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  • 28 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 23 min

Binta P.

Verified review

BEFORE EVENT I had a FANTASTIC experience working with Chef Kev, and I'll try my best to do justice to his services through this review (I don't think it's possible!). I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to anyone searching for an easy-going caterer who is attentive, accommodating, customer-service oriented and who takes control of the event to completely relieve them of any stress related to food/catering/kitchen. I accidentally came across Thumbtack while looking for certain supplies for my event. Once I realized that I could search for caterers, I thought I'd give it a try. Chef Kev was the first caterer to respond with a detailed menu based on my description of the event (3 or so others responded to ask me for more info without making ANY attempt to use what I had already provided in my initial description!!) . His proposal was well-thought out and it was clear that he had paid attention to my description and came up with a customized menu on such basis. It took me a day to respond to him because I was certain that it wasn't possible for the first proposal to be EXACTLY what I had in mind and even better than what I imagined. After having analysed the menu several times :-), and there was still nothing to change, I wrote Chef Kev. We had a call to discuss the proposal. Chef Kev was very accommodating as we worked through the proposal (I increased my initial count and added a couple of dishes) and discussed day-of logistics (e.g., I wanted the mac-n-cheese passed around in martini cups, wanted the food served in chafing dishes, etc.). MENU The food was fantastic!!! Everyone enjoyed it and they had seconds and thirds... A number of guests took to-go plates and I had some of the leftovers for breakfast :) Here's what was served: 1. BBQ salmon bites w/ malibu-rum ginger smashed sweet potatoes 2. Mesquite mini burger sliders 3. Oven roasted vegetables w/herb ranch aioli 4. BBQ sweet-n-spicy beef bites 5. Teriyaki turkey meatballs 6. Vegetable pasta w/ sautéed vegetables in a sundried tomato dressing 7. Scampi black tiger broiled shrimp & parmesan cheese grits 8. Caribbean jerk chicken party wings 9. Jumbo lump red pepper mac-n-cheese EVENT DAY I had initially wanted a caterer to drop-off the food, but decided to have one of Chef Kev's servers stay for the event, and that was the best decision EVER!! I had completely underestimated how much I would have had to do given that my event had many moving pieces. Chef Kev and his assistant Kim were FANTASTIC the day of the event and I couldn't have asked for a better team. When Chef Kev noticed that I had a lot of moving pieces and balls in the air (translation: slight event-day chaos), so he took control and decided to stay longer than we had discussed in order to make sure that things started off well and were running smoothly before leaving his assistant to run the rest of the event. I literally worried about nothing -- Chef Kev handled things efficiently and with a high degree of professionalism. In fact, at some point, Chef Kev sent his assistant with a plate for me...without that, I may not have ever gotten around to eating!! This is just one example of the types of light touches Chef Kev made throughout the planning and execution of the event which made my experience with him deserving of the five stars. His level of customer service was outstanding and my guests loved him, and several people asked me for his contact information.

Bebe H.

Verified review

My job decided to put me in charge of catering our fall employee appreciation event. I wasn’t even sure where to start since I was not familiar with any caterers in the Montgomery County area. So I decided to go to the trusty internet to start my search. I came across thumbtack which is a great site by the way. You basically enter what you are looking for and like magic you start to receive quotes from different caterers in your area. Chef Kevin Reed was very prompt with his response and also included a sample menu with his quote which I thought was excellent. We conversed over email for a while and I was convinced this was the man for the job. I also was adamant about supporting a local small black business. The day of the event, He arrived on time along with his help. I told him what our theme would be and he nailed the set up perfectly. A beautiful fall theme was laid out in our employee lounge right before my eyes. The Chef and his staff were very personable and pleasant to work with. The food was hot, very good and healthy. My coworkers were very impressed with the food and service. I would definitely recommend his services. Hopefully we will be working together again soon on our company Holiday event. We have over 180 employees here and he was able to provide plenty of food and we had lots of leftovers. Kevin is top notch. Highly recommended.

Dee M.

Verified review

Chef Kevin is a miracle worker. He stayed within our budget and produced healthy, delicious food for our high school music department banquet. One of the most accommodating and flexible caterers I've worked with in my 30 years of doing events. Five stars!

TOP PRO
  • 24 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 43 min

Sara C.

