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Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Madonna A.
Verified review

Mercedes Jo Events was everything we could ask for in a caterer. She and her team delivered on-time a fantastic meal for a family gathering. The food was abundant and beautiful. Perfectly prepared and seasoned. All of our expectations were exceeded. The process of working with Mercedes to pick from her extensive menu was was seemless. We will not hesitate to recommend MJEvents to friends and will no doubt return again when we need a caterer. Fabulous. Thank you!

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

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

A Private Affair
4.5
from 41 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 55 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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen O.
Verified review

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.

Sweet Bazil, llc
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Tijuana H.
Verified review

We had the honor and blessing of celebrating my parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary and wanted it to be nothing but 5-Star quality from start to finish and with Sweet Bazil, LLC, we got just that. Chef Karida and her staff were both professional and friendly from the first phone call to the clean-up check. I was hesitant about using a caterer on-line but I stepped out on faith and it was the best decision made. I was very impressed with Sweet Bazil's website and thought I would love to have that type of set-up for our event. After the first phone call, she sent me a menu to choose from and it was such a hard decision! Everything seemed delectable! However, I chose the chicken with mushroom sauce and maple glazed salmon... EVERYONE cleaned their plates! Even my picky-eating brother! LOL! Our guests are still talking about the first-class food presentation and just how tasty everything was. Some even asked for the recipe! LOL! Chef Karida has gotten quite the buzz from our event and she is deserving of every praise. I've learned, you can put your best foot forward in setting up any event, however, if the food isn't right... that is all people are going to remember. So, I say 'Thank you, Sweet Bazil' for making our event much more special for our parents. You will be hearing from us soon.

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

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

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

The food was so good!! We had an end of year celebratory luncheon and it had an international theme. We had 2 caterers and everyone kept asking who did this dish and who did that dish-most of the time it was the dish from Epicurean! So pleased and will definitely use you again in the future! Thank you!

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tee B.
Verified review

Excellent customer service and great food! I contacted Chef Nikki because I wanted to reduce the amount of fast food my family was eating. She suggested prepared meals and quickly provided a menu of healthy meals for me to select from. The food was delicious, the portion sizes were generous, and everything was professionally packaged. Because of Chef Nikki I can serve home cooked meals that are as convenient as fast food. I will continue to hire her.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faye T.
Verified review

Creative Visions Cuisine--the best ever. My guests are still talking about Sandra and her team--the food was great and very elegant, the team were wonderful to work with, and the guests felt royal. The best caterer ever....

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ann S.
Verified review

Great experience, found the food to be tasty and service very good. Try them, they are highly recommended!

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.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Fadeke G.
Verified review

It was my pleasure to attend a wedding reception planned by International Catering and Events, LLC. The atmosphere of the room after it was decorated by ICE was cozy and romantic. Upon entering the reception, what caught my eye was a beautiful sign with the names of the guests listed under the table number where we would sit. The tables were set-up very elegantly! The head table for the bride and groom had a backdrop behind it with the word "love." I would definitely recommend International Catering and Events, LLC to anyone who wants their special event to be professionally done and memorable! -Fadeke Gonçalves

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
Verified review

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.

A Lil' Blue Cafe
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Evan M.
Verified review

Pam provides 3 meals for my fraternity each week. She has also catered an alumni brunch for us. She's done a phenomenal job so far and has not disappointed. The food is delivered in a timely fashion with everything you need. Every meal she's made has been delicious and she has yet to disappoint. The meals are all very balanced and she provides plenty of variety. I would highly recommend her for anyone that wants a delicious catering experience.

ChiquiChef
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Meredith D.
Verified review

Chef Anna did an incredible job catering a wonderful culinary experience in my home for 25 friends. We had some dietary restrictions such as dairy free and gluten free and she curated a delicious menu that satisfied everyone's needs. She was also a pleasure to work with throughout the process - responsive, creative, and extremely professional. I look forward to working with her again.

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

DaShawn catered my sister's Sweet 16 party. He made 5 different items that were all delicious. The guests especially enjoyed the salmon cakes and the chicken club sandwiches with turkey bacon. Aside from how wonderfully the food tasted, DaShawn's professionalism was outstanding! DaShawn contacted me with a quote and a follow up phone call within 24 hours of my Thumbtack post. Next, DeShawn made himself available for a tasting and brought several items to my home for a nominal fee. Throughout the process, DaShawn was punctual and he even showed up early for my event. Finally, DeShawn accommodated all of my food allergies with ease. I highly recommend DaShawn Toppin, he was an excellent caterer.

Classic Catering
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Anushka H.
Verified review

My husband's 50th Birthday party was a huge hit and our fantastic caterer helped to pull it all together. They created a reasonable bar and food package, included linen rentals and even went the extra mile to organize all my centerpiece displays on the day. They did a food tasting with us; which most of our visiting family participated in..all 12 of us. They got he thumbs up from everyone on the menu selections. Sandy was very accommodating to work with and became the glue that tied everything together which resulted in a seamless event. I loved that she stepped up as my event coordinator. All our guests raved about the food and service. We had a great time and would definitely use their team again.

Tasty Affairs Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
    Mellisa F.
    Verified review

    The client was very friendly and professional. The food was delicious and on time. I would definitely recommend them and use their services again!!

    DC Downtown Bar & Catering
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Lyndsey L.
      Verified review

      What I liked about working with Sonya Rose of DC Downtown Bar & Catering was the quality of food and service. When I first came to Ms.Rose’s restaurant in her hotel she owned, I was amazed at the quality of the food served for breakfast. I was presented with real eggs that tasted simply delightful and quality sausage. The service was excellent and the servers were well mannered and diligent. I will never forget how delicious the food was.

      Q & A

      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      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.
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