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  • 4 years in business
  • 323 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann H.
Verified review

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 149 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 270 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy F.
Verified review

We used North Island Catering for my husband's retirement party. The food and service was outstanding. We had the pulled pork, lasagna and Ceasar salad. They provided more than enough food to serve our 30 guests. The food was all homemade. All of the guests raved about it! The next party we host will be easy as far as food, because we will be using North Island caterers for sure!!!! If you're looking for good food and outstanding service, Dave time looking and call Northd Island Catering!!!

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

Ravi's menu offerings were the most interesting of the local caterers I looked at before I chose him to cater my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The food was delicious, very high quality, and arrived right on time. Many of the guests commented on how good it was. I would definitely work with Chic Chef Catering again.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise G.
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Just a Bite catered a bridal shower that I hosted. I thought they were wonderful to work with and really tried to come up with good options to meet our specific requests. The food arrived on time and was perfectly prepared. My guests loved it! I highly recommend.

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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
Kevin B.
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We have had many private chefs and caterers. We have found our “go to” chef service. Food was amazing. Mike and Matt were fun. They entertained the kids at the bar as they cooked, served.. and cleaned up. If you have never had a personal chef, try them. If you have before, uplevel to them. And by the way.. the cost was a bargain. Dinner for 8 with wine and beer pairing Less than $100 per person Insanely goid!

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

This was my first time hiring a caterer, and I was not disappointed. This was also my first time using Thumbtack. Had never even heard of it before googling “caterers near me”. Carol of Food with Flair did a wonderful job catering a family outdoor BBQ at my home for my dad’s 90th birthday. We had 25 people in attendance, and many commented on how good the food was. She was very responsive from the moment she and I were matched through Thumbtack, all the way through my event. She helped plan the meal, making suggestions on food items that were popular at other BBQs she had catered; arrived promptly the day of the event with much of the food prep completed and the remainder completed once she arrived; provided the warming trays, serving dishes, and serving utensils; grilled the meat (hamburgers and chicken) on my Weber grill; set up the serving table; had the meal ready in a timely fashion; put away leftovers for me; and left my kitchen clean. She also was able to work with dietary restrictions. She offered to provide paper goods and make arrangements for other supplies (e.g. canopy), which I declined. She brought two pineapple upside down cakes (my Dad’s favorite), and because we had neglected to discuss which of us would provide the candles, she decided to play it safe and brought a “9” & a “0” candle for one of the cakes. For the other cake she had a friend create a diecut that read “Happy 90th Birthday” in colors that coordinated with the cake. It was a nice, thoughtful surprise. While I had thought about asking whether she offered tastings, I didn’t due to the small size of my party; the short time frame between booking the party and the event itself; and her experience as an executive chef. I trusted that the food would be good, and it was. But I can’t share whether she offers tastings or not. My husband and I were very pleased with the service Carol provided and would definitely use her again.

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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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Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Peter R.
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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)

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Mrs R.
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They were great, I will use them again and recommend them. Best caterers I have ever used.

  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Darrell R.
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I was very pleased with Diana's service. Everything was done to order. A little improvisation was needed to accommodate the rooftop venue where my 50th birthday party was held, but she rose to the occasion. The best item on my menu was the pulled pork, followed by the pasta salad. My custom-shaped birthday cake received rave reviews.

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Debra M.
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Chez Mikey catered a 4-course Holiday luncheon for our Corporate Headquarters, and our Team couldn't have been more pleased! From the excellent customer service we received, to the delicious, beautifully prepared cuisine - Chez Mikey is a top-notch 5-Star caterer. We will most definitely contact Mike and Diana for our next catered event!

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.

J's Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kim D.
Verified review

J's Catering - Urbano and his team were engaging, professional and an absolute joy to work with! His food is excellent! Some of the best tacos we've ever eaten. Urbano happily met all our requests for our gluten-free and vegetarian guests. He went above and beyond our expectations. We highly recommend J's Catering and look forward to working with them again!

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

BellaRu is wonderful to work with! Maya asks all the right questions and has an amazing attentiveness to ensure your catering is perfect. She even assists with planning the event coordination to ensure your event comes together flawlessly. BellaRu's prices are affordable and the service is professional, personalized, and smooth. I recommend BellaRu Catering for anyone looking for service in the Chicago area!

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.

Culinary Abstraction
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Joel C.
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Zac has made several pieces of custom furniture for me, all of which turned out great in terms of both functionality and aesthetics. Everything he built is very solid and sturdy, and met all of my specifications. I could not be happier!

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Eugene P.
Verified review

We hired Girl and the Kitchen for a small party. The food was amazing, service was great and they cleaned up the kitchen after. Also for those that enjoy cooking or want to learn, the chefs are more than happy to share their knowledge.

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

Three Legged Tacos was perfect for our Volunteer Recognition event! They were able to set up a cooking station in our auditorium and serve fresh, custom order tacos to all of our guests. The food was creative and delicious. We got so many compliments and our guests commented that they would like to have Three Legged Tacos at their event as well! Thanks so much!

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
Elaine L.
Verified review

I really never write reviews, but Alvin Yu and his team were amazing! Our guests really raved about all the food. (I need to get his recipe for the Asiago Crusted Chicken Breast - so tender!). And his servers and sous chefs really made the event. Their attention to detail and lovely personalities really made the atmosphere. They were so helpful beyond what I could have even asked for. We had 2 passed appetizers, then salad, 4 entrees and 3 sides served family style for 44 guests and everything was delicious and well timed. Alvin totally understood what I wanted and was able to seamlessly accommodate special dietary needs. He was very responsive to all my questions throughout the planning process and seriously made the event really so easy on me! And they really made our guests of honor feel very special, too. They really go above and beyond. A huge thank you to Fyusion Dining for making our event such a success!

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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