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Somerville Caterers

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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
Brittany B.
Verified review

I was extremely fortunate to have Jen Royle host a private catering event for me at my home. I was so impressed with Jen and all her services. Not only did she help plan the perfect menu for me and my guests, but she was on time, executed everything impeccably, and was the ultimate professional. I personally wanted Jen to interact with my guests and she couldn't have been more fun, energetic, or passionate about her food and cooking experiences. It should go without saying that the food was outstanding but just incase you were wondering... it was amazing. I had no idea what type of finger foods would work together but Jen planned the perfect combinations from mini chicken & waffles to tomato soup & grilled cheese shooters to beautiful salads and crostini's. Thank you, Jen for your outstanding catering services and I truly look forward to using you for all my upcoming needs!

Sara's Cooking
4.8
from 79 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
Lenore M.
Verified review

In-home catering for birthday party- buffet luncheon, for 50 people. Sara was a pleasure to work with - both professionally and personally. She was very responsive to modifications in menu, with helpful suggestions along the way. Food was of high quality, well-prepared and presented. Servers were very pleasant and helpful to guests, as requested. Very positive,unsolicited 'reviews' from everyone about the food, Sara, and her staff. High recommendation!

  • 11 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Terri L.
Verified review

Chris (and Ben) did a fabulous job catering our in-home event. Great food and professional service. I highly recommend!

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa G.
Verified review

I met Daniel for catering for my wedding. He was the only caterer who came to my venue right off the bat to view how everything would work. He also came to my home and put together a fabulous tasting with enough leftovers for us to enjoy in days after. Daniel was very willing to work with in our budget and was very professional, warm and friendly I would highly recommend Daniel and will be contacting him for any future altering needs.

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

Thanks to John and his team for an beautiful job catering my Mother's wedding celebration! The food was outstanding, suited a variety of complicated palates and your team was gracious and professional. Several of my relatives asked for your card, and they are a difficult crowd to please!

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
Marie P.
Verified review

Hostess catering was great! all of my guests raved about the food. They assisted me when there was a change in the number of guests, and expeditiously returned my phone calls and emails. I would definitely use Hostess catering again and would highly recommend them. Thanks girls for making it a great celebration!

  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Diana C.
Verified review

The quality, presentation and preparation of the meals I've received from Wilder Cuisine have always been outstanding. Heidi the Chef is professional, knowledgable and an absolute pleasure to work with. She is adaptable to dietary needs and restrictions, she's very personable and always amendable. I've worked with Heidi for years on a weekly meal plan and used her professional delicious services for catering many times, never with regret.

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

I work for a large apartment community. We decided, very last minute, to host a catered BBQ for our residents and were scrambling to find a caterer with about 2 weeks to pull everything together. I managed to find Lori on Thumbtack and she was immediately very responsive and professional. She set up a great menu for our residents and gave us an unbeatable price. The day of the event, there was a little miscommunication on what time we were to start (this is why I did not check punctuality, I wanted to be honest, but also emphasize that it was a misunderstanding and not just her staff showing up late). Her staff got here with less time than planned to set up and start cooking and they FLEW getting everything set up and ready to go. In the end, we were only behind by about half an hour and no one seemed to really notice or mind. The food was delicious, very high quality, and her staff was amazing, very efficient, kind and professional. I cannot say enough good things about this experience and would highly recommend Lori for any sort of catering event. She knows how to take care of her customers! Thank you so much Lori for making this a memorable event for our community! If we do decide to cater another event in the future, we are definitely coming back to you!

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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
Greta D.
Verified review

Renee helped with a one-off, custom catering event. She was professional, kind, flexible and realistic all at the same time. A real pleasure to work with and delivered thoughtful, quality communication and results all in a timely manor. Would love to work with Renee again in the future.

Defined Palate
4.6
from 21 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Diana S.
Verified review

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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The Aipyn Catering
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stefanie M.
Verified review

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this catering company!!! The owner and staff were wonderful and took care of everything with such class and detail. The food was incredible and I was actually able to not worry about a thing and enjoy the party!

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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.

  • 24 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Shawney L.
Verified review

Sam and his staff catered our nonprofit organization's annual Sandra K Russell Derby Day Benefit for MitoAction a few weeks ago and it was beyond amazing! Our attendees and staff cannot say enough great things about the Merrimack Event team. From start to finish, Sam was polite, attentive, and efficient. He worked with our budget and understood the complexity of the event. Sam went above and beyond to help decorate the event venue beautifully and of course, have his chef design an out of this world Southern Fare dinner menu to match our event's theme. Everyone was so pleased with the delicious food, and has told us out of the 8 years we have hosted this event - this one was truly the best. We cannot wait to use Simply Elegant Catering again next year! Thank you again Sam and team!

Event Pros OnThe Go
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Corey H.
Verified review

Kendra catered a 50th birthday dinner for 80 people. Her food was outstanding, beautifully presented, and absolutely fresh and delicious. Her attention to detail was noticed by all my guests who immediately took her card! The beautifully presentation means as much to Kendra as how delicious her food is. I highly recommend Kendra and her staff for all your catering needs!

Tasty Tips Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Taneaya D.
Verified review

This was a great experience. I would definitely recommend this to anyone needing professional, and quick catering.

Wow Barbecue BROOKLINE
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Aaron S.
Verified review

We first saw their catering services with very competitive pricing, we decided to pay the restaurant a visit. The interior is very well done and the food qualify is very good. We got in touch and proceeded to book them for our baby's welcoming party. The Thumb Tack online response is quick, we also got in touch with the owner. We changed the menu and selection three times and they provided confirmation and delivered on-time. Will hire again and will probably dine there. Highly recommend.

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.

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

Christopher was unbelievably accommodating and incredibly skillful! I hired Christopher to give a personal butcher class for my brother's 40th Birthday. He sourced, picked up, demonstrated and guided my brother through an outstanding class. I can't wait to use Christopher for a group dinner during the Holidays.

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!

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!

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.

Actual Requests

See other requests for caterers in Somerville

Need Catering Services on June 15, 2013

Byfield, MA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    BBQ
  • Number of guests
  • $550
    Average price

Need a Catering Service

Hyde Park, MA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - self-service
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual, BBQ
  • Number of guests
    60-80
  • $18.98
    Average price

Need Catering Services

Portland, ME

  • Event type
    Cocktail party
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of people
    100-150
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    This is a heavy Hors D'oeuvres wedding reception - passed and stationary > hoping for "waves" of apps throughout the evening
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