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Palm Bay Chefs

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The Flavored Fork Catering
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
Ingrid H.
Verified review

Chef Matt and his staff are the most professional, and pleasant Caterer's I have dealt with in a long time. His ability to please all the pallets at our event was wonderful! Meeting with him, settling on a menu, and his expertise in Cooking and Displaying the many dishes and both Food Stations Phenomenal!! I will recommend Chef Matt & The Flavored Fork for Years to come! We Thank You Again Chef Matt & Staff!

Personal Chef Catering
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Noel R.
Verified review

Had such a great dinner with Chef Tony. He came right on time was very professional and a overall nice guy. The dinner itself was excellent. My favorite was the short ribs braised ravioli--really tasty!! At the end of the night he left the kitchen clean and we got to relax and enjoy the rest of our evening. I definitely would recommend him!

  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Marianne F.
Verified review

Chef Libby made three delicious entrees for us. They were for my mom and she has a selective taste now. She is looking forward to dinner every night. They are perfect to take out and use. She came in -cooked and cleaned up and packaged the dinners in freezable containers with instructions. Can't get any easier than this!

Events Etc.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Nika R.
Verified review

Monique did my sister surprise engagement party. She handle everything because I was too busy. With the details I gave her about my sister and some dietary directions, every guest enjoyed themselves and the food was excellent.

The Kitchen Belle
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joan B.
Verified review

You would be doing yourself a disservice by not working with Mary Catherine! She is without doubt the best chef in all regards. Hire her NOW! All the best Joan Busch

Big Chef G. Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rita W.
Verified review

Victor Gomez, Big Chef, made the evening enjoyable and fun as well as delicious. He takes pride in what he does and there was so much food we stuffed ourselves the next day too. I would highly recommend this caterer. He told me he was happy to be of service to my large family and he was very flexible and accomodating. His assistant, his wife, was an added delight. They left the place spotless.

Chef Rango's
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brandon J.
Verified review

Wilfredo was very professional and his food was excellent. I would highly recommend you hire him.

  • 11 years in business
Jeannie S.
Verified review

Two Chicks has done many caterings for my church. The food is always outstanding! I highly recommend Two Chicks.

About

I have worked in the food industry for years managing successful chain operations as well as owning my own business. My specialty is authentic Mexican cuisine, but as an experienced chef, I can cook all types of food. My ingredients are always fresh, and I concentrate on healthy, attractive and delicious food combinations. I listen to what people like and then add my own touches. You will not be disappointed. I will cook in your home and prepare what you would like, and I use great imagination, so you will never be bored. I leave the kitchen sparking clean.

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I am a vegan and gluten-free chef. I make healthy and diverse choices. I am also a bakery chef creating vegan and GF cakes and pastries.

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We do personal chef services. We are helping our clients enjoy their guests' company! We do it all! We provide chef services for everyone from two to 100 people. We offer everything from fine dining to comfort food served family-style! Whatever your desire is, we deliver it! We have 30 years of culinary arts experience.

  • 7 years in business
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I strive for perfection using nothing but the finest products with quality talent. Well rehearsed in classic cuisine but integrated with cutting edge flare and tastes!

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Uniqueness

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I am a chef for any occasion. I cook almost any cuisine! I am specializing in Italian/American, Southern BBQ and Asian cuisine. I will make anything. I have over thirty years of experience. I got a culinary degree in 1985. I am fun and energetic! I will arrange a tasting, if requested.

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If you need a personal chef service, Rent a Personal Chef is here for your special occasion for two or more. Even in the privacy of your own home.

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I have been a professional chef for the past 30 years. I am specializing in seafood. I can create menus for any occasion. I am also make wedding and birthday cakes.

  • 7 years in business
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Blue Collar Chef is a spiritually based company, serving your unique wants and needs. We go the extra mile, and prepare excellently crafted scratch cuisine of the highest quality. You deserve it after all.

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I'm an in-home private chef, preparing all your meals with flare. I do parties and special events. I will make your holiday meals special and worry free.

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I am a private chef, and I offer catering and drop-off meals. I do healthy, organic, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, homestyle, etc. Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information.

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Professional and passionate.

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I am a private pastry chef. I am able to create the perfect dessert for every occasion. I can make you the perfect finish to every memory.

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.

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 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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