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Brainard Food Service Professionals

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Gulf Coast Bartenders
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny M.
Verified review

We were so happy with our decision to use Gulf Coast Bartenders! They were amazing and great to work with. We chose to hire a bartender and wait staff member for our evening wedding reception. They truly added to our experience of the perfect wedding day! It felt like having a good friend or family member serve up your cocktails and food with a great personality and fantastic focus to each and every guest. Even prior to the event, Scott's patience in answering all of my many questions was much appreciated. Hands down, if we ever get married again, we will be using Scott and team's services again! ;)

  • 31 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Dave H.
Verified review

Hello Chef Shaun, I just wanted to send you my compliments and those of some of my leadership team who attended our retreat and were spoiled by your fantastic culinary skills. First my comments: We have been doing these leadership retreats for about 6 years now and each year I try and do something extra special for my team to make the experience memorable. Along with a 4000 sq. ft. house overlooking the Ocean in San Diego, last year we hired a “personal chef” and had a fairly good experience. Nothing to write home about but it was nice to have that touch. However this year you knocked the cover off the ball! What an amazing dining experience for everyone! From the Filets and asparagus with béarnaise sauce to the Ribs with several different styles of bar-b-que sauce (loved the Jalapeño kick) to the beer can chicken and Chile Lime Fritters (WOW!) and the Lemon Tarts were out of this world. My team was over the moon with the service and the food. Flying you out to Lake Tahoe to feed us was the best “upgrade decision” I made for this year’s retreat. Of course now you have set the bar so high, I’ll have to fly you out to our next annual event. Fabulous job! Here are a couple more feedback comments from some of my leadership team: From my executive Assistant Kara: I was really impressed with every single meal Shaun produced, every dish was a step beyond awesome and clearly something special (BEST ribs EVER). And he catered to our large group with such an easy and relaxed manner! So both his presence and his meals were an utter delight. From my programming Specialist Tiffany: " Oh where do I start? Chef Shaun's food was incredible. Every single meal prepared by him from appetizers to dessert was not only delicious but plated beautifully. He was as cool as a cucumber in the kitchen but engaging and willing to answer all of my food questions. 'How come my ribs never turn out like that?!' Can Shaun come to every company retreat? Seriously." -Tiffany Troutman, Program Specialist. And from Barbara Thomsen our Director of Client Services: What a delight to have our own personal chef for our ShowSeeker retreat! What I liked most about Chef Shaun was his calm demeanor while preparing fabulous meals! He was so quiet you wouldn’t have even known he was there, yet all of a sudden we would have these fully prepared courses delivered to the table. Standouts for me: the chimichurri sauce Wednesday night; the filet mignon, so tender with crisp asparagus and a heavenly béarnaise sauce and the chocolate lava cake; fall-off-the-bone ribs with a delicious spicy yet sweet sauce. I hope to have Chef Shaun back to prepare more meals for us! Barbara Thanks again Shaun for a truly “Top Shelf” experience. Warm Regards, Dave Hardy Founder and CEO

  • 26 years in business
Olivia R.
Verified review

The food was delicious and delivered promptly on time!! The staff was very courteous and helpful and answered all questions that we had!

  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chef Sandra exceeded my expectations. I got great food for good value. She was always on time and provided invaluable suggestions. The guests raved about the food.

Island Epicurean Food Co.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick F.
Verified review

Service, food and communication were all 5 star for our wedding. They took care of all the details and made sure everyone had a great time. Wonderful

Our Humble Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Gretchen P.
Verified review

We had My Humble Catering cater our Thanksgiving weekend breakfast and dinner. The experience was absolutely spectacular. For breakfast we had jumbo lump crab and fried green tomatoes eggs Benedict with prosciutto wrapped asparagus and mimosas. That was probably the best breakfast I've ever had and being born and raised in Pensacola, Florida I've had a lot of different seafood breakfasts. None of them even come close to the creative and decadent creations made by Heidi and Jermel. For dinner they gave us a crab and sausage seafood boil that was to die for. Not only did it have fresh blue crab from Maria's seafood, spicy Kaneka sausage, corn, potatoes, and garlic cloves, but it had delicious chunks of dark meat turkey that made me want to come back for more. I definitely recommend My Humble Catering for all of your events ... they are very creative and set the bar high for Pensacola. Delicious food, friendly service, and genuine care to make sure that everything's perfect!! A++

Five Sisters Blues Cafe
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lauren S.
Verified review

Great staff, great food, and affordable. Will definitely be using for future catering! Thank you, Five Sisters!

