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Salem Dessert Caterers

Browse these dessert caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Salem.

Top Pro
from 118 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

They tailored me wedding meal specifically to the food we loved and the style of our event. They even went above and beyond to coordinate with out dessert vendors who were 90 minutes away from our venue. They picked up the dessert, and made it a seamless transition from dinner to dessert. I didn't worry about a thing.

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

Jen has catered a number of events for me and has been amazing. Her menus are creative and she tailors them to match the theme perfectly. Her dishes and desserts are delicious and people love having someone with her background and story prepare. I would hire again no question.

Sara's Cooking
from 80 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Linda R.
Verified review

Sara , Daniel and Richard came into our home and we turned our kitchen over to them. By the end of the evening party, they felt like family to us! The food was amazing and the presentation was visually beautiful! Our guests sent us notes afterwards praising the food and caterers!! They were GREAT!!

  • 11 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Jane K.
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Chef Christo catered a lovely backyard retirement party at my home. The food was delicious from appetizers to dinner to dessert. The chicken marsala was yummy. He provided all the paper products, dishes, tables and linens. Excellent service and everything was cleaned up in short order. Would hire again.

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hanne O.
Verified review

Daniel is fantastic to work with! We used his services recently for a family reunion for 40 people. Every detail was looked after from start to finish. We started the evening with Daniel's famous cosmopolitans - DELICIOUS!! The cocktails were accompanied by a variety of appetizers but the big hit was his signature salsa made with avocado, pomegranate and kiwi - sounds odd but it was AMAZING!! We had a buffet selection for dinner and dessert and it was flawless. I can't say enough! Everything was wonderful and Daniel's expertise was clearly evident throughout every stage of our event from the planning to the execution. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Boston Event Divas
from 55 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Gabriella L.
Verified review

We cannot speak highly enough of Jen and her company, Boston Event Divas!!! She is an industry leading visionary. and our wedding day was a dream because of her. I knew from our very first phone conversation that Jen was the perfect wedding coordinator for us! She was so upbeat, funny and easy to talk to. She gave me a clear and concise outline of her services and what to expect throughout the planning process. We chose to go with a plan that allowed me to choose quite a few details (caterer, venue, rentals, flowers...etc), while Jen organized every detail into place. She also offered to take care of our floral design and arrangements, a huge bonus. We met face to face several times throughout the year and a half while planning. She was always willing to meet with me to discuss wedding details, answers questions and calm me down when I was overwhelmed due to some things not going as planned (because that will happen). Our wedding day was a dream. Not one detail was out of place. The flowers were breathtaking, simple and elegant. Jen kept everyone, and I mean everyone on schedule and where they were supposed to be. She even made my husband and I sit down for dinner at our reception so we could have the opportunity to eat (you will know how nearly impossible this is ladies and gentlemen, when it is your special day). Jen genuinely cares for her clients and their best interests. She went went above and beyond what we expected and we are so grateful for her time and services. We highly recommend Jen and Boston Event Divas to anyone looking for an exceptional wedding coordinator G.Meneses

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

I had a small gathering of 25 for a traditional New England clam bake. Sarah provided an extrodinary experience. She exuded professionalism throughout the event. She served a decorative shrimp cocktail, clam chowder,(her own receipe) steamers in a garlic butter & wine broth. Tossed garden salad, 1 3/4 lb lobsters with a crab and scallop stuffing. corn on the cob, and a decadent chocolate cake for dessert, an aray of coffees all to the total delight of my guests. I would highly reccomend Sarah to all of you, and plan to use her service time and again.

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

John was a delight to work with! I hosted a Bridal Shower Brunch for my daughter with 45 guests, and the food received rave reviews. There was more than enough for everyone and just enough leftovers for me and a few friends to enjoy later. John's attention to detail and his service is excellent. I received five quotes from Thumbtack for caterers and J & L had the best selection, best pricing and best professional and friendly approach.

