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Gotta Have It Catering
4.8
from 152 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 271 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa B.
Verified review

Firstly, they are very quick to respond. The tasting was scheduled immediately and it was done so professionally. Food for the tasting was very good and any suggestions I made were possible. My fiancé is from New Orleans, so creole food was a must and Gotta Have It Catering definitely delivered. Within hours Chef Vincent had put together an amazing southern creole menu for me. Not to mention Chef Vincent and team's suggestions made me very comfortable with their experience in catering.

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Nikki Can Cook
4.8
from 143 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 212 hires on Thumbtack
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Beverly B.
Verified review

Nikki is a real professional and the quality of her work is good. She worked with me and made suggestions in helping me to obtain a menu and price point that was within the guidelines I was trying to achieve for a engagement party in my home. The food was delivered on time, no set-up. Her dishes tasted good and the presentation was also good. There were lots of great comments from guest about the dishes, and some wanted her business card, but she did not provide them.The one drawback for me was I felt the servings were small. What would have made this an overall Excellent experience whether than Good and for improvement is to have had guest have at a Minimum two (2) servings instead One (1) or two (2) for ALL dishes because in my experience most guest tend to take more than one(1) of an item and I prefer to always have more than needed, whether than not enough. If a dish prepared is to be only for one (1) serving, the host should be made aware in advance, should adjustments be needed. I took for granted it was standard that a dish is always for two (2) servings. Overall, Thumtack gave me great options in a catering professional and I would use the site again and would recommend Nikki Bell! She is a good caterer & cook and would handle your affair with professionalism and care!

Hootie's Catering
4.7
from 77 reviews
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Shevon S.
Verified review

He is a very understanding catering and works with your budget professional.

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Crisp By Kelsey
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah F.
Verified review

I ordered some meals to be delivered to a friend with a baby. Kelsey was very professional and easy to work with, and my friend raved about the meals. I would definitely recommend her for any catering needs!

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

I would like to give a thumbs up to Pas De Deux Catering, I used this catering service for my wedding reception, and was very impressed. The food and the services were great and very reasonable. Marcus, was able to help me at the last minute seeing that I wasn't pleased with my last caterer. I would definitely use his services again and would highly recommend him, trust me you will not be disappointed.

A Catered Function
4.6
from 36 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Richeal N.
Verified review

Very Professional, Knowledgeable, On Time, Great layout of the food and I could go on and on! Daphne and her staff were on point! I wish there were more stars to give. Our event involved about 75-80 people. The price was very reasonable and her/staff was AMAZING! Going forward we are going to use her company for all of our catering events. Our company has a staff of 90 plus people. She even remember things that I forgot about. She made everything so easy. They were on time, they set everything up, came back and broke everything down. Would our company use her company again ABSOULTELY!!! In a word PERFECT!! On behalf of Butler Lexus we want to say THANK YOU!!

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Cabaki's Catering
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Briana D.
Verified review

Stephanie and the team at Cabaki's did an amazing job for not only my wedding but also my wedding rehearsal dinner! The variety on her menu and the versatility she offers with her team is extraordinary. As somewhat of a foodie myself, I will say I was very nervous for any caterer to handle the food for one of the most important days of my life. However, Stephanie took away all of my concerns and provided above and beyond service with excellent communication and a quick response with any questions or concerns I may have had. Not only did my friends and family enjoy the amazing spread, they also raved about the unique dessert that we requested from Stephanie. Not everyone can make a croquembouche! Not only did she and her team create a beautiful croquembouche they also provided a tasty and delicious dessert that all of my guests talked about. I cannot thank Stephanie and her team enough for putting all of my concerns to rest and providing detail and quality that surpassed my highest expectations. If there is any event in the future that requires catering, I will be calling on Stephanie and her team at Cabaki's catering!

  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret T.
Verified review

I decided to skip the restaurants with my family and try a personal Chef. Probably one of the best decisions I ever have done. He fits my budget. The food was so scrumptious, and mouth watering. Indulged and couldn't have enough. His fresh ingredients stand out the most, with the medley of flavors. My taste buds were dancing. Makes me relieved I'm giving my family the best choices in dining. And this dish was truly amazing. I can say Better than granny.

