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Gainesville Wedding Caterers

Browse these wedding caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Gainesville.

  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmine O.
Verified review

A Family Affair Event decorating did an amazing job decorating the ceremony and reception for my wedding on 12/16/2017. I was blown away at how they transformed the ceremony space. It was absolutely beautiful and they were great to work with. I highly recommend them!

  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Art H.
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My siblings and I hired Kristen and her team at Fresh Green Tomato recently to cater our parents 50th wedding anniversary for 25 guests at a private home as the venue. The planning was especially challenging as the party was held in Ocala, FL and I live 5 hours away in Ft Lauderdale. Kristen immediately put my mind at ease with her willingness to listen to what we were looking for in an event and communicating effectively throughout the entire process. From start to finish, Kristen and her team were fantastic. She helped us plan the menu, made suggestions based on the families likes and dislikes, and continuously assured us that despite the planning distance challenges the day would go off without a hitch. On the day of the party, Kristen and her team showed up on time with a great attitude and got right to work. The food was absolutely incredible (my partner is a Peruvian chef and he raved about the food), they were dressed very professionally, and everything went as smoothly as promised. The bartender on the team was a huge hit with the family - very personable and attentive. I would not hesitate to use Fresh Green Tomato again and would highly recommend them. I am very thankful to the team that they were able to help us create such a great memory for our parents and family. Thanks again! Art Hoff

  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bret B.
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I'm an amateur chef. Because of that, and how plugged into the local business scene my wife is, we're friendly with quite a few chefs and restaurant owners in Jacksonville. As a result, I'm pretty picky about the food that I'm willing to spend my meager salary on. Without doubt, Chef Arielle, is my favorite chef in the Jacksonville area. My wife and I were her first paying customers at the Tapa That restaurant, and attended every milestone, party and event while it was open. We've also utilized her catering services on more than one occasion to both our delight and that of those who attended the event. There are several of Chef Arielle's dishes that I would be content to eat once a day, every day, for the rest of my life. She is even capable of making a dedicated carnivore like myself, thoroughly enjoy her Vegan menu items. You cannot go wrong hiring this chef to cater your event. From an epicurean standpoint, to her outstanding front of house skills.

David's BBQ & Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah C.
Verified review

The service here was INCREDIBLE. Of all the aspects of planning our wedding, the catering turned out to be the most enjoyable simply because of the honesty, helpfulness, and flexibility of the staff at David's Catering. First, when I gave them our budget they immediately came up with numerous creative ideas to help us stay within our budget while still having everything we desired from our caterer, and there were never any unexpected upcharges. We ended up with food left over, for a price that was almost half what other caters wanted to charge us for even less options. Their servers were extremely cheerful, professional, and made sure everyone had enough to eat. The food was unique and flavorful and we were given a wide variety of choices to choose from. Finally, as a local business I felt like David's Catering treated us like family. They went above and beyond to give us an amazing deal for their services, prepared all the food with care, and were always very responsive, including a few last minute changes and requests we had. Overall, I could not recommend David's Catering highly enough, I researched, met with, and got quotes from caters all of Alachua County, and I can say with confidence David's Catering is the best you will find!

The Kickin' Chicken Bus
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Korie A.
Verified review

Bountiful Feast catered our wedding reception of about 90 people. They were amazing! They showed up early and had all the tables set up and looking great, they even gave us ideas on how we could better arrange everything and we liked it more than our original ideas. The food was delicious and all prepared fresh, and the servers were great at keeping the tables cleared of used dishes. Jim, his wife Jen, and all of their staff were friendly and helpful, I would absolutely recommend them to anybody.

  • 19 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela M.
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Jean catered my husbands office party at our home. Everyone raved about the food. We will definitely be repeat customers?

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ann H.
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If I could give Ali 10 stars, I would. We had a small wedding of 40. Ali was extremely organized the minute she walked in the door. Besides taking care of the wine and beer we served, she also helped with the cake cutting and just overall clean up during the wedding. Ali helped make my daughter's small wedding feel like the event we hoped it would be. I can't thank her enough for all her help and will book her again when the opportunities arise.

Koala Blue, Inc
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie P.
Verified review

Shannon has done a great job catering several times for me over the past few months. She listens to what I am looking for, sticks within my budget, and delivers a fantastic spread. I'm always receiving compliments from my guests!

Mal-Bar Event Solutions
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jerry L.
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Wedding event, everything was perfect. There's nothing I would change. Very professional and caring person.

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly A.
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We hired Riccardo's to cater my daughter's wedding reception last year. Their service was great and everything went smoothly. They had various options available per price range and the food was delicious. We would hire them again with no reservations!

Smokin T's BBQ Shack
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Shawn J.
Verified review

I have had them cater a party for me and also have had their BBQ at the Florida NBHA state show . By far the best i have ever ate.

Backstreet Blues Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laurie R.
Verified review

Everyone loved the food. Our server was wonderful. She kept everything coming and even helped serve the smaller kids.

  • 8 years in business
Paula J.
Verified review

She made a beautiful and moist ,tasty cake that my granddaughter love plus her guest.

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We've been professional wedding officiants since 1998, and we're affordable. We have male officiants on staff. We pride ourselves in knowing that we abide by the 3 Ps: professional, punctual, and prepared. We travel to any location. We specialize in sand, unity, family, and renewal ceremonies. Let us be a part of your special day!

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I only perform Wedding Ceremonies for two people who is in love, who have chosen to commit to each other for a life time regardless of age, race, sexual orientation or any other factor/label society may give to you. True love is ALL that matters.

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I am a caterer and enjoy setting up, serving, tearing down, and cleaning up. I have many years' experience in the catering business and really enjoy what I do.

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We cater events for over 50 people within 100 miles. I cook barbecue and homemade side dishes. I can guarantee it will be the best barbecue that you'll ever eat.

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Paramount Plaza Hotel Suites and Conference Center is a full-service facility with guest room accommodations. We have more than 14,000 square feet of beautiful ballroom space where we can seat 5 to 500 people, and 197 guest rooms with private balconies, overlooking the Bivens Arm Lake natural reserve. We specialize in catering events including weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, sweet 16s, bar/bat mitzvahs, proms, homecomings, corporate events, sporting events, fraternity or sorority functions, conferences, etc. If you can't hold your event here, we also offer off-site catering from any of our menu selections. We offer free WiFi to all our guests and conference areas. Being only 1.5 miles from the University of Florida, we're the perfect location for catering functions and in-town visits. Please contact our sales department to setup your special event today!

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We specialize in Office receptions. We have highly trained service staff. With an Amazing Executive Chef that can make anything.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I'm on every catering personally, so i know the service & the food are out standing.

  • 3 years in business
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Our Catering is done for the Love of great tasting Soul satisfying food. We Love what we do

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.

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.

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 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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