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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a personal chef cost?

Hiring a personal chef usually costs anywhere from $40-$100 or more per person. Request free cost estimates from personal chefs in your area so you’ll know exactly how much it will cost to hire one for your needs. For an accurate quote, be sure to let the chefs know the number of people they’ll need to feed, what you’d like on the menu and other relevant details. 

To learn more about the factors that impact the cost to hire a personal or private home chef, read our cost guide.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.
Reviews for Marietta food service professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Great service and food!
My Culinary TableMy Culinary Table
Ana L.
Great service, great food!
Tatyana y.
Great service and great food. He took his time and put his all into preparing the food !! Definitely would book again
Thumbtack Customer
Amazing! Our guests raved about Mark's food. Portions were great and the guests left very happy. Thank you, Mark and Heather, for outstanding service and outstanding food. We will most definitely use you again!
Mark Swearingen EventsMark Swearingen Events
Thumbtack Customer
A pleasure to work with Mike and his team. Food was lovely, service was great and it contributed nicely to a wonderful celebration. Thanks Mike, Sarah and Ellen!
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great food, great service, warm, caring, wonderful people - every one of them. It felt like they were celebrating my daughter's wedding with us. People raved abou the food. Travis did a great job with the music. We would hire them again in a minute.
Gotta Have It CateringGotta Have It Catering
Susan S.
Everything was spot on! The experience was excellent from start to finish. Chef Bree was professional yet very personal. Food was fabulous and the service exceptional. Will be using her again for my next special event!
Good Fork CateringGood Fork Catering
Ana G.
Exceptional food and service. BBQ pork and chicken were delicious. We will definitely hire them again for our next company lunch event. Charles, his wife and team provided excellent service and helped make our event a total success. Thank you C-Bo's BBQ!
C-Bo's BBQ & Southern CuisineC-Bo's BBQ & Southern Cuisine
Neha K.
John's food was scrumptious! He was a pleasure to work with - we had a wonderful evening celebrating our 10 year anniversary thanks to his delicious cooking and top notch service. He was extremely professional. We will be recommending him to friends.
John Fravel Private Chef & CateringJohn Fravel Private Chef & Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Gotta Have It was an absolute dream to work with from start to finish. From level of responsiveness throughout to the creation of an incredible menu to the outstanding service and delicious food the day of our party, we could not have been more pleased. We give them the highest recommendation possible. We will definitely use their services again!!
Gotta Have It CateringGotta Have It Catering
Tarayah W.
Amazing ! She was so sweet and was very open minded and manageable to the space. The food was great, everyone at my event went back for more and more. She is definietly a 10/10 in my book and I definitely plan on using her services again for future events !
Delightful Catering by TaNishaDelightful Catering by TaNisha
Kalenna R.
I loved everything about the service provided by Chef Lauren!!! She was punctual, professional, clean, personable and the food was amazing! Me and my guests really enjoyed her and the quality service she provided and not to mention she brung me 2 dozen red roses. If your trying to find a quality chef that can cook then Lauren and her pickles is the way to go!!!
Pippa's Pickle CandyPippa's Pickle Candy
Thumbtack Customer
John was so punctual, efficient and professional, I feel very lucky to have discovered him on this website! The food was amazing, presentation was beautiful, and service above and beyond! I would recommend him to everyone and hope to have another event he can cater. Thank you John and c Company! Gina
John Fravel Private Chef & CateringJohn Fravel Private Chef & Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Nikki did a fantastic job catering and assisting with our engagement party! As our guests were overwhelming me and my fiance, taking all our attention, she was on it. The food was outstanding and was enough to satisfy all our guests. I highly recommend her services and will definitely keep her in mind for future catering needs!
Nikki Can CookNikki Can Cook
Thumbtack Customer
We were having an informal Memorial Day BBQ/pool party for family and neighborhood friends and The Bountiful Basket was amazing!!! There was so much delicious food! The presentation made my casual event look extra special!! The service was top notch and the price was right where I was targeting!! Thanks for making my event so special - will be back to use them again!!
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Miguel S.
