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College Park Chefs

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

Everything from start to finish was wonderful working with Chef Kev! His professionalism was as outstanding as the food. I hope we have another opportunity to utilize his services.

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jean C.
Verified review

Pambo Serge was the most amazing professional chef ever! His food was absolutely amazing including the food prep, setup, and cleanup ..this experience far exceeded our expectations! His pricing is more than fair for all you receive. I highly recommend him and we'll use him definitely again!!!..thank you so much for your outstanding services! !

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RedFox Dinners
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin S.
Verified review

Our experience with Chef Diane of RedFox Dinners was excellent. She was very communicative from the beginning with menu choices, dates/times, and all the other details leading up to the dinner. She was punctual, polite, and very efficient in preparing our meal. We confidently recommend her to anyone who is looking for an in home chef to prepare a scrumptious meal. I have recommended her already to a colleague and a neighbor. Thanks, Chef Diane!

Perfect Little Bites
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Jesse G.
Verified review

Chef Chris Spear is in one word, amazing. If I didn't limit myself to one word, I'd also add in: incredible, talented, entertaining, knowledgeable, friendly, intelligent, thoughtful, creative, and brilliant. My wife and I just had our third son a month prior, and it was her birthday and we were not able to go out and celebrate due to the wonderful chaos of having a new little one tethered to mom. Chris was able to bring more than just the restaurant experience to us with this incredible service he provides. We learned new cooking techniques, flavor combinations, recipes that are easy for weekly meal making with little-to-no time, and more. As advertised, Chris brought everything: the ingredients, the dishes, the serving ware, the napkins and place settings; EVERYTHING. And then he took it all home with him. Chris spent almost a solid 5 hours with us and never made us feel rushed or hurried throughout the whole experience. He explained all his dishes, discussed the ingredients with us, gave us his perspective and thoughts on the dish, all while giving us stories about his own personal life and family and how he got to where he is today. He clearly loves what he does and it shows through on the food. My wife and I cannot wait to remake the dishes, and have already started looking at new cookware that Chris recommended. Chris even gave us links and recommendations for recipes that were not part of the meal experience we had signed up for. Chris clearly cares about the food and experience first, which is beyond refreshing and hopefully what helps set him above other chefs. We have told both of our entire families and friends about this experience and could not recommend Chris more. I hope people believe us and take the opportunity to have a similarly amazing experience with Chris. Ours was truly a great experience, and for that, the least we can do is say THANK YOU to Chef Chris!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan D.
Verified review

Simply put, Chef Jackie Johnson is incredible. My wife and I along with another couple had Chef Jackie come to our home for a cooking lesson. Throughout the lesson, she was attentive toward all of us, gave us each individualized attention, and created an atmosphere that was engaging, fun, casual, and educational all at the same time. Her personality is very upbeat and you can tell in a matter of minutes that she is passionate about engaging and teaching others. As someone that is an above average cook, it was great to have Jackie teach me additional techniques and have a dialogue on cooking topics that I was most interested in. At the same time, the other couple were more novice in the kitchen, and she was easily able to shift how she spoke to make sure everyone could understand their task and reasons for the specific approach to cooking. Chef Jackie is authentic in her approach, provides excellent communication during the lesson, and gives you an experience that you will surely remember. Oh, and the came out fantastic. I highly recommend Chef Jackie to anyone in the Northern Virginia area who either wants to take a private lesson in their home, or wants to host a small dinner party and would like to have a chef prepare the meal in full. Thank you Chef for a wonderful experience, a great lesson, and empowering us to create great food!

Sweet Bazil, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Erin S.
Verified review

Karida and Sweet Bazil were AMAZING. She surpassed expectations in every sense. She was timely; extremely kind, friendly, and professional; and he food was absolutely phenomenal. I can't put into words how wonderful the food was; better than I expected and on par if not above some of the best meals I've had in nice restaurants. The rest of the dinner party guests also raved about the meal and the experience. I cannot recommend Sweet Bazil enough!

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Janice C.
Verified review

Esther was AMAZING. We contracted her for a 3 1/2 day corporate and professional training retreat for 18 people. She stayed with us in the retreat center the entire time. She created the most delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners (plus snacks) for the entire time. The kitchen was always impeccable and her demeanor always joyous and alive. She also gave us a little nutrition workshop that we all enjoyed -- fascinating. I highly recommend Esther for a single event or longer. She is a delight and a tremendous chef.