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

Tad's Tasty Treats is a paramount provider for Georgia Power catering. They use only the freshest ingredients, and served a homemade Lemon Bundt cake with lemon glaze so moist and "delish" our entire staff was in awe. Their highly professional staff created a first class cuisine, and coordinated timely service allowing flexibility for all our meeting needs. Whatever you need, you can put yourself in the trusting hands of Tad's Tasty Treats. They will certainly exceed your expectations. Thanks again Tad for your superb service!

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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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Rhonda H.
Verified review

Divas Cooking Party catered a graduation brunch at our home and from first contact to the final “show” Iyea was a joy to work with! She helped me plan the menu which she executed to delicious perfection! Thanks Divas!

Dreams To Reality
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Misdee D.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of working with Jessica’s Team for a catering event that I had on Sat Sep22nd. I manage a catering business and I was in need of profeshional staff on that day. Needless to say I was not disappointed. Her crew were very profeshional especially (David) courteous and punctual. Jessica was very approachable and responded to my text and emails in a timely matter. I am planning on using her team for my future caterings and building a relationship with her company. I definitely recommend and use them for my future catering events. Misdee, Divan Catering

In-Joy Atlanta Catering LLC
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Amy M.
Verified review

In-Joy Catering catered an anniversary party for me. The food was excellent. Dena and her staff are very professional and respectful. You will not go wrong with In-Joy Catering.

Diva's Touch Catering, Inc.
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Sharolyn C.
Verified review

Thank you Diva's Touch Catering for making my Daughters Baby Shower perfect you presentation for the event was exceptional and the food was very delicious, my guest talked about it for weeks .Thank you again for making a memorable one.

Wimbo's Your Personal Chef
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Monique C.
Verified review

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
Sarah J.
Verified review

My husband Wallace and I were very impressed with Chef Jarvis Services. He catered for my Husband and I at our wedding in April of 2016. We discovered Chef Jarvis a month before the wedding after having our previous caterer cancel. We were in such a bind and were impressed with his great prices, food potions and options. We contacted Chef Jarvis and he replied almost immediately. He was very professional and very knowledgeable. He assisted us w/ the catering process every step of the way and helped us create an immaculate menu for our guest. His staff was so helpful and kind, and the food tasted great. We still crave Chef Jarvis’ signature cheesecake bites and he even opened our eyes to new foods, like his Brussels that my Husband didn't think he’d ever enjoy.The Bartender service that Chef Jarvis provided was also amazing. We felt like we didn't have to worry much about food process because Chef Jarvis was commutative every step of the way. To this day My husband and I recommend Chef Jarvis to our friends and family and those who have tried taken our word were also satisfied. I Thank Chef Jarvis for listening to our family and making sure every detail was complete and prompt ready for My husband and I’s special day.

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

I absolutely love this catering service! They catered my graduation party and it was so easy and they took care of everything! Dick is very meticulous with his planning and his attention to detail makes for an easy going and fun party experience! Not to mention the food is to die for!

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.
Verified review

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/

localGreenEats
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Justin H.
Verified review

We had an opportunity to sample food made by Chef Krishna of local Green Eats! Not only did we love the food, but we loved what her and her company is all about!!! Chef Krishna started local Green Eats in 2009. It encompasses her love for cooking, along with her goal to eliminate the stress of cooking for her clients. local Green Eats is a local and independent catering and personal chef company serving the Greater Atlanta area. They provide food that tastes good and is also good for you! They accommodate any special requests including vegetarian and/or organic meals and much more. Our first phone consultation consisted of Chef Krishna asking us questions about our food preferences to get a feel of what we were looking for and to personalize the menu based on our needs. Prices are not on her site because everything is completely personalized for our family. She works with everyone's budget!!! The initial consultation is free so there is nothing to lose! We had the honor of sampling three delicious dishes that Chef Krishna prepared for us right in our kitchen! All three dishes had amazing flavor and were to die for!!! Thanks again Chef Krishna for following your dreams and cooking for us regularly!

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

OMG! This is the Best Catering I've ever received! The price was Great! The taste of the food was Great! The Service was Great! Warm, inviting hospitality! The catering was for my son's Graduation Celebration and I was on a budget, but Richard made everything possible. We had a fun evening, with great food! Will always choose Baby Boy Catering, LLC

Holy Crepe LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Matthew E.
Verified review

My wife and I had our wedding dessert catered by Holy Crepe and it was perfect! We'd love to hire them again for another event. They are timely, well-priced, always professional and respectful and their crepes are amazing.

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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