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New Orleans Wedding Caterers

Browse these wedding 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
Kate D.
Verified review

How does any bride do it without professional, day-of help?!?! CS Events gave me a whole team that made me feel incredibly special as a bride. Planning a wedding out-of-state, CS Events made sure that all my vendors had been contacted and knew who to call for trouble... Not the Bride!! Loved this team!

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

ChefConi
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Tim H.
Verified review

Our wedding cake made by Chef Coni was fantastic. It was exactly as we described we wanted, was delicious, and gorgeous. She will be making our next cake as well.

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

This was a great find for our special day! Robert Folse is fantastic and very personable. He takes the guess work out of planning an event and has great ideas that assist in working within a budget! So glad we found Jack's Catering!

  • 12 years in business
Lynne S.
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Chef Pastry D's Pastries and Catering catered a dance for youth at my church. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. I highly recommend Chef Pastry D for your next event!

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.
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
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!

Cocoa & Cream Catering, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Tammy B.
Verified review

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.
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

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.

  • 18 years in business
About

I am Effram Hill. I am a kitchen manager/waiter, and I do planning and catering creative menu. I am also a special events/banquet waiter. My strong points are food kitchen safety/purchasing inventory control cost reduction. I have maintained control costs and successfully passed all state health and food safety inspections. For staff leadership/management and training, I have trained and managed between 5-10 cooks and 10-15 kitchen staff within world-renowned restaurants/offshore kitchens. As to my ability, I am able to multi-task, have excellent phone and communication skills in dealing with customers and great computer skills involving the following programs: - Microsoft - Office Suite including Word and Excel/Powerpoint

About

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

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We are a full-service caterer with on-site banquet rooms and off- site full-service catering. We are open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

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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 offer nighttime janitorial services and some catering for businesses. Our services have excellent references and a chef on call, if needed.

  • 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

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.

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.

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 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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