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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 142 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Binta P.
Verified review

BEFORE EVENT I had a FANTASTIC experience working with Chef Kev, and I'll try my best to do justice to his services through this review (I don't think it's possible!). I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to anyone searching for an easy-going caterer who is attentive, accommodating, customer-service oriented and who takes control of the event to completely relieve them of any stress related to food/catering/kitchen. I accidentally came across Thumbtack while looking for certain supplies for my event. Once I realized that I could search for caterers, I thought I'd give it a try. Chef Kev was the first caterer to respond with a detailed menu based on my description of the event (3 or so others responded to ask me for more info without making ANY attempt to use what I had already provided in my initial description!!) . His proposal was well-thought out and it was clear that he had paid attention to my description and came up with a customized menu on such basis. It took me a day to respond to him because I was certain that it wasn't possible for the first proposal to be EXACTLY what I had in mind and even better than what I imagined. After having analysed the menu several times :-), and there was still nothing to change, I wrote Chef Kev. We had a call to discuss the proposal. Chef Kev was very accommodating as we worked through the proposal (I increased my initial count and added a couple of dishes) and discussed day-of logistics (e.g., I wanted the mac-n-cheese passed around in martini cups, wanted the food served in chafing dishes, etc.). MENU The food was fantastic!!! Everyone enjoyed it and they had seconds and thirds... A number of guests took to-go plates and I had some of the leftovers for breakfast :) Here's what was served: 1. BBQ salmon bites w/ malibu-rum ginger smashed sweet potatoes 2. Mesquite mini burger sliders 3. Oven roasted vegetables w/herb ranch aioli 4. BBQ sweet-n-spicy beef bites 5. Teriyaki turkey meatballs 6. Vegetable pasta w/ sautéed vegetables in a sundried tomato dressing 7. Scampi black tiger broiled shrimp & parmesan cheese grits 8. Caribbean jerk chicken party wings 9. Jumbo lump red pepper mac-n-cheese EVENT DAY I had initially wanted a caterer to drop-off the food, but decided to have one of Chef Kev's servers stay for the event, and that was the best decision EVER!! I had completely underestimated how much I would have had to do given that my event had many moving pieces. Chef Kev and his assistant Kim were FANTASTIC the day of the event and I couldn't have asked for a better team. When Chef Kev noticed that I had a lot of moving pieces and balls in the air (translation: slight event-day chaos), so he took control and decided to stay longer than we had discussed in order to make sure that things started off well and were running smoothly before leaving his assistant to run the rest of the event. I literally worried about nothing -- Chef Kev handled things efficiently and with a high degree of professionalism. In fact, at some point, Chef Kev sent his assistant with a plate for me...without that, I may not have ever gotten around to eating!! This is just one example of the types of light touches Chef Kev made throughout the planning and execution of the event which made my experience with him deserving of the five stars. His level of customer service was outstanding and my guests loved him, and several people asked me for his contact information.

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Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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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  • 24 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenifer G.
Verified review

Chef Serge was a delight to work with. He was very interested about what I wanted and how I wanted it and did an excellent job making my wishes into a delicious and beautifully presented reality. Thank you for super yummy party food! It was a success!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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!

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie B.
Verified review

Richard was great to work with! The food was delicious and plentiful. In addition to a lovely spread on our dining room table and passed hors d'oeuvres, he delighted guests with hot off the stove crab cake sliders while also carving the beef! Richard provided a bartender and server, both of whom were professional and extremely competent. We felt like guests at our own party - thanks Richard!

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Moira J.
Verified review

It was my Son's graduation party, she organised the food for +80 people. She and her waiters were fantastic! The food became the conversation piece of the day. ABSOLUTELY SUPERB.

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 61 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle C.
Verified review

We received lots of compliments on the food for our party. Everything was tasty and beautiful.

