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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 a personal chef cost?

Hiring a personal chef usually costs anywhere from $40-$100 or more per person. Request free cost estimates from personal chefs in your area so you’ll know exactly how much it will cost to hire one for your needs. For an accurate quote, be sure to let the chefs know the number of people they’ll need to feed, what you’d like on the menu and other relevant details. 

To learn more about the factors that impact the cost to hire a personal or private home chef, read our cost guide.

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 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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

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 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.

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 do you find a personal chef?

You can find local personal chefs by searching on Thumbtack. Once you enter in your details (how many guests the chef needs to feed, the date, your zip code, etc.), you’ll see a list of chefs who fit your needs.

Reviews for Logan Circle chefs
Antonio C.
Chef Tony was absolutely amazing! He catered the surprise Birthday dinner for my friend which was out of this world. The wine pearing for each course was my favorite part of the experience, Chef took me out of my comfort zone. Everything was perfect for the two of us. If you are looking for a great chef, with an extensive background, and create an unforgettable experience. Chef is your guy. Thank you Chef Tony!
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
Sina H.
Amazing chef! ♥️♥️
Chef Nikki S.Chef Nikki S.
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Allen was fantastic; we have very tough critics in our family and everyone agreed that the food was superb. Thank you chef!
Chef Allen's Dinner ExperienceChef Allen's Dinner Experience
Daijah J.
this was my first time using this platform and i was looking for a private chef with good food for a decent price. chef darryl was the first chef i connected with and i ended up hiring him for my dinner - and i’m so glad i did. the food was amazing (i don’t even like asparagus and i ate it all) and chef darryl was very kind and sociable. you won’t regret hiring him!
A Family Affair Catering LLPA Family Affair Catering LLP
Thumbtack Customer
Fantastic experience with Chef Myles! After a small hiccup in miscommunication with location, Chef Myles jumped on board and in his car and made his way to us to deliver a remarkable dinner that was cooked all on site! It was a spectacular experience and the food was absolutely delicious. I would recommend Chef Myles and his team to everyone!
Chefs 2 Go Catering and EventsChefs 2 Go Catering and Events
Jon Z.
Daryl is a very professional and courteous chef. He cooked brunch for my group of 8 and we all thoroughly enjoyed our experience. 10/10 would book again.Thanks Chef.
A Family Affair Catering LLPA Family Affair Catering LLP
Julia L.
We had a great event thanks to Chef Jessica!
Earth AppleEarth Apple
Larissa L.
Chef Dorien is great. We hired him for a cocktail party. The food quality and presentation were outstanding. My guests were very pleased with the menu. I definitely recommend Chef Dorien.
Cheffin, LLCCheffin, LLC
Maxine D.
Chef Serge is so great! He is professional, charming, and super flexible! We hired him for a dinner party and the guests loved him too! I would recommend Chef Serge to everyone!
Pure Kitchen Culinary ConceptPure Kitchen Culinary Concept
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Myles provided outstanding service and tasty food for s family event. Chef was easy to work with and responded quickly to our questions and suggestions. He provided a tasty, eclectic menu that was interesting and filling.
Chefs 2 Go Catering and EventsChefs 2 Go Catering and Events
Eva B.
Look no further, Chef Tony is the best chef we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We cannot say enough good things about our experience with Chef Tony. He is an incredible chef and sommelier that really cares about his work. He had us do side by side wine tastings and taught us about the wines while we tried them. Additionally, he is interactive with the guests and a great time to be around. The meal was one of the best we have ever had and we didn't even have to leave our home. We look forward to having a reason to invite Chef Tony back!
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
Steven o.
I contacted Chef Christina and the Exotic Chef at the last minute! Our kids were sleeping over a friends and we had an impromptu date night. Instead of trying to get a last minute reservation or go to our local spots, Chef Christina customized a delicious meal and had it at my door in NW DC in just hours. An incredible 3 course meal surprise since i told my partner I was ordering food. I highly recommend the Exotic Chef - the only thing I would do differently is plan ahead and maybe cater at the house so we could enjoy it freshly cooked. Thanks Chef!
The Exotic Chef (Personal Chef &Catering Services)The Exotic Chef (Personal Chef &Catering Services)
