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O Fallon Affordable Catering Services

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Lily Pad Catering LLC
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Toni R.
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WONDERFUL! Everything was prepared perfectly and was very flavorful. We had a party of 12 people. The portions were very generous. Dana was very professional and attentive to our needs. I would highly recommend Lily Pad to anyone in need of catering services.

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Heavy Smoke BBQ
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chuck D.
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My wife andI hired Heavy Smoke to cater our wedding. We had a spring wedding and didn't want the traditional wedding menu. So we went with bbq. It was a big hit! The good was on point and everyone loved it! Heavy Smoke nailed it with their food, their friendly service, and cost! We were very much pleased!

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Catering, by Chef Cox & Co.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael D.
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We have used catering companies in the past and this was the best experience by far. Everything was amazing. Food was outstanding and everyone was super friendly. I cannot say enough about them.

Delistro Catering LLC
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Carl T.
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Chef Terri Jayne is a consummate professional. The food could not have been better. She has an outstanding staff who were prompt, courteous and most pleasant. We will definitely use Delistro Catering for our future events.

Twisted Tacos Food Truck
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Lauren H.
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amazing food amazing service

  • 33 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
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Steven Becker Fine Dining is an incredible Catering experience. From their delicious food, to their attention to every detail. Would highly recommend this wonderful cater!

Michael P.
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I have utilized Francesco's for Catering now going on two years and might be the best caterer I've ever used. The food is outstanding, service is top notch always on time always & attention to details. In fact I like the catering enough I try to go there and eat in the restaurant on my free time when I can. Definitely recommend this hidden gem!

Christopher W.
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Natina was prompt, well planned as well as full of ideas that we had not even thought of during our initial consultation. When it came to our ideas, Natina was very patient and she listened to all of our requests and executed them all to our liking. The food was amazing! It was far beyond our expectations. Noirblanc is my #1 choice for any future events. Thanks Again!

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kamila T.
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Levi was very attentive to details and great with communicating and realizing my goals of the evening. He was on time delivering the food and it was great! I would highly recommend his services!

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We have home-style cooking and a great price. We have awesome prime rib, pastas (we make our own sauces), roast beef, ham and our own special Italian cream chicken, but we can do anything you want. We also do desserts. We will make your event special!

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We provide private catering for elderly, singles or just busy people. I will give you a selection of choices to choose from, from snacks, breakfast, main courses and side dishes to desserts. I will go get the groceries. You are welcome to go with me if you choose. You will pay for the groceries, then I will come to your home the next day and spend the entire day cooking and putting everything in portions that you can grab from the fridge or freezer, warm it up and down the hatch. I get paid $100.00 for the day of cooking, so you are only out 100 dollars plus the cost of the food. I will clean up the kitchen, and hopefully, you call me again and tell all your friends how awesome it is.

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My services stands out from others because my prices are reasonable and my food is amazing.

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We specialize in the unique, exotic aromas and tastes of the world like a non-stop party of flavors.

  • 6 years in business
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I am a Centralia, IL based caterer for all occasions. I specialize in providing quality food service with high-end customer service.

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I love hearing my clients say, "Wow!" When the see and taste my food.

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Whitmoor Catering Company offers extraordinary cuisine and exceptional service for private parties, corporate events, wedding receptions, birthdays and holidays. Our off-site catering capabilities can be utilized for any event with from 50 up to 300 people! Check out our 22-page catering menu on our website.

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Catering delicious lunch, and dinner options, perfect for busy lifesyles. Local delivery available.

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l am certified in culinary arts, as well as versed in front of the house edict. I am able to build menus or take requests.

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I provide services in the culinary field. I have extensive experience in many styles of cooking and preparing foods from all corners of the world. I can provide from buffet to plate-up services.

  • 7 years in business
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We don't try to sell preset menus , we cater to what you want.

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I am a culinary student at Lecole Culinaire in St. Louis. I do all kinds of catering work and personal cooking. I am the man for the job, and you won't be disappointed!

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.

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 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.

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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