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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
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Debra R.
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Tamara is an excellent and creative Chef and always provides a memorable "wow" factor for all that she prepares and presents. Tamara is professional and helpful and always a pleasure to work with.She is unique and always open to new ideas and listens to the customer She is professional in all that she does and provides her coworkers a great experience to work alongside her as she is an incredibly talented and creative individual with a gift of unique and out of the norm food preperation and presentation. Tamara can make a picnic memorable as well as a wedding a true :fairy tale", Tamara is really all about the :first impression", you will not be disappointed with her work! Try her fabulous whimsical and fun decorative Shortbread cookies- the best ever!!!!

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Adam M.
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Vivian was absolutely incredible, no other way to say it. was not expecting food to be nearly as good as it was considering how reasonable the cost was compared to other caterers -- but when she pulled out the prime rib from the oven... I said to myself...."the game has just changed". And it didn't stop there--- EVERYTHING SHE COOKED was amazing and all my guests agreed. From the prime rib and pasta all the way down to the meatballs. She cooked for nearly 100 people in my very basic kitchen on new years eve. Had zero problems with anything being late or unprepared. If you find yourself looking at and considering her profile--- I can say look no further. Shes amazing and her crew was lovely as well.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Mark M.
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Chef Cheryl catered a dinner for us for 16 people. The food was off the charts, presented with flair and the flavours a sublime mouth full of heaven in each bite. Cheryl decorated the tables so beautifully and her professional demeanor and relaxed attitude made our evening one we will never forget. Thanks again Cheryl. Looking forward to having you do another dinner.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Josh C.
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Chef Kim provided catering to my staff for a full week - lunch and dinner. The food was outstanding and the service was just as good. She stayed in touch constantly and provided everything that was needed and wanted. It was a pleasure to work with her.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Gul S.
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They set up an amazing brunch buffet for me. They are very professional and the the food was so delicious, everybody asked me the information during the party. Thank you!

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jan N.
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Lisi was prompt in contacting us and following thru with prices and suggestions. We knew when we met her, she would be the perfect caterer. Her prices are good and we look forward to her help in April.

Lalys Catering & Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher T.
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The food was exceptional, on time and more than enough for all of our guest. We def recommend Lalys Catering and Events you will not regret it.

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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Teresa M.
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Angela catered my 50th birthday party with over 50 guest. She did a excellent job with the main course, her service and she always out does herself with desserts. I would definitely recommend her.

The Catering Market
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Kaitlin Z.
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My experience with The Catering Market was exceptional. Kala is amazing. I recommend them to everyone!

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carol E.
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Breakpoint Pizza is the best pizza in town! IF you are planning a pizza party, you want Breakpoint pizza! You will never order pizza anywhere ever again after you have tasted this pizza! Always hot, always good! Pizza dough is fresh, hand tossed, toppings are fantastic! Sauce is the best,, seems like I cant say enough? Because it is the best!!!

  • 12 years in business
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We being in business for 8 years I love creating new dishes!!

  • 28 years in business
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We take pride an makes us happy to see our customer satisfied happy an full Seeing the enjoyment our customer get when they are satisfied

  • 3 years in business
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I am not satisfied until my customer is satisfied! My cuisine is a combination of Caribbean flavors and Florida soul. Because of this culinary merger the cooking style is coined Caribborida. My schooling, experience and southern upbringing allows me to deliver professionalism and sincere hospitality. Whatever you like; within reason. Please give us a try and see for yourself. Seeing the pleasure and satisfaction one gets from an elevated dining experience.

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We cater to you for you! No job is too big or too small. We do home-style cooking at its finest. Vegan and dietary dishes are available.

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Pier 22 Catering brings a blend of innovative regional and international cuisine, outstanding presentations, and highly professional service to wedding receptions, banquets, holiday parties, galas, and fundraisers. From formal dinners to light refreshments, large events or small groups, Pier 22 Catering and its professional and experienced special events team offer a presentation surpassed by no other. Rest assured, your food will taste as fabulous as it looks. From preparation to presentation, we take pride in providing unique hors d'oeuvres, buffets and complete formal sit-down meals that are not only delicious to the mouth, but also to the eye. Because we are an established 35-year veteran of the restaurant industry, our resources and capabilities are endless. If we are simply providing food for an office event, or producing a wedding or fundraiser for 500 guests, you can count on amazing quality food. If you need an event location, Pier 22 is the perfect venue, featuring a waterfront terrace, patio and elegant ballroom. With six unique indoor private rooms and five outdoor waterfront settings, Pier 22 has the perfect scenery for all occasions. In addition to a breathtaking selection of venues that overlook the Manatee River, we are ready to bring your vision to life. Pier 22 plays host to a multitude of social gatherings and events. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 300 in our private event spaces, which come complete with spectacular water views. In addition to all of the specialty venues, our executive chef can personally create a custom event menu, featuring regional and seasonally organic ingredients. Pier 22 Restaurant, Patio, Ballroom and Catering is centrally located in historical Downtown Bradenton, at 1200 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34205.

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

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We pride ourselves in meeting and surpassing your expectations. We use only local fresh produce (farm to table) and we use ordinary ingredients to create extraordinary dishes, all with fresh ingredients all of the time. Our dishes are never pre-made or frozen. It's prepared fresh always. We create a menu for our clients within their budget. We feel flavor and presentation are keys. We treat you like family.

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Classic Catering Company is located in Hillsborough County, Florida. We provide quality catering services in the Tampa/Hillsborough County areas. We can cater an event for your own special event, or for small businesses and large corporations. Classic Catering Company provides quality catering services for the following events: *Holiday Parties *Company Picnics *Retirement Parties *Receptions *Birthdays *Anniversary *Business Meetings *Parties *Corporate Recognition or Achievements *Bridal/Wedding Showers Call or email us today and let's put together the menu for your special event!

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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.

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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