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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Orlando food service professionals
Carlos P.
Excellent food and outstanding service! Highly recommended!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Michelle M.
Very profesional service. Delicious food! Would highly recommend
Urban Owl CuisineUrban Owl Cuisine
Whitney J.
They were fabulous! The service was amazing, food was outstanding! I loved it all. Great people to work with!!
Red99 CateringRed99 Catering
Jamila M.
The food was amazing, as well as the customer service! They went above and beyond for us and made it a memorable one.
Bread Of Life CCM L.L.CBread Of Life CCM L.L.C
Khara S.
The food and service was amazing! l would use this company for any future event i host.
Bless My Soul Food Catering & MoreBless My Soul Food Catering & More
Angel F.
Very professional and very accommodating. Everything is possible and they make sure they deliver. Food was great and service was wonderful!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Jason F.
Antoinea did a fantastic job! The food was excellent and we would absolutely use her services again!
Bless My Soul Food Catering & MoreBless My Soul Food Catering & More
Thumbtack Customer
Bachelorette Brunch for 8. Food was amazing and service was even better. I would highly recommend Billy. We will be requesting Billy's service again for future parties. Absolute perfection.
Chef Billy B's Private Chef SvcsChef Billy B's Private Chef Svcs
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
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
Valerie T.
Dameon was exceptional. He was on time, well prepared, and very professional. The food was delicious and all my guests raved about his service.
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Awesome service, awesome food. I am so happy with the presentation and professionalism. I will be using their services when I return to Orlando. My mom already had me send her their info. Thanks again!
Bless My Soul Food Catering & MoreBless My Soul Food Catering & More
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Dameon catered my in laws 40th anniversary dinner. The service, food, and overall experience was superb. If you are looking for a private chef, Chef Dameon is definitely the chef for you.
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Thumbtack Customer
i threw a house warming party at my house for roughly 55 people and too say that the food and service was outstanding would be an understatement!! the food was 5 star and every time i put my glass down they would fill it . Dameon even made doggy bags for my guest that wanted to take alittle home. the cleaned and left everything as if no one had been the..... great job!!!!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Destiny Y.
Everything about chef was amazing! He and I have been communicating since late July to get things together for my sisters 30th birthday. Every question we had he answered even if it was not about the dinner. His customer service is amazing. His hospitality is amazing. Oh the food there is no question!!!! That was also amazing!!!!We had a party of 16. Every single plate was clean. Everyone spoke so highly of the food and him. We truly enjoyed his services. Anytime we are in the area he will be our chef.
Prolific Fare LLCProlific Fare LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I called to set up a surprise dinner for my wife last minute and Chef Antoinae made it happen! Very professional and the food was amazing. We couldn't have been happier and will definitely be using her services again.
Bless My Soul Food Catering & MoreBless My Soul Food Catering & More
Alene S.
Would definitely use them again. Frank Diaz will respond to your questions promptly and makes every effort to make your event a success. This was an outside event and everyone attending enjoyed there food and there service. Thank you so much for helping out also on such short notice. Your service was greatly appreciated.
Reflections Of Thyme CateringReflections Of Thyme Catering
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
Marquis W.
Chef Clay was professional, responsive, and personable. I had never planned this sort of event, so Chef Clay helped talk me through the process, develop a menu, and prepare for the event. The food and service was great and I would definitely work with him again.
Chef GilchristChef Gilchrist
Thumbtack Customer
Corwin and his staff did an amazing job catering our wedding! We have nothing but positive things to say. Corwin provided amazing service and the food was delicious. We received raving reviews from our guests about how great the food was. We were from out of town, but Corwin was always accessible and worked with us planning our menu for our special occasion. Corwin has been a pleasure to work with, and we would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a friendly and professional caterer.
Corwin's Personal Chef And Catering ServicesCorwin's Personal Chef And Catering Services
Thumbtack Customer
Antwan and Yancey were wonderful! The food was excellent and presentation was great. They attended to all our guests and all details both pleasantly and professionally. We had full service and every detail was attended too. Thank you Antwan and Yancey. We look forward to working with you again!
Chef Antwan ColemanChef Antwan Coleman
Richard R.
Everything that the Italia Cuisine Company did was above excellent. They were very communicative, understood what our needs were and executed them to perfection, and cooked and prepared the most amazing Italian meal. Everything was perfect - the food, the timing of the meal, and the staff. I would highly recommend their services.
Italia Cuisine Co.Italia Cuisine Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Susan has been such a great experience! Her food selection and preparation has been outstanding! The attention to the details about our portion size, fat count, calorie count is awesome! A great way to keep track of what I'm eating. I will continue to use her services.
Ms. Comfort GourmetMs. Comfort Gourmet
Thumbtack Customer
Just an overall fantastic experience. The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. Dameon and his staff went above and beyond to ensure my guests were having a great time, and more importantly, they made sure I had a stress free time as they handled everything (setup, clearing the tables for my guests, changing the trash, etc....). I couldn't be happier, and I will look forward to using Dameon again in the future. This event had about 45 people and EVERYONE loved the food, and I was lucky enough to have some leftovers that I've been enjoying the past couple of days ;).
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Dameon was early, prepared and impressive when it came to customer service for my backyard dinner party. All that did not compare to the presentation and taste of the food. We had party of 14 and he handled the night like the top class chef he is. My home was transformed into a five star restaurant. Thanks Chef Dameon!
Spice House Catering , LLCSpice House Catering , LLC
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