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Cedar Rapids Event Caterers

Browse these event caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Cedar Rapids.

Precious Moments Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Lisa P.
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The food was delicious..seasoned to perfection.Delivered and setup on time.I would definately reccomend the company for your next event

Chef Mickey's Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

Chef Mickey did an amazing job catering for our team for multiple dinners. We can not thank him enough for the quality and on time service he provided. Great experience.

  • 7 years in business
Dawn P.
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We were very pleased with hiring keeping up with the Jones food truck.we hired him for our rehearsal dinner September 18,2015. His fish was amazing and everyone loved it.e arrived on time. We kept in very good contact with each other.we would most definitely ire him again. Keep up the great work Nick.

Julia-n-LeChef
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
Allison Gerber C.
Verified review

I cannot find anything negative about the service we received from Brandi. She took on catering 3 meals a day for 35 people for a 2 week time span. Preparing food for teenagers, adults and a vegan - meals were served on time, had great variety, were delicious and ALWAYS served with a smile. Great organizational skills!!!

Corridor Photo Booths
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stephany M.
Verified review

Dan and his crew took great lengths to make our wedding something to never forget. It's been weeks since our big day and our guests are still talking about how much fun the booth was. I was a bride on a dime as well so I shopped around. This company was the best prices for the high quality of professionalism they provided. I love that my guests got a copy, we got a loose copy and then there was one put in a book where the guests could sign. Love it! I would highly recommend this company for any event to make it that much more special.

Gard'n of Eat'n
4.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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Personal Chef Amazing culinary skills I stand out with my awesome presentation and flavor profile

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We are famous for our jerk chicken and pork. Also, we provide barbecue and soul food. We do Caribbean, Italian and Asian inspired recipes.

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We are a vegan and gluten-free friendly bakery with lots of options. We have a full-service lunch and catering menu.

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I'm 6'2, dark and handsome who works efficiently and communicates effectively to successfully complete the job or task. I do it with wisdom and love.

  • 3 years in business
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I provide my clientele with exceptional dining experiences. Always thinking of ways to infuse the traditional with the modern and finding new ways to please the palate. I am also very social and love getting to know the ways to satisfy my clients food curiosities.

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We can do it all! From children's birthday parties, dessert tastings, private household services, and other get-togethers, let Classic Catering Services help make your event perfect.

  • 9 years in business
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Local and organic food are prepared deliciously and ethically in either a burrito or taco bar. Hire us to set up a served buffet or a la carte via our on-site food truck!

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I have a food trailer, and I do catering on wheels. I travel to different locations, selling fresh made-to-order lunches and dinners. I cater weddings, birthday parties, holiday events, anniversaries and much more. If you have questions, please contact Rodney.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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Being Servsafe Certified let's potential customers know that they can rest assure knowing that those responsible for the food,have been adequately trained in the safe handling, preparation and storage of food. Providing customers with a unique catering experience seals the deal.

  • 6 years in business
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I won't compromise on quality. If I wouldn't be proud to eat it, I'm not going to serve it. I use quality meat, I don't serve re-heated barbecue and I don't let my meat dry out like others. If you slice bbq too soon and it sits, it will dry out. That's why I prefer to slice my brisket myself. That way, I can keep an eye on it.

  • 7 years in business
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SUGAPEACH Chicken & Fish Fry. Sound familiar? That is because it is the best of Cedar Rapids based Sweetiepie’s Chicken and Fish Fry in Historic Oakhill-Jackson and Iowa Soul Food Market from Newbo City Market. Why the name change…because we want the name to be synonymous with Iowa. SUGAPEACH will put a smile on the face of passionate fried chicken and fish connoisseurs. We also have non-fried options that you will enjoy just as much. Offering soul food and Southern style cuisine the whole family will love.

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We do mobile catering via food truck. We do American fare and southern fixings and barbecue, using as many local ingredients as possible.

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I am an event planner. I do weddings, music, entertainment, parties, graduations, and concerts. Thank you for your interest. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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We are a one-of-a-kind catering company, which is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and we provide the corridor area with a competitively priced solution to event planning. Let us create a memorable event for your reception, company party, meeting, graduation, picnic, BBQ, or any reason you find to celebrate. We offer set menus for your convenience, or let us help you customize your perfect event. Contact us today for a free quote.

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We are a young company only in business for several months. I am Curly the executive chef, and I have over 25 years of experience as an executive chef, chef, executive sous chef and sous chef. I have strong managerial skills and proficiency in the restaurant/catering business. In addition, I have worked with and studied under four executive chefs, who have trained me very well in the culinary field. I have learned plenty of recipes from them and have also written several of my own over the years. I have successfully written and created menus and recipes for some of my past employers. We offer any and all ranges of types of foods from gourmet to your basic bar foods so feel free to ask us to cater your party or get-together with any style of food we aim to please. We also offer gluten-free, and we also make everything from scratch.

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I will be willing to help with anything. I have extensive experience with what I can do. I will be able to help with anything.

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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