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Palmetto Bay Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palmetto Bay.

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

After having my initial event date change, I was worried about hiring a caterer on this site. :/ Actually, our original caterer canceled on us at the last minute, so we gave thumbtack a shot anyway. Chef Jose was quick to reply, and gave us the lowest quote out of the 4 we received. I told him about the bind we were in, and he ultimately told me that that they could make it happen. Chef Jose was easy to talk to and created a list of all of our preferred menu options. Surprisingly enough, he even took note of our favorite restaurants in the area, which I personally think was quite a touch of class. The following morning, Chef Brian called me to inform he had produced 3 menus based on Jose's notes, which appeared in my inbox to discuss. I was beyond amazed as Chef Brian scheduled a tasting at my request the following evening. My son and 2 of his friends, along with my wife and I, arrived to Chef Jose's office and were so impressed as soon as we walked in. The kitchen was all stainless steel, immaculately sanitized, and the tasting area was all set. Chef Brian arranged dish after dish, while Chef Jose described each and gave us a run down of how they would be executed at our event. They even offered us wine and champagne, as well as plenty of treats and items they had been working on earlier in the day. We literally felt like we were recording for a cooking show as both chefs featured some amazing French cheeses and their eclectic collection of different preserves! Oh, and the maple bacon popcorn!!! Oh, em gee...We were totally blown away, and felt so lucky to have our original caterer cancel on us for a more lucrative event. These guys rock!!! Totally seems like this team treats their work like fun as they are so passionate with their menu ideas, personable with their manners, and affable with their warmth for their clients. After how they took care of us, I couldn't help but to write such a thorough review. I highly recommend Chefs Jose & Brian from Dade County Food Group, and will insist that my friends have their functions catered by them, too.

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LucaBella
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
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Diva C.
Verified review

Chef Dan and his staff were nothing short of amazing! I enlisted his services to surprise my fiancé, and her guests, with a catered dinner at her Bachelorette Getaway Weekend. From the planing stages to execution Dan was helpful, professional, and immensely accommodating. He tailored an exquisite menu to my finance's eclectic palate, and followed through with exceptional execution, creating dishes that tasted even better than they sounded. Moreover Chef Dan accompanied his masterful cuisine with lovely keepsakes. He provided each guest with a beautiful take-home menu and custom wine tumblers. I received a barrage of texts raving about how wonderful the catered meal and chefs were, throughout the duration of the event, from all eight guests. When all was said and done, my fiancé expressed that the surprise dinner was her favorite part of the entire weekend. I can't recommend Chef Dan enough. Any event you book him for will be well worth the expense, which was extremely reasonable considering the amazing five star experience Chef Dan provided.

Rosemary and Thyme Catering
4.9
from 84 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
Leanne M.
Verified review

Super guy and fabulous chef! Can't recommend highly enough! You'll be thrilled you hired him! Great food!

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The Dancing Palate, Inc.
4.9
from 82 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Enrico C.
Verified review

Jeanette and her team did an amazing job from start to finish. She spoke with me many times ahead of the event to make sure that our wedding would be a success.They arrived early and were very thorough setting up, making sure that everything would run smoothly. The whole staff was super friendly constantly making sure that everyone was accommodated and having a good time. They made sure that no one had to wait a long line to get their drinks and were just overall very attentive to me and my guests. I would highly recommend them for any occasion!

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Tasty Creations Catering
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
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Preston P.
Verified review

We started out just looking for someone to offer catering services to our wedding, but we found so much more with Tasty Creations! Chef David and his wonderful wife, Margarita, went above and beyond in every capacity. From the very first sit down, we knew something good was cookin’. The food was absolutely delicious! We had more variety in flavors with our meal choices than we found anywhere else. This dynamic duo not only provided a stellar meal that is fancy, French-cuisine worthy, they also helped us smooth out all the extra details that made our day a tremendous success. Working with Chef and Margarita, we were able to brainstorm some wonderful ideas that really added a lot of value to our wedding. They made planning and preparing for the big day so much fun and when the day came, they made sure that everything was taken care of so all we had left to do was relax, remembers our vows, and enjoy the day. Thank you Chef and Marga! You made our day an absolute wonder! -Jolly Green & String Bean

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

Chef Traci was so awesome! We hired him for a girls bachelorette party weekend and he catered the following meals for us: Appetizers upon arrival, Breakfast and Dinner. The food was amazing, they made specialty drinks, fabulous dessert, great breakfast, amazing appetizers and dinner was truly unforgettable. He accommodated our group of 10+ women and made amazing food for us! I am looking to hire him again for another trip to Miami.

Exquisite Catering by Robert
4.6
from 58 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
Verified review

I booked this caterer for my wedding on 12/30/17. I'm Jamaican and my husband and I wanted the jerk chicken with rice and pease. We also had the chance to taste the food prior to booking for the wedding. We worked with Kathy and told her what we like and didn't like at the tasting. The food was awesome at the wedding ! I would like for the chef to be recognized. We had so many compliments about the food. To my regret i didn't get the chance to take any pictures of the food. The servers were so kind and punctual. They provided awesome services. Thank you all for the great work.

