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  • 4 years in business
  • 324 hires on Thumbtack
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Kerri G.
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Chef Rich and his great job catering our upscale BBQ! The food was amazing and Rich was great to work with!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 150 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 271 hires on Thumbtack
Karla G.
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The service, quality of food, reliability and price was outstanding! Allen was able to prepare breakfast and lunch for a crowd of approx. 500 people. The presentation was very well organized and appealing. Allen went above and beyond to make sure we were ready for the event with follow up phone calls, emails and coordinating a time to visit the location for proper set-up. It was extremely impressive how Allen was able to handle a tight timeline between breakfast and lunch. Many compliments were shared by those who enjoyed the delicious food. We highly recommend Allen for your next catering service needs! Thank you Allen for helping make our event a huge success! Look forward to working with you again.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 133 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 209 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole M.
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Chic Chef Catering is outstanding. Service, quality, dependable. I couldn't ask for better. The prices were reasonable, they were responsive and fun. I would highly recommend everyone consider Chic Chef Catering.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 104 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy O.
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The catering went very well. We had the chicken marsala, Italian sausage with sweet peppers, mash potatoes, mostociolli, fresh fruit and grilled vegetables. The chicken was very yummy and simple for the folks that wanted flavor but not spicy. The Italian sausage were a huge hit. Folks commented on the mash potatoes and went back for thirds just for the potatoes alone. The mostociolli was mentally planned for the kids and vegetarians at the party. It was a smidge spicy for the kids but the vegetarians loved it so much they all took the leftovers home. The grilled vegetables were very nice with good flavor, fresh (not frozen) and not mushy. Even the fruit salad was fresh, no mushy or soggy melon, it even had pineapple in it. Overall the food was very good. Joseph arrived very promptly on time. He ended up holding the food because family members got lost coming to the event so that way the food was still hot when they arrived. It was painless. Whenever you book a caterer you always worry about the taste of the food and I picked Joseph based on reviews that commented about the food. The food was freshly prepared and well seasoned. I would use Joseph again.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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Joanne K.
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Loretta was very easy to work with and her selection of food choices were great. I would love to work with her again and felt it was a great value. Thanks again for making my retirement party a success.

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Edward H.
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My experience with Cater-2-U catering was great. Mike was easy to work with and allowed me to enjoy my party and not worry about a thing when it came to all the delicious food he provided. My party of 25 people all had positive things to say, and all left full and happy. I plan to work with Mike and his team in the future. My menu was a good variety of proteins and flavors (Mike came up with all of it) making my job very easy... to eat. Veggie enchilada egg rolls Chicken and waffles Ceviche Cups Chili Pepper Lime Shrimp Salad Braised Beef, Mushroom, and Spinach Crostini

  • 29 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Lidia D.
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David catered a baptism party for 15 guests. He did BBQ dinner. Everything was tasty. Prep, serving and clean-up were terrific. I recommend Lakeshore Private Chef & Catering and David Leigh.

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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N. C.
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My experience working with Carol was amazing. The food was fabulous, the service outstanding and the overall experience was top notch. My guests were just raving over the food, the presentation and how special it made my party. I highly recommend Carol for your catering needs. You won't be disappointed.

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Gracious
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Cynthia B.
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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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Andrea J.
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Kristin is the best caterer! We connected about 3 weeks before my Housewarming party for 40 guests. Not only was she able to hire a bartender and server, she also supplied a bartender table! She worked with me to make an absolutely delicious meal (Southern/Cajun) and her signature charcuterie board is a true show-stopper! If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Will definitely plan to use her for all my catering needs.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Ron H.
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The entire experience was great. Donna and frank were great to work with. Donna worked with me to create the menu and appropriate portion size for the number of guests. Food was great, folks commented that the food was home made and delicious. I will recommend Frankie’s as a great catering service. Wife and I will try their restaurant next.

