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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD + DRINK
4.8
from 118 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Drew R.
Verified review

I chose Bill and Wendy to cater a Murder Mystery Dinner/Bachelorette Party for my best friend. The food was incredible. Equally important, though, was the process. They were communicative, friendly, and despite my scattered-ness they kept us on schedule. I really appreciated the check-ins: without them this party would have been a dinner with no food at all. Let alone the delectable and abundant feast we had. Thank you!

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Jen Royle: Dare To Taste
4.9
from 98 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle F.
Verified review

My husband and I hired Jen to prepare a "heavy apps" cocktail party for about 20 people. It (and she) was incredible! Her food was impeccable, flavor and presentation couldn't be beat. My personal favorites were her chicken pot pie cupcakes and shrimp scampi skewers. Lots of options and trust us, no one left hungry! We will absolutely have Jen back and I have given her information to a couple of my guests for their future parties. Honestly, you won't be disappointed!

Sara's Cooking
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Holly K.
Verified review

We had a small cocktail party, and hired Sara's Cooking to handle everything, and they sure did!!! It was amazing, everyone loved the food and the sangria was SO GOOD! She even made iced tea and infused water. Our party success we owe to Sara's Cooking! It was an event to remember!!!!!!!!

  • 11 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqueline M.
Verified review

Food was great and plentiful, Chris and his team were a pleasure and easy to work with. Our guests loved everything and we look forward to working with Chris for our next cocktail party!

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diana N.
Verified review

Daniel & his team made it possible for us to host the party we all want to create for our friends & family. An evening cocktail party followed by dinner, where every single dish was exemplary and relished by all. The feast followed our guests with no fuss as dishes were relocated in response to the beautiful weather making it possible for the party to spill outdoors. Their service was extraordinary but the food had everyone wanting more.

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The Home Chef of NH
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Judith B.
Verified review

Extremely professional, never had to ask for next course, very clean which is impressive since we did have barbecue meatballs, no sloppy messes. We have hot appetizers through out the party (2hrs.). As for the future, COME BACK!

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J&L Catering
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann M.
Verified review

John and his team were very professional!! They performed duties beyond their scope because my event planner wasn't doing her job. They all-in-all were instrumental at making sure my guests, myself and husband were well taken care of, from bringing water and a platter of food out to us when pictures were being taken, communicating with our DJ in a professional manner which in turn prompted my DJ to make a public announcement on how spectacular J & L Catering was. If I hadn't mentioned, the food was fantastic. I had great reviews from my family and friends for days/weeks. I would whole heartedly recommend John of J & L Caterers for all weddings.

William Ference Catering
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Kurt V.
Verified review

William catered our family style wedding reception for 170 people at a private venue and we could not be happier. Not only is the food he cooks amazing, the service he provides is second to none. Prior to reaching out to William, we had been working with another larger, better known, and well-reviewed catering company. They turned out to be entirely unhelpful, unwilling to offer alternatives to help keep our budget manageable and did not take kindly to any requests outside their standard menu and offerings. After eating the deposit on our first caterer, we gave William a call and he provided the exact opposite experience. From our first phone call until after the event was over, he was wonderful to work with. He helped us with crafting a menu, determining alcohol volume (we had a backyard wedding), cocktail and reception layout, and even timeline. He was always very quick to respond, made extremely helpful suggestions, worked around our schedules (and held the tasting in our apartment), accommodated changes to dishes to make sure we got exactly what we wanted, provided more food (and rentals!) for far less money than other caterers we assessed, and had an extremely professional service staff. After it was all over, he put some leftover food in our fridge and my wife and I were able to enjoy it again for dinner the following night with a bottle of champagne. If you're looking for a caterer that really cares not only about the food that he cooks but also about you and making your event amazing, you've already found him.

Hostess Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen T.
Verified review

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.

SYB Event Planning
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Paul S.
Verified review

It was a cocktail and appetizer party for 12 people. Everyone loved the food! We had plenty left over for folks to bring home! Price was great. It will definetly use SYB Catering again because Soraya was so professional and accomodating...she came and set everything up an hour before the start date and cooked several apps on premise...it was great. And again, the the food was awesome!

