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Gloucester Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Gloucester.

Top Pro
from 117 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kate M.
Verified review

Bill & Wendy were the caterers for all of our farm to table dinners last summer. Their food and service is exceptional. Besides absolutely delicious food, they are also extremely fun to work with and easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend them for your events!

Sara's Cooking
from 79 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Meroia A.
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She and her stuff did an amazing job. Her recommendation, food and services: excellent !

  • 11 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Meagan S.
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I truly cannot say thank you enough to the team at Cristo’s Kitchen for catering my wedding. They were friendly and supportive in putting together a menu. So easy to work with. On the day of the event they were on-time, anticipated the needs of the guests, created a beautiful spread, and served some tremendous food. All of our guests were so blown away by how wonderful the food was and by the service they received from the wait staff. Not to mention, the pricing was very affordable. I would recommend Cristo’s Kitchen 100% and give 5 stars on all levels!

William Ference Catering
from 36 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Gabriella L.
Verified review

BEST wedding dinner ever. William came to our house for a food tasting and we were hooked. All of the appetizers and both of our dinner selections were incredible. William is very personable and understands the financial costs of a wedding. He will make suggestions as he sees fit and do anything within his power to help you stay on budget. Our guests raved about the food and even had fun with William's staff. We will recommend William and his team to anyone looking to cater an event.

Hostess Catering
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Vadim G.
Verified review

Outstanding food and service!

SYB Event Planning
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Tom L.
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Words cannot describe how happy my wife and I are with SYB Event planning and Soraya for planning an amazing 1st Birthday Party for my daughter, this past August. From the day I found her up until the party, she has been nothing but helpful, supportive and very creative. SYB Event Planning also supplied the catering to us as well, from their catering division. The food and service was very good!! All my guests were very happy on how beautiful and fun the party was. I will definitely considering hiring Soraya again for future events. Both the catering and the planning are highly recommended!

Top Pro
Ran's Kitchen
from 33 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cara P.
Verified review

We hired Randall to cook a birthday dinner for 13 people. The workspace was small but Randall made it work. The food came out hot and on time and was absolutely amazing. Randall was extremely professional followed through 100% with everything that we talked about. The entire evening was phenomenal, I would highly recommend Ran's Kitchen to others and will definitely be using him in the future.

Lori Rizzo Events
from 31 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa P.
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Excellent service, food and prices!

Top Pro
The Aipyn Catering
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 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!!

  • 24 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jacquelyn D.
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I can't say enough AMAZING things about Sam Ambra and the services my husband and I received for our wedding at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club!! The menu is filled with so many unique and delicious food options - it was tough to make our final decisions, and our guests to this day (over a year later) still comment on how incredible the food was! Not only was the taste memorable, but so was the beautiful and elegant way it was all displayed. You will get the most amazing quality and service with Sam and Merrimack Valley Events

from 12 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lori B.
Verified review

I have been using buffets for years now, I cant say enough about their quality of food and the service of the staff. They are willing to go the extra mile for individuals who have food allergies/sensitivities, including myself. They can do fully staffed functions of any size or just drop off catering. Suggestions are welcome if you are looking for something different besides the menu. The deliveries are always on time and professionally put together. Which for business lunches/breakfasts are extremely important given the time restraints. Here at iRobot we rate Buffets A+. Thank you Buffets.

Pixie Dust Gourmet
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Maura O.
Verified review

Beth has been great to work with! Very flexible with menu, my choices, and days that work for cooking. Her meals/food is FAB! BEST part? I have so lost weight eating her food. Even the yummy pixie balls aren't added inches to my waste line ;) Definitely recommend to anyone to busy to cook meals daily and or is looking for better/health meals to serve the family or themselves.

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffani L.
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There's not enough space or time to explain how pleased we were with our pig roast. Thyme and Tide was very professional. The food was phenomenal. Everything was fresh. There was no hidden costs. Price was Fair. We even had leftovers! This guy knows food and he left no mess behind. He'll be back at our house again for many years to come.

from 7 reviews
    Desmond P.
    Verified review

    SommerChef was amazing. The recipes were easy enough to do, but were amazingly delicious. I liked how the printed recipes we used during the class were in large enough print that they were easy to read. And the printed copies we were given at the end of the night are well organized. I plan to make five of the recipes tonight – a weeknight, no less – for guests. Great value. Great food.

    Chef Matthew Stogryn
    from 6 reviews
    • 18 years in business
    • 8 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.

    The BBQ Don
    from 5 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Susan S.
    Verified review

    5 star all around. Food was excellent and served exactly on time as requested. We are still hearing rave reviews from our guests. Extremely professional and went the extra steps great recommendations for menu and portion sizes. We would absolutely use again.

    zaaki llc
    from 5 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Basel F.
    Verified review

    Zaaki team is very responsive and quality oriented. I love quality of the food and team.

    Wow Barbecue BROOKLINE
    from 4 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Carina C.
    Verified review

    Excellent food and services

    Walker's Foods
    from 3 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Michael A.
    Verified review

    Christopher provided a fantastic 4-course meal for our 18 person party. He was accommodating, responsive to emails, personable and most importantly a great chef. I intend on hiring him again in the future and would highly recommend to anyone else.

    Dino's Italian Kitchen
    from 2 reviews
    • 48 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Kara C.
    Verified review

    Dino's was excellent! Yuriy and his crew are very hard working! Food was delicious and our guest at our wedding loved it!

    The Dogg Pound
    from 1 review
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Coriene H.
    Verified review

    Great food, very friendly.

    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.

    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 much should catering cost for a wedding?

    The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

    • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
    • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
    • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
    • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

    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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    Need Catering Service for a Wedding Reception

    Rockport, MA

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    • Interested in the following cuisine
    • Serving style
    • Staff needed
      Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
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