was all so yummy and it was evident that it was made with love. Some big hits were the wings, breakfast sausage, French Toast, waffles and last but not least the amazing MAC AND CHEESE!!! Okay, honestly EVERYTHING was great :-). We thank Regina for the wonderful service she provided provided to us throughout the process. She, combined with Thumbtack, made it so easy and worthwhile. We truly appreciate all she has done working with us in a short period of time. It was fabulous! Thank you, thank you!

FATBOYSBBQBUS
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Greg H.
Verified review

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.

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The First Bite Catering, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori F.
Verified review

We were so happy to have chosen Chef Anne to cater our Mom's 90th Birthday Party. From my first conversation with her to follow up email she was helpful professional and provided first rate service. Chef Anne made recommendations as well as guided me thru selecting Glueten Free etc type dietary concerns. I felt like Ive known her for years as she is so easy to work with, now I have a friend in the catering business. We had many positive comments how delicious everything was and I would recommend her and will be happy to call her again.

Vivo Osteria Restaurant
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Hillary B.
Verified review

Benitez catering brought a food truck to our school carnival. It was the perfect addition! The food was excellent and the truck was prompt and stayed the whole time.

Seaflour Foods, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy S.
Verified review

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.

Full Of Soul
5.0
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
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 58 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Bill H.
Verified review

All I have to say is..WOW, what a great job, the food was excellent and looked so appetizing, Joe at Angelos Market was so much fun and funny he really made this experience unforgettable and a success, it was like eating food my grandmother made when I was a kid. I have a 50th birthday party to plan later this year and I already know who is catering that party and I think I'm going to use there venue this time what a beautiful hall. Thanks Joe for making my party a success.

D.Myles Chef&Catering
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tara A.
Verified review

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!!

Plates
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Magdalena G.
Verified review

Chef Matt catered my dinner party and it was absolutely fabulous. I host dinner parties often and Chef Matt exceeded my expectation! I was mostly impressed by the quality of the dishes -- some of the best BBQ I've ever had. I would highly recommend Chef Matt and I will be sure to call him for my next event. Thank you Chef Matt for an exceptional dinner.

Better Burger Catering
5.0
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.

  • 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

Good Food Catering Co.
5.0
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
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Magdaline H.
    Verified review

    Sita is AMAZING! Always on time, always authentic! Very easy to work with and will make sure you are happy with your order both before and after the event!

    Daily Bread Catering
    5.0
    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.

    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.

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    Need Catering Services

    Marlboro, NJ

    • Event type
      Buffet catered event
    • Cuisine type
      Casual American, Formal American, Italian, BBQ, Vegetarian/Vegan
    • Number of people
      100-150
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
    • Details
      Home outdoor wedding in Marlboro, NJ for about 120 people. Looking for a served buffet style. Ceremony at 4-4:30p with cocktail hour to follow immediately after. Dinner at 6.
    • $15
      Average price

    Need a Caterer

    Totowa, NJ

    • Event type
      I'm not sure yet
    • Cuisine type
      Casual American
    • Number of people
      50-100
    • Additional Service(s)
      No additional service
    • Details
      Its a 1st birthday so I would like kid friendly food
    • $2157.5
      Average price

    Need a Caterer on August 3, 2014

    Union, NJ

    • Event type
      I'm not sure yet
    • Cuisine type
      Other (outside catering)
    • Number of people
      100-150
    • Additional Service(s)
      No additional service
    • $3237.5
      Average price
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