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Gordons Catering
from 16 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Becca S.
Verified review

Gordon is an incredible chef and he did an outstanding job for my sister's 30th birthday party. He was very responsive and took care of everything, which was a HUGE relief and weight off my shoulders (even with short notice). I love his style for creating personalized menus. He listens to your needs and creates a menu as he shops. This not only allows for creative expression, but also allows him to get inspired by what's fresh and in season. Some people get freaked out by handing over the reins to someone else, but ultimately, this results in an amazing spread! Everything not only tasted delicious, but it LOOKED delicious, too! Seriously, his presentation is beautiful and it is clear he takes great pride in his work. In a nutshell: hand over those reins to Gordon. You will not be disappointed!

3 Girls Catering
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Laura H.
Verified review

3 Girls worked with me to select items and organize a buffet for a funeral reception. Everything ran smoothly, with food delivered on time, etc, which was a big help during this difficult time. The food was delicious.

Kris Blankenship Catering
from 9 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Adam K.
Verified review

Kris catered my wedding last month. The food was terrific and there was plenty of it for everyone. She is one of the best cooks I know and I highly recommend trying her cooking.

At Your Service
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
Verified review

We hired Mark after interviewing several chefs and trying their cooking. Mark is able to combine flavors in a way most average people cannot - his made-from-scratch sauces and flavor combinations are awesome. He cooks primarily paleo and organic for us, and it has been great eating his food!

Purple Orchid Catering
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Chris C.
Verified review

Excellent doesn't even begin to describe Purple Orchid Catering's food. Lisa turns food into an art form where her passion and love is apparent in every meal. Her work moves beyond just the food, but invests into the atmosphere of the meal as a whole. There is much to be said for this approach and how it enhances not just the food, but the environment of the gathering. There are many that claim to be chefs, but few possess the innate talent found at Purple Orchid Catering. I cannot recommend their services enough. You will not be disappointed with Lisa and the outstanding food that she will bring to your gathering.

G & G Catering
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
Jensen Family H.
Verified review

Great price, amazing food! Great options for every event and every budget! You will not be disappointed! Love Chef Nate!

A Lively Chef Catering
from 1 review
    Lou B.
    Verified review

    A Lively Chef catered our Spring Fashion show. It was a sit down luncheon for over 200 ladies. The food was wonderful, their people friendly and helpful. It was great working with them. HIGHLY recommended!


    I am all about making anything and everything I can from scratch, I rarely buy anything from the grocery store that has been mass produced and highly processed. I make homemade breads and baked goods, jams, nut butters, almond milk, yogurts, ice creams, hummus, granola, granola bars, salsas/sauces, pizzas, and cakes. I love cooking with local and seasonal products as much as possible. I can cook any cuisine, some of my favorites are Thai, Mexican, and Russian/Ukrainian. I really enjoy making healthy but filling meals, I make the best salads and soups anywhere and pair that with some fresh homemade 9 grain bread and your in health food heaven. I love being able to cook and bake for people and get instant gratification. Food brings people together and makes cultures unique, which is a main reason why I'm so interested in the culinary industry. So indulge a little and invite me to cook or bake for you!


    We offer a specialized personal chef service that customizes meals based on any dietary restrictions, wants or needs. Our menu changes weekly. We take care of all the grocery shopping and we cook everything right in your home.


    We cater every event like weddings, lunches, birthday parties, and more. We customize every menu. We can also work with budgets. We get to know you and your needs. Thanks! Keli Paddock


    I am a private chef and estate manager. I am willing to relocate if needed. . .


    I am personable and engaging, and I have a passion for teaching my craft to others. I like to bring fun with me.

    • 14 years in business

    I provide professional chef services in your own home! I also offer the best cleaning options with eco-friendly and natural products.

    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    great....I work well with other's and love to teach. I've been cooking a long time and would love to be a personal chef.


    I am a certified chef with many cooking experiences. I've gone from hotdog stands to three-star restaurants.


    Let me do the cooking for you or learn to prepare gorgeous meals yourself with my guidance. With over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry, you can't go wrong in choosing Marissa as your personal chef.

    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.

    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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