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Ankeny Chefs

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The Big Steer
from 10 reviews
  • 34 years in business
Carolina H.
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This is truly a great place to eat, a hidden gem with excellent customer service. The Head Chef Oscar, is extremely talented and it's evident he is willing to accommodate all his guests.

Local Yocals
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Megan F.
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Local Yocals has easily become a family favorite. They are able to blend the perfect combination of incredibly fresh local flavors, and incredible chef talent. The menu as always has staples, but also has new flavors to try. If I have to choose a vendor at any event and Local Yocals is an option, we will choose them every single time. One thing I also appreciate is that they write where the food sources are from, it seems like everyone claims to be local, and this is the real deal. Well done.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Barb H.
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Chef Terence Haynes is wonderful! I've purchased both cakes and cakies from him and was quite happy with both. You do need to plan ahead so that he has the necessary time to create your masterpiece.

Dinner At Your Door
from 2 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lane D.
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Our experience was fantastic. She handled our party of 12 very well and the food was great.

The Traveling Chef
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
Kitt P.
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I had to bring in pastries and lunch for 50 people during a day long training. Not only was the service outstanding but the food was above and beyond lunch expectations: fresh, fresh! The pastries were European in quality and the salad and gourmet wraps were exceptionally fresh, delicious and excellently presented. Definitely a go-to again!


We offer private chef services as well as catering. Fifteen years of culinary experience means you will get the best! We are willing to take on any jobs; nothing is too big or too small. Please inquire for more details.


We provide award-winning service that is comparable to none. Please visit our website for the complete story. Thanks for your time and consideration. Chef Allan


I am a chef who travels to help provide tasty meals that fit your schedule. I specialize in gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes. I have training in traditional cooking as well.


I have over 30 years of catering, personal chef and cooking in Ames, IA area. I believe in creating healthy meals that taste great. I customize to likes, tastes and nutritional needs. I love working with people and I love children.


I am a personal chef who will get groceries and prepare meals right in your home! Prices vary depending on distance.


We partnered with an organic farm in Jefferson, Iowa. Also, we purchased a food truck this spring, and we will be making flatbreads stuffed with local meats and organic produce from Sungold Farms. We will be doing farmers' markets and food festivals. We'll also be offering personal chef services featuring locally sourced organic and natural products. I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, a certified executive chef from the American Culinary Federation, ServSafe certified, and currently finishing my BA in business management. This is a start-up company backed with years of experience, skill, and dedication.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

With twelve years of professional cooking experience, I would love to share my cooking know how with you! A native of San Diego, I bring the sunshine into your kitchen, making learning fun and interactive. Vegan and Vegetarian cuisine is my specialty. Whether it's meal prep or learning a few new skills, or a hosting a small gathering with friends...I can help! let's have some fun!

  • 6 years in business

We are a full service catering and food trailer business, serving In the state of Iowa. Birthday parties, reunions, weddings, fairs and much more. Whatever your needs we are here to help.


Learn from the top chef in Des hard. eat. play hard


We do catering of all types. See my website for more info regarding the type of catering and type of foods offered. From the all-American BBQ to the posh sit-and-serve affair, we offer it all.

  • 4 years in business

It's about customer satisfaction, and a quality product.


Culinary Experts for the Hyvee Corporation. Trained in the kitchens of New Orleans French Quarter.


I am cooking for personal occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, small parties, engagements, and romantic dinners. I aim to entertain you and add a special touch to your special event.


I am a chef, and trying to get a personal client list working. Please feel free to contact me at my email or by phone. I look forward to hearing your interest for my services.


I prepare meals at the individual's homes, can deliver 10 meals and place them in their freezers. I also bartend for events. I am very professional with 20 years of experience.


I provide services for catering, meal service, consulting, cooking classes, spice recipe development, and dip recipe development. I am a culinary-educated chef with more than 20 years of experience in the industry.

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.

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.

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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