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New Orleans Picnic Caterers

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Weddings by CS Events
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Monique W.
Verified review

Chris was an awesome example of customer service. Very professional individual with experience. He responded in all forms of communication by text, phone and thumbtack to meet and exceed my expectations. Chris did cater an repast for my fathers event the food was hot, on time, fresh ingredients, brought all paper products. I ordered Rosemary chicken, cajun ceasar salad homemade dressing, chips and dip, potatoes, red beans and rice. Thank you Chris and your staff your my caterer in tge future.

Cafe' Orleans Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 65 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

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

Chef Jewel catered a dinner for 13 of us in our rental home. She was a joy to work with. Very professional, extremely friendly and gracious. The food was terrific.

R&L Catering, LLC
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Amber C.
Verified review

R&L catered our wedding and we couldn't be more happier with our experience! After the wedding, several people asked us who catered because the food was so good! They were professional, on time and were perfect throughout the night! Will definitely be using them again for future events!

Jack's Cafe & Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Donna D.
Verified review

Amazing food!!! I Cant say enough how great it was. Very professional from set up, to service, and clean up. Loved it! Our guest were raving about how good the food was. Thanks so much!

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
  • 10 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.

Emily Vanlandingham
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Angela D.
Verified review

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.
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.

Seasonally Savvy Kitchen
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah A.
Verified review

Seasonally Savvy catered a family dinner event. Blair worked the menu to take care of dietary requests. The delicious results were fantastic.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Prentiss D.
Verified review

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.

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.

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!!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I am a small business that is customer service driven. I strive to create the most enjoyable experience. From my baked goods to my entrees, you will receive a fresh and tasty product. I love creating every aspect of your event

About

I turn your culinary dreams into reality. I have an outstanding team who works with me. There is no job that's too big or too small for me. I carry them all.

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I take pride in each and every project I work on. No job is to big or small. I treat people with dignity and respect

  • 15 years in business
About

The passion I have for catering and people is exhibited in my food.

  • 8 years in business
About

Whether you're inviting your guests to enjoy the full food truck experience or "ordering-in" with our traditional catering, catering by the Empanada Intifada will create a unique memory for your guests. With creative fare beyond the typical catered meal, we design dishes that excite without pretense.

About

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

About

I have been in the catering industry for over twenty years. I worked for Aramark for over five years, where we catered weddings, graduations and baby showers. I have catered corporate functions and family fun day events. We cook anything from finger foods to elaborate foods. We do it all, from setup to decorating, cooking and cleaning up. I am safe-serve qualified, and food is served in a perfect presentation. Hope to hear from you soon. God bless.

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

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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