Conscious Bite Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Hulda M.
Verified review

Best choice for my wedding! From the moment a met Chefs Valeria and Alex I knew I had made the right choice. They understood the challenges of my venue and the mix of guests, and helped me tailor the menu for the evening. They even crafted a cocktail menu with unique names just for us! The day of the wedding it was all perfect, I heard nothing but great things from all my guests about the food, presentation and professionalism of the staff. It was an overall amazing experience working with this group, they really go out of their way to accommodate and work with you, plus the food its absolutely delicious!! Thank you again! Hulda and Mike!

Paella VIP
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Haydee M.
Verified review

The chef was very polite and helpful the Paella was delicious, it was a hit with all our guest. Delicioso. I will recommend them to all my friends

Cake it to the Limit
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher A.
Verified review

Let us start by saying WOW and AMAZING! We are so late writing this review and apologize for that... My husband and I were married back in January of 2016. As many of us that plan a wedding, this was our first time so we did not know what to expect. We planned everything ourselves, found the venue, found a caterer, photographer, Dj etc. We had a budget and it was quickly approaching the maximum. We heard weddings were expensive blah blah blah, but until you pay for one you may never know... We interviewed several Thumbtack bakers and taste tested their product. We met a lot of great candidates, but non of them "took the cake" like Claudia at "Cake it to the limit" Claudia is an artist and a visionary. Jose and I had an idea to incorporate our centerpiece (a silver metal round globe that was a candle holder and had an unusual design to illuminate light) We sent Claudia a picture of the centerpiece and asked her if she could incorporate it into her design. We did not see her idea until the day of, we were amazed! It was elegant, stunning and delicious! Our caterer, Laura, from Laura Ashley catering (also recommended) told us that they have never had a fondant cake that was so easily able to cut and serve. Needless to say we highly recommend this company and have already had the opportunity to recommend her to others. Claudia is professional and a delight to work with. Thankyou for making our day extra special!

Bella Personal Chef Catering
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine D.
Verified review

The best personal chefs in Miami! Everything was perfect! Thank you so much, Karen, Raphael & Jessica!

  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Terry R.
Verified review

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
Kathi R.
Verified review

Yummy food, Chef Wally was awesome!

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

Chef O is the best! and I'm not one to hand out praise very freely. The food was on point and very well executed (we should have ordered even more :) even though we were very well fed), service and attention to detail was top notch, and we felt like we were dealing with an old friend and not just a chef for hire. You won't regret using these guys. Thanks again chef! We will be using you again real soon.

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

Jimmy catered a "Bend and Brunch" baby shower for myself and about 15 guests and did a fantastic job! I've never used a chef service before but now I can't wait to find opportunities to use Chef Jimmy - it made the event so much more enjoyable because I didn't have to worry about planning, shopping, setting up or cleaning up. Would highly recommend!

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Kerry's Delight
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria G.
Verified review

Kerry is an amazing pastry chef and beautiful person on the inside and out! I sent her the party invite and asked if she can match the design on the cake, add watercolor effect and nautical elements for my sister's baby shower. She matched the cake design perfectly and added her personal touch as well. It was tastefully done and came out elegant and way beyond my expectations! The cake was not only beautiful but also so tasty! Everyone were impressed and now two weeks later we still talk about it. Kerry was also professional and punctual. She kept communicating on the progress, asking questions, keeping me informed and delivered on time. Perfection!

Naty's Pasteles Y Mas
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Elissa K.
Verified review

Chef Mer catered our bachelorette brunch and the food was fantastic! We had French toast, guava & cheese pastry, two kinds of quiche, breakfast potatoes (huge hit!), fruit skewers and bacon. Our guests were raving about the food and ate 2nds and 3rds. He set everything up perfectly and showed up right on time. If you're looking for an organized, well priced and delicious caterer...this is your guy! Thank you so much Chef Mer!

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Mauricio Crespo
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jerry G.
Verified review

I hired Mauricio for a golf trip dinner with 9 of my friends. We fairly negotiated a price and then chose the menu. Mauricio was professional and very responsive by text. On the evening of the dinner he showed up early and was very accommodating when our timing changed. Of course the best part was the meal! He's an excellent chef and my friends are still raving about the evening. I would highly recommend Mauricio for an evening dinner event. He was fantastic!

Squisite Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Claudia G.
Verified review

Delicious food and impeccable presentation. The staff was very professional. The menu offers a great variety and the price is very reasonable compared to other caterers I’ve had in the past. I really recommend them.

All Five Senses
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
Verified review

Lovely lady and excellent chef. Would highly recommend.

ALAN HAIME
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Yona S.
Verified review

Alan is an amazing Chef! I have known him for years and he has always had immense passion and talent for cooking. His food is not only great, but innovative, tasty and the presentation is amazing. I highly recommend him for any food service you may need!

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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