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Dade County Food Group
5.0
from 123 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
Hazel C.
Verified review

My name is Hazel , I had requested many inquiries for caterers for my upcoming wedding. First wonderful impression Brian gave was that he was the first to response. What I loved about him and his company as well, was that he offered customized food menus to go with my liking. :) I thought that was wonderful. Unfortunately, I was not able to book him due to the budget I have and I had to settle for a banquet hall. I loved how he was attentive, that when I had forgotten to contact him for 2 days he kindly contacted me. I will ALWAYS reserve his information if another occasion comes, and I would DEFINITELY recommend him to my family, friends, and any other people out there. Keep up the good work Brian! :) Very outstanding and attentive customer service.

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Rebus Services
4.9
from 124 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 171 hires on Thumbtack
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Teri S.
Verified review

FABULOUS!!!!! We have tried some of the finest restaurants in Miami for our holiday lunches and they have not worked out so well. I just can't say enough about how good the food was and how happy the staff was. Thank you so much.

Rosemary and Thyme Catering
4.9
from 85 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Lorri H.
Verified review

As this was our first go-around without our mother who ran the best Christmas kitchen ever, we decided to look into catering which then led us to the "private chef" concept offered by Jeffrey Sternberg who owns and operates Rosemary and Thyme Catering. Jeffrey was one of 3 caterers who offered their services through Thumbtack, and right from his online presence, we knew that Jeffrey would be the one who would come through on the home-cooked feel we were seeking. One phone call led to an invitation to his home where we were regaled with samples of his work ... now that is service for you! Planning out the meals was a collaborative effort where we told Jeffrey about all our traditional fare over the 3-day feast with Jeffrey being most accommodating to our habitual dishes but all the while making recommendations here and there which we gladly accepted ... it was a very easy and enjoyable process. Everything was delicious, truly surpassing our expectations. There were even several batches of shortbread made up for our inspection before choosing the version that best matched the type of shortbread we were accustomed to. The cauliflower and celery casseroles were actually better than we had ever made ourselves and the filet roast of beef for the day after Christmas was without a doubt the best we'd ever tasted. If there was any negative to be found, it was simply in that there was way more food prepared for us than we could ever expect to eat ... we froze the leftovers and are still enjoying the odd Jeffrey meal ... talk about getting excellent value for your money! The only exception to the quantity was the gravy that only lasted the one meal of Christmas dinner. And Jeffrey also surprised us with plenty of extras like a 4th appetizer that we had not ordered, dips that we had not ordered for the appetizers, and mayo and mustard spreads for our sandwiches, and the killer was an extra turkey roasted in the oven in case we did not end up being fond of the grilled turkey that he recommended. The one hitch was that the re-heating instructions did not specify "convection" or take into account that all six dishes were to be reheated in the oven simultaneously, so the food was not ready when we were led to believe it would be, but it was well worth the wait in the end because everything was outstanding. Service, service, service ... that is what Jeffrey is all about ... and he really knows what he's doing ... you can just relax or else spend the time you save in the kitchen fretting over more interesting Christmas activities ... Thanks so very much to you Jeffrey ... you saved the Holidays for us ... the best to you and your family in 2016. Lorri H. Jan 07/16

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The Dancing Palate, Inc.
4.9
from 82 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
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Hillary C.
Verified review

I hired Paul and The Dancing Palate for my wedding on November 20, 2015. Paul was wonderful from the start. We had a tasting right away and it went wonderfully. I had contact more than half a dozen caterers but couldn't get them to be as flexible as Paul was especially for the price. The Dancing Palate is a fantastic value. The food was served on time, warm, and I got many compliments after the wedding. We had 135 guests and a 90 minute sit down dinner. I wanted family style with items served in bowls and sharing, yet sit down at the same time. I didn't find many caterers that would do that, but Paul understood me and it was perfect. A real family meal at our rustic classic wedding. I was very happy with the Dancing Palate and if I had to plan my wedding all over again would hire him back.

