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  • 4 years in business
  • 320 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann H.
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Chef Most Wanted prepared a delicious meal for our graduation party. I would highly recommend this catering company. Thank you!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 268 hires on Thumbtack
Karla G.
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The service, quality of food, reliability and price was outstanding! Allen was able to prepare breakfast and lunch for a crowd of approx. 500 people. The presentation was very well organized and appealing. Allen went above and beyond to make sure we were ready for the event with follow up phone calls, emails and coordinating a time to visit the location for proper set-up. It was extremely impressive how Allen was able to handle a tight timeline between breakfast and lunch. Many compliments were shared by those who enjoyed the delicious food. We highly recommend Allen for your next catering service needs! Thank you Allen for helping make our event a huge success! Look forward to working with you again.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 200 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Ravi and his team did an amazing job of servicing our New Years Eve party with 120 guests! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious! I will definitely recommend Chic Chef Catering to my friends and family in the future. Above and beyond expectations!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Leah P.
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Inglenook catering was absolutely fantastic! Joseph was at the event exactly as scheduled with everything that was promised. The price was beyond reasonable! The food was out of this world, with everyone going back for seconds, thirds and even fourths! I will definitely be going back to him with all my events that need to be catered!

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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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Mariusz Z.
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Mike and Matt did birthday party for us at our home, catering for 30 people. Service was very professional and I would recommend them for any next party. Thanks you Mike and Matt!

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Just a Bite
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
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Jan H.
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The catering service Just a Bite is owned & operated by a family who has decades of experience in the Chicagoland food industry and top restaurants. They know every recipe from any restaurant and probably make it better! They've catered small birthday parties and larger surprise events for us during the last 10 years. Everything is always delicious, affordable and easy to eat while guests are milling around. They bring everything and are dressed appropriately for an event even during set up. Super friendly owner who is easy to deal with if you have guests with finicky dietary requirements or substitutions. My advice is to get a price. Just a Bite has the price we need while still wowing our guests who always ask for the name of the caterer.

  • 11 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Katie W.
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Had her cater a party and she was great! My kitchen was cleaned up and she was great to work with! Will use again in the future.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael M.
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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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Gracious
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 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

J's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Christina M.
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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.

Taste The World Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Cyndi C.
    Verified review

    After ordering from Taste The World Catering the first time. We have, and will continue to order from them . The food is always hot and very good. Their beef is the best we have ever tasted. All there food, no matter what we order is outstanding! The price's are very reasonable.

    • 16 years in business
    Quandariius N.
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    The food here is amazing! Great staff!

    About

    I already retired and am looking for work. I do catering out of my home, and being a stay-at-home dad, I am bored. I just want something to do as part-time work.

    About

    I love to cook. I have no set menus and entrees change every week. I will take requests for family favorites or special meals delivered to your home or will prepare in your home. Cakes are my specialty. Homemade Touch, Homemade Taste.

    About

    I do event planning, catering, floral artistry, and cakes as well. I am a get-it-done person who loves a challenge.

    About

    We pride ourselves with making sure our food is prepared fresh every day, we trim all our meats and marinated them to give it a deeper layer of flavors, your taste buds will have a party in your mouth!!

    • 15 years in business
    About

    We hand-hold every request that comes to us. Our number one goal is customer service. We treat your event as if it were our own.

    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    Greek meets American BBQ at Smoked on Rose. Our philosophy is to use only the finest and freshest of ingredients in our handcrafted dishes as well as in our signature rubs and sauces. We have authentic American and Greek BBQ as well as classic appetizers and sides from both worlds that compliment each other. Our smoked meat is hickory, smoked slowly in house. We also have daily specials in the restaurant and most certainly would be able to customize your catering needs. We also have seafood options on our menu for our no-meat friends. Whether we come to you or you come to us, we are confident you will have a great dining experience.

    About

    I am specializing in American contemporary, Italian, Spanish, molecular gastronomy, BBQ and Asian food. I have worked all around the country and in many different ethnic cuisines. With a great team of chefs, mixologists, bartenders and front-of-house servers, we have a wide variety of experience coming from all of my team and their knowledge. We specialize in bringing the restaurant to the client and making your dining or catered event experience memorable!

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I have a great passion for what we do. It shows in our presentation and our quaility of food.

    About

    We are a full-service caterer that can do breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers at any price level. We are a two-person company with 25 employees. We have been in business for 13 years and our food and service cannot be beat. Try our food and you will wish you had found us sooner.

    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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    Need Personal Meals Catering

    Peoria, IL

    • Type of catering needed
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      American
    • Head count
    • Details
      Wedding rehearsal dinner at a church in Peoria, IL

    Need Catering on Sept. 20, 2013

    Davenport, IA

    • Type of catering needed
      Buffet - self-service
    • Interested in following cuisine(s)
      American - casual, American - formal, BBQ, Italian
    • Number of guests
      80-100
    • Additional Service(s)
      Appetizers
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