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Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 97 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 64 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

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

I can tell you from experience that Top of the City is by far and away the best deal for a 5 star catering experience. Our 6th daughter was just married and I wish we had found Top of the City for the first 5. They gave us the best price with the most elegance and the most complete service than any of the previous caterers we used or interviewed, and we probably have checked out 30 during the past few years. Our guests raved over the appetizers, the dinner was nicely prepared and plentiful. The staff was very professional and friendly. Our wedding reception went smoothly and we were free to enjoy ourselves. Maribel the owner was immediately responsive every step of the way in the planning and flexible in accommodating our special needs and desires. Top of the City gets my vote for the best deal in town. Peggy Gabriel Falls Church

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

Stone Hill Catering did such an amazing job at our December wedding!! They were incredibly easy to work with and responded so quickly to all my emails and questions. Melissa was so sweet and went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. The food was delicious and they even sent us a plate of appetizers to make sure we got to eat during our cocktail hour! We had so many guests commenting on how good the food was and asking the name of our caterer! Anytime I ever need a caterer, I will be calling you guys! Thanks again for everything!!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 41 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Renee S.
Verified review

I throughly enjoyed my evening. We coordinated with 2 other couples for what turned out to be a fun cooking lesson evening. Chef Jackie was great and the food was delicious. (Everything was really good but the chocolate moose was beyond amazing.) We learned several fun aspects that I will use in the future. Would certainly recommend for a fun evening.

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

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 59 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

  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Cija J.
Verified review

I recently used Dinner on Demand to cater my graduation party. Not only was Chef B exceptionally professional but her food was delicious; two things you want from a chef! My favorite part of this process was collaborating with Chef B about the menu. I’m a one-note cook, making the same boring meals weekly, but together she helped me to come up with a menu that would satisfy my family and accommodate two of my friends’ special diets—one is vegan and the other has a gluten allergy. Typically party food for me is wings, chips and dip and some hot dogs and hamburgers. For my party, Chef B assembled muffuletta sliders on Hawaiian bread as the opening act. No boring chips and dip here! While we noshed on the sliders she sliced up the roasted brisket which was encrusted with garlic and sea-salt and served with chimichurri sauce. She also sautéed some sweet potato clear noodles with veggies and put together a mixed green salad with sliced pear, smoky bacon, blue cheese crumbles and chopped egg—a lovely mix of tangy and sweet. To top off this fantastic meal she made a homemade flan that was so tasty, folks in my family who “don’t eat that kind of stuff,” were tearing into the rich vanilla-laden custard with so much gusto, I had to put some to the side and stash in the back of the fridge. I would use Chef B’s services again. When you watch her cook you know this is what she loves to do and that love comes through the food.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 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.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faye T.
Verified review

Creative Visions Cuisine--the best ever. My guests are still talking about Sandra and her team--the food was great and very elegant, the team were wonderful to work with, and the guests felt royal. The best caterer ever....

  • 5 years in business
  • 18 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.

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.

  • 13 years in business
Shantia F.
Verified review

Kokamo's catered my tenth wedding anniversary dinner. The friendliness and professionalism of his staff was impeccable! Any questions or special requests we had was handled smoothly by Chef Perkins' team. The seafood macaroni and cheese was awesome! I would recommend to any couple looking for wedding caterer or private in home chef to use them in a heart beat!

Papi Cuisine
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
Verified review

We used Made with Love to cater my grandfather's funeral, and it was exactly what we needed. The menu was perfect (ribs, chicken, salmon, mac and cheese, beans, bread pudding). Very comforting and delicious. The food was delivered on time with no worries and it was all great.

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.

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 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.

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!

Tasty Affairs Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
    Mellisa F.
    Verified review

    The client was very friendly and professional. The food was delicious and on time. I would definitely recommend them and use their services again!!

    Your Tasteful Palate
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Ernest M.
    Verified review

    Monica was excellent and professional. Her food was delicious, especially the fried chicken. Highly recommend your give this caterer a try.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    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.

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