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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dee M.
Verified review

Chef Kevin is a miracle worker. He stayed within our budget and produced healthy, delicious food for our high school music department banquet. One of the most accommodating and flexible caterers I've worked with in my 30 years of doing events. Five stars!

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  • 24 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara C.
Verified review

Well well well, I'm not sure where to begin. Chef Serge is FABULOUS! His food is phenomenal and he is very creative with his menu. I had such a hard time narrowing down my selection. His personality is upbeat, lively and FUN! And all while cooking amazing food! I emphatically recommend Chef Serge to anyone looking for a CHEF, a cook, a caterer, anything you can use him for, do it! He also brought an assistant who was equally as pleasant and amazing. Sara Cataliotti

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
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Madonna A.
Verified review

Mercedes Jo Events was everything we could ask for in a caterer. She and her team delivered on-time a fantastic meal for a family gathering. The food was abundant and beautiful. Perfectly prepared and seasoned. All of our expectations were exceeded. The process of working with Mercedes to pick from her extensive menu was was seemless. We will not hesitate to recommend MJEvents to friends and will no doubt return again when we need a caterer. Fabulous. Thank you!

Eleven Courses Catering
4.8
from 55 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
Valerie S.
Verified review

I am the family party planner so when we planned a company sponsored happy hour, I was tasked with finding a caterer. I received several proposal from caterers on Thumbtack but decided on Chef Myles for his total solution. Everything was included; no hidden costs after the contract was signed. The food was prepared on premises under less than perfect conditions in an office environment with a small kitchen. The food was excellent and plentiful. Chef Myles staff were friendly and accomodating. I received many kudos for my selection of the caterer and the delicious food but the kudos should definitely go to Chef Myles and his staff. Thanks, for making me look good Chef Myles!

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa P.
Verified review

On a whim, I decided to use Thumbtack to find a caterer for my mom's 72nd birthday party. OMG. I am SOOOO glad that I did!! I have planned a number of parties in my day, and I have yet to find one with such great professionalism and wonderful customer service I experienced with AC Catering. First off, they can fix just about anything!! While I had a basic menu in mind, I was forced to rethink things based on the wide variety of options presented by AC Catering. Other caterers wanted me to come up with the menu initially without giving me an idea of their speciality items. With AC Catering, you can get ANYTHING from breakfast, lunch, dinner..including smoked pit grilled items. So, I contacted them with my initial thoughts for a menu. Within 2 days, I received a proposal from the owner, George. Pricing was perfect, even with delivery. Additionally, they provide utensils, plates, condiments, etc. I was pleased. I had to make a last minute change. George was able to accommodate my request with no hassle. I called him just to make sure this change wouldn't pose a problem. He said "No worries. I got you." And, he wasn't kidding. So, party day comes. I'm a bit nervous because I never tasted the food or visited his brick and mortar store. However, the previous reviews from Thumbtack customers were all stellar. After meeting George in person, I totally understand why the reviews are so stellar. George is extremely pleasant and engaging. He arrived on time and was totally prepared to set up everything. He shared some jokes with my brother. Gave compliments to the birthday girl. He even shared the history about his family business. This party was for 50+ people. So, everything had to be right. Let me just say that George and his team didn't disappoint! The greens (with smoked turkey), baked beans and rice were EXCELLENT. I've eaten a lot of rice in my day. But, can I tell you how fabulous the yellow rice is? Very delicious. For meats, I ordered bbq chicken and burgers. Again, everything was wonderful. You would think burgers would just be bland and lacking flavor. NOT AC Catering burgers. They were thick, juicy, and seasoned well. More than enough food was provided. In fact, I had to encourage guests to take home plates of food. The deviled eggs were tasty. However, they were a bit messy due to lots of filling. But, it was totally fine. My guests put the smash on them. All throughout the event, everyone had positive comments and asked "who catered the food?" I didn't hesitate to tell them about George and AC Catering. I HIGHLY recommend them. In fact, I'm trying to find another excuse to celebrate so I can utilize them again!! Thank you, George, for making my mom's birthday so great. You will be hearing from me again. May your catering business continue to grow. God Bless you and your family.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 37 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Mindy P.
Verified review

Jackie's in-home private cooking lesson was terrific - she is a talented chef and she truly enjoyed showing us how to make the meal ourselves. The food was delicious, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you, Jackie!

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Adam R.
Verified review

Worked very well and efficiently, and even helped us out when our caterer was having trouble. Really knows what he’s doing, and would recommend

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  • 8 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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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

PHG Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 26 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.

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Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristin J.
Verified review

Enjoyed a wonderful sampling of foods from this caterer. I had never tasted such delicacies as Boolanee before; what a treat! Chef Nasrin is as pleasant as she is talented and her food is everything you hope it will be and more.

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Chef Nikki S. Mullings
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tee B.
Verified review

Excellent customer service and great food! I contacted Chef Nikki because I wanted to reduce the amount of fast food my family was eating. She suggested prepared meals and quickly provided a menu of healthy meals for me to select from. The food was delicious, the portion sizes were generous, and everything was professionally packaged. Because of Chef Nikki I can serve home cooked meals that are as convenient as fast food. I will continue to hire her.

  • 5 years in business
  • 12 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.

Haute Eatz
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jan B.
Verified review

Candace is absolutely wonderful! She has made my lunches and dinners so easy. The food is wonderful! She is always very accommodating and professional! I look forward to seeing what's on this week's menu!

BRUNCH GODS
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Nabieu K.
Verified review

The food is unbelievably good as well as the up to date concept that stands unparalleled by any other small business in the DC/Maryland area. Anyone who has the opportunity to taste some of their brunch styled food, should take advantage of it and share the word because soon BrunchGods will lead the catering industry by force.

Karen Wilder Events
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Nick W.
Verified review

Karen Wilder Events handled every detail for our daughters wedding weekend. Not only did her and her staff provide fabulous food and service but as the coordinator also Karen found a great venue and vendors. It was like working with a close professional friend. She even booked a hotel room so she could be close in case she was needed. We felt totally pampered and confident and enjoyed ourselves so much Can't thank you enough Karen Wilder Sincerely Nick and Jenna

K&A Catering
4.7
from 10 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.

Columbia Chef Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 13 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.

Black Tie Caterers
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Erica P.
Verified review

Mr Cole and his staff was on time, professional, and the food was great. They really helped to make my mom's birthday special!

KB&Co. Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
L Renee F.
Verified review

I was introduced to Keith Brown of KB&CO through a family member, when I put out a PSA looking for a highly professional caterer for several events I had planned in the DC Area. KB&CO met with me within the next day or two, had previous menus available, had tasting samples on site, and was willing to compromise on availability and my budget. He was able to customize each menu I needed, on each budget I had, for each of my events. His service and food were IMPECCABLE. I have referred his business to several clients and I will definitely be doing business again.

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren N.
Verified review

DaShawn catered my sister's Sweet 16 party. He made 5 different items that were all delicious. The guests especially enjoyed the salmon cakes and the chicken club sandwiches with turkey bacon. Aside from how wonderfully the food tasted, DaShawn's professionalism was outstanding! DaShawn contacted me with a quote and a follow up phone call within 24 hours of my Thumbtack post. Next, DeShawn made himself available for a tasting and brought several items to my home for a nominal fee. Throughout the process, DaShawn was punctual and he even showed up early for my event. Finally, DeShawn accommodated all of my food allergies with ease. I highly recommend DaShawn Toppin, he was an excellent caterer.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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