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Chef Antwan Coleman
4.8
from 106 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
Carisa T.
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Chef Antwan Coleman did a fabulous job catering my company's Christmas Luncheon. There were nothing but positive compliments, and all of our employees left with a full belly. The food was delicious, and the Chef made sure there was plenty to go around. I would definitely recommend Chef Antwan for your catering needs, and we will definitely be using him for our future events. Thank you!

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 119 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 44 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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Epic Events by Booth, Inc.
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth M.
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Dawn provided bar tending services for several of my functions which included a Halloween/B-day Party and office Christmas Parties. She is very attentive and alert and often had peoples names and drinks memorized 1/2 way through our parties. She is professional and charming and was always my first choice fr a bartender/party planner. I would highly recommend her and her services. I have known Dawn for over 12 years.

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Bartenders At Request inc.
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Matt N.
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I had not met Tim prior to the event but it seems like we had know each other forever. From booking to the end of our party he guided me each step of the way on what to buy tailoring his drinks to the crowd at hand. When the party hit its peak I though for sure that he would be over his head but smooth as can be he met the needs without missing a beat and the line was never more than two people deep. If I could only go to a bar that had the same service I wouldn’t need to bar hop. Tim has a talent for ensuring everyone at the party that needed a drink had one quickly. His set up was efficient and professional his take down and clean up was fast and tidy. I don’t think I could have done better, and for the similar service through other vendors I would have spent more with slower service and booze that me and my friends wouldn’t want. The ability to customize and personalize the service to meet the needs was impressive as was his cordial and welcoming nature. Tim’s easy going nature and affable personality kept the night up beat. Tim is everything I will ever need in a bartender for an event and if he can keep up with my party without breaking a sweat, he can take on anything.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Donna M.
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We recommend Kathy's catering/professional chef Service for your celebration!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael V.
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What can I say besides, Dawn is amazing. She did an awesome job bartending. Never has a problem keeping up with the guest. Everyone loved having her there. She is a fun and has no problem with helping to get the party going. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for bartending services.

Happenings by Heather
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna U.
Verified review

Very friendly with guests at the party, good customer service, responds quickly to phone calls/texts/emails, went above and beyond her bartender service.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Allison G.
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Renowned Hospitality is the BEST in the business! Their bar staff is very professional, and they know their stuff. The bar always looks clean and organized, and the drinks are delicious. I definitely recommend Renowned for any bar or catering needs.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany V.
Verified review

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!

Orlando's Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
CJ J.
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We wanted to do something special to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We tossed around a few ideas, but the thought of going to a loud and crowded restaurant was not appealing to my folks. We finally decided to bring the restaurant to them. On WEDNESDAY, we put out a request for a caterer for SATURDAY! Carolyn to the rescue! I was a little apprehensive at first, because she was coming from Sarasota and we were in Riverview, but she didn't seem to have any problem with it. She sent me a suggested menu on Friday that was spot on, and we finalized the details. What an elegant evening! We set the tables, and Carolyn took it from there. We were able to enjoy our time with family, without someone having to be in the kitchen. It was nice for everyone to be able to sit down and be served a delicious meal. The best part is, when dinner was over, the dishes were done and everything was put away. We never leave my mom's kitchen looking like that after a family dinner! Everyone raved about the food, it was absolutely fabulous! It cost a pretty penny, but because Carolyn was coming to my rescue in the 11th hour, it was worth the extra cost. If you actually had time to plan and prepare, the cost would be reasonable, I'm sure. I highly recommend Carolyn Orlando and her catering. Fantastic food, served by a pleasant, professional team that obviously puts a lot of love and care into their product.

The Catering Market
5.0
from 1 review
    Kaitlin Z.
    Verified review

    My experience with The Catering Market was exceptional. Kala is amazing. I recommend them to everyone!

    About

    Bay Fare Catering is dedicated to providing quality food and service with style for all your catering needs. We offer full-service, off-premise catering and party planning. Specializing in weddings, business, corporate events, birthdays, Quinceaneras, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, intimate dinner parties, and special occasion catering, The Bay Fare Catering Company is a fully licensed and insured catering company serving the Englewood, Boca Grande, and surrounding South West Florida areas. With a reputation known for its quality and excellence, our experts work with you and your budget to create an delicious experience. Book your catering with us with our stress-free catering packages to ensure divine food quality and service.

    About

    We do all sorts of catering: American, Cuban, Latin, BBQs etc. You have an idea; we can make it. We are all about customer service and great food.

    About

    Hello, we are Angel and Maria. We have a small catering service that is slowly, but surely growing and growing. We cook homemade foods with great visual presentation and exquisite taste, while never losing the "homey" atmosphere. We cook weekly for clients that don't feel like cooking anymore, or simply don't have the time. We have also done several wedding and other venues such as baptisms, conventions, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We would love to help you out and make your day even more special.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    All way's fresh and high quality my Clients loved the sepcial care we put in our service .The clients are very happy .

    About

    We provide a dedicated service to each client. We enliven the senses and instill well-being in that all the expectations of the clients needs are met to the fullest extent. We offer global cuisines as well as dietary restrictions.

    About

    We are surpassing your expectations with handcrafted food and outstanding, personalized service.

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    I take the time to make even the smallest detail important. Listen to my clients wants and deliver even more.

    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.

    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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