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  • 4 years in business
  • 320 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Audrey S.
Verified review

Chef Rich and his amazing team dazzled us with their culinary talents for our in-home private wedding dinner reception. They knew their way around our kitchen better than us! From the initial introduction phone call, to our in-house meeting, to the last minute requests we asked for, to the night of the AMAZING dinner (and the immaculate clean up!)...every step of the way was hassled-free and exceeded our expectations! The top-notch level of professionalism, expertise in menu selections, presentation of the food, quality of the ingredients, abundance of each menu selection was incredible! We actually felt like royalty for the night. Thank you Chef Rich and your team for a memorable night on the day of our wedding! We're forever grateful!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 268 hires on Thumbtack
Mallori G.
Verified review

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 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 200 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca E.
Verified review

Ravi has been very helpful throughout the ENTIRE [lengthy] process of catering for our wedding. Easy to communicate with and you can tell he really wants to make your event the best it can possibly be. Everyone raved about the food we had at our wedding (meatball sliders, quesadillas, mac and cheese. We went more casual on the food). One of our friends is even going to use him for their wedding after seeing what an amazing job him and his team did. They we are all rockstars and if I ever have another event I will DEFINITELY be using them. You will not be disappointed in them at all.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Maurice K.
Verified review

There is too much to say about Inglenook catering that my fingers will be hurting by the time I'm finished. From the very first phone call I knew Inglenook catering was the Caterer for our wedding. I have never in my entire life being in the United States Air Force received better customer service than Inglenook. They truly put the customer first! Joe is very responsive and very detailed. The only catering company that does not need the kitchen to be able to serve at the venue. I was extremely surprised! Not to mention the food is immaculate! I just want to Thank Joe for all you guys have done to help us out and we are definitely using you for more catering in the future! You guys are awesome!!

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Just a Bite
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leaha F.
Verified review

Loretta catered my wedding and I've been hearing for the last week and a half how good the food was!

Rośe a special event co.
4.7
from 47 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
Verified review

I was so impressed with this company they did a wonderful job with my wedding. We planned my wedding in 8 weeks and it went off without a hitch. I was amazed by the decorations and the amount of running around they did the day of the wedding so I didn't have to worry about anything. They went above and beyond the duties of a wedding planner. I highly recommend them. Diane was like a mother to me and Michelle was running around like crazy just to be sure we had no hiccups on our wedding day they are both truly amazing at what they do.

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Devin S.
Verified review

Chef David, I want to thank you for doing such an amazing job for our sons back lawn wedding reception. The food was fabulous, as was the service. All our guests raved how wonderful the food was. Your staff, Mike, Jasmine, Michelle and you CHEF were so hardworking and accommodating and ready to make everything perfect. We will never forget this special day in their lives and you helped make it that way. Everyone should have a Chef David 24-7 in my book. We highly recommend Lakeshore Private Chef & Catering to anyone planning a large or intimate event. Honestly it could not have been better.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lynn O.
Verified review

This was my first time hiring a caterer, and I was not disappointed. This was also my first time using Thumbtack. Had never even heard of it before googling “caterers near me”. Carol of Food with Flair did a wonderful job catering a family outdoor BBQ at my home for my dad’s 90th birthday. We had 25 people in attendance, and many commented on how good the food was. She was very responsive from the moment she and I were matched through Thumbtack, all the way through my event. She helped plan the meal, making suggestions on food items that were popular at other BBQs she had catered; arrived promptly the day of the event with much of the food prep completed and the remainder completed once she arrived; provided the warming trays, serving dishes, and serving utensils; grilled the meat (hamburgers and chicken) on my Weber grill; set up the serving table; had the meal ready in a timely fashion; put away leftovers for me; and left my kitchen clean. She also was able to work with dietary restrictions. She offered to provide paper goods and make arrangements for other supplies (e.g. canopy), which I declined. She brought two pineapple upside down cakes (my Dad’s favorite), and because we had neglected to discuss which of us would provide the candles, she decided to play it safe and brought a “9” & a “0” candle for one of the cakes. For the other cake she had a friend create a diecut that read “Happy 90th Birthday” in colors that coordinated with the cake. It was a nice, thoughtful surprise. While I had thought about asking whether she offered tastings, I didn’t due to the small size of my party; the short time frame between booking the party and the event itself; and her experience as an executive chef. I trusted that the food would be good, and it was. But I can’t share whether she offers tastings or not. My husband and I were very pleased with the service Carol provided and would definitely use her again.

