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  • 8 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
Alisa P.
Verified review

This event was after my fathers funeral. I was one of the last people to get there. And was hoping and praying everything was set up and running smoothly. I walked in, the room was completely set up, food looked great! The servers received the food from family members and the catering service. Set the tables, put the drinks in ice, helped with serving, even helped out with a couple of spills. I was truly pleased with their professionalism and effort to help us with everything. I would recommend them and use them again if the need arrives again.

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BarTique, LLC
5.0
from 68 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
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David E.
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We hired Katie to bartend for our housewarming party. We had around 70 guests throughout the 5-hour event. Katie was engaging, professional, friendly and kept up with our guests' requests easily. She offered a helping hand with other aspects of setup as we were getting ready for the party to begin and she took care of the full bar clean up at the conclusion of the party. She definitely made hosting so much easier on us, and many of our guests commented on what a great touch it was and how wonderful our bartender was. Katie was an absolute pleasure to work with, and we would definitely recommend her and look forward to hiring her again for our next event!

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  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Katherine S.
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Serge catered for our office holiday party. He made a grilled romaine salad, chicken roulade with potatoes and mixed vegetables, and a chocolate tart. Everything was delicious, I was very impressed! I had never had catering done for our office parties before (sadly, we have always just done pizza or something similar), but this was definitely much better for a special occasion, and very reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to use Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept again!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa C.
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Mercedes was wonderful to work with...prompt to answer emails and phone calls. Best of all: the food was outstanding in flavor and presentation. I would definitely recommend MJE Catering to others!

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
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Best value you could get in a wedding catering company! Quick basic info on my wedding since yours might be different: Late May wedding in Maryland, 7-hour reception with cocktail hour and dinner, approx. 100 guests, Manor, garden & tented reception setting, buffet dinner including a mix of food and drinks representing the cultures of the bride & groom (salvadoran, thai, new orleans, baltimore). Just two days after our wedding day I am feeling so good about the decision we made in booking Top of the City Catering. Maribel and her team were absolutely fantastic and we received soooo many compliments on our food, desserts, and cocktails, which were all provided by Top of the City. They had also done a great job of setting up décor for the guest tables, around the venue, and for the buffet and bar areas. In addition, the service throughout the day and night was phenomenal and we (bride & groom) always felt taken care of. For planning, we wanted a rustic, elegant feeling and they did a great job of presenting us ideas that were aligned with our vision. Top of the City Catering is a smaller catering business, but that does not make it any less in quality. When we were first looking into Top of the City I was a little leery because it was much more affordable and it usually is said, "You get what you pay for," but in this case that was NOT true at all. Maribel and her team are very responsive in communication, are very open and welcoming to your ideas and direction, and will always give suggestions from their expertise but still respect your wishes should you want something different. I really hope that Top of the City will gain momentum in growing its business and gaining the respect it deserves. Don't let the size of the company distract you from the amazing service, quality of food, flexibility, and affordable price you will get from Top of the City catering. Get a consultation with them and see for yourself!

Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Anton was able to provide both bartending and serving services for our wedding. He and his staff were very professional. They were also very affordable compared to some other services we looked into. I would definitely use them again!

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F&Btainment by Daniel
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise T.
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JUST HIRE DANIEL! Where do I begin to describe the services provided by Daniel? He was PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS, HELPFUL and JUST GREAT He should give lessons in "BarTending with Excellent Customer Service." #VERY TASTY COCKTAILS #DELECTABLE MOCKTAILS Daniel visited the site a few days before hand to decide how he would set up his station. He took all the stress out of deciding what signature drinks we should serve, based on theme, budget, number of guests expected... He provided a list of what we would need to purchase based on scale of party. He hand makes fresh juices as mixers and sets up a thoughtful, first rate display. HIS SERVICE IS SECOND TO NONE He promised that he would arrive 2 hours before the event to set up and was here an extra hour EARLY. His input and assistance is invaluable. His interactions with our guest was what one would expect at a 7 Star Hotel or Restaurant; he was engaging and appropriate. Seriously, no one else should be a contender for your event. If you want to enjoy your event and have guests call you the following day to compliment the services provided by your bartender, who they have "Officially Adopted" USE THE SERVICES OF F&Btainment by Daniel

A Private Affair
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie S.
Verified review

Ms. Johnson's catering business was absolutely wonderful! Her food was delicious and presented beautifully! She was a true professional in every capacity. I will definitely use A Private Affair again.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle F.
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I genuinely can’t say enough good things about this business. I hired AC Catering for two events I held in June and July 2017. Everything was excellent! I was beyond happy with everything from the food, to the services, to the people I interacted with during the planning phase and the actual events. This small, family owned business actually exceeded my expectations. They have an extensive menu to choose from which allowed me to tailor both events’ meals appropriately. The pricing was great and the amount of food I received was more than enough. AC Catering received many compliments for the quality of their food at both of my events. I took a risk and hired them without having tasted any of their food, but I have to say there was no need for worry. The food was also delicious! Both my guests and I enjoyed every bite. The serve and clean up service was also top notch. George Sullivan and his staff were extremely attentive to my needs during my banquet. They helped to ensure that the dinner ran smoothly, and cleanup was quick and efficient. I can't leave this review without noting that it was a great pleasure working with George Sullivan (principal owner/operator) when coordinating my needs. He was very responsive to the myriad of questions I had, extremely flexible as I proposed changes for my event, and just an extremely nice guy. I am so glad I found this business. I will definitely be using AC Catering if I have any catering needs in the future.

