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Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maxine D.
Verified review

Chef Serge is so great! He is professional, charming, and super flexible! We hired him for a dinner party and the guests loved him too! I would recommend Chef Serge to everyone!

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Mercedes Jo Events
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
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
Verified review

Best value you could get in a wedding catering company! Quick basic info on my wedding since yours might be different: Late May wedding in Maryland, 7-hour reception with cocktail hour and dinner, approx. 100 guests, Manor, garden & tented reception setting, buffet dinner including a mix of food and drinks representing the cultures of the bride & groom (salvadoran, thai, new orleans, baltimore). Just two days after our wedding day I am feeling so good about the decision we made in booking Top of the City Catering. Maribel and her team were absolutely fantastic and we received soooo many compliments on our food, desserts, and cocktails, which were all provided by Top of the City. They had also done a great job of setting up décor for the guest tables, around the venue, and for the buffet and bar areas. In addition, the service throughout the day and night was phenomenal and we (bride & groom) always felt taken care of. For planning, we wanted a rustic, elegant feeling and they did a great job of presenting us ideas that were aligned with our vision. Top of the City Catering is a smaller catering business, but that does not make it any less in quality. When we were first looking into Top of the City I was a little leery because it was much more affordable and it usually is said, "You get what you pay for," but in this case that was NOT true at all. Maribel and her team are very responsive in communication, are very open and welcoming to your ideas and direction, and will always give suggestions from their expertise but still respect your wishes should you want something different. I really hope that Top of the City will gain momentum in growing its business and gaining the respect it deserves. Don't let the size of the company distract you from the amazing service, quality of food, flexibility, and affordable price you will get from Top of the City catering. Get a consultation with them and see for yourself!

Eleven Courses Catering
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
Nicki M.
Verified review

Chef Myles did a great job putting on a Mexican themed buffet for a last minute party. the food was delicious and just what we were looking for! Chef Myles was easy to work with and brought everything needed which made throwing the party very easy.

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Stone Hill Catering
from 44 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura P.
Verified review

Melissa made the entire project fun and easy. She provided several creative options for our event. The final menu was a perfect blend of delicious and beautiful. All of my guest raved about the food. Not only is Melissa a phenomenal chef, she was also kind and a top notch professional. Melissa will be my go to caterer for all future parties! I cannot recommend her highly enough. Our menu: Appetizers- seafood ceviche, cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, shooters of butternut squash soup. Dinner- grilled flank steak and tilapia, grilled carrot fries, roasted potatoes, and cilantro rice Everything was fantastically delicious!!

A Private Affair
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
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Theresa M.
Verified review

George is awesome. He brought a sever with him and they both did a fantastic job. The food was the best for our occasion and every single person ranted and raved how good it was. I've had my party catered every year and can't seem to find good staff and food. This company surpassed them all. Great job guys thank you.

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Clever Catering
from 30 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jill J.
Verified review

Richard did a fabulous job food was fabulous. Party was a great success. I would highly recommend Clever Catering and use them again.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tom D.
Verified review

I highly recommend Shore is Delicious, Catering by Teresa. I contracted with Teresa to cater an after (Wedding) reception party at my house in Gambrills. Teresa was extremely helpful in helping me decide what menu would be appropriate, providing suggestions and alternatives during the planning process. Teresa was very easy to get a hold of when needed, and responded with the answers to my questions very quickly. A majority of the food that Teresa served to my 65 guests was hand made, and it was absolutely delicious! Teresa's cooking skills and ability to create a balanced menu were impressive. Teresa and her crew were on time, and had the area set-up and ready to go by the time my guests started to arrive after the wedding reception. She went out of her way by providing tasteful table coverings and center pieces, even thought I did not ask for those. The quality of her work was excellent! Aside from the delicious food, the most impressive attribute of Teresa's catering service was their willingness to provide the "Complete Service." Teresa prepared all of the food, delivered it, served it and stayed until the end, making sure that the area was 100% clean and in order before she left. In addition, Teresa brought along a crew of helpers that provided anything that was needed to ensure that my guests had a good time. When researching for caterers, this was tough to find. Most wanted to make the food, put it on the tables and go. Not Teresa. In closing, I highly recommend and without reservation Shore is Delicious, Catering by Teresa for anyone's catered event. The planning, preparation and care taken by Teresa and her crew was fabulous. Tom Doyle

  • 20 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Emmanuel N.
Verified review

PHG personnel where very professional and helpful from the get go. Candi, who set up the reservation for us, was understanding and very helpful to meeting our needs. The delivery was punctual. The food was great and everyone at the office party enjoyed the meal with complements that a great caterer was selected and a job well done. I wasn't to thank the PHG team for their service to DC Water and look forward to more opportunities with PHG. God bless PHG and may He grow their company beyond borders in Jesus name, amen.

She Cooks
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
Meghan F.
Verified review

We had an amazing experience with Sandra planning our sit-down dinner party at our home. Sandra worked with me to finalize a menu that would work for 8 unique preferences, allergies and tastes. She provided amazing service and value at every step of the way. From the menu to the table setting and decorations, the experience was better than what a restaurant could have provided, all in the comfort of our own home. Every dish prepared was more delicious than the last, and we are still talking about the desserts. I truly cannot recommend Sandra enough, and hope we have reason to hire her again in the very near future. Even our visiting family members were asking if she would be willing to travel!

  • 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
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Fr. B.
Verified review

Essie (Chef Vickie) has done several dinners for 9-10 people and one party for 50 people. Her service is thorough and reliable, and the food is delicious.

Papi Cuisine
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
from 9 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia F.
Verified review

I was asked to complete the task of finding a caterer for breakfast for a corporate meeting of 80 people within 4 days and to have them deliver the food before 6am. Thomas Franklin at Columbia Chef Catering was the 3rd business I had spoke to regarding my function. He was so pleasant and when he said yes to the 5:30am drop off I was sold!! Thank you so much for all of your assistance in making our function so much more pleasurable.

Food Matters, LLC
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maki H.
Verified review

Where do I begin. I was planning for a house warming event (BBQ style) for a group of 40 people so I submitted a request for catering on Thumbtack. I was a little worried that my limited budget would be a problem to work with any caterer but still submitted my request. I immediately heard back from Suzanne and a couple of other caterers. The other caterers I heard back from were not willing to adjust the menu to fit my budget. Suzanne was so accommodating and willing to customize my menu to stay and work within my budget. She communicated with me until the day of the event asking me about details and any requests I had. She even incorporated spices from my native country. She took the time and effort to learn about a special dish from Ethiopia and made it with perfection. My guests were raving about her food the entire night saying how delicious and flavorful it was. I would hire Suzanne for other events and would recommend her service to everyone I know. It was such a pleasure to work with Suzanne!

Creative Cuisine Catering
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Tamille B.
Verified review

Creative Cuisine catered my mothers 60th Birthday party and I couldn't be happier with their performance. The food was so delicious that guests of the party kept stopping me to inquire about the chef. The owner of the company Deshawn was an absolute professional he created a wonderful menu, he provided a great tasting of the menu options, and he executed the menu flawlessly. I will definitely be using this catering company for all of my catering needs in the future.

  • 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.

Your Tasteful Palate
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
Verified review

Monica did a awesom job with our brunch. The food was delicious.

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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