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Marion Caterers

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Chef Mines Catering LLC
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jonas N.
Verified review

Chef Mines catered our open house and did a phenomenal job! Great food!

Bob Evans
from 2 reviews
    Beth M.
    Verified review

    Our family loves to eat at Bob Evans for a family meal and we have also utilized their to go and catering services on several occasions. Food and service is always great!

    • 129 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Amber D.
    Verified review

    William and Lori catered both my rehearsal dinner and reception. Lori also helped me coordinate the wedding party. She was an absolute God-send!


    I have always enjoyed make up and at one time modeled for area stores. I was a Mary Kay consultant before I went to beauty to school. My two daughters are in dance, cheer, and pageants so I am familiar with stage make up as well. As for the catering, we had a very profitable restaurant that we were able to retire from and stay home to raise all 4 of our children.


    We are a five star full service catering service. We also have rentals of plates settings, tables , and chairs.

    • 13 years in business

    We slow smoke over real Oak and Hickory wood. We are Local, State, and National certified food handlers, and managers. We are a family owned and operated company.


    I am a caterer with years of experience in the food industry and a great cook! I would be happy to accommodate all your needs.


    We are a small catering business that does home-style food for large or small parties. Everything we do is made from scratch.

    • 10 years in business

    We can provide the most elegant food offerings whether your event is upscale or casual. We also help in the myriad of decisions to be made regarding decor and transportation.


    I am an area chef with buffet catering "real world" experience using professional-quality products to suit any budget. I provide personalized, inexpensive catering for all occasions. My name is Robert, and you can call me with any questions about your next event. I can help you with everything you need to make great impressions at affordable rates.


    It's all about cooking. I have been cooking for years and have been to cooking school, so if you have a party like a birthday, retirement, anniversary christmas party. i do small partys and i come to your home and cook and make food for your partys. call me and we will talk. My specialties are pasta and pasta sauces, and meats.

    • 17 years in business

    Casual to formal catering. Serving 25 to 2500 guests

    • 4 years in business

    I provide exceptional cooking that is guaranteed to satisfy the customers' desires. I take pride in using fresh ingredients and fresh quality meats. I take pride in sharing my love for cooking through sharing and making wonderful memories for individuals and special occasions for life events! Food that is made with love tastes best!


    We are two sisters who have experience in catering events including setting up, serving, preparing the food, budgeting and food cost control, as well as planning menus.

    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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