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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a personal chef cost?

Hiring a personal chef usually costs anywhere from $40-$100 or more per person. Request free cost estimates from personal chefs in your area so you’ll know exactly how much it will cost to hire one for your needs. For an accurate quote, be sure to let the chefs know the number of people they’ll need to feed, what you’d like on the menu and other relevant details. 

To learn more about the factors that impact the cost to hire a personal or private home chef, read our cost guide.

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 should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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.

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 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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
Reviews for Little Haiti food service professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Great food and service!
"Chef's Table" by Maoz Levita"Chef's Table" by Maoz Levita
Gloria C.
Excellent service, Food was delicious!
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Caitlin G.
Food was amazing and great service!
Chef Megan DeniseChef Megan Denise
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding service food it's delicious
Bella Personal Chef CateringBella Personal Chef Catering
LATonya C.
The food was Epic! Everything was great. Service was amazing ❤️. Looking for a good catering company this is it ❤️. Well verse on all types of food.
Special Events CateringSpecial Events Catering
Michelle m.
My guess and I were super happy with quality , taste , presentation food and services. Great food. Will hired thence the future. 👏👏👏👏
Merce J.
This team was amazing. Food was great and service very nice and attentive. Very professional group. Food was well presented and tasteful! Thank you!!!
Bella Personal Chef CateringBella Personal Chef Catering
Thumbtack Customer
We loved Traci. The food and service was amazing. We will hire him again.
Good Eating SobeGood Eating Sobe
Reshon C.
Foods was tasty and service was impeccable. I will definitely hire Chef Ricardo again. No complaints!
Kathy M.
Awsome!!!! I loved everything!!! Goog food Super clean Good service!’n
Woody's BurgersWoody's Burgers
Thumbtack Customer
Michael and his team were excellent. The food was delicious and the service seamless. He organized a food pairing with my wine choices that was truly he left my kitchen spotless.
Culinary Artz Catering & EventsCulinary Artz Catering & Events
Amy D.
Everything was awesome . Service amazing , food amazing . Set up and breakdown no issues even on a yacht . I did nothing but eat and enjoy my party . Everyone loved the food . Highly recommend to anyone .
Taste of JaysTaste of Jays
Lizette c.
Overall Great Experience! The food was great. The person who delivered the food was very nice and provided good customer service. The only reason I gave a 4 vs a 5 was because the lady who took care of me on the phone was not a good representation of the overall service. Didn't have great customer service skills.
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Thumbtack Customer
I was very glad I found Chef Mic in this site. My employer who asked me to look for a cook was VERY SATISFIED and HAPPY with the services of Chef Mic. Everyone in the party enjoyed the food and services and was Chef Mic delivered an EXCELLENT PRODUCTION of both FOOD and PROFESSIONALISM!
Culinary Artz Catering & EventsCulinary Artz Catering & Events
Mary B.
Paella VIP was fantastic! The food was delicious, and he was professional and prompt. My guests loved the food! His service was perfect for my dinner party with our family celebrating my husbands’ graduation. Thank you!
Paella VIPPaella VIP
Thumbtack Customer
Thoroughly impressed with Chef Michael!! The food was delicious and overall experience was excellent! Will definitely be using his services again!
Culinary Artz Catering & EventsCulinary Artz Catering & Events
Thumbtack Customer
Everything was to perfection! Our event was a great success thanks to Conscious Bite Catering. The food, service and presentation was exceptional. Highly recommended.
Conscious Bite CateringConscious Bite Catering
Yesenia R.
We hired the dancing plate for a corporate brunch and they surpassed all my expectations. The setup, food, service, and over all experience was absolutely amazing.
The Dancing Palate, Inc.The Dancing Palate, Inc.
Kristin H.
Everything about our experience was perfect! I would totally recommend this service to anyone looking for an affordable in home chef. Food was delicious and Danny was the sweetest!
Thumbtack Customer
Traci and his team catered my mother's 87th birthday party in my home. The food was outstanding, the service was superb, and presentation was professional to the highest level.
Good Eating SobeGood Eating Sobe
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Elisa and her staff are OUTSTANDING!!! She catered for my 50th birthday party and the food was DELICIOUS!!! All of the food was fresh along with fantastic service. She made an effort to work with my needs and communicated very well. All of my friends LOVED her food. Make sure try the beef tenderloin petit course(it’s out of this world) I cannot thank her enough for making my party such a success. THANK YOU CHEF ELISA!!!
Chef Elisa's CateringChef Elisa's Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Chef David took care to not only understand the theme of my party (Halloween), but to incorporate elements of the theme into his food. (His assistant even came in costume!) His food was exquisite; as you savor one of his many glorious creations, it becomes evident that Chef David loves to cook for people. My guests were raving about his food - this being one of the few times I had zero leftover food after a party! I would highly recommend Chef David for his catering services. I say this begrudgingly only because my friends and I would like to keep him all to ourselves.:)
Soflo Chefs LLCSoflo Chefs LLC
Heidi C.
The service was phenomenal. They worked with me throughout the entire planning process with specialized menus and prompt replies to my questions. The food and servers arrived promptly. When there was trouble with the rest of the set up for my party (table and chair rental was late) the servers jumped right in and helped my family complete the set up. The food was delicious and the stations and tables were always very clean and well maintained. I am looking forward to using their services once again!
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Andrea S.
Chef Megan made my birthday one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. Food was great and she was super fun to talk to! Cannot recommend her service more!!
Chef Megan DeniseChef Megan Denise
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Rubio and his team delivered an A+ service. The food was great, in flavour, quality and presentation. We will use them again in the future and will recommend them to family and friends. Guillermo and Luz Perez-Iturbe
Aldente Caterer LLCAldente Caterer LLC
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