Tiffany H.
Verified review

Ms. Pierce recently catered my engagement party and it was wonderful! She was so helpful in helping me and my fiancé pick a menu that was catered to our tastes but would be enjoyable for guests as well. She made the process very smooth! It was easy to contact her and she stayed in touch throughout the whole time. It was a simple menu of hors d'oeuvres but it was perfect for the party. And to top it off she is very reasonably priced! The food was was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. We are going to use her again to cater our wedding and yo do our cakes since she does beautiful wedding cakes as well.

3D Eats Food Truck
5.0
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
About

We offer professional catering with great food and great prices. We have BBQs, cheese steaks, and burgers. We're casual, quick and affordable. We are just simply the best for the money.

Pensacola Foodie
5.0
from 1 review
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Heather B.
Verified review

The food was amazing and service was outstanding. We would definitely use them again and would recommend highly!!!!

2 sisters cafe
5.0
from 1 review
    Jory M.
    Verified review

    The food is amazing

    Elite Catering and Events
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Krystal T.
      Verified review

      My experience with elite catering was a dream come true they showed upi had some last min changes and they were very accommodating to my needs and i must say the food is out of this world chef newhall knows his stuff. I would recommend them to anyone Thank you Elite catering.

      • 12 years in business
      Raul G.
      Verified review

      I really enjoy working with Kimberle for catering and planning events The food she prepares is always delicious! I use her services on a frequent basis and no matter the meal or occasion, I never have to worry because she has so many ideas and menus, that I completely trust her to choose for me. I always hear rave reviews about the food because Kimberle can literally cook anything. You and your guests will ALWAYS remember these meals. Kimberle is my top choice for a professional gourmet caterer. She completely deserves this five star rating.

      About

      We are a full-service catering company that caters to all types of service menus. We also have food trucks with an awesome lunch menu as well. We are "passionate about perfection." We aim to please in everything we do!

      About

      With over 35 years of employment in the industry in the positions of executive chef, GM, owner, dishwasher and everything in between, I have the knowledge to help you with your needs. Is your food and/or labor costs out of line? Does the person doing your inventory have a vested interest in the outcome (i.e., bonus or job retention)? Are you purchasing effectively for maximum profit? Are your bartenders stealing from you? Is your menu boring and dated? Is the menu designed to achieve the costs required for you to make a profit? Anyone who has either ran and/or owned a food service operation knows the failure rate for this industry. I can help you be one of the survivors and grow your business. I am also available for all aspects of catering with several thousand events experience. No job is too big or small. I do it all.

      About

      Full service Mobile Kitchen that offers everything from bbq to burgers! And cooked to order beignets! Always a crowd pleaser no mater what kind of event! Be sure to contact us today for your next festival, church event or fair!!

      About

      I am available for any cooking events that require food or beverage service. I give the customers 5-star service, bringing the comfort of home to your event.

      • 5 years in business
      About

      We cook the crepes fresh in front of you. You can customize the menu to whatever you would like. We have very reasonable prices. We provide all plates, utensils, everything. It's a unique way to entertain and feed your guests at the same time!

      • 12 years in business
      About

      We make people happy. We try to exceed expectations and make customers feel the value in a comfortable, fun environment.

      About

      At Southern Soul,we love to customize your event to make your perfect memory. Together we will plan your customized event no matter the guest count.

      About

      I'm very competitive in BBQ. We have a food truck and we are also working with pop-up kitchen trends, order ahead for bulk pickup, delivery, full service, cook on site, and event catering.

      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.

      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 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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      Need a Food Specialist for Meal Delivery Service

      Pensacola, FL

      • Meal preparation frequency
        A few times a week
      • Meals needed
        Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
      • Head count
        1
      • Serving style
        Individually packaged
      • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
        No dietary restrictions
      • Day preference
        Sunday
      • Time preference
        Morning (9am-noon)
      • Details
        I am looking for a healthy meal plan delivery. The Mediterranean diet has worked for me in the past. I work out 3-4 times a week but I need to clean up my eating habits.
      • $137.5
        Average price
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