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Des Moines Finger Food Caterers

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

Sunflower Chef Catering
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon H.
Verified review

I managed a physician group of 10 and a staff of about 25. This was a perfect choice for an Holiday Office Party. They all loved everything from the beginning... they enjoyed the display and I loved the selection of food which catered to everyone's taste. My group raved over the chicken, risotto, beans, veggies, and fruit. The pork was about a 50/50 but no one said they didn't like it, they just liked the chicken more... overall it was a hit! All the physicians asked for a card so I gave those out. I will definitely would recommend Julie for any event and I'll keep her name at the top of my list for other events. Julie is very professional and keeps the lines of communication open. Thanks so much for everything!

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SimplyHomeCookingbyKris
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Wendy C.
Verified review

The food was excellent. I was able to customize my menu to suit the needs of my attendees. Overall excellent experience.

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

Kelly was very helpful with the catering of our wedding. We had an idea of what we wanted and she was there to help with making it a reality. We had more than one of our guests tell us how delicious the food was. This was excellent place and if I have a need I would defenitley use again and am recommending Gateway Market to my family and friends in the future.

The Food Studio
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Dr. Carline P.
    Verified review

    Working with Terrence was a wonderful experience. He was most professional and his food items were tastefully displayed to the delight of our event participants. I highly recommend his business. You will be most pleased.

    JT's Smokewagon BBQ
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Suzanne W.
    Verified review

    Their hospitality was awesome and the food was amazing! Will definitely tell others about them and will be using them 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.

    Too Sauced To Q
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    Zach T.
    Verified review

    Chaz offered to bbq for a benefit at a large bar, in Des Moines. It was also for an unknown number of people, and he only had a week to figure out what to serve, buy said product, start his smoking process, make a couple amazing side dishes, and drag everything up 3 floors out onto a fooftop patio. The food was(for lack of a better word) phenomenal!!! It was a total hit, and to top it all off he donated his sales to the fundraiser. The food speaks for itself, but the guy behind the scene making it all happen is a great guy too. Spend your money local, you won’t be disappointed!

    Pickerman's Soup & Sandwich
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    Paula D.
    Verified review

    We held a luncheon for approx. 110 people. I ordered soup, sandwiches and dessert. They were on time and brought soup, bowls and spoons. The soup was in electric carafes to keep it hot. They have excellent food and always on time. We had soup left over, so they allow extra to make sure you have enough.

    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.

    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.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Brian M.
      Verified review

      Mike and Vicky did an excellent job. There food was outstanding. I had a lot of compliments from our guests they served. I would highly recommend Prime Country

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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.

        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.

        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 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.
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