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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 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.

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 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.

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 per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
Reviews for Coconut Grove caterers
Christian L.
Responsive, professional & great quality catering. Highly recommend.
Global Concoctions by Javier CordovaGlobal Concoctions by Javier Cordova
Thumbtack Customer
She is a wonderful, caring person, who catered my mom's memorial service. The food was delicious, the service excellent, I would hire her again in a second. She made a difficult time a little easier, because I didn't have to worry about the catering.
C & F CateringC & F Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks for the great team and delicious food! We all enjoyed it! Bravo Red Chair Catering!
Red Chair CateringRed Chair Catering
Ran G.
We contacted Mauricio one week before our baby shower when another caterer cancelled. The food was delicious, beautiful and affordable. All the guests liked it. The delivery and set up were spotless. Mauricio is everything you need when considering catering for your party-good food, beautifully presented and reliable!
Mauricio CrespoMauricio Crespo
Tatyana P.
Thank you M3 Catering for the amazing and delicious food for our wedding! Thank you for your professionalism, punctuality and cooperation!
M3 CateringM3 Catering
LATonya C.
The food was Epic! Everything was great. Service was amazing ❤️. Looking for a good catering company this is it ❤️. Well verse on all types of food.
Special Events CateringSpecial Events Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Traci and his team catered my mother's 87th birthday party in my home. The food was outstanding, the service was superb, and presentation was professional to the highest level.
Good Eating SobeGood Eating Sobe
Maria D.
Caterer was responsive and accommodating. Food was very tasty. I took off 1 star because I did think it was expensive for the type of food we requested.
Divine Creations and CateringDivine Creations and Catering
Aina B.
Wally was absolutely fantastic! I hired him to cater my wedding and I could not have asked for better service. I will definitely be using him again in the future!
Rice Catering, Inc.Rice Catering, Inc.
Michael D.
This company is amazing. They’re very professional, punctual, and willing to work with you. They’re food is ABSOLUTELY delicious as well. Couldn’t have asked for better catering. Definitely recommend.
F. Fin Taco TruckF. Fin Taco Truck
Ivonne L.
These guys are excellent!! They catered my office Open House and all of our clients raved about the food. Even the building manager wanted to get their number so that they can recommend them to other people.
Dade County Food GroupDade County Food Group
Shatirah R.
We were in Florida for thanksgiving and needed a catering service last minute. Maximum came through. Food was amazing and we even had lots left over. I would highly recommend them.
Sarah T.
Rafael and his team did an amazing job catering our corporate brunch. He was always quick to respond and very accommodating to all our needs. Highly recommended. Thank you so much!
Rosalia's KitchenRosalia's Kitchen
Thumbtack Customer
Hired this company for my first baby shower. Exceptional staff, and awesome service! Guest said she hadn't had collards that good in a long time! I highly recommend C&F Catering! They go above and beyond!
C & F CateringC & F Catering
Tonya H.
Chef Cassandra catered our annual trip and it was amazingly delicious! She was professional from start to finish. We could not ask for a better experience. We will definitely use her services in the future and would recommend her family and friends!
Heart and Soul Catering & EventsHeart and Soul Catering & Events
Suzan R.
Wally worked with me long distance and created a beautiful luncheon at our doctor’s office. Everything was delicious, people loved it. He took care of every detail professionally and made me feel very confident it would run smooothly. You can go wrong with Rice catering👍👍👍
Rice Catering, Inc.Rice Catering, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
From the first contact to the wedding day The Dancing Palate was fantasist. I was looking for a catering service for my daughter’s wedding and found The Dancing Palate on Thumbtack. Paul came to the house and cooked a sample meal of items that she had selected. After tasting the food, we know that The Dancing Palate was exactly what she was looking for and fit our food budget. We wanted our guest to enjoy the food at the reception. And that’s exactly what happened. At the reception we started with Hors D’oeuvre; Fried Mac & Cheese Balls (a brain storm item), Sweet Corn Fritters, Feta Stuffed Mushrooms and Chicken & Waffles with a Glaze Syrup (a brain storm item). Dinner included; Bread Rolls, Salad, and the guest had a choose of Bleu Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops, Skirt Steak served with Chimichurri Sauce and County Fried Chicken Steak served with a White Gravy Sauce (which was another brain storm item). Roasted Garlic White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds. *** Brain storm item…. Items not on his menu but more than happy to for you make. Dessert was done by their pastry chef, Moni’s Sweets Bakery. We went with cupcakes, Vanilla Rum with Buttercream Frosting, for our guest and a small cake for the bride and groom. Guest after guest had high compliments for all food served and for the catering staff. The catering staff had a high level of professionalism. They were courtesy and polite and made sure that our guests were well taken care of. Paul had said that The Dancing Palate would set up and cleaned up without any disturbance to the reception or our guest and that he would provide a high level of service. He and The Dancing Palate did that and much more. They gave us peace of mine in knowing all was taken care of. I would highly recommend The Dancing Palate Catering Service without a hesitation and when planning a party, The Dancing Palate will be my go to catering service. A BIG THANK YOU to Paul, Moni and the staff from The Dancing Palate. Contact information: Paul Lobeck- Executive Cherf Catering and Private Chef Services (786) 417-3825
The Dancing Palate, Inc.The Dancing Palate, Inc.
