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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 182 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Bebe H.
Verified review

My job decided to put me in charge of catering our fall employee appreciation event. I wasn’t even sure where to start since I was not familiar with any caterers in the Montgomery County area. So I decided to go to the trusty internet to start my search. I came across thumbtack which is a great site by the way. You basically enter what you are looking for and like magic you start to receive quotes from different caterers in your area. Chef Kevin Reed was very prompt with his response and also included a sample menu with his quote which I thought was excellent. We conversed over email for a while and I was convinced this was the man for the job. I also was adamant about supporting a local small black business. The day of the event, He arrived on time along with his help. I told him what our theme would be and he nailed the set up perfectly. A beautiful fall theme was laid out in our employee lounge right before my eyes. The Chef and his staff were very personable and pleasant to work with. The food was hot, very good and healthy. My coworkers were very impressed with the food and service. I would definitely recommend his services. Hopefully we will be working together again soon on our company Holiday event. We have over 180 employees here and he was able to provide plenty of food and we had lots of leftovers. Kevin is top notch. Highly recommended.

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Tim S.
Verified review

Serge catered an event for a friend's family and was prompt, organized, and the food turned out great!

Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Preyas K.
Verified review

We hired Healthy Catering for a party at our home for 80 guests. Nasrin proposed a menu that included appetizers, entrees and desserts. Everything went well on the day of the event. Nasrin went the extra mile by making extra veg dishes that we didn't order. Our guests loved her vegetarian and non-veg dishes. Her food is wholesome and better than most restaurants that we've visited. I would definitely hire Nasrin again.

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Floyds DJ Services, LLC
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Deneen M.
Verified review

I cannot say enough about how wonderful Floyd's DJ services was! They were professional, paid attention to detail, kept the party live and got involved with the crowd. My husband threw me a 40th birthday party and they really added to the specialness of my celebration. Everyone commented on how wonderful the music was and they accommodated guests requests as well as my special requests. To top it all off, I had an all green affair and they had beautiful green up lights for me and the DJs wore green too. I thought that was so nice and thoughtful to dress the part. At the end of the night both DJs engaged in nice conversation with my husband and I as they were breaking down their equipment. I was well pleased with their service and am going to recommend them for another event later in the year. If you need a DJ, go with Floyd's DJ service. I promise you will not be disappointed!

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Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ellen O.
Verified review

I enjoyed working with Dianna Gilbert of Catering Reserved because on my initial inquiry for caterers on thumbtack, she responded immediately. She listened to my requests and provided the menu I wanted. Ms Gilbert responded right away to any questions or concerns I had because this was all being planned from out of state. On the night of the dinner, the food arrived on time and was set up as she promised and I received many many compliments on the menu from my guests.

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Kate C.
Verified review

The food tasted like it was made with very fresh ingredients so it was really great. Communication was very good. Food was delivered on time. I highly reccommend Epicurean Nutrituon Catering for any event, big or small. You get amazing value for your money.

Mercedes Jo Events
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie Y.
Verified review

I was very impressed with the initial contact I had with Mercedes Joe Events. Mercedes was very professional, offered great advice and assistance. I immediately knew that I was in good hands. The food was delicious and the catering servive was excellent. Mercedes Joe Events is an A+ caterer who delivers! Debbie Young

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AC Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ciara W.
Verified review

We did not use this caterer for our event; however, George was very professsional and offered a variety of options.

Chef Nikki Mullings
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tracey A.
Verified review

Chef Nikki is the BOMB.COM!! She and her husband Paul are excellent in the kitchen and on the grill... She can cook for me and my husband every day if she wants too, we will never turn her down...😂😂😘😘 Every meal is excellent and tasteful down to the deserts... Nikki is very clean and sanitary, you don't have to worry... She takes her business and license very serious... I definitely recommend her for your next meal, your next desert or your next catering event.

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Natasha A.
Verified review

The customer service and food were both top notch! Maribel and her staff were fantastic to work with throughout the planning process and the day of the event. She worked with me to ensure my needs were met, my questions were answered, and my concerns were eliminated! I would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a caterer for any event.

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PHG Catering
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We had a wonderful experience from the friendly, professional service to the delicious food. I would recommend them to cater any event and definitely plan to use them in the future!

