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Bradenton Party Caterers

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gayle W.
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Party for 70 people - We were very happy with Island Chef - the food was excellent and more food than we could possibly eat. Chef Tamara and her helpers were friendly and did a great job. A lot of my lawers and staff asked the name of the caterer because they were so impressed.

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Charliene L.
Verified review

Chef Vivian was wonderful. The food was exceptional. We could not have asked for a better experience. I would highly recommend Chef Vivian for any occasion you might want to cater, large or small. Thank you for making our party of 60 a huge success. Charliene & Linda Lemon-Steiner

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brent K.
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Cheryl did a wonderful job with preparing a private dinner for six in celebration of my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. She was responsive and attentive during the planning phase, including working to accommodate different dietary preferences among the guests, and both the food (delicious) / presentation (beautiful) turned out wonderfully. Thanks to Cheryl for helping make this a memorable evening for all and among the highlights of our family’s trip.

Intimate Catering
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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First Class Catering! As an Event Planner I regularly use Caterers and after using Linda I can say we found a winner! Linda was patient with our initial requests and ensured us of the quality of her food and she definitely delivered! the food was fresh and the presentation was impeccable. Linda followed up the day prior to our event to confirm she was coming early to assist with the set up. If we could give 10 stars we would. Thanks again Linda, and we will be calling you for our next local event for sure! Patrick

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leah M.
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I just wanted to say what an incredible pleasure it was to experience the superb quality of Event Elements catering and party planning. Kathy Paradise from Event Elements catered and coordinated a themed end of year dance for Murdock Middle School. This event is an extravaganza that is months in the making. Kathy was beyond impressive with her ideas, organization and quality of food and service. She was prompt, courteous and professional at all times. Kathy and her crew from Event Elements, helped make our dance a huge success! Our students, parents and staff were extremely pleased with the delicious food and excellent organization and quality of the entire event. We would highly recommend Kathy and Event Elements for any special party planning and catered events! Top Notch!

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Desiree M.
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I ordered a hundred wings from Kim for a 4th of july party. I got them in three different sauces asian sticky, buffalo lemon pepper, and buffalo. There were about 30 people at the party and the wings were a hit! Everyone loved them and kept asking me where I got them from and who made them. I love chicken wings and i frequent a local chicken wing place in Orlando and i have to admit that the wings I got from Kim were way better than the wings from the restaurant. I am certain that if I have another party I will definitely be calling her again for more.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Leigh R.
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Lisi is great! We hired her for a bachelorette party and she prepared 2 appetizers, a salad, entree and dessert for a group of 6. The whole group agreed that her demeanor and cooking were fantastic and certainly the highlight of our weekend! Her personality and customer service were wonderful and the meal she prepared was fresh, healthy and delicious. We would happily hire Lisi again and highly recommend her to future clients!

Rebecca Findeisen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda Z.
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I was a guest at a birthday party for a neighbor. Becca was hired as the in-house chef and the meal was absolutely delicious and served professionally. Loved the event!

Carrabba's Italian Grill
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret M.
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I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the convenience, quality and cost of Carrabba's catering. The manager, Cheyanne bent over backwards, for my office party, which says a lot because I am not the easiest person to please.

Sweet Tooth Factory LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle F.
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She was extremely professional, courteous, and did an amazing job on the cheesecake. It was THE BEST cheesecake the party guests have ever eaten. I will be recommending Ashley to everyone I know.

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Megan D.
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Amazing experience! The entire Team at Milan was great to work with, not only in the planning stages but on the night of our Company Christmas party too. Everyone that I have spoken too since the party has had nothing but wonderful things to say about the food selections. I will definitely book Milan Catering for future events and recommend them too!

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim S.
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I would highly recommend this company for all of your catering needs. They are timely, efficient, problem solvers and flexible. Their food products are always top notch and their attention to detail is first-rate.

Renowned Hospitality
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deb H.
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Everything about this company was fantastic. The food was master chef quality and the prices were too good to be true! They were very professional, responsive and on time. They are willing to fit your budget with a stress free GOURMET meal. All you have to do is invite your guests. I would highly recommend them for any of your catered events. They were awesome...Thank you Antoine, Victoria and rest of team for making our party a success.

Cotton Candy Bar
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Maria C.
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Awesome company! Great addition to any party or event ! The owner is super friendly, great work !

BrewBurgers
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim C.
Verified review

This was a great experience from beginning to end. The people at Brew Burgers made my husband's surprise party so easy on me. They even took special care to avoid leaving messages on my cell phone to make sure he did not find out. We had approximately 50 people and they handled it with ease. We could have had 4 times that amount. Everyone loved their food and I loved the cost. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you Brew Burger!!!

About

We are a full-service, off-site catering company that helps you create memorable wedding receptions, impressive corporate events and elegant dinner parties with a touch of class.

About

We make wedding caterings fun, glamorous, affordable and hassle free. Our chef Dimitri Xinidis is the best creative food designer in the area. Amy Tanaka, our catering manager is highly respected in the industry as innovative on venue or event planning. Owner Clayton and Diane Thompson work on every event to assure a flawless wedding reception or rehearsal dinner.

About

We will prepare food in your location or ours, setup of buffet-style meals and desserts. Serving and cleanup are negotiable. We are reliable and friendly. We cater to the needs of our clients.

  • 16 years in business
About

I have been in the food service and catering profession for over 25 years and started Lynn's Catering in 2002 out of my passion for cooking. I pride my business on delivering the highest-quality food and customer service. We'd love to cater to an event that you won't forget.

  • 6 years in business
About

All way's fresh and high quality my Clients loved the sepcial care we put in our service .The clients are very happy .

About

I am a personal chef and caterer. I am a self-taught chef who specializes in scratch made meals with emphasis on Italian and Mexican cuisines. Also fusion of the two.

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.

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 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 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.
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