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New Orleans Outdoor Caterers

Browse these outdoor catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in New Orleans.

Cafe' Orleans Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Carla S.
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Food and service was exceptional. Will definitely utilize this catering service again.

Chef Jewel Robinson
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea S.
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Professional service and spectacular food! With short notice, she provided us with a memorable spread that made a distinct impression on our guests. We were able to turn everything over to her and were carefree to enjoy our party. Don't stress over preparation, serving and clean up! I highly recommend Jewel so that you can enjoy your party stress-free!

R&L Catering, LLC
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Bettye D.
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R & L catering catered our family get together. They were great. Arrived on time and were very personable with the family and friends. Food was delicious. Would highly recommend them.

  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nat L.
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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
Joe B.
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The Hennessy wings and stuffed jalapeños was great 👍 Dricka is very responsive and catered my entire retirement party

  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah V.
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Gerard catered my mother's birthday brunch this past Sunday and it was phenomenal! All of my guests raved about the food and several even asked for his business card. Gerard was also great leading up to the event. He always communicated with me in a prompt manner and he really helped me decide on the perfect menu. On top of the food being exceptional, so was the service. Gerard handled everything from the groceries, to the cooking, to the cleaning. The price was also really reasonable, which is a major plus. I would highly recommend Gerard and I know we will be using him again in the future! Our Menu: Scrambled eggs Homemade Italian Sausage Apple smoked bacon Biroche Fench toast Shrimp and Carolina grits Phyllo baked brie (w/ glazed apples & satsuma paper marmalade) Fresh fruit Breakfast breads

Food Art
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas S.
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Food Art catered our high school reunion in the courtyard at the Dauphine. Excellent food, and excellent service. The etouffee impressed everyone.

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

FlavorBox Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Ashley N.
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FlavorBox Catering was amazing! From the time we started planning the event through the event itself, they were awesome!! Courtney, Brett and their staff were incredible and took care of every detail. I was able to enjoy the event and not worry about a thing. All of the attendees raved about the food--it was delicious and the presentation was beautiful!!

Cocoa & Cream Catering, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Tammy B.
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I highly recommend Cocoa & Cream catering services for anyone interested in the best variety and quality of food at reasonable prices . You are definitely going to get your money's worth.. So for your next event consider the best in town, Cocoa & Cream.

Big Sam n Da Kitchen
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stephanie N.
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The food was Amazing! I was catered a brunch with an extensive menu. Everything was delicious! Impeccable hosting services also!!

Bridgette M.
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Culinary Creations Catering is my catering service of choice. Stephany has catered several events for me, my family, and friends as well. Culinary Creations has catered birthdays, anniversarys, and even my daughters 13th birthday party, the kids loved the food. Allow Culinary Creations Catering to cater your events and you will not be disappointed. Stephany and her staff go above and beyond to make sure your event is done with excellence.

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.

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I am trained in many cuisines as well, have developed my own style of cuisine. French, New Orleans, Italian, Indian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and many type of dishes from all over the world.

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We value every customer. You tell us, and we will make it come through. It's all about the customer. We set up, take down and clean up. If you need service, I can get service. Like I said, it's all about the customer; whatever you need, I'll try to get it to make your event successful.

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I am a certified event decorator. I specialize in weddings/receptions. I take pride in my work and am very particular about what I do. I love decorating; it's not a job for me. I also cater for any event. I can offer my clients s full service event. I would really love to help you make your event or wedding day a special and stress-free occasion.

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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.

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I had a catering company in Dallas. I also work part-time at the Four Columns in Harvey. I am experienced in all aspects of the restaurant business. I would like to start off with delivering lunches and canapes for small parties, and I will go from there. Donna

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Well seasoned home style i love using the best ingredients for my recipes i am.to please.

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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

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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