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  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine S.
Verified review

Serge catered for our office holiday party. He made a grilled romaine salad, chicken roulade with potatoes and mixed vegetables, and a chocolate tart. Everything was delicious, I was very impressed! I had never had catering done for our office parties before (sadly, we have always just done pizza or something similar), but this was definitely much better for a special occasion, and very reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to use Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept again!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Mercedes Jo & Staff, thank you for Catering my 50th Birthday party and the food was absolutely amazing! All of my guests raved about the taste of each dish, many thanks and I am forever grateful!

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Alex B.
Verified review

Top of the city catering was responsive, professional, and worked very well with us to plan and execute the event. The food was delicious, and I felt like I had a great partner every step of the way. This was for a corporate holiday lunch event, and we have received nothing but compliments from the 100 people that were invited.

Eleven Courses Catering
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Jeamine Y.
Verified review

I cannot recommend Eleven Courses more. I worked with Megan as my coordinator and she was such a delight! She was very professional and easy-going to work with and answered all emailed questions quickly--I can honestly say that throughout the process I felt I was in good hands. I never felt uncomfortable asking about pricing or any strange questions or requests we had and the guidance Megan provided was much appreciated. We traveled a couple hours to Owings Mills, MD (we live in Springfield, VA) to attend our tasting at their offices. We met Jim and Megan in person, and the tasting decided it for my husband and me. We immediately knew these were the caterers for our wedding. The food was incredibly delicious and now, several weeks out after the wedding, our guests are still talking about how tasty everything was. Their prices are amazingly reasonable, especially given how beautifully presented and delicious their meals are--they have an affordable price point, however, the service and food delivered is that of the super-pricy, high-end caterers (services which I often use in my firm and am well-familiar with). It was very much appreciated how they didn't nickel and dime us and were proactive in helping out and finding ways to make the wedding special. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have hired Eleven Courses for our caterers and intend to hire them again, should we plan another huge celebratory bash.

  • 16 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Michael Y.
Verified review

While I did not meet Chef Myles personally, he was great to work with. He was early, brought us great food for our holiday party, and was very helpful. I did not have a single complaint out of 80-100 guests!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Karen R.
Verified review

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Chef Jackie. She is a delightful person, who also did a lovely job cooking, serving, and cleaning up for a small (4 people) dinner party. She arrived late, but did call to let us know, and she was ready when the guest of honor and her partner arrived. The presentation was nice, and the food was good. Her chocolate mousse was outstanding! She also did a great job of cleaning up. This is not a knock, but she doesn't stand on ceremony, so if you are looking for very formal service, this isn't it (which fit my style just fine). I definitely recommend her for catering a party, and expect she would be a wonderful teacher for a cooking class.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathy B.
Verified review

First time we used them for our company Christmas Party. Food was hot, healthy portions, and our employees -- office staff as well as construction workers -- were well pleased.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
Verified review

We recently hired Clever Catering for our annual holiday party, and everything turned out wonderful. All of our guests loved the food, and Richard was a joy to work with. I highly recommend Clever Catering for your next event!

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shannon Dailey B.
Verified review

Teresa and her staff were very professional and they did an amazing job at pre-wedding party Friday night, and at our reception on Saturday. Even through inclement weather and other circumstances they prevailed with excellent service.

  • 20 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Brendan T.
Verified review

PHG and Candi were lovely to work with for our holiday party. They were professional and quick to reply. PHG was patient dealing with our organizations' many contract rules and procedures, we greatly appreciate it. Food was delicious, chicken skewers were very popular. Thank you again Candi!

She Cooks
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Janet C.
Verified review

Ashley and her crew were outstanding. Her food was delicious and plentiful. She was just what we needed for a party of 35. She was on time, had the food prepared and set up and cleaned up beautifully. Thank you Ashley.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

Thank you for making my holiday party a memorable event. You are an absolute joy to work with and your laughter is infectious. The gluten free menu that included Ruby Sippers cocktails, mushrooms stuffed with homemade Mexican chorizo, shrimp with horseradish remoulade, leek & goat cheese frittata, ginger bread cookies, and other mouthwatering fancy Hors d'oeuvres left the guests wondering if they were dining in a 5 star restaurant. Thank you again for accommodating to my food allergies concerns. Because of your professionalism and work ethic, you gave me peace of mind that everything was going to be perfect to include the home decor and setting-up the kitchen table with silver and white embellishments. Wow! It felt like a winter wonderland. I look forward to our next rendevu in the kitchen. Bests, "Girls Night Out Crew"

