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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a personal chef cost?

Hiring a personal chef usually costs anywhere from $40-$100 or more per person. Request free cost estimates from personal chefs in your area so you’ll know exactly how much it will cost to hire one for your needs. For an accurate quote, be sure to let the chefs know the number of people they’ll need to feed, what you’d like on the menu and other relevant details. 

To learn more about the factors that impact the cost to hire a personal or private home chef, read our cost guide.

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 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.

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 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.
Reviews for Algiers Point food service professionals
Christine C.
Creative menu, delicious food, excellent service!
Cafe' Orleans CateringCafe' Orleans Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Food was great! Service great! Would highly recommend!
Cafe' Orleans CateringCafe' Orleans Catering
Standing Ovation!!! The food was excellent, the service was spectacular and the professionalism was outstanding!!! Everyone at the event was so impressed and couldn’t stop raving over the food. He is an impressive chef and young man. We will definitely book his services again and again!
Kesha H.
Great service and really good food!! Very professional and caters to your desire!!
Concessions Cart CateringConcessions Cart Catering
Stephanie N.
The food was Amazing! I was catered a brunch with an extensive menu. Everything was delicious! Impeccable hosting services also!!
Big Sam n Da KitchenBig Sam n Da Kitchen
Thumbtack Customer
Food and service was excellent. I truly appreciated the patience and flexibility! Can't say enough about DelishNOLA!! Excellent, Excellent!!
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Dana B.
Chef Jewel is a Jewel! She was on time, professional and the food was OUTSTANDING ! Omg! I was not expecting such great food! Her service was so warm and inviting yet efficient and professional. If you ever are blessed to have her as a guest private chef , you are in for an awesome evening !
Chef Jewel RobinsonChef Jewel Robinson
Alice Z.
You will not regret if you book Holli's service! She is very generous and the food came out amazing. What else you can ask for? Alice
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We hired this chef to cook for a bachelor party of 20. Not only was she fairly priced, but the food and service were unbelievable. I would highly recommend.
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Karen G.
Holli is a very ambitious and down to earth person. The food was absolutely amazing, service was on point, and she made it so special and personal. I look forward to working with her in the future. Thank you!
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Kayleigh P.
All I can say is wow! They were amazing. The food was so good, everyone loved it, and they were seriously the nicest, coolest couple. Sad I don’t live in New Orleans because i would hire them a million times over. Will be making a trip back and using them again. Hire them If you want great food, great service and an exceptional party!
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Wendi prepared a great variety of delicious, healthy options for our crew. She was friendly, accommodating and professional. I would highly recommend her for any event!! I honestly couldn't think of any way for her to improve. We were beyond happy with her food and service.
Cayenne Custom FoodsCayenne Custom Foods
Karen T.
Holli cooked a family meal at our VRBO rental that we thoroughly enjoyed. Our menu included crab ceviche, spinach/brie salad, crawfish bisque, hen + alligator stuffing. Highlights for our group included the bisque + crab ceviche! Holli arrived on time and was very flexible with our group on when we actually began our first course and the general flow of our meal. I would have loved to have Holli romance the food a bit and tell use the stories behind the dishes as she was serving, but no need to deduct a star for that. The food and service was spot on.
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
DelishNOLA, and in particular, Holli Taylor catered a 60 person corporate event for our law firm. Not only was the food spectacular, but everything was handled by Holli including the bar tending services, and servers. Every little detail was done really well and the clients all commented on this. I could recommend Holli and her company to anyone, whether a corporate or private event. Her prices were reasonable and her service perfect. She and her company are just fabulous.
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Richard B.
We are a professional catering broker service that works nationwide and deals with over a thousand caterers. Ronnie's company provided us with unparalleled service throughout the process. This particular client had many changes and some peculiar requests and Ronnie never blinked when I asked if she could do them. Everything went perfect and I can't recommend her company enough to anyone who needs top service, quality food at a good price and someone who understands that the client comes first. Thank you so much Ronnie!
Tails and Tinis, LLCTails and Tinis, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Jewel for a board meeting and it was fantastic! All of my board members were really impressed with the spread, the service and the food. Delicious!! Especially since I sent my quote request the evening before; Jewel was able to come through and cater our small event quickly and efficiently. I will definitely hire Jewel again. Gracias!!!
