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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
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
  • 134 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 78 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 145 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
  • 100 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
  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dede W.
Verified review

We used Little Miss Sophie as the caterer for our wedding celebration at PITA Hall on Plum Island on October 29th, 2016, and I feel like we stumbled upon a hidden gem! Jessica and her team were amazing! From our initial tasting and consultation, Jess was so wonderful and easy to work with. She put together a full tasting based on our email exchanges about our menu preferences, listened to our ideas, asked great questions, and helped us tailor our menu to fit our laid-back vibe and limited budget! They accommodated some last minute tweaks to the menu and were really attentive - they even came and did a walk-through of the venue a few days before to familiarize themselves with the kitchen and set-up. We did all of the planning and set-up for the wedding ourselves, so on the big day it was such a relief to know that the Little Miss Sophie's team were there and had everything under control! When we arrived at the venue post-ceremony, they had passed apps and the appetizer buffet ready to go - everything was beautiful and tasted great! As the night went on, they kept things running smoothly, transitioning from apps to dinner buffet to dessert. Our guests raved about how good everything was, and how the food just seemed to keep coming! At the end of the night, the Little Miss Sophie's team packed up the leftovers for us (which fed our entire extended family for days!) and left the venue's kitchen sparkling. I am so glad we were able to connect with Little Miss Sophie's via Thumbtack -- they were so great to work with and really helped to make our day amazing. We would highly recommend them and use them again in a heartbeat!!

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

Julie catered our party for 75 people. Not only did she bring delicious food, just as described, but she spent at least a half an hour setting up the fruit and cheese display--it was stunning. She was easy to work with, had great menu suggestions, was prompt, professional and friendly, and surpassed our expectations.

William Ference Catering
5.0
from 35 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
  • 67 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.

The Henrys
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
SAMANTHA A.
Verified review

We hired Chris to cater a cocktail party for 70 and the food was excellent. We consulted beforehand and told him we needed heavy appetizers, but ones that could be served at room temperature and in stations. We consulted on a menu beforehand and made a few adjustments. Chris was responsive to our needs and kept within our budget. The food was outstanding. Healthy and tasty. We got tons of positive remarks from our guests. I would not hesitate to hire Chris again.

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

We had a great experience with Malone Catering. From initial meeting to final reception and after dinner party everything went very well. Food was all delicious and Martin Malone did everything necessary to help us create a multi-cultural experience for our guests from Boston, Philadelphia, NY, California, India and in between.

Lori Rizzo Events
4.7
from 30 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 64 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.

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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
Camilla (Mimi) B.
Verified review

Renee Scharoff is a world class chef with a client base that reflects this from both here and abroad. Renee has been our personal chef for a number of years having pursued a relationship with her after an event we attended where she catered. Her culinary repertoire is sophisticated, inventive and always savory. Importantly, this is coupled w/ a keen perception of individual tastes and health considerations. She is extremely talentd, reliable and flexible adapting to need: personal chef, dinner parties, holiday event deliveries or formal events. I can think of nothig that would not have her meet the highest of standards. We live in Brookline, Mass.

Top Pro
  • 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 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!!

  • 24 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jen F.
Verified review

Catered our holiday party - staff were professional, friendly, and attentive and food was amazing. What more could you ask for! Oh yeah, their prices were great too! Everyone had a great time - thank you!

Penguin Caters LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John P.
Verified review

My experience with Penguin Caters has been outstanding from the first phone call through the last guest leaving our party. We used 1caterer and 1 bar tender, and I could not have been happier with either of them. They were very presentable, friendly, helpful, organized, efficient, I could go on and on. Misha, thank you for providing a true 5 star service. Your definitely going to hear from me again should I find myself in need of services like this again. I sincerely thank you.

Amanda Pomer, Private Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Marc R.
    Verified review

    Amanda catered my wife's 40th birthday party, and she did an exceptional job! She worked with me to create a menu, providing me with a number of different options, including options for guests with dietary restrictions. The food and presentation were great, and our guests were raving about it days afterward! Amanda also was a big help during the party, replenishing the hors d'oeuvres and drink dispersers, refilling plates, cups and napkins, and then cleaning up the kitchen afterward. Amanda took care of it all, and I didn't have to worry about anything! I would highly recommend her for your event!

    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!!!

    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!

      Walker's Foods
      5.0
      from 3 reviews
      • 5 years in business
      • 6 hires on Thumbtack
      Elisse G.
      Verified review

      Christopher prepared an outstanding meal for our dinner party/ joint bachelorette. He arrived early, got down to work and prepared and presented one fantastic dish after another -- even when we lost power! Would work with him again in a heartbeat.

      Caitlin L.
      Verified review

      Something Savory was very helpful in planning and executing catering for party of 100+ Jodi personally delivered the food and helped setup the dishes. She was a big help in pulling off this party!

      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.
      Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.