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Indianapolis Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Indianapolis.

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Artisan Foodworks
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 108 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
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan T.
Verified review

Our event was a sit-down dinner party for 20 guests. Chef Julie was amazing from our very first phone call. She assisted with picking out the menu, taking our very rough ideas and creating an awesome experience. Chef created an "experience" far beyond just the taste of the food. She is able to provide as much or as little as you want in terms of china, dinnerware, linens...and she didn't leave until all dishes were clean. Usually, we spend all of the next day cleaning and she took care of everything that night! With her decades of experience, her menu options are unlimited. We gave a very high level (and uniformed) theme. Then, she talked us through options covering everything piece of the meal. She improved on every idea we had. For example, our guests always enjoy having shrimp cocktail with spicy horseradish. She took that concept and created 3 different shrimp appetizers, one classic and two others marinated to match the theme of the main dishes. These tiny details were amazing. Thanks so much for making this a great night!!

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

Hogg Wild BBQ Co.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Sarah B.
Verified review

The owner/chef is very professional and friendly. Food is excellent. Definitely call for parties and event catering.

S & C catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
D.Lynn W.
Verified review

The food was delicious, they have so many different options to choose from. The catering staff was great and worked with me to make my event successful.

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!

    • 24 years in business
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    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

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    Each event is tailored to your needs. We provide different packages, which covers the needs of everyone.

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    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.

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    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.

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    We cater, and we cook soul food, grilled BBQ, and bake cakes and peach cobbler/ We like some special order if we can.

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    No event is too small or too large for Hornaday's Catering. Corporate Events. Weddings. Special Occasions. Private Chef. Cooking Classes. Drop Off Services. We do it all! Let us cater your next event!

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    We are Indianapolis' premier catering and event facilities company! We have 30 years of providing the best food and the best service to our city!

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    We bring the catering to you. Anything from 10 to a 1,000 guests, let us work with you. You can choose from over 50 restaurant choices.

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    We pride ourselves in great BBQ and exceptional service. We can feed 10-10,000 people and have a self-sufficient truck if needed for full service events. Let us help make your business meeting, party or wedding famous!

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    I provide the following services: * Cooking Demonstrations * Catering Events * Meals for Families I specialize in Cajun Créole food, Italian cuisine, American food, and I'm great with soups and sauces.

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    After 15 successful years of assisting with catered events and hog roasts, the lovely woman I worked beside lost her battle with cancer. I began work in the home health aide field, while I loved my clients, my true love is catering. My love for cooking delicious food, paired with a love for people and the excitment of being a part of someone's special day, makes the art of catering my calling. I offer a vast menu, with different styles, as a happy customer is my priority. You will be given the option of how involved in the meal planning you are, from planning every detail, or giving general idea and allowing us to create the menu. Either way, there are sampling options, and satisfaction guaranteed. Very competetive rates, We look forward to being a part of your next event!

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    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!

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    We offer professional cooking and catering or food event instructional service. Call to have a personal consultation of desired menu possibilities for any home event or professional setting. Lessons on food preparation and technique, emphasized with total catering packages are provided. We offer any cuisine in any setting.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    The true and traditional French cuisine from the four corners of France The French cusine of yesteryear & True Belgian cusine. The best of the best of French & Belgian cusine.

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

    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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