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Chef Nikki Mullings
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kiana H.
Verified review

I’ve known Nikki for a couple years now and her food has been fantastic. She’s actually catering my wedding and I can’t wait.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Karen R.
Verified review

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Chef Jackie. She is a delightful person, who also did a lovely job cooking, serving, and cleaning up for a small (4 people) dinner party. She arrived late, but did call to let us know, and she was ready when the guest of honor and her partner arrived. The presentation was nice, and the food was good. Her chocolate mousse was outstanding! She also did a great job of cleaning up. This is not a knock, but she doesn't stand on ceremony, so if you are looking for very formal service, this isn't it (which fit my style just fine). I definitely recommend her for catering a party, and expect she would be a wonderful teacher for a cooking class.

Pauly's Rib Shack
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Jeff B.
Verified review

Outstanding group of people they have catered for Bull Run Swim and Racquet Club for the past 4 years

The Wandering Chef
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca H.
Verified review

Our catering experience was outstanding with The Wandering Chef. They catered our girls' birthday party. The flavors are what you would expect from a fine restaurant, and the service was even better. Gorgeous and delicious cakes, even a gluten free one. And they use real ingredients! Their to-go meals are excellent as well. It's fine dining in your own home without the clean up of cooking a meal. Everything we have tried tastes so good. It's so easy to heat up. You need The Wandering Chef in your life!

Afro-Veg
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Aminata S.
Verified review

Doing business with Afro Veg was a very pleasant experience. I ordered the "Jamaica Me Happy" special for my house party and everything was delicious! Surprisingly the portions were large and we had more than enough to go around. All my guests loved the dishes even though they were not all vegan.

K&A Catering
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ron M.
Verified review

Chef Kimmy was very response to working with us even though we were putting together this party from Florida. She was on time and the food was excellent.

Six Street Eats
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barsphere A.
Verified review

Chef Daud, is a great business owner. His response time is great and provides super competitive prices. I have used this catering company at least 25 times already for this year alone (2018). I'm an event planner.

FitFood
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
Verified review

One word . . . Fantastic! Barbara was wonderful. Menu planning was fun and easy. She is a great person and we enjoyed her company as much as the dinner she cooked for our party of 10 New Year's Eve. We will definitely use her again.

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Javelin F.
Verified review

So Chique Events and Catering did a fine job. Very Professional and the food quality was awesome. I would recommend So Chique Events and Catering to others..

Perfect Little Bites
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Steve R.
Verified review

Chris did a birthday dinner party for 10 at my house..... he came early, started cooking and was ready when everyone got there. He brought everything from dishes to placemats and silverware... I just had to provide flowers and wine.... it was extremely easy, and the food was beyond delicious. We are definately planning to use him again!

  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Tamra C.
Verified review

When first meeting up with Darryl and family for a tasting it was a very pleasant experience. They were on time as well as being very professional with Darryl being in his chef attire with his delicious assortment of goodies. My future husband had never tried lamb chops before and was very reserved about trying them and evening having them as part of our menu however, Chef Darryl assured him if we did not like them we would definitely go with something else. Well to make a long story short, we are having lamb chops at our wedding. You guys are great at what you do so keep up the good work. One important thing I feel that a perfect wedding deserves is good food. I've seen some many times where these corporate caterers are giving you all this elaborate looking food that has no taste. Well not at my wedding. Thanks to Darryl and family we will not only have a wonderful wedding people will also talk about the food as well. Looking forward to a great wedding and working we you guys Thanks Tamra

PHG Catering
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Brendan T.
Verified review

PHG and Candi were lovely to work with for our holiday party. They were professional and quick to reply. PHG was patient dealing with our organizations' many contract rules and procedures, we greatly appreciate it. Food was delicious, chicken skewers were very popular. Thank you again Candi!

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy W.
Verified review

Dianna and her team made the whole process seamless from determining the best catering package to meet our needs to delivery and staging. In addition, their catering offerings were piping hot, delicious and truly enjoyed by all of our departmental meeting attendees. Would definitely recommend their services!

Haute Eatz
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
John K.
Verified review

We hired Haute Eatz to cater my Mom's 50th birthday party (40 or so people). Candice and her team did a fantastic job. Leading up to the event, Candice always responded punctually to my messages and was flexible with the menu. The food was fantastic and my family and I did not have to do a thing. If you are looking for great food and a great team, I would certainly recommend Haute Eatz.

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.