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Gainesville Soul Food Caterers

Browse these soul food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Gainesville.

Gotta Have It Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 262 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
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Gotta Have It did an event for me where I work and brought out the truck with a special limited menu for my residents. The food was fantastic and the service was GREAT. So many food trucks are super slow and you have to wait a while to eat once you order, but everything came out fresh and fast and delicious! Would recommend to ANYONE looking for a caterer or food truck who wants great service and wonderful, tasty food.

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Nikki Can Cook
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
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Dr J.
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Nikki was awesome. She was professional and sweet. My family and I loved her. The food was delicious and we have some pretty good cooks and food critics the family. We all learned a lot and I can't wait to try her recipes from her cookbook that I purchased. I hope to follow your career you have a bright future. I know who to call for a great meal when I'm in Atlanta. Dr Jamiah Dawson.

"BLESST" Event Services
4.5
from 109 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 211 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

Hootie's Catering
4.7
from 75 reviews
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Paul H.
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Everything perfect! I've experienced a few meals from other caterers and wasn't impressed. That was not the case with John (Hootie). The food taste great, as if it just came out of the stove. He was very easy to work with and there were no surprises. Weddings can be very stressful to put together, but this guy absolutely simplified everything with the food. And as a bartender, the drinks were poured correctly and his manners were very good. This will be my first option for any future events.

  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
FOX R.
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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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Kori K.
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Marcus was absolutely wonderful and the food was so delicious! Everyone commented on the food being the best. I can't thank him enough for helping to make my daughter's graduation party a huge success.

Simply Elegant and More
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Sonya B.
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My experience w/Antionette & Simply Salad and More Catering has been great ,all of her food is beautifully prepared & simply delicious.

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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.
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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
Barbara C.
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Daphne was fantastic. The food was delicious and her staff was very friendly. I would have her cater again for me if another event came along. Thank you Daphne!

Tad's Tasty Treats Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia P.
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Despite a mix up with the schedule everything was wonderful! The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 31 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.

BBQ Haven
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda J.
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Amazing to work with! Food was fabulous and customer service was impeccable.

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

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

We were able to have Rich cater my mom's "Celebration of Life " in May. He was a godsend! We would have never been able to achieve what he did for us. The food was delicious and looked very appealing. We had many compliments. We were able to visit with family and friends without the worry of putting out food. Thank you Rich! K. Cole

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

  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jen R.
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Was absolutely amazing for my party! I would recommend him first every time. The food was delicious and he was such a sweetheart to work with. Great pricing as well!

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

  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Pam J.
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Mossy Creek Smokehouse Grill Catering were absolutely amazing! They far exceeded our expectations. Not only did they prepare the food fresh, on site, it was incredibly delicious as well. Our guest could not stop raving! Chef Keith and Chef Sheri were so wonderful to work with! They made our Wedding Rehearsal dreams come true! I highly recommend them to anyone and cannot thank them enough! ~Pam Jacobs~

Chef Toni Ann
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Angela P.
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Toni created the most delicious food for my catered party. Toni not only brings her expertise, passion as well as her outgoing personality. My guests didn’t want to leave the kitchen. For me, Toni is the whole package.

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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