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Methuen Food Catering Companies

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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
Heather D.
Verified review

OMG! Hands down, your search ends here. Bill and Wendy are phenomenal; so responsive to email and phone calls. Conducted a site visit and offered sample tastings without being asked. Food was excellent. They did a mid-afternoon reception with about 10 different appetizers/desserts outside in 90 degree heat for 200 people. Presentation was gorgeous. Cold stuff remained cold, hot stuff remained hot, everything was beautiful and stayed replenished. Their demeanor is incredible. The only thing that people complimented more than the food was the catering staff. Truly you will not go wrong with them. 10 years as a innkeeper and 4 years as an event coordinator, I'm a critical judge of quality and service. I give them 5 stars without reservation. Thank you Bill & Wendy for making the 2017 USM Staff Recognition Event a very special day. People loved you and your food! Heather Dilios University of Southern Maine heather.dilios@maine.edu (207) 780-4462

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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
Mary W.
Verified review

I had Dare to Taste do my Holiday Party on 12-13-15 at my 55 plus community clubhouse in Westboro Ma. Jen Royles service and food presentation is beyond words. I would recommend her to anyone for any type of an event she is a amazing person in her cooking and personality. Thank you so much Jen for a outstanding job and hope to see you again in the near future. Mary Walters

  • 11 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Eileen M.
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I was very happy with the food and service...the food was delicious and the service and clean up was professional and friendly. I would definitely use Christo's kitchen again.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer G.
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Little Miss Sophie's catered our Thanksgiving dinner for about 25 people. The food was plentiful and delicious, and everyone at the table was satisfied with their meal. The food arrived on time and was completely set up and ready to go by our planned meal time. In addition, attention was paid to the little details for example - Jess brought tablecloths to put underneath the serving stations, candles to add to the ambiance, and Andes mints for after dinner. These were all things we hadn't discussed and they added positively to our experience. Prior to the meal, I communicated with Jess primarily through e-mail. Her responses were prompt and professional, and she worked with me to customize a meal that would suit my family's needs. The whole experience could not have been easier. Little Miss Sophie's Restaurant will definitely be our go-to business when we need catering in the area!

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The Home Chef of NH
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Loreen R.
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I had a lobster bake for a group of 35. The food was delicious everyone raved that the steamers were the best they had ever tasted. Very professional and easy to work with. I really liked that she spaced out the courses and allowed us to socialize. It was not a rushed meal. I can't wait to use her services again.

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J&L Catering
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca G.
Verified review

Like many brides, I began the tedious process of searching for a caterer for our upcoming wedding. I spoke to several catering companies that resided in the Boston area but their pricing for one night was far too expensive considering our wedding was going to span three full days for all guests. I continued to search for caterers and came across J&L Catering, which also happened to be local to me. Our first phone conversation went amazingly. John really understood my vision and was able to provide all the elements we needed for our three days (raw bar, carving station, and lobster bake). The pricing for all three days was fantastic. I was nervous that in order to meet such a great price, perhaps the food quality would be lacking. Boy was I wrong! We had our tasting of each of our three menus and everything was delicious, tender, juicy, and full of flavor. My fiancé and I were blown away with how amazing the food tasted. We could not have been more pleased with the final outcome for our wedding weekend. Our guests haven’t stop talking about how great the food was. And besides taste and price, the last element you hope for is good customer service. John and his team have this in spades. Every time I had a question about the menu or what to rent for plates, etc.; I always received a prompt phone call or email with a reply. As a bride trying to plan their big day, it is so nice to have someone there to quickly answer your questions. By the end of our long planning process and wedding weekend, we really felt like John and his team was a part of our family. That is nearly impossible to find this day and age. If you are looking to book a caterer, look no further than J&L Caterers. You will not be disappointed!

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

Julie was great! She provided excellent food, service and made my job as hostess so much easier and stress free. the arrangements she created with the cheeses and antipasto were so artfully done. It was all lovely and delicious. I would work with Julie again on another event!

