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The Island Chef
from 70 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debra R.
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I had to have last minute services for a dinner party event this week. Chef Tamara connected with me within 5 minutes and assisted me with all the details of planning a successful dinner party that was within my budget and beautifully presented and all food was delicious! Chef Tamara has an extensive menu to choose from and everything that I ordered got outstanding reviews. I was impressed with her menu choices, quality and presentation was a "WOW" moment. Tamara worked within my budget and helped me with ideas to pull off this quick event (which was the next day) and made this experience seamless. I had guests asking for her contact information and many positive comments were made about the scrumptious dinner, selection of entrees and unique display of desserts that she provided. She had a dessert display that was just incredible! It has been a long time since I have utilized services of a caterer, I highly recommend Chef Tamara as she manages every detail and I can honestly say she made my event one that I was proud of. My guests were happy and I will call her again!

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Chef Cheryl
from 41 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marita K.
Verified review

Cheryl is an excellent cook! Her food is tasteful and she presents it beautifully. She always comes up with new ideas. Her food is affordable and a person definitely gets value for money. She uses good quality products. Cheryl is a friendly warm hearted person and that makes it easy and a pleasure to do business with her. She always delivers on time. I can recommend her for all catering purposes.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Gayle D.
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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!

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

from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki C.
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I had a group of friends over and had Melissa cook an Italian meal for us including a starter of her amazing ceviche! The meal was fantastic and delicious and the way it was presented was very impressive- I felt like I was at a 5 star restaurant. I will be using Melissa again very soon and trying her other types of food she cooks! I highly recommend you try using her as your private chef . My friends raved about how great everything was and how special they felt- it's a great experience

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Pasta Chef Catering
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carrie N.
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Everything about Pasta Chef Catering was phenomenal! Michael and Irene are the real deal. They both went above and beyond and drove two hours from their home base just to walk through our reception venue with us. They are wedding pros and even helped us with recommendations for our set up! The day of the wedding Michel made a point to come up to me and the groom and tell us if there was anything at all we needed, to come and find him. The food was delicious and they fed 275 people super quickly. And you can't beat the value!

The Catering Company
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Amy F.
Verified review

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.

Norma`s Table and Vine
from 5 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa D.
Verified review

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.

Renowned Hospitality
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.


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.


I am a fully licensed bartender, prep chef and catering event planner. I gained my experience working in the New York City lounges and concert clubs and here in Florida, at weddings and varied events. I have managed retail and private catering companies and have been involved with all facets of kitchen prep work. I have extensive customer service ability and problem-solving skills. Since I understand the nuances of preparation, I have an affinity for matching great things together. I have a degree in marketing and fine arts and a strong work ethic.


I take the time to make even the smallest detail important. Listen to my clients wants and deliver even more.


We have a full line of catering events -- from staff to food, cleanup, music, and great spirit. We have awesome staff and great food. We are committed in all aspects of events and provide great service. I'm a culinary graduate who is very passionate about what I do. I'm a professional, and it shows in our work.


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.


We are a unique group of people who dedicate their talents to provide you with the "wow" in your party. Our first priority is to make you happy. Tell us what your ideas are, and we will go from there. It's amazing when an idea comes to life!


I am a classically trained chef who is proficient in a great number of cooking styles but is most passionate about using healthy, local and sustainable ingredients. I can cater many different types of events but prefer smaller and more intimate settings where the food can really shine.


Pier 22 Catering brings a blend of innovative regional and international cuisine, outstanding presentations, and highly professional service to wedding receptions, banquets, holiday parties, galas, and fundraisers. From formal dinners to light refreshments, large events or small groups, Pier 22 Catering and its professional and experienced special events team offer a presentation surpassed by no other. Rest assured, your food will taste as fabulous as it looks. From preparation to presentation, we take pride in providing unique hors d'oeuvres, buffets and complete formal sit-down meals that are not only delicious to the mouth, but also to the eye. Because we are an established 35-year veteran of the restaurant industry, our resources and capabilities are endless. If we are simply providing food for an office event, or producing a wedding or fundraiser for 500 guests, you can count on amazing quality food. If you need an event location, Pier 22 is the perfect venue, featuring a waterfront terrace, patio and elegant ballroom. With six unique indoor private rooms and five outdoor waterfront settings, Pier 22 has the perfect scenery for all occasions. In addition to a breathtaking selection of venues that overlook the Manatee River, we are ready to bring your vision to life. Pier 22 plays host to a multitude of social gatherings and events. We can accommodate groups from 10 to 300 in our private event spaces, which come complete with spectacular water views. In addition to all of the specialty venues, our executive chef can personally create a custom event menu, featuring regional and seasonally organic ingredients. Pier 22 Restaurant, Patio, Ballroom and Catering is centrally located in historical Downtown Bradenton, at 1200 1st Avenue West, Bradenton, FL, 34205.

  • 11 years in business

My foods and my personally stand out the most. I love people and catering to them make a different in my life


We cater to you the customer, we can create a menu specifically for your event and dietary needs


Fabulous Latin Gourmet Catering Cuisine to your next party or event.


I will set up for your special events, control food from any caterer, serve, set up, break down and do all cleaning.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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