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bar eme llc
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Myra K.
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We had a wonderful experience with Bar Eme LLC. They provided expectional service at my clients wedding reception. The staff did an amazing job. I will sure recommend them to my future clients and use them again.

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With A Twist Mixologists
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Dani N.
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I've used With A Twist on several occasions for my bartending needs. They are one of the most professional bartending services available! The bartenders are very friendly, FUN and knowledgeable. All of the bartenders we have used have always brought lots of energy to our events! The owner, Ayanna, is very responsive and provides fair pricing on services. She goes above and beyond to create menus and signature drinks and whatever other services you might need. She's always been very helpful with the pre-planning. You won't be disappointed with this company.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah B.
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We recently hired Clever Catering for our annual holiday party, and everything turned out wonderful. All of our guests loved the food, and Richard was a joy to work with. I highly recommend Clever Catering for your next event!

Big Deal Services LLC
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Derek H.
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We were very glad we chose Big Deal Services to help with the bartending at our wedding. They did a great job keeping a drink in everyone's hand and were well liked by all the guests. Would absolutely hire again.

Cosmopolitan Bartending
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kendra M.
Verified review

Lesley was absolutely wonderful! She was prompt, very friendly and her drinks are very innovative! I met her for the first time at the bar she works at and once I saw her interaction with her patrons, I knew I could trust her to be an asset to any party I have! Lesley has been my bartender for all of my corporate/private events for the past year. I highly recommend her!

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Jennifer's Your Bartender
4.7
from 24 reviews
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Amber O.
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Jennifer was one time, friendly, set up and cleaned up the bar area for our event. She went above and beyond what we expected.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Duane S.
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Good and plentiful food. Good service and bar tending. Cleanup also good.

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MTG Consulting
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Gloria E.
Verified review

OUTSTANDING !!! I could not have been more pleased. I hired Monte for bar services and to serve our guests food that was already prepared. He brought one other staff member with him. He handled the food setup and his co-worker handled the bar services. They setup quickly and was extremely attentive to my guests. He setup my buffet food and served guests hot hors d'oeuvres. He also created a custom drink menu that my guests loved. This was a 50th bday party with 40-50 guest. Monte even started answering the door and hanging up my guests coats. YOU CAN NOT GET BETTER SERVICE!!! Do yourself a favor and hire him now. I will hire him again and again.

BarSphere
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Dava J.
Verified review

I employed the services of BarSphere for my comedy show last weekend w/Silly Girl Entertainment. Ernest was great from the first call!! He knew what was needed and when to ensure proper licensing for our DC event. He has a great attitude/energy, he's very knowledgeable of what he does, he's great at communicating and keeping me informed of any necessary information, and he's timely and professional. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better bartending service. We will be using BarSphere for our next comedy show.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy S.
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Thank you for making my holiday party a memorable event. You are an absolute joy to work with and your laughter is infectious. The gluten free menu that included Ruby Sippers cocktails, mushrooms stuffed with homemade Mexican chorizo, shrimp with horseradish remoulade, leek & goat cheese frittata, ginger bread cookies, and other mouthwatering fancy Hors d'oeuvres left the guests wondering if they were dining in a 5 star restaurant. Thank you again for accommodating to my food allergies concerns. Because of your professionalism and work ethic, you gave me peace of mind that everything was going to be perfect to include the home decor and setting-up the kitchen table with silver and white embellishments. Wow! It felt like a winter wonderland. I look forward to our next rendevu in the kitchen. Bests, "Girls Night Out Crew"

The Cutie Behind the bar
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Felicia C.
Verified review

Her staff is always professional, polite and on time. I will continue to use The Cutie Behind The Bar. Xquisite Catering

Food Matters, LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mary L.
Verified review

We hired Suzanne at Food Matters to cater a large formal Ladies' Tea (80 guests). She was a sheer joy to work with, from start to finish! Suzanne was very easy to work with as we went through the menu selection process, even providing a tasting for our Tea Team (we were thrilled)! Her professionalism and food safety knowledge was so welcome. We just loved having her around and all of our Tea guests have raved and raved about the food (even sending hand written notes to us). Suzanne's food was so delicious.....and she made the savory side of the Tea so interesting and varied (we supplied dessert, which had a hard time following her food!). Lastly, Suzanne's pricing is beyond reasonable. Any of us would and will use her catering services again. In fact, several guests came into the kitchen just after the event to meet her and to ask for her cards.

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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