Christina Z.
Jorge has been AMAZING. I found him on Thumbtack for a party I was throwing that was canceled so I was not able to use him, however I did refer him out to my friends. He did a baby’s shower for one of them and severed his arroz con pollo it was delicious!!! She referred him out to her friend and he did her catering for NYE 2019. He did my best friends 30th birthday bash. And then he also did an office holiday party. Everyone has LOVED his food and constantly went back for seconds. He is one time, extremely responsive and professional. 100% recommend him for any catering needs.
Paella VIPPaella VIP
Elizabeth C.
After researching for many catering companies online that specialized in Paella's I came across Paella VIP and they did not disappoint! I had an intimate baby shower and did not want to cook, so I chose to go with the Paella Valencia and it was delicious! Everyone loved it and the amount was enough and even then some! Definitely spread the word with my guests and will utilize Jorge and his team in the future!!!
Paella VIPPaella VIP
Thumbtack Customer
Can't say enough great things about Chef Traci and his assistant, Mary. Courteous, attentive, flexible, and of course, fantastic in all matters regarding food. Their Argentinian parrillada was an absolute hit at our party. The food was delicious and abundant. If you're looking for a worry-free, professional, and skilled caterer, I would highly recommend hiring Good Eating Sobe for your event.
Good Eating SobeGood Eating Sobe
Sherman H.
Chef Elisa was fantastic. She is very assertive and provided a quick turnaround for my quote request. Her menu was catered to our audience (legal event) and she was very creative. Most importantly, the food was delicious and everything had a very home made delicious flavor. Her team was very good and provided great service. I would recommend her and will use her again.
Chef Elisa's CateringChef Elisa's Catering
Nafacia E.
I was so nervous getting a chef since this was my first time. I wanted something of different flavors and he came through. We had 3 days of catering from brunch to dinner. When I tell you everything was amazing. The food was not under cooked or over seasoned. I can’t wait to come back to Miami for his cooking again. Amazing work. 🙏🏾
Island Palate Personal chef/CateringIsland Palate Personal chef/Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Fabulous! Chef Elisa did an outstanding job providing an incredible menu, delightful staff, and killer mojitos for my staff of 25. I had not a care in the world other than enjoying my company while Chef Elisa flawlessly took care of my guests and allowed my hound dog to follow her every move in hopes that she would drop a tenderloin. Cheery, flexible and accommodating, she will definitely be back to cater my next event!
Chef Elisa's CateringChef Elisa's Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Elisa and her staff are OUTSTANDING!!! She catered for my 50th birthday party and the food was DELICIOUS!!! All of the food was fresh along with fantastic service. She made an effort to work with my needs and communicated very well. All of my friends LOVED her food. Make sure try the beef tenderloin petit course(it’s out of this world) I cannot thank her enough for making my party such a success. THANK YOU CHEF ELISA!!!
Chef Elisa's CateringChef Elisa's Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Elisa's catering was fantastic. We recently hosted a Christmas Party for roughly 50 people, and chef Elisa, along with her staff, was very professional and accommodating. When we initially consulted with Chef Elisa, she was more than willing to work with our budget while creating a delicious menu. Chef Elisa was always available and quick to respond when presented with questions or requests regarding the menu, staff, or general services being provided. The party itself was a real success, in large part to Chef Elisa and her staff. Chef Elisa arrived 2 hours before the party to set up and prepare the food and bar prior to the guests's arrival. She and her staff were completely self sufficient and at no time required our assistance during this preparation process. Throughout the party, the food was delicious and more importantly, consistently passed to our guests the entire evening. The server and bartender were very attentive and our guests were never hungry nor without a drink. We would absolutely use Chef Elisa's Catering for other events and we look forward to having her back at our house for next year's party.
Chef Elisa's CateringChef Elisa's Catering
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