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Fort Wayne Affordable Catering Services

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Events from Above
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy Z.
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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures hired Events From Above for our annual Senior Recognition Ceremony reception for students, parents and faculty. Heather provided fabulous full-service catering, serving a delicious array of Asian flare appetizers, yummy cakepops, and beverages! All were a big hit w/our guests.

Simplicity Catering
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Tami M.
Verified review

Jen and her crew were FANTASTIC!! In Budget, On Time, Went over & above to make sure my wedding day was perfect. I would recommend Simplicity Catering to everyone... The food was fabulous, all of my guests raved. Thanks Jen for making my day so special... Tami Martin-High

Pacific Stars Chef Service
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Aubrey M.
Verified review

Very professional, at first i was unsure whether the deal was legit but i am glad we did business the guy know his stuff and i am sure anyone that hires him will be lucky Because he is affordable and a great guy .

On The Avenue Catering, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Greg V.
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On the Avenue Catering was excellent to work with. My team was working 2 shifts around the clock. Judith and her team delivered lunch at noon and midnight for my crew. Judith provided a great menu and delicious food. It was a pleasure working with her.

Christopher & Paige M.
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Dana Munson from Saucy's Barnyard BBQ & Catering did an exceptional job catering mine and my wife's wedding. From the second we gave the business a call to ask if they could cater our wedding she was very prompt and organized. She was also very flexible in our meetings together when preparing and finalizing our catering ideas. She also prepared and set up everything at our wedding as well, which was very helpful and appreciated with the craziness of wedding planning! She made it easier for us and took the burden off. Honestly, I recommend her service to anyone because she did a fabulous job and couldn't have asked for better.

  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi W.
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We had a formal event at our office and the Empyrean staff came through with flying colors! Everything was perfectly set up and executed. They also went above and beyond and helped with our bar tending. Everything was top notch and the staff were helpful, friendly, and easy to work with. If you want an amazing event, call Empyrean!

Kiko's Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Betsy M.
Verified review

Kiko has catered parties in our home for several years and we are so pleased by the total experience. We spend time up front reviewing my goals for the event and Kiko presents many ideas, menus and his recommendations. That's the most important part of my involvement, the upfront planning, because he takes care of the rest! The day of the event Kiko has done much of the preparation before arriving and it's a matter of execution and timing. Kiko's a talented artist who brings his food creations to life! He is entertaining in the kitchen and always complimented by the guests. Of course Peruvian dishes are his specialty and we love them all. No party is complete without trying his ceviche. Accompanied by a handcrafted limoncello and that's how the party begins! I would recommend Kiko for all your catering needs and know that you'll receive a one of a kind experience!

Classic Fare Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Kasey P.
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We enjoyed working with Eric and his staff during our last event!

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda T.
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Meagan is amazing! She did an awesome job in our engagement pictures! She's super friendly and affordable! I can't wait to see what she'll do with our wedding!!!

  • 2 years in business
Paul H.
Verified review

Excellent service by a professional team that goes over and above for you. Far more than I ever expected. As long as I have events, they are my number one choice! Paul Harrington CEO Nightwalker Inc.

  • 4 years in business
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I have a passion for cooking because events and eating brings family and friends together. I make food that is originally enjoyable with a creative twist here and there. I can prepare a plethora of cuisines, from American to Thai. Whether you need a food for a dinner or an event, or if you need a few lessons to give you an edge, I am eager to serve you. Leavonity is about having fun with tradition and creating unique food for unique moments. So, I want to help you build your new, long-lasting memories.

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We offer full-service catering if you need it. We always serve with a smile. We are always on time. Most of all, we will be working for you.

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I do photography, take pictures of weddings and help cater food for your special day. I help you enjoy your day better by taking the stress off of you.

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At Simply Elegant we strive to make every event personal. We provide top of the line food and beverage services that are perfect for every event.

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I'm a hard worker I complete my work without much supervision

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We are a full service caterer serving quality food for reasonable prices. Our service is fantastic.

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You know us as the place to dine. We can also handle any and all of your catering needs. We can do it all. We do it every day!

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I worked as a bartender for the past year. I've been serving for over 3 years now. I started out cleaning houses for a living; that's my favorite. I also love kids and would love to have my own. I also can cater for events (food drop off, set up and clean up). I'm just looking for work.

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My work stands out because I work to understand each events specific need. I operate with integrity and excellence and will not sacrifice any aspect of the service and product I provide to my clients.

  • 4 years in business
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We specialize in vegan and vegetarian cuisine but also will prepare meat or seafood items per request.

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I am a full-service caterer who gives quality in food service. JC's Catering also offers a line of gourmet pot specialty pies to fit any taste.

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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