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Aurora Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Aurora.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
PJ M.
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Hired to do a surprise 40th for my wife. Totally last minute. I am thankful Chef Rich came with his crew and ran the show. We hired him for a heavy appetizer and cocktail party. He handled everything. He had a large selection from various menus and allowed me to customize our night. I can't recommend him and his crew any stronger than to say his food was amazing. A serious chef here with a crew that knows how to handle a private party. They disappeared into the night leaving my house and kitchen looking like they were never there. I didn't lift a finger. Except to eat, drink, and be merry. I'm hiring him again for any event we do.

North Island Catering
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Mallori G.
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We worked with Allen for everything, we recently moved to Texas but our wedding of 150 was in the Chicagoland area. He was great to work with, extremely responsive and had great ideas for menu and serving options for us. We had a buffet appetizer and a BBQ buffet dinner, Allen even worked out a brisket carving station for us. We had rave reviews on all the food! His staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We worked out having 4 people who would man the buffets and our dessert table, clean off the tables, set up a coffee station and package all the food up for us at the end. It went so smoothly we couldn't be happier with the service and hospitality! Would definitely recommend them for any event!!

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 128 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
Nirmala M.
Verified review

their food was delicious, they were on time and helped with setup and cleaning without any hassle. thank you Chic Chef Caterers

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren C.
Verified review

Wonderful service; Joseph was on time, professional, and food was served right away. And the food was AWESOME. Delicious homemade sausage, unique and tasty mostaccioli, and the dessert salad was outstanding, just to name a few of the great dishes. Got rave reviews from all of the guests at my wedding rehearsal dinner. Highly recommend!

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
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Kevin B.
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We have had many private chefs and caterers. We have found our “go to” chef service. Food was amazing. Mike and Matt were fun. They entertained the kids at the bar as they cooked, served.. and cleaned up. If you have never had a personal chef, try them. If you have before, uplevel to them. And by the way.. the cost was a bargain. Dinner for 8 with wine and beer pairing Less than $100 per person Insanely goid!

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Just a Bite
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janice G.
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We used Just a Bite for our wedding reception (130 guests), and couldn't have been happier with our choice. Going into the planning, we had no idea what we wanted. Loretta was so patient and spent a lot of time helping us plan the event and make decisions. She had great suggestions and pointed out all the little details we never even thought of. She had ideas for many different types of appetizers, everything from simple favorites to unique and elegant creations. With her helpful guidance, we were able to put together a buffet menu that was fabulous AND fit our budget! She was always available to answer questions and gave us much-needed advice on various aspects of the event. Loretta and her staff are friendly, creative and reliable. It really showed that they cared about making our event perfect, and it was. The spread was beautiful and the food was amazing!! Many of our guests commented on how great the food was. We will definitely be using Just a Bite for future events!

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry G.
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David is fabulous! We spent time planning the menu in the month or so before our dinner party, and it was delicious! He and his assistant Joey, showed up right on time. Joey helped me tweak final touches (he is also an event planner!). The menu could not have been more perfect from the amazing appetizers down to the scrumptious chocolate lava cake! Run to David for your next event!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren K.
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We had an amazing holiday party with all of our friends and family over this December. Carol brought the "wow!" with her artful presentation and delicious appetizers, entrees AND desserts! Our guests still talk about how much they loved all of the food. Carol and her team had such professionalism and took care of everything from prep, setup and cleanup. Thanks Carol! We hope to use you again soon for our daughter's wedding shower this Spring!

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Gracious
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Cheryll C.
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Hiring Gracious was such a great and last minute decision! Clarissa made it less stressful by being professional and accommodating. I was in awe when I saw the final presentation. The appetizers and the entire spread looked beautiful and fancy. It was also delicious, and I received so many compliments from guests! For such high quality food, it was reasonably priced. I highly recommend Gracious and would hire them again for future events!

  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Staci F.
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I wanted to have a simple afternoon party without the formality of a sit-down meal, and Diana fit the bill perfectly. She made sure there was plenty of food and variety, including appetizers, lasagna and sweets trays. Many people complimented me on the food, and it was a great success. Best of all, I didn't have to prepare any food, so I was free to enjoy my own party! I've already given out her information to guests who asked.

