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Sarasota Affordable Catering Services

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harvey W.
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Chef Tamara is a true professional. The food was excellent and the presentation was exquisite. I highly recommend Chef Tamara for your catering needs.

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen R.
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We hired Vivian for our 50th anniversary party at the beach. The event lasted from Thursday night until Monday morning and involved 11 children and 16 adults. Vivian cooked three meals every day for us. Each night was a special treat from Spanish night, fish dinner night, and for the anniversary celebration, she fixed filet mignon and salmon. Everything was delicious! She was very thoughtful in catering to special needs, likes and dislikes of the guests and was well liked by the group. Because we were not at a home, she brought all the dishes, tablecloths, glasses and silverware. I would highly recommend Vivian. she is a true Personal Chef and not just a caterer.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marita K.
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Cheryl is an excellent cook! Her food is tasteful and she presents it beautifully. She always comes up with new ideas. Her food is affordable and a person definitely gets value for money. She uses good quality products. Cheryl is a friendly warm hearted person and that makes it easy and a pleasure to do business with her. She always delivers on time. I can recommend her for all catering purposes.

Intimate Catering
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Sally R.
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The job was a luncheon for 30 after a funeral I had more then enough food as I miscalculated the number of people. The only thing I would do differently would have been to have Linda at the home prior to our return. Other than that the experience was very good the food was just as I had requested. Linda made recommendations and gave me several appetizer choices to choose from. I am glad I used a catering service as we did not have the time to prepare the food ourselves.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carolyn K.
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Kathy and Jeff Paradise are a full-package for the busy full-time working bride. They handle the busy details from catering to reception rentals, setup and decor in any style you desire. We opted for a sit down table service wedding reception on Saturday, May 18, 2013 for approximately 100 guests. Kathy and Jeff offer many pleasing menu choices ranging from comfort food to many items for even the most sophisticated palate. We settled on our selections and details that suited our style wedding reception. The venue we selected for our wedding reception provided very little lead time to set-up other than the morning of the wedding. This problem was easily solved by Kathy and her team who set up all the tables, chairs, and decor. This leaves the bride with nothing to worry about and allowed me to focus on getting ready for the wedding. The details were impressive. Guests enjoyed the h'orderves and happy hour while waiting for the bride and groom to arrive. The appetizer table had a beautiful presentation, and when we arrived we had our own appetizer platter ready our head table. Our guests had their choice of Lasagna with Meatballs, or Chicken Picatta. The Caesar salad was made with a delicious homemade dressing. A candy & coffee station was set up for guests to enjoy after dinner. Everything Kathy and Jeff make is from scratch and the layers of flavor in everything you taste is amazing. It is evident that cooking is something they are passionate about. Kathy has high expectations of herself and those she works with, which provides great results. Our wedding was the event everyone was talking about! We received lots of positive feedback from our guests and many inquired about having Kathy and Jeff cater their future wedding receptions. Kathy & Jeff Paradise come highly recommended for catering weddings, anniversary parties, or special events.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany V.
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Lisi Crane provided catering for one of our private flights. Our clients said the food was "outstanding"! She was great to work with, we highly recommend her!

Rebecca Findeisen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy B.
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Rebecca prepared and served the most beautiful, catered meals for our film crew on two occasions. She was professional and hard working... she accommodated our many & ever-changing request. Can't wait to work with her again!

  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Lashanya M.
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Exceptional, professional, awesome and extra DELICIOUS!!! I would highly recommend Chef Terrence for your catering needs!! A+++ service :-))

Carrabba's Italian Grill
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret M.
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I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the convenience, quality and cost of Carrabba's catering. The manager, Cheyanne bent over backwards, for my office party, which says a lot because I am not the easiest person to please.

Above the Grain
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Patrick H.
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Not only is the food fresh, healthy and tasty, but it's delivered right to my house. They ensure all my individual dietary requests are met. Above the Grain goes ABOVE AND BEYOND! Meals are affordable, compared to gas to the store, time to make each meal and I now have more time to spend with my family, or for work on days requiring long hours. The owner is fantastic to work with too. She is always positive, professional and meals are there rain or shine! I have felt more energized, healthy and at the weight I need to be for my personal goals, while never feeling hungry.... They feed ya!

  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim S.
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I would highly recommend this company for all of your catering needs. They are timely, efficient, problem solvers and flexible. Their food products are always top notch and their attention to detail is first-rate.

Renowned Hospitality
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen M.
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Great overall experience! Would highly recommend. Extremely responsive, flexible and professional.

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley J.
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Catered our wedding. Food was delicious, staff was on-point and very courteous, WOW was the response from all of our guests. The best vendor of the evening

CityLync
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kirsten T.
Verified review

We used the service to cater an office meeting. Plenty of tasty food serving 65 people. Leftovers were quickly claimed. Very responsive and so easy to work with during coordination of event. We are in talks to coordinate a recurring lunch service two days per week for our team. Love this service!

About

We can provide great food for your wedding, corporate or social event. We also offer bar and beverage service and would love to work with you to create an unforgettable event! Our food is focused on fresh ingredients, bold flavors and innovative presentation. We’d be classified as modern American and we take the best regional and international flavors and make them unique. Since a majority of our food is made in house, you won’t find many of the dishes from typical “catering company” menus. Our food is on the high end side, but approachable, so you won’t need a French dictionary to pronounce what you are eating. Some of our signature dishes include our Cabernet Braised Beef Short Ribs, Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits.

About

Simply Divine Catering & Baking Service is a licensed and professional catering company that specializes in custom cakes as well as food.

About

Dine in the comfort of your own home with organic and natural menus that are designed to excite and entice your senses. These menus have been designed over a period of twenty years. I will come to your home or any venue such as boats, planes, etc., prepare your meal, clean up and leave. We are available for all events.

  • 11 years in business
About

My foods and my personally stand out the most. I love people and catering to them make a different in my life

  • 16 years in business
About

I have been in the food service and catering profession for over 25 years and started Lynn's Catering in 2002 out of my passion for cooking. I pride my business on delivering the highest-quality food and customer service. We'd love to cater to an event that you won't forget.

  • 5 years in business
About

We make our food from the best ingredients. We follow the premise if we won't eat it we won't serve it. (We are picky on what we eat). We take great care during all preparations to your food delicious. We are usually not on sight when your guest are there, we drop the food off, we can help you with the buffet set up. Then we leave so that you can all enjoy!

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I do preparation of food for luncheon, main meals and banquets. I prepare good tasting food. I can deliver food to you, even for special events.

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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