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Gotta Have It Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 262 hires on Thumbtack
Vicky Z.
Verified review

Used Gotta Have It Catering for a company picnic and Vince, Matt, and Marvin knocked it out of the park! The food was outstanding and the portions were huge. The team was very surprised when they came outside for a picnic and the food truck was set-up and waiting for them with a variety of gourmet selections. A fun time was had by all! Vince made setting up this event effortless for me. Thank you!

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Nikki Can Cook
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
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Betty A.
Verified review

Nikki is an excellent chef - food was delicious. She was on time and was very personable! The young men she brought with her were so nice! I had asked for her to prepare extra homemade croutons for me to have the next day and though she said of course I suspect in the haste to leave she forgot them. ( By the way they were great!) The only comment I would make in using a chef versus my regular caterers is that Nikki and her team planned to leave while we were eating dessert. In doing so I would have been left to clean all those dishes ( 10 seated guests) and wine glasses myself. She said that was the way she always did things. None of my caterers have ever done that -- that is part of what you are paying for ($700+) to enjoy your evening and have no work to do ! Just being hostess is enough getting the house and flowers and table set! Nikki knew we had 50 people arriving post dinner for an after party and needed the dinner dishes all pulled and cleaned - was very disappointed that we had to discuss that at the last minute! I had hired a separate bartender for the glasses to be taken care at the post party. I expected her to not do any of those dishes. I did ask her to place trays of desserts I had prepared on the "cleaned off" dining table when they finished. ( I paid them a handsome tip for doing this) Also - I have never had a caterer use the dishwasher for my dishes - I have always found them hand washed and stacked in kitchen. Nikki's team loaded my dishwashers (2) with the hand painted china and sterling flatware. I should have explained that is not done - my mistake, I just haven't had to before. She is an EXCELLENT CHEF! Services are not as "easy" on the host and her familiarity with things like the china and silver should be discussed before hand. Be very specific about every detail on how you see the evening going - write it up so you both know. We had Sea Bass and It Was Amazing!

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  • 26 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
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James K.
Verified review

The Bountiful Basket was our caterer for our wedding on July 10. There is not enough that could be said about what Mike and his team did for us. They were way more than caterers. Mike handled everything: tables, tents, chairs, dinnerware, glassware for both our wedding and our rehearsal dinner. His staff was so very professional and on the ball. And the food....WOW. It was incredible evidenced by the fact that there was very little left. His mac and cheese is unique and fantastic. The shrimp and grits were fabulous and he makes fried chicken just like your grandmother. Please seriously consider The Bountiful Basket for any catering event. You will not be sorry. Thanks Mike and crew you made our day perfect.

"BLESST" Event Services
4.5
from 109 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 211 hires on Thumbtack
Linnetta S.
Verified review

I was very pleased with the caterer, the food was excellent seasoned to perfection, portions amazing, Nothing over cooked or under cooked Troy was courteous and professional I will be using him again and referring him to friends and family

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Cooking with a Star
4.9
from 53 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike H.
Verified review

I truly LOVED working with Cooking with a star Catering. A buffet style wasn't what I had originally wanted, but what I had to do for our budget. They have changed my opinion about buffet weddings forever! The food was what sold us right away at our tasting. We couldn't wait the 9 months to have the roast again it was that yummy! I have several compliments from our guests on how great the food was and was presented, and let's be honest wedding food isn't always the best. Once you go to a tasting you will understand, the food and service are way above the price you pay for. Using them felt like a steal! Kendra was so easy to work with and the communication was great. GeGee on the day of was such an angel. She was extremely attentive to myself and the groom, always making sure I had food or a drink. My husband and I ended up having seconds because I enjoyed my meal that much. You cannot go wrong with using this amazing catering company.

  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
FOX R.
Verified review

C-Bo's BBQ did a great job with the food at our company picnic. The food was delicious and the service provided by LaToya and Charles and their entire team was excellent. We would definitely use them for our next event and recommend them to friends.

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Catering by Marcus
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Efia S.
Verified review

i had a cater that fell through at last minute and i found Marcus on this site he catered for 85 people for a picnic the menu was bbq chicken pulled pork mac n cheese baked beans potatoe salad and cucumber watermelon salad omg everything was excellent i wish i could give him more then 5 stars his professionalism was wverything i didnt have one complaint about the food it was absolutly wonder thanks again for everything i do plan on using him again in october for a surprise for my husband

Simply Elegant and More
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon S.
Verified review

Extremely professional, and saved us at the last minute! Antionette was a joy to work with at our church anniversary dinner. We had a caterer pull out in the final hour, and Simply Elegant came in to save the day. Plus went above and beyond to make sure we had an opportunity to taste the meal before the day of the event to make sure we could make changes if needed. Everyone was very happy with the food, and there was more than enough for everyone. We will definitely use them again for future events. Thank you Antoinette! It was a joy working with you Shannon

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Ali's Personal Chef Service
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anna K.
Verified review

I had a brunch for 40 at my home this past weekend. Right from the get-go Ali was very responsive. She has a great variety of offerings and we were able to quickly select the menu. I chose to hire her for service as well, which was great because the food was fresh out of my kitchen and she also decorated my dining table beautifully. Ali came to the house before the event to see the kitchen and how to layout the buffet. She arrived early for the brunch, along with her husband and son, and stayed afterwards to completely clean up. All the food was delicious - beef tenderloin, shrimp creole, grilled vegetables, fresh sliced fruit, and particularly the Kentucky Derby bars. I also asked for bagels and salmon, and Ali added special butters and nut butters to the spreads. Ali is very professional and obviously takes great pride in her work. I will definitely be using her services again in the future!

