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Sterling Caterers

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  • 16 years in business
Tha Jackson J.
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Did an excellent job setting up and catering my Mardi Gras themed ladies night! ! Was on time, prepared, professional and food was very good!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lesley G.
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Terri designed the wedding cake for our wedding. From cake testing, to design meetings, to the day of the event, Terri was the consummate professional. Our cake was beautiful and delicious and was one of the highlights of our event. I've attended other events where Terri has catered and the food is ALWAYS delicious! If you need food for your event give her a call, you will NOT be disappointed!

  • 16 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn M.
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Thank you Kathy and The Pinecricker Café for catering our fathers 85th birthday and our parents 65 wedding anniversary. All the food was wonderful and Hot! I will be sure to call you again for our next family event. Carolyn

Caterer & Personal Chef
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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. ??

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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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Your needs our met by Works of Faith Catering with a flavor of passion, my food not only looks great but taste great

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I am willing to work and help other people, and I am available all the time. I will travel to my clients. I have an experience in cleaning.

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I offer handmade southern cuisines and soul food. Fresh ingredients are handed down from my grandma to my mama and me. From chickens and dumplings to catfish, hush puppies to lemon ice box pies. Text for questions or a small sample.

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I provide quality food and service to my clients. I have sanitation as an utmost priority.

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I provide full catering services. I will do the setup, decoration and cleanup after the event. I also provide vendoring services for inside and outside summer events. No party is too large for me to handle. I also have a happy, fun and talented staff to assist to your every need!

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We do fine dine in, specialty on catering to any occasion, special events such as family reunion to personal birthday and rehearsal dinner to wedding banquets. We also provide private chef services.

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I am looking for catering jobs in the area. I am an experienced waitress and in the kitchen. I love working as part of a team.

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I am a full-service catering business for small up to 250 people for weddings, graduation parties and baby showers, from intimate to extravagant.

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We offer mobile catering for weddings and businesses. We are a family-owned business. Our menu has a wide variety of choices. With ten years of experience, we can cater to your every need!

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I am the executive chef and we do banquets, business conference, meetings, and much more. The food is great and I strive to keep clients 100% satisfied.

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We provide an Artisan, wood-fired pizza anywhere! We bring our wood-fired oven to your event creating delicious pizza to order.

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We do all your favorites, from handmade Greek meatballs to individually rolled authentic enchiladas. Whether you're looking for simple snacks or a full meal, let our specialists help make your event hassle-free!

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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.

  • 19 years in business
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We have the best wraps in town! We have the flexibility to cater to your needs. Just let us know what you need and we'll make it happen!

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Whether a wedding, bridal shower, corporate meeting, birthday party, or family get-together, Chick-fil-A will take care of you and your guests! We offer affordable catering for pick up or delivery. No event is too big or too small! Call our catering director to help you plan your menu!

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We specialize in authentic New Orleans cuisine, ranging from creole gumbo to sensational desserts! We love to make people smile with our food and pride ourselves with exceptional southern hospitality. Please give us a call, or look for us on Facebook.

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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