Verified review

Well well well, I'm not sure where to begin. Chef Serge is FABULOUS! His food is phenomenal and he is very creative with his menu. I had such a hard time narrowing down my selection. His personality is upbeat, lively and FUN! And all while cooking amazing food! I emphatically recommend Chef Serge to anyone looking for a CHEF, a cook, a caterer, anything you can use him for, do it! He also brought an assistant who was equally as pleasant and amazing. Sara Cataliotti

Jae T.

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We utilized Serge for an event at our Funeral Home Location. He was GREAT! The food was tasty, his demeanor and attitude along with his assistant was very pleasant. He was really easy to work with, and he handles difficulties well! I would use his services again for business or pleasure.!..........Jae Turner

Colette R.

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Chef Serge did an excellent job. The food was sophisticated, flavorful and fun. Our guests felt spoiled.

  • 6 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours

Margaret G.

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I can tell you from experience that Top of the City is by far and away the best deal for a 5 star catering experience. Our 6th daughter was just married and I wish we had found Top of the City for the first 5. They gave us the best price with the most elegance and the most complete service than any of the previous caterers we used or interviewed, and we probably have checked out 30 during the past few years. Our guests raved over the appetizers, the dinner was nicely prepared and plentiful. The staff was very professional and friendly. Our wedding reception went smoothly and we were free to enjoy ourselves. Maribel the owner was immediately responsive every step of the way in the planning and flexible in accommodating our special needs and desires. Top of the City gets my vote for the best deal in town. Peggy Gabriel Falls Church

Kimberly A.

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Maribel and her team were amazing! She is way more than just a caterer! She made our wedding beautiful, well organized, and stress free. The food was great! Couldn't be more satisfied!

Toni R.

Verified review

Maribel got right back to me with a quote on my project. We decided to have our event in our town so we ultimately went with a local caterer

  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Artranda H.

Verified review

Mercedes Jo Events & Catering was so delicious, high-quality buffet for our wedding. Working with Mercedes was simple and enjoyable! With a huge variety of options,Mercedes was able to customize the perfect menu. This vendor provides first-class food and service at a very reasonable price.Mercedes is worth every penny! People are still talking about the wonderful food she prepared. I would definitely recommend her to anyone on a budget, food was delicious. I will be using her again for any future events. Thanks again

Nicole W.

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Superb Service! My interactions with MJE Catering were pleasant, professional and satisfying. Mercedes Jo was creative and open to my special requests. We arranged a taste testing which was plentiful and delicious! The day of my event, MJE was prompt, courteous and generous. I highly recommend MJE for your event; particularly, if you want affordable, delicious food, and friendly service.

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 PRO
  • 10 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 11 hours

April L.

Verified review

My husband and I really didn't want to fall into the trap of so many weddings where everything is great except the food. We made the right choice with Key Ingredients. The food was absolutely amazing. My husband had three plates and several people commented on the food. One of my friends said, and I agreed, that it was the best food she had ever had at a wedding. I highly recommend Key Ingredients Catering.

Roland K.

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Caterer provided great food, table decor, and service. Food was healthy and in perfect amounts for the anticipated crowd. They did a splendid job of cleaning up and getting the site ready for turn over. Staff was present but didn't make a sound and worked tirelessly through the event. My first choice in the future.

TOP PRO
  • 1 year in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 20 hours

Ellen O.

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I enjoyed working with Dianna Gilbert of Catering Reserved because on my initial inquiry for caterers on thumbtack, she responded immediately. She listened to my requests and provided the menu I wanted. Ms Gilbert responded right away to any questions or concerns I had because this was all being planned from out of state. On the night of the dinner, the food arrived on time and was set up as she promised and I received many many compliments on the menu from my guests.

Jen M.

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Everything about our experience with Catering Reserved was incredible. Dianna Gilbert showed immense professionalism, and was the perfect caterer for our wedding reception. We are so grateful for everything she did and would not hesitate to recommend her, and the company.

Anna S.

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Found Catering Reserved on Thumbtack and never using another caterer again! Delicious food, responsive service, professional and attentive on site staff - I was so so pleased.

TOP PRO
  • 19 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Heather S.

Verified review

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

Adam R.

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Worked very well and efficiently, and even helped us out when our caterer was having trouble. Really knows what he’s doing, and would recommend

Jill J.

