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Gaithersburg Private Catering Services

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

Chef Kev was fantastic! Great food, arrived on time and went above and beyond setting everything up beautifully. He really cared that everything was just right. Also the food was amazing!! I would definitely recommend him to a friend, and use his catering services again in the future.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth P.
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My family and I hired Chef Serge to prepare a family dinner to celebrate some birthdays and anniversaries. He created menu options from which we chose and was so flexible with our requests. The meal was perfect - after a course of skelwers with tomato and cheese with a spicy sauce, we had a delicious salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, mozzarella, basil, etc with mustard dressing. For the entree, he served the most amazing quinoa risotto on a bed of kale with veggies (in some secret sauce that was to die for) and a perfect filet of salmon on top. The meal was probably the best thing that ever has and ever will be served in my house! Also a perk? Not having to clean up after the meal - he does it all! Worth mentioning also is how very genuine, charming, and engaging Chef Serge is. At some point, each of us wandered into the kitchen and chatted with him. He was gracious and didn't seem to mind. We will definitely hire Chef Serge again and I recommend him highly to anyone looking for a private chef experience.

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa C.
Verified review

Mercedes was wonderful to work with...prompt to answer emails and phone calls. Best of all: the food was outstanding in flavor and presentation. I would definitely recommend MJE Catering to others!

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
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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!

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

We use Ardmore catering for all of our corporate meetings and events. The food is great and so is the service. I would recommend them to everyone.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 38 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie S.
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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.

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Carol K.
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The food was delicious, the service was prompt and the server was very friendly. I have worked with Dianna before and was very excited when she contacted me regarding Corporate Catering. I would definetly recommend them and will being using them again.

Sweet Bazil, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
LaToria B.
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I’m going to start with OMG!!!! The food was DELICIOUS!!! EVERYBODY wanted to know the name of the catering company and how did I find SWEET BASIL. There were a few people who said they don’t like bread pudding BUT when they heard other people saying how good the bread pudding was they decided to try it. Would you believe one of them went back for a second serving (but she doesn’t like bread pudding, LOL!!!). The breading pudding melt in your mouth. EVERYTHING was delicious. The President of the company is retiring and moving back to Louisiana, that’s why I choose to the Louisiana style food. He was impressed as well, he said the food was delicious. I will definitely use your company again and I will tell anybody that’s looking for a catering company to use SWEET BASIL.

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Brynn W.
Verified review

Richard was a real pleasure to work with from the first phone call to the end of a very successful party. He was very helpful with his advice on our menu and with the guidance on the beverage purchases for a party our size (50,) He and Linda (the bartender) arrived on time and had the food laid out and the cooking stations and bar set up in plenty of time to start serving some early arriving guests. He circulated with the guests to make sure everyone was happy and had what they wanted and checked in with me throughout the evening to make sure all was going well from my perspective. Richard made crab cakes on the spot and they were a favorite. He also made delicious quesadillas on the spot, as well. His meatballs, chicken satay and stuffed mushrooms were all gobbled up. I overheard a couple of guests praising the peanut sauce and expressing interest in eating it by the spoonful:) All of the dips he provided were delicious as well. And the mini cheesecakes and cookies were also very good. All in all, Richard and Linda gave us a wonderful evening, without having to worry about a thing. To a person, I heard nothing but praise for the service and the food. I would hire Clever Catering again in a heartbeat:)

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
John F.
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How do you plan a reception for 500-600 people where approximately 200 of them are famished teenagers or preteens? The answer: you contact Esther Marandure, Executive Chef, of the Epicurean Nutrition Catering Company. Ester, thank you, thank you, thank you all for the wonderful work you did to make the reception after the Northern Virginia Youth Winds December Concert a smashing success. I cannot tell you how many people have said this was one of the best receptions they had been to. The food was excellent and beautifully presented as I knew it would be after attending the tasting. Many people remarked how wonderful it was. The staff was also so delightful to work with, all very friendly and attentive. Please make certain that they all know how much they were appreciated. Your young man and the young lady are truly gracious hosts, professionally attired, helpful, and courteous; their manner speaks well of their home and family. NVYW will use your services again and without reservation, recommends your services. We have already done so. The very best of luck with your endeavors. John Flahive Founder NVYW EPICUREAN NUTRITION CATERING COMPANY 14571 Collingham Place GAINESVILLE, Virginia 20155 Contact Information 703-395-9338 www.epicureanutritioncatering.com

  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
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I really enjoyed working with Candi and Potomac Hospitality Group for my reception. They were extremely accommodating to our wants and needs, flexible, timely, professional, and always responsive. I would use them again in a heart beat!

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Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
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Jack R.
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Chef Nikki and team catered a family gathering of mine yesterday. Leading up to the event, she always responded to all of my inquires in a prompt manner. I was a little nervous planning the event and she always made me feel comfortable. I actually feel like I have known her for years which is not the case. The food was fantastic and everyone enjoyed themselves. The mac and cheese was on point! There was more then enough food for everyone that attended and more then enough to take home afterward. The catering company is affordable and I will use them again in the future.

Haute Eatz
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Laura G.
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Chef Candace was absolutely amazing. Very responsive in communication in which she creatively designed a menu that was tailored to my needs and desires. The food was absolutely incredible and well seasoned. With each bite my taste buds began to celebrate! She set the mood with fabulous music, fresh roses and candles. The presentation from beginning to end was professional and beautiful. She made my wife’s birthday one to remember! I will be utilizing her private chef services again in the very near future! Thank you Candace for being so sweet and kind. You are amazing!

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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
Jami S.
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This is one of the best food vendors we've ever had at our event. Superb finger licking food & excellent customer service. Highly Highly recommend.

  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Aaron A.
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This place where I catered was beyond excellent in there service . They set up everything as i wanted to have the setting for the catering. I was very satisfied i loved there excellent customer service . I would use this place again.

  • 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!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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