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Showthyme Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary C.
Verified review

They were very responsive to requests. He was prompt. The food was very good quality and fresh. He gave unique twist to the dishes. Everyone had good things to say about the food. I found the food delicious and appealing in appearance. The prices are comparable to other caterers. I would recommend.

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Anre K.
Verified review

I would like to thank you for catering my birthday party. Your menu is impressive and I was happy to see you were able to cook meal choices not on your menu. Your prices was very reasonable for the amount of people you prepared food for. Everyone that attended said your food was great and I will agree.You and your staff were very professional and showed true meaning to serves with a smile. I was impressed, I have your card, I will be in touch.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeremy V.
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We can't say enough good things about Maya and her team at BellaRu. We first contacted her in April 2017 for a tasting. We probably should have been more prepared when we arrived but Maya was completely professional and helped us go through our event and what we may have overlooked or not thought to include. She helped us with family and friends who were vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free. During our walk through she went above and beyond catering by helping us with logistics, floor plans, timeline, signage, cake cutting and everything else we could have potentially forgotten. Her team was courteous and professional, they set up on time and had our four courses out exactly on schedule, the food was delicious and the take down at the end of the night was quick and unobtrusive. She even offered us a ride after the wedding when we realized we had no way to get to the hotel with some large items. Thank you so much Maya for all your hard work. Our wedding weekend is still being talked about and was considered a huge hit thanks in no small part to Maya and BellaRu.

Madre Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Matthew C.
Verified review

Jessica and her team recently catered a to-day event for our team and knocked it out of the park! From the timeliness of the delivery to the quality of the food, everything was fantastic! The taco-bar on day 1 was a huge hit! They made sure we had nice utensils and nameplates for all of the ingredients so everyone knew what they were having and if allergens would be an issue. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and delicious catering!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Richard W.
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PhylClay's Catering was very professional and made my guests feel like they were having a home cooked meal.

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Frato's Culinary Kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Nick B.
Verified review

Highly personable ordering and customer service. Delivery drivers even have high tech software on their phones making everything really smooth as it updated us when the driver left Fratto's to come here...so cool! We found our new corporate caterer. Amazing work and stress free!

Black Fodder Coffee Co.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Heather W.
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Black Fodder Coffee Co. is purely passionate about the craft of coffee! This shows through in both the quality of their delicious product and the educational and friendly service. You will be singularly thrilled when you experience it for yourself!

J's Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christina M.
Verified review

We used J's for a block party and he was great. Even though the weather didn't cooperate, he soldiered on and gave us an amazing meal. The tacos (steak, chicken and pork) were delicious!!! Everyone loved it. I would definitely recommend J's for any of your catering needs.

  • 6 years in business
Linda I.
Verified review

The Church Ladies Catering has catered for us on several different occasions. They are terrific to work with the meals are delicious and presented so nicely. They are quick to answer any question you may have and try very hard to work with your budget. I would not hesitate to recommend these ladies!

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine L.
Verified review

I really never write reviews, but Alvin Yu and his team were amazing! Our guests really raved about all the food. (I need to get his recipe for the Asiago Crusted Chicken Breast - so tender!). And his servers and sous chefs really made the event. Their attention to detail and lovely personalities really made the atmosphere. They were so helpful beyond what I could have even asked for. We had 2 passed appetizers, then salad, 4 entrees and 3 sides served family style for 44 guests and everything was delicious and well timed. Alvin totally understood what I wanted and was able to seamlessly accommodate special dietary needs. He was very responsive to all my questions throughout the planning process and seriously made the event really so easy on me! And they really made our guests of honor feel very special, too. They really go above and beyond. A huge thank you to Fyusion Dining for making our event such a success!

  • 18 years in business
Pam D.
Verified review

We had a great experience working with Veneisha. The food for our party was amazing, flavorful and delicious. I highly recommend her service's.

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.

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 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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