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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 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.

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.

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.
Reviews for Washington Park event caterers
Heather F.
GHI catering could not have been a better selection for our event.
Gotta Have It CateringGotta Have It Catering
Anoop W.
Chef Dena and team did an excellent job catering to an event at the house. She was able to provide sound recommendations on choices in the menu and the food was liked by everyone at the party. Would recommend to friends and use in-joy catering again for future events.
In-Joy Atlanta Catering  LLCIn-Joy Atlanta Catering LLC
Colleen P.
Mike was excellent for a corporate event for my client. Plus everyone loved the food. Would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a caterer for their event.
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Kelly L.
Although I ended up not hiring a caterer for the event, working with Richard at Eydt Catering through the initial stages of decision making was a great experience. If you want to hire a caterer who is willing to “cater” to your every need, then Eydt is your route. Very willing to please and accommodate your needs.
Bites By Eydt CateringBites By Eydt Catering
Jocelyn C.
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.
Daddy's Girl BBQDaddy's Girl BBQ
Anita H.
Rae’s Int’l Food Diaries did an excellent job catering my son’s birthday party hosting 30 adults and children. Great vegan & vegetarian selections that guests loved. Many asked for Rae’s contact info to have for their next event. Rae and her staff are very professional and the food was delicious. We will definitely have Rae cater future events for us!
Rae’s Int’l Food DiariesRae’s Int’l Food Diaries
Nep O.
It was my first time hiring catering for an event I was throwing and working with James was a pleasure. The process went about as smoothly as it could have. Would hire again in the future.
Global British GrillGlobal British Grill
Allison J.
From our first phone call to the day of my event, Kings Food Catering gave tremendous service making my party stress and worry-free the entire night.
Nicole W.
It was a pleasure working with Good Fork Catering (Chef Bree and staff)! Chef Bree responded quickly to request, she was very pleasant to talk to and displayed professionalism throughout the entire process. The day of my event they were punctual. The brunch prepared was delectable! Also, the carving station is a must have! Additionally, Good Fork Catering ensured all guest were comfortable, as they were very attentive and provided ELITE service. I would definitely choose them for all future events!
Good Fork CateringGood Fork Catering
Marquis M.
The food was amazing, with a great price to match....everyone at my Birthday Brunch was blown away by how good the food was, Chelse will definitely be my go to caterer for all my events and my friends too!
Brunch at Chelse’sBrunch at Chelse’s
Adrienn M.
Rae's Int'l Food Diaries catered our corporate event. The food was DELICIOUS! The staff was extremely professional and polite. She walked me through the process and food selection. We will definitely use their services again! It was a pleasure!
Rae’s Int’l Food DiariesRae’s Int’l Food Diaries
Thumbtack Customer
Gotta Have It Catering was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day. Vincent provided everything that we needed and more. He was able to customize a menu with us and the food was delicious! His staff was outstanding on the day of our wedding and accommodated every need that we had. We would whole-heartedly recommend Gotta Have It Catering for any event that you are planning.
Gotta Have It CateringGotta Have It Catering
Bree W.
I had a great experience when Chef Bree catered one of my brunch events. The communication was easy from the start, she was pro-active in managing my expectations and the food on d-day was great! I would not hesitate to hire her again!
Good Fork CateringGood Fork Catering
Judy C.
Awesome presentation , excellent food, servers were very observant, solicitous, and friendly. They even mopped the kitchen floor! Arrived on time. Attention to detail was amazing. I highly recommend GottaHaveItCatering. Next event where I need a caterer, I choose them.
Gotta Have It CateringGotta Have It Catering
Claire S.
This was my first time using Bountiful Basket Catering, and I am beyond impressed! I will definitely use them again and Mike the owner was amazing to work with. The server, Michelle, was also exceptional and worked with me for a very particular event that turned out to be a great success. Thank you!
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
A. N. H.
Thank you so much. You were able to accommodate my event last minute and the quality and service was * * * * * five star hands down. Leaving your business cards was a hit so I didn't have to keep repeating myself when my guest asked who catered. I look forward to doing business again.
Thumbtack Customer
Melissa provide samples for me to try which were great and I decided to hire her to cater my event however she emailed me cancelling 2.5 days before my event due to a family emergency and offered no suggestions. I understand emergencies however it left me looking for a new carter in a short amount a time. As a professional and a business owner I think a suggestion should have been attempted. Personally I hope everything is okay with her however from a business perspective I was disappointed on the outcome.
Hudson Catering and Personal ChefHudson Catering and Personal Chef
Andria O.
We hosted a successful baby shower and the reason for that success was this wonderful caterer! Dick is responsive and his passion for food is infectious. Be it a last minute change, menu questions, or one last plate for an exhausted hostess, Dick was always pleasant. Everyone at the shower loved the food that he worked tirelessly on all day. Grilled veggies, Hawaiian roll sliders, 2 kinds of pizza and homemade punch. Please give Dick a call for your next event! The goat cheese and sausage pizza is a revelation!
Bites By Eydt CateringBites By Eydt Catering
Thumbtack Customer
John catered for my event on April 25th. He had put a lot of thought into what the menu could be and so that itself was a winning point for me as I would have been able to do it! His non-veg appetizers and food was fantastic. Guests enjoyed it! As I am a vegetarian I thought the veggie entree was not upto my expectations! He and his team were very professional about coming on time and setting up the food and then came back next day to clear it up! Awesome!