William Ference Catering
from 36 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
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 68 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
from 31 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher C.
Verified review

Lori Rizzo was a pleasure to work with from the first second of our conversation through many twists & turns in the catering job (including 3 changes of venue) up until the excellent food and service she provided at the event. This was for a large anniversary party of 300+. Lori helped us design a delicious and cost-effective menu, working with our budget but putting the satisfaction of the guests as a top priority as well. She provided excellent and plentiful appetizers and desserts for our guests. Through the various venue changes, we had to keep altering the menu, but she was always patient and solved every problem. She was very responsive via email and phone, and I was never for one moment worried that she wouldn't come through with excellent catering services. She had solutions to all of our various challenges in an unconventional space with last-minute changes. I would strongly recommend her to anyone and everyone.

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

Chef Marty and his team provided appetizers, main meal, desserts, bar service, linens and dinnerware for our recent Holiday Party_12/6/13. Chef Marty was a delight to work with, he was responsive to our menu requests & updates; the request for a vegan meal was provided without a hitch. Pricing for our Holiday Party was fabulous, as a volunteer organization, we are always looking for the best for our dollars. The best review to offer was the request for business cards from the attendees! The serving staff were friendly and accommodating to last minute requests. I will keep Malone Catering's contact information near by!

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The Aipyn Catering
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Martha S.
Verified review

Shamia provided a delicious buffet for my son's wedding brunch for 15 people. She even took the time to transfer additional food onto her serving platters to make everything look just right. People loved the food, which included beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, an arugula, goat cheese and pear salad, a roasted sweet potato and mango salad, two kinds of delicious frittatas (which the bride said were the best she had ever tasted), and potatoes au gratin. She also prepared a two-layer green-tea cake with buttercream and coconut frosting that was perfection. She brought a lovely server, Paula, with her to handle all the details of prepping, keeping things fresh, and cleaning up. We had mountains of leftovers, and everyone was delighted.

from 12 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
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I have used Buffets Inc for at least 8 years and would not use anyone else! The food is made fresh each day, the prices are reasonable, this is a family owned business and they are great to work with. I first met Mark when he was volunteering his services for a non-profit I was involved with and was impressed with him personally and professionally. I have used Buffets Inc for small meetings to large clam bakes. If I am serving lunch at a meeting the attendees will often ask if Mark is catering because they remember his food and desserts! I can't say enough good things about Buffets Inc!

  • 24 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Nic O.
Verified review

We had an Indian fusion wedding last weekend at an off-site venue, and Simply Elegant Catering did a fantastic job. We originally contacted SEC to provide full service catering and American style food, with the intent of having another restaurant provide Indian food. However, SEC’s chef offered to make the Indian food for our tasting, and it was delicious. As a result, SEC caterered both style menus. They also worked with us to develop a mostly vegetarian menu to meet the needs of the groom and many of our guests. A few of our guests actually commented that it was the best wedding food they’ve ever had. Sam of SEC was very helpful and responsive, and his entire staff seemed eager to work with us to help make our event run smoothly and meet our wishes. And SEC’s services were very reasonably priced. Overall, I can’t say enough good things about SEC, and would recommend them to anyone looking for delicious food with friendly service.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Liz Cahn
Verified review

Nick is a talented chef! We couldnt have asked for a better evening. The food was wonderful & he accommodated all of our needs. Thank you for the delicious food and wonderful service in making a special event even more special!

Thyme + TIDE kitchen
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Leslye D.
Verified review

Food was delicious and Ben was a breeze to work with!

Event Pros OnThe Go
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne A.
Verified review

Everyone loved the food. The pancakes were so soft and fluffy. Potatoes were revered. The cupcakes, delicious!

Wow Barbecue BROOKLINE
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rena M.
Verified review

The food quality is very good! Love the scewers and noodle soup! It's on point.

3 Kitchens Catering
from 2 reviews
    Laz Pastrikos
    Verified review

    Had 3 Kitchens catering when they did the Lamb Dinner at Marblehead Brewing Co. The food was great and the service was even better - thank you!

    Harding Catering
    from 1 review
      Jillian L.
      Verified review

      We worked with Kris from Harding Catering for our company's open house. He was extremely communicative, arrived early, and our customers and friends had many excellent comments on the food. Presentation and quality obviously mean a lot to this company. Thank you for making our event of about 100 people nearly effortless!

      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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