Lori Rizzo Events
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Janet F.
Verified review

Lori, her partner Sam and her staff made my small event seamless. Lori and I were able to effectively communicate via email and text a half a dozen times in the span of 17 days which proved a tremendous value for me in terms of my time and energy. The team were prompt, professional, friendly, anticipated my needs and stayed on top of everything all night. They met and exceeded all my expectations and received rave reviews from my 50 guests. Chef Jim and Crew Debbie and Jim - I welcome you back anytime. It was so much fun to work with you. Chef Jim - The food and presentation was awesome and abundant. Thank you! Debbie and Jim - thank you for staying on top of the time and making it effortless for me to stay on schedule and stlll be able to enjoy the party with my guests. I look forward to working with all of you again.

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

We had a retirement party with 70 guests catered by Malone Catering and their service, menu, presentation, and interaction with us and our guests were outstanding! I would highly recommend Malone Catering for your next catering needs.

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  • 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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The Aipyn Catering
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 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!!

BUFFETS INC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Karen C.
Verified review

The food was excellent! Super fresh and tasty. Mark was very helpful with menu selections, and his service is top-notch. Many from our group are planning to call to have their own parties catered by Buffets Inc!

Upwardly Mobile Mixologist
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kerrin C.
Verified review

I had Brendan bartend at a surprise birthday for my husband. He came to site beforehand, we created signature drinks that he typed up descriptions for and took charge of the party, helping caterers etc. Fun to be with and engages people of all ages and treats them like friends. He got some upcoming jobs with my friends and I could be happier!

Ambrosia Events & Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jude N.
Verified review

I had a family get together in May and with eight brothers and sisters, a lot of nieces and nephews are included. We ended up with thirty two people. I started planning this party in January and Tony could not have been more helpful, attentive and accommodating. With so many taste pallets, Tony took the time to come up with several dishes that would keep everyone happy. What surprised me the most was that Tony himself showed up, with an entourage of staff, and saw to it that everything went perfect. Not only did he see to the smallest of details, he was open to questions and conversations from everyone and it almost seemed like he was part of the family. If you were lucky enough to have dined at either of Tony's restaurants in the past, or have been to a party when he is catering, you know that the food is top notch; innovative and delicious. I anticipated an issue of some sort. Whether it was the food, price, schedule or personnel but no issues ever came our way. I have been to many catered affairs and NONE can compare to Tony and Ambrosia Events and Catering. Keep up the great work!!!

Wow Barbecue BROOKLINE
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Leon C.
Verified review

I know WOW Barbecue from way back; I even dined at their restaurant for a few times. I asked their customer service if they cater and they said yes. I employed them to provide food for my company’s product launch party for more than 200 guests. I contacted them 48 hours before our event, and they were able to deliver on such short notice. The owner and the customer service were very thoughtful; instead of trying to up-selling me, they tried to help me correctly estimate the number of guests and prevented me from over-ordering. Highly recommend them, definitely will hire them again!

Out Of The Box Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tom M.
Verified review

Out of the Box Catering Jonathan Hatch and Eva Chen: Pattie and I are still hearing wonderful reviews from our guests about the fantastic food you served at our soirée. We are extremely pleased at your professionalism and manner during the party. All the guests were amazed at your prowess as a chef. Every part of the meal was unbelievable and absolutely delicious. Your promise to make this party one of good memory was delivered. Your service was admirable and friendly. Even the leftovers were spoken for. Out of the Box Catering certainly delivers with aplomb. Sincerely, Tom Mazzarini and Pattie Ricci

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stacey B.
Verified review

Pauline's Staffing and Catering did a recent party for me for 80 people. The food was amazing and some of my guests called later to tell me how much they enjoyed it! The staff was completely professional and friendly. We couldn't have asked for a better result. Pauline was a pleasure to deal with - straightforward and accurate in her budgeting. She has a wealth of experience and so can help with planning the overall event. I would not hesitate to recommend her services!

Jasmine Taibi
5.0
from 1 review
    Alex P.
    Verified review

    Jasmine catered a vegan super bowl sunday party at my house! It was Incredible! She really nailed it on the head. Very creative and exceptionally talented for a young cook.

    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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