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Richard did a fabulous job food was fabulous. Party was a great success. I would highly recommend Clever Catering and use them again.

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AC Catering

4.9

(29)

  • 55 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 hours

Melissa P.

Verified review

On a whim, I decided to use Thumbtack to find a caterer for my mom's 72nd birthday party. OMG. I am SOOOO glad that I did!! I have planned a number of parties in my day, and I have yet to find one with such great professionalism and wonderful customer service I experienced with AC Catering. First off, they can fix just about anything!! While I had a basic menu in mind, I was forced to rethink things based on the wide variety of options presented by AC Catering. Other caterers wanted me to come up with the menu initially without giving me an idea of their speciality items. With AC Catering, you can get ANYTHING from breakfast, lunch, dinner..including smoked pit grilled items. So, I contacted them with my initial thoughts for a menu. Within 2 days, I received a proposal from the owner, George. Pricing was perfect, even with delivery. Additionally, they provide utensils, plates, condiments, etc. I was pleased. I had to make a last minute change. George was able to accommodate my request with no hassle. I called him just to make sure this change wouldn't pose a problem. He said "No worries. I got you." And, he wasn't kidding. So, party day comes. I'm a bit nervous because I never tasted the food or visited his brick and mortar store. However, the previous reviews from Thumbtack customers were all stellar. After meeting George in person, I totally understand why the reviews are so stellar. George is extremely pleasant and engaging. He arrived on time and was totally prepared to set up everything. He shared some jokes with my brother. Gave compliments to the birthday girl. He even shared the history about his family business. This party was for 50+ people. So, everything had to be right. Let me just say that George and his team didn't disappoint! The greens (with smoked turkey), baked beans and rice were EXCELLENT. I've eaten a lot of rice in my day. But, can I tell you how fabulous the yellow rice is? Very delicious. For meats, I ordered bbq chicken and burgers. Again, everything was wonderful. You would think burgers would just be bland and lacking flavor. NOT AC Catering burgers. They were thick, juicy, and seasoned well. More than enough food was provided. In fact, I had to encourage guests to take home plates of food. The deviled eggs were tasty. However, they were a bit messy due to lots of filling. But, it was totally fine. My guests put the smash on them. All throughout the event, everyone had positive comments and asked "who catered the food?" I didn't hesitate to tell them about George and AC Catering. I HIGHLY recommend them. In fact, I'm trying to find another excuse to celebrate so I can utilize them again!! Thank you, George, for making my mom's birthday so great. You will be hearing from me again. May your catering business continue to grow. God Bless you and your family.

Susan M.

Verified review

We ordered a whole pig roasted and delivered to our event. The process was so easy to order what we wanted and to pay. The pig arrived 30 minutes before the event fresh from the smoker. Absolutely the best tasting pork I've ever had! Fantastic experience and we'll be using this caterer again.

Linda K.

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The food and presentation were good. I would use this caterer again.

TOP PRO
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 12 min

Cija J.

Verified review

I recently used Dinner on Demand to cater my graduation party. Not only was Chef B exceptionally professional but her food was delicious; two things you want from a chef! My favorite part of this process was collaborating with Chef B about the menu. I’m a one-note cook, making the same boring meals weekly, but together she helped me to come up with a menu that would satisfy my family and accommodate two of my friends’ special diets—one is vegan and the other has a gluten allergy. Typically party food for me is wings, chips and dip and some hot dogs and hamburgers. For my party, Chef B assembled muffuletta sliders on Hawaiian bread as the opening act. No boring chips and dip here! While we noshed on the sliders she sliced up the roasted brisket which was encrusted with garlic and sea-salt and served with chimichurri sauce. She also sautéed some sweet potato clear noodles with veggies and put together a mixed green salad with sliced pear, smoky bacon, blue cheese crumbles and chopped egg—a lovely mix of tangy and sweet. To top off this fantastic meal she made a homemade flan that was so tasty, folks in my family who “don’t eat that kind of stuff,” were tearing into the rich vanilla-laden custard with so much gusto, I had to put some to the side and stash in the back of the fridge. I would use Chef B’s services again. When you watch her cook you know this is what she loves to do and that love comes through the food.

Attica A.

