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RedFox Dinners
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeniffer R.
Verified review

We had an amazing experience with Chef Diane. We had a dinner party for 8 people. Chef Diane worked with us to design the menu including appetizers, salad, entrée and dessert. Each dish she made was absolutely delicious! She was on time, extremely professional, and we and our guests loved the food! We would highly recommend her and definitely plan on using her again!

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  • 24 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth P.
Verified review

My family and I hired Chef Serge to prepare a family dinner to celebrate some birthdays and anniversaries. He created menu options from which we chose and was so flexible with our requests. The meal was perfect - after a course of skelwers with tomato and cheese with a spicy sauce, we had a delicious salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, mozzarella, basil, etc with mustard dressing. For the entree, he served the most amazing quinoa risotto on a bed of kale with veggies (in some secret sauce that was to die for) and a perfect filet of salmon on top. The meal was probably the best thing that ever has and ever will be served in my house! Also a perk? Not having to clean up after the meal - he does it all! Worth mentioning also is how very genuine, charming, and engaging Chef Serge is. At some point, each of us wandered into the kitchen and chatted with him. He was gracious and didn't seem to mind. We will definitely hire Chef Serge again and I recommend him highly to anyone looking for a private chef experience.

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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 187 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
Kristin J.
Verified review

Enjoyed a wonderful sampling of foods from this caterer. I had never tasted such delicacies as Boolanee before; what a treat! Chef Nasrin is as pleasant as she is talented and her food is everything you hope it will be and more.

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Chef Nikki S. Mullings
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
Verified review

Chef Niki catered my promotion dinner at my firehouse. I appreciated how I was able to view and sign the contract online and pay through a cash app. However, I was surprised to pay in full prior to delivery of service but I admit to being naive about the process of catering an event. Nikki was fair in price. The amount of food was very generous. The food was delish and the guys are still talking about how tasty it was. I only gave four and not five stars due to the late arrival of food. (40mins after agreed time.) Overall, I would recommend Chef Nikki to cater future events.

Perfect Little Bites
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Jesse G.
Verified review

Chef Chris Spear is in one word, amazing. If I didn't limit myself to one word, I'd also add in: incredible, talented, entertaining, knowledgeable, friendly, intelligent, thoughtful, creative, and brilliant. My wife and I just had our third son a month prior, and it was her birthday and we were not able to go out and celebrate due to the wonderful chaos of having a new little one tethered to mom. Chris was able to bring more than just the restaurant experience to us with this incredible service he provides. We learned new cooking techniques, flavor combinations, recipes that are easy for weekly meal making with little-to-no time, and more. As advertised, Chris brought everything: the ingredients, the dishes, the serving ware, the napkins and place settings; EVERYTHING. And then he took it all home with him. Chris spent almost a solid 5 hours with us and never made us feel rushed or hurried throughout the whole experience. He explained all his dishes, discussed the ingredients with us, gave us his perspective and thoughts on the dish, all while giving us stories about his own personal life and family and how he got to where he is today. He clearly loves what he does and it shows through on the food. My wife and I cannot wait to remake the dishes, and have already started looking at new cookware that Chris recommended. Chris even gave us links and recommendations for recipes that were not part of the meal experience we had signed up for. Chris clearly cares about the food and experience first, which is beyond refreshing and hopefully what helps set him above other chefs. We have told both of our entire families and friends about this experience and could not recommend Chris more. I hope people believe us and take the opportunity to have a similarly amazing experience with Chris. Ours was truly a great experience, and for that, the least we can do is say THANK YOU to Chef Chris!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 10 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.

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Indian Cooking Classes
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Javonni F.
Verified review

Manjiri was amazing! I wanted to do something new and fun for my guy friend and it was his birthday. I reached out to a few different vegan chiefs and they were either only doing classes on the weekends or the classes were full. I insisted that we do this ON HIS BIRTHDAY, which was on a Wednesday. Manjiri didn’t tell me no. She was all for it! Though i live 55mins away it was very much worth it. I loved the fact that it was one on one with her. No other couples, no distractions! She had everything set up. All we had to bring was ourselves and containers. She explained everything before we started to prepare after that It was all hands on. She even had the recipes typed up for us! It was fun and new! The food was DELICIOUS!!!! Manjiri is very professional but she laughed with us and made us feel comfortable. He loved his surprise private cooking lesson. Thank you so much Manjiri. We appreciate everything

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!