I'll just say that the food went way beyond my expectations. We had ordered the chicken parm buffet for the wedding reception. The meal was accompanied by meatballs, salad, pasta, asparagus and most importantly banana pudding. We were delighted by the service as we didn't really need to do anything. Service was prompt, clean and when I checked everything we needed was already in place so our guests only had to make the line and fill their plates to their hearts content. Simply put, we will be rehiring for our next big occasion.
Tasty VibezTasty Vibez
Larry H.
Ali and her team were fantastic to work with. APCS catered a wedding in our home for about 50 people. They came in, set up, cooked, served a buffet style brunch and cleaned up when we were done. The food was fantastic and the service was even better. Ali is a 5 star person and runs a 5 star business. I highly recommend her as do all of my 50 guests.
Ali's Personal Chef ServiceAli's Personal Chef Service
Amy K.
Our ballroom studio business hired Ali for a cabaret event for 68 people. It was our first event, and we really needed everything to be perfect - it absolutely was. She was a pleasure to work with from quoting to cleaning up at the end. The food was excellent, the service was great, her set up far exceeded our expectations, and we can not wait to hire her again. The whole experience was incredibly professional, exciting, and positive. Thank you Ali and Terri for helping us make this a night to remember!
Ali's Personal Chef ServiceAli's Personal Chef Service
Thumbtack Customer
Tracy did a fabulous job preparing the side dishes for my event. The table set-up was beautiful and the food was tasty. My menu included bar-b-que meatballs, spinach dip, mac & cheese, collard greens, green beans, tossed salad, pasta salad and cornbread. Many of my guest commented on Tracy's warm personality and culinary skills. I highly recommend her for catering large or small events, and I would definitely utilize her services again.
Perfectly Paired OnlinePerfectly Paired Online
Meredith B.
Everything exceeded my expectations! Dick was easy to work with and accommodating for all our needs. The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. He helped to guide the evening by bringing out different appetizers straight from the oven. He even helped with flower arrangements. This was a perfect celebration that wouldn’t have been the same without Bites by Eydt. Our kitchen was cleaner after the party than before thanks to Dick. I can’t wait for another occasion where we can use his services!
Bites By Eydt CateringBites By Eydt Catering
Qura W.
What can I say about Chef!?!? From our first interaction he made me feel comfortable with the process. This was not just another job to him, he really loves what he does! I came home and Chef was a few minutes early already bringing in supplies. He worked with my kitchen and just made us COMFORTABLE! He didn't warm up the food, he COOKED!!!! Everything was hot, seasoned perfectly. We were very impressed. 5 STAR Quality service from beginning to end! He thoroughly cleaned up everything afterwards. I would recommend him Seasonbay to anyone!!!
Jennifer D.
Stephanie and the Cabaki team did a phenomenal job on our graduation party. I can't tell you the number of guests that pulled me aside to rave about the food and ask for Stephanie's information for future events. Stephanie also knows her audience... her suggestion for Chicken Parmesan + pasta for this crowd of recent high school and college grads plus their parents was SPOT ON! We wanted to venture away from the standard barbeque or mexican dish options served at most grad parties, so we definitely stood out among those this grad season. Cabaki takes care of EVERY detail... just give them space to stage and display, and they do all the rest. Overall, Cabaki's service, value and professionalism were simply outstanding. I would hire them again and refer to all my friends.
Cabaki's CateringCabaki's Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was absolutely amazing. My husband and I had a caterer previously and found out 2 weeks before our reception that they could no longer do it. I was in a panic! I searched for a few days and came across Thumbtack. After putting my information and the things that I needed from a catering in the system and submitting it, Mike was the first person I heard from. Though there were many other options, Mike was the best choice. He was kind, professional, and made every effort to go over and beyond to give me anything and everything I asked for to make my day special. Also, he really worked with us on a payment plan and was flexible about delivery. One thing that stood out to me was the fact that no other caterer was willing to do a tasting with it being such short notice. Mike was willing and made it seem like a pleasure to do it for us, despite the amount of time we had left. Everything was absolutely delicious and we haven't stopped hearing our guests rave about the wonderful food and service we received. I would recommend him many times over for any and every event someone might have and I'm appreciative of everything he did for my husband and I that day. Thanks Mike!
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
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