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E'leep's Catering LLC
4.9
from 82 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Donna N.
Verified review

Cristi was outstanding! From the beginning, she grasped what I wanted for the party theme and then took it beyond my expectations, turning a common condo area into a magical party atmosphere, all at reasonable prices. Chef created an amazing menu and accommodated gluten-free and dairy-free items. People raved all night about the food and the first class decorations. The tables were elegant, they were attentive to everyone's needs, and the DJ they found for the party was so much fun! They were organized and efficient from beginning to end and I absolutely recommend them for anyone's party needs.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexandra D.
Verified review

Yesterday, I enjoyed an appetizer tasting presented by Chef Kathy Paradise of Event Elements and all that I can say is WOW! After working in the event and fine dining industries for well over a decade, I am very accustomed to wedding/party foods being bland, easily mass produced, and a relatively factory-like catering process. You will NOT find those factors with Event Elements. In fact, you will find something so far from the norm in modern catering and you will learn to appreciate the craft of gourmet food with a beating heart. My guest and I were overwhelmed by the beautiful fall arugula salad, complete with roasted figs, pears and goat cheese. Normally bitter arugula was beautifully balanced by the light sweetness of the beautiful fruits and flavorful cheese. We also enjoyed stunning Ahi tuna crisps that beat out all of the other Asian flared Ahi tuna appetizers I have had in the area; definitely a major highlight. Lovely, fresh caprese appetizers were done to perfection, as were the array of flat breads and a lovely roast beef crostini finished beautifully capers and fresh herbs. Chef Kathy treats her clients like family, and cooks for them like they are family- not sparing even the most minute details to create perfection in taste, quality and presentation. Event Elements is perfect for any event, especially those in which you truly want to make a huge impression on guests. I will be recommending Event Elements to to my future clients and continuing to use them personally in the future, and I highly recommend that you do too.

Creative Catering
4.5
from 23 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Chris S.
Verified review

The food was great, everyone at our wedding really enjoyed it. The linens and table-settings were elegant. The bar setup and champagne welcoming (and toast) went smoothly, exactly as planned. The chairs were transitioned from the ceremony to the dinner promptly and on schedule. The main bartender was awesome- very friendly, our guests really enjoyed him serving us. Thanks to Bob and Creative Catering for your help in making our day special.

Rock Lobster Chefs
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Paula S.
Verified review

For the past several years, Kevin catered a dinner for 8 to 10 guests at our home. He met with us before and discussed possible menus. Generally, we allowed him to be creative and surprise us. We were never disappointed! He was easy and fun to work with. We truly miss his presence in our community! I highly recommend him!! I am not a professional photographer, but will include some photos.

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Beverly K.
Verified review

Chef Janet surpassed my hopes and expectations. Grilling an entire surf and turf meal for 12 including appetizers and dessert for a special family dinner at the beach Chef Janet was incredible. No refrigerator, no sink, and no easy access to running water - she was amazing. Dinner was superb! Steaks were grilled to perfection. Shrimp and scallop skewers with fresh vegetables and new potatoes with a fresh herb sauce were simply amazing!! Not only was the food delicious, Chef Janet was absolutely delightful to work with throughout our planning .... providing excellent suggestions and promptly responding to emails. Thanks to Chef Janet our evening was nothing short of FANTASTIC!! I highly recommend Cloud 9 Catering and Personal Chef Services.

Rebecca Findeisen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy B.
Verified review

Rebecca prepared and served the most beautiful, catered meals for our film crew on two occasions. She was professional and hard working... she accommodated our many & ever-changing request. Can't wait to work with her again!

Corporate Caterers
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Steve E.
Verified review

Exceptional food, wonderful presentation and super professional catering service. The Pot Roast was to die for!! On top of that they come back after to clean up and leave all leftovers in to go boxes. We will definitely be getting bing them a call back our next meeting.

Crave Culinaire
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Jillian B.
Verified review

Brian and the entire team at Crave Culinaire helped make my event one my family will never forget. We hired Crave to cook a private meal for our family at home, followed by a catered party on New Year's Eve. The food quality and presentation greatly exceeded our expectations, as did the professionalism of the staff. My family is difficult to please when it comes to food, and we all agreed, the meal prepared by Crave Culinare was one of the best we have had in Naples, Florida.

Artichoke & Company
1.0
from 1 review
    About

    Our experience in the catering industry is second to none.With hundreds of thousands of events catered and some of the finest chefs in the industry, our staff has the resources to create a truly memorable event for all the right reasons.

    About

    I don't have a business, but I have 25 years of experience with restaurants and catering services. I speak English and German.

    About

    We have over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, from burgers to 5-star catering, birthday parties and weddings.

    • 8 years in business
    About

    We provide an alternative to your typical catered affair. We arrive onsite and set up our equipment and actually cook the food right in front of you and your guests. It becomes and interactive experience for everyone involved. You and your guests will have a night to remember.

    About

    I handle catering functions for 50 to 150 people. I do not provide or distribute liquor (not licensed). I have pictures and reviews of other events. Professional photographer is on hand with an advanced notice.

    About

    We are a full-service catering company. We are a social enterprise of St. Matthew's House in Naples, FL 32112. We are a for profit company and all of our profits go to support the mission of St. Matthew's House.

    About

    We are a full-service fine dining establishment located in Cape Coral that offers catering services and private chef services. We cater all events: corporate functions, special occasions, weddings, etc. Put us to the test and let our company make your next event a memorable event.

    About

    We offer full-service catering from small events to weddings and galas, from casual, drop-off catering to fully staffed, plated meals. We have menus for corporate and private groups, but we are pleased to customize our proposal to suit your needs. SMH Catering was developed as a separate enterprise to support the efforts of St. Matthew's House in Naples, Florida. St. Matthew's House offers an opportunity for those in need to rebuild their lives in a spiritual and disciplined environment.

    About

    To see the client guest enjoy the food an ask for my number so I can do for them

    About

    I'm an event planner, and I have my own catering service. Our businesses are very unique because we do a little of everything to make your event successful.

    About

    We specialize in cafe catering. We have been doing this for 30 years. We do all kinds of food, including dessert, scheduling entertainment, on-site BBQ and much more. We do weddings, graduations, theme parties and all holidays!

    About

    I am an executive chef. I have 30 years of experience in private clubs. I owned my own restaurant and catering business. I am looking to freelance for extra money.

    • 11 years in business
    About

    The job to me personal i want to be remembered

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    Actual Requests

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    Need Catering Service for a Rehearsal Dinner on July 12th

    Bradenton, FL

    • Type of catering needed
      Buffet - with servers
    • Cuisine type
      American - casual, Vegetarian/Vegan
    • Number of guests
      10-25
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers
    • Details
      Rehearsal dinner

    Need Catering Service

    Ruskin, FL

    • Type of catering needed
      Buffet - self-service
    • Cuisine type
      BBQ
    • Number of guests
      40-60
    • Additional Service(s)
      No additional service
    • Details
      I'm looking for a grill master/pit master

    Need Catering Services

    Lakeland, FL

    • Type of catering needed
      Buffet - self-service
    • Cuisine type
      American - casual
    • Number of guests
      10-25
    • Additional Service(s)
      No additional service
    • Details
      A meal at a private home in Lakeland, Florida for a Staff Appreciation dinner
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