Chef Rakita
4.1
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmin W.
Verified review

Chef Rakita has provided personal chef services for me on several occasions. She is professional. personable, and creates dishes that you want forget. The service is excellent and I'm excited to now be using her for my wedding planning. I have no doubt that things will go off without a hitch! :)

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

Ok, I am now 3 days past the event that I hired Barbara for so the excitement has worn off and I can give an honest review. It was my wifes 50th birthday and she has always said that if she won the lottery the only change she would make is that she would hire a personal chef. Barbara came on monday and she was awesome, really. We had a great time and she and the event were exactly what she said it would be. I could not be more pleased! We will be moving forward with a longer relationship now that i see more possibilities with her. My family loved her and she is a treat to work with. Barbara made us feel that whatever we could envision she could help us with and i have total confidence in her. She will be cooking for us and advising us on a regular basis. David Prestipino

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

How do you plan a reception for 500-600 people where approximately 200 of them are famished teenagers or preteens? The answer: you contact Esther Marandure, Executive Chef, of the Epicurean Nutrition Catering Company. Ester, thank you, thank you, thank you all for the wonderful work you did to make the reception after the Northern Virginia Youth Winds December Concert a smashing success. I cannot tell you how many people have said this was one of the best receptions they had been to. The food was excellent and beautifully presented as I knew it would be after attending the tasting. Many people remarked how wonderful it was. The staff was also so delightful to work with, all very friendly and attentive. Please make certain that they all know how much they were appreciated. Your young man and the young lady are truly gracious hosts, professionally attired, helpful, and courteous; their manner speaks well of their home and family. NVYW will use your services again and without reservation, recommends your services. We have already done so. The very best of luck with your endeavors. John Flahive Founder NVYW EPICUREAN NUTRITION CATERING COMPANY 14571 Collingham Place GAINESVILLE, Virginia 20155 Contact Information 703-395-9338 www.epicureanutritioncatering.com

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  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria K.
Verified review

Sandra is the best chef I have ever experienced. Everything about the event FAR exceeded my expectations. She added special touches such as a printed menu, ice cubes with edible flowers inside, had her staff take pictures. I will never consider another caterer ever again. Pure perfection!

Appetites by R.J.
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany M.
Verified review

It is my pleasure to offer this recommendation to Chef Ronald Cager Jr. I had the fortune to employ him for a romantic “Just Because” dinner for my husband and I. He and his business associate worked with me to understand my preferences. My expectations were achieved in taste and presentation. Chef Cager’s client centered approach was greatly appreciated. It is my sincerest hope to palate his future creations and cuisines. Until that time presents itself, I wish him much success.

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MOD Cuisine
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Saniya A.
Verified review

I am so happy to write this review for the excellent service provided by Mary. Mary is not only a great professional chef; but she is also enthusiastic about her cooking and takes the time to understand her clients needs. I must add that she is a wonderful person to interact with. Food plays an integral part of my family's day; and I have no hesitations knowing Mary has prepared our meal! I know when I open the package containing the food prepared by her, I'll be in for a delicious treat!! I wish Mary all the best and will continue to work with her for nutritious and delicious meals.

Have Some Charisma
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Hermeta R.
Verified review

Though I would love to be selfish and keep Karizma to myself, her work as a Chef and teacher is too good to stay hidden. My 13 yr old granddaughter has a strong desire to be a chef. I wanted to help her with her goal. I found Karizma on Thumbtack. Karizma is not only a top notch instructor that shares her love of cooking she does it passionately. And all of that comes out in the dishes they prepared. The food tasted AWESOME! Very flavorful and better than any 5 star restaurant. I am so impressed with everything about this experience. All the food was from scratch and I loved the individual attention, the hands-on experience, her patience, and the passion she has for cooking. She also makes cooking fun and make you feel like your best friend sharing her secret tips to making the best dishes. All of this and I can't say it enough.....the food is REMARKABLE! Karizma knows her stuff, is an EXCEPTIONAL cook, and instructor and I would give her 10 stars! The whole experience is so great that I will be extending the sessions for my grand-daughter. I most highly recommend Karizma for chef, catering, and instructor services!

Chef Scott Sunshine
4.7
from 22 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Hideya B.
Verified review

Scott is fantastic and continually goes above and beyond. We planned our 25 person wedding weekend entirely from out of town, and couldn't have done it without Scott. From our first emails and Skype conversations, Scott made us feel heard and cared for -- something we definitely did not feel from the other four chefs we met with. He provided clear menu options and helped tailor the perfect selections, including accommodating our halal and vegetarian guests. Months later, our guests are still raving about the meal Scott prepared and entire experience he delivered. Beyond catering the evening, Scott and his team helped us evaluate the venue, find and acquire the linens & place settings, pick out & deliver flowers, and purchase food for the rest of the weekend. We highly recommend Scott as both a chef and as a trusted advisor with a big heart.

Culinary Ace
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Adiatu M.
Verified review

Ace culinary was on time and was very helpful to my guests. I would hire Ace again with no doubts.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Mindy P.
Verified review

Jackie's in-home private cooking lesson was terrific - she is a talented chef and she truly enjoyed showing us how to make the meal ourselves. The food was delicious, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you, Jackie!

Sweet Bazil, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
Verified review

I was in contact with Chef Karida for months in preparation for my wedding--a buffet style brunch. She specially tailored a delicious menu. It was always easy to contact her or her assistant. On the day of the event itself, Sweet Bazil provided top-notch service. The wait staff was fantastic, attentive, and personable. Everyone at the wedding is still talking about how utterly delicious the food was and how beautiful the set ups were.

KB&Co. Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Sarah P.
Verified review

We Hired KB&Co for our wedding the food was delicious the service was amazing everything went so smoothly I would definitely hire them again for a big event or a personal chef!

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.