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Gaithersburg Cocktail Party Caterers

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Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maxine D.
Verified review

Chef Serge is so great! He is professional, charming, and super flexible! We hired him for a dinner party and the guests loved him too! I would recommend Chef Serge to everyone!

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Mercedes Jo Events
from 68 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Mercedes Jo & Staff, thank you for Catering my 50th Birthday party and the food was absolutely amazing! All of my guests raved about the taste of each dish, many thanks and I am forever grateful!

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

Best value you could get in a wedding catering company! Quick basic info on my wedding since yours might be different: Late May wedding in Maryland, 7-hour reception with cocktail hour and dinner, approx. 100 guests, Manor, garden & tented reception setting, buffet dinner including a mix of food and drinks representing the cultures of the bride & groom (salvadoran, thai, new orleans, baltimore). Just two days after our wedding day I am feeling so good about the decision we made in booking Top of the City Catering. Maribel and her team were absolutely fantastic and we received soooo many compliments on our food, desserts, and cocktails, which were all provided by Top of the City. They had also done a great job of setting up décor for the guest tables, around the venue, and for the buffet and bar areas. In addition, the service throughout the day and night was phenomenal and we (bride & groom) always felt taken care of. For planning, we wanted a rustic, elegant feeling and they did a great job of presenting us ideas that were aligned with our vision. Top of the City Catering is a smaller catering business, but that does not make it any less in quality. When we were first looking into Top of the City I was a little leery because it was much more affordable and it usually is said, "You get what you pay for," but in this case that was NOT true at all. Maribel and her team are very responsive in communication, are very open and welcoming to your ideas and direction, and will always give suggestions from their expertise but still respect your wishes should you want something different. I really hope that Top of the City will gain momentum in growing its business and gaining the respect it deserves. Don't let the size of the company distract you from the amazing service, quality of food, flexibility, and affordable price you will get from Top of the City catering. Get a consultation with them and see for yourself!

Eleven Courses Catering
from 57 reviews
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Jeamine Y.
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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
Nicki M.
Verified review

Chef Myles did a great job putting on a Mexican themed buffet for a last minute party. the food was delicious and just what we were looking for! Chef Myles was easy to work with and brought everything needed which made throwing the party very easy.

A Private Affair
from 42 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 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.

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AC Catering
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Theresa M.
Verified review

George is awesome. He brought a sever with him and they both did a fantastic job. The food was the best for our occasion and every single person ranted and raved how good it was. I've had my party catered every year and can't seem to find good staff and food. This company surpassed them all. Great job guys thank you.

Sweet Bazil, llc
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Rahsaan C.
Verified review

I selected Sweet Bazil to cater a small cocktail party in celebration of my Mother-in-law's birthday. Chef Celestine was EXTREMELY professional with all the contracting/payment procedures and made me very clear on what to expect and even suggested other things that I should plan to have or have her provide (chafing dishes). The quality of the food can not be overstated! Everything was fresh and very tasty. My guests were asking for the contact information after having a few bites of food. Chef Celestine set up all the dishes and the accompanying sauces very quickly and she also told me exactly how to keep the extra food warm and ready to refill. I will definitely be using Sweet Bazil again. My Mother-in-law and our guests enjoyed everything from beginning to end!

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Clever Catering
from 30 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Alka D.
Verified review

Esther takes great pride in her work. We had a lovely dinner party with 10 adults and 10 children. She made the entire experience so enjoyable and the good was delicious! She left our kitchen spotless and we could truly enjoy her evening. Looking forward to the next time.

She Cooks
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Janet C.
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Ashley and her crew were outstanding. Her food was delicious and plentiful. She was just what we needed for a party of 35. She was on time, had the food prepared and set up and cleaned up beautifully. Thank you Ashley.

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Srilatha M.
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We hired Shovanna for my sons 1st birthday party. Only one word to describe , it was Fabulous!! The moment my guests entered they were only talking about the decorations and how beautiful and mind blowing they were!! We thoroughly enjoyed our sons birthday. It's going to be a life long memory for us. Thank you Shovanna Williams for making our day more memorable!!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghan F.
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We had an amazing experience with Sandra planning our sit-down dinner party at our home. Sandra worked with me to finalize a menu that would work for 8 unique preferences, allergies and tastes. She provided amazing service and value at every step of the way. From the menu to the table setting and decorations, the experience was better than what a restaurant could have provided, all in the comfort of our own home. Every dish prepared was more delicious than the last, and we are still talking about the desserts. I truly cannot recommend Sandra enough, and hope we have reason to hire her again in the very near future. Even our visiting family members were asking if she would be willing to travel!

  • 5 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Tim W.
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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.

  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra B.
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Olive Express provided an affordable and delicious catering for my engagement party. Everyone LOVED the food and the set up looked fantastic. I would recommend them for any event! The staff is very flexible and willing to work with you on any menu that fits your budget and theme. Additionally, Yvonne is especially responsive to email and phone calls. I am looking forward to using Olive Express again at my friend's baby shower!

K&A Catering
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rory M.
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Kimmy was prompt, easy to communicate with, and very professional. I would happily work with her again!

Papi Cuisine
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Cassie S.
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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.

A Lil' Blue Cafe
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca B.
Verified review

We have a small office in Waynesboro where each year we get together to enjoy a small Christmas party complete with a Christmas dinner style luncheon. This year our budget was very strict so we were having a hard time finding a caterer and were thinking we would have to try and cook the meal ourselves and then bring it to work and try to keep it warm for lunch. and then I found thumbtack and through them we discovered the amazing Lil' Blue Cafe. Pamela came to us with her son and provided us with a delicious Christmas dinner style meal. The turkey and ham were so delicious and tender! The mashed potatoes and gravy were amazing! And my favorite was the mouthwatering macaroni and cheese! We were also treated with green beans, sweet potato with marshmallow topping and dinner rolls and cranberry relish. Everything was just so tasty that all of us are hoping and planning to invite her to cater again and again for next year. Thank you so much for being willing to come over the mountain and spoil us with your delicious cooking. Best.Christmas Party Meal. Ever!

Creative Cuisine Catering
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 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.

Classic Catering
from 7 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Anushka H.
Verified review

My husband's 50th Birthday party was a huge hit and our fantastic caterer helped to pull it all together. They created a reasonable bar and food package, included linen rentals and even went the extra mile to organize all my centerpiece displays on the day. They did a food tasting with us; which most of our visiting family participated in..all 12 of us. They got he thumbs up from everyone on the menu selections. Sandy was very accommodating to work with and became the glue that tied everything together which resulted in a seamless event. I loved that she stepped up as my event coordinator. All our guests raved about the food and service. We had a great time and would definitely use their team again.

  • 3 years in business
Tara B.
Verified review

Ashley and her team were absolutely wonderful! Their professionalism, great customer service and attention to detail with my order was amazing. In addition to their excellent customer service, everything was very delicious. Thank you so much! You guys helped make my mom’s surprise birthday party even greater! I will definitely be a returning customer for future events and will recommend you to my friends and family.

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.

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.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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