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Lawrence Festival Caterers

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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD + DRINK
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tanya M.
Verified review

We enjoyed having Wendy and Bill as our caterers for our night of fun with friends. It was the perfect kickoff to our Memorial Day weekend. There was plenty of delicious and unique foods to taste. We had awesome wine and beer pairings as well. All of our guests enjoyed everything. We absolutely recommend trying their services!

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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
Trish B.
Verified review

Jen and Diane were awesome. They provided food or an employee meeting of 150 people and it was delicious! They were very easy to work with, showed up early, and were very professional. I would not hesitate to recommend these warm, lovely ladies for any catering event you may have.

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
Jennifer B.
Verified review

For more than 15 years I have been involved in fundraising. I have worked with dozens of caterers over these many years and I can confidently say that Cristo's Kitchen and Catering is the best that I have worked with. Outstanding service, detail oriented, professional, delicious food, honest and a great guy. Highly recommended and I look forward to working with them again.

First Class Parties
4.8
from 70 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria L.
Verified review

I had the pleasure of working with Eric and his team as part of our recent army reserve unit family fall festival. They provided top notch service for a day filled with bounce house fun! We also had a popcorn machine rental, which was a huge hit. Eric goes above and beyond and was a blast to work with. I hope to plan another event that requires a bounce house so I we can work together again.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eve R.
Verified review

We’re excited for Daniel to caterer our wedding in a few months - so far he has been great to work with

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
Verified review

They were amazing! The food quality was awesome! They were early setting up which was perfect. Our wedding guests loved the food and many people asked where we found our caterers. Thank you so much!!

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

Julie made absolutely delicious food for my event and all of my guests raved about how tasty it was. She was wonderful to communicate with leading up to the event and was very easy to work with. She jumped on with my vision quickly and was able to offer a perfectly suited menu.

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

I think it is a resounding testimony when guests at a party are taking a photo of a persons business card during an event. Everything William did was impeccable, and made himself totally available during the event. I would (and will) recommend William to anyone that ever asks me about potential caterers for any event. I have no faults whatever to highlight, I'm sure that if I asked William to mow the lawn as part of festivities preparation that he would have done it without question.

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

Donna and Visnja were amazing! It was my first timing looking for caterers and I had a great experience. I primarily spoke with Donna and she was so bubbly, polite, and professional. She was quick to answer any of my questions and was very accommodating. I had a large family party but did not want to have a formal sit down dinner, so I opted for 3 of their food stations-the boardwalk, the skewer and the salad stations. They set everything up buffet style so my guests could eat at their choosing. I got so many compliments on the food! I was especially pleased to hear that the vegetarians of the group loved having so many tasty options (from the salad station). Next time I need to cater an event I know who to call. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone looking for a caterer!

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

We wanted to cater an event for several of our accounts during a conference in another state. Lori helped us with the planning and catering. The event was set up well and the food was delicious!

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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
Amy S.
Verified review

This past Sunday, Renee catered an engagement brunch for 33 people in our Needham home. I was a bit hesitant at first choosing Renee as I did not know anyone who had used her. After checking out her website and talking to her on the phone, I was confident I had chosen the right caterer for our celebration. Renee listened to my ideas and created a menu that was both elegant and rustic at the same time. Her food was out of this world and the presentation equally as brilliant. If you are looking for a special caterer with a special talent (think design and top chef) Renee is the one! I look forward to working with her again .

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  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Ben responded to all of my questions promptly with excellent suggestions for vegetarian (and other) options for my party. We settled on 6 items that were incredibly tasty and visually appealing. My guests were raving! I would definitely recommend Ben Sawicki as a caterer for your event.

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

Shamia has been cooking for my family for 13 years. Her food is always delicious, and she has been a great help for all types of events- from catering for large parties, performance receptions, to weekly family dinners. She is our number 1 recommendation for anyone looking for a chef!

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William Morin
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karissa C.
Verified review

Chef Billy exceeded expectations. We had a high profile event and Chef Billy excelled. Not only is his food delicious but his personality is exactly what you want in a caterer. He was efficient, well organized, professional and personable. We plan on hiring Chef Billy again for future events.

  • 24 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Shawney L.
Verified review

Sam and his staff catered our nonprofit organization's annual Sandra K Russell Derby Day Benefit for MitoAction a few weeks ago and it was beyond amazing! Our attendees and staff cannot say enough great things about the Merrimack Event team. From start to finish, Sam was polite, attentive, and efficient. He worked with our budget and understood the complexity of the event. Sam went above and beyond to help decorate the event venue beautifully and of course, have his chef design an out of this world Southern Fare dinner menu to match our event's theme. Everyone was so pleased with the delicious food, and has told us out of the 8 years we have hosted this event - this one was truly the best. We cannot wait to use Simply Elegant Catering again next year! Thank you again Sam and team!

Amanda Pomer, Private Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Katrina L.
    Verified review

    She puts effort into everything she does and strives for top quality food. She goes above and beyond to make delicious food that looks amazing. She also works well with people who have allergies. 10/10 would work with her again!

    Thyme + TIDE kitchen
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Nell F.
    Verified review

    Thyme and Tide catered our wedding last summer. Everything was yummy and our guest couldn't stop commenting on it!

    zaaki llc
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Rizwanul H.
    Verified review

    ZAAKI is a great place to cater your next event. They catered our Iftar in Ramadan and the food was delicious and plentiful. The can on time with extra serving utensils, which we needed. Through out our conversation , they were professional and reliable. I would recommend them to cater your next event. Thank you again - ZAAKI. Rizwan

    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.

    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.
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