Verified review

Belinda is nothing short of amazing. Her skill across many types of food is incredible! It was very important to me that our family have healthy and delicious food -- Belinda created weekly menu's that delivered beyond our expectation. In addition to her wonderful culinary skills, she is warm, smart and friendly -- a complete pleasure to be around. We struck gold when we found Dinner on Demand!

Shawn R.

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Dinner on Demand & Belinda are amazing! My family and I never had time to meal prep as we would like and most times ended up eating less than quality food, despite our best intentions. DoD & Belinda source food as locally as possible, as fresh as possible and as sustainable as possible. And the meals are dynamite!

  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Renee S.

Verified review

I throughly enjoyed my evening. We coordinated with 2 other couples for what turned out to be a fun cooking lesson evening. Chef Jackie was great and the food was delicious. (Everything was really good but the chocolate moose was beyond amazing.) We learned several fun aspects that I will use in the future. Would certainly recommend for a fun evening.

Saskia F.

Verified review

The experience was wonderful! The presentation in itself was awesome. Nicely set, worthy of a feature on a food network. The food was delicious. Breakfast consisted of waffles with a strawberry on top, scrambled eggs, home fries and fried chicken. Everything was well seasoned and definitely satisfied my appetite. Thanks Jackie!!!

Trina F.

Verified review

The food was delicious. Ms. Jackie arrived on time and handled everything! I will be using her services again.

TOP PRO
  • 20 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 min

Emmanuel N.

Verified review

PHG personnel where very professional and helpful from the get go. Candi, who set up the reservation for us, was understanding and very helpful to meeting our needs. The delivery was punctual. The food was great and everyone at the office party enjoyed the meal with complements that a great caterer was selected and a job well done. I wasn't to thank the PHG team for their service to DC Water and look forward to more opportunities with PHG. God bless PHG and may He grow their company beyond borders in Jesus name, amen.

Thumbtack Customer

Verified review

Candi was warm, helpful with suggestions, flexible, and a pleasure to work with. The food was delicious. I would use PHG. again. Many guests complimented the food and asked for the name of our caterer.

Kelly D.

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Candi made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. The food was delicious. I would happily use Potomac Group again!

TOP PRO
  • 14 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Ramonia C.

Verified review

THEY DID A GREAT JOB at our wedding the food was great the price was so reasonable with a high quality menu. Thanks Uncle Fred's BBQ We will be using his services in the future for other family events. Mr and Mrs Hines July 20th 2013

Darcy S.

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The Uncle Fred's staff was top notch, the food was excellent and I received nothing but compliments from the party guests

Heather D.

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Fred was wonderful to work with, very responsive, great food! GREAT addition to our event.

  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 min

Kristin J.

Verified review

Enjoyed a wonderful sampling of foods from this caterer. I had never tasted such delicacies as Boolanee before; what a treat! Chef Nasrin is as pleasant as she is talented and her food is everything you hope it will be and more.

Lexi P.

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Nasrin cooks delicious organic dinners for our family of four each week. The food is excellent and she focuses on healthy, vegetarian food for us. We couldn't live without her!

Shilpa F.

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Healthy Catering Company catered food to our new year party for about 50 people. The experience was fantastic! Food was so fresh and delicious absolutely loved it.

  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 17 min

March L.

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The food tastes great and the price is within our budget. I will definitely hire them again. Everyone who attended our mid year business meeting gave them a thumbs up and said that "I did an awesome job picking the right caterer"! Yvonne was very accommodating and the service was superb. I have all praise for this restaurant! She even adjusted the recipe based on my request. My daughter even said that their sandwiches are better than Panera!

Alexandra B.

Verified review

Olive Express provided an affordable and delicious catering for my engagement party. Everyone LOVED the food and the set up looked fantastic. I would recommend them for any event! The staff is very flexible and willing to work with you on any menu that fits your budget and theme. Additionally, Yvonne is especially responsive to email and phone calls. I am looking forward to using Olive Express again at my friend's baby shower!

Cheryl M.

Verified review

Thank you Yvonne & Olive Express for an absolutely SUPERB lunch! Not only was the food delicious, the portions were plenty to feed everyone and still have some left over for a delicious lunch the next day! Service was prompt and courteous and a definite hit with everyone - Thank you so much. We will definitely think of Olive Express for our next catering need.

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 min

Terri F.

