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Kalorama Bar Caterers

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  • 8 years in business
  • 204 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
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David E.
Verified review

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
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine S.
Verified review

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
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
Verified review

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.
Verified review

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 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 99 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 37 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise T.
Verified review

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 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 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
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle F.
Verified review

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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MJM Events & Staffing, LLC
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Catherine C.
Verified review

I used MJM Events to bartend for a recent large shower I hosted for my daughter and they were excellent in all phases from pre-party planning and beginning with signature drink selection and providing shopping lists. Mary was fantastic to work with - she arrived early to set-up and even brought extra equipment in case we also may have needed additional items for the food service aspect. Due to inclement weather people arrived later and stayed later and Mary stayed an hour later than she was scheduled to and was so helpful with flawless execution from beginning to end. My party was a huge success with the help of MJM Events so I highly recommend this company and I'll definitely use them and and Mary again!

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bar eme llc
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Myra K.
Verified review

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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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
Verified review

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!

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With A Twist Mixologists
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dani N.
Verified review

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.

  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Meghan W.
Verified review

We hired BAR RO'D for bar-tending services for our company Halloween Party. We had heard outstanding reviews of Ro and we knew we wanted to hire her for that reason. She did not disappoint. Everything from the initial quote, to the changes throughout the process, went smoothly because she was so accommodating and helpful. Their services were great, and everyone enjoyed their high energy and attention to detail. Thanks Ro!

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

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"

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Thmas L.
Verified review

K&A Catering staff was very professional. The food was awesome and the service was great. Thanks to making my event a huge success.

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Gianna H.
Verified review

Talk of Di Town 2 surprises me every time as they prove they're not just another Caribbean food caterer, but will cater to a variety of foods with their own surprising twist on it! The presentation is always fabulous when catering events and the food is always top quality! I would recommend Talk of Di Town 2 for any occasion, as they will certainly accommodate. - Customer since 2013

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
Verified review

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.

Pemas Italian Restaurant
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Madison Z.
Verified review

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.

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 bar caterers in Kalorama

Need bartending

Arlington, VA

  • Event Type
    Other (Christmas PArty)
  • Venue details
    Private residence
  • Beverage types
    Beer, Liquor/Mixed drinks, Wine
  • Alcohol and beverage supply
    Host will supply the drinks
  • Estimated guest count
    25-40
  • Bar needed?
    No, the venue has a bar
  • Tip jars allowed?
    No - host will cover gratuity
  • Additional services or supplies
    (Intentionally left blank)
  • Details
    Christmas Party
  • $106
    Average price

Need catering

Washington, DC

  • Event type
  • Which meal
    Brunch
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mediterranean
  • Serving style
    Plated meal, Buffet
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    Would love to get prices for seated lunch as well as brunch stations. Will be providing my own alcohol but need ice and staff for bar (s)
  • $1022.98
    Average price

Need a Bartender

Washington, DC

  • Event Type
    Cocktail party
  • Vibe
    Low key / casual
  • Venue details
    Private residence
  • Beverage types
    Beer, Liquor/Mixed drinks, Wine
  • Alcohol and beverage supply
    Host will supply the drinks
  • Estimated guest count
    80-100
  • Bar needed?
    Yes
  • Tip jars allowed?
    No - host will cover gratuity
  • Additional services or supplies
    Set up: Yes, Clean up: Yes, Food service: No, Glassware: No, Disposable cups: No, Coolers: Yes, Garnishes: Yes
  • Details
    I'd like to offer two wine options (one red, one white), a beer option (bottled beer), and have a full bar available for mixed drinks. I'd also be open to collaborating on a cocktail menu or creating a custom cocktail that can be served at the event.
  • $150
    Average price
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