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Crystal Lake Caterers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 321 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lance M.
Verified review

They were here early! Food was outstanding. My guests thought they were all nice and so did I. Never had a better catering experience

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

Easy to work with, accomodating and the food was delicious. Allen jumped in and helped where needed. The event was great and a big part of it was due to North Island catering. Thanks again!! I would definitely work with them again. :)

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 201 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
Joann D.
Verified review

I happened to find Inglenook Catering and Joe on a quick search for local caterers. I wanted to try a different caterer with a different menu. My daughter picked the menu, and it was pretty traditional....Italian beef, Italian sausage, fried chicken, mostacolli, green beans almandine, and scalloped potatoes. Truly, I wanted to explore other items on the menu, but since I offered and it was her choice, that's what I went with. The Italian beef and sausage were homemade and definitely amazing! Great flavor and seasonings! The fried chicken was delicious as well! Everything was warmed and ready to serve. Would definitely order from Joe again! Thank you so very much for the prompt communication and coming to assist with the drop off. My guests throughly enjoyed your catering Joe, and I will definitely recommend you to my friends! Would love to try other entrees next time!!

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Steve P.
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We used Just A Bite for our son's wedding in Wheaton held at a local church with 125 guests. We coordinated everything long distance as we live in Minnesota. Loretta was super responsive and a delight to work with on all details and questions. Everyone raved about the appetizers and there was plenty for all. Her prices are very reasonable for the quality and quantity provided. Great selections to choose from. I would highly recommend her catering services.

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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
Edward H.
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My experience with Cater-2-U catering was great. Mike was easy to work with and allowed me to enjoy my party and not worry about a thing when it came to all the delicious food he provided. My party of 25 people all had positive things to say, and all left full and happy. I plan to work with Mike and his team in the future. My menu was a good variety of proteins and flavors (Mike came up with all of it) making my job very easy... to eat. Veggie enchilada egg rolls Chicken and waffles Ceviche Cups Chili Pepper Lime Shrimp Salad Braised Beef, Mushroom, and Spinach Crostini

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Robin L.
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I hired Lakeshore Private Chef & Catering to cater a joint 40th and 85th birthday celebration. I couldn't have been happier with the results. The food was delicious and Chef David was a delight to work with. If I ever needed to do this again, I would definitely hire this company again.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
N. C.
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My experience working with Carol was amazing. The food was fabulous, the service outstanding and the overall experience was top notch. My guests were just raving over the food, the presentation and how special it made my party. I highly recommend Carol for your catering needs. You won't be disappointed.

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Gracious
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela B.
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Clarissa was awesome. I had four shifts to feed over two days and nights and she was a pro. Definitely would do se again. Food was delicious

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jess S.
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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!

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mary C.
Verified review

I am so thankful and pleased with Baileys Catering. I had the pleasure of obtaining their service for a graduation brunch at my home. I must say the quality of the food and service was excellent. They set the tone and ambiance for my family upon their arrival to my home.

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
Jan G.
Verified review

I was very pleased with the catering process from Kitchfix. Ashley was very responsive and helpful throughout the ordering process and the food was very to most of our staff's liking. We ordered the Rosemary Beef, Falafel, Maple Shallot Chicken Breast, Caramelized Apple and Walnut Salad, and had sides including green beans, cauliflower and broccoli, and a cauliflower rice. All prepared and executed well.

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

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.

J's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mrs M.
Verified review

I hired J’s catering for a first birthday party at an outdoor park this past weekend. Urbano was very easy to work with. His pricing was fair and he was very professional and knowledgeable during our meeting. The party went smoothly and everyone loved the fresh food and fruit. It was so nice not to worry about food during the party! Urbano showed up early and had hot food ready to go for the first arrivals. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to others.

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

CityEpicurean Events
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew Y.
Verified review

All around great service and very responsive. Bartending was great. Naomi provided a full summary/report once the event was over. Highly recommend!

ChefField Events & Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon S.
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I run a nonprofit and our bottom dollar is always something to take into consideration. Not only was the food absolutely exceptional, the amazing people at ChefField were able to put something together that honored our budget. We even had enough left over food to share Thanksgiving goodie bags with the local homeless population in our neighborhood. Thank you ChefField!

Chef Paul Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maureen M.
Verified review

Chef Paul Catering was exactly what I was looking for in a full service caterer. They took care of everything and the food was wonderful. They worked so quietly and neatly that I hardly knew they were in our home. I will definitely use them again and recommend them.

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

Alvin did an incredible job creating the most wonderful dinner party for me and my girlfriends! The food was delicious, the presentation was phenomenal and the service was exceptional! I highly recommend him for his innovative fusion style cooking and ability to craft a magical experience!

Le Fleur de Lis Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Racquel C.
Verified review

I placed a catering order for a brunch and not only was I, but my guests were beyond happy about the food. Everything was full of flavor, great presentation, we definitely went back for seconds and thirds. Chef Allen was very responsive, professional, and went above and beyond to make sure my order was absolutely perfect. He even assisted with helping me set a few non-food related things up. I am definitely looking forward to working with him again on future events.

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.

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Madison, WI

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    Food truck
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Other (picnic)
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Additional Service(s)
    Other (utensils)
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