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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 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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Cooper City caterers
Rick M.
Awesome service, excellent food, great price. Each interaction with the staff at Exquisite Catering was efficient and professional. Out group of 14 flew in on Thursday afternoon and Exquisite Catering delivered an "Italian Feast" that far exceeded our expectations in taste, service, and cost. Thanks for making our first night in town great.
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Melanie G.
Brian came out to the jobsite to meet us prior to the catering job. He was full of good cheer and willing to please. The event went excellent and the food was delicious.
Dade County Food GroupDade County Food Group
Margarita K.
Social Butterfly did an amazing job catering for a bachelorette brunch. They were punctual, incredibly professional and friendly. Everything was done beautifully and was delicious. I highly recommend them.
Social Butterfly Event ServicesSocial Butterfly Event Services
Thumbtack Customer
I was a bit nervous to use a catering company since I've never used one before. Exquisite Catering by Robert made it so easy. Sara answered all my questions ( I had many ) and was so helpful. The food arrived on time and was delicious. We ordered the Cuban combination. Our guests were happy. Thank you guys for an excellent job. I will definitely recommend them and will use them again.
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Thumbtack Customer
They took weeks to contact me back to answer questions and I asked for a contract & final menu a month ago which I haven't received. I'm finding a new cater.
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
T. A.
Heart & Soul Catering was all that I wanted and more. I was specifically looking for soulful vegan cuisine, and Chef Cassandra did not disappoint. She's not only professional, but offers a very personal touch. She catered the lunch for my women's retreat and everyone was so shocked at the incredible and flavorful taste of all of the options. Working with her was such a pleasure as she customized a menu that met our quality and value standards. I'll definitely use her again.
Heart and Soul Catering & EventsHeart and Soul Catering & Events
Nicole S.
My experience with Exquisite Catering was definitely 5 stars. The food was delicious everyone loved it and they were so easy to work with and accommodating. I highly recommend them for your next event.
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Millicent F.
The food was fantastic! Great communication, and very professional! I would definitely recommend them. If I ever need a caterer again in the Miami area, I would use them again!
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Thumbtack Customer
We could not be happier with food and service we got from Exquisite Catering by Robert. The whole process was so effortless and Vanessa and Alison were readily available to answer any questions. The food was outstanding! All our guests and staff could not stop raving about the wonderful the food was. Thank you, thank you again for making our event special from beginning to end. We will definitely be referring and using Exquisite Catering by Robert again!!! Sincerely, Lisa Marrero Floor and Decor
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Michael C.
Jorge was excellent. From the communication, to accommodating our event, to just an overall pleasure having Jorge cater our event. Everything was excellent and I would not hesitate contacting Jorge and Paella VIP again in the future. Thank you.
Paella VIPPaella VIP
Brian H.
Maximum events catered my 50th bday dinner and the food was outstanding. I have used several in the past but they’re by far the best. The communication, punctuality, quality, and taste is amazing. Thanks foe the 5 star service. I will be using you again.
Aurelie D.
Chef took care of the catering for my baby boy's first birthday and it was just perfect. We had great exchanges by email and phone before the event. The D-Day he was on time and the food was set without any problem. All my guests really enjoyed the food. I thought I ordered too much but at the end, most of the food was gone - especially the ribs : so freaking delicious. Everybody asked me where I have found this food. And the cake was also awesome. As Chef told me, it was like a cloud, perfect after a good meal. I highly recommend Mr G's Catering !!!
Mr. G's CateringMr. G's Catering
T. A.
Crystal wowed us all! I hired her to cater a vegan breakfast for our women's retreat, and everyone raved about how delicious and beautiful everything was. The vegan quiche was amazing! She pays such good attention to detail and goes above and beyond to make sure her customers are pleased. I can't wait to book her again.
Social Butterfly Event ServicesSocial Butterfly Event Services
Shelby R.
Used Exquisite Catering for our housewarming party, had about 30 people at our house and we chose the “Easy Choice” option for appetizers. The food was delicious and our guests enjoyed everything. We even had a decent amount of leftovers to enjoy. They included serving ware as well as water bottles and sodas, which was much appreciated. I would definitely use them again.
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Samantha D.
I booked this caterer for my wedding on 12/30/17. I'm Jamaican and my husband and I wanted the jerk chicken with rice and pease. We also had the chance to taste the food prior to booking for the wedding. We worked with Kathy and told her what we like and didn't like at the tasting. The food was awesome at the wedding ! I would like for the chef to be recognized. We had so many compliments about the food. To my regret i didn't get the chance to take any pictures of the food. The servers were so kind and punctual. They provided awesome services. Thank you all for the great work.
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Thumbtack Customer
Jeffrey and his team went above and beyond for my summer bbq party. We were celebrating 3 very different milestones and he made sure each was highlighted in its own special way! He made great suggestions during the planning period and was very amenable to my wants and dislikes. He arrived early, instructed his staff to work in an efficient manner and thoroughly cleaned up my home when the food portion of the party was complete. I have already made plans for Jeffrey to cater my 40th birthday dinner party. I highly recommend you hire Jeffrey, you won't regret it!
Rosemary and Thyme CateringRosemary and Thyme Catering
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