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Paul did a fantastic job at making a group of foodies very happy! We host a monthly supper club in DC and typically rotate between new, hip restaurants. This time we decided to explore a different food experience and wanted to hire a personal chef. He was by far the most professional chef I corresponded with and the most accommodating in the planning process. He created a delicious 6 course tasting menu for our group and each course was delectable. Consistent, meticulous and talented are just a few words that would describe Chef Paul's style. Thanks for making our August dinner a memorable one, Chef Paul!
Chef Paul KennedyChef Paul Kennedy
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Paul prepared a wonderful meal. He was very accommodating aboit everything. We did not leave one morsel of food on the plate...and the desert!!! Wow!!! Fantastic experience. We highly recommend Chef Paul.
Chef Paul KennedyChef Paul Kennedy
Catherine C.
Chef K and her team arrived promptly, quickly prepped the meal, and served it flawlessly. The meal was delicious (a 4-course dinner for 8 people) and the team cleaned up and left the kitchen spotless. I’d hire Chef K again in a heartbeat. In fact, one of my guests grabbed her card and said she wants to hire Chef K in the future!
Chef K. JavonChef K. Javon
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Serge and his sous chef did a fantastic job preparing s three course dinner for an 80th birthday celebration for my mother-in-law. Our guests ranged in age from 4-86 and Chef Serge did a terrific job in helping us craft a menu that was pleasing to the wide range of palates present. He also brought plates and silverware for an additional fee which made everything so much simpler for us. The food was delicious. We had both fish and chicken available and both were cooked beautifully with the right amount of seasoning. He surprised us with an amuse bouche that left all of us looking forward to the rest of the meal. Chef Serge incorporated fresh seasonal ingredients into our meal. It was a blistering hot day so we all appreciated his use of summer fruit and vegetables. The ratatouille--was fabulous! We were particularly impressed by Chef Serge's friendly demeanor and how patient and engaged he was with the children. The kids really enjoyed watching the meal being prepared and had lots of questions to ask. Chef Serge and his souse chef answered them all and kept the children engaged. In the words of my nephew, "He's a great Chef!" We are so happy that we hired Chef Serge and Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept. We were able to relax and thoroughly enjoy ourselves and we hope to do it again soon.
Pure Kitchen Culinary ConceptPure Kitchen Culinary Concept
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Serge prepared dinner for 10 people for my wife's birthday. Chef was a pleasure to work with, fun and engaging with me and the guests, and the food was fantastic. He and his assistant, Jose, took excellent care of everyone, making sure glasses were filled, dishes were cleared, and every need was addressed. Chef made sure that both the vegetarians and carnivores had equally delicious choices. At the end of the night everything was cleaned and put away. The night was a fantastic success. I'm looking forward to our next Chef Serge event!
Pure Kitchen Culinary ConceptPure Kitchen Culinary Concept
Maureen H.
Chef Nikki's food is so good, and she is generous with her portions.
Chef Nikki S.Chef Nikki S.
Carol A.
Chef Serge's service and professionalism was exceptional. The food was outstanding and freshly cooked. If looking for a chef to handle your event, I would highly recommend him. I am planning an event in June and will definitely be using his service.
Pure Kitchen Culinary ConceptPure Kitchen Culinary Concept
Thumbtack Customer
I had a wonderful experience the chef and staff were professional and the food was great
Chefs 2 Go Catering and EventsChefs 2 Go Catering and Events
Lauren C.
Really enjoyed my birthday dinner provided by Chef Dorien. A great experience!
Cheffin, LLCCheffin, LLC
Syritha R.
Great service and setup for a birthday brunch! The food was great! Compliments to an amazing chef.
The Exotic Chef (Personal Chef &Catering Services)The Exotic Chef (Personal Chef &Catering Services)
Jessica O.
Chef Pambo was absolutely amazing! He and his team are efficient and the food was absolutely amazing! On
Pure Kitchen Culinary ConceptPure Kitchen Culinary Concept
Elyce L.
Chef Allen was very professional and helpful in answering all questions and insuring a great experience. He was flexible and adaptable to the party set up and provided a great tutorial on how to make certain appetizers. I would definitely recommend Chef Allen for all kinds of events!
Chef Allen's Dinner ExperienceChef Allen's Dinner Experience
Ray R.
We’ve been using Chef Pambo for several months. He prepares several meals a week for us, based on a menu he sends to us in advance for review and approval. Chef Pambo’s food is delicious, and he is an incredibly friendly person who clearly loves what he does. He is professional and always timely. We love working with Chef Pambo and look forward to continuing to do so for the foreseeable future. Can’t recommend him enough.
Pure Kitchen Culinary ConceptPure Kitchen Culinary Concept
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