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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
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 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!

Top Pro
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
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
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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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!

    Park Place Catering
    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.

    Salt and Pretzel Co.
    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.

      • 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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        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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