Chef Giovanni Merle
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Lou-Ann B.
Verified review

The first thing you should know is that attention to detail is Giovanni's specialty. Everything from the inviting music, to the immaculate place settings, to the incredible food, were set up to create the perfect atmosphere for conversation before, during and after dinner. And as organized as everything is, we still felt at home and relaxed at our EatWithMe event. Oh, and dinner?? Spectacular! The courses were beautifully plated, with flavors that are unique but still approachable and able to please both the developed and newbie foodie. You can tell Chef Gio loves his craft not only through conversation; his food will tell you as well! Would absolutely recommend Chef Gio's services!

  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
Verified review

I cannot recommend Sandra highly enough. She was such a pleasure to work with all through the process of planning a brunch to celebrate our children's baptism. She talked through the menu and the schedule with us well in advance and kept in touch as she pulled all the pieces together. Her food was beautiful and absolutely delicious. And, she was attentive to every detail. She brought tablecloths and accents to match the colors of our kids' outfits and arranged beautiful flower arrangements to help decorate the house. She was cheerful and clearly invested in making sure we had a beautiful event. We have found our event caterer and look forward to working with Sandra again in the future!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Oscar R.
Verified review

Saved us at last second for big event on the same day!

  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Gaylen D.
Verified review

I was so impressed by Bennie and his food truck! Not only was the food amazing, Bennie was awesome to work with from start to finish. I'm a professional event planner and I have very high expectations and he exceeded all of them! I highly recommend Tacos del Rey!

Chef Scott Sunshine
4.7
from 22 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Elise S.
Verified review

Scott's food is creative, accessible, full of surprises and well prepared. His portions are generous. Scott listens to requests and offers good suggestions for food and for event planning.

TJs Cuisine
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Lassine C.
Verified review

I had the opportunity to use TJ's catering services for my Farewell reception. I only gave them a general idea of what I want, and their took care of the rest. I was very impressed with the quality of their work, professionalism and punctuality. The foods were delicious, well presented and clean. My guests really appreciated the service. As a happy customer, I requested TJ's catering services again for my first daughter's graduation party next month...looking forward for another magnificent reception. I recommend you TJ's catering services. Their prices are also reasonable. LC!

Chesapeake Food Works
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Patricia F.
Verified review

Chesapeake Food Works has provided catering services to me through my position as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster of an independent Baltimore boys' K-12 school, since Jan 2007, at least. I initially worked with the owner, Amy LeVie, until roughly Oct 2011, through Coburn's Restaurant, where she was the catering manager. I began working directly with Chesapeake Food Works around Nov 2011 when Amy purchased the catering business and have maintained a consistent working relationship since that time. I do a tremendous amount of events planning and CFW has provided me with everything from a simple wraps/salads/desserts/drinks luncheon for three people up to a full buffet event for 300 people and everything in between. CFW has provided breakfasts, lunches, dinners, morning or afternoon snacks, and refreshments, of an ever changing variety over the course of the years. At times, they may be on campus several times during any given week. They are professional and provide a consistently high quality product. I never have to worry that they will not show up or they will forget things for an event. When I request a quote for an event, I generally receive a response within an hour or two and rarely wait even 24 hours. I have recommended them to just about every other department within my organization and many now use CFW on a consistent basis. In addition, I have also recommended CFW to friends and family members. If you are looking for a caterer who is reasonable, conscientious, dependable, and consistently provides great service and really good food, I would highly recommend that you use Chesapeake Food Works.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Lidia A.
Verified review

Love the food!! The preparation was awesome and the best part was the taste matched it. I am so pleased we chose you to do this event and will recommend you to friends and business associates. Thank you for making this event special.

  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ed T.
Verified review

From the very first time I've placed an order for myself and my family, the food has always beem fantastic. The portion sizes are great and you get way more bang for your buck. I'll continue to come back to Sweet Creations and Catering for more food!

Afro-Veg
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Vita S.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of attending a baby shower where this company catered the event, and from start to finish everything was so delicious. I have personally never had vegan food, and didn't know that there was so many options to choose from. I enjoyed the professionalism and the fact that the owner was present to answer any questions, and to explain what went into all the dishes on display. I just had to get her information so that she could come to one of my event and bless my company with some delicious healthy options.

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.