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Iowa City Mexican Food Caterers

Browse these mexican food catering companies with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Iowa City.

Precious Moments Catering
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Dawn L.
Verified review

Cindy catered my husband's 50th birthday. The food was delicious. Her service was above and beyond what I was expecting. She is very professional and polite and I hope she will come back to Charleston to help me with my 50th birthday. I would recommend her service to anyone who wants quality catering.

Cynful Smokers BBQ
from 2 reviews
    Traci R.
    Verified review

    Cynful Smokers BBQ catered my wedding rehearsal dinner and the food and service were both outstanding! The planning process was easy and enjoyable and I would definitely recommend their services to anyone currently planning an event big or small!

    • 7 years in business
    Dawn P.
    Verified review

    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.

    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!!!


    We offer Mexican, Italian and American food made fresh from scratch daily. We have 45 years in the making and two professionally trained chefs. We are unique, and our food proves it with dishes like chicken anisette.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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