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Margate Gourmet Caterers

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Dade County Food Group
5.0
from 123 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
Stephonia L.
Verified review

Great company! They are very friendly and most importantly the food was delicious! The caterers created my menu custom to my needs, wants and visions. They forgot a few things and there were a couple hiccups in the road but they fixed them immediately and in the end, it all ran smoothly! I'm glad I chose them as my caterers.

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Rebus Services
4.9
from 124 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 171 hires on Thumbtack
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Stephane J.
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I hired Rebus catering for my wedding this past weekend and they did a PHENOMENAL job!!! Thank you Danielle for such a great and professional staff!

Rosemary and Thyme Catering
4.9
from 85 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Lorri H.
Verified review

As this was our first go-around without our mother who ran the best Christmas kitchen ever, we decided to look into catering which then led us to the "private chef" concept offered by Jeffrey Sternberg who owns and operates Rosemary and Thyme Catering. Jeffrey was one of 3 caterers who offered their services through Thumbtack, and right from his online presence, we knew that Jeffrey would be the one who would come through on the home-cooked feel we were seeking. One phone call led to an invitation to his home where we were regaled with samples of his work ... now that is service for you! Planning out the meals was a collaborative effort where we told Jeffrey about all our traditional fare over the 3-day feast with Jeffrey being most accommodating to our habitual dishes but all the while making recommendations here and there which we gladly accepted ... it was a very easy and enjoyable process. Everything was delicious, truly surpassing our expectations. There were even several batches of shortbread made up for our inspection before choosing the version that best matched the type of shortbread we were accustomed to. The cauliflower and celery casseroles were actually better than we had ever made ourselves and the filet roast of beef for the day after Christmas was without a doubt the best we'd ever tasted. If there was any negative to be found, it was simply in that there was way more food prepared for us than we could ever expect to eat ... we froze the leftovers and are still enjoying the odd Jeffrey meal ... talk about getting excellent value for your money! The only exception to the quantity was the gravy that only lasted the one meal of Christmas dinner. And Jeffrey also surprised us with plenty of extras like a 4th appetizer that we had not ordered, dips that we had not ordered for the appetizers, and mayo and mustard spreads for our sandwiches, and the killer was an extra turkey roasted in the oven in case we did not end up being fond of the grilled turkey that he recommended. The one hitch was that the re-heating instructions did not specify "convection" or take into account that all six dishes were to be reheated in the oven simultaneously, so the food was not ready when we were led to believe it would be, but it was well worth the wait in the end because everything was outstanding. Service, service, service ... that is what Jeffrey is all about ... and he really knows what he's doing ... you can just relax or else spend the time you save in the kitchen fretting over more interesting Christmas activities ... Thanks so very much to you Jeffrey ... you saved the Holidays for us ... the best to you and your family in 2016. Lorri H. Jan 07/16

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Tasty Creations Catering
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole W.
Verified review

Chef David and Josefina, Jonathan and I would like to thank the both of you again for everything! I highly recommend Tasty Creations Catering. Chef David and his wife Josefina were a pleasure to meet (Chef David is always cracking jokes!) and work with. They were incredibly accommodating, attentive, responsive (They were quick to answer any questions and follow up with any concerns we had), and proactive in their roles in our wedding planning and execution. We decided almost immediately that we wanted to hire Chef David after we had our tasting with Tasty Creations Catering. He came to our house prepared with all of his equipment and the food. He cooked the food fresh in our kitchen (While cracking jokes, of course) and left it spotless when he was done. Chef David, on our wedding day, came to the venue hours in advance to cook the food fresh on-site. He served up a delicious spread of food that all of my guests raved about. (The Mac & Cheese especially was a hit!) We also had Chef David make our wedding cake. Our wedding cake was so moist and delicious. Tasty Creations Catering coordinated all rentals (chairs, tables, linens, etc.), decorations, and flowers which made planning for our wedding very easy. Everything that I asked for (And more!) came to life so beautifully with Josefina’s artistic eye. From the ceremony and reception decor, to the centerpieces, boutonnieres, and my beautiful bouquet, everything was absolutely perfect.

Good Eating Sobe
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
KC S.
Verified review

I recently hired Chef Traci for a small dinner party. He was professional, courteous and prompt. Every course he prepared and served was spectacular. I mean out of this world GOOD! It was well worth the cost to be able to have a gourmet meal prepared and served in my home. My guest were delighted and we all enjoyed a lovely evening. I was so impressed with the food and service that I had Chef Traci come back last week when my daughter was visiting from NYC. He prepared a fabulous vegetarian meal for my very strict vegetarian daughter and our friends. Everyone was pleased! Chef Traci is a talented chef, but he also has a great sense of humor and is a joy to have in your home making delicious, healthy meals at affordable prices. I highly recommend this amazing Chef!!!

Exquisite Catering by Robert
4.6
from 59 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony G.
Verified review

From start to finish via customer support, service, options, pricing, flexibility, courteous, delivery, set-up, pickup, food presentation, excellent tasting food. This caterer/catering service is without question, without doubt, unequivocally the best! Thank you for Exquisite for being everything you advertise, and even more. The milestone event was a big success largely due to your service. At least several guest preserved the napkins with your contact info, and 1 guest will be contacting you service shortly for their own upcoming event. The food was awesome not only in presentation, but in taste as well! Thank you again!

