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

  • 6 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn H.
Verified review

Holli catered our 45th Wedding Anniversary cocktail party hosted by our children. The food and service were, in one word--AMAZING. I couldn't begin to name all of the dishes, but I certainly remember how they tasted. Our friends are foodies and they couldn't say enough about how good the everything was. One thing I really liked was that she paced the evening. She had several dishes ready when the guests started arriving. Then, she continued to cook all evening, adding hot new dishes. When I thought I couldn't possibly eat another bite, I smelled meat sizzling. She was searing a beautiful flank steak that she served on skewers. She came prepared with table covers, warming trays, etc. We didn't have to remember anything. That's all about the food. I'd like to say a little about Holli. She was patient with our myriad of questions and unflappable when we asked her to make a major change at the last minute. She and her staff arrived promptly and took care of the party in a quiet professional manner. When they left, my kitchen was clean as though they had never been there. She's hard to get, so book early.

CS Events of New Orleans
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
Verified review

We had a great time with the photo booth. All of our guest loved playing with the props! We loved being able to share all the photos on Facebook following our event! Thanks so much!!

Cafe' Orleans Catering
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Jen G.
Verified review

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!

Chef Jewel Robinson
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
Verified review

We rented a house in the Garden District to celebrate our parents' 20th wedding anniversary and hired Chef Jewel as a surprise for them. The whole experience could not have been better. Chef Jewel worked with us on menu choices, brought everything to the house, and then delivered an experience that we'll never forget. Thanks again Chef!

RL Catering, LLC
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Joann F.
Verified review

We were very happy with the service we got from R&L Catering for our wedding last month! Plenty of delicious food and wonderful servers!

Jambalaya & Co.
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny A.
Verified review

Burt catered my wedding and made my dream Louisana plantation wedding with bountiful crawfish, shrimp and jambalaya. I also have used him for two corporate events and a high school reunion. His team is professional and everyone always loves the food. I find his pricing competitive. He is my caterer of choice on the Gulf Coast.

  • 19 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Eden L.
Verified review

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.

  • 9 years in business
Tanya O.
Verified review

AH-MAZE-ING. If you have an opportunity to work with Carlis and her team to plan your wedding, do NOT hesitate! Carlis will do everything she can to help create the wedding of your dreams. Since we are talking "catering" I should mention that the food at our wedding was the best I have ever had at a catered event. We even had a LOT of restrictions with nut allergies, vegetarians, and a preference of a seasonal menu. Our wedding was in June 2013 and I still am hearing compliments from our wedding guests about how much they enjoyed everything that was served. Everything exceeded our expectations. The service onsite was also wonderful - the servers were willing to greet our guests with umbrellas as it was raining that day. Thanks Carlis & TLC Catering!!!

  • 3 years in business
Kevin R. C.
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Terri has provided personal catering services for several events over the past few years. Each time he has provided good food that complemented each occasion weather it was a family get together, baby shower, or wedding events. Now I hire Terri as a personal Chef for special occasions such as holidays, or anniversaries. Each time his food has been delivered on time and consistently delicious. He also comes up with personal touches that makes every event unique. Terri is a brilliant young Chef who delivers 5 star service consistently.

Gator Catering, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Rebecca H.
Verified review

We hired gator catering for our wedding and it was the best choice! Not only did he make sure that the menu was everything I wanted, but the execution was impeccable! Each item on our menu was cooked to perfection. The professionalism display at the venue was marvelous! I would highly recommend them to anyone having any type of party! they are capable of handling your event!

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.

Seasonally Savvy Kitchen
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chris D.
Verified review

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!

Lionheart Foods
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Jonathan W.
Verified review

Lionheart Foods catered our wedding. The food was a hit and I heard from many guests that it was a highlight of the evening. Another incredible thing about Mary is that while she certainly makes delicious food, she's also got a knack for excellent ideas about how to plan, arrange, and carry out your event. We went into this looking for a caterer, but when she saw we needed a little extra help with other details, she stepped right up to offer advice. Not sure what we would have done without her. My wife and I couldn't have asked for a more smoothly run operation from Lionheart, and it was such a relief to be able to enjoy our wedding confident that Mary and her team were on top of things.

Dunk's Catering
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Denise B.
Verified review

Lisa was so helpful and her food is great, she is also very easy to work with. I can't wait for my wedding and to eat her wonderful food again. Thanks Lisa for all you have done and is welling to do to make my wedding something to remember.

  • 13 years in business
Ricky C.
Verified review

THE SERVICE THAT I GOT FROM CHEFNEWORLEANS WAS THE BEST FOR MY SON WEDDING THE FOOD THE SETTING JUST EVERYTHING WAS 100% GREAT

  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carol O.
Verified review

Cindy has provided drop-off catering for several events (mini-muffalettas - yum!). I have also attended her class on Cajun/Creole cooking. The class was very fun and informative. Her cooking professionalism are top-notch. She is also a wedding officiant and performs a beautiful ceremony!

The Wedding Concierge
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah G.
Verified review

In addition to a catering professional, Dianne gave us information about cutting edge trends. Her passion for perfection, bubbly personality, and creative flair and ease to work with because in addition to catering she is a certified wedding planner made me feel comfortable she will deliver the wedding of our dreams. Not only is her team doing our food and beverage she has graciously agreed to go above and beyond and be our wedding coordinator at no extra charge. She had great ideas for how to break our menu up and serve late night sliders on our budget. Unbelievable!

  • 7 years in business
Chrissy L.
Verified review

If I could give a better rating, I would. NOLA Girl Catering was fantastic! The start-to-finish experience couldn't not have been any better or easier. NOLA Girl catered a party we had the night before our destination wedding in our rental home courtyard for about 20 people. Response time, picking out the food choices, making a payment - all very straightforward and simple. However, the best part was the food! Everything was delicious and all of our guests raved about how good it was. My favorites were the crab cakes and the brisket quesadillas, and the bananas foster bread pudding was AH-MAZING! I would highly recommend NOLA Girl to anyone who needs fantastic food for any occasion. Thank you, NOLA Girl Catering!

Joshua C.
Verified review

I have attended two events catered by Seersucker in the past year, and can honestly say both of them have been exceptional experiences. The food, in one case their Low Country Boil, and in the second case a special wedding menu including sandwiches and delicious deserts, was delicious. There was always plenty for the party, and guests were gladly enjoying second helpings of the food. Blayne and Jonny are also wonderfully professional, helpful, and cordial to all parties involved. I cannot recommend Seersucker enough!

Chef Ford
1.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
About

I offer catering for any event. No job is too big or small. I specialize in soul food, but as a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, I can also prepare any type of cuisine for any type of event. I promise that you will not be disappointed!

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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