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City Moose Catering
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristen N.
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Stacy and city moose catering were excellent. The food was great, service was great and very reasonably priced.

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
Nana A.
Verified review

Really good catering company. Donna was very punctual and was so kid and willing to help in any way possible to make my event successful. I hear nothing but good things about her food and she is my catering choice from now on for all my events

SYB Event Planning
4.9
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!

The Henrys
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Martha C.
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I hired the Henry's for my husband 's 60th Birthday at my home in Andover for about 75 people. The food was outstanding. The staff was professional, on time and the event went seamlessly. Chef Chris made a BLT appetizer that our guests couldn't get enough of ! We would highly recommend this company without reservation. Total professionals and awesome food!

  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon P.
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I had a great experience with this company. The food was fresh and you could tell at first glance. They truly do make everything from scratch to. They were very professional in every aspect they even have there own plates and silverware so there was no clean up for me! it was like they were never here. I was so grateful for that! I will recommend to everyone. Thanks!!!

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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
Michael M.
Verified review

Great food, professional service for our party of 22. The carrot/ginger soup, the chicken tacos, and the fried artichokes were amazing. Everything else was also fantastic, too. All of the guests were very complimentary. Naturally, we were also very pleased with Renee and her staff and am happy to recommend her.

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

William was amazing for our Corporate Picnic! After working with him on a menu, he came up with an collaborated with me on the perfect menu for my company as well as making sure that our vegetarian co-workers needs were met. He was wonderful in reassuring me that the event would still be wonderful even with our in climate weather of rain but he was well prepared with a tent of his own and came promptly to set up before guests arrived. He was quick on his feet and brought his partner Jennifer who attended to our needs as well as assisted in running food to our buffet line to keep it warm and stocked for the slow accrual of guests. Since then, everyone has been raving about the food, especially the steak tips! They were an amazing team, the food was spectacular and I wholeheartedly would recommend them for any catering that you could need. They went above and beyond.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Joe R.
Verified review

I hired Deirdre to be a part of a wedding team for my client's backyard wedding. As a professional wedding planner with more than ten years planning weddings for a wide range of clients, I can tell you that the scenario we presented to Slavin in the Kitchen was one that would have sent most caterers running in the opposite direction - due to a series of mishaps out of our control, we were at a very late stage in the wedding planning process without a caterer or a plan for food. Deirdre and her team not only came through for us, but they provided multiple options for us to choose from and even patiently waited for my clients to make a decision - as a planner, this was a complete godsend, the last thing I want is to have clients who feel rushed, pressured and/or panicked. The day of the wedding, Deirdre set up a beautiful display for our clients and their guests to enjoy. She also ensure that every vendor was fed - something most caterers don't take the initiative to do. Her team was professional, the food was delicious and the presentation exceeded expectations. I'm keeping Deirdre's name at the top of my list for catering needs and look forward to working with her on future projects.

  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mark B.
Verified review

Personal Chef Ryan Connolly prepared the food for our Mother's Day breakfast and dropped it off on time and hot to serve at my house. The food was great and everyone had a great time. Thank you Ryan!

Savor E's Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tracey R.
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I was very happy with Savor E's Catering service and food. Everything was delicious! I would definitely use again.

The Talbot Company
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Grant M.
Verified review

The Talbot Company has catered several corporate events for us and absolutely crushes it every time. Dietary restrictions, event type, and setting are all taken into account and are never any issue. Highly recommended!

Megan Edward
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rosemarie A.
Verified review

Megan is an extremely professional person who definitely knows her business when it comes to catering an event. The cost was very reasonable. She paid great attention to the little details of our event and her food was amazing! I would definitely use her services again. Excellent services.

A Haute Dish Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sally C.
Verified review

Chef Jennifer Broberg did a fantastic job with our all night hors d'oeuvre party for over 200 people. All of her food was delicious, creative and colorful. Her kitchen and service staff was wonderful, too! Chef Jenn did 3 different cooking demonstrations during the evening and every guest enjoyed those. She has a great personality and is very professional. I am already planning my next event with Chef Jenn!

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.

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 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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