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A Catered Function Events
from 3 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Barb K.
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Two day (family reunion) event (Saturday picnic & Sunday soul food dinner) both went well. Daphne help make my vision come through. I would definitely call on this company again. I live in a different state & planning this event in another state was a task but Ms. Daphne from function events took the pressure off of me. Thanks Ms. Daphne, Larry, Antonio & your ho to guy ( sorry I can't recall your name) for making my event flow. The food was great right down to the collard greens.

Catering by Gennell
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Evelyn L.
Verified review

Great cook everything were delioucus. I really enjoyed the service that she gave me I personal will use Ms. Harris again.

Ray-Rays Catering
from 1 review
    Alicia R.
    Verified review

    Chef Ray catered my Black Tie event in May 2015. His presentation was impeccable, and the food was scrumptious. Additionally, he was punctual with food preparation and serving, and in record time, he had served 400 people. He was able to customize a budget for us. You could not tell by the service and food quality that we did not pay a million dollars. Ray is an amazing professional, and his catering services are a culinary delight.


    I put my best into every dish prepared. Sanitation is a must. We handle all food according to the proper receiving , storing and preparing precautions.


    Diggity Dogs Diner & Catering will travel within 100 miles of Camilla. No event is too big or too small. Our prices are unbeatable as well as our service. Our staff will stand out above all the rest with our personal touch to each event! We give each detail a little extra just for your benefit for no extra hidden charges.

    • 4 years in business

    for being the cheapest and having the best food😉and great service i just enjoy cooking and serving others coming up with new recipes


    I am a excellent cater. My career began 35 years ago. It was in high school where I took Home Economics (Cooking). Then I continue at Albany Technical School. There I took the major in Culinary Arts. Since then, I've been dedicated to cooking and catering many peoples. I also like serving many delightful dishes.


    I offer on- and off-premise catering. I provide complete setup and cleanup. I've been catering for 25 years in Crisp, Dooly, and Wilcox counties.


    I have worked for catering services before and loved it. I just wished it lasted longer. I really enjoyed what I did. I make sure the food was hot and set up for the guest and make sure the drinks were ready and if the guest needed anything in between, I would make sure they had what they needed.


    My work stands out because I put my personal touch in all my decorations and catering dishes. I put love into my work and love makes it special. I love what I do and I enjoyed doing it.


    Catering is the industry responsible for providing beverages, food and other services to different clients for special events. Caterers are some of the professionals working on this area and their duties are related to organize and control catering operations. These professionals make use of independent contractors in order to perform catering services for weddings and parties. They may work as personal caterers for some clients or be hired for specific events like corporate events and family reunions.


    Food diva and party planner extraordinaire, Lynne Ranew Mertins, will plan your event. We do corporate events, weddings, etc.; we do it all!


    I can cook just about anything you ask. I am a graduate of South GA Techs Culinary Arts. I bake and decorate cakes, pies, etc. I do vegetables, meats, etc. I even barbecue, and it's good. Call me, so we can discuss what you need.


    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    We cater soul food but are trained in gourmet cooking as well. Also, we do events coordination setup and breakdown. Bartenders are available.

    • 6 years in business

    We specialize in soul food but can provide all other catering needs. We also cater to baby showers, parties, weddings, and more.


    We have a mobile food trailer and we also offer our cleaning services as well. We even offer laundry and ironing services.


    We barbeque for the public. We cook, cater, deliver and set up, and clean up. You order from us, and we do the rest.


    We provide diverse menus and services to suit most catering needs. We enjoy bringing people together with food and fellowship.

    • 3 years in business

    The highlight of my job is when a customer takes a bite of my creation and I watch their face break out into a smile

    • 12 years in business

    We cater to the needs of customers as they order delicious 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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