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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
Kim D.
Verified review

FABULOUS!!!!! Attentive to our needs, read my mind, anticipated what my guests would need and had an incredible personality! I received so many compliments from 65 guests about how phenomenal she was. The food was amazing, the service was amazing and her personality was terrific! I had some ideas in mind, and she was able to use her expertise to customize a menu that was absolutely perfect; it couldn't have been better. She was at my house for 10 hrs, and she stayed the entire time and it didn't impact the price at all. Even on the initial contact Jen was outstanding in understanding our catering needs. Her menu is expansive and not limited to what is posted on her website. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

Sara's Cooking
4.8
from 78 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 145 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
  • 100 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
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 47 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle B.
Verified review

We used J&L catering for our wedding on 7.21.18. They were wonderful! Our guest raved about the quality of the food. The whole team was professional and provided amazing service. John was great to work with from the start. He was professional at all times, responsive and his passion for cooking shows in all he does. We will absolutely used J&L for future events!

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

I can't speak highly enough of my experience with Manda & Me Catering. After Julie's prompt response to my Thumbtack inquiry we spoke over the phone about my ideas and concerns re: menu for the surprise birthday party I was planning. She was warm and professional, offering suggestions re: serving options as this was my 1st time hosting an event of this magnitude. Julie translated my jumbled ideas into several varied & balanced menu options from which to choose. Leading up to the day of the event she stayed in communication, making sure to check in about little details like color scheme for the party so the paper goods she brought didn't clash. On the day of the event Julie was on-time and so efficient with set up, creating a gorgeous and tempting display. Of course, not only did the food look amazing but it tasted delicious! Our guests raved about the menu and the empty chafing dishes really spoke volumes! I'm so grateful to Julie for her collaboration for this party and I highly recommend her for your upcoming event!

William Ference Catering
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Kim S.
Verified review

William has been providing personal chef services for my family for a few months now. I can't say enough positive things about him as well as his food! It is like bringing a five star chef into your home. William's food is superb - expertly made, beautifully prepared and plated (if you want) and delicious. William is a pleasure to have in our home as well and works with you to develop the menu and is open to suggestions and feedback. I would highly recommend him for catering and personal chef services.

Hostess Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Jenifer T.
Verified review

Hostess Catering catered our holiday open house for 100 people this weekend and everything was perfect. Visnja and Donna accommodated our desire for a completely gluten-free menu and our guests all raved about the delicious food. The servers were professional, personable and made our guests feel pampered. Most of all, I knew we were in good hands and was able to enjoy visiting with our friends and family!

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

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.

Lori Rizzo Events
4.7
from 30 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
Verified review

We wanted to cater an event for several of our accounts during a conference in another state. Lori helped us with the planning and catering. The event was set up well and the food was delicious!

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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
Jim M.
Verified review

We selected Renee & her company Blonde on the Run Catering for our in-home Italian Wine tasting/pairing party and we were so happy we did. Renee and Tamara were friendly, professional and very accommodating in all aspects. The menu Renee came up with to match the 7 wines from Italy rocked. The food pairing was truly a match made in heaven. We look forward to hiring Renee for our next wine tasting party!

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  • 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 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!

  • 24 years in business
  • 13 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.

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!

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!

    Thyme + TIDE kitchen
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Melinda L.
    Verified review

    Chef Reed and and his staff of culinarians and service staff provided a wonderful holiday feast for Phillips Exeter Academy. The attention to flavor profiles, detail in execution in all the selections were exceptional. Chef Reed attended all planning meetings, developed all the menus based on a shared vision while providing timely quotes. The wait-staff were professional, well presented and attentive to guests while ensuring the food presentation were maintained. I would highly recommend Thyme and TIDE Catering.

    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.

    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
      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.

      Tasty Tips Catering
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 2 years in business
      Suga P.
      Verified review

      Best Greens I've had in a really long time... Great service

      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.

      Actual Requests

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      Need a Catering Service

      Scarborough, ME

      • Event type
        I'm not sure yet
      • Cuisine type
        I'm not sure yet
      • Number of people
        25-50
      • Additional Service(s)
        Appetizers, Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
      • Details
        First Communion and Confirmation for 3 of my children. Will have vegatarians and gluten free guests!

      Need a Caterer on April 6, 2013

      Northampton, MA

      • Event type
        Buffet catered event
      • Cuisine type
        I'm not sure yet
      • Number of people
        10-25
      • Additional Service(s)
        Appetizers
      • Details
        Informal party to honor engaged couple. About 15 guests.
      • $250
        Average price

      Need catering

      Medford, MA

      • Event type
        Buffet catered event
      • Cuisine type
        Other (seafood)
      • Number of people
        10-25
      • Additional Service(s)
        No additional service
      • Details
        Baptism party at our home. We also need a tent, table, and chairs. We would like to do a New England theme since family is from out of state, but we're open to suggestions
      • $40
        Average price
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