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Carmel Custom Caterers

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Artisan Foodworks
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeramiah C.
Verified review

Chef Alexa and her team of experienced professionals were awesome. The quality of the food was second to none, at the best price around. I did not want heat and serve food that other caterers were quoting. I wanted REAL farm to table food and that is exactly what I got. My guests were raving about the food and wanted to know who catered my event so they could book them for their next event! They even have a food truck!

A Chef In Thyme
4.7
from 26 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie P.
Verified review

A Chef in Thyme catering was outstanding! Julie was a dream to work with and incredibly personable. She was able to meet my last minute request (1 week before event) and made it all seem so easy! Julie’s quote was reasonable—the quality of service and food exceeded my expectations. Julie was always prompt with responses whether through text, phone call, or Thumbtack messages. She was also on time for all meetings and delivery. Julie catered my family reunion evening dinner for about 70 people. On the menu was: lemon pepper chicken, bacon wrapped pork loin, rice pilaf, fresh salad, corn on the cob street corn and vegetable ragout. There was plenty of food and everyone made sure to comment on how satisfied they were with the taste and quality. Even the picky eaters were satisfied! Julie delivered the buffet meal and took care of all the setup and cleanup. Setup included linens for the buffet table, the appropriate food service warming trays, utensils, plates, and a beverage station (non-alcoholic). She and her assistant also stayed for the duration of the event (3 hours) to refresh food as needed and clean up afterwards. The kitchen was spotless and any extra food was wrapped up and appropriately stored. Julie has set the bar very high for catering quality and affordability. I would absolutely hire A Chef in Thyme Catering again!

Sunshine Catering
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie H.
Verified review

Sunshine Catering deliver exceptional service. Sunshine Catering were very professional in delivering food and service. Sunshine Catering went over and beyond service that was discussed in our contract loved her food, her preparation and overall customer service the company demonstrated.

Sullys Famous Hot Dogs
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tank M.
Verified review

Great service and very delicious food.

Tracey Couillard
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Dianne W.
Verified review

We attended a wedding Tracey catered and the food was some of the best we have had. Her personal touch on all the recipes were perfect. Her style is classic and unique at the same time. Her New England style is to die for!

Divine Family BBQ
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly R.
Verified review

He was a pleasure to do buisness with. He made the best pulled pork BBQ Nancho's He came to my home and smoked the pork and it took about 8-10 hours. He is a very caring person and he made sure that we where fully sastified with our Food. The quality was outstanding and he puts alot of hours into smoking for the best quality. Only thing maybe he could advertise more. Keep up the good work LOOK forward to eating other foods of yours.. Thanks

The Flame Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Angela C.
    Verified review

    I am an Event Planner and have had the pleasure of working with Chef B and his team on multiple occasions. The Flame Catering provides EXCELLENT service and I highly recommend.

    Elegant Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Adam N Misty J.
    Verified review

    Elegant Catering did an amazing job with our wedding reception. We decided to go with a gourmet burger bar! The burgers were delicious & the sides that we requested were presented beautifully, as well as tasting awesome. We are so pleased that our family and guests went on and on about Brian & how delicious everything was! Thank you for making our wedding day meal the best!

    Carla Cleary
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Marla C.
      Verified review

      Carla is amazing! She catered our rehearsal dinner and it was the best dinner out of the whole weekend! She is kind, talented and genuine. I recommend her services to everyone!

      About

      MCL Catering provides full-service catering with professional servers and bartenders as well as family-style pickup or delivery. We also have several banquet facilities and are on a preferred caterer list for multiple banquet venues. We service most of Indiana; Springfield, IL; and Columbus, and Dayton, OH areas. We can accommodate guests from 10-6,000.

      About

      First of all my name is rita hunt the services I provide is cooking all meats and vegetables for my events. Services I provide setting up , serving and cleanup. My servers will do all buffets styles and I have a bartender for a the events I do. The foods I cook are beef, lamb and pork whatever my client wants us to do also desserts cakes , pies pastry . I am chef rita hunt and I will have the up most respect for my client to do the very best I am capable of thank you.

      About

      We offer catering for small to large events. We provide cooking and dinner party cooking classes in your home or in my kitchen, for children or adult. We offer pick-up catering or cater in our space or yours. Specialties include deep dish quiche, pastries and Cakes, and fresh approach to food with custom menus.

      • 24 years in business
      About

      quality taste presentation hot and I love to what I docooking is just like making love.after 30 years I'm in love with my cooking and tasting and my experience see my clients happy smile on the face and the plates empty

      About

      At the mere age of 5 I would get "grounded" from the kitchen. At 29 years old, my sincere passion for food and making people smile is so ingrained in my soul.

      About

      We provide cakes or cupcakes for birthdays, weddings or work promotions. We can also provide full-service catering for any type of event.

      About

      Two local chefs crossed paths one day and found themselves pondering how to take over the catering world. Not able to take over the world just yet, they decided to dedicate their powers to expressing their culinary expertise to the great city of Indianapolis and surrounding suburbs. From their mind meld, we have Ville de Lune Catering & Chef Services. Ville de Lune specializes in Super Bowl parties, private parties, weddings, corporate events, pharma lunches, graduations, holiday events, social gatherings, celebrations, dinner parties, intimate cooking lessons, and any other event where good food is required. Our two classically-trained chefs will tailor a menu to your wishes and budget. From basic buffet style to elegant server presented dishes, we offer the full range of culinary needs and styles. Call us for your free consultation.

      About

      I offer customized/personalized menus, specializing in ethic (Mediterranean/Latin etc) cuisines. Event planning and coordination services are also available. I will travel to your location. I'm a passionate professional whose love for food/beverage is paralleled by a strong work ethic, integrity, and desire to produce a unique dining experience with quality product and excellent service with consistency. Let me make your next event sweet and spicy!

      About

      We offer delicious food and adorable prices. We accommodate any finicky palate. We specialize in American, Asian, Southern and microgastronomy.

      • 6 years in business
      About

      My cafe is open daily, and I also offer catering of homemade (with love) foods for 5 to 500 people. I love putting a smile on people's faces and bellies. I am open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      I provide healthy, fast, easy meals to reheat, cost-effective, and many recipes and entrees to choose from. I am willing to deliver every day of the week.

      • 10 years in business
      About

      We are a full-service restaurant that also caters. DC's has an extensive catering menu that can be tailored to any budget and delivered hot and fresh to the greater Indianapolis area. We can take care of everything for your event so that all you have to do is show up and party! DC's has a semi-private mezzanine that can accommodate more than 50 guests. Flat screen TV's on every wall and plenty of room to party! Private food and drink services are also available.

      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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