John Fravel Private Chef & CateringJohn Fravel Private Chef & Catering
Japera H.
Chef Bell is catering our anniversary dinner next week; we had our tasting about two weeks ago and I am truly salivating waiting for our special day to arrive. She is the KINDEST person and genuinely has a heart of gold. Her food is DELICIOUS and I know my guests are going to love her workmanship. I will hire Chef Bell as often as I can, she truly goes above and beyond for her clients, almost as if she is doing it for family. I will upload pictures after the event. THANK YOU CHEF BELL!
Bell Room Catering companyBell Room Catering company
Thumbtack Customer
Mark Swearingen events catered for my corporate holiday party this season and I could have not asked for a smoother and organized process! When my team was going through the process of finding the right caterer, I talked to multiple people on the phone. Mark was the one person who stood out as he asked me the right questions and came up with unique ideas. His menu, organization, ideas, enthusiasm, ultimately made the decision for caterers very easy. We had a lot of requests and they made sure to fulfill those requests while adding their own great ideas. Throughout the process, Heather made the process problem free by always responding to my questions and clarifications (I had a lot). I never had to worry about communication because I knew they were always prompt with their answer. The night of the party went off without a hitch. I had many people come up to me to tell me that the food was amazing as well as the service. Not only was the food delicious, but Heather and Mark came up with ideas such as milkshakes that was a huge success. Clean-up also was problem free as the team left the house in the shape they found it. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better service, the exceeded all of my expectations (I have very picky and specific expectations) from beginning to end.
Mark Swearingen EventsMark Swearingen Events
Mimi U.
The people with Bama Que were very nice and accommodating on the phone, allowed us the change our date and were flexible due to the rain and moving inside, but unfortunately, they were not organized or prepared to handle feeding 100 plus hungry people. We ordered for 150. Trouble with the propane tank set them back but food not appetizing, half cooked hamburgers and over cooked hotdogs. Dessert late, condiments short supply, macaroni and cheese was not good. Baked beans and chicken and waffles were good but could only cook 5 at a time and I had people in line that could not wait. Green salad tiny handful in these styrofoam containers was not appetizing- if served in a large bowl maybe people would have eaten some. They are more of a food truck, not catering for a large group. Drinks were not good, too sweet everything, no ice, plates were carry out containers- not ready to cater an event like I imagined. Very nice people, though, and I hate to give a poor review, but I will not be returning to them. Several people complained of stomach aches all weekend.
Bama Q Food Trailer & CateringBama Q Food Trailer & Catering
Joann M.
I have waited about four days so I could look back at this situation with an open mind, but I am VERY unhappy with the services we received! I hired TNT Catering and Event Planning to cater my daughter's birthday party. The reviews I saw were awesome. Food was planned and well communicated on what we wanted. On the day of my daughter's birthday. I called and text the owner she never responded until later. We waited for at least 2-3 hours to receive the food.20 minutes before event start time. When we finally received the food, it was cold, there were no buns for the sliders, no salad dressing for the salad, and there was plastic at the bottom of the salad pan. The salad was wilted, the meat was not cooked properly, and the cheese sticks were hard.Overall , the food looked as if it was store bought and just thrown in a pan. I ate three bites (one bite out of three different things). My husband would not even let me try other things so that it would not exacerbate my displeasure. My guests hardly ate any of the food because it was not what they expected. I paid over $575.00 for all this food and most of it went in the trashcan because no one wanted to eat any of the food. I hate that my guests left hungry, especially since I placed such a focus on our food! We were promised that we would receive $500.00 of our money back, but we only received $351.25. We are still waiting for the remaining $148.75. Our experience can be categorized by someone who provided poor customer services, engaged in false advertisement, and who was clearly grossly unable to meet the moment.
Sherry l.
I messaged three catering pros regarding a holiday open house with details around the event and the amount I wanted to spend per person. Some sent me back a list of menu items from which to choose, but Chef Shu read my message and designed a custom menu to meet my requests. All the items worked together, were beautifully presented, and everything tasted great. His food had just the right amount of seasoning for the dish. He and Rochelle handled all of the set up, serving, and clean up. They were just delightful to work with and their professionalism allowed me to actually enjoy my own party without worrying about a single detail related to the food or drinks. I don’t entertain often but I am already thinking about having another party so that I can hire Chef Shu again- this experience was that great! Do I need to say ‘highly recommended’?
Sankofa Catering and Special EventsSankofa Catering and Special Events
Gary T.
I contacted Bites by Eydt last minute with only 4 days to plan for my daughter's wedding dinner. Dick was extremely responsive and helpful planning the menu around my budget and adopting to many changes. His understanding of our concerns with Covid-19 and no access into my daughter's house was truly amazing and extremely professional. The coordination and communication was critical and Dick excelled in every way. He met me at the house to deliver all of the dishes, glasses and serving platters the Friday before. We had chef Khris come on-site to Grill out for 18 people with very limited space and no access to the kitchen. She was awesome and the Food was fantastic! The menu of Grilled Lamb Chops, Beef Tenderloin, Chicken and all kinds of Vegetables not only accommodated the different dietary concerns but blew our guests away. The homemade Pesto on the flat bread pizza's with fresh mozzarella and tomato was incredible. The Hummus with grilled pita was outstanding as well. We had plenty of left overs for everyone to take home too. I highly recommend Bites By Eydt for your next catering event!
Bites By Eydt CateringBites By Eydt Catering
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