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Tasty Creations Catering
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Alinna D.
Verified review

Tasty Creations was the perfect vendor I was looking for in order to solidify my decision to choose The Cooper Estate as my wedding venue. The bulk of the wedding expenses came from the food, so I needed a catering company that was affordable, professional, and delicious! When I filled out what I needed for my wedding through Thumbtack, I couldn’t believe the quick response I got from Tasty Creations. Once I saw their services and prices, I actually thought it might have been too good to be true. Upon meeting David during our scheduled food tasting, I was astonished at his amiable personality and professionalism. His presentation of himself, his company, and his food were truly impressive. It was delightful to see that he was well acquainted with the food industry, but had not let the food industry taint his southern charm. During the tasting he took the time to sit down and address all of our concerns. He was clear with what he could provide, patient, and understanding of the vision we had for our wedding. With all of this, we booked him and he continued to prove his proficiency with his attentiveness to emails, calls, and any other additional requests we had. His confidence in his work allowed us to feel at ease, as we got closer to our big day! Once our wedding day came, David, his lovely wife, and servers worked seamlessly with the staff at The Cooper Estate. He personally served us during cocktail hour right before taking photos, and he made sure to serve us during dinner. I’ve heard horror stories about brides and grooms not tasting a sliver of food on their wedding day, but this was no issue for us. Unfortunately, after dinner and dessert I quickly hit the dance floor and stayed there for the rest of the night, so I was unable to thank him and his staff in person for everything they did for us. Tasty Creations was one of the biggest reasons our wedding was unforgettable. All of my guests were truly pleased with his delicious food, and because of that, I will definitely be using his catering service again! Thank you David and servers! Your company is surely grounded on great work ethic, thoughtfulness, and amazing taste!

Good Eating Sobe
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Julie W.
Verified review

We had a wonderful corporate breakfast prepared by Chef Traci on site this morning to kick off a new project. I was so happy that Good Eating Sobe was able to accommodate my last minute request prior to a holiday weekend, and that the team was so professional. Not only was the food and fresh beverages delicious, but the presentation was lovely and they did the setup and cleanup afterwards. A very good return on investment for us because it was very affordable! Definitely "Good Eating Sobe".

Exquisite Catering by Robert
4.6
from 59 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
Verified review

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.

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The Catering Group
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
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Annie O.
Verified review

I had a great experience with TCG, considering it was a last minute event. I live in TX and was in Miami visiting my family when my brother told me he was getting married and was planning a small wedding ceremony. Mind you, this was about 8 days prior to his ceremony date. I searched for local catering companies and chose TCG. Alan, the manager, reached out to me via phone and e-mail. From the beginning he was very, very helpful and I greatly appreciate his professionalism and patience with the last minute event. He greatly helped me out choosing the right menu and the rental equipment at a low cost, fast, and convenient. I definitely recommend TCG and I'd use them again for future events. =) Thank you Alan!

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Chef Tim
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Caitlin C.
Verified review

Working with Chef Tim was wonderful. We hired him as we needed a bartender for our work Holiday Party, which he was so very helpful and patient. The bartender he sent from his staff, John, was amazing. Chef Tim assured me he was wonderful and he definitely was. John was so friendly and so very helpful. We were very pleased with his service. I would highly recommend Chef Tim and his staff.

JKL Events
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Tim M.
Verified review

The JKL caterers showed up a little early, which was great. They set everything up quickly, and were very friendly. There was plenty of food, and it was delicious! We were very happy with JKL, and we look forward to having them cater our future events.

Conscious Bite Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Mary V.
Verified review

Stop looking for any other caterers and work with these ladies. I hired them to cater my sister's bachelorette/birthday party (20 people) and it was amazing! I asked for an authentic Cuban dinner and they DELIVERED. Everyone was raving about how delicious everything was and we had enough leftover to eat throughout the rest of the weekend (best drunk food ever!). They also went above an beyond and made me a chocolate cake to celebrate my sister's 30th. They even decorated the buffet to go along with our Cuban theme. They also told us about all of these amazing bars to visit while we were there. It was so helpful because none of us had ever been to Miami before. We had an absolute blast, and I can't wait to use them again if I'm ever in Miami! I wish I would've taken some photos of the buffet and the food, but 1) it was destroyed so quickly because everyone was starving. 2) I was so focused on how amazing this cake was (the photos aren't doing it justice)! Thank you again for everything, girls!

