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Tampa Wedding Caterers

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

Antwan catered our wedding reception. He and his team did a fantastic job. We are continuing to get complients on the food. He was very patient with us during our tasting and created a dish that combined both of our taste. He was also able to cater to our veg friends and family with ease. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone. He was the easiest to work with and kept us in our budget.

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura T.
Verified review

Everything from the planning and communication to the meal preparation and delivery was excellent. The food variety, quality and presentation was outstanding. The staff was amazing, they went out of their way to make sure our wedding dinner rehearsal party was going well.

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

Vivian catered our wedding and her food was amazing! We loved that she sat down with us and let us customize our own menu. And she was able to work with our budget to provide us with a beautifully catered event. We highly recommend her for your next event!

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Shelley L.
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I needed to find somebody that could drop off dinners once a week as a 65th wedding anniversary gift for my in-laws. They very much enjoyed the food and her caring personality. She was very much a pleasure to work with. I would hire her again in a heart beat. Such a great find when you are trying to do something like this out of state.

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
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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
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 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!

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

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
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher T.
Verified review

The food was exceptional, on time and more than enough for all of our guest. We def recommend Lalys Catering and Events you will not regret it.

Lake Harbin Gourmet
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Jalonda A.
Verified review

Lake Harbin Gourmet words can't express how great your food is. My wedding of 200 was impressed with the flavored taste and presentation of the food. The food was hot and plenty was available for all. I will highly recommend your services. Thank you for making my wedding a special occasion!

Capture Twice Photobooth
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Zoe P.
Verified review

I had the privilege of using Capture Twice at my wedding, and to say it was a success would be an understatement. The guests were fully entertained, and had loads of fun with the great props. Audrey and Renee are very professional, exceedingly talented, and helped make my wedding day all the more special.

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"

Elegant Ediblez
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Kimberly B.
Verified review

Mary did a fantastic job with my beach wedding cupcakes. Provided updates so I wouldn't freak out on my wedding day. Was in contact with my venue for delivery and set up so there were no issues. And the cake was beautiful and very yummy.

About

Being chef owned and operated, my goal is to provide quality food and service. Each client gets a personalized menu created for his/her special event. I ask for the clients' menu desires, their favorite foods, etc. and create a menu for them. I will only cater one event per day which allows me to be your personal chef for the day.

  • 5 years in business
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My prices are reasonable, I only use fresh ingredients, I try to support other local businesses when shopping for products. I offer buffet or wait staff. Also indoor and outdoor service. The best part is creating. Looking for that perfect cake to make. Be it for a princess birthday party or a special wedding. Decorations are almost as much fun as cooking. I think extra little touches make a big difference. From special mints on the tables to individual mini cakes. I want to make who ever is hosting the event to smile all day long.

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I take the time to make even the smallest detail important. Listen to my clients wants and deliver even more. I love the look of satisfaction on the faces when people eat my food.

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I do nondenominational wedding ceremonies for LGBT and all couples in the Tampa Bay and surrounding areas.

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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 are a full-service, off-site catering company that helps you create memorable wedding receptions, impressive corporate events and elegant dinner parties with a touch of class.

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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.

About

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.

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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