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Frederick Custom Caterers

Browse these custom caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Frederick.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Youssef A.
Verified review

Chef Serge was a pleasant person to work with. Very professional, easily customized my brunch menu and was able to deliver great quality food with minimal instructions. Would definitely recommend him to anyone.

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

Superb Service! My interactions with MJE Catering were pleasant, professional and satisfying. Mercedes Jo was creative and open to my special requests. We arranged a taste testing which was plentiful and delicious! The day of my event, MJE was prompt, courteous and generous. I highly recommend MJE for your event; particularly, if you want affordable, delicious food, and friendly service.

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

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.

Perfect Little Bites
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Sarie D.
Verified review

SO IMPRESSED! Chris Spear of Big Little Bites started by asking me to fill out a short but thoughtful questionnaire so he could get an idea of what I wanted so he could craft a custom dining experience with me. In less than two days, he provided back an incredible list of dishes for me to choose from. He was prompt, polite, and professional. I will hire him for future events.

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

Ms. Johnson's catering business was absolutely wonderful! Her food was delicious and presented beautifully! She was a true professional in every capacity. I will definitely use A Private Affair again.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 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

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Gigi M.
Verified review

Esther catered for my Bridal shower and wedding cocktails. Service was superb, presentation was great and the food was amazing with generous portions. I highly recommend Epicurean Nutrition Catering.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Juliet M.
Verified review

Honestly I don’t even know where to begin because my whole experience with Sandra was more than amazing. I started talking to Sandra six months before my event to begin coordinating. Throughout my communications with her over the past few months she was responsive, creative, highly organized and helped plan the most perfect dinner for my friend’s bachelorette. She worked with me from start to finish to prepare the most amazing menu. She arrived with her two assistants and they were extremely friendly, organized, professional, efficient and the food was utterly amazing. Our group of 7 girls just couldn’t stop raving about the food! Sandra set up a GORGEOUS table scape and printed the most adorable customized menus. everything was just seamless. I don’t have enough good things to say about this experience. It was absolutely amazing and unforgettable. It was something all of us girls will always cherish. Thank you Sandra for the most beautiful night!!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lorren S.
Verified review

First things first the food was AMAZING! The staff was professional but more than anything punctual! I will continue to recommend The Secret Ingredient, LLC to anyone seeking a great company to cater their event.

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
Gianna H.
Verified review

Talk of Di Town 2 surprises me every time as they prove they're not just another Caribbean food caterer, but will cater to a variety of foods with their own surprising twist on it! The presentation is always fabulous when catering events and the food is always top quality! I would recommend Talk of Di Town 2 for any occasion, as they will certainly accommodate. - Customer since 2013

  • 2 years in business
Hunter Davis
Verified review

We had Joe and his team cater our wedding reception and our guests were raving about the food. They came and cooked the chicken and ribs on-site. We had pulled pork as well. The sides were amazing and 100% recommend the jalapeo poppers wrapped in bacon! Worth every penny!

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

I was very pleased with Made with Love Catering. She was on time, the set-up was fast. The food was warm at all times and most importantly she made enough food for the headcount I gave her. I even had a little bit to take home and enjoy the next day! Thank you! :)

The Red Pimento
4.4
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Martha J.
Verified review

Sally was friendly and professional through all the planning stages of a small party I had and she came through with a wonderful delivery. I needed an "Assist" from her, rather than a full-on traditional catering scenario. She was flexible and accommodating from start to finish. She had the exact linens I needed but that I did not even realize I needed! I would not hesitate to recommend her.

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

From The Heart Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa J.
Verified review

Very classy professional, would hire again.

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
Verified review

Absolutely impressed with the service provided by Classic Catering! I needed a catering company for a last minute event I hosted and Classic Catering was recommended by a colleague. I called and spoke with Sandy, who understood exactly what I was looking for and needed for my event. She was able to work out the details and arrangements for my party and was a pleasure to work with. I can definitely see myself using their service for future events.

Q E Cuisine
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Michelle R.
Verified review

Hiring Q E Cuisine was an awesome choice. I have worked with them several times and was never disappointed. They are not expensive. They come in start working and don’t stop until they are finished. Very respectable people. Food is AWESOME. They catered a wedding for us and a family reunion. I will recommend them for any event. Thumbs up

Pauly's Rib Shack
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Jeff B.
Verified review

Outstanding group of people they have catered for Bull Run Swim and Racquet Club for the past 4 years

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.
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