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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Orlando caterers
Jan B.
Maurice catered our Thanksgiving luncheon at work for 60 people and it was delicious! I would definitely use Hildago Catering again!
Hidalgo Catering CompanyHidalgo Catering Company
Latriece D.
Bless My Soul Catering provided catering services for my extended family's weekend in Florida. Bless My Soul catering supplied breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 25 people all weekend. The food was delicious and the service was phenomenal. Antoinae worked with me consistently from the planning stage through execution to ensure my vision came to fruition. Her staff was prompt, professional, and flexible to accommodate special dietary requirements and guests of all ages. Bless My Soul Catering was an intricate part of making our extended family vacation memorable.
Bless My Soul Food Catering & MoreBless My Soul Food Catering & More
Joy N.
My experience with Red99 Catering was outstanding! Pam promptly replied to my request to have a Thanksgiving Meal delivered to my family staying in the Grande Vista Resort in Orlando. The menu and food she provided was absolutely delicious! The price was very reasonable and her service very personable, professional, and perfect for our needs! I would highly recommend Red99 Catering to anyone for any occasion! Thank you, Red99 Catering, for enabling our family to have a lovely Thanksgiving reunion!
Red99 CateringRed99 Catering
Saurabh J.
The food was great. Right from appetizers to dessert everything was perfect. I do recommend Mike highly for catering events
Mc Five Star ChefMc Five Star Chef
Thumbtack Customer
Exceptional, professional, awesome and extra DELICIOUS!!! I would highly recommend Chef Terrence for your catering needs!! A+++ service :-))
Catering by Chef Terrence (dba) Grammy's CateringCatering by Chef Terrence (dba) Grammy's Catering
By far the best catering experience for our OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. The food was excellent. The service and communication was excellent. It set the tone for the party - PHEONOMENAL!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Riena C.
They need to provide warmers for the food. Everything was cold. The food was pretty good, however it was cold. Staff complained and requested a different caterer next time. Maurice was very nice.
Hidalgo Catering CompanyHidalgo Catering Company
Averial S.
Chef Jillian and her staff are nothing short of amazing! She’s very personable and makes sure to provide exactly what you ask for while making great suggestions to compliment your ideas as well! My guests were all asking for her contact information after she catered for me. Hire Chef Jillian for all of your catering needs and tell her I sent you 😉!!
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Andrew W.
Red99 really came through. Communication was top notch. I was new to catering, and Red99 took all the guess work out of the equation and made our event wonderful.
Red99 CateringRed99 Catering
Minga L.
I was planning a 50th birthday party for my husband and we were looking for good seasoned food versus normal bland catered event food. We found the Spice House and it was a pleasure to work with him. He was very professional and worked me to build a custom menu that that my husband wanted. Unfortunately my venue fell through and I had to go with a venue that did not allow outside catering, however we definitely plan to use him in the future.
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Karla M.
Working with Maurice from the very beginning was as an absolute pleasure. His menu suggestion, pricing and most importantly, THE FOOD, made our office holiday a HUGE success. I would definitely recommend Hidalgo Catering Company.
Hidalgo Catering CompanyHidalgo Catering Company
Annette B.
Huge personality. Amazing very professional to work with. I have recommended him to several people. No one will go wrong booking Kitchens Portal. It was a pleasure having Him cater and bar tend my daughters Bridal Shower.
Kitchen's PortalKitchen's Portal
Krista D.
Maurice did a great job catering a formal dinner for 25 in my home. The food was wonderful and he and Judy did a great job with the service, and they did a beautiful job cleaning up and washing all my china, stemware, and silverware. Thank you!
Hidalgo Catering CompanyHidalgo Catering Company
Inga K.
Dameon was very professional, reliable, and made my party that much better. Food was delicious and a great variety. Everyone at my party talked about how great the food was. Very upscale. Would whole heartedly recommend his catering service for any occasion.
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Shalitta H.
Dameon and his team was very professional and respectful. The food was great. I would like to thank you and your team for making my family reunion dinner successful. I will definitely be calling you for our next family event Dameon (Spice House Catering)
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Ryan A.
