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Somerville Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Somerville.

Sara's Cooking
4.8
from 79 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Meroia A.
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She and her stuff did an amazing job. Her recommendation, food and services: excellent !

  • 11 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Art S.
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Totally pleased with the food and service provided by Christopher's Catering for our Christmas party -- the food was great, folks arrived on time, were a complete pleasure, everything flowed very smoothly and our guests had a great time - I will use them again! Best part of all…. they cleaned everything up and I went to bed!

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  • 24 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Gabi M.
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I Could say all in one word... AMAZING..... The experience we had with Chef Daniel as outstanding, we were afraid of hiring someone for this party so we asked him to do a Sampler Dining for us before the party, he came to my house and cook for us the same dishes he offered for the day. Every single dish was Delicious... and from the sampler we had tons of left over. On the day of the party he was here on time, his crew is also Amazing, very friendly, Clean, Nice, helpful etc... Chef Daniel took over my kitchen and cooked for 60 people without interrupting me or my wife asking things from the kitchen, he was able to figure out ever single detail in my kitchen and he left everything in the same way he found. Clean and Organized. All my guests were impressed with the quality and taste of the food and service. I really recommend and will definitely hire him again for any future event. Thanks Chef Daniel and Team. Best Eduardo and Gabriela Muniz

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The Home Chef of NH
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gail G.
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I wish I could give more than 5 stars. John was incredibly easy and fun to work with. His staff, food and overall experience went far beyond my expectations. My guests could not stop raving about the food and service. Thank you J&L catering for everything

William Ference Catering
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Gabriella L.
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BEST wedding dinner ever. William came to our house for a food tasting and we were hooked. All of the appetizers and both of our dinner selections were incredible. William is very personable and understands the financial costs of a wedding. He will make suggestions as he sees fit and do anything within his power to help you stay on budget. Our guests raved about the food and even had fun with William's staff. We will recommend William and his team to anyone looking to cater an event.

Hostess Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Vadim G.
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Outstanding food and service!

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!

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Ran's Kitchen
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Cara P.
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We hired Randall to cook a birthday dinner for 13 people. The workspace was small but Randall made it work. The food came out hot and on time and was absolutely amazing. Randall was extremely professional followed through 100% with everything that we talked about. The entire evening was phenomenal, I would highly recommend Ran's Kitchen to others and will definitely be using him in the future.

Lori Rizzo Events
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa P.
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Excellent service, food and prices!

Malone Catering
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Bob H.
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I can't say enough of what Malone catering delivered. He handled my wedding in a way that provided zero worry for myself and my bride to be. He worked within our budget but didn't sacrifice quality. He was available for questions, however trivial they may have been, and always responded promptly. And most importantly, the quality of the food, was superb. He and his staff executed the night perfectly. From the food quality, to the staff he put in place, Malone catering delivered on every level. It was 5 star service and food on a working man's budget. We were more than happy, we were thankful that we went with Martin and Malone catering.

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The Aipyn Catering
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Antonio D.
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Having Shamia planning my 4th of July party last year was a wonderful idea. She and her crew planeed everything since setting up my house to taking care of my guests. Food was top noch. Everybody is still taking about the food and the service she provided. Highly recommended.

BUFFETS INC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lori B.
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I have been using buffets for years now, I cant say enough about their quality of food and the service of the staff. They are willing to go the extra mile for individuals who have food allergies/sensitivities, including myself. They can do fully staffed functions of any size or just drop off catering. Suggestions are welcome if you are looking for something different besides the menu. The deliveries are always on time and professionally put together. Which for business lunches/breakfasts are extremely important given the time restraints. Here at iRobot we rate Buffets A+. Thank you Buffets.

My Chef Lara
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany J.
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The team from My Chef Lara provided a wonderful Cinco de Mayo dinner for my friend’s bachelorette. Everyone was pleased and delighted with the service and food. Would 100% recommend for anyone looking for a private chef in Rhode Island.

Pixie Dust Gourmet
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Maura O.
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Beth has been great to work with! Very flexible with menu, my choices, and days that work for cooking. Her meals/food is FAB! BEST part? I have so lost weight eating her food. Even the yummy pixie balls aren't added inches to my waste line ;) Definitely recommend to anyone to busy to cook meals daily and or is looking for better/health meals to serve the family or themselves.

Chef Matthew Stogryn
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 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.

zaaki llc
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Basel F.
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Zaaki team is very responsive and quality oriented. I love quality of the food and team.

The BBQ Don
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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5 star all around. Food was excellent and served exactly on time as requested. We are still hearing rave reviews from our guests. Extremely professional and went the extra steps great recommendations for menu and portion sizes. We would absolutely use again.

Wow Barbecue BROOKLINE
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Carina C.
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Excellent food and services

Catering To You
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth C.
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Cindy Laney was so easy to work with and she had wonderful suggestions. Our guests raved about the food and the servers were well trained.

Dino's Italian Kitchen
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kara C.
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Dino's was excellent! Yuriy and his crew are very hard working! Food was delicious and our guest at our wedding loved 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.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Personal Chef

Allston, MA

  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Budget per head
    $40-$50
  • Details
    Bachelorette party
  • $381.67
    Average price

Need Personal Chef Services

Cambridge, MA

  • Meal preparation frequency
    A few times a week
  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Head count
    1
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    Other (no beef products, no pork products, I'm also open to delivery in Lexington, MA)
  • Day(s) needed
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time(s) needed
    Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    I am flexible about days/times/location of meal delivery. I'm looking for low carb, fresh, well spiced/seasoned, healthy meals (ie, Ahi tuna, salmon, stuffed chicken, etc).
  • $65
    Average price

Need On-going Meal Delivery Services

Somerville, MA

  • Meal preparation frequency
    Once a day
  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Head count
    2
  • Serving style
    Individually packaged
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Day preference
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time preference
    Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    I do not eat meat but I do eat fish.
  • $8.5
    Average price
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