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Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 323 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly A.
Verified review

We hired Chef Rich and his team to cater my husband's 40th birthday party. His team serviced 60 of my guests. The full catering service included delivery/pickup of rental equipment, setup , clean up, servers, & a bartendar. They're service made the day/night enjoyable as they took care of everything including picking up the ice, mixers, etc. All i had to do was ask. The food they prepared was delicious, we had a combination of meat appetizers and vegetarian appetizers. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the food. The only thing i would have changed was to have the servers pass out the food more consistently to my guests rather than having it placed on a table in the corner as it quickly got cold and perhaps didn't taste as good as it would have hot/warm. Other than that my experience with Chef's Most Wanted Catering & Chef Services was outstanding. I would definitely use their services again for both big and small events. Thank you for making the night a success!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 149 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 270 hires on Thumbtack
Donna S.
Verified review

Everything was delicious and service was professional and prompt. Will definitely use North Island Catering again

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Tavin B.
Verified review

Words can not express how professional Chic Chef Catering was. They found me on Thumbtack for my firms Las Vegas Holiday party and lived up to everything they promised. Will gladly use them again for any event. You need great service and food HIRE THEM!! 4 Thumbs up!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 104 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen L.
Verified review

The food presentation and timely service was right on perfect. But your food was fantastically tasty. I am very glad that we have found your catering service as we will use it again. BTW several asked about the food's source so we gave out your company name and number. I am all about reuse and would like to know if you would like to pick up the giant black platter when you are in the area? It is too big for me to reuse/ store.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike G.
Verified review

Loretta was great to work. She worked with me to define a menu and make sure we covered everything from timing and organization. Everyone loved the food and there was plenty of it. Her helper, Nicole, was also excellent. I would definitely use Just A Bite again and recommend her to anyone planning a party or event.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary-Lisa S.
Verified review

We hired Cater-2-U Catering LLC for our Thanksgiving dinner and it was great. We had twenty-five guests and everyone raved about the food, especially the turkey and ceviche. Chef Mike and his assistant arrived right on time, set everything up, and the rest was a breeze. We have already referred him to a friend who needs a caterer for Thanksgiving. We will definitely hire Chef Mike again!!

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Kris D.
Verified review

Chef Karen prepared a delicious meal for myself and my friends to celebrate my birthday. Her menu options were plentiful. She catered to my vegan friends and kept us carnivores happy too. The food tasted delicious. Her prices were affordable and fair. She was very responsive to my emails, calls, and texts. Her casserole and soup dinnerware were beautiful. Dinner service was slower than I expected because she arrived later than she planned.

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Gracious
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cynthia B.
Verified review

I loved everything about Gracious catering. Clarissa and John were a class act leaving nothing undone. My daughter’s engagement party was a huge success, the food was impeccable. I received many compliments from our guests. Gracious is a class act taking care of everything from set-up to clean-up. It allowed me to enjoy the guests. I would highly recommend Clarissa and her team. I would hire them for my next home party, Cindy B Sept. 29

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

If you're looking for a great caterer you don't need to look any further! Carol was absolutely awesome to work with and the food was fantastic!! My entire crew enjoyed the meal and complimented Carol on how good it was, they even enjoyed the leftovers today! We will all look forward to Carol catering all our future luncheons!!

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Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter R.
Verified review

Kristen was a pleasure to work with, and the food was great. Nice presentation as welll, and she was a great help with providing several options for our catering event. (20-25 people)

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jess S.
Verified review

We were so pleased with Mike's catering for our recent baby shower! Leading up to the day, Mike was super accommodating of our needs and worked with us to provide what we wanted in terms of food within the budget we had allotted. The menu turned out fantastic thanks to his recommendations, and we had so many compliments on the food! We will definitely be hiring him again for future events and would recommend him to anyone!

