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Meridian Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Meridian.

Gordons Catering
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie J.
Verified review

During the 2014 holiday season, we asked Gordon to cater a last minute staff party for 35 employees and their guests at a private home. We literally called him a week prior and he didn’t hesitate to rise to our occasion! Not only was he quick to respond to our needs, he was very attentive to our budget and requests. His attention to detail is remarkable and his creative presentation was amazing. The food was absolutely delightful and the presentation was that of a 5 star restaurant, even including flowers throughout and a creative variety was offered with each dish. All in attendance were very pleased and would highly recommend Gordon for any catering needs.

3 Girls Catering
4.7
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
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Josh R.
Verified review

Kris is probably one of my top favorite cooks that u know personally!!! I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to cook 5 star restaurant quality food.

At Your Service
4.7
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
5.0
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
5.0
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
5.0
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!

    About

    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!

    About

    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

    About

    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.

    About

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

    About

    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
    About

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

    About

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

    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    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.

    About

    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.

    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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.