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Chef Antwan Coleman
4.8
from 106 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
Douglas B.
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Antwan provided an afternoon barbeque for 35. He was punctual. The food was ready to be served at the desired time even though he had to re-do one of the dishes he was not satisfied with. The collard greens were the best I have had in many years. Antwan was easy to deal with and very pleasant. Everyone enjoyed his presentation.

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kayla J.
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Tamara has completed many major catering events for Vincent House, while at the same time teaching individuals with mental illness culinary skills. Not only is her food delicious, but she gives back in many ways. She knows the importance of precision and patience. Every dish I have eaten of hers has been incredible, however, her pastry and baking skills are suburb. She is up for any challenge and has more determination than any chef I know.

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Carmen R.
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I am very pleased with the catering job Chef Vivian Dodson did. She went beyond her duties when some inconveniences presented themselves; no fault of hers. The food was very good, especially the Lasagna. I highly recommend her.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Marita K.
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Cheryl is an excellent cook! Her food is tasteful and she presents it beautifully. She always comes up with new ideas. Her food is affordable and a person definitely gets value for money. She uses good quality products. Cheryl is a friendly warm hearted person and that makes it easy and a pleasure to do business with her. She always delivers on time. I can recommend her for all catering purposes.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Chris P.
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Jeff and Kathy did an outstanding job catering our wedding. All the food tasted great and there was more than enough for what we requested. Thank you and will definitely refer or request your service in the future.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
DeVan B.
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Chef Kim and Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering prepared a fantastic surprise 50th birthday dinner for 2 for one of my closest friends. The 4 course Thai meal was absolutely wonderful far exceeding my expectations. She arrived at the agreed upon time and dinner was actually served early. Each course was incredibly well presented and Chef Kim explained the fresh ingredients of each. Everything was so aromatic and the flavors from each course happily danced on our tongues. The kitchen was thoroughly cleaned when finished and she departed with a hug leaving us to enjoy the wonderful Petit Fois. I highly recommend Chef Kim and Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering for any catering event. I look forward to her catering my next event. Thank you Chef Kim for a fantastic experience!

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  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah K.
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I am solo pleased with emerald catering...super super!,,, they arrived on time,,,cleaned up an d out on time...food was superb...i would use emerald again and again

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Beth K.
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Lisi was so easy to work with. She knew the area, made suggestions improve our event, and was one heck of a cook! I didn't have to do anything -- just enjoyed the food and the great service.

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly K.
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Chef Janet surpassed my hopes and expectations. Grilling an entire surf and turf meal for 12 including appetizers and dessert for a special family dinner at the beach Chef Janet was incredible. No refrigerator, no sink, and no easy access to running water - she was amazing. Dinner was superb! Steaks were grilled to perfection. Shrimp and scallop skewers with fresh vegetables and new potatoes with a fresh herb sauce were simply amazing!! Not only was the food delicious, Chef Janet was absolutely delightful to work with throughout our planning .... providing excellent suggestions and promptly responding to emails. Thanks to Chef Janet our evening was nothing short of FANTASTIC!! I highly recommend Cloud 9 Catering and Personal Chef Services.

  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rookie S.
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Terrence was absolutely perfect! The food was delicious, tasty, well presented and plentiful! Terrence was so easy to work with and brought in a great crew. Everyone had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend Terrence for any event.

Orlando's Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mark D.
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We had an AWESOME experience with Carolyn and her catering. We had a party of nearly 50 people for the holidays and she provided and outstanding experience.

Lalys Catering & Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sonia P.
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I hosted a corporate event at work and at first I thought I would not be able to find someone affordable however not only Lalys Catering was on time but good quality and affordable just what we needed and for our next event I am planning to hiring them again :) if you don't want headaches and someone responsible I def recommend them!

The Catering Market
5.0
from 1 review
    Kaitlin Z.
    Verified review

    My experience with The Catering Market was exceptional. Kala is amazing. I recommend them to everyone!

    Culinary by Design
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Fabrice A.
      Verified review

      He catered a charity event for 300 guests and all of our guests were impressed by the food. Would totally recommend his services

      About

      I am catering parties and events. I like to work with people who want something different. I cook classic cuisine as well.

      About

      We are a full service Catering company that works at a personal level. It is our desire to create an event that both the customer and we the vendor walk away, blown away. We love taking your dreams to another height of greatness, that could mean the decor we offer to accent our beautiful food at no extra cost or offering you suggestion of places to shop that woulfor a d enhanse your decor or giving you pointers of things you yourself can do to keep your budget down. Its a big day...for a big dream!

      About

      Food is my passion. Using only fresh, organic, made from scratch ingredients, with nothing processed, is what I love best. I've been cooking for people from all over the world for well, over 10 years. Private parties from 2 people to 150 are not unusual for me.

      About

      Miller's Cafe has been providing professional, affordable fine catering services to the corporate, business and private communities of Tampa and Brandon, Florida since 1990. We are renowned for our high quality foods, for our custom menus and personalized function planning, our exquisite artistic presentations and most of all, our reasonable pricing.

      About

      Because we are a one stop shop. We can do casual to very fancy and elegant. We have been time tested, 40 years in the business and named by the NCA as a 5 Star Caterer. Making people happy that they chose us to make their day very special, without any worries. We always get repeat business .

      About

      We can provide great food for your wedding, corporate or social event. We also offer bar and beverage service and would love to work with you to create an unforgettable event! Our food is focused on fresh ingredients, bold flavors and innovative presentation. We’d be classified as modern American and we take the best regional and international flavors and make them unique. Since a majority of our food is made in house, you won’t find many of the dishes from typical “catering company” menus. Our food is on the high end side, but approachable, so you won’t need a French dictionary to pronounce what you are eating. Some of our signature dishes include our Cabernet Braised Beef Short Ribs, Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits. We specialize in making every client feel confident about the food they serve to their guests. Our quality is unmatched and our modern and inventive dishes and presentation are the best around!

      About

      I have done anything from a small get-together to a wedding. I have 35 years of experience. You may contact me from 8-6 P.M.

      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.

      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 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.
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