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Independence Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Independence.

  • 6 years in business
  • 176 hires on Thumbtack
Julia N.
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Kitchen on Wheels Catering catered my wedding this October of 100 people. They came early and served appetizers, provided a bartender, and served the main course. Dominick met with me beforehand and was enthusiastic to work with my preferences for local, organic food. He worked with me to design a seasonal, organic menu at an incredibly reasonable rate. The food was phenomenal, and the guests raved about it all night. The service was exceptional as well. I would recommend Kitchen on Wheels to anyone, and would call them in a heartbeat for any catering needs I have in the future! Thanks so much, Dominick, for your great, thoughtful work.

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 119 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Judy S.
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We received so many compliments on our food choice and the preparation of it. Greg did an outstanding job and we would totally use him again for any catering services in our future. Thank you so much !!!!!

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

We used Prestige for a company party and they will most definitely going to be catering any and all events I have in the future! The food was amazing and the staff was incredibly friendly! I don't think I could be more impressed by the follow up and follow through! Everything about Prestige is more than the 5 stars I have been allotted! Thank you so much Prestige, you truly made my event unforgettable!

A Catered Affair
4.7
from 87 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Chuck was amazing! He was extremely responsive and conscientious of my budget and limited time frame. He worked with me to create a menu that fit exactly what we needed for my company's event. Chuck always responded quickly and professionally to my calls and emails. A Catered Affair also provided a server and bartender for our event, who were both great! I would definitely work with Chuck and A Catered Affair again for a future catering need! 5/5 starts!!

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

I hired Jessica to cater an Open House for our Home Care Agency. From the moment I met Jessica I liked her! She is warm and friendly with a "can do" attitude. She presented me with a gourmet lunch menu all made with fresh foods and herbs. Her presentation of the food and arrangements was beautiful. She used fresh flowers and herbs from her own garden. We had @ 50 guests and had plenty of food. The guests couldn't stop talking about how good all the food was! I would use Jessica again and I would definitely recommend her for any catering job. She is a wonderful person!

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The Happy Chefs LLC
4.7
from 36 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Charlotte H.
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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 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Beth L.
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Big Red's catered our daughter's 1st birthday party and we could not have been happier! They were incredibly easy to work with, the food was delicious and the price was very reasonable considering the amount of food you get. I highly recommend Big Red's and look forward to using them for our next event!

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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.
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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
John S.
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Mike was concise in description and completion of his service. The presentation and display of products was clean, inviting, and eye appealing. The food was cooked to perfection, meat falling off the bones, and sides fresh and delicious, complementing the main dish. I will keep him at the top of my list for future catering needs.

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

Excellent overall BBQ catering service. Fall off the bone BBQ ribs, hickory smoked pulled pork, and the best tasting pulled chicken sandwiches in town. Make sure you order their famous jalapeño poppers too to get your party started.

Redbox Culinary Design
4.3
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Darcy P.
Verified review

Aimee is an amazing chef, professional, caring, accommodating and so much fun! We love having her in our kitchen:-)

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.

Legacy Catering and Cakes
5.0
from 2 reviews
    To'Nia C.
    Verified review

    Darlene and her crew catered our mothers 60th birthday party celebration. It was amazing and Darlene was one of the reasons why. Her work was professional, they stayed within budget and the food was delicious!! I would hire them for any event.

    About

    I clean residential homes and apartments. I am allergic to cats. I am also a caterer for all types of food.

    About

    I have over 15 years of experience in cooking professionally. I have catered meals for groups ranging from 2-5000 people. I do box lunches to black tie galas. I am a local chef who loves to create memorable moments through food experiences.

    About

    We are a catering service company that is just getting started and looking for some business. We have wonderful entrees and desserts for every occasion. We also have the best turkey ribs around and the best prices in town.

    About

    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.

    About

    We cater from 20 - 5,000 or more people, whether it be just a delivery and set-up, boxed lunches, set-up and clean-up, full service, carving stations to a whole pig roast! We cater to weddings, retirement parties, training, company parties and picnics, family reunions. We cater to all! City Barbeque's food is freshly made in house, every single morning! We serve quality meats, sides and desserts with prompt, reliable, friendly service!

    About

    I cook all requests. Look at our website to see what kind of food and service you need. We come prepared with whatever you need. It is best to call the main number to speak with Dave, the owner. Nothing is too large for us. We have the staff to serve plated dinners if requested.

    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.

    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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