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Ann W.
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Catering date hasn't come up yet, so can only rate on communication and planning portion

Feast & Imbibe
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Jacklyn I.
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I had the absolute blind luck to find the lovely Heather and D'Andre of Feast & Imbibe while looking for alternatives to typical "chicken or beef" caterers for my June 2014 wedding. I had already decided that I wanted to do an upscale cocktail reception in lieu of a seated dinner, and had quotes for over $10,000 for 80 people (and this was from a place that wanted to serve quesadillas and fried food as apps--that's fine, but not for ten grand and not at all what I was looking for). I couldn't see spending money like that on food that was impersonal and trite, and I began to look for a private chef or other alternatives to a standard wedding caterer. I honestly and truly feel lucky to have found Feast & Imbibe, as they allowed me to have everything exactly the way I wanted for an extremely reasonable price. You could really taste the thought, love and care in D'Andre's food--for real. I had some ideas in mind in terms of the feel of the menu, but I have to say that Heather and D'Andre totally blew me away and knocked it out of the park. From our first interaction, Heather was warm and professional and extremely honest about everything. I told her what I wanted and what I could spend, and she and D'Andre were willing to work with me to provide the experience I was looking for (and they ended up putting together a reception that was more than I could have asked for) for the price I wanted (I ended up spending a bit more than I envisioned, but it was purely due to MY changes--never experienced any pressure or felt like I was being pushed into anything). Heather was SO SO helpful; seeing as how I was doing most things myself, she offered herself and her services at any point she could to make things easier on me-- advice for other vendors, her own decorations, etc. AND THE FOOD...OMG D'Andre...keep on doin' what you're doin', becuase it's a month later and my guests are still talking about how amazing the food was. The food was so on point, the service was so thoughtful, and the selection was incredible. I was able to impress and please both my foodie friends and my meat and potatoes family--which is a serious feat itself. Everything about the actual day of my wedding was kind of a mess (weather, venue issues, mix-ups out of anyone's control), but the supreme service, hospitality and care that Heather and D'Andre put into catering my event absolutely made up for everything that went wrong. They were able to circumnavigate last minute issues with no problem or loss of cool, and everything down to the waitstaff and decor/signs for the food were top notch. My husband and I truly felt that they had our best interests at heart and put love into what they did for us, and we are eternally grateful. I could not have asked for more, and I will be recommending their services to anyone who will listen until I am blue in the face. Seriously, people, if you want the utmost in professionalism, care, delicious food, value for the $$--please go with Feast & Imbibe. They are amazing to say the least!! I would never even consider working with another caterer.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie D.
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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!

Puffs of Doom
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley G.
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My experience with Puffs of Doom has been nothing short of phenomenal. Rebecca and Luke and their team are very responsive to our specific requests, and their creativity and problem-solving skills leave me very comfortable recommending their catering services to everyone I meet. The food is always top-notch, and our guests and event attendees are always impressed. It's great to have such a fantastic company that offers really good food and doesn't offer the same old tired fare. I am proud to support Puffs of Doom and highly recommend them for any size job

J's Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
English S.
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Urbano and team was very kind and professional! Answered all inquiries promptly and the Mexican food was delicious. These guys are passionate about what they do and it definitely pays off. Highly recommend for corporate event.

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessica W.
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I had the pleasure of working with PhylClay's catering and the food was excellent. Our company is looking forward to using them again for our upcoming corporate board meetings.

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Helen V.
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I've had Mila cater several events and every time I feel like her food gets better and better. There is nothing that she makes that would even classify as good.. It would classify as delicious and amazing! Can't recommend her enough.

Dreamyvents Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
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Dreamy vents Catering has the best food! Chef Chanell can make anything from gourmet to soul food. I love her professionalism and attention to detail.

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

It was a pleasure working with Sam and his team. They were fun and very engaging. It was cool to see how passionate they are about their business. Our family and friends loved the tacos and side offerings. I would definitely recommend Three Legged Tacos if you are looking for a fun and unique catering experience.

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa O.
Verified review

Chef Yu and his sous chef were amazing. They were prompt, reliable, organized, helpful, polite, and made sure that my guests were happy. The food was delicious and the presentation was gorgeous. I was so grateful for their helpfulness during prep time, so I could get myself and my kids ready. While I was helping my kids finish their homework before our party, Chef Yu was arranging flowers and setting the table without me even asking. It was kind of like having my mom in the kitchen with me, because like her, Chef Yu just looked around to see what needed to be done and he did it. Effortless! I highly recommend Fyusion dining for their professionalism, as well as their unique and interesting menu options!

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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