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New Orleans Cocktail Caterers

Browse these cocktail caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in New Orleans.

Weddings by CS Events
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie L.
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Small cocktail party

Cafe' Orleans Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Jen G.
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Our event company hired Cafe Orleans Catering for a wedding last May at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. Shirley and team did a wonderful job at the wedding and the food was delicious. Shirley worked with our clients' budget to ensure that they received quality food at a more than reasonable price! Shirley was also very prompt in answering emails which is wonderful especially when changes are being made at the last minute. Thank you Shirley and team!

Jack's Cafe & Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rodney T.
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amazing.... pasta bar is a must have

Potent Pleasures, LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Bee C.
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Catered everything beautifully and it was delicious food, drinks and desserts for my birthday party

  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Eden L.
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It was only in March that we decided to marry in June 2018, and we decided on a small wedding of 60-75 people. And the very first detail that I wanted to take care of was food. I googled "caterer for small wedding in New Orleans" and miraculously, on Thumbtack, Gerard Maras's name came up - there were other names, but in reading about Chef Maras's life in the cooking world, I instinctively knew he was the one. I responded to his message inviting me to contact him. He quickly responded and once I spoke to him, I knew he was the best choice for me. He was interested in finding out about my vision for our wedding, and in listening to my thoughts and ideas about what I thought I might want, over the next few weeks he presented me with pictures of food possibilities and ideas. He was so helpful in discussing each dish with me, and soon came up with a finished menu for a wonderful wedding feast with delicious, unusual and beautiful food. A wedding with all the details to figure out can be very stressful, especially on short notice, but Gerard Maras exudes a sense of calm, confidence and professionalism that made everything for our wedding smooth and easy. The food was wonderful, especially his freshly made pasta with a crawfish sauce, and his food was the hot topic at our wedding. All of our family and friends are still talking about having had the best food they ever had at a wedding. He has a unique talent in not only being a wonderful chef, but knowing what foods are complimentary to each other, and presenting food beautifully, and using only the best seasonal, highest quality and fresh food. He is a real artist in that he makes everything seem effortless, but what he does requires the greatest talent and skill. Thank you Gerard, for making our wedding a truly memorable event - not just for Joe and I, but for all of our family and dear friends.

Emily Vanlandingham
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Angela D.
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The food was absolutely beautiful and tasty. Emily's attention to detail was amazing. One of our favorite party planners and caterers!

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

Seasonally Savvy Kitchen
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chris D.
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Everything about my experience was fantastic. She did a great job in designing and flavoring the cupcakes for my wedding perfectly. They were a huge hit, so much so that it was hard to pick a favorite! She showed up on time at the venue ready to go with the cupcakes to get them displayed. Highly recommend!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Prentiss D.
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Jeanne did a wonderful job for our lundi gras afternoon tea party. The food was delicious and a wonderful combination of savory and sweet flavors. She was very easy to communicate with, the food was delicious and affordable, and I would reccommend Gauthreaux's Gourmet Cuisine to anyone.

Luckjoy
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa F.
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I love working with Luckjoy Catering and highly recommend them for all occasions! I've been so pleased with the food, the quality ingredients and the presentation that once I place the order I don't give it a second thought! Their professionalism goes beyond just providing great food; they offer peace of mind that allows me to focus on the other details, which is priceless!

Geaux Fresh Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Derrick S.
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Chef Derrick absolutely killed it for my sister's baby shower. The Shrimp & Grits "Shooters" were the talk of the shower. Derrick was very helpful in assisting us with our menu selections (the shooters were his idea). His pricing wasn't the cheapest (which his initially admitted) but the quality of his work and his attention to detail is unmatched. We now regularly utilize Chef Derricks meal prep service.

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.
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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.

  • 23 years in business
About

Family owned business we take pride in our work

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.

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We understand your special event is about you and your vision.

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!

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We specialize in dessert catering for all events.

  • 36 years in business
About

For over 20 years, Bantaa's Catering has provided food and bar catering for wedding receptions, parties, banquets, and more in Tangipahoa, Livingston, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, and surrounding parishes. Quality catering services at affordable prices are the pillars of our success. We are a family-owned and operated business, so you will always receive the Bantaa family's personal touch. Champagne Beverage Distributor rated us one of the top 5 caterers in the area. In addition to catering family events, our clients include local schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities. Most notably, a LSU baseball fundraiser, Head Start pre-service program, NRA and Tri-Parish Turkey banquets, various school athletic banquets, and many company holiday luncheons/parties.

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Boiled seafood is our specialty i.e. craw fish, shrimps and crabs! We also have fried seafood and homemade roast beef, etc. All food is fresh and homemade! No cans opened here!

About

We provide great food, with great service, and the name speaks for itself, but our goal is to please our customers with great tasting food that is very satisfying with every bite. We specialize in smoked meats like beef brisket, pork ribs, "St. Louis and baby back", whole or quarter chicken, and pulled pork with a large variety of homemade sides, pork, mac and cheese, baked beans, collard greens, homemade peach cobbler and so much more. Our BBQ is three-time, award-winning grand champion. One try of what we have to offer and you'll come back for more.

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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