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Franklin Buffet 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
Moira I.
Verified review

Jen Royle recently catered a bereavement buffet brunch for our family. From our very first conversation, I knew I had found the right person for the event. The food she prepared was delicious and the presentation was perfect. Working with Jen was such a pleasure. She was so thoughtful and supportive given the sadness of the occasion. She took any worries about the brunch right out of our hands. She was there for us during a tough time and we look forward to having her back for a happier event at some point in the future.

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

Sara , Daniel and Richard came into our home and we turned our kitchen over to them. By the end of the evening party, they felt like family to us! The food was amazing and the presentation was visually beautiful! Our guests sent us notes afterwards praising the food and caterers!! They were GREAT!!

  • 11 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela S.
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Chris performed a superb post prom party service for us: for 30 kids, in the late evening he provided a hot and cold buffet from 10.30pm until 1am and returned at 6.30am to provide a superb cooked breakfast for the same group, through to 9am. His food was excellent, well prepared, presented and served. He and his assistants were well organized and calm when dealing with change requests (an example being when the kids arrived hungry and 45 minutes early from the Prom, when Chris was still setting up, no problem). We would have no hesitation in recommending Chris for such events and others.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Coryn D.
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Daniel catered my company's sales meeting. It was a two-day meeting with approximately 200 employees attending each day. Daniel provided a beautiful presentation of breakfast and lunch each day. He was there early to make sure everything was ready and served professionally. As the event coordinator, he made my job very easy. I didn't have to worry about whether food needed to be refreshed while employees went through the buffet line. Daniel made sure everything was seamless. The boxed lunches on day 2 were easy for everyone to grab before going to meetings and were fully packed! Daniel even went the extra mile and surprised us with personalized cookies that featured our company's logo. I could not have asked for better service and will be booking Daniel for future events.. whether work or personal!

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J&L Catering
4.9
from 47 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth M.
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I recently worked with John for my daughters bridal shower, The entire experience was great. Meeting to discuss what my vision was for the shower and following through to make that vision a reality. I had told John I wanted a rustic country picnic but a little fancy. He put together a fabulous buffet of upscale mini sandwiches, a vegetable slaw and two salads. Everything absolutely delicious! His attention to detail I truly appreciated also. The presentation of every dish was lovely. First rate, I would highly recommend.

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Manda & Me
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Julie was fabulous and very professional. She catered breakfast for 160 people for us. Her food quality and presentation was very good. Would definitely use her next time too.

William Ference Catering
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Marilyn C.
Verified review

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a casual outdoor dinner buffet for 30 adults and 3 children. William listened to our preferences carefully and created a beautiful and delicious menu of passed hors d'oeuvres, chicken, fish, and vegetarian entrees, and a wonderful dessert table of fresh fruit, hazelnut cake and pistachio panna cotta. The food was wonderful! Many guests remarked about how good everything was. His serving team set up and served with style and charm and cleaned up beautifully. We highly recommend William and will use him again and again! He is a great communicator and chef.

Hostess Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen T.
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My company has used Hostess Catering for dinner 4 nights a week for over year. They are flexible, professional, creative and dependable. It's very hard to satisfy a large group every night with many different tastes, diets and eating habits. These ladies always come up with a fun menu every week that appeals to meat lovers and vegetarians. Hostess even catered our Holiday Party in December of 2014 and did all the planning from menus to table settings to waitstaff. They worked hard and I looked like a Super Star! These women do a knock out job and no job is too big for them to handle.

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

Chef Malone and staff are awesome! Malone Catering catered our wedding on 9/28. We had a casual buffet style dinner. The guests RAVED about how good the food was! The quality of the food was exceptional! Chef Marty & staff were all very friendly, professional and attentive. We really couldn't have asked for anything more! We even have some friends and family who want to use Malone Catering for future events! Outstanding quality and service, you can't go wrong!

K&G Catering
4.5
from 33 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Emily S.
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We catered an event at our school. It was buffet breakfast for 40. The food was well done and exactly what was ordered. Sides and accompaniments were well thought out. Food was fresh.

