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  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michele F.
Verified review

We had a house party that was for about 35 guests and we hired Daniel for the catering. It was the best decision we made! The food was amazing, from the hot appetizers to the main courses (chicken, beef) to the variety of desserts- it was all delicious. I couldn't believe how many guests commented about the food and the presentation. And the presentation was certainly unique- he served the entrees in giant martini glasses so that we could stand and mill about while holding food. Fantastic idea. Daniel first came over to our house to check out the layout and kitchen and we went over the menu and how we were going to set everything up. This helped to make sure that everything on the day of the party went smoothly. He had a server (his daughter) and she was such a huge help and worked very hard. Together, they took care of everything related to the food - everything! All the food was fresh and cooked right in the kitchen so we weren't eating reheated food. They not only cooked here and served, but they took care of the clean up and packaged and put away all the extra food for us. They took all the stress away from planning a party and we were left to enjoy ourselves. We had so many people we hadn't seen for years that it was wonderful to just relax and enjoy the conversation and food with them. I can't recommend Daniel highly enough. We would definitely hire him 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
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.

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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
Kristen C.
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Where to start...from our first contact to the seeing the kitchen totally clean after cooking the most fabulous food and serving at our party of 100 or intimate dinner for 14-it was all perfection. I can't wait for the next event-my only fear-Renee will become so sought after that she may be busy.....I know to book way in advance!

Defined Palate
4.6
from 21 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Diana S.
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We had an amazing private dinner on a cliff in Plymouth at sunset. Everything was absolutely perfect- the food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the setting couldn't have been better. I will be using Chef Coe for my catering/party needs going forward. He is the real deal

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Chef Michael Haigh
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren A.
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I've worked with Chef Michael on many occasions ranging from intimate dinner parties to larger-scale holiday gatherings. Not only does he possess multifaceted culinary talent and knowledge, but he is also one of the most kind and patient men in the industry. His cheerful demeanor and grace under pressure make working with him an absolute pleasure. Anyone seeking someone with his level of expertise need look no further.

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The Aipyn Catering
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 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!!

Top Pro
  • 10 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marc P.
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These guys were AMAZING! We had two servers for a house warming party and I cannot believe how easy they made things. There is way to much awesomeness to cover! I cannot believe how easy they made things. I spent weeks freaking out over the party and once the crew showed up, they were on autopilot and made it such a memorable event. All of the guests were extremely impressed with the service and they were both so personable it was very sad to see them leave. We definitely need them back! Highly recommend this great service.

Five Continents
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shirley R.
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Our entire experience with Five Continents was wonderful, from the immediate response to our Thumbtack request for a caterer all the way to their leaving our wedding celebration event site spotless at the end of the party. Chef Elona provided a fabulous menu that fit our requirement for all plant-based food. When we met with her to work out party details, she had a long list of food ideas and welcome suggestions for pacing the party and table arrangements. Elona assured me that I would have nothing to do but enjoy the party, and she was right. The food was abundant and absolutely delicious, all served at the appropriate temperature and time. She and two delightful yet unobtrusive servers moved us seamlessly through a half dozen of the most fabulous hot and cold appetizers, a buffet main course with a vegan meatloaf that was like a rich roast beef, and then on to champagne toasts and coffee and desserts and serving the wedding cake. Perfect service, simply fabulous food beautifully presented, happy guests and a thrilled hostess. Five Continents delivers as promised, taking care of all party details - with the added bonus of being professional yet pleasant and easy to work with. We are so happy to have found them on Thumbtack!

Chef Matthew Stogryn
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
M.A. G.
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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.

Edible Creations By Gerry
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Carol A.
Verified review

I have been working with Gerry for many years and I have never been disappointed. His pastries are out of this world! He had made wedding cakes for my family and friends, he has catered Christmas parties for us, and after wedding brunches , and the list goes on! He is such a gifted artist! We love him!!! ❤️

Tasty Tips Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Itayshia M.
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Very good catering. I highly recommend the service to anyone looking for good food and service.

Chris The Mobile DJ
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Jason C.
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Did Halloween party for my mother n he did his thang. .

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.

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!

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.

Wow Barbecue PROVIDENCE
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Molly W.
Verified review

The communication was very clear and the delivery was right on time. Overall a very positive experience to hire WOW as our caterer, and would highly recommend it!

Aegean Catering Company
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sue B.
Verified review

Rick from Aegean Catering Company did a nice job. The food was excellent! The service was great and best of all he was on time and helped with the set up when he didn't have to. I would highly recommend Aegean Catering for any catering job! I would definitely use their services again!

About

I cater for any special events like weddings, anniversaries and holidays. I have very good reference. I have been in Cape Cod for almost 20 years and have a very good idea what people like. l will work with you to match your budget. l am an international chef who work with some of the best chefs in Europe and US.

About

I specialize in Mediterranean, Italian and American cooking. I always ensure that my food is outstanding and enough for seconds for all.

About

We don't charge crazy prices..... We love our clients.

About

I love cooking from scratch. I serve with big and bold flavors, appetizers and main courses, including cocktail parties. I will travel or cook at your home.

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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