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The Island Chef
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 107 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.

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

Chef Vivian is wonderful. I need someone to come in to cook several meals each week for my daughter and me. My daughter is chronically ill and has dietary restrictions. Chef Vivian does an outstanding job working within the constraints and producing delicious healthy meals. She's a genuine pleasure to work with.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenny V.
Verified review

This is a wonderful catering company! No food is delicious. Not your typical catering food. Sandy and the chef work with you to develop the best menu for your event. They took care of everything during our wedding. I recommend them without any hesitation.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sherman H.
Verified review

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)

Intimate Catering
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey K.
Verified review

Linda agreed to provide a gourmet dinner for nine on very short (24 hours) notice after the chef I originally hired took ill. She was able to replicate the menu I had originally agreed upon with the other chef, with a few touches of her own that were definitely enhancements. Every course of the five-course meal she prepared was delicious and my guests and I were delighted. Linda was professional, neat and unobtrusive.

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Epic Events by Booth, Inc.
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Culver C.
Verified review

Dawn is so very professional and knowledgeable. I am giving my 2 kids the gift of cooking lessons with her for Christmas. She is prepared, conscientious, and thorough in explanation and goals. I know my kids are going to learn how to cook basics and work their way up to being chefs one day! I would recommend Dawn to anyone, either for a private chef, one time lesson or multiple lessons.

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
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather S.
Verified review

Chef Jenner provided a wonderful meal for our family while on vacation. The food was very good and it was stress free not having to worry about cooking and clean up! We got to enjoy time together which was priceless! Thank you Chef Jenner!

Your Personal Chef Service
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Mark E.
Verified review

Hi Chef Bob hosted a dinner party at my aging parents house - they totally loved their evening and thought the meal was outstanding. Chef Bob is a great gift idea:)

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 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!

  • 6 years in business
Greg P.
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Great food , excellent flavors , outstanding presentation and fairly priced. I immensely enjoyed every meal prepared by chef Darren Evans and absolutely recommend him for your catering needs as well. -Greg

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
David K.
Verified review

Chef Gordon was charming and his meal was sumptuous and delicious.

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.

Sweet Tooth Factory LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Aja D.
Verified review

I ordered cupcakes for my wedding. She was professional, on time and the cupcakes were simply delicious! I cannot recommend Ashley enough! She is fantastic, well priced and did exactly what I asked for!

Kaitlynd Zimmer
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dominique M.
Verified review

Kaitlynd has been great to work with! After providing a menu the prior week from which we pick and choose our meals, she cooks and drops off a weeks worth of dinner meals each Monday. She is very attuned to our needs as a family, and has been careful about accounting for allergies and food preferences; she has been accommodating us with a Mediterranean diet. Everything she makes is not only nutritious and healthy, but delicious as well. I have been so impressed with her work ethic and attention to detail, as well as her incredible ability as a chef.

Jessica Black
5.0
from 1 review
    Eliseo S.
    Verified review

    Chef Jessica Black prepared to finger food for my election return party. The finger food was "finger licking" good. Everyone was impressed by the presentation, freshness and great taste

    About

    I have an extreme passion for food and love pleasing the customers who become friends with culinary arts. I have 25 years of professional chef experience.

    About

    I am a personal chef and caterer. I am a self-taught chef who specializes in scratch made meals with emphasis on Italian and Mexican cuisines. Also fusion of the two.

    About

    I am catering parties and events. I like to work with people who want something different. I cook classic cuisine as well.

    About

    I offer personal chef services. My menu includes raw, vegan, vegetarian, and fish transitioning. I also specialize in nutrition consulting and metaphysical and alternative healing.

    About

    I have a culinary education. I have 20 years of experience in food service as a chef, f&b director, and civilian contractor for the USAF at MacDill AFB for six years. I have great recent references. I refuse to do ugly food.

    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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