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Des Moines Event Caterers

Browse these event caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Des Moines.

Sunflower Chef Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Whitney T.
Verified review

Julie catered a bridal shower for us this past weekend, and she was great! On time, beautiful set-up, and the guests raved about the food. Especially the pot roast sliders... delicious! She was nice enough to bring flowers and a card for the bride, which is a nice touch that I don't think a lot of other caterers think about. We had a wonderful experience with her, and I'm planning to use her services next time we need a caterer! A+.

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SimplyHomeCookingbyKris
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dennis S.
Verified review

Kris and her team were terrific! Super-punctual, they showed up and set up in short order, leaving us to focus on other areas of our event. All of my guests were highly impressed with the menu and went out of their way to praise the variety and quality of the offerings. My only quibble (if you can call it that) was that there was too much food. Seriously, while all of our 80+ guests went back for repeat visits to the buffet, at the end of the day we still found ourselves with plenty of remaining food, some of which we sent home with guests, other that we saved for ourselves and, unfortunately, some we had to dispose of as it wouldn’t keep. We’d hire Kris again in a heartbeat. (Our 50th annoversary celebration is only ten years away.) Thanks for helping make our party memorable for both our guests and ourselves!

Gateway Market
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nick P.
Verified review

Gateway marketing catering services did a phenomenal job with our holiday event. The food and service were both excellent. The sliders and caprese crostinis are delicious. We grossly underestimated the number of people that would show up for our event, but Kelly and her staff still managed to serve our guests and keep them all happy. Would definitely come back again.

Local Yocals
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Megan F.
Verified review

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.

Sara K.
Verified review

I recently asked Carlos to cater an 80-person lunch event for a symposium my research group was hosting at Iowa State. Carlos did a fantastic job keeping in touch, letting us know his needs and exactly what he would be providing. His food is absolutely phenomenal! He made it fresh immediately beforehand and kept it well heated during the lunch. The buffet line moved quickly and everyone was very satisfied with the choices. Prices were extremely reasonable. All in all, I very highly recommend Carlos for any of your catering needs!

Salt and Pretzel Co.
5.0
from 1 review
    Maria J.
    Verified review

    We had them cater an event for us and overall it was a very good experience. Alex was easy to communicate with and catered to our needs specifically. The food was amazing and all our guests really enjoyed themselves! Would definitely recommend to a friend.

    Park Place Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 10 years in business
    Vernell S.
    Verified review

    Park Place Catering did an outstanding job at my son and daughter-in-law's wedding in September in Ames. The food was amazing and the service was also. Not only did they keep beverages containers filled at the front beverage table, which was not their responsibility, but they also cleaned up the whole kitchen spotless and even did all of our dishes when they were done. I was so impressed with Park Place Catering and recommend them to anyone. They take pride in their business.

    MAK'N Memory's Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Cheryl D.
    Verified review

    Johnny gave detailed instruction and demonstrated all aspects of the cooking experience. He also provided information about food purchasing, storing and preserving, as well as tips for preventing cross-contamination. I will be scheduling additional classes. My experience was delightful.

    • 14 years in business
    About

       About Us   We specialize in catering services for businesses, parties, showers, receptions, graduations, and much more. We have over 20 years of experience. Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.

    About

    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.

    About

    We are two cousins who love to cook, and would be happy to provide for your catering needs. No job is too large or too small. We do weddings, birthdays, parties, and showers. You name it, and we can provide for it. We work with your menu and your budget. We do all set up and tear down. We bag up all leftovers for the client to take with them after the event.

    About

    I provide a variety of services and venues, including the following: * Bartending * Catering * Housecleaning/organizing * Industrial cleaning * Therauputic massages

    • 13 years in business
    About

    I've cooked for 20+ years and know how to prepare a variety of different dishes. I am professional and very tidy. I have been safety trained and certified in food handling and preperation.

    About

    I have 25 plus years as a Chef/Catering. I have experience in just about anything you desire for your next gathering or family meals. I can accommodate any special diets and tastes. I have many happy repeat customers and references. I do Deliver!!

    About

    Home-style food made from fresh ingredients will be delivered to your home or office. I need a 48-hr notice in order to prepare for you, your family and friends or coworkers. At this time, I only offer dinner service.

    About

    We cater to our customers satisfaction. We serve authentic Asian Cuisines. "Taste" and "appearance" are very important and that's what makes stand out.

    About

    We proudly offer catering services for your personal or business needs. Our catering services range from the most elegant affair to a business luncheon or a picnic at the park. We will meet your event needs by exploring options and ideas with you. You will find our catering staff to be professional, pleasant and quick to meet your needs!

    About

    I offer the following services: - Catering for any occasion - Any cuisine, any culture, any traditional and authentic cuisines - Executive chef/kitchen manager - Structure/increase new or existing restaurants/kitchens/BOH profitability by stabilizing and maintaining food/labor costs, generating new guests and guest retention by increased quality and efficiency, creating/updating menu for increased margins - Targeting high margin items to guests, 25 years restaurant experience (in all areas, mostly exec. chef, kitchen manager, GM, owner), take your total direction without aversion or diversion from your goal. - I don't do this work for the money or personal gain, rather for purpose and passion.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    I cater to the client's needs. There's no set menu. If you want something special, I will recreate it for you.

    • 10 years in business
    About

    We are Bandit Burrito Catering. You throw the event; we'll be ready for the stampede! We will cater to your office parties, camping trips, corporate events, tailgates, graduations, birthday parties, reunions, pool parties, school events or even weddings. You name it, and we will find a way.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    In this industry it is always hard to find a reputable company that shares your passion for your events. We are a small company that drives ourselves on putting out heartfelt food and love into every dish we prepare. Serving beautiful food and obtaining the highest customer care is our goal and our passion.

    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.

    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 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.

    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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