Verified review

What a great event! Brian hosted our after party, wedding reception. The food was fabulous and his attention to detail is amazing. He was chef and host, catering to our guests and having fun. If you are looking for great food and a fun event, I highly recommend Smoker's Delight BBQ and Brian Israel, looking forward to hiring him for our fall event. Terri Fleck

Danielle S.

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Brian and his team catered our wedding this weekend. They were prompt, professional, well dressed, and had a good time with our guests. The food was awesome and the memories are even better. He brought tons of food- It's Tuesday and I am still eating left over ribs! Thank you for everything! D and Susie

Valorie R.

Verified review

A great experience!! The food was delicious. Thanks to Smoker's Delight BBQ for making our celebration even more enjoyable!!

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 29 min

Vince S.

Verified review

Ordered for food do 35 post-wedding brunch. Menu was organized and easy to pick from. Jaclyn was responsive and helpful with sizing food plates and making recommendations. Everyone was super thrilled to see the amount of food (had some leftovers) and everything was tasty. Would definitely order again.

Jennifer B.

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We used Made with Love to cater my grandfather's funeral, and it was exactly what we needed. The menu was perfect (ribs, chicken, salmon, mac and cheese, beans, bread pudding). Very comforting and delicious. The food was delivered on time with no worries and it was all great.

Kgomotso S.

Verified review

I was very pleased with Made with Love Catering. She was on time, the set-up was fast. The food was warm at all times and most importantly she made enough food for the headcount I gave her. I even had a little bit to take home and enjoy the next day! Thank you! :)

TOP PRO
  • 24 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Cynthia F.

Verified review

I was asked to complete the task of finding a caterer for breakfast for a corporate meeting of 80 people within 4 days and to have them deliver the food before 6am. Thomas Franklin at Columbia Chef Catering was the 3rd business I had spoke to regarding my function. He was so pleasant and when he said yes to the 5:30am drop off I was sold!! Thank you so much for all of your assistance in making our function so much more pleasurable.

James R.

Verified review

Our company uses Columbia Chef Catering for two locations in the BWI area. They are always on time with fresh product and friendly service! I would highly recommend Columbia Chef Catering to everyone!

Lesley S.

Verified review

Columbia Chef arrived at the requested time, the meal was delicious, hot and the presentation was great. We are planning our next catered meal.

  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 min

Thmas L.

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

Eddie K.

Verified review

Good food excellent customer service. I recommend her for all your events.

Ecedra M.

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The food was excellent and delivered on time for our business meeting.

Sweet Soul

4.3

(9)

  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Aubri L.

Verified review

Sweet Soul provided an amazing culinary experience for myself and attendees at a business function. The food was delicious, fresh and well prepared. The owner, Aurelia, was very polite and attentive to all aspects of the affair. I would highly recommend Sweet Soul catering for anyone looking for delicious high quality catering services at an affordable price point! DELICIOUS!!

Jerrell M.

Verified review

Highly recommend She care for your dreams to become a reality, and that's why you hire a caterer right? She was very professional and accommodating to my needs . Aurelia without a doubt is a true gem in the kitchen. If you choose to use Sweet Souls catering , you will be glad you did !

Jay H.

Verified review

I've had the pleasure of having food catered by Sweet Soul on more than one occasion, and all I can say everything I've had is simply amazing. The soul food, the deserts, everything! Sweet Soul does not disappoint, and I would easily recommend it to anyone.

  • 6 years in business
  • Response time: 10 min
  • Springfield, VA

Victoria F.

Verified review

Excellent group of people working to get things done with quality! Love their catering service and everyone is delighted with the taste!!

Liz B.

Verified review

Everything was wonderful, the food, the presentation, and the service. We are very happy with what they did for our celebration.

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 40 min

Sarah W.

Verified review

We hired Talk of Di town last Christmas when we were in a pinch and our caterer cancelled on the week before the the dinner. We appreciate that the provided us different menu options and not only were they able to serve our guests they provided a Bar tender as well. The food was amazing! They helped to prepare our home for our dinner guests, serve the meal, and cleaned up after everyone was done. Top notch!

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

Ted B.

Verified review

So happy that they were able to drop off food for our bridal shower. We had 65 guests and 12 had some sort of allergy. They worked with all of our requests and the owner personally made sure that we had no issues. This was MAJOR concern for us. Put our mind at ease. Thanks!

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