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Gotta Have It Catering
4.8
from 152 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 271 hires on Thumbtack
Bette P.
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They catered my reception for 80 people. Vincent was one of the two caterers whose first reply responded to my request for a vegan menu with creative suggestions and ample selections. He was promptly responsive at all times during the planning stage. They were better than on time, they arrived a bit early. Travis set everything up, served, and interacted well with the guests. The food was attractively presented, had great visual appeal and best of all tasted great. His cleanup afterward was impeccable. I highly recommend GHI.

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Nikki Can Cook
4.8
from 143 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 212 hires on Thumbtack
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Betty A.
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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
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
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James K.
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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 112 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 216 hires on Thumbtack
Linnetta S.
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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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  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Tamara S.
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Sabrina's food was fresh and delicious, and she was such a pleasure to meet! I am definitely going to request her when I need catered food.

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Cooking with a Star
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Marilyn W.
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Kendra does such a great job on her cooking! She serves not just your average dishes, but she takes normal foods that we eat everyday and adds a CREATIVE and delightful taste to everything! Her cooking will make you like goods that you usually hate! She truly has a passion for cooking and there's nobody better that you could have to serve your crew. She LOVES to serve customers the food they enjoy! Cooking With a Star is one of the best and affordable catering companies I've ever experienced.

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Crisp By Kelsey
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Raquel B.
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Kelsey is great, fun, and flexible which was great for our crazy group. She made fun tasty food and we would highly recommend her!

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Catering by Marcus
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Yolanda D.
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I couldn’t wait for this survey! Chef Marcus is very professional and caring! He provides quality food for an inexpensive price! I fired a caterer before finding Chef Marcus and was absolutely confident that he was the one I needed to make my day amazing. I knew he was MY caterer from just speaking to him over the phone. He speaks well, communicates, response in a timely manner and does what it takes to please his clients. My guest raved about his food and display! He absolutely AMAZING! When I was freaking out he made it all better! HE IS FIERCE IN THE KITCHEN!

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Ali's Personal Chef Service
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Douglas S.
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From the first contact with Allison to the last moment of the event, Allison, was professional, friendly, and helpful, She led me through changes in my menu to make it a much better fit for what I wanted. My guests were impressed with the presentation as well as the quality of the food. I got rave reviews from my guests as they were surprised that I was able to have a great brunch, and this was all due to Allison. I would recommend her to anybody that wanted a quality Caterer. Thank You Allison.

A Catered Function
4.6
from 36 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 65 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!

  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin T.
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Great quality meals with passion

Tad's Tasty Treats Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia T.
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As a new meeting planner for Georgia Power, Tad's Tasty Treats was the first caterer a few people recommedned. I listened and have used Tad's Tasty Treats on several occasions. On EVERY occassion the quality of his FOOD AND SERVICE was EXCEPTIONAL!!! Tad's Tasty Treats recently catered a retirement party. Once again they recieved raving accolades about the food and service. If you haven't used Tad's Tasty Treats, you ARE missing a TREAT (pun intended). It's simply the BEST!!!!!

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Aroma Culinary Events, LLC
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Lakeitha S.
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Iyea provided exceptional service in catering a small event for a workshop I hosted. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. She is the perfect blend of professional and personable. I highly recommend her services.

In-Joy Atlanta Catering LLC
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Niki P.
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In-Joy catered a Christmas party I hosted at my home. Not only did she prepare a delicious flavorful dinner, she also served delectable hor d'ourves and desserts. The presentation was beautiful! With In-Joy catering the food is excellent, so are the prices, and A+ for the service! My experience was so awesome, I used In-Joy for other occasions as well! They are definitely my go to catering company, that I can rely on for ALL my food needs. Nothing is too big or small!

Wimbo's Your Personal Chef
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Monique C.
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We have had the pleasure of experiencing the culinary experience that is Chef Wimbo several times. Small dinner party or large caterer event the food was delicious and service excellent!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Henry T.
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Chef Jarvis' food was delicious, but we also appreciated his thoughtfulness about the menu and dietary restrictions for the folks participating in our retreat. Often when you focus on healthy, the thinking is that flavor suffers, but Jarvis delivered food that was tasty and good for you like Avocado toast and home fries with chickpeas. With Chef Jarvis, you get a gourmet palette with a nod to Southern cuisine and an appreciation for organic, healthy and delicious. He exceeded our expectations and I highly recommend you taste what he's cooking.

Sugar And Spice
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joy S.
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We had the pleasure to have Beth work with us catering a family gathering. Her timing, quality and enthusiasm combined with the delicious food helped make this family even more special. Thank you Beth!

Bites By Eydt Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Evan P.
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The food is delicious and the owner is gregarious. Take a chance on Bites by Eydt; I guarantee you'll love it!

BC Catering&Events
4.6
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Zoey S.
Verified review

BC Catering was very affordable, professional and the food was delicious

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Joe M.
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Heavenly Hawgs BBQ was selling some of their delicious food at an event that I attended. I tried their smoked pork and smoked chicken and it was very good. So was their Brunswick Stew and smoked mac & cheese. I asked the husband & wife team how could go about getting them to cater an event/party in the future and they told me they have a page on Facebook. So I liked their FB page on the spot and know where to turn when I want to host a get-together but leave the chore of cooking some superb eats to someone else. https://www.facebook.com/heavenlyhawgsbbq/

Baby Boy Catering, LLC
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Rob R.
Verified review

The folks at Baby Boy Catering (Richard and Vicky) were fantastic !! From our very first conversation, Richard put at ease and made us feel very confident that they would take care of the whole catered meal experience -- and they did !! The food was wonderful. We had grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries and onion rings with some of Richard's special sides- of special note were the mac and cheese, baked beans and home made chili. They arrived on time, were great to work with and cleaned everything up when they left. We highly recommend Baby Boy Catering !!!

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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