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Erlanger Caterers

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  • 6 years in business
  • 177 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren O.
Verified review

We used Flavor catering for my son’s birthday party for about 50 people and they did an excellent job! Everyone loved the food and Dominic was wonderful! He was quick to respond and answer questions when I emailed him (which was a lot) and very accommodating for menu needs! I would absolutely hire them again.

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 119 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
Verified review

Greg himself was over 2 hours late arriving to set up. He was supposed to arrive at 2:30 an food was to be served by 5-5:30. He arrived at 4:30 only to leave 15 min later because he received a call from his driver with the food saying he was lost and was having a panic attack. Greg and his sister left his niece, which was her 1st day on the job, (as she told me) at the reception to get drinks going, which she didn't do, that had to be done by my son-in-laws aunt's and grandmother and myself. My daughter's wedding was ruined. I am not being dramatic it was absolutely ruined. I didn't get to enjoy the reception nor did my son-in-laws mother because we were to busy getting coffee refilled and drinks and dealing with the driver who had come in thru the front door and told a guest how he needed to lay down because he was having a panic attack. So, while Greg dished out the food (which I was told some of the chicken was undercooked) uncles. aunts, and church elders were continuously checking on Greg's employee, which is ridiculous because they were there for a reception of their niece and nephew. Also, because of his lateness, about 150 ppl left because the wedding was at 4:30 and ppl were starving by 7:00 and no food had arrived. so needless to say her mother-in-law who paid for 300 ppl, only about 150 ppl actually ate. Greg arrived about 7:20 and food was served about 7:40. (ppl complained of the chicken being undercooked). I then found out, once the reception was over and cleaning up that Greg threw away about 4 trays of chicken, at least 4 trays of lasagna,(I saw this in 2 garbage bags that were half full of this food, and was told by a groomsman who was taking the trash out that he had taken 2 other bags just like that, he also took back the breadsticks he didn't use and took with him the green beans and salad that were left over. This truly disgusts me. This food was paid for and he just threw it away. he did leave 3 trays of chicken and 2 trays of lasagna, but threw away so much more without asking?? That food was paid for. I didn't pay for the food this was done by my daughter's mother-in-law. From what I understand Greg's response was to give her a $100 back and then credit towards her next event!!! Why he would think she would ever use him again is beyond me. His response was that in his contract, he's not responsible for what his driver does (he failed to respond to the fact that HE was 2 hrs late) also, that HE threw away all that food. He also said he'd already given us a big discount. That discount was because we had 300 guests (he had 3 ppl as his staff, which consisted of him, his sister and his niece who looked to be about 18 and it was her first time) and that was his excuse for not refunding her money back. The discount does not excuse the fact that HE was late, his driver was late, he threw away food, he didn't provide drink service (we did, aunts and grandma's and myself and her mother-in-law). When her mother-in-law said that was unacceptable I hear he threatened her with his lawyer. She wasn't even looking for a full refund which i believe she deserves, the very least she should be refunded for the 150 ppl that walked out.(she said she would have been ok with $500 back just for the gesture of admitting he completely screwed up our kids wedding reception) I don't now where this stands but I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS CATERER. I read his reviews and I met him in person. I trusted that he was going to help make my daughter's day special and something to remember. He definitely didn't make it special but it will be remembered. I understand things happen the driver getting lost, but none of this would've happened if Greg hadn't been late himself and there's no excuse for throwing away that food.

Prestige Catering
4.6
from 94 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Xenia S.
Verified review

Prestige Catering (Rick) was such a great choice for my moms 90th Birthday Celebration. He was very professional and invited us to do a tasting before selecting our food choices. The food was delicious and seasoned well. Everyone enjoyed. I also had a fruit tree that was very nice. Thank you for helping make the Party a success! We will definitely use Prestige Catering again.

A Catered Affair
4.7
from 88 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle R.
Verified review

The food was excellent, we had many compliments about how good everything tasted. The staff was friendly, efficient, and helpful. We highly recommend this catering service!

The Garden Gourmet LLC
4.7
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Lolly H.
Verified review

I needed a quality caterer in a hurry from afar. I read the reviews for Chef Jessica, and sent her some ideas for the 2 days we would need her. She is so easy to work with. The group wrote back telling me "the Catering was a hit! The quality of the food is great and we will definitely redo if we ever need it again!" Day 2 they came back with " She out did herself! Thank you for the awesome food, set up and take down was seamless. The display was beautiful!" I can say that my company is very loyal to a caterer once they find one they like. They are very particular about the quality, and Jessica hit it out of the park! We will continue to use her for future needs!.. Thank you Jessica!

