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Boston Party Food Caterers

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Jen Royle: Dare To Taste
4.9
from 98 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kris M.
Verified review

When my fiance first told me about Jen and her company Dare to Taste I was a little wary to be honest. One look at her website and her accolades and I immediately thought it was going to break the bank on our already small budget and to be honest her services seemed a little out of our league. I was quickly proven wrong however. Planning a wedding is no easy task and especially planning a wedding on your own with several different vendors. Jen made the entire process pretty easy. She adhered to our budget and provided us with several different options. On the day of Jen and her staff were there early and ready to go. They asked a few questions but for the most part they took care of everything and the questions they did ask were about what WE wanted and how WE wanted things done. We wanted our wedding to be fun and a little less formal because that's the kind of people we are and we could not have picked a better caterer to accomplish that. The food was great and the Smores bar was a huge hit with our guests. I'd recommend Jen and her people to anyone who's looking for a professional and also someone who's fun to work with. My wife and I could not say enough good things about her.

Sara's Cooking
4.8
from 78 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
Kaveh M.
Verified review

Sara and her team provided fantastic catering services to a house party of forty people. Sara customized the menu and provided the right service and peace of mind to the host for the occasion. Guests gushed at the exquisite spread and food. Where so many caterers are high priced and rigid, Sara's courtesy, professionalism, flexibility, responsiveness and affordability back an art form.

  • 11 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Kristine V.
Verified review

Chef Cristo was excellent! Of all the caterers with whom I was in contact, he was the only one to provide acustom menu for our themed Octoberfest. He worked with me on menu edits and cane within my budget and was a great communicator. The food was delicious! We had the party for 30 caterer and asked for a grillmaster and second person to make sure the party went smoothly. They showed up on time with all of their top notch equipment and quickly set up (and were even nice to my very curious 3-year-old). Throughout the party, they were discreet and cleaned up behind our guests and I was able to host. When the party was wrapping up they tidied up all of their equipment without my even noticing and were ready to go once the party wound down. I merely had to close the door when the party was over and my house was totally in order. It was a dream! All of our guests told me afterwards how much they enjoyed the food - even our very finicky Vegan guest who was able to tell what she could eat because the chef provided a full ingredients list. To boot, this is a family business with a great family. Go with Chef Cristo!

First Class Parties
4.8
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Michael C.
Verified review

I was helping my brother who is a Malden City Council planning an event for his ward. We used first class parties to do the food and the experience was excellent. I manager catering company in Florida and communicated with him from Florida and he died with my brother in Massachusetts. The reports I got were glowing and my brother had nothing but good things to say about Eric and his crew. We would have no hesitations and using him again know what I hesitate in recommending him to anyone thinking of using him. Thank you from the people of Ward 6 in Malden and happy Fourth of July.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Randi F.
Verified review

Daniel catered a backyard party for 70 to celebrate my son's upcoming marriage. He designed a fabulous menu and was a pleasure to deal with before the event. On the evening of the party, the temperatures were in the 90's and it was very humid and Daniel was working out of a kitchen that was barely air-conditioned. Despite these tough conditions, the food was fabulous. We had a Mediterranean platter, about six passed appetizers and beef with mashed potatoes and a fish dish with mashed potatoes served in martini glasses. We also had an assortment of delicious mini pastries, cookies and brownies for dessert. Our guests RAVED about the food and it was plentiful. We had two servers (one was Daniel's daughter) who were delightful and a bartender who was very warm and kind (guests commented on how great she was). Right before dessert, it started to rain, and we had to quickly move indoors and Daniel and his crew did this effortlessly. Daniel left the kitchen where he worked (our next neighbor's house) spotless. I would hire Daniel again in an instant - his food made the party and we got very, very, very positive feedback from all of our guests.

Boston Event Divas
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Lily O.
Verified review

Jen and her team did a beautiful job with my reception center pieces, ceremonial arch décor and wedding party bouquets for my August 2017 wedding. The team was very easy to work with over email or phone. The flowers arrived and looked fresh and full and my bridesmaids loved their bouquets and of course I loved mine. My flowers included purple and white roses with other accent flowers and some greenery. The arch had white billowing fabric with a middle overhead flower arrangement. It's been over a week and my bouquet is still the center piece of my dining room table. Thank you so much Boston Event Diva's!

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J&L Catering
4.9
from 47 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Fana H.
Verified review

The food is so testy and well done job. The food everybody loved it on the party, it was more than enough food! I will do it again! 😀 John came on time! Explains everything, the only thing I can say is 👍

Hostess Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Elise H.
Verified review

Hostess Catering made our Division Holiday party so spectacular. The food was amazing, and I really appreciated the effort they put into helping us customize the menu. At the event itself, all staff were extremely professional, friendly and efficient. Everyone was raving about how much they liked the set-up and food, and the hosts (who held the event at their home in Brookline), said it was the least stressful event they'd ever been a part of. Our ONLY complaint is that, although we stressed that we had a few lactose-intolerant guests, the rice pilaf had butter in it, which we think could have been avoided and allowed for more options for the few who couldn't eat milk products. Otherwise, GREAT EVENT. Thanks ladies!

