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Indianapolis Chefs

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Artisan Foodworks
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lila P.
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Chef Alexa is one of the most creative chefs I have experienced. The dishes she prepares are absolutely delicious and can be a fusion of several styles of cooking. The presentation is beautiful and artistically pleasing. I only wish I had more occasions to call upon Artisan Foodworks for their catering.

The Salty Fork
4.7
from 45 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey W.
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The private lessons I received from chef Lindsey from The Salty Fork were exactly what I was hoping for. 5 stars, hire them immediately!

A Chef In Thyme
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Garret M.
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Chef Julie was exceptional to work with. She did a small anniversary dinner for our family that she prepared in our home. The menu was excellent, the food was outstanding and it was a ton of fun for the whole family chatting with her throughout the evening. I couldn't recommend her more highly.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gabi B.
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It was great having Kevin as our chef! Not only does he a very welcoming personality, his food was sooo good! You can tell that he really has a passion about his food and making sure it’s presented well. All my friends were very happy!

Erin's Edibles
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin H.
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Erin is an excellent Chef. The food was 5 star. Her passion is reflected in her meals. Very professional, responsive and service oriented. She prepared a delicious Italian dinner for my wife 50th birthday. Would definitely use her services again.

  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Candi D.
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Absolutely amazing baking skills. I love her cupcakes and she is a great person. If you want the best, she is the person.

Roamin' Hogs LLC.
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mathew W.
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Very polite and professional. Couldn't have asked for a better experience, especially for such a good price.

Your Secret Chefs, Inc.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 19 years in business
Stephanie S.
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Your Secret Chefs ensured that every aspect of its service was perfect. From the first communication to the minute Your Secret Chefs left our facility, it ran smoothly. Jeff and Amy were very friendly, knowledgeable of their profession and well-organized. Our guests were very satisfied and the food was marvelous. Smith House LLC

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I am a chef who loves to cook for others. If I see a smile on a client's face when everything is done, then I have done my job.

  • 4 years in business
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We have an extensive background in all aspects of hospitality, from plated meals to buffets, from 5 people to 5000. We have the knowledge and the experience to exceed our client's expectation.

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I cook and cater, and I'm dependable and on time. I work in a very clean area. I am a people person. I love to cook, and I take pride in what I do. I do it right or I don't do it at all.

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I provide personal chef, catering, and pastry chef services . I specialize in wedding cakes and 3D cakes.

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I offer personal chef service. I provide customer service at the client's home and also cater to events. I am targeting clientele for a regular schedule.

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I offer professional chef services and consultation services for party and private event planning. Long-term or single events are welcome!

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Soul food is my passion, but I'm very versatile in healthy, upscale, bar food, ethnic, and other. I love my food to make you happy. My soul is in every dish.

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I come to you, making special occasions extra special. From making a simple dessert to creating a multicourse masterpiece, I can take care of all of your catered dinner needs.

  • 3 years in business
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We offer Great tasting food and we can be very Creative to our customers needs.

  • 3 years in business
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Hello Im Chef Taubah, I love food and love sharing my passion with others to bring full flavor to your event. I graduated from The Chefs Academy in 2012 with my Associates of Science in Culinary Arts. I specalize in French Classical Cusine but am skilled in American fine dining, American casual, and more. I have 5 years of experience working in the culinary feild and currently work in the heart of downtown Indy at the amazing restaurant Spoke and Steele. I have decided to step out with my dream of catering and am beginning my buisiness now. I am flexable with my prices and in most cases will adjust to your needs. I am honest and open and am very creative. I love to build flavors, and am also open to your ideas because this is your special event. So if you want to change it up or have an idea in mind I'm the woman for you. I cater to banquet or plated events and will also do vending. Along with catering special events, large or small, I have meal-planning options for your convenience and satisfaction. I am available for classes, private events and anything else you may need. So give me a call or email so we can work together to get the best results possible!

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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.

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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