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  • 23 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrew L.
Verified review

We hired Lori for a company holiday party with 30+ people -- it was a great success. Lori was prompt in her communications, accommodating in the details, and very easy to work with. Her staff was professional and made the event easy for me as the organizer.

Paella VIP
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Yeni R.
Verified review

Paella VIP exceeded the expectations for our wedding. The dinner was great and I received tones of complements from all guests. Jorge was excellent throughtout the whole planning process always replying to every single email answering my million questions in a timely manner. Jorge knows how important is your big day. Paella VIP is the perfect combination between great customer service and the best quality catering. I will contract Paella VIP for my future events and highly recommend their services. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SUCH A GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE!!! :)

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Cafe Delish Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Nina G.
Verified review

Cafe Delish and Renee was absolutely Amazing! I would use her again for any event that I have - PLUS recommend her to any of my friends, family and colleagues. Café Delish was very easy to work with, had a spectacular presentation, and "delish-ish" food! I called up with short notice (probably not recommended!), and Renee was easy going, was able to talk to me and know what I wanted and to create exactly what was need to make my Dad's 70th surprise party exactly as I had envisioned - including a 70 in an ice sculpture! How many caterers can do that for you in the last minute?! Her prices were very reasonable. She was right on time, and picked up to make everything very easy for me. Everyone raved about the food and the presentation (and I got the credit!). Referrals for Renee will be coming! I will have to share pictures when I download them from my real camera! Many thanks to a job over what was expected!

  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Beth R.
Verified review

Chef Levita delivers what he promises! I highly recommend him. We hosted a holiday party in my home for 40 people. The food was delicious, a perfect variety and all served with style! The presentation was elegant and high end. My guests raved. Chef Levita, Chef Jenny and Ken, the server were all professional, focused and attentive to my guests and my requests. It is without any hesitation that I highly recommend Chef Levita. I will use him again.

Rice Catering, Inc.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa R.
Verified review

Great Service, very timely. Wally was hands on with helping set up the event. pleasure to have catering our event. Food was amazing!!!

Mobile food truck/catering
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

Food and service is beyond great! Love the jerk seasoning!

Rosalia's Kitchen
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jill S.
Verified review

I loved every moment of communicating with Rafael and every little bite he and his parents prepared! My family spoke of the food for days later! They were very accommodating for some vegan family members and didn't rush the meal. I can't wait for more of their food for the holidays! I highly recommend!! Amazing quality and value!

Chef Jimmy Dean
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Holly M.
Verified review

5 stars are not enough to rate Jimmy Dean (10,20 30 maybe). Quite honestly one of the best decisions I have made. We hired him to provide some food and prepare a meal at a vacation home. There is always that uncertainty when hiring someone through the internet just based on a hunch and some reviews- well this is an honest, first hand account. Everything about Jimmy Dean is FIRST RATE. He is a magician with food, everything was delicious and as healthy as we wanted it to be and plenty to enjoy for extra meals. He was extremely professional, yet friendly and responsive and very very reliable. The value of his food/services was exceptional. I would plan another trip just to use Jimmy Dean again. Trust me he does not disappoint!!!

Red Chair Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maritza D.
Verified review

We were very pleased with our entire experience with Red Chair Catering. Jessica talked me through ideas for the perfect menu and was very kind. The food arrived on time and it was delicious AND a few guests asked for the name of the caterer! :) I will definitely be calling Red Chair Catering again. Thank you!

Zest Kitchenz
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barbara Socher
Verified review

The primary ingredient in any recipe is LOVE !!! Mike LOVES to cook,He LOVES to provide people with nutritional, delicious meals.Having a Caring, Attentive,Loving person preparing your meal is a guaranteed Success.

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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