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Lawrenceville Gourmet Caterers

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Gotta Have It Catering
4.8
from 150 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 268 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 110 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 214 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 77 reviews
  • 121 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.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Stacy K.
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Sabrina made a 30th birthday celebration for four wonderfully memorable--and delicious! I was impressed with her personal response to our posting on thumbtack, and she was extremely professional and quick to respond to any questions. When I learned more about what her specialties were, I asked if we could tweak the menu to reflect that and she did without hesitation. She is super personable, and made the evening go smoothly. Her food and presentation were outstanding, and each dish (even bread) had a special gourmet touch. Each dish was an elevated version of itself, with deep flavors and perfectly cooked. She even took some pictures so we could all be in the shot, and so we could have the memories without having to worry about doing it ourselves. Another special touch was the personalized printed menus we each got at our place setting. The whole experience was a pleasure! -Stacy, David, Rob, and Christine

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Cooking with a Star
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike H.
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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.

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Crisp By Kelsey
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Danielle R.
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Kelsey was incredibly easy to work with! She was very flexible. The food was delicious. We will definitely be using her again.

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Catering by Marcus
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Margaret H.
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Chef Marcus prepared Thanksgiving dinner for 25 family members and friends in my home. It was a wonderful meal, very gourmet and everyone raved about it. He also prepared a meal for my grandson's birthday for the following day. I'll definitely use him again. A nice young man and an accomplished chef!

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Ali's Personal Chef Service
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Colleen S.
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Ali is an absolute delight to work with . She made our family's celebration an evening to remember . The food was scrumptious the presentation beautiful and the guests left asking for her contact information . Many thanks from the entireSugden family .......

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Cabaki's Catering
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 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
  • 63 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
Peri H.
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Tad provided breakfast, lunch, and reception catering for 100 people attending a three-day conference in Atlanta GA. Tad provided professional service including an easy-to-use online ordering system, timeliness, and excellent customer service. The food was very good and Tad was a pleasure to work with.

Bama Que
4.6
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki B.
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The food was great and the caterers were awesome. Very easy to deal with even though the event was kind of last minute

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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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Iyanna H.
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I held a birthday brunch for a friend in my home for 15 guests. Iyea prepared chicken and red velvet waffles, shrimp and grits, and egg fritatta. The food was delicious and there was more than enough quantity wise. Iyea stayed in touch leading up to my event and followed up afterward for feedback. I would use her again. She does not handle the presentation of the food so you will need to be prepared with your own serving dishes.

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Daddy's Girl BBQ
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Jocelyn C.
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I found Daddy's Girl BBQ just searching for holiday catering companies on Google. I had an awesome experience ordering for our catered Thanksgiving Day Meal. Mrs. Darling was very personable, professional and the food was delicious! She was even able to assist me in providing last minute food items for a separate event-which was greatly appreciated and super accommodating of her amidst a busy holiday catering season. I will definitely be using her services going forward and would gladly recommend her to cater any events.

In-Joy Atlanta Catering LLC
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 16 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!

  • 5 years in business
  • 8 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.

Dreams To Reality
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah W.
Verified review

Jessica has a knack for service! She really knows how to take care of people. She makes awesome drinks and delicious food, too! Highly recommend!

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!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Casi W.
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Food is delicious

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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