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Chef Antwan Coleman
4.8
from 106 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
Carisa T.
Verified review

Chef Antwan Coleman did a fabulous job catering my company's Christmas Luncheon. There were nothing but positive compliments, and all of our employees left with a full belly. The food was delicious, and the Chef made sure there was plenty to go around. I would definitely recommend Chef Antwan for your catering needs, and we will definitely be using him for our future events. Thank you!

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Courtney B.
Verified review

Chef Tamara and her staff are AMAZING! I am a wedding planner with B. Remembered Events and I worked with Tamara and her staff this past weekend. I was truly impressed (which is a lot coming from a planner who works with a number of companies!). The food was outstanding (and custom to the client's taste). The service was excellent and the presentation was one to write home about. If you are debating who to choose when hiring a catering company. Your debate is over. Hire her today!

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

We hired Vivian for our NYE wedding. She cooked for 100 people. The food was AMAZING. Our guests are still raving about the dishes she prepared. Vivian was a pleasure to work with leading up to the day of the event and she and her staff were a pleasure the evening of as well. She will be the first person we call for all future events!

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joseph N.
Verified review

Chef Cheryl not only makes fantastic dishes, but she also livens up a dinner party with conversation and an amicable disposition. She was very easy to work with - responsive, flexible, and professional. We certainly recommend her to others!

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

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!

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  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghan B.
Verified review

Our experience was amazing! Due to an unexpected loss in the family, we needed catering service with short notice. Renowned catering not only replied quickly but with a reasonable price. Laura, the owner, provided a proposed menu by the end of the day and met our every request without hesitation. On the day of the event, the set up was just as desired and the staff was friendly and knew exactly what they were doing. The food tasted amazing and was of fantastic quality. This catering company made our experience seamless, which was a blessing through this difficult time.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Billie G.
Verified review

I was looking for a chef because I'm super busy and I find cooking to be one more daunting thing I have to do each day. I thought about hiring a chef probably a year ago, but I feared it would be too expensive. I finally decided to go for it and posted my request on Thumbtack. Lisi responded almost immediately. I looked over her website and liked what I read so I gave her a call. I live a little further away than where she normally delivers and I'm a pescatarian (a vegetarian that eats seafood), but Lisi was willing to work with me and my needs. Ok, let's talk food-her food is amazing! Some of my faves are the Sesame Mahi, Vegetable Coconut Curry, Fennel and Carrots, Tuna and Bean Salad and the Zucchini Ratatouille. Lisi is always on time with her menu and deliveries and is super sweet. I highly recommend her! I'm so happy to have healthy, yummy meals delivered to me which cuts down on the amount of time I need to shop and clean up the kitchen. I was also pleasantly surprised how affordable it is!

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

We hired the Catering Company for our property's Grand Opening. The food, service, and presentation were excellent! We will definitely keep Christa in mind for future events.

Orlando's Gourmet Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
CJ J.
Verified review

We wanted to do something special to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We tossed around a few ideas, but the thought of going to a loud and crowded restaurant was not appealing to my folks. We finally decided to bring the restaurant to them. On WEDNESDAY, we put out a request for a caterer for SATURDAY! Carolyn to the rescue! I was a little apprehensive at first, because she was coming from Sarasota and we were in Riverview, but she didn't seem to have any problem with it. She sent me a suggested menu on Friday that was spot on, and we finalized the details. What an elegant evening! We set the tables, and Carolyn took it from there. We were able to enjoy our time with family, without someone having to be in the kitchen. It was nice for everyone to be able to sit down and be served a delicious meal. The best part is, when dinner was over, the dishes were done and everything was put away. We never leave my mom's kitchen looking like that after a family dinner! Everyone raved about the food, it was absolutely fabulous! It cost a pretty penny, but because Carolyn was coming to my rescue in the 11th hour, it was worth the extra cost. If you actually had time to plan and prepare, the cost would be reasonable, I'm sure. I highly recommend Carolyn Orlando and her catering. Fantastic food, served by a pleasant, professional team that obviously puts a lot of love and care into their product.

Lalys Catering & Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Emily S.
Verified review

This was our first time hiring a Catering company and everything was smooth, the owner was very sweet and took care of our needs:) food was on point thank you again!

Chef Jean-Christophe, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen W.
Verified review

The private cooking class was a Father's Day gift for my husband who let me say "can't cook". Chef Christophe was very responsive and listen to what type of experience I was looking to give my husband and Chef Christophe DELIVERED!!!!! He made my husband feel very comfortable and a very positive experience. My husband is now looking forward to possibly learning and cooking more. And the added plus is Chef Christophe help him to prepare and cook us a delicious meal. Thank you Chef Christophe! We look forward to our next cooking encounter with you.

The kings Bistro
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Yvette M.
Verified review

Love this family owned food truck. Excellent comfort food . Always good service.

Ava's Lowcountry Cuisine
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Robert S.
Verified review

Great food clean very professional

The Catering Market
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Alyssa T.
Verified review

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
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.

About

Personal Zone provides meals, lunch and dinner services and personalized meal preparations. We will deliver for $5 and have from one to five meal plans.

About

Hello, we are Angel and Maria. We have a small catering service that is slowly, but surely growing and growing. We cook homemade foods with great visual presentation and exquisite taste, while never losing the "homey" atmosphere. We cook weekly for clients that don't feel like cooking anymore, or simply don't have the time. We have also done several wedding and other venues such as baptisms, conventions, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We would love to help you out and make your day even more special.

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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.

  • 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!

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I have bartended in hotel night clubs and private home parties. I also have waited tables in elite country clubs and worked in many fine dining establishments. I have a great personality, professional, knowledgeable, and dependable.

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

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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