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Jacksonville Home Caterers

Browse these home catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Jacksonville.

A1 Catering
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah H.
Verified review

AJ and his staff did an amazing job catering our wedding! The food was delicious and they delivered everything on time. He worked with me when I had to adjust the number attending and did everything he could to make sure I got what I wanted and everything went smoothly. I would recommend A1 catering for all catering events!

BB's Culinary Creations
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 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
Hannah H.
Verified review

Jenielle was awesome throughout the entire experience! She answered all of my questions and worked with me when I had to adjust the number attending my wedding. Everyone loved her cake! Even my husband, who hates most sweets and could care less about the cake, looked at me during the cake cutting portion of the ceremony and said, "This cake is awesome!!" (That amazed me, and made me so happy!) I gave her a picture of what I wanted and she replicated it exactly and delivered it on time with no issues. It was a great experience working with her and I highly recommend her cake to all brides-to-be!

  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie T.
Verified review

Absolutely fantastic time with Cathy! Sent us a menu ahead of time for any adjustments and brought ingredients of GREAT quality teaching our young chef at home how to cook a fantastic 3-course meal for a family of 5.

Casa Lago Tasting Room
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Darren Stuart
Verified review

I went there with my girlfriend on the debut night and Chef Mauricio definitely did not disappoint. The food, the service and the decor was splendid!

  • 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.

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
Kaytee D.
Verified review

Fantastic all the way around! Food, beverage and service was absolutely wonderful. I would love to have her in my house cooking for me daily! Thanks Ali!

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

Whenever I have a cause for celebration, I ask Alvaro. In the past 4 years, He catered all my Birthday events and Holiday parties. All my guests and friends enjoyed his food and services.

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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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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.

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I'm a good cook with certification and experience. I'm working with Levy Restaurants and Dave & Busters currently. Let me know what your catering needs are, and we can go from there.

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We specialize in the best Southern soul food, from our southern fried chicken, tasty mac and cheese, tantalizing collard greens, and mouth watering homemade desserts.

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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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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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I am a professional chef looking to bring Jacksonville, Florida, amazing food, beautiful cakes, and exciting personal cooking classes.

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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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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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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!

About

We have a Jacksonville based event and venue that also caters to outsiders. We have had a successful catering restaurant in Jacksonville for the past 25 years.

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.

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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