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Columbia Heights Event Caterers

Browse these event caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Columbia Heights.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tim S.
Verified review

Serge catered an event for a friend's family and was prompt, organized, and the food turned out great!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie Y.
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I was very impressed with the initial contact I had with Mercedes Joe Events. Mercedes was very professional, offered great advice and assistance. I immediately knew that I was in good hands. The food was delicious and the catering servive was excellent. Mercedes Joe Events is an A+ caterer who delivers! Debbie Young

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Natasha A.
Verified review

The customer service and food were both top notch! Maribel and her staff were fantastic to work with throughout the planning process and the day of the event. She worked with me to ensure my needs were met, my questions were answered, and my concerns were eliminated! I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a caterer for any event.

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Floyds DJ Services, LLC
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara W.
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Kacey and her team were fantastic at our family reunion. They were courteous, responded well to all requests, arrived on time and were generally very professional. They were also very good value for the money. Leading up to the event, Kacey was very willing to work with me at the pace I set and even recommended other vendors that were equally professional. Thank you!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Lidia A.
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Love the food!! The preparation was awesome and the best part was the taste matched it. I am so pleased we chose you to do this event and will recommend you to friends and business associates. Thank you for making this event special.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ciara W.
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We did not use this caterer for our event; however, George was very professsional and offered a variety of options.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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We had an office holiday gala with over 125 people in attendance and I needed a caterer, so I reached out to thumbtack here to get quotes. Richard was the only one who actually called me to speak more about the needs of the party. This made him stand out above the rest. Besides that, he had great pricing, and was easy to get ahold of throughout the whole process. The night of the event went seamlessly. Our guests loved the food, and his staff rocked the house!! I will most definitely be referring him to other people I know, and use him again in the future for our next event! Thanks Richard! -Keller Williams Capital Properties, Fairfax

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Kate C.
Verified review

The food tasted like it was made with very fresh ingredients so it was really great. Communication was very good. Food was delivered on time. I highly reccommend Epicurean Nutrituon Catering for any event, big or small. You get amazing value for your money.

  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We had a wonderful experience from the friendly, professional service to the delicious food. I would recommend them to cater any event and definitely plan to use them in the future!

N&M Divine Cuisine & Events
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Rowena B.
Verified review

Hi Mary and Noe, You are awesome to work with! The food and presentation was top notch! The guests were impressed and we are so happy with everything. Please let the (ladies) staff know how much I appreciate their professionalism and constantly checking and cleaning as well. Excellent service!!! I will surely call you again for our next client event/party and will recommend your Catering Company to colleagues and friends. Bravo! Thank you! Best, Rowena

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tracey A.
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Chef Nikki is the BOMB.COM!! She and her husband Paul are excellent in the kitchen and on the grill... She can cook for me and my husband every day if she wants too, we will never turn her down...😂😂😘😘 Every meal is excellent and tasteful down to the deserts... Nikki is very clean and sanitary, you don't have to worry... She takes her business and license very serious... I definitely recommend her for your next meal, your next desert or your next catering event.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
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I cannot recommend Sandra highly enough. She was such a pleasure to work with all through the process of planning a brunch to celebrate our children's baptism. She talked through the menu and the schedule with us well in advance and kept in touch as she pulled all the pieces together. Her food was beautiful and absolutely delicious. And, she was attentive to every detail. She brought tablecloths and accents to match the colors of our kids' outfits and arranged beautiful flower arrangements to help decorate the house. She was cheerful and clearly invested in making sure we had a beautiful event. We have found our event caterer and look forward to working with Sandra again in the future!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Oscar R.
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Saved us at last second for big event on the same day!

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Marion W.
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International catering and Events really pulled out all the stops to make the wedding I attended an event for the ages. Customer satisfaction must be a priority because everything was spectacularly done. They added a personal touch to the event that made it extra special and all guests had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy!

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa L.
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Jaclyn and I are preparing the menu and working to coordinate my event in two weeks and I am very pleased with her suggestions and input thus far. Looking forward to tasting her culinary creations.

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tami P.
Verified review

I really wish I could give him more than five stars. Deshawn is more than exceptional. He was super professional. This being my first time planning a party of this magnitude, he helped me every step of the way. He created a wonderful menu including appitzers and everything was so delicious. In fact the food was so good that guests of the party did actively seek me out to get his information. His food was the highlight of the event. I'm so blessed to have found such a talented chef to cater my party. He's super professional, talented, punctual, and reasonably priced. I will definitely be utilizing his services for all of my future catering needs. Ps. His greens are the best I've ever had..

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
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Absolutely impressed with the service provided by Classic Catering! I needed a catering company for a last minute event I hosted and Classic Catering was recommended by a colleague. I called and spoke with Sandy, who understood exactly what I was looking for and needed for my event. She was able to work out the details and arrangements for my party and was a pleasure to work with. I can definitely see myself using their service for future events.

From The Heart Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Anna M.
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Marcus was wonderful to work with. Punctual, professional, easy to communicate with before the event. Highly recommend!

Pemas Italian Restaurant
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Madison Z.
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The impeccable service staff and food at Pema’s Restaurant is what makes all of the events that I host very successful. Their professionalism is unmatchable and their food is great for my events because everyone enjoys a comforting, home cooked meal. I highly recommend using their catering/event services in the DMV area.

Six Street Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barsphere A.
Verified review

Chef Daud, is a great business owner. His response time is great and provides super competitive prices. I have used this catering company at least 25 times already for this year alone (2018). I'm an event planner.

Q E Cuisine
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Edward F.
Verified review

We called Q E Cuisine for a last minute event. They had less than 24 hrs to cater an event for 250 people for us. They came through without any issues. Was so glad we hired them. Donte and Edna are a great team. Staff is great. Hard workers. Good food. They may be a small company but they prove that they will become a big company. Much luck to you. PS. That Mac and Cheese. Wow.

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.

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 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.

Actual Requests

See other requests for event caterers in Columbia Heights

Need catering (full service)

Washington, DC

  • Event type
    Other (Non-profit holiday party)
  • Which meal
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, Mexican / Latin, Mediterranean, Indian, French
  • Serving style
    Buffet, Other (Appetizers)
  • Staff needed
    Set up: No, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    50-75
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    We actually only have a budget of 1000 for 70 people for 2 hours. For that, we need appetizers, wine and beer.
  • $507.98
    Average price

Need a Caterer

Washington, DC

  • Event type
    Birthday party
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Serving style
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    warming oven but no kitchen
  • $1130
    Average price

Need a Caterer

Washington, DC

  • Event type
  • Which meal
    Brunch
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort)
  • Serving style
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    100-125
  • Details
    brunch / lunch feel - we're thinking blood mary bar, waffle station, carving station, and then other feel-good brunch options for kids and adults alike.
  • $3035
    Average price
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