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Clearwater Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Clearwater.

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chef Tamara and her assistant Debbie were amazing! The appetizers, dinner and desserts were delicious, she even made sure there were plenty of options for our vegan/vegetarian guests. Every item and platter was artfully presented. They took care of every detail of set-up, serving and clean-up so I was free to enjoy the evening. They also brought containers and placed leftovers in the frig which we enjoyed the next day! I would highly recommend The Island Chef for any event you are planning and will absolutely call her the next time I am planning an event.

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

Chef Vivian is a class act! We recently hired Chef Vivian for a surprise anniversary dinner June 2015 and we are still talking about the experience! We were on vacation from and hired Chef Vivian while in town. She came highly recommended by the rental property. The food was simply delicious and Chef Vivian was so gracious in her total performance. Her food is just fantastic from start to finish! Not only did she cook great food, we were also so amazed with her total presentation. She managed to cook an impressive full meal, including appetizer and dessert; plus she placed all leftovers neatly away for us and completely cleaned the kitchen while we enjoyed an incredible meal. We wanted to help, but before we knew it, she had everything done! She was so professional all the way and just a joy to be around. She was engaged with our guests and really made them feel special. My whole family enjoyed her tremendously and we would with no hesitation hire Chef Vivian again. Chef Vivian was so helpful getting to know the party before her arrival and helped us plan the perfect meal for our family. She takes the time to know who she's servicing and we appreciated her genuine approach with our family during her visit. She is top notch to work with. You won't be sorry!

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bill C.
Verified review

our dinner was beautifully presented and delicious. My guests were also very impressed. Cheryl was great to work with and the menu was creative. We would work with her again for sure.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay A.
Verified review

Really loved Kim and Cam! They were personable and sweet for our bachelorette party's casual setting. We asked questions about how they cooked, so it was a mini-lesson for us! I really appreciate Kim's responsiveness and professionalism as well. She tended to my vegetarian needs which was great. We got a Thai menu and our faves were the coconut soup, egg rolls, and cake for dessert.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Doreen S.
Verified review

Emerald Catering was phenomenal. I had a reception in which 2 days before, the beverage vendor had to cancel. I had a vision of specialty drinks in which Laura and her team brought to life. Everyone loved the food: Prime Beef Sliders, Mimosa Salad, Gourmet Sandwiches, Deviled Eggs (love the garlic flare), along with condiments which were beautifully arranged. I would highly recommend Emerald Catering. They are my go to.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Leigh R.
Verified review

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!

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Pasta Chef Catering
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori T.
Verified review

The catering service of pasta and different of elements that go with it was provided. This is good for medium to large groups where the hosts do not have a lot of time and need someone who can take care of those needs. Customer service was very good. Presentation was excellent. All the food was cooked where applicable to meet expectations. There are things that can be worked on as a new business. For example, a salad should have all the fixings separate as some people may like some of the items but not all of them. In addition, some people are lactose intolerant to vegan and would not be able to eat cheese on the salad. The customer should be able to pick and choose which items they want for their salad. Another example, would be to have gluten-free pasta as needed due to consumers may have a gluten allergy. Overall, my experience with the food was good and very tasty.

  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Roger B.
Verified review

We have had It's Your Day Cafe and Catering prepare meals for our home, prepare a 4 course meal and serve it on our boat, and prepare 20 meals for our boat trip. Simply amazing food, the desserts are to die for.... what a great find!

Lake Harbin Gourmet
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Liza S.
Verified review

I was at a party catered by Lake Harbin and the food was delish. They had to keep refilling the trays because we kept going back for more! I highly recommend the chicken wings and the meatballs, and the cobbler. I'm hoping they open a restaurant.

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Bridget Y.
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I hired the Fishin Chicken ( Debbie Guy ) for a cast and crew dinner. I had special circumstances in that the dinner needed to be served to all cast members in time for them to begin rehearsal. we discussed menu options that would work and the event went very smoothly. Debbie and her crew went above and beyond, there were no unpleasant surprises ( prices was as agreed. they showed up on time) Everyone enjoyed the food they prepared and I would hire her again in a heartbeat

Gulf Roots Catering Co.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
About

I have over a decade in the catering and hospitality industry. I have worked for one of the premier catering restaurants and have done everything from high-end million dollar weddings to intimate house parties. I offer the highest quality foodand service at a price that is reasonable.

TREmendous Que
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Sharda G.
Verified review

We contacted them short notice to provide lunch for my staff and the food was delicious! They catered exactly what I requested and everyone enjoyed it, especially the pulled pork. They were very professional, friendly and quick to respond. I would definitely recommend them and use them for future catering needs.

Gifted Palate Catering
5.0
from 1 review
    Jazmin K.
    Verified review

    Great food, great chef!! Very personable!!

    A.N.M. Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Margaret M.
    Verified review

    I have had one of the best experiences with Luis from Lou's Catering. His presentation and food are top rate. Every guest was wowed by the amount of food and taste of all then food. Luis is patient and eager to please. I was extremely happy and very pleased with Luis. The experience exceeded by expectations. This was the first time I used Thumbtack and the first time I hired a caterer to cater all the food and also do all the BBQing at the party, it was an awesome experience. I would hire Luis everytime I need a caterer. He's professional, punctual, and an awesome chef. Thank you Luis.

    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

    Its carribbean food

    About

    I make soul food ribs, chicken, pork, yellow rice, beans, mac n' cheese, collard greens, etc. I include all the right fixings and also sweet potato pies and cakes.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    My prices are reasonable, I only use fresh ingredients, I try to support other local businesses when shopping for products. I offer buffet or wait staff. Also indoor and outdoor service.

    About

    We are a catering company that is privileged and honored to serve you. We provide quality meals for affordable prices. We are a specialist in diabetic cuisine. No event is too small, and no event is too large!

    About

    I do culinary, pastry, hall decoration for event and more. I'm an event planner. I offer international catering and table centerpieces for all occasions and am a Wilton instructor.

    About

    I am a certified chef currently looking to do private entertainment, cooking, catering and event planning.

    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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