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Machesney Park Caterers

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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!

  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Gretchen D.
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We hired Diana for a family party. The guests all raved about how great the food was. We will certainly use Diana again for future parties. She brought much more food than I anticipated and made the event a success. I highly recommend her for party catering.

Taste The World Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Tammy K.
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    The food from Taste the World Catering is AMAZING! I especially love the pasta sauces and meatballs! You can taste how fresh the ingredients are and it is very authentic. I have not had a better Marinara or Alfredo sauce anywhere else. Anthony and Kim are great to work with and will do whatever they can to make sure you are satisfied. Highly recommend!

    Chef Patrick
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Andrea S.
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    We had an incredibly positive experience with Chef Patrick. He catered a business meeting breakfast and lunch, and the quality and price were both great. He was easy to work with, and I appreciated his flexibility.

    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Dar G.
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    Excellent! Very professional, great attitude that is tough to find these days.

    • 16 years in business
    Quandariius N.
    Verified review

    The food here is amazing! Great staff!

    Caterer & Personal Chef
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Melissa R.
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    Everything was beyond. A perfect anniversary! Every moment. Every bite. Every sip. All & more. ??

    • 5 years in business
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    We are full-service banquet hall and specializing in off-site catering. We can fulfill all of your personal and corporate catering needs, from edible favors to carving and action stations. All of our food is made in house by a classically trained chef owner/operator.

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    A full service caterer with excellent reputation for outstanding food and service!

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    We offer casual American and modern cuisines. We are able to customize a global cuisine to fit any occasion. We can provide full catering services in our banquet room or host at a location of your choice.

    • 19 years in business
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    We will customize your event. Let us do the work. We have 25 years of culinary experience. We cater all foods and events.

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    Here at JPC, I strive to make my customers happy. Whether it be from my personal chef services, cooking lessons or catering, extreme perfection and fun is always present. I offer low prices and great food from the heart. I accept house calls for personal chef services. I am catering to small weddings, businesses or any type of occasion.

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    We are experienced chefs and a dedicated team of community-based staff specializing in no-hassle drop-off catering. Latin American, Italian, and traditional Mexican menus are our specialties.

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    I'm a caterer. My career began with my mother. She was a caterer. After being with her, I then had a passion for catering. She taught me everything in the kitchen. Since then, I went on to further my education in Culinary Arts. After graduating, I then began to do catering for funeral repast, weddings, parties and small and large events. Cooking is something that I love and have a passion to do. My motto is "A passion to serve".

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    I am an award-winning chef. I have been on TV. I am a Frankenfood winner. I created the gyro bites. I can cook the best food you will ever eat. I can cook all kinds of food. Call me for all your catering needs.

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    Franco was born in Calabiria, Italy. Southern Italian Cuisine is our speciality. We make over forty homemade items from meatballs, fresh mozzerella, sausage, lasagna, bruschetta, cannolis, tiramisu.. We have unique Italiain specialities.We have been open for 23 years

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    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.

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    We are a full-service catering company that provides customized menus to your specific gathering where we bring "food and more to your door."

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    Truly I believe there is passion in my food, I so enjoy preparing, creating new and old recipes with my own personal influences.

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    We offer bar and grill with a Northwoods theme. Private room is available, and catering is also possible. We have a cozy and friendly place.

    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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