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Jacksonville Festival Caterers

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BB's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 29 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
Amy W.
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Jenielle went way above and beyond to create a paleo wedding cake for my husband and me. She had never baked paleo prior to my request, but, unlike other bakers, was willing to try...and our cake turned out fantastic!! Highly recommend!!! Fantastic experience!!!

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

Chef Robert is the bomb! I contacted several Jacksonville caterers through Thumbtack, and his menu was the most interesting. He catered a birthday luncheon for 14 people and was willing to suggest, adjust, add, and subtract to accommodate all my preferences. When he arrived, he was professional and personal. I had asked for buffet service, and his presentation was lovely, including special attention to the birthday guest of honor. Every item on the menu was delicious; I especially recommend his crab cake martinis and jerk chicken fajitas. Yum! He spaced out service so that the meal took a couple of hours, perfect for savoring each course. Unfortunately, I was too busy enjoying the experience to remember to take photos. I live in Indiana, otherwise I'd hire him again next week! Thanks, Chef Robert, for a memorable 50th birthday celebration!

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

Arielle is a professional and talented chef. She provides excellent customer service. Arielle goes out of her way to make sure you are more than satisfied with her food. The courses she prepares are always exceptional. She was able to accommodate vegan guests as well as those with other food allergies. You will not regret hiring Chef Arielle as your caterer.

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

Patty did a wonderful job. Excellent food and terrific service! What a unique menu to serve to guests! I highly recommend Patty to anyone looking for a caterer who is easy to work with, provides excellent service and prepares a delicious alternative to the normal options! Thanks Patty, everyone loved the tamales!

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

Alvaro had delivered a large order for Deutsche Bank employees and his food was very good. He presented himself dressed as a chef, had all the food in large aluminum trays and their warmers - to keep the food warm. It was well presented and delicious. He also included dessert made by him, as well.

Quinoa & Cocoa
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Mandy F.
Verified review

I had the privilege of having my wedding cake made by Verousce in January 2014. I wasn't 100 percent sure what I wanted and she gave me advice on ideas for design, flavours etc. Not only was my cake one of a kind but it was elegant and was definitely the focal point of our special day. The cake was delivered and set up on the day and we only had wonderful and reliable service from Verousce. Thank you for making us a cake we will never forget!

Horizons
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 24 years in business
Travis K.
Verified review

Catering to the customers special needs in a well ordered restaurant. Were costumers come and foremost.

  • 4 years in business
Gerrica B.
Verified review

The Food Was Amazing And Mr. Tutson Was Very Professional Especially His Presentation I'll Book Him Again On An Event I Have

About

Personal Chef and Catering services customized for "You!" Private Parties to Events up to 300 guests all services are professional and detailed to each client requests. All proposals are customized to meet your need. Event proposals are reasonable and will accomodate most budgets. We provide custom sweet stations and gourmet cookie boxes too. We cater to you!

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The 3 G's Grilled & Soul Food Catering; prepares homemade “Spiritual Food” of traditional BBQ, Soul Food and Desserts. That is freshly prepared in full and half size steamer trays, for any occasions and for all to enjoy. Our “À la carte” menu offers affordable up front pricing for smaller guest parties, versus the regular catering companies that charge higher in price due to your smaller party guest size.

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I will be catering and decorating for any event in Fleming Island Orange Park area, including baby showers, graduation parties, brunches, birthday parties, wedding dinners, bridal showers, etc.

  • 4 years in business
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My work stands out because i take pride in what i do. I am very prompt and my presentation will impress you.

  • 8 years in business
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We are a full service Catering Business. We can provide dinner for two or party of four hundred.

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We do catering for all types of events. We also offer personal chef services for the busy family and cooking lessons that are practical and easy.

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We believe that the perfect event begins and ends with the perfect caterer! The Perfect Pear Catering Co. is a chef-owned company that takes great pride in their fresh innovative cuisine, and exquisite presentation. We are fully staffed, and able to coordinate professional bar service, china and flatware rentals, tables, chairs, linens and outdoor tents. We will also be happy to put you in contact with other party professionals to handle all of your event needs, including photography, floral, specialty cakes, cooling or heating systems, etc. Please contact us for specific menus and pricing, or visit our website for additional company info, photos of our work and sample menus. We look forward to helping you create party perfection at your next event!

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Our banquet food has been getting such a great response that we are now able to bring the party to you! We offer full-service one-stop catering for private home parties, corporate offices, and event spaces. We offer a selection of new American cuisine dishes all prepared fresh and local when available, fine waiter and bar service and coordinating any rental you may need for your event.

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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.

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You will feel like an invited guest at your own event! Our company will take the hassle out of your drink station. We provide the bartenders, cups, mixers, garnishments and ice with our portable bar.

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At Ashley Street Catering, our job is to make your event everything you wanted and more. We believe every event is a special event, and we make sure each event fulfills your ultimate vision with excellent service, creativity and cuisine. Whether your event is for 15 or 750 guests, we will guide you through, from planning to complete implementation.

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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.

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.
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