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Gracious
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andres F.
Verified review

Clarissa was great! Very accommodating. Truly cared about the end result and what we wanted for our wedding. I would highly recommend Gracious!

  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Alexa M.
Verified review

We had our tasting with Diana today and officially hired her to bake our wedding cake! Diana has been very responsive and allowed us to design our cake with her, which was a lot of fun and helped me envision the final product! I'm planning on following up on this review after the wedding, but so far we are very pleased! Thank you, Diana!

Mark Avila
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Meche V.
Verified review

I’m a lawyer finishing my MBA, planning my wedding and trying to kickstart my weight loss. I wasn’t sure where to start, but Mark gave me the step by step support I needed. In two weeks, I lost 7 pounds with a combination of his coaching, nutrition, and meal prep services. I'm so glad I found him - Thanks Mark!

Kitchfix
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen M.
Verified review

Josh was the head chef for our wedding of about 215 people and he absolutely killed it! He took care of everything, a real full service experience, so we could focus on more important things, like getting married! The food he made was absolutely incredible. Marinated chicken breast, avocado salad, chipotle roasted potatoes, you name it! Many wedding guests personally told us that it was the best wedding meal they had ever had. Some even said it was one of their favorite meals ever, and wanted the recipe. I give a complete recommendation for Josh. His professionalism, his talent, and his personality really make him one of a kind.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lucy T.
Verified review

BellaRu offered incredible service and delicious food! Everyone at our wedding was raving about the food. Chef Nick is a genius and I would highly recommend them!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maria B.
Verified review

PhylClay's Catering catered my wedding and made my day extra special. Everyone, including myself, loved the food. The service was excellent and the experience was breathtaking.

Taste The World Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Stuart E.
    Verified review

    They did the wedding for my son. Everything was great. Very nice people to deal with as well! Would use them again for special occasions.

    • 6 years in business
    Willis J.
    Verified review

    We have used Mike Bitoy and Grapevine Catering for family reunions, a retirement party and several weddings, the service was excellent and the food even better. Over the years we still receive rave reviews and compliments from our friends and guest about the food and great service. Our family reunion is being hosted again in Chicago for 2016 and guess who is providing the food and service? Wow you're right, Mike Bitoy and Grapevine Catering! Mike comes highly recommended and the food is top notch.

    Baking & Catering Services
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Stephanie P.
    Verified review

    You catered my daughters wedding. Small intimate affair in our home. It felt like the RITZ CARLTON!!! The food and desserts were amazing. The look of the party was more than what my daughter ever hoped for. Thank you for the amazing experience

    Iman J.
    Verified review

    Chef Ken's professional. flexibility and attention to detail made our catering for the wedding one the many highlights from that special day. I'd hire again without hesitation.

    The Elegant Side Catering
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Cari S.
      Verified review

      Sylvia and Michelle are excellent caterers. Their food is the perfect mix of elegance and comfort. It is exactly what any host would want to serve to their guests. I have used them several times and never been disappointed-and my guests always rave!

      Amour de Cuisine
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Samantha A.
      Verified review

      I cannot recommend Jennifer and Amour de Cuisine highly enough! My bridesmaids, Aunt and Mom hired Jennifer to cater my bridal shower. The shower had a tea party theme for which Jennifer created the most beautiful tea sandwiches and petite hor'derves. She also made dips and dessert options that my guests raved about. As much as every bite was pure bliss, the meticulous attention to the detail of presentation was a feast for the eyes! I still hear more about the food at my bridal shower more than I do about the food at my wedding! I have worked with other caterers and chefs, but in comparison Jennifer is an artist at her craft. Not only is she a professional and punctual chef, but her party planning skills are an added bonus. When I walked into the dining room where the food was set up for my shower, I felt like I had traveled to a vintage French tea party, and Jennifer set it all up to look that way. She truly set the mood for a perfect pre-wedding celebration. I can't wait to use her again for the next celebration that I host! Thank you, Jennifer, for putting so much elegance, heart, and love into the your work and for making my bridal shower so memorable and special!

      LaBelleVie
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 9 years in business
      Tachelle M.
      Verified review

      LaBelleVie catered our wedding reception in June. I could not have picked a better place. The food was delicious (we had an upscale style taco bar.) The bar they set up was fantastic! They brought a beer garden indoors, with an amazing assortment of cocktails.(we married in an old farm building so it really helped classy up the place)Chris Sutton and her staff worked with me on every thought or concern I may have had. They all really went above and beyond to make sure I had the most perfect wedding reception. I even used their beautifully decorated bar in Aledo IL. to take some of my wedding photos in.

      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.

      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 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.