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

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter L.
Verified review

Chef and his team were excellent. Our event was not a typical event and he coped with it superbly. I do the same event every year and the amount of rave reviews from my guests about the food and the service was unprecedented. I will not hesitate to book chef in again or to recommend him and his team.

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Artranda H.
Verified review

Mercedes Jo Events & Catering was so delicious, high-quality buffet for our wedding. Working with Mercedes was simple and enjoyable! With a huge variety of options,Mercedes was able to customize the perfect menu. This vendor provides first-class food and service at a very reasonable price.Mercedes is worth every penny! People are still talking about the wonderful food she prepared. I would definitely recommend her to anyone on a budget, food was delicious. I will be using her again for any future events. Thanks again

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

Maribel and Noel did a wonderful job! The service and food were fantastic. They really take care of you and make sure you don't worry about a thing. So many friends told me they never ate a thing at their own weddings. That won't happen with Top of the City. They were very flexible about last minute changes in numbers, and had great suggestions about colors and they decorated beautifully. I highly recommend Top of the City.

Eleven Courses Catering
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Devin G.
Verified review

Eleven courses is an exceptional caterer. Their food and service is top notch and the best part is that they were able to work within our budget. Multiple guests told me after the wedding the food was was the best wedding dinner that they have ever had. Good food makes people happy, so I highly recommend them. Eleven Courses was perfect for us because they have set packages for the dinner and you get to pick from a long lists of delicious options. We added hor dourves and desserts, which were also a big hit with our guests. It was like seeing kids in a candy store when people first saw the dessert table displayed. Eleven Courses can also provide all the staffing necessary. The staff at our wedding was extremely friendly and seemed to really enjoy the work. They had a team of waiters to handle the service and cleanup, plus two bartenders that were all managed by the Eleven Courses. We were blessed to have Melissa Benson, who was the catering manager. She is professional, sharp, and extremely competent! She knows how to work with couples, and from the initial contact, to the tasting, to the e-mails leading up to the big day everything was executed exactly how we asked for it and exactly how we envisioned it. The confidence we had in her and her team allowed us to focus on other things and actually enjoy the wedding itself! I really can’t say enough about the great work of eleven courses and would again highly recommend them for any event!

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Stone Hill Catering
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Betsy K.
Verified review

The food was and service were wonderful! My kitchen was spotless when they left. I would definetly hire them again!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Bertram B.
Verified review

Outstanding service food was presidential first to call for any function I will have

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle F.
Verified review

I genuinely can’t say enough good things about this business. I hired AC Catering for two events I held in June and July 2017. Everything was excellent! I was beyond happy with everything from the food, to the services, to the people I interacted with during the planning phase and the actual events. This small, family owned business actually exceeded my expectations. They have an extensive menu to choose from which allowed me to tailor both events’ meals appropriately. The pricing was great and the amount of food I received was more than enough. AC Catering received many compliments for the quality of their food at both of my events. I took a risk and hired them without having tasted any of their food, but I have to say there was no need for worry. The food was also delicious! Both my guests and I enjoyed every bite. The serve and clean up service was also top notch. George Sullivan and his staff were extremely attentive to my needs during my banquet. They helped to ensure that the dinner ran smoothly, and cleanup was quick and efficient. I can't leave this review without noting that it was a great pleasure working with George Sullivan (principal owner/operator) when coordinating my needs. He was very responsive to the myriad of questions I had, extremely flexible as I proposed changes for my event, and just an extremely nice guy. I am so glad I found this business. I will definitely be using AC Catering if I have any catering needs in the future.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brynn W.
Verified review

Richard was a real pleasure to work with from the first phone call to the end of a very successful party. He was very helpful with his advice on our menu and with the guidance on the beverage purchases for a party our size (50,) He and Linda (the bartender) arrived on time and had the food laid out and the cooking stations and bar set up in plenty of time to start serving some early arriving guests. He circulated with the guests to make sure everyone was happy and had what they wanted and checked in with me throughout the evening to make sure all was going well from my perspective. Richard made crab cakes on the spot and they were a favorite. He also made delicious quesadillas on the spot, as well. His meatballs, chicken satay and stuffed mushrooms were all gobbled up. I overheard a couple of guests praising the peanut sauce and expressing interest in eating it by the spoonful:) All of the dips he provided were delicious as well. And the mini cheesecakes and cookies were also very good. All in all, Richard and Linda gave us a wonderful evening, without having to worry about a thing. To a person, I heard nothing but praise for the service and the food. I would hire Clever Catering again in a heartbeat:)