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

Mary is the full package: professional, personable, reliable, excellent chef, perfect service. She really knows what she's doing and won't disappoint. You can sit back and know that all the details will be taken care of with finesse. My guests were all very impressed. Will definitely hire her again!

Chef Scott Sunshine
4.7
from 22 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Hideya B.
Verified review

Scott is fantastic and continually goes above and beyond. We planned our 25 person wedding weekend entirely from out of town, and couldn't have done it without Scott. From our first emails and Skype conversations, Scott made us feel heard and cared for -- something we definitely did not feel from the other four chefs we met with. He provided clear menu options and helped tailor the perfect selections, including accommodating our halal and vegetarian guests. Months later, our guests are still raving about the meal Scott prepared and entire experience he delivered. Beyond catering the evening, Scott and his team helped us evaluate the venue, find and acquire the linens & place settings, pick out & deliver flowers, and purchase food for the rest of the weekend. We highly recommend Scott as both a chef and as a trusted advisor with a big heart.

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Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nirav P.
Verified review

Chef Nasrin's professionalism, food quality and presence in our house makes a difference between an easy and a hard week. Fresh ingredients, bold flavors and a clean kitchen when she leaves = homerun!

Have Some Charisma
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole N.
Verified review

I wasn't able to work out my circumstances to actually enlist Chef Karizma's services. However Karizma's level of professionalism, diligence, communication, and flexibility is 100% in sync w the type of service I seek. Based on her attention to detail and willingness to make every effort to accommodate my requests despite my short time line - I am certain I will enlist her services in the near future. Her professionalism has set the bar high, and I am hopeful and curious to see if her culinary skills match. If so she is a hidden gem. I plan to enlist her services in March 2016 and update my review. So far 5 star experience and expectations.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria K.
Verified review

Sandra is the best chef I have ever experienced. Everything about the event FAR exceeded my expectations. She added special touches such as a printed menu, ice cubes with edible flowers inside, had her staff take pictures. I will never consider another caterer ever again. Pure perfection!

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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
Alycia J.
Verified review

I would not have any other company cater my events. Chef Nikki is punctual, professional, the food is delicious, great price for the amount of food. They went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied with the quaily and taste. I would highly recommend this company to cater your event.

Haute Eatz
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Eric R.
Verified review

We used their personal Chef service to have a romantic cadle light dinner. In one word: Amazing. The meal was Michelin Star worthy as the time and attention that went into every detail allowed my wife and I to totally relax having to do absolutely nothing. What also impressed me was the clean up. When they left, the kitchen was spick and spam clean. The experience was so good that we are already thinking about hiring them again for an upcoming Holliday party. And lastly, as anyone reading a review wants to know, the price was extremely fair, as they gave us choices to match the amount we were willing to pay; so we both had an incredible meal worth every penny for the price we paid. We highly recomend you choose Hautz Eatz!

Chef Rakita
4.1
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline C.
Verified review

Rakita was an amazing caterer. Her small plate appetizers were a hit at the event. And there was something for every diet restriction. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

K&A Catering
4.7
from 10 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.

Columbia Chef Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Lesley S.
Verified review

Columbia Chef arrived at the requested time, the meal was delicious, hot and the presentation was great. We are planning our next catered meal.

Rahea's Kakery
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sharmaine D.
Verified review

Shanelle did my birthday cake for me. She somehow incorporated all the things that I love most and value the most into this beautiful cake. I honestly became emotional the first look at it. It was the best cake I've received in my life. When delivering the cake, she was true to what she was to create and exceeded my expectations. She is extremely easy to work with and she always has a great attitude when working with her customers. She is flexible also with scheduling and rescheduling if needed. Rahea's Kakery is a very reliable, and an awesome cake business in need of some support and new customer.

Appetites by R.J.
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Tenika C.
Verified review

Chef R.J. was very professional. He made our 11th Wedding Anniversary one to remember. I will definitely recommend him to my family and friends.

KB&Co. Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Sarah P.
Verified review

We Hired KB&Co for our wedding the food was delicious the service was amazing everything went so smoothly I would definitely hire them again for a big event or a personal chef!

Culinary Ace
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Aday A.
Verified review

Chef terry is the best ever, smooth, nice and the food is the best. I will hire him and his crew any day. Thanks for making my school reunion a blast.

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.

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 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.

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.
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