I was very stressed out because of a last minute catering cancellation. I was told by a friend to use thumbtack and thank goodness I did. I was able to get a similar menu with elevated menu options. I am relieved. Thank you Wine and Dine Us.
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Anh T.
Mara is really professional, very responsive and creative to help me out in terms of creating of the menus to meet the requirement as we have crew with some of allergies. Even though we have tight budget for our event, she is still cooperative to work out the menu that meets our budget. I would love to recommend Mara for catering.
Raiz CateringRaiz Catering
Janelle W.
My experience was excellent! Wine and Dine Us services were above & beyond and the food was delicious!!! They handled our food allergies, food sensitivities, & dietary restrictions with the utmost of care and professionalism. My entire family were so pleased and the meal helped to make the occasion even more special. I highly recommend Wine and Dine Us to everyone looking for a caterer.
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Esther C.
Book now if you want your event to be ruined! Nothing like being three hours + late to help ruin a party! Book now to have your frantic phone calls and text messages ignored! Book here for your event set up of catering to be a dump and run… book here if you don’t want serving utensils, warming cans or anything other than a dump and run!
Mz. Lett's Kitchen LlcMz. Lett's Kitchen Llc
Melanie T.
I want to first hand salute for the delicious meal that was cater by honey bun!!! They was awesome with dealing with my last minute request EVERYTHING was gone and finger licking good. Even gave us a bunt cake and hunny i never had one before and by far it was the best moist cake i ever had 💎 ... I wish they were located back home in miami i will definitely be certified customer!!!!
HoneyBun CateringHoneyBun Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Not only did he do what I had discussed with him but so much more. He customized a menu for my engagement party that truly was a huge success and a large part of that was the culinary skills he brought that evening. He was prompt and professional! The presentation alone was breathtaking. Then once you get past how pretty the food was the quality of ingredients. I will be having him cater plenty of events to come and you should too!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Pam C.
Dameon was fantastic to work with. Huge variety of menu options and he was happy to create items I requested. Such an easy going professional who knows how to caterer a beautiful party! Dameon got tablecloths for me and provided a gorgeous spread of delicious food. I was able to enjoy my party because I knew he had everything under control. All leftovers were boxed and waiting for us at the end of the night. Can’t recommend him enough!!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
David G.
We were having a party for my mother in law was turning a very healthy 91 and is very particular about her diet . So I was searching for a chef or caterer who would be willing to create a meal for an intimate luncheon with a number of guests with different dietary requirements. On fairly short notice Wine and Dine pulled off an amazing meal that satisfied all the crazy eating habits of my guests . A thousand thanks to them for truly making this a very special day for mom .
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Pearl o.
I was in Florida from Texas for a family reunion.I planned on having a murder mystery party.I got lucky and found Wine And Dine on Thumbtack.when we got to our location I found out that the ovens were not working.I was freaking out,I had 20 people to feed with no oven .I called Jillian and she was so wonderful. She said not worry she would handle it. Thankfully the ovens were repaired in time.Chief Ken and his assistant {forgive me for not remembering her name} were absolutely marvelous. They made what could have been a disaster a memory we will all cherish.I highly recommend this Caterer. Not just the food but the personal service was great! Thanks to Jillian and her team.
Wine and Dine USWine and Dine US
Olga H.
This review is long overdue. We decided to get together for a celebration with 60 of our closes family and friends, we only had 3 days and my cousin suggested that we should contact Thumbtack to get a quote for this event. The only chef that contacted us was Junior ! We got on the phone and discuss the details for the party ,I was so happy to hear that I needed it not to worry because he would take care of it. He presented ideas of menus and drinks choices for our party and I have to say that is was a total hit ! We are still taking about not only the fact that he was so professional and on time with his staff but that his food was delicious ! The latino fried rice with sweet plantains crisp was to die for and we were blown away with the Baileys 3 Leches ! We had nothing left for the next day ! Thank you Junior for catering this last minute family event, we did get lucky by having you being the only one that answer our request !
Kitchen's PortalKitchen's Portal
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