  • 5 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Tim W.
Verified review

Soleia's catered a graduation party for us recently for about 50 people. They did a wonderful job from nuts to bolts, visiting our home beforehand to see where and how they would lay things out, bringing staff to assist in setup both with their food and equipment and our decorations. That was a welcome surprise. The food was delicious and we received a lot of compliments about the catering. The cake that she baked was wonderful and again many compliments. They went out of their way to make everyone happy and worked very hard while they were there. We ate leftovers for a week! They also arranged for a tent, tables and chairs because I wasn't sure about the weather and I had many people tell me it was a perfect event. Overall, they did a wonderful job and I would highly recommend them.

Whip It UP Vicki LLC
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth B.
Verified review

Chef Vicki was amazing. She prepared a 5 course meal for about 16 people. Everything was delicious and she made the party professional and festive. She is a delight to have in your home from prep through cleanup!

Haute Eatz
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nick M.
Verified review

With the invaluable help of Chef Candace I surprised my wife with a Birthday dinner party. I had never hired a personal chef and must have contacted ~20 different ones to try to find the right one. I cannot overstate how glad I am that I went with Chef Candace. I also utilized her offer of hiring a server and using a table setting provided by her. It was fantastic. The food was incredible. The guests raved. Chef Candace showed up 2 hours before hand to cook and prep. I turned over my kitchen to her and she did the rest and created a magical meal. At the end of the meal she cleaned up and left my Kitchen just how she found it. If you are looking for an incredible experience where everything is taken care of and flawlessly executed look no further than Chef Candace. The wife and I are already planning to hire her again and again.

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ron M.
Verified review

Chef Kimmy was very response to working with us even though we were putting together this party from Florida. She was on time and the food was excellent.

Papi Cuisine
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cassie S.
Verified review

From beginning to end the patience was outstanding. I was planning a dinner party for 8 guest for my birthday. One of the guest were vegan so it was really important for me to ensure she was able to have a great experience as well. I was sent about 8 vegan entree options; which was very impressive compared to other caterers that I reached out to. At that moment I knew Papi Cuisine was the best option for my dinner party. It has been two weeks since the dinner party and I am still in awe of the service and food. They were punctual, great energy, and very professional. The food was AMAZINGGGG! That was the best egg roll and baked potato that I have ever had. The steak was so good that you didn’t even need steak sauce. The icing on the cake was when they cleaned up and took the trash out once dinner was done being served. If you’re looking for service and food that’ll elevate your next event please look no further Papi Cuisine is your best choice.

Columbia Chef Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie L.
Verified review

They were amazing. The food was fantastic amd everyone raved about it at our Christmas party. Thank you again!!

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Tami P.
Verified review

I really wish I could give him more than five stars. Deshawn is more than exceptional. He was super professional. This being my first time planning a party of this magnitude, he helped me every step of the way. He created a wonderful menu including appitzers and everything was so delicious. In fact the food was so good that guests of the party did actively seek me out to get his information. His food was the highlight of the event. I'm so blessed to have found such a talented chef to cater my party. He's super professional, talented, punctual, and reasonably priced. I will definitely be utilizing his services for all of my future catering needs. Ps. His greens are the best I've ever had..

Girl Boss Bakery
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Carleigh D.
Verified review

Simply put, Kenisha won our business because she was the first to respond (on a holiday at that). She produced a unicorn themed cake and cupcakes for my 30th birthday while I had to plan the party from over 2,000 miles away. Through the process, she kept me informed and I knew everything would be handled. Most importantly, I love to support a locally woman owned business. Kenisha will be my first call for my next event.

  • 3 years in business
Tara B.
Verified review

Ashley and her team were absolutely wonderful! Their professionalism, great customer service and attention to detail with my order was amazing. In addition to their excellent customer service, everything was very delicious. Thank you so much! You guys helped make my mom’s surprise birthday party even greater! I will definitely be a returning customer for future events and will recommend you to my friends and family.

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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