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Louisville Cocktail Party Caterers

Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Louisville.

  • 23 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly G.
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Scott was the DJ for my 50th Birthday Party. He helped make the night a huge success. My family and friends were dancing from the first song to the last! I would highly recommend this service to anyone.

Victoria's Catering
from 17 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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We hired Victoria's Catering for the first time to cater our company Christmas Party. The buffet and dessert tables were beautiful. The food was everything that we hoped it would be. Victoria and her staff were very helpful and easy to work with. We look forward to working with them again in the future.

O'Line Sports Grill
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mark G.
Verified review

We had O-Line Sports Bar cater a birthday party for my 17 year old son. The food was great. Bryce, the owner, was very easy to work with. He did his best to accommodate my son's off the wall food requests. The price was far more better than expected.

Shawn's Southern BBQ
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Valerie S.
Verified review

Shawn's Southern BBQ did a great job catering my company's event! The staff was on time and very professional and the food was outstanding! I would definitely recommend Shawn's Southern BBQ to cater your next event!

  • 22 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda P.
Verified review

I had never used Thumbtack before. Joe Merchanthouse, a personal chef, responded to my request for same. He stepped in at the last minute to handle a private dinner party for my husband and myself. Cannot say enough about Chef Joe. He developed a menu, worked within my budget, prepared a fabulous meal, and spoiled my guests. Absolutely cannot wait for any excuse or event to have him back. My guests are still talking about him. A consummate professional. Thank you, Chef.

  • 13 years in business
Alyce J.
Verified review

Parker 's Passion and Catering did a fabulous job for a recent graduation party I hosted. Mrs. Parker was flexible and helpful with the menu selection. She assured me she would have everything set up in a timely manner and she did. All of the food was beautifully displayed and served at the proper temperature. I have to say though although all of the dishes served were very good Parker 's Passion excells in desserts. I am talking caramel cake, chocolate cake, chess pie. Her desserts are the truth!!

  • 3 years in business
Tuan N.
Verified review

This catering service is worth our money. The owner is very friendly and help us to plan the wedding party perfectly. Thank you. Will recommend to others.

Food for Thought Catering
from 3 reviews
  • 26 years in business
Candace M.
Verified review

Totally awesome. Jeff catered a wedding rehearsal dinner for me and he knew exactly what I wanted and it was great. I will definetly use him again.

A and A Catering Service
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Erin H.
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catered small party for 20 in my home.

I Do Weddings And Events
from 2 reviews
    RC C.
    Verified review

    There are absolutely NO words to describe the level of professionalism that Jennifer exudes through each and every form of communication. She is available day and night for all of my questions and I am forever grateful to have a wedding planner as studious, responsive, and the most important, as caring as she is. She is always ready with a solution to my problem. She is always there to calm me when I can freak myself out. She has proven to me time and time again that having her in my corner is an absolute advantage in my wedding planning. I have never met someone who was so willing to work with you. I can't begin to describe how much I have grown to love this woman, not only as my savior when I am in a crisis, but as a great friend. I have recommended her and her services to all of my bride friends. I don't believe there is anyone in this area that will treat you with the respect, and patient that she possesses. I am without a doubt, forever in her debt for all of her help these past few months. As an example, my engagement party was March 9th. I texted her a few days before the engagement party regarding a food crisis. I was hoping to get some suggestions about reasonable caterers in the area, but Jennifer went above and beyond and helped me with a menu which she prepared for my engagement party. I was blown away. Her commitment to all of her brides is out of this world. Her food was an absolute hit and I cannot wait to see what we come up with for the reception. Our engagement party would not have been as great if she wouldn't have been involved. I could go on and on - and if you're still reading this, I salute you. :) For top notch wedding planning, catering and etc., do not hesitate to call Jennifer. She is an absolute gem, and extremely rare in the wedding business. Thank you Jennifer, for everything you have done for me, for us.

    Big E's Southern "Q"
    from 2 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Terri W.
    Verified review

    Big E's Southern Q is STILL the talk of my birthday party last year!! THANX for making my night so special!


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    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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