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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maura K.
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Chef Kev made a great menu for our annual company picnic! All the guests thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and dessert. He was professional, friendly, and very accommodating!! I would definitely recommend him for other catering events and will keep him in mind for future occasions with our company.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jean C.
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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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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie Y.
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I was very impressed with the initial contact I had with Mercedes Joe Events. Mercedes was very professional, offered great advice and assistance. I immediately knew that I was in good hands. The food was delicious and the catering servive was excellent. Mercedes Joe Events is an A+ caterer who delivers! Debbie Young

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
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Maribel Rivera is such a sweet lady to work with! She is very flexible and understanding. Will accommodate you to whatever you like and want. The overall experience was amazing. Will definitely be working with her again in the future!

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandy L.
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AC Catering did a fantastic job! They were very friendly, the food was great and having the grill/smoker onsite made the event even that much better - felt like a real tailgate party! I will definitely hire them again!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Karen R.
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I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Chef Jackie. She is a delightful person, who also did a lovely job cooking, serving, and cleaning up for a small (4 people) dinner party. She arrived late, but did call to let us know, and she was ready when the guest of honor and her partner arrived. The presentation was nice, and the food was good. Her chocolate mousse was outstanding! She also did a great job of cleaning up. This is not a knock, but she doesn't stand on ceremony, so if you are looking for very formal service, this isn't it (which fit my style just fine). I definitely recommend her for catering a party, and expect she would be a wonderful teacher for a cooking class.

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Dianna and her team made the whole process seamless from determining the best catering package to meet our needs to delivery and staging. In addition, their catering offerings were piping hot, delicious and truly enjoyed by all of our departmental meeting attendees. Would definitely recommend their services!

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

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Jill J.
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Richard did a fabulous job food was fabulous. Party was a great success. I would highly recommend Clever Catering and use them again.

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

  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had a wonderful experience from the friendly, professional service to the delicious food. I would recommend them to cater any event and definitely plan to use them in the future!

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Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Shilpa F.
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Healthy Catering Company catered food to our new year party for about 50 people. The experience was fantastic! Food was so fresh and delicious absolutely loved it.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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Victoria K.
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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
Tracey A.
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Chef Nikki is the BOMB.COM!! She and her husband Paul are excellent in the kitchen and on the grill... She can cook for me and my husband every day if she wants too, we will never turn her down...😂😂😘😘 Every meal is excellent and tasteful down to the deserts... Nikki is very clean and sanitary, you don't have to worry... She takes her business and license very serious... I definitely recommend her for your next meal, your next desert or your next catering event.

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Uncle Fred's BBQ Smoke Shack
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Liz L.
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Fred was awesome! He was at the location early, and even made it in the ice storm. Great food! He has amazing BBQ. Definitely want him again!

  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl M.
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Thank you Yvonne & Olive Express for an absolutely SUPERB lunch! Not only was the food delicious, the portions were plenty to feed everyone and still have some left over for a delicious lunch the next day! Service was prompt and courteous and a definite hit with everyone - Thank you so much. We will definitely think of Olive Express for our next catering need.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lorren S.
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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 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Thmas L.
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K&A Catering staff was very professional. The food was awesome and the service was great. Thanks to making my event a huge success.

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kgomotso S.
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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! :)

KB&Co. Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Jay S.
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I hired KB&Co. Catering for my client’s event. He was very responsive and creative during our menu discussions. On the day of the event, he was timely and presented food that not only tasted amazing, but was visually appealing! I would definitely hire them again!

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sam C.
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Thank you, Sandy and Classic Catering, for such a warm and comfortable experience. Mike, myself and my Mom want to thank you for providing great service and attention to detail. The Iced Tea Bar was fun and unique and I appreciate that surprise. You really took the time to get to know us and it was reflected in the special touches added. I look forward to working together for our anniversary next year!! Sam

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Caterer for a Birthday Party on February 23, 2013

Dumfries, VA

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American
  • Number of people
    50-100
  • Additional Service(s)
    Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic)
  • Details
    This is going to be a lunch time birthday party. We are looking for dishes like a pasta bake, chicken dish, etc. Not too heavy, but something with substance. As far as alcoholic beverages, just beer and wine.

Need a Caterer for an Engagement Party on February 16

Washington, DC

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers
  • Details
    Looking for catered food for an engagement party at our home.

Need a Catering Services for a Plated Dinner Party

Alexandria, VA

  • Event type
    Plated dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Other (asian fusion)
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
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