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Idlewood Bar Caterers

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  • 6 years in business
  • 309 hires on Thumbtack
Sebastian P.
Verified review

I would like to thank Miranda catering for catering our son's graduation party. Mike and Trish were the only one who responded with interest in doing my event and worked with me all the way. We had a buffet style dinner. The food was delivered to the event on time and it was delicious. The menu was just right and enough to go around . I had excellent feedback from all our guests. We were a bit short on drinks ( because kids love to drink) but we made through it. Miranda Caterers work hard to make my event successful. They are awesome people and I would work with them again.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine S.
Verified review

Serge catered for our office holiday party. He made a grilled romaine salad, chicken roulade with potatoes and mixed vegetables, and a chocolate tart. Everything was delicious, I was very impressed! I had never had catering done for our office parties before (sadly, we have always just done pizza or something similar), but this was definitely much better for a special occasion, and very reasonably priced. I would not hesitate to use Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept again!

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.8
from 68 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
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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!

Dr. Mix-A-Lot, LLC
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Anton was able to provide both bartending and serving services for our wedding. He and his staff were very professional. They were also very affordable compared to some other services we looked into. I would definitely use them again!

Eleven Courses Catering
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Lena K.