William Ference Catering
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

Susan Stack William and his staff catered my husbands 50th birthday party he did an AMAZING job! All our guest kept on raving about the food. He made the party a big success. We will definitely use him in the future and we highly recommend him. William and his staff were on time very professional and left my kitchen cleaner than they found it. His burger sliders were so delicious so was the tuna tartare. Thank You again William!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Dominic J.
Verified review

I hired Heidi to cook a 7course meal for a party of 11 for my wife’s fortieth birthday. The whole experience was outstanding. She listened well to understand my taste and presentation expectations, then worked with me to finesse the menu offering good suggestions at every turn. On the big night she arrived in good time, and with a minimum of fuss. She made an amazing meal appear, dish after dish of excellently well presented dishes, with a wide variety of flavors and textures. She even brought dishes to compensate for our lack of complete sets for 11 people. When it was over the tidy up took no time at all. This was a night that my wife and friends will always remember, and the effort on my side was minimal. In short, a great experience. Thank you Heidi!

Malone Catering
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Diane G.
Verified review

I was given several options for my son's graduation party based on the budget I had and the number of people I expected. All of the baked entrees were very tasty.Everyone in attendance thought I had ordered from a favorite local Italian restaurant we all like to frequent. The cheese and cracker tray also saved me a lot of time. I supplemented with my own large tossed salad and some of my own desserts. The food was delivered hot and ready to serve with heating trays and burners. There is enough to do at a party so it was a relief to have the main course taken care of. Leftovers for the family the next day are also nice to have when you are tired after a party so order accordingly. Cleanup is a breeze when you have throw away aluminum trays. I highly recommend this service as I have used other caterers and will use Malone Catering again based on this experience.

Lori Rizzo Events
4.7
from 30 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Jane K.
Verified review

We had the most marvelous party.The food and presentation were wonderful. I plan to use Lori again

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Blonde on the Run Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristen C.
Verified review

Where to start...from our first contact to the seeing the kitchen totally clean after cooking the most fabulous food and serving at our party of 100 or intimate dinner for 14-it was all perfection. I can't wait for the next event-my only fear-Renee will become so sought after that she may be busy.....I know to book way in advance!

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica G.
Verified review

Working with Natural Foods was an absolute pleasure. From the initial contact through to the end, it was so easy. I was looking for a caterer for my housewarming party of 60. I really appreciated the focus on sustainable & seasonal. I was able to give Mr. Sawicki the framework of what I was looking for and he created such a unique & varied menu, I really felt like he listened and delivered on the party I was trying to create. My friends raved about the stuffed figs and amazing entrees! (the fish was amazing!) It was so easy to enjoy my party and so stress free. Professional, unique and you could see all the special touches. Natural Foods will be catering more of my parties, now I just need to have more reasons for parties!

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Chef Michael Haigh
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leslie F.
Verified review

I am so glad that I found Chef Michael Haigh to do the catering for my birthday party. He did not disappoint in any way. From beginning to end Michael was a pleasure to work with, very flexible and professional in arranging for the best menu for the birthday meal, and then in delivering on the delicious meal.

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The Aipyn Catering
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stefanie G.
Verified review

Food was amazing! She was amazing! I really didn't know what I wanted and she help me through figuring out what would work for my dinner party of 10. I also have some complicated food restrictions and she very willingly work around them. We ended up with an awesome three course meal. Most important she was able to go with the flow, if I didn't have something she needed she worked around it, when guests hadn't pretold me what they don't eat she worked around it. Everyone had a great time and it was because of the food and the service. Highly recommended!!

Event Pros OnThe Go
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Corey H.
Verified review

Kendra catered a 50th birthday dinner for 80 people. Her food was outstanding, beautifully presented, and absolutely fresh and delicious. Her attention to detail was noticed by all my guests who immediately took her card! The beautifully presentation means as much to Kendra as how delicious her food is. I highly recommend Kendra and her staff for all your catering needs!

Chef Matthew Stogryn
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
M.A. G.
Verified review

I highly recommend Matt Stogryn as private Chef for parties large and small. I have worked with Matt on a Holiday Party for 100, and a dinner party for 12. Both times, Matt consulted with me with plenty of advance notice regarding menu, food restrictions, and drink pairings. Matt was on time, very organized with his prep. Matt was charming and knowledgeable when presenting each course to my guests, and the food was fantastic! Matt was clear on pricing in advance, took care of every detail. Wit Matt in the kitchen, I was able to enjoy my guests, and we all loved the food.

  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Felisha A.
Verified review

Michelle is an excellent planner and she pays close attention to details!! She comes up with ideas that I didn't have time to deal with or even think of. And she caterers to the bridezilla in me!!!

Catering To You
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth C.
Verified review

Cindy Laney was so easy to work with and she had wonderful suggestions. Our guests raved about the food and the servers were well trained.

Reel Thyme Chefs
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Gina E.
    Verified review

    I had a small dinner party that Greg catered. He was great all around! The food, service & personality was just what my party needed. I will definitely use him again!

    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.
    Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.