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  • 4 years in business
  • 324 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly A.
Verified review

We hired Chef Rich and his team to cater my husband's 40th birthday party. His team serviced 60 of my guests. The full catering service included delivery/pickup of rental equipment, setup , clean up, servers, & a bartendar. They're service made the day/night enjoyable as they took care of everything including picking up the ice, mixers, etc. All i had to do was ask. The food they prepared was delicious, we had a combination of meat appetizers and vegetarian appetizers. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the food. The only thing i would have changed was to have the servers pass out the food more consistently to my guests rather than having it placed on a table in the corner as it quickly got cold and perhaps didn't taste as good as it would have hot/warm. Other than that my experience with Chef's Most Wanted Catering & Chef Services was outstanding. I would definitely use their services again for both big and small events. Thank you for making the night a success!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 104 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen L.
Verified review

The food presentation and timely service was right on perfect. But your food was fantastically tasty. I am very glad that we have found your catering service as we will use it again. BTW several asked about the food's source so we gave out your company name and number. I am all about reuse and would like to know if you would like to pick up the giant black platter when you are in the area? It is too big for me to reuse/ store.

SugarEllas
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine B.
Verified review

Honestly, words won't do this company justice. When I say that my wedding was literally perfect, I mean literally perfect. Kim and her crew were invested in making everything easy for me and doing everything to make me happy from the very start. A little bit of advice to anyone shopping for a wedding caterer: you HAVE to find someone that you love to talk to and work with... And this is that company. I had the most elaborate and beautiful decorations for my food stations and tables-- all thanks to Sugarellas. We had four food stations themed from Italy, France, Southwest, and the American South. Every guest received a "passport" for their trip around the world. Each station had a main entree, specialized side dishes, and the most deliciously paired desserts. The food was incredible-- from the appetizers to the specially made cakes. The decorations made the room everything I could've dreamt of. Most of all, working with Sugarellas (and especially Kim) has been one of the most fun experiences ever. She took the stress right off of me and made everything a fairy tale (she even made me high heeled shoes molded from chocolate so I could feel like a princess AND eat chocolate, too!) I would highly recommend sugarellas for catering any and all events. I will never, ever need to look for another caterer again. With Sugarellas, your options are endless!

  • 29 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Lidia D.
Verified review

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.

Dane's Dishes
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Nick B.
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Dana and her team were exceptional with their catering for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. They were like family to us all and the food was excellent! I highly recommend them and plan to ask for her help again in the future! Thank you Dana!! Sincerely, Nick Basiaga

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Kiahnna K.
Verified review

Beyond amazing and very personal. TLC catered my bday party. Everyone loved the food!

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Gracious
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andres F.
Verified review

Clarissa was great! Very accommodating. Truly cared about the end result and what we wanted for our wedding. I would highly recommend Gracious!

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Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea J.
Verified review

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.

Feast & Imbibe
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra N.
Verified review

Feast & Imbibe did an incredible job catering my wedding. Everyone was talking about how amazing the food was, and it honestly was the best wedding food, or food for that matter, that I’ve ever had. Heather and her team were so helpful and really walked us through the whole process. I mean, I’ve never planned a wedding before, or even a party for 200 people. Everyone at F&I was personable and attentive. They really made our day seamless and easy. I thought I’d be so stressed, but Heather & Christina, made sure I worried about nothing. They thought of everything!

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Evette P.
Verified review

Thanks, Bailey's Catering, for making my conversation party a huge hit. The food was AMAZING!

The Remade Kitchen, LLC
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kelley M.
Verified review

We had such a wonderful experience with The Remade Kitchen!! Heidi was so responsive and was able to cater to our specific party needs. The food was amazing!! We would definitely recommend them and hope to use them again in the future!

Puffs of Doom
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay A.
Verified review

Puffs of Doom is amazing! Not only did they save us by catering our last minute event, but they were flexible with menu options and came up with an awesome menu that everyone ABSOLUTELY RAVED ABOUT!!! Rebecca and Luke were super responsive and great to work with! West Elm Chicago officially counts ourselves as part of the doom crew and will use them again and again for our events!!! Thanks for the awesome food and A+ service guys!!

Ari's Amazing Creations
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Anre K.
Verified review

I would like to thank you for catering my birthday party. Your menu is impressive and I was happy to see you were able to cook meal choices not on your menu. Your prices was very reasonable for the amount of people you prepared food for. Everyone that attended said your food was great and I will agree.You and your staff were very professional and showed true meaning to serves with a smile. I was impressed, I have your card, I will be in touch.

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chiquita F.
Verified review

The service was great. Professionalism all the way. Very nice people. Service is given on time. Excellent catering. I give them a thumbs up all the way!!!

Dreamyvents Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy M.
Verified review

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.

Madisyn C.
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Aaron was very hardworking and precise about his presentation and the quality of his meals. He put a lot of heart into making sure that all of his customers were more than satisfied, which we were! Everything was fantastic and he did it all with a warm smile.. I would definitely recommend his business to anyone!

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
Margot H.
Verified review

Alvin did an incredible job creating the most wonderful dinner party for me and my girlfriends! The food was delicious, the presentation was phenomenal and the service was exceptional! I highly recommend him for his innovative fusion style cooking and ability to craft a magical experience!

The Elegant Side Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
    D'Juana J.
    Verified review

    My siblings and I contracted with 'The Elegant Side Catering' for our parents' surprise 50th wedding anniversary brunch on December 18, 2010. Ms. Sylvia Bledsoe and her staff were very professional; she personally assisted us with the menu selection and supervised the food preparation and its presentation superbly. Our guest were well served and very pleased with meal; our parents still talk about how wonderful the entire occasion was and the joy they felt. I would highly recommend this catering business for all events, from the small and intimate to a large corporate events.

    Dinners by Design

    New To Thumbtack

    • 8 years in business
    About

    I make alot of family recipes. I make my own sausage. I am also very creative when coming up with new ways of updating a classic. i.e. polish sausage and saurkraut into a burger. We can come up with whatever you like. I also will design a cocktail around the theme of your party. The satisfaction of the client enjoying my food and service.

    Jerk World

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      We are the best jerk restaurant in Indiana. We offer drop-off catering. We offer Jamaican cuisine, American and barbecue.

      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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