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Jacksonville Beach Appetizer Caterers

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BB's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Shelley D.
Verified review

This was a fabulous way to take the stress out of a celebration. Becky and sous chef, Jill, created a great menu with presentation and flavors that were spot on with our expectations. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an intimate meal and/or catering. I will utilize her services again in the future. Thank you for everything!

  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jordan F.
Verified review

Truly the most amazing designer of pastries and dishes that i've ever witnessed. Phenomenal, you can literally taste the passion in every crevice of her cakes. Cake Boss better watch out! ;)

Chef Robert
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pam H.
Verified review

Last Friday night, I had a dinner party of 12 people at my home in Atlantic Beach, Florida. I wanted it to be special and "out of the ordinary". This was the first time I have had a Chef actually take care of everything and prepare the food for all to see. Chef Roberts met with me at my home before the party and we agreed to a menu and the price. The pricing was reasonable and worth every penny. Chef Roberts provided all of the food and my guests enjoyed watching him prepare their dinner. As each course was served, The Chef explained the ingredients and answered questions. Dinner included an organic lettuce salad with special dressing and green apples, wonderful chilled soup of vichyssoise (leeks, onions, potatoes served cold), fabulous crab cake martini for appetizer, and fresh grilled grouper with lemon burr blanc sauce. The dessert was a homemade banana pudding with chocolate topping and specially prepared wafers. Melinda of Melinda's Confections was here to serve this amazing treat. We all had seconds. We will use Chef Robert's again and highly recommend him. He is professional, funny, witty and passionate about cooking. The evening was a huge success and we were able to relax and enjoy our guests while having a 5 star meal served in our home. I am available to discuss our experience personally with anyone who needs a reference. Thanks, Pam

  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bret B.
Verified review

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.

Cafe Coastal
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 33 years in business
Denise S.
Verified review

November 28, 2017 To whom it may concern: It is absolutely my pleasure to give Floyd Slyman, Barrs Street Easts, a wonderful review. I’ve known Floyd for over 20 years. I worked mostly with him at Coastal Café. His food is superior from pasta salad to dessert, he knows a good product. You never have to worry whether his company will show up. He’s always on time and his prices are very reasonable. You will not be disappointed with any of his catering. It’s one of the best all-around catering companies in Jacksonville! Denise Sacco Heritage Capital Group Jacksonville, Florida

Patty's Mexican Catering
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I hired this caterer for a retirement luncheon based on the recommendation of one of her customers. Before the event, we had several conversations and texts, working out the details. Patty was always quick to respond. The menu included beef & chicken fajitas (with all the fixings), white rice and black beans. The food was delivered and set-up timely. She went over each dish with me. Every item was at the correct temperature. There was plenty of food and all of my guests were very complimentary of the taste and quality of the fajita ingredients, especially on the tenderness of the beef. Patty's Mexican Catering delivers a first rate meal.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Monica L.
Verified review

My group and i had the most wonderful time in Mpls having drinks. Tried one of her specialties called princess pea - champagne cocktail. Great service, friendly, really knew her drinks. Highly recommend her for any occasion.

Hazelnutgrill Inc.
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Candice A.
    Verified review

    I never hired a catering company before Hazelnut Grill. I was very pleased with the spread for my guests: salad, 2 type of chicken wings, lil sandwiches, meatballs, different fruits, deviled eggs, cookies, cupcakes... there were other stuff but it was so delicious! They arrived at my location on time and helped me set it up. I enjoyed it sooo much they will be doing my birthday party in a few months! I totally recommend Hazelnut Grill!

    The Big Chef Alex
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Matt L.
    Verified review

    Alex brought lunch in for a co-worker and I and it was phenomenal!! The chicken just fell off the bone with just the right amount of seasoning! The dessert was awesome too. Thank you Alex

    Chef Jaz Moore
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kayla M.
    Verified review

    Chef Moore cooked a delicious dinner for my family and I. Not only was the meal tasty, it was also presented in a creative and beautiful manner. I appreciated the friendly service and her outstanding technique.

    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jessica O.
    Verified review

    Greg did a great job of providing exactly what I needed for my wedding! The food was wonderful and was timely! I mentioned during one conversation that my future husband and I loved the Jacksonville Jaguars and he surprised us with adding that element into the food. He was very accommodating and easy to work with!

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    We take great care to ensure your needs are met. We believe that you engage a professional, to save time and effort. Allow us to take care of all of your event needs.

    About

    We serve gourmet kettle corn in a variety of flavors, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, funnel cake and snow cones.

    About

    I prepare home-style cooking at its finest. Look me up on my Facebook page. There, you can see home-style cooking from my kitchen. Those are the dishes and dinner meals that I have prepared, as well as some deserts. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    • 8 years in business
    About

    We are a full service Catering Business. We can provide dinner for two or party of four hundred.

    About

    Our catering services are made to answer your every need! Refreshments can often be the star of the show if you are hosting an event. They can, at times, play a large role in making your event successful. Food plays a large role in the event and whether you are choosing to serve only starters or a three-course meal, making sure that the food is good is imperative. Since making good food is rather difficult, looking for a great caterer can be quite a task. With PJ's Catering services, you can look forward to excellence in every crumb of food we serve. Our team at PJ's Catering aims to establish loyal, long-lasting relationships with our clients by offering them services at competitive pricing as compared to the rest of the catering industry. Holding customer satisfaction close to our heart, we are not afraid to pull out all the stops to meet the expectations of quality that our customers get from us. To offer a wide range of party and event hosting services that will enable us to be considered as the perfect resources for event hosting and catering. Our wide range of services is offered with the needs of the customers in mind and we make sure to accommodate anything that the client needs in order to make their day special. Why should you work with us? PJ's Catering provides its consumers with a customer satisfaction-based, unique experience that will make you want to work with us again and again. Our team of specially trained chefs and party planners collaborate and work with the best suppliers of organic, healthy ingredients that make sure that every dish you choose to serve from your menu and every event that you host with us will be a masterpiece. We offer customized catering. Whether you are having a party for five or for 2000, you can have some difficulty finding caterers who will be willing to accommodate you. Many have their own criteria outlined that you must meet in order to avail their services. However, with PJ's Catering, you don't have to worry about a single thing. You can take a look at our pre-set menus and choose from them or get a completely customized menu crafted to suit the event, theme and the dietary needs of the guests.

    About

    What makes my Service great is excellent customer service; when my customers are happy,satisfied,and appreciated, I am excited and willing to build an on going service for a lifetime experience. You never get a second time to make a first expression.

    About

    Hi, I have owned my catering business for 10 years. I provide full-service catering. We are able to customize your menu to your specific needs. References are available upon request. I provide free taste sessions to help you make your selections. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks. Carmelita

    About

    What makes Laflare catering stands out from other catering services is that we serve and prepare food to perfection for any & all occasion foods from New Orleans is also a added specialty.

    About

    I am a Bahamian based caterer who recently moved back to Florida. My career begin with catering some years ago. I love to give services with a smile. I do functions and weddings.

    About

    I own a Saint Augustine based island cafe and bakery, specializing in soul food with an island flair! I serve breakfast and lunch and offer catering for any event, from an office luncheon to a 500-guest wedding.

    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.

    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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