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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.

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 Pompano Beach caterers
Alveena D.
Absolutely incredible experience with Fifi catering! They catered a large Friendsgiving for us and they were extremely professional, punctual, provided an excellent value, and above all their food was absolutely delicious. Would highly recommend!!
FIFI Personal Chef & Catering ServiceFIFI Personal Chef & Catering Service
Thumbtack Customer
Michael, did an excellent job with catering our special occasion (60th birthday party) with a guess list of 25 people. All of our guess loved the food and we very impressed with the food arrangement and the butler service!! Michael and his assistant did a great job taking care of all the guess's needs and requests, they also did a great job in cleaning up when the party was over. I will certainly use Michael again for any future catering needs, I highly recommend Culinary Artz for your catering needs. We were very pleased.
Culinary Artz Catering & EventsCulinary Artz Catering & Events
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Melissa and Shawn catered a cocktail party we hosted at our home. They were fantastic. The food was great and they cleaned everything up afterwards.
Chef TimChef Tim
Thumbtack Customer
Good Eating SobeGood Eating Sobe
Ivonne r.
Well this was a graduation party which included family and friends, the event was on fire, everyone raved Over and over about the food the service air and his team are phenomenal you will not be disappointed. I will without a doubt use Fuzion catering.
Fuzeion Catering, LLCFuzeion Catering, LLC
Dennis M.
We hired Chef Jimmy Dean to cater our wedding reception. Communication with Jimmy was extremely easy as he was accessible and planned a great menu from the start base on our conversation. Jimmy and his team arrived at the scheduled time and had everything set up and ready to go for us when we arrived. The display of food was truly beautiful and just like we’d discussed. Our guest kept raving about how good the food was and wanted to know where it came from. I would highly recommend Jimmy and his team to anyone looking for quality catering and I certainly plan on using him again in the future.
Chef Jimmy DeanChef Jimmy Dean
Mariana R.
I am still amazed with Exquisite Catering by Robert. The quality, taste and presentation of each meal (I hired this company for a three-days event, 2 meals per day) were beyond expectation. Super delicious! Also, everybody in the company is nice and always ready to help. They are punctual and very professional. I am truly impressed and will definitely hire Exquisite Catering by Robert again. PS: I’m sure some of the people from the event will also be calling Robert for their events because many people asked me for his contact! My favorite pick was Latin Flair (the imperial Rice was AMAZING) and Italian Extravaganza (best pasta I’ve ever had!)
Exquisite Catering by RobertExquisite Catering by Robert
Fran W.
It is often said that the food can make or break a great party. We just had a fabulous Holiday Party catered by Rosemary & Thyme and they did a wonderful job from the first hors d’ourve to the last serving of dessert. The service was excellent and the food plentiful. I highly recommend Chef Sternberg and his staff.
Rosemary and Thyme CateringRosemary and Thyme Catering
Mary E.
Chef2You catered my 1920s Garden Wedding ! The food was amazing ! Entrees were spectacular! Apps and sides very tasty! The signature salmon entrée was especially delicious. Ricardo and his staff were friendly professional and immaculate. They really turned this day into a special event. I would highly recommend Chef2You for their remarkable expertise!
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff was always available for us. He is was also understanding, helpful, and flexible with last minute updates. We made decisions together. And it is clear he is a master of his trade. He was on time and prepared. The food came out just right. We had over 400 people at our event and they all loved the food! A definite YES for catering!
Rosemary and Thyme CateringRosemary and Thyme Catering
Jan L.
Rosalia's Kitchen provided the catering for a special Office Retirement party at a private home. They were very responsiveness from the first moment I contacted them for a quote through to the delivery and set-up for the event. The food was delicious, and the set up team was courteous and efficient. The food was the big hit of the party. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the party without worrying about the food. I would highly recommend Rosalia's Kitchen for your special event.
Rosalia's KitchenRosalia's Kitchen
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. G's Catering services were outstanding. John and his wife came early to set up the event. They surprised and exceeded our expectations with their decorations for my partner's 50th birthday party. His food was what you would expect from a Chef. It was of high quality and quantity for the price. We had more than enough food to feed our guest. His Lasagna was out of this world. Overall, myself, my partner, and all of my guess were extremely pleased from beginning to end.
Mr. G's CateringMr. G's Catering
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