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Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tampa.

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer K.
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We enjoyed a private dinner party with Tamara and the food was AMAZING!!! She worked with us to plan the perfect menu. Our guests loved the entire meal and Tamara was extremely sweet and professional. I will certainly be using her again in the future.

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki C.
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The food Vivian made was amazing and delicious , I will have her at future dinner party's and plus she was very professional and sweet .

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maria M.
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Work with Sandy a few time, doing wedding cakes and party cake. Sandy it was a pleasure working with you and your staff. Sandy is outstanding as a person, easy to work with. Looking forward in working with you in the future.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adam G.
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Cheryl is the consummate professional. The food is absolutely fantastic, and she makes every effort to ensure that you are getting the meals that you want. We have been using her as a personal chef for the past four months for weekday meals, and every meal has been delicious. She prepared an anniversary dinner for me and my wife, and it was extravagant. Cheryl recently did a dinner party for us as well, and she came in advance, prepped the food for us, and created a beautiful presentation. I can't say enough about her skills and attention to detail/quality - we are just so fortunate to have found her! Please feel free to email me if you would like more detail about her services. gobluemba@gmail.com Adam Gersh and Wende Kozlow

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

Linda catered my dinner party. What a pleasure to have her handle preparing and serving all the food, from appetizers to desserts so I could simply enjoy my guests. The food was excellent. Best of all, she cleaned it all up and left my kitchen cleaner than when she got here. I would definitely use Intimate Catering again.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Desiree M.
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I ordered a hundred wings from Kim for a 4th of july party. I got them in three different sauces asian sticky, buffalo lemon pepper, and buffalo. There were about 30 people at the party and the wings were a hit! Everyone loved them and kept asking me where I got them from and who made them. I love chicken wings and i frequent a local chicken wing place in Orlando and i have to admit that the wings I got from Kim were way better than the wings from the restaurant. I am certain that if I have another party I will definitely be calling her again for more.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Leigh R.
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Lisi is great! We hired her for a bachelorette party and she prepared 2 appetizers, a salad, entree and dessert for a group of 6. The whole group agreed that her demeanor and cooking were fantastic and certainly the highlight of our weekend! Her personality and customer service were wonderful and the meal she prepared was fresh, healthy and delicious. We would happily hire Lisi again and highly recommend her to future clients!

  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Paul B.
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Everything from the initial consultation to the day of our reception was perfect. We had a small wedding reception for about 40 guests and we chose Stone House Pies & Fine Foods to cater it. Ann listened to what we wanted and knew we had a budget and sent a well thought out and thorough proposal. More importantly, she customized her services to fit our budget. The food was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The appetizers were OUT OF THIS WORLD! Ann went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed on our special day. Our guests are still talking about how delicious the food was. We would recommend Stone House Pies & Fine Foods to anyone catering a party.

The Catering Company
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Meggie H.
Verified review

Yummy food that held up for hours of fun! Great feedback from guests for my 30th bday party. Food was priced right and we had plenty! THANKS!!!

Orlando's Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mark D.
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We had an AWESOME experience with Carolyn and her catering. We had a party of nearly 50 people for the holidays and she provided and outstanding experience.

Lake Harbin Gourmet
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Sara H.
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Food was prepared by Lake Harbin Gourmet for my 71st birthday party! Food was superb and made with love. It just happens to be in my opinion one of Tampa's Best Kept Secrets. Try it! I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

  • 2 years in business
Stephanie D.
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Annalia did a trolls cupcake tree for my daughter’s birthday party. Absolutely amazing! Everyone loved them and it couldn’t of turned out any better! Definitely wouldn’t recommend having anyone else do any of my future bakery needs!

Norma`s Table and Vine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa D.
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Norma has done numerous catered dinners and cocktail parties for me. Each one was unique, the food was new and outstanding, the service top notch and she did her job happily and professionally. I wish she still lived near me.

Carrabba's Italian Grill
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret M.
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I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the convenience, quality and cost of Carrabba's catering. The manager, Cheyanne bent over backwards, for my office party, which says a lot because I am not the easiest person to please.

TNT Catered Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Donna A.
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Tony and Tammy catered my husbands 50th birthday party . They did a remarkable job the food was amazing ! I was extremely pleased with their service and would ask them to do again .

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley J.
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Catered our wedding. Food was delicious, staff was on-point and very courteous, WOW was the response from all of our guests. The best vendor of the evening

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.

CityLync
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
JC M.
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We use CityLync for catered lunches 3 times a week at our office. This takes the responsibility of meal planning off our staff. The meals are always delicious. I just used them to cater a dinner party at my home for 45 people. As usual they made the process simple and did a fantastic job & the food was Great! They even got additional future bookings from several of our guests.

Queen of Hospitalities
5.0
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!

Great chef
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeffrey K.
Verified review

We were very happy with Chris (and his Mother) catering and planning our Daughter's wedding reception. The food was excellent, the planning was precise and his enthusiasm was evident to everyone. We certainly recommend Chris' services to anyone.

On the Spot Catering
5.0
from 1 review
    David C.
    Verified review

    I know this owner personally. She has over twenty years experience in the food industry. She is very organized , clean and dedicated to customer satisfaction. Mrs. Sheppard knows about food temp requirements, food preparations , food portions including baking and decorations. She is very detailed in catering set up and providing all catering needs for small and large groups. I highly recommend On The Spot Catering for your party needs and enjoy your dining experience.

    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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