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan T.
Verified review

Theresa and her staff made and delivered food gor a reception of 100 people. Plenty of good tadting food. I would recommend her and definayely use her again. Thank You Theresa

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MOD Cuisine
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bob J.
Verified review

I engaged Mary because I am recentlya retired man and, among my retirement goals, was to learn how to cook. Now, I can/could scramble some eggs or make some pancakes, and I could certainly microwave, but I couldn't do what i wanted: prepare my own meals in a way that would allow me to eat healthy and well. Even following a recipe was a challenge. Who know what it means to braise something, to parboil! Once Mary understood my goals, she prepared a tailored curriculum. She developed two-hour sessions in her kitchen, the better to get into a full meal preparation. There was a heavy emphasis on safety in the kitchen, from washing hands before handling certain items to proper chopping technique. A side benefit was that I got to take home a goodly portion of what we cooked. Our meals ranged from falafels to lasagna (of course, the pasta was homemade). It was great. After a series of 5-6 sessions, I developed the confidence to go out on my own, working from recipes to add to my repertoire. Mary does all sorts of specialized food preparation for those who have more specialty interests. I recommend her highly.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
Verified review

Chef Niki catered my promotion dinner at my firehouse. I appreciated how I was able to view and sign the contract online and pay through a cash app. However, I was surprised to pay in full prior to delivery of service but I admit to being naive about the process of catering an event. Nikki was fair in price. The amount of food was very generous. The food was delish and the guys are still talking about how tasty it was. I only gave four and not five stars due to the late arrival of food. (40mins after agreed time.) Overall, I would recommend Chef Nikki to cater future events.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cecilia O.
Verified review

Everything was perfect, from start to finish. The planning stage was handled very politely, with enthusiasm, flair, and patience. The presentation at the event was very clever and attractive. The food was delicious - all our guests raved about the food! The staff was delightful and very hard working. They did a great job cleaning up as well. Everything was wonderfully done from start to finish!

  • 5 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Paul O.
Verified review

Soleia's Weddings and Event Planning did a WONDERFUL job organizing our work barbeque for 50 people. The food and service was excellent. I look forward to more events with them!

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

Great food and communication

Old Town Brick Oven Pizza
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tom D.
Verified review

We so lucky to have Will and his amazing pizza at our party for everyone to enjoy!!! He even allowed some apprentice chefs to don the chef's coat and get to work on prepping the dough and prepare the pizzas for cooking! It was awesome and the food tasted great!!! Thanks so much Will for great food as always and for being so awesome to work with!!! The Drakes

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

K&A Catering staff was very professional. The food was awesome and the service was great. Thanks to making my event a huge success.

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah W.
Verified review

We hired Talk of Di town last Christmas when we were in a pinch and our caterer cancelled on the week before the the dinner. We appreciate that the provided us different menu options and not only were they able to serve our guests they provided a Bar tender as well. The food was amazing! They helped to prepare our home for our dinner guests, serve the meal, and cleaned up after everyone was done. Top notch!

BRUNCH GODS
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Montray J.
Verified review

Having Brunch Gods was a great experience! Great food! Great service! And my food was served with a smile!

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Vince S.
Verified review

Ordered for food do 35 post-wedding brunch. Menu was organized and easy to pick from. Jaclyn was responsive and helpful with sizing food plates and making recommendations. Everyone was super thrilled to see the amount of food (had some leftovers) and everything was tasty. Would definitely order again.

Appetites by R.J.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Carol R.
Verified review

Great food at a very reasonable price. Chef RJ was very flexible and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend him and plan to work with him again in the future.

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 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..

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

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Need catering

Baltimore, MD

  • Event type
    Other (JAZZ SHOW)
  • Which meal
    Brunch, Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), Other (SOUL FOOD)
  • Serving style
  • Staff needed
    Set up: No, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
  • Details
    There will be 2 jazz events, one brunch and one late show. Both events will be held outside by the pool. We are looking for menu ideas and price suggestions.
  • $359
    Average price
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