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New Orleans Banquet Caterers

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Cafe' Orleans Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Nick L.
Verified review

After speaking with Ms. Sears about our wedding, she was very pleasant, helpful, and has great prices. We decided to use her company for a luncheon before booking the company for the wedding. Ms. Sears was not at the luncheon but we were aware that she would not be on-site. Her staff was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was exceptional. There was more food than we anticipated for the price we paid. The luncheon menu was Bourbon Chicken, Creole Rice, Roasted Herb Vegetables, and Salad with Creole Honey Mustard which are some of the items that will be on our wedding buffet. We are pleased about hiring Cafe' Orleans for our luncheon and truly elated about them serving our wedding guests. Nick Leblanc

  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nat L.
Verified review

Chef Cody did a wonderful job catering our "dinner in" night for our girl's weekend Bachelorette party. Dinner was not only DELICIOUS but he handled our wild group in the kitchen as he finalized the meal! That deserves a big pat on the back alone! Thanks Chef Cody for helping us end our weekend on a TASTY note!

Potent Pleasures, LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Bee C.
Verified review

Catered everything beautifully and it was delicious food, drinks and desserts for my birthday party

  • 19 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Beth H.
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Gereard was amazing! We hired him for our friends 40th birthday trip back to her childhood city. Since day one of hiring Gerard he had great communication and made a very thoughtful menu that included all we wanted. We are in California so the great communication was needed and we felt completely at ease that everything would be taken care of....We explained to Gerard that this dinner was for our friend's 40th Birthday and she thinks I'm making dinner, this was a surprise. She had not been back to NOLA for 15 years. She had her Mom, brother, sister and childhood friends coming in that night as well. Gerard made so much Amazing food and we had great leftovers to eat the next day...the crab cakes were so good I ate them cold out of the fridge for breakfast! We look forward to coming back some day and doing it all over agian!

Food Art
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah K.
Verified review

Food Art was Fantastic! We booked our indoor/outdoor wedding with Food Art & Stephanie handled absolutely everything for us! It was so important to my husband & I not to have to think about any of the details the day of & we didn't have to. The presentation was beautiful & the staff top-notch. I would highly recommend Food Art for any event.

Fresh Fork Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

Fresh Fork Catering responded very quickly with a quote, gave me a reasonable price, and the staff was very easy to work with. They showed up on time for the party and were very reliable.

Nola Good Eats Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Elwin L.
Verified review

Marc knows his business. We hired Nola Good Eats Catering for our small event and we were blown away by the quality and service. We will definitely partner with him for future events.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Pam B.
Verified review

Working with Jeanne and her staff was fantastic!! I found their customer service to be "over the top", Jeanne made sure every detail was anticipated. She gave me great tips to make my engagement party wonderful. My 50+ guests had a great time, enjoyed her food, servers and bartender!

FlavorBox Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
David K.
Verified review

FlavorBox created an outstanding dinner that we paired with great wines for 10 guests to create a truly memorable experience in our home. I highly recommend them!

Big Sam n Da Kitchen
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stephanie N.
Verified review

The food was Amazing! I was catered a brunch with an extensive menu. Everything was delicious! Impeccable hosting services also!!

Catering by Dani NOLA
5.0
from 1 review
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alan B.
Verified review

Masquerade works hard at their craft, and is obvious when speaking to them that they truly care about their passion for food and sharing it with others.

Perone Foods
4.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Steve M.
Verified review

Our engagement shower for 50 was a great success. Catering quality, taste and presentation top notch. A step above the norm. Priced fairly. Perone Foods was flexible and accommodating to all of our requests. Highly recommended.

About

I am a personal chef who travels to my clients, and I not only cook food but I create an experience, as well. I can shop for the food, as well as prepare it. I can cater from 200 to 2 guests or even if it's just for one! My pricing is based on food cost, and the food to be prepared is determined by the client. Even if you dream it; I can make it happen!

About

Each one of Chic Bon Vivant's clients is given a customized menu that ensures that his/her event or dietary preferences is tailored to his/her theme and/or desire. Chic Bon Vivant is passionate and has strong convictions about using farm and fresh ingredients. Whether you're planning a romantic dinner for two or an annual gala, it is our mission to provide a unique attention to detail to create an unforgettable experience.

About

I was born and raised in New Orleans in a family of six kids, so I really had to learn how to cook at an early age. Between my mother, who worked at Copelands and my grandmother, I learned how to cook almost everything Louisiana and Mississippi had to offer and a lot of items straight out of the garden. I just love to cook and watch people wet and admire my work

About

We are a catering company, and also, we organize all types of special events. We can accommodate any event or function with a top-quality service.

About

We offer the following: * Small on-site catering * Teaching and demos * Cooking parties * Dietary modifications * Specialty-themed dinners

About

I have a fully lined menu of all things boiled or cooked in Cajun Country. I am able to cook for 20 people to 300 people without skipping a beat. I am a master BBQ specialist, preparing all meats and sides. My brisket, ribs, and chicken have won local recognition for excellence, and I am able to cater to any taste bud. I have 25 years of cooking experience.

  • 2 years in business
About

We are providing a unique upscale experience with fine casual fare. Also, we are very flexible to fit any budget.

  • 4 years in business
About

At Reign, we strive to produce a quality product at a price that anyone can afford. From big events to small, we bring the best flavor and hospitality in the city.

About

La Casita is an authentic Mexican food restaurant that also provides catering services for business meetings, corporate events, and other occasions in New Orleans, Louisiana (LA), and the surrounding areas.

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.

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 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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