Lori Rizzo Events
4.7
from 30 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia C.
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I used Lori's catering services for a small get together and birthday party for about 30 people. Since I was a novice at party giving, Lori was very good about checking in with me along the way and making suggestions about both the menu and the setup. We had more than enough food which had been a particular worry of mine since I could not picture amounts. The party was for noon on a Sunday and I elected to do sort of a blend between a brunch and a lunch. In particular, the strata, mango salad and berry fruit salad were the most popular and I found that the dressings, sauces and spreads that accompanied the food were what added to the uniqueness of the ham, rolls and other salads. Everything was tasty and fresh. The delivery person was on time and helpful with food placement as it was a buffet style. The dishes were all set to go on platters and we supplied the serving utensils and beverages. I would certainly recommend Lori for whatever occasion you might need these services.

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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
Camilla (Mimi) B.
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Renee Scharoff is a world class chef with a client base that reflects this from both here and abroad. Renee has been our personal chef for a number of years having pursued a relationship with her after an event we attended where she catered. Her culinary repertoire is sophisticated, inventive and always savory. Importantly, this is coupled w/ a keen perception of individual tastes and health considerations. She is extremely talentd, reliable and flexible adapting to need: personal chef, dinner parties, holiday event deliveries or formal events. I can think of nothig that would not have her meet the highest of standards. We live in Brookline, Mass.

Defined Palate
4.6
from 21 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine C.
Verified review

Chef Stephen is a very talented Chef. We met 11 years ago and Chef Stephen gave me many cooking lessons in my home in addition we worked on special projects in public schools, catered dinners, culinary outings and a whole lot of fun and learning. My teenage son has taken cooking lessons and loves every taste and the fun and seriousness of Chef Stephens approach to teaching. I think Chef Stephen has an esthetic that pleases the eyes, the mouth, the tummy and many many people off all ages...we think he is a gift to the Culinary World!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shantanu K.
Verified review

Ben helped us out with operating the buffet table for a birthday party. He is very knowledgeable about kitchen stuff, and didn't need any guidance on what needed to be done. He was very punctual and also helped us to pack the leftovers. I highly recommend him for a party and would love to work with him again

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The Aipyn Catering
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Martha S.
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Shamia provided a delicious buffet for my son's wedding brunch for 15 people. She even took the time to transfer additional food onto her serving platters to make everything look just right. People loved the food, which included beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, an arugula, goat cheese and pear salad, a roasted sweet potato and mango salad, two kinds of delicious frittatas (which the bride said were the best she had ever tasted), and potatoes au gratin. She also prepared a two-layer green-tea cake with buttercream and coconut frosting that was perfection. She brought a lovely server, Paula, with her to handle all the details of prepping, keeping things fresh, and cleaning up. We had mountains of leftovers, and everyone was delighted.

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!

Fenway Sausage Works
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jacob B.
Verified review

Cory and his company Fenway Sausage Works catered our wedding. My wife grew up in Rhode Island, and like any other New Englander she is a Red Sox fan to the core. Our wedding was baseball themed and Fenway Sausage works fit the occasion to a T. The menu choices were simple, easy to follow and easy to choose and move forward with while planning our wedding. Cory made a pre site visit to make sure he was best able to accomadate our wedding ideas. Like any business you have the contracts to deal with, but FSW was simple and easy, and then Cory seemed to go way above and beyond what he agreed to do and made the food at our wedding memorable and priceless. The food was delicious and very reasonably priced, I personally recommend the walking taco at any event. My mouth still waters from it. Cory we thank you and your wife for being part of our day, we consistantly here about the food from our wedding when we visit family in the area. If we ever have another catered event in the area, we will be sure to schedule it with your availability.

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

Cindy was very easy to communicate with when arranging for a bar-tender to serve drinks at our 60 person function. The bar-tender she provided was excellent and everything went perfectly - I'd definitely use Catering for You again.

Red's Street Kitchen
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chris P.
Verified review

5 stars!!! Chef Max killed it! From the Bolognese Pasta, Smoked Chicken and my favorite, Reds Kitchen 💣 Cubano sliders! Service, presentation all top notch! If your looking for a caterer that can do it all contact Max for your next function.

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!

    Tasty Tips Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Suga P.
    Verified review

    Best Greens I've had in a really long time... Great service

    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.