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Tampa Custom Caterers

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Audra N.
Verified review

Tamera and her staff came to my home and prepared and cooked and served exquisite fresh food all night. Nothing like plain catering with chaffing dishes, etc. Outstanding menu. Tons of compliments. Also tended bar. This was an outstanding experience. The planning to prepare a custom menu was quick and easy -Tamera personally made it all flow perfectly.

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

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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  • 9 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zulma M.
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On the 19th of June, 2015, my youngest son Alexander got married to Shelly, and we had the fortune to have Once Upon An Even of Tampa Bay, as our caterers. Wow, there are no words to describe the service they provided. Every thing was done very professionally,with taste and class. The servers were very friendly and went out of their way to make sure that everybody was satisfied. Then the food came and it was out of this world ! We feel very fortunate to have found Sandy, and Once Upon An Event of Tampa Bay ! They are going to be our caterers for any and every activity that comes along. THEY ARE THE BEST ! Zulma M. Meneses Orlando, Florida

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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.
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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)

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

First Class Catering! As an Event Planner I regularly use Caterers and after using Linda I can say we found a winner! Linda was patient with our initial requests and ensured us of the quality of her food and she definitely delivered! the food was fresh and the presentation was impeccable. Linda followed up the day prior to our event to confirm she was coming early to assist with the set up. If we could give 10 stars we would. Thanks again Linda, and we will be calling you for our next local event for sure! Patrick

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
DeVan B.
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Chef Kim and Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering prepared a fantastic surprise 50th birthday dinner for 2 for one of my closest friends. The 4 course Thai meal was absolutely wonderful far exceeding my expectations. She arrived at the agreed upon time and dinner was actually served early. Each course was incredibly well presented and Chef Kim explained the fresh ingredients of each. Everything was so aromatic and the flavors from each course happily danced on our tongues. The kitchen was thoroughly cleaned when finished and she departed with a hug leaving us to enjoy the wonderful Petit Fois. I highly recommend Chef Kim and Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering for any catering event. I look forward to her catering my next event. Thank you Chef Kim for a fantastic experience!

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!

Carrabba's Italian Grill
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret M.
Verified review

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.

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.

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley J.
Verified review

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

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carol E.
Verified review

Breakpoint Pizza is the best pizza in town! IF you are planning a pizza party, you want Breakpoint pizza! You will never order pizza anywhere ever again after you have tasted this pizza! Always hot, always good! Pizza dough is fresh, hand tossed, toppings are fantastic! Sauce is the best,, seems like I cant say enough? Because it is the best!!!

Gourmet To Go
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
David G.
Verified review

Excellent service. Understands customers needs and suggested options of improvements. Provided realistic time lines and delivered ahead of schedule.

About

We make wedding caterings fun, glamorous, affordable and hassle free. Our chef Dimitri Xinidis is the best creative food designer in the area. Amy Tanaka, our catering manager is highly respected in the industry as innovative on venue or event planning. Owner Clayton and Diane Thompson work on every event to assure a flawless wedding reception or rehearsal dinner.

About

We cater to you for you! No job is too big or too small. We do home-style cooking at its finest. Vegan and dietary dishes are available.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

Countryside Café is a small business in Clearwater, Florida, that offers fresh and affordable personalized catering to the Tampa Bay area. We specialize in meeting or other special events. Our repertoire of satisfied customers includes Lokey Kia, Lokey Nissan, Lexus of Clearwater, etc.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

We started this business to help family members afford great food, have lots of fun and not break the bank. I've been in the hospitality business for more than 33 years. I watch for those details that matter, create amazing food dishes and turn any event into everything you've dreamed of on a budget that works for you! I look forward to working with you and making that special day, party, or event as easy and as perfect as you want it to be!

About

We provide the exceptional culinary experience. We have been providing service for over 25 years. We customize every meal to bring the true essence of the cuisine to life. Our goal is deliver not only a delicious meal but also promote a healthy alternative to the usual restaurant experience.

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We offer catering and food truck services. We have many years of experience in doing both high-end and casual catering and will customize a menu for your next event!

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We will prepare food in your location or ours, setup of buffet-style meals and desserts. Serving and cleanup are negotiable. We are reliable and friendly. We cater to the needs of our clients.

About

Art is my passion; so I look at my services as creating artwork. I will give 110% and great customer service into turning your canvas into a work of art.

  • 39 years in business
About

Since 1979, we have been providing the Tampa Bay area with the quality of dining and service that only a family-owned caterer can provide. We work one-on-one with clients to offer them custom catering tailored to their needs. This makes the process effortless and worry-free for our customers. We provide a wide variety of menu options, but we specialize in Hispanic cuisine.

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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