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

Tamara has completed many major catering events for Vincent House, while at the same time teaching individuals with mental illness culinary skills. Not only is her food delicious, but she gives back in many ways. She knows the importance of precision and patience. Every dish I have eaten of hers has been incredible, however, her pastry and baking skills are suburb. She is up for any challenge and has more determination than any chef I know.

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Carmen R.
Verified review

I am very pleased with the catering job Chef Vivian Dodson did. She went beyond her duties when some inconveniences presented themselves; no fault of hers. The food was very good, especially the Lasagna. I highly recommend her.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacqueline B.
Verified review

The Once Upon an Event team was outstanding!!! From the bartender, to the wait staff, to working with Sandy through out the whole planning process. Everything came out incredible and the food was amazing!! If I have another event in the future needing catering I know who I will call :) thank you so much for making my day a success!!

KD's Catering & Events
4.5
from 54 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy C.
Verified review

Can't say enough about the great job KD Catering did for my son's wedding. I don't know what more I could have asked for! When it appeared that the event was extending past their normal time window, they offered to come to our house the next day and pick up the table cloths so we didn't have to strip the tables while our guests were still there. Great customer service! I had many questions before the event and all questions were answered promptly. We were very happy with the food (mini meatballs are really yummy) and service. Would definitely use them again!

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marita K.
Verified review

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
Jessica D.
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Thanks so much for the great catering experience! My intimate baby shower was perfectly complemented by the array of delicious brunch foods! Intimate Catering was so easy and flexible to work with at a very reasonable price!

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Gayle D.
Verified review

Our family has been using the chef services of Kimberly Gordon for two months now and have been very satisfied with her. I'm a seafood lover, my husband, not so much. We are able to get our preferred protein with the same sides . . . quite the blessing! The menus are chocked full of healthy dishes. Best of all, I don't have to shop OR cook three days a week! We also use her to provide meals for my elderly mother on the weekend. And I had her cater our 4th of July family meal. We look forward to a long relationship with Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering!

Top Pro
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah K.
Verified review

I am solo pleased with emerald catering...super super!,,, they arrived on time,,,cleaned up an d out on time...food was superb...i would use emerald again and again

International Mobile Kitchen
4.6
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Overall, I highly enjoyed working with International Kitchen and Catering. I am looking forward to working with them in the future!

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Pasta Chef Catering
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori T.
Verified review

The catering service of pasta and different of elements that go with it was provided. This is good for medium to large groups where the hosts do not have a lot of time and need someone who can take care of those needs. Customer service was very good. Presentation was excellent. All the food was cooked where applicable to meet expectations. There are things that can be worked on as a new business. For example, a salad should have all the fixings separate as some people may like some of the items but not all of them. In addition, some people are lactose intolerant to vegan and would not be able to eat cheese on the salad. The customer should be able to pick and choose which items they want for their salad. Another example, would be to have gluten-free pasta as needed due to consumers may have a gluten allergy. Overall, my experience with the food was good and very tasty.

Livy O's Catering Co.
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kisha G.
Verified review

I recently ordered mini-empanadas for my birthday gathering with some skepticism, as I've tried many empandas in my day, some good others blah. However, the Livy O's far exceeded my expectations! They were done is less than an hour. The empandas were delectable! The entire service was smooth and top notch, very professional. From ordering to delivery. I placed the order and Livy O's Catering, delivered above and beyond from beginning to end!

Tio Antonio's Catering Co.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Joyce L.
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Tio Antonio's Catering services before and are using them again for 2 events. The food is delicious, presentation is great and the staff is courteous and helpful. This company is very accommodating to fulfill our needs.

  • 16 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Helen B.
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Chef Deborah has catered our special occasions for over 6 years now. She is in Tampa for the winter and away for the summer. We've always been very pleased with the food and service and always happy to find out she's back in town for another season. We've hosted  intimate dinner parties as well as larger standing room only events.  We have friends who still talk about the food every time I see them. I highly recommend chef D to anyone who loves good food and wants to impress their guests.

Cheryl G.
Verified review

Delivery always on time the food is tasty and delicious you get your money worth!!!!!. I strongly recommend for your next event etc.....

World Bites Kafe
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Riana R.
Verified review

Amazing food presented with a great attitude and vibe! Peter loves what he does and truly displays his passion for food, people and having a great time! My guests were delighted and we had so much fun together! I would highly recommend him for your next catering event - your guests will have a memorable experience! Thank you for a great time! ;-)

Dr Thomas Q.
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Terrell is an excellent chef. He catered the Healthy Lifestyles Tampa Bay open house for me. I cannot express the high level of professionalism, how easy it is to work with Rerrell and not to forget, the exemplary food. My quest continue to mention the party’s food. I would highly recommend him for any engagement that being small with a few friends or party. In fact, I obtained his services for my next party. Great job Terrell and many thanks, Dr Q

TNT Catered Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Katelyn D.
Verified review

Thank you so much to TNT Catering for the incredible food at our wedding! Very professional and very personable, we strongly recommend them to anyone looking for event catering! We met for a taste test meal and they made a special menu to fit our budget for 100 people. Excellent communication! The food at your wedding makes a huge impact on your day and we chose barbeque for our rustic barn wedding. Everyone LOVED it! Thank you again TNT!

Fiestas Catering Inc.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Rob A.
Verified review

We hired Chef Luis and his staff to provide catering, linen rentals and DJ services for our parents 50th anniversary party on June 30th. The food and cake were exceptional and the professional servers were very courtesy, friendly and DJ William was awesome!

Island Flavors and Tings
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Xajay B.
Verified review

Authentic Jamaican food! The owner, Helena is very passionate about food and excellent customer/catering service...give it a try you won't regret it :)

Queen of Hospitalities
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Liz A.
Verified review

Yolanda delivers excellent service with joy and passion. Her food is delicious and her presentation is beautiful. Being mindful of her customer's needs, she executes their vision meticulously. I highly recommend This catering service.

Hyre's Hog Heaven BBQ
4.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Trinna V.
Verified review

Good food, but could have had some sides

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.

Actual Requests

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Need Catering Service for a Buffet Dinner Party

Sarasota, FL

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American
  • Head count
  • Details
    It is a small indoor and outdoor area and has no stove just a basic refrigerator and sink. Small kitchen area very tight but large room where food would be set up inside.

Need a Caterer on Jan. 11, 2014

Saint Petersburg, FL

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American, Italian
  • Head count
  • Details
    I have a pepper allergy. the only pepper I can have is a small amount of black pepper and white pepper

Need Catering Services for 10th Wedding Anniversary

Saint Petersburg, FL

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American
  • Head count
    Fewer than 10
  • Details
    Having event at home. We are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary.
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