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Chef Antwan Coleman
from 106 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
Roberta S.
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Antwan cooked a great meal for us! We started with two appetizers which were delicious, followed by a salad then dinner and dessert. Each course was better then the next! He was very professional and even left the kitchen spotless! Would use him again!

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The Island Chef
from 74 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Chef Tamara and her assistant Debbie were amazing! The appetizers, dinner and desserts were delicious, she even made sure there were plenty of options for our vegan/vegetarian guests. Every item and platter was artfully presented. They took care of every detail of set-up, serving and clean-up so I was free to enjoy the evening. They also brought containers and placed leftovers in the frig which we enjoyed the next day! I would highly recommend The Island Chef for any event you are planning and will absolutely call her the next time I am planning an event.

On The Go Gourmet
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Adam M.
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Vivian was absolutely incredible, no other way to say it. was not expecting food to be nearly as good as it was considering how reasonable the cost was compared to other caterers -- but when she pulled out the prime rib from the oven... I said to myself...."the game has just changed". And it didn't stop there--- EVERYTHING SHE COOKED was amazing and all my guests agreed. From the prime rib and pasta all the way down to the meatballs. She cooked for nearly 100 people in my very basic kitchen on new years eve. Had zero problems with anything being late or unprepared. If you find yourself looking at and considering her profile--- I can say look no further. Shes amazing and her crew was lovely as well.

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Chef Cheryl
from 44 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark M.
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Chef Cheryl catered a dinner for us for 16 people. The food was off the charts, presented with flair and the flavours a sublime mouth full of heaven in each bite. Cheryl decorated the tables so beautifully and her professional demeanor and relaxed attitude made our evening one we will never forget. Thanks again Cheryl. Looking forward to having you do another dinner.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Josh C.
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Chef Kim provided catering to my staff for a full week - lunch and dinner. The food was outstanding and the service was just as good. She stayed in touch constantly and provided everything that was needed and wanted. It was a pleasure to work with her.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheryl T.
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I live in Pittsburgh, PA and hosted a morning after wedding brunch for 50-60 people in Tarpon Springs, FL. Laura from Emerald catering was very easy to work with. She was prompt in her correspondence with me and offered helpful suggestions. She was also willing to work with me to make sure I had what I needed. Food was delivered on time and was delicious.

Lisi Crane Catering
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jan N.
Verified review

Lisi was prompt in contacting us and following thru with prices and suggestions. We knew when we met her, she would be the perfect caterer. Her prices are good and we look forward to her help in April.

The Catering Company
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Amy F.
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Not only did they pull together a 30 person event for me and less than 12 hours but the food was amazing and the customer service as well as professionalism was outstanding. I was very worried when my original caterer ended up not being a reliable source at the last minute and I was scrounging for someone to help with this event. Luckily I found one that I can use for many events in the future.

Orlando's Gourmet Catering
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie W.
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I was planning on using another caterer for my wedding in September 2014 and a friend recommended I at least talk to Carolyn. I met with her and let her know what kind of food I was looking to have at my reception, now this was only a month in a half before my wedding, so pretty short notice. My now husband and I met with Carolyn a few more times to finalize price and last minute details. Each and everytime it was a pleasant experience and we were both very happy with the services provided. She was on time to set up everything at the reception and after to clean up. The food was phenomenal and our guests enjoyed every item we had. We had close to 100 people at our reception and Carolyn pulled it off with ease! I would recommend Carolyn and her services to anyone looking for a caterer. She was great!!!!

Lalys Catering & Events
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Sonia P.
Verified review

I hosted a corporate event at work and at first I thought I would not be able to find someone affordable however not only Lalys Catering was on time but good quality and affordable just what we needed and for our next event I am planning to hiring them again :) if you don't want headaches and someone responsible I def recommend them!

The Catering Market
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Alyssa T.
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We used the catering market for our wedding. IT WAS HANDS DOWN THE BEST DECISION!!! They were so helpful before the wedding, they asked questions I didn't even think to ask. On our wedding day the food was soooo good the server made sure we ate and kept the wine coming. lol. The tropical buffet is all my guests talked about. They even decorated their tables to match my wedding decor. Top notch company and I didn't over pay for just because it was a "wedding"

Queen of Hospitalities
from 2 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Debbie B.
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Yolanda has catered for us numerous times. Her Latin and Caribbean dishes are the best I’ve ever tasted and her deserts are excellent! She is not only creative in her dishes and presentation, Yolanda is fun to be around and adds a sparkle to every party!

John Mason Catering, Inc.
from 1 review
  • 28 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Fred S.
Verified review

John is truly a professional caterer. He does an exceptional job and I would recommend him to everyone.


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.


I provide a different style of foods. Prepared fresh and organic if requested. I also do special platters and appetizers. My passion is cooking and helping people also make that a passion of their own. I have a different style that people love. I love to cook and to teach people how they can also be an amazing chef in their kitchen. I am located in the Tampa Bay Area a native. Family Italian and Cuban growing up always in the Kitchen. It is my passion. I take pride and enjoy cooking the most because the people that have eaten my dishes love it. I always see smiles on peoples faces and that is an amazing feeling. To make people happy.


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


We are surpassing your expectations with handcrafted food and outstanding, personalized service. Tastes of Tampa Bay Catering Co. thoughtfully prepares each menu to fit each client's tastes and budget. We work with those who want their guests to have a great experience, without sacrificing quality. Our culinary style focuses on fresh ingredients and flavorful, approachable food. Tastes of Tampa Bay Catering Co. is committed to exceptional customer service, attention to detail, and simplifying your planning process.


We are a catering company that is privileged and honored to serve you. We provide quality meals for affordable prices. We are a specialist in diabetic cuisine. No event is too small, and no event is too large!

  • 4 years in business

Seeing or hearing about how much someone enjoyed my food really makes my work satisfying.

  • 8 years in business

We make all of our sauces from 100% all natural ingredients. No corn syrups or processed sugars. We select the best local produce and put love into every dish make. We will also work with customers to create custom or personal favorite entrees. Working with the different people.


I am a caterer/server/bartender who has been in the food industry for 19 years. I have very flexible hours, and I can travel to your venue.

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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