Chef Jewel RobinsonChef Jewel Robinson
Phil C.
What a great night we had with Holli and Tony! They came to a house we were renting for Jazzfest and cooked up a storm. Meat/Cheese plate, crawfish bisque shooter, Romaine/bacon salad with bleu cheese, pan fried chicken with pasta, shrimp or Cornish hen and then finished up with bananas foster cheesecake. Service was great, the food was fantastic and they were great fun. Only thing I would do differently is cut out the chicken/pasta course because there was just way too much food! I would definitely recommend Holli and we will use her again when we go back. Thanks!
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Rene R.
I have a client that has multiple dietary restrictions. After meeting with Chef Amy and discussing the various restrictions with her,she assured me she could do the week long servicing of my client. She prepared the menus without gluten, dairy, soy, wheat and MSG. Shopped everyday and provided dinner service. My client throughly enjoyed their experience with Chef Amy. Enjoyed the food as well as the professionalism. I will call on her whenever it becomes necessary again. Thanks again Chef Amy
Vagabond ChefVagabond Chef
Thumbtack Customer
DelishNola was the perfect decision for my friend's bachelorette party. When we got in town we were settling in and playing games before we went out to Bourbon Street to party so we had Holli prepare some appetizers and crafted cocktails for us, which were delicious! Food was great! Drinks were great! Service was great! Decor was great! We should have done breakfast as well because we were so tired the next morning from the night out before ;). Thanks a bunch Holli, your service took a lot of stress off of us ladies.
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Allison N.
Holli and the DelishNOLA team provided an AMAZING dinner and overall experience for our recent trip to New Orleans. I would HIGHLY recommend for anyone looking to host a dinner, party, or event that wants classic, delicious food and wonderful service. We were in NOLA for a bachelorette party and Holli worked with us to design a menu and experience that fit our needs, dietary restrictions, and contributed to the fun of the weekend. Holli was highly responsive and incredibly professional in all of her communications, and made the organization and execution of the event absolutely seamless.
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I found Chef Holli/DelishNOLA Catering on thumbtack as I needed to plan a last minute cocktail party with 36 hours notice. Chef Holli was extremely responsive, professional, friendly, easy going and was able to handle all of our last minute crazy requests, including, "oops, forgot it was Lent Friday, take all of the meat off of the menu" on the morning of the party. She took it in stride and re-cooked everything with no complaints or issues. Once the party started, the guests loved the food, the service and the bartender. Overall, exceptional service by Chef Holli! Definitely exceeded expectations and I don't think you can find any better. Hire her, stop looking!
DelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLCDelishNOLA Catering and Personal Chef Service, LLC
Liz B.
My family and I planned a trip to NOLA for my mom's 60th birthday and hired Chef Gerard to do a private in-house dinner for us. He prepared a 5 course meal with 3 different entree options for 12 people and every dish was outstanding! He worked with me leading up to the event and helped us plan the perfect menu that incorporated traditional New Orleans dishes. I would highly recommend Chef Gerard for your next private party or event. Not only was the food delicious, his service and professionalism was top-notch.
Gerard Maras Private Event ChefGerard Maras Private Event Chef
Therese T.
I wish I could have added all the qualities. I had my service in November and my mother still talks about it! She had the best birthday ever thanks to So Full Catering. Will definitely book again! Thank you so much for the dinner and I’m sorry it took me so long to review. She even got my brother to eat fish and he never eats fish! She cooked at my house and She even set our table. Everything was spotless when she left. She also worked with my budget. I could go on and on, but if you looking for good food, good price, and good times HIRE HER NOW!
You Deserve The Experience™️ By Chef DeneshaYou Deserve The Experience™️ By Chef Denesha
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Jewel is AMAZING!! We traveled to New Orleans to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday and brought along 12 friends and family members. We rented an entire house and hired Chef Jewel to prepare breakfast for our group of 14. 1. Professional. Chef Jewel responded to my inquiry within an hour and proposed a 4-course menu that far surpassed my imagination! 2. Personal. Chef Jewel came to the house the night that we arrived to meet us in person - her only purpose for that visit was to connect with us personally and to make sure we felt comfortable with our selections and the process. 3. Perfection. There is no other way to describe the absolutely delectable food, the flawless presentation, and the superior service she and her staff provided. She made our breakfast the grand event I wanted it to be. My guests felt completely spoiled. It was an unforgettable experience!!
Chef Jewel RobinsonChef Jewel Robinson
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