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The Catering Group
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
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Becky T.
Verified review

Needed a last minute caterer and TCG was able to accommodate! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I would recommend them for any event you need!

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Chef Tim
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Courtney M.
Verified review

I would recommend chef for many reason but the 3 that stand out the most is he is wonderful personality and willing to help out where is needed. secondly his food was fabulous . All my guest reaved about food and chef how of wonderful left hw left the kitchen rgabj u tim m o look forward seeing u again soon

JKL Events
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Tim M.
Verified review

The JKL caterers showed up a little early, which was great. They set everything up quickly, and were very friendly. There was plenty of food, and it was delicious! We were very happy with JKL, and we look forward to having them cater our future events.

Conscious Bite Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Sonia R.
Verified review

Alex and her team catered my Halloween themed engagement party at the W Hotel in Brickell. They were an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. When I first contacted her, Alex was very quick to revise my quote with any modifications I requested and she was very thorough in her explanations of all my questions. The day of the party they were very friendly, punctual and highly professional. The food was delicious and the presentation was done beautifully. I I highly recommend this company and I feel very lucky to have found them.

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  • 23 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Emily D.
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Lori was flexible, punctual and the food was delicious! I hired her to cater my sister's bachelorette and everyone loved the food!

Paella VIP
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Maritza R.
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OUTSTANDING!! The gourmet way you prepared the Paella and the excellent quality of seafood you used, make this Paella delicious. Jorge your service was incredible. THANK YOU!!!

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Cafe Delish Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nina G.
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Cafe Delish and Renee was absolutely Amazing! I would use her again for any event that I have - PLUS recommend her to any of my friends, family and colleagues. Café Delish was very easy to work with, had a spectacular presentation, and "delish-ish" food! I called up with short notice (probably not recommended!), and Renee was easy going, was able to talk to me and know what I wanted and to create exactly what was need to make my Dad's 70th surprise party exactly as I had envisioned - including a 70 in an ice sculpture! How many caterers can do that for you in the last minute?! Her prices were very reasonable. She was right on time, and picked up to make everything very easy for me. Everyone raved about the food and the presentation (and I got the credit!). Referrals for Renee will be coming! I will have to share pictures when I download them from my real camera! Many thanks to a job over what was expected!

  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Terry R.
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Chef Levita was a pleasure to deal with. He provided a fabulous dinner for 20 with 36 hours notice. The food was delicious and beautiful and I recommend him without reservation.

Rice Catering, Inc.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Sheri L.
Verified review

Rice Catering has consistently exceeded expectations. From events small to large, Rice Catering and Chef Wally delivers outstanding food and services. I would highly recommend Rice Catering for all your events -- large and small. Always delivering the highest quality.

Mobile food truck/catering
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
Verified review

Delicious food! Will have back again!

Rosalia's Kitchen
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Hilda P.
Verified review

I used Rosalia’s Kitchen for my son rehearsal dinner for his recent wedding. From start to finish the service provided was phenomenal! Rafael was such a pleasure to deal with and the food from appetizers to entree was so delicious and enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to all for making this a special night!

Chef Jimmy Dean
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Digna R.
Verified review

Jimmy Dean is a total pro, all aspects of the job were handled beautifully and the food was Delicious! I look forward to more family social occasions when I call Jimmy again, he is a great find.

Red Chair Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Alfredo Gonzalez
Verified review

Amazing presentation, delicious food. Bowes Dermatology Group's staff was delighted with the food. Thank you very much.

  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nathalie P.
Verified review

Robyn was amazing from the first meeting straight through to the end of our wedding! She is so down to earth, blunt but in a way that you can appreciate, honest, hardworking, and a PHENOMENAL chef!!!!! We met with her once to discuss our vision for the wedding, and she gave us a tasting of a few of her food truck selections. Everything tasted like it came straight from God's personal chef! Lol. Seriously, I never thought something as simple as pulled pork, chicken n waffles, Mac n cheese, and fried avocado (just to name a few of our menu choices) could taste so amazingly delicious and gourmet!!!! I cannot stop raving about how great it all was. And as for Robyn, she was a gem during the wedding. She was attentive as heck! She was able to calm my husband's nerves prior to the ceremony, she made sure to set aside a plate of appetizers for us while we were taking our couples' portraits, and even packed up a little bit of everything for us as a late night/morning after snack! I could not have asked for a better person to cater our intimate southern-style wedding. I would recommend her a thousand times over! Thank you for EVERYTHING Robyn!!!!

Zest Kitchenz
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Margie M.
Verified review

Mike Schwartz at Zest Kitchenz is a very professional, knowledgeable, and creative chef. The food was amazing! The service impeccable! We didn't have to lift a finger. He took care of everything for us, and then some. I was honestly surprised at the quality of service and how reasonablly priced it was. I highly recommend using him for any cooking needs you have.

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.

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 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.
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