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The Happy Chefs LLC
4.7
from 36 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Charlotte H.
Verified review

The Happy Chef was very professional. We had some special dietary needs and he worked with me and went above and beyond. They were prompt on delivery and the food was great! I will definitely use them again. Thank you.

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Big Reds Bbq
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andy L.
Verified review

LOVED the food today that was catered by Big Red’s. Everything was spot on. They arrived on time, served on time and everyone really loved the food. Very satisfied and will definitely use them again in the future. Appreciate a job well done!!!

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Spinning Platters LLC
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan S.
Verified review

Marco, even though I keep saying it over and over, thank you for the most amazing, creative, and DELICIOUS spread for my aunts 50th birthday!! We all absolutely loved what you brought to the table (😂) for our event. You really have raised the bar in catering here in Cincinnati and you’ll always be at the top of my list for recommendations. I am already looking forward to working with you again!

Mike's Smokehouse BBQ
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy S.
Verified review

Mikes Somkehouse BBQ catered our wedding gathering (post wedding) and it was more than amazing costumer service. They arrived on time, with everything we requested for, and the catering was exactly what we ask for. The BBQ was awesome, along with the sides. Plenty of food for everyone. For our next large gathering I would definitely consider this service.

Horchata LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laurie S.
Verified review

Excellent catering option! All our guests enjoyed the food immensely and it was so great to be able to provide them with fresh, homemade delicious treats! Also Lety was great to work with and delivery made everything super easy - highly recommend! :)

Smoker EZ BBQ LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Bob W.
Verified review

I hired Smoker EZ to cater a dinner for a company event. The food was outstanding and so was the service. They had to cover 4 shifts of dinners. All our employees said it was the best dinner we have ever had!!! Since then I have had Smoker EZ do 2 wedding receptions for me and recommended them to several others for catering. You cant go wrong with Smoker EZ!!! We will defiantly use Smoker EZ again!!

The Screaming Goat
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Leah D.
Verified review

We used Brandon for our wedding caterer. We had a gourmet brunch style buffet all created by him to perfection. Guests loved the food so much that they were asking for recipes! Brandon went above and beyond. He stayed the entire day and helped serve. He even stayed and helped clean up! We are so happy that we found him and would recommend him to anyone! He is the best.

BIGFOOT,LLC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Telma A.
Verified review

A big thanks from the team to Bigfoot Catering!!! We were celebrating an awesome tournament and we loved the delicious food and OUTSTANDING service. And thank you again for acommodating last minute requests!!!

About

I am a professional chef of 18 years. I specialize in catering and meal planning. Whether you need, box lunches or a 5-star award winning dining, chef Adam is willing to accommodate a taste of essential magic needed in your life. He has a true passion to make a memorable event for you -- a true desire to help your event run smoothly. Do you have a busy schedule? Please ask about our package meal delivery services.

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I am a Cincinnati based catering company. I can fulfill any catering needs, from small private parties to large corporate events. My passion for food and service is shown in my work.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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We are well known for our fried chicken. We can accommodate small groups or large groups as well, including weddings, company outings, or any special event. We also do ham, turkey and roast beef for catering events. Give us a call, and let us cater to your needs for your special event.

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Service and attention to detail - Catering to you ! Passion to serve - we take pride in all we do for our clients - this is a family owned and operated business and we take it personal.

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Chef Chops Catering delivers the finest quality of food, presentation and care for you and your catering needs. We do custom menu choices that fit your specific catering needs. Regardless if you have a party of 15, 30 or even 100, we can meet and exceed your expectations. All meals are made in-house. We do private and corporate feasts.

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We are a small business trying to grow in our field of barbecue. We cater ribs, chicken brisket and pulled pork. If interested, give us a call. You've never tasted anything like Nubian Barbecue. Thank you.

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We are a home-based operation specializing in unique hand-crafted tapas-style desserts and treats. We are currently seeking independent business owners to retail our product, as well as individuals interested in a catered or personal experience of our quality products.

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I have many years of experience in the food service business, and my greatest joy is providing high-quality one-of-a-kind service. I'm a chef who loves nothing more than to make your event a memorable one. I love the challenges of high standards that it takes to give great service to my clients.

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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