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Cabaki's Catering
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Anje K.
Verified review

We enjoyed having her as a wedding planner and caterer. The food was great and we really enjoyed the breakfast for dinner, including the pancake cutting instead of the typical wedding cake. As a planner she really held things together. I have seen weddings where the planner (or day of organizer) is too quiet and cannot handle the crowds. This is not the case with Stephanie. She was politely in control when she needed to be (like at the rehearsal), but at the same time she disappeared when she needed to. It was like magic was happening that we couldn’t see that made things run smoothly! I know she deflected at least 1 or 2 major things that happened the morning of the day of. She kept the groom in the loop as needed, and let the bride have her day without the stress. Stephanie also provided us with things like chairs and other items when we were struggling to find an affordable or practical option. She also held off rain that was forecasted to threaten our day! I would highly recommend her as a planner.

A Catered Function
4.6
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Keely W.
Verified review

Daphne Woods with Function Events catered a delicious and visually appealing lunch for a last minute event (I booked 1 week prior to the event) for my client during the hectic month of December. Daphne was able to work within my budget, menu constraints and last minute changes and served delicious food - perfect for my event. Daphne is a FANTASTIC communicator and she kept me on my toes leading up to the event. Our client misplaced 2 of Daphne's red serving platters and Daphne did not charge us for our mistake and instead absorbed the loss. This is a fantastic example of Function Events incredible client service. I HIGHLY recommend using Daphne and team for any event you have in 2016 - that is... If she is not already booked by yours truly. Huge thank you Function Events!

Tad's Tasty Treats Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie K.
Verified review

Tad's Tasty Treats has been our go-to caterer for the past 4 years at my organization.Tad's attention to detail and the quality his food is outstanding. Always dependable and a pleasure to work with, he comes highly recommended.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah G.
Verified review

Not enough good things to say about Iyea! We hired her for our cooking needs over a period of 5 days. Eight of us flew into Baltimore for a convention and rented a house. She was very flexible and responsive throughout the process. She came early in the morning to prepare breakfast. While we ate breakfast she prepared our lunches to-go, then returned again to prepare dinner. One of the nights we had a spontaneous party of 40, and she went to Costco and handled it like a champ! She did all our shopping and majority of the clean-up as well. Her prices are incredible reasonable and her food was delicious, she has the home cooked family feel in her cooking. Thank you Iyea for feeding our souls :)

BBQ Haven
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
Verified review

Great job... catered for a wedding. 60 adults plus 20 kids. The food was excellent. Proportion were perfect. Everyone was full with little excess. Will definitely use them again. Thanks for making our event perfect.

PCF Creations
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ahmed M.
Verified review

Best food and catering company I have ever used!!! amazing and delicious! George is awesome and worked within our budget to give us an amazing experience

In-Joy Atlanta Catering LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Lorryn F.
Verified review

Dena was simply amazing! Her food was amazing and plentiful! I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding caterer!

Designated Chef Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Stan H.
Verified review

Chef Rich made our breakfast and lunch planning a breeze for a packed golf tournament/fundraiser at Pinetree CC just a few weeks ago. Everything neatly packaged and simple to distribute. Rich gave us options for our guests to select. With nearly 200 folks to serve, it was a relief to let Rich just take care of the details. Great personal touches and plenty of compliments to go around. Second year using Designated Chef-need I say more? I plan to use Designated Chef for other events soon!

Bites By Eydt Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elizabeth L.
Verified review

Dick and his team always deliver delicious food and a fun experience. Guests thoroughly enjoy every morsel they Dick artfully prepares. It is a pleasure working with Dick from planning all the way through the event execution.

Chef Kerby Morgan Jr.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
James D.
Verified review

Man thos dudes pallet is outstanding! He did the catering for an event i had. He was on time with everything. The food tasted great. His concept on food was what my event needed. Thanks to him I've been able to keep my current clients as well as gain a few more. He has also done a few small meals for me when I had a date. I'll be using him for all of my events both big and small. I don't think that there is an event he can't pull off. Very professional and kind. Thanks Chef Kerby Morgan see you at the next event!

  • 29 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Margie S.
Verified review

I had one thing in mind. They exceeded my expectations. I must say it was zn important occasion and that last event I had low funds, but you could not tell it. Excellent event

Taqueria on Broad
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Marcel C.
Verified review

We had Taqueria cater a corporate lunch and it was excellent. Everything was perfectly prepared, astonishingly affordable, and they are some of the nicest people to work with. The food was so good that I know of at least one person that ordered dinner from them to take home to her family.

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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