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Baton Rouge Chefs

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Cayenne Custom Foods
from 47 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Alex B.
Verified review

Wendi and Fleur De Lis were amazing. We had them cater two breakfasts and a dinner for a bachelor party of 17. Everything was delicious and delivered on time. Wendi was super easy to work with to get our menu figured out, and the staff that delivered and set up the food were great. I would definitely recommend them!

  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mary C.
Verified review

Louisiana Culinary Institute is a gem for the city of Baton Rouge; training chefs to excel in the culinary field. The new catering department is an extension of the training for the star chefs in the making. I have sampled almost all of their offerings and everything is delicious. I have ordered from the catering department twice in the past month; the food was outstanding, complimented by all of my guests. The service was exemplary and the turnaround was exceptional as I had placed the orders right before I actually needed them. I should also mention that price-wise, it is a good value. I will definitely use the LCI catering department again in the future. Great job!

  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy Y.
Verified review

Chef Gabrielle was fabulous just like her name says!! She was very friendly and the food was outstanding. She arrived on time and served exactly at the time that I requested. Chef Gabrielle had a great menu and we all throughly enjoyed the dinner. I would definitely hire her again.

Chef Steph LLC
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
August T.
Verified review

Chef Steph was great. We had a very enjoyable experience and made 4 excellent dishes together.


I am a detail-oriented chef who has a passion for food, and who works hard to ensure that every dish that leaves his kitchen is perfect. I have a variety of culinary experience working as a personal chef, grill master in a restaurant, cook in a school cafeteria, and chef of a catering hall/business. I have a strong commitment to quality, service and sustainability of any food I serve. I have a flair for working in a fast paced kitchen and for producing high quality dishes. With my vast cooking experience, I will not only be able to prepare a wide variety of menu items, but also be instrumental in coordinating the smooth functioning of any kitchen area and/or catering service.

  • 22 years in business

Special, high end dinners with wine pairings. High teas, and small receptions and gatherings.


Anything you want, I can make. I believe quality is better than quantity, and my food shows that. Being a chef is my passion.


I believe my food and services stand out because they involve my two favorite and meeting new people.


I'm an independent personal chef. I teach people with limited time how to shop, prep, and prepare menus that don't have much time after work. I help with weight loss/gain menus, diabetics, and some other specialties.


Welcome to one of the more upscale manifestations of the national phenomenon of underground dining, Inspired Fine Dining. We are an unregulated and largely untraceable private dining series in which a professional chef with roots from Barbados, New York, and Chicago courts avid gourmands through the Internet, e-mail or word-of-mouth to participate for a fee in dinner parties that are cloaked in secrecy. The host is an accountant by day and the entertaining, fun-loving other half of Inspired Fine Dining has roots from the Creole rural country area of Mamou, Louisiana. As such, we are only accustomed to the freshest and most flavorful fine dining dishes to be served to our guests. Inspired Fine Dining offers private underground dining events, in-house catering, in-house chef services or prepare meals that cater to the client's taste preferences. Our goal is to siphon business from traditional restaurants as patrons seek out intimate settings and interaction between strangers that is not possible in most eateries. While our customers dine in an unpretentious venue and enjoy the experience of having a dinner party without the hassle; we guarantee that the customers will experience the best in innovative fine dining in all of Louisiana.


Our chef/owner, Chef Juanita Smith, has over 13 years of experience. She's worked with NBA, music industry, and high-profile clients. Her love of bold flavors and her skilled culinary training earned her a spot on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen.


I have a degree in culinary arts and advanced baking and pastries. I offer personal chef services and give private lessons in culinary arts.


From finger foods to gourmet and anything in between, I have it all. I can do special diets (gluten free, etc.). From private chef to large parties, I'm the one to call.


By being a personal chef, I take pride in making sure that my customers are happy and satisfied with my business.


We will cater any event! We do pick-up, drop-off, and on-site cooking. We serve seafood boils, fish fries, and BBQ. We cook anything, from crab cakes and swordfish to BBQ chicken and baked beans.


My attetion to detail as well as my customers r my priority


I am a farm-to-table personal chef, catering and baking goods for clients' specifications. I also provide interactive cooking demos, allowing clients to experience first-hand skills learned in a professional kitchen by chefs. Excursions to local farmers and farmers markets can be inclusive as well.


I am a personal chef who can cook almost anything. If you want to eat it, I can make it for you. I have 3 years of casual and fine dining cooking experience in restaurants, and I plan on going to a culinary school in the near future. So, whether you're looking for some good ole Southern cooking or something a little more refined, I am the right choice.


  • 18 years in business

Muscle Chef Catering was started to give our customers the best services and foods for their events. We cater to our customers needs for their party or special events.


I cook French and German cuisine also soul food on and or sea. We do creole cooking at its best. I'm an older Chef. Good food is hard to get unless, you cook from your heart, that's why Chef Ellis is the best.

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.

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 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.

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.
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