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

I have dined with Mark at several of his pop ups, and have hired him to cater a major fundraising event. Even with a near-last minute request, Mark and his team were beyond professional - they were charming, funny, and our guests loved interacting with them nearly as much as they loved the delicious meal! He catered to our dietary restrictions without issue, and the overall quality of the experience was unmatched. If I could give more than 5 stars, I wouldn't hesitate.

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

The Kitchfix team is a class act while handling our food order. Everything tasted outstanding and the service was great also. We will definitely be back for more!

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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John D.
Verified review

The overall experience was exceptional and working with Maya was truly an amazing experience! The staff was professional and the food was delicious! Everything about the service provided was memorable and would recommend them to anyone needing a quality caterer. They took the stress off and allowed us to focus on the wedding. I can’t express how much I appreciate their service and how we were able to enjoy the wedding. Again, a big thank you to BellaRu Catering!

WoodisCookin Catering Co.
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Everitt O.
Verified review

I used WoodisCookin Catering for Thanksgiving. His desire to make the experience as intimate as possible truly makes him unique. I found myself upset when I was getting around to the final bites of his dish; it's that good! His customer service is amazing as well! I look forward to working with WoodisCookin several times and beyond.

  • 16 years in business
Tina L.
Verified review

I love when Sam whips up a special! We're always sure to order, even if it's to go. She takes great care of her customers, and her food is always outstanding! She will work with you on everything, down to the minute details! I plan on having her cater a family event in January!

Culinary Abstraction
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie E.
Verified review

Zac catered my birthday brunch for 12 in August. I was delighted with the variety of food for the price he gave me. He made mini quiches with chimiccurra sauce, loaded baked hash browns, bacon wrapped asparagus, and an eggs benedict bar. My favorite was the eggs benedict bar as my guest could choose their toppings and it was meat and vegetarian friendly.

Three Legged Tacos
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy V.
Verified review

It was a pleasure working with Sam and his team. They were fun and very engaging. It was cool to see how passionate they are about their business. Our family and friends loved the tacos and side offerings. I would definitely recommend Three Legged Tacos if you are looking for a fun and unique catering experience.

ChefField Events & Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Abigail R.
Verified review

HIRE THEM. Seriously, from start to finish, ChefField was so so great. The food is very reasonably priced, absolutely delicious (we had the Mediterranean package), and the staff is really good at working with your budget. Set up was on time, professional, and courteous without being intrusive as our guests were enjoying cocktails in the same space dinner was being set up. Elaine and the entire team were so friendly and professional; it's the easiest party I've ever planned thanks to them. Thank you for a great event!

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

Chef Yu and his sous chef were amazing. They were prompt, reliable, organized, helpful, polite, and made sure that my guests were happy. The food was delicious and the presentation was gorgeous. I was so grateful for their helpfulness during prep time, so I could get myself and my kids ready. While I was helping my kids finish their homework before our party, Chef Yu was arranging flowers and setting the table without me even asking. It was kind of like having my mom in the kitchen with me, because like her, Chef Yu just looked around to see what needed to be done and he did it. Effortless! I highly recommend Fyusion dining for their professionalism, as well as their unique and interesting menu options!

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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Need Catering and Chef

Mundelein, IL

  • Event type
    Buffet dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Italian
  • Number of people
    150-200
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s), Other
  • Details
    Hello! I'm looking to have a modern,italian style wedding reception with passed apps and pastries if possible. Need linens and glassware withplace settings as well.
  • $130
    Average price

Need Catering and Chef

Chicago, IL

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    Beverages (non-alcoholic), No additional service

Need a Personal Chef Service to Cook a Variety of High in Calories and Fatty Meals

Park Ridge, IL

  • Event type
    Personal meal(s)
  • Cuisine type
    Other (Meals with high calorie and fat content in the most compact portion possible. )
  • Number of people
    Fewer than 10
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    I am looking for help preparing a better variety of meals for my daughter that are high in calories and fat. We are trying to restore her weight.
  • $210
    Average price
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