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Sarasota Event Caterers

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Della W.
Verified review

Tamara and her staff made my party a wonderful event. The food was beautiful to look at and absolutely delicious. Tamara was there to oversee the entire event, she is definitely a professional who takes a great amount of pride in her work, her staff was friendly and very well trained. I would highly recommend The Island Chef and will use them for all of my future parties.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sherman H.
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Cheryl sets the bar wayyy to high for private chefs. Once you have had a private chef experience with her, you will never invite a different chef into your home or private event. From the moment I hired Cheryl for a surprise couple's dinner over Labor Day Weekend, she made it very clear that she aimed to provide a "blow you away" experience. First she designed the three course menu. I told her what I had in mind (lighter dinner - fish and seafood) and she instantly started providing her ideas with pictures of different dishes, different types of fish, sauces, presentation styles, etc. We agreed on a shrimp polenta cake w romesco sauce topped w sauteed carrots appetizer, an atlantic cod on a bed of smashed potatoes with olive and mushrooms, and a creme brulee. Our friends that we surprised with the meal both said it was one of the best meals they had ever had. We agreed. Leading up to the day of the event, Cheryl covered all the details. Since we were staying at a resort, she asked about everything from the type of dishes available to whether she should bring a tablecloth. She made wine recommendations, and even brought us a bottle for the dinner. The final presentation was perfect. Cheryl connected immediately with our group and was ready to impress - she got right to work when she arrived, but not after exchanging pleasantries and making sure that she knew her audience. All in all, Cheryl provides white glove customer service, has the most genuinely friendly and professional personality and is awesome to work with. She impresses from the moment you say YES, and even before that. Her cooking is delicious. It was a gourmet meal that we would have paid much, much, much more for at a reataurant, but she brought it to the comfort of our home (hotel). The presentation of the food was impressive, and everything was served with so much love. Cheryl takes great pride in what she does. We look forward to making Cheryl's cooking a part of our yearly tradition. I would never consider using anyone else. You will not be disappointed with Cheryl. Dont look any further - you have found your private chef for life. (I NORMALLY AM VERY LAZY ABOUT WRITING REVIEWS, BUT CHERYL PROVIDED SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE EXPERIENCE THAT I WOULD NOT FEEL GOOD NOT WRITING ONE)

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debi O.
Verified review

The food was creative and delicious. The guests at our wedding reception really enjoyed the food. The presentation originality of the menu

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Beth K.
Verified review

Lisi was so easy to work with. She knew the area, made suggestions improve our event, and was one heck of a cook! I didn't have to do anything -- just enjoyed the food and the great service.

Satiety
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Marcy H.
Verified review

Melissa has been cooking for our family for over a year. I love her flexibility with our schedule and changing dietary preferences. She also has catered a few events for us and she truly ROCKS at this. She suggests innovative menus, and finishes and serves on site, so I can focus on entertaining my guests. Her pricing is reasonable. I wouldn't hesitate to enthusiastically recommend her!

Rebecca Findeisen
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kay H.
Verified review

Everything was delicious and well prepared for a bridal shower we put on for our future sister in law. We couldn’t have asked for a better selection of food. I would recommend Rebecca to cater any event you are planning. Rebecca was very easy to work with.

The kings Bistro
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Adam G.
Verified review

I have tried to make it to any and every event the King's bistro is apart of. It is a family owned and operated business that does not cut any corners when it comes to great food. They are very friendly and such a breath of fresh air compared to some of the other trucks that are at the events. They have recently started working with uber eats so there is no excuse. You owe it to yourself to try this delicious food. You won't regret it!

Kippster Catering & Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Susan D.
Verified review

Kippster Catering did a great job for my event. Not only did he show up on time and go out of his way to make sure all of my guests were happy, he left a clean space and even gave me a few recipes for the food he created so I can try to make them again later! I will definitely be using his services again.

Renowned Hospitality
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deb H.
Verified review

Everything about this company was fantastic. The food was master chef quality and the prices were too good to be true! They were very professional, responsive and on time. They are willing to fit your budget with a stress free GOURMET meal. All you have to do is invite your guests. I would highly recommend them for any of your catered events. They were awesome...Thank you Antoine, Victoria and rest of team for making our party a success.

BrewBurgers
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim C.
Verified review

The event hasn't happened yet, but so far I have been completely satisfied.

About

Pier 22 Catering brings a blend of innovative regional and international cuisine, outstanding presentations, and highly professional service to wedding receptions, banquets, holiday parties, galas, and fundraisers. From formal dinners to light refreshments, large events or small groups, Pier 22 Catering and its professional and experienced special events team offer a presentation surpassed by no other. Rest assured, your food will taste as fabulous as it looks. From preparation to presentation, we take pride in providing unique hors d'oeuvres, buffets and complete formal sit-down meals that are not only delicious to the mouth, but also to the eye. Because we are an established 35-year veteran of the restaurant industry, our resources and capabilities are endless. If we are simply providing food for an office event, or producing a wedding or fundraiser for 500 guests, you can count on amazing quality food. If you need an event location, Pier 22 is the perfect venue, featuring a waterfront terrace, patio and elegant ballroom. With six unique indoor private rooms and five outdoor waterfront settings, Pier 22 has the perfect scenery for all occasions. In addition to a breathtaking selection of venues that overlook the Manatee River, we are ready to bring your vision to life. Pier 22 plays host to a multitude of social gatherings and events. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 300 in our private event spaces, which come complete with spectacular water views. In addition to all of the specialty venues, our executive chef can personally create a custom event menu, featuring regional and seasonally organic ingredients. Pier 22 Restaurant, Patio, Ballroom and Catering is centrally located in historical Downtown Bradenton, at 1200 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34205.

About

We are a full-service wedding and event planning service company with locations in the Clearwater and Tampa, FL area and also in Knoxville, TN.

  • 5 years in business
About

Because we put so much love and care in our work and we love what we do and loving seeing the smiles on our customers faces.

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I am a classically trained chef who is proficient in a great number of cooking styles but is most passionate about using healthy, local and sustainable ingredients. I can cater many different types of events but prefer smaller and more intimate settings where the food can really shine.

  • 5 years in business
About

We strive to hit every objective you have. By providing a rewarding experience with a friendly laid back learning experience. We make it fun, informative, provide you the skills and confidence you need to use your newly learned skills in the future. We offer personalized class options for up to 6 students per class. All classes are 90 min and complete a full course meal. Wether a breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. We offer classes on snacks & appetizers, canning & preserving. Homemade made easier, faster & cheaper than store bought!

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Personal Zone provides meals, lunch and dinner services and personalized meal preparations. We will deliver for $5 and have from one to five meal plans.

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

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We cater to you the customer, we can create a menu specifically for your event and dietary needs

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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.

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Fabulous Latin Gourmet Catering Cuisine to your next party or event.

About

We have a full line of catering events -- from staff to food, cleanup, music, and great spirit. We have awesome staff and great food. We are committed in all aspects of events and provide great service. I'm a culinary graduate who is very passionate about what I do. I'm a professional, and it shows in our work.

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.

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 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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