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PK's Kitchen
5.0
from 67 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Tiara J.
Verified review

My partner and I had the pleasure of sharing a private dinner at our home, catered by Chef Paul. He created an intimate setting which was important to me, as we celebrated her birthday. Our meal was prepared from scratch and right before our eyes!!! Chef Paul was prompt in his arrival, preparation, and each segment of our meal. The food was absolutely AMAZING!!! He was very sociable, and even left me with some essential cooking tips. My partner and I are flattered to have had him in our personal space!!!!

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  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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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 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
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Vjs S.
Verified review

They were great!  Excellent customer service from start to finish.  Mercedes helped me create my menu as I had no idea what I wanted.  They were very timely and responsive to all of my questions.  The day of my event, they arrived on time and Mercedes even stayed for a while to show my niece (who was serving for me) how to plate the food like a pro!  I mean it really looked and taste much like a 5 star gourmet meal!  I was super impressed!

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.

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Key Ingredients Catering
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Aubrey M.
Verified review

We hired Key Ingredients catering for our big Election Night Party this year (200 people), and they were absolutely wonderful! Shoutout to Carla Bettini, who was so helpful, professional, and friendly throughout the entire process. Everyone said that the food was great at our party, and the decorations and decor that came with the catering spread was absolutely beautiful! 6/5 stars! I had such a great experience with this catering company...you should definitely hire them for your next event!

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

  • 11 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Chito P.
Verified review

Tortoise and Hare helped me tremendously with my Party for 50+ -- we had a great assortment of gourmet food and delicious beverages. Amazing customer service - very flexible and capable

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Anna S.
Verified review

Found Catering Reserved on Thumbtack and never using another caterer again! Delicious food, responsive service, professional and attentive on site staff - I was so so pleased.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Jill J.
Verified review

Richard did a fabulous job food was fabulous. Party was a great success. I would highly recommend Clever Catering and use them again.

Tom Hirsch
4.3
from 29 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Diana C.
Verified review

We really have a wonderful dinner party. Tom found his way in my little kitchen. Fabulous food, and lots of left overs. He was very professional and friendly with my guest. It was fantastic, exquisite and fun. I will recommend him without a doubt. It was my first time and I didn't know what to expect. I had everything ready but I didn't think of the presentation. I asked him, I want something like, kind of buffet, a family style services for 20 people. I wanted to use grandma china set, antique set, I was so focus only on that. I learned my lesson, next time I will have ready trays and bowls to match my dishes for a nice presentation. Thank you so much Tom. It was a wonderful experience and my family and friends really have fun.

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

Esther was great to work with.. she knows a lot about food & catering. No budget is too small, she will work with you. Her food was tasty and elegantly served

Appetite Catering and Events
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Oby O.
Verified review

I found Appetite Catering through Thumbtack. We used this company for a graduation party/cookout for my sister.Upon discussing my ideas with Sysseden, it immediately felt like we had known each other forever! She took my idea and brought it to life with her own special touch. She has such a warm personality that is needed in a business like this. From the beginning, Sysseden was willing to work with me and answered all my questions. She was very responsive and on the day of the event, I expected the food to be dropped off and that's it- no- Sysseden stayed and made sure everything was moving smoothly. This is the definition of above and beyond service. I cannot thank her and her team enough for everything! My cousin immediately asked who that was and requested her information for an event she has coming up. Again, I'm so grateful to Appetite catering for the delicious food, for helping us stay organized, and most of all, for outstanding, PRICELESS service. I will be using them going forward! Thank you!

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Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristin J.
Verified review

Enjoyed a wonderful sampling of foods from this caterer. I had never tasted such delicacies as Boolanee before; what a treat! Chef Nasrin is as pleasant as she is talented and her food is everything you hope it will be and more.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Versee P.
Verified review

One word: DELICIOUS!!!! Omg Chef Paul & Nikki food was so scrumptious & I can’t wait to place another order. Definitely push that button to book them for your next meal. ❤️ THANKS GUYS! Everything was better than I could even imagine.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah W.
Verified review

Thank you to Creative Visions Cuisine, LLC for the delicious food you made for my dad’s surprise birthday party. It was a pleasure to work with a company with so much insight into menu options that would work best for what we had in mind and for an outdoor venue. The selections were perfect! Also appreciated was the flexibility with last minute menu changes and your willingness to go above and beyond by helping us move everything indoors when the rain started.

Food Matters, LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maki H.
Verified review

Where do I begin. I was planning for a house warming event (BBQ style) for a group of 40 people so I submitted a request for catering on Thumbtack. I was a little worried that my limited budget would be a problem to work with any caterer but still submitted my request. I immediately heard back from Suzanne and a couple of other caterers. The other caterers I heard back from were not willing to adjust the menu to fit my budget. Suzanne was so accommodating and willing to customize my menu to stay and work within my budget. She communicated with me until the day of the event asking me about details and any requests I had. She even incorporated spices from my native country. She took the time and effort to learn about a special dish from Ethiopia and made it with perfection. My guests were raving about her food the entire night saying how delicious and flavorful it was. I would hire Suzanne for other events and would recommend her service to everyone I know. It was such a pleasure to work with Suzanne!

Brooklyn Sandwich Co.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Sophia B.
Verified review

Amazing caterers!! Food was absolutely delicious and service was fantastic!!! Keep up the good work!!

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New Gourmet Delight
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We have scheduled the event and Gourmet Delight has been responsive to all email/telephone communications.

DMH & Company
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Janne H.
Verified review

I hired Dani to cater a large work lunch at the non profit think tank where I work. She did an AMAZING job. She was extremely responsive, easy to schedule with (even when I sent her the wrong date), showed up early, and stayed throughout the lunch to make sure everything ran smoothly. Her food was delicious and easily catered to a range of dietary restrictions. About 90-100 people showed up (I had asked for catering for 70) and there were even leftovers. I can't recommend her enough! She has since come back for multiple events. Everyone at work has raved about her cooking.

Kimeri
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
Verified review

Kimeri Catering was great! My daughter hired Kimeri for my birthday Sip & Burn Social. The food was unique and delicious. Every dish was seved with a diffrent kind of wine, which was choosen by Chef Kim. She prepared all the food fresh with a live demo Chef Kim prepared grilled Quail in ginger-port marinade that had my guests raving about the event for weeks! The food was served with a personal touch of class. Expose your taste buds to something new Book KIMERI for your next event.

Luna Catering Co.
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Renee S.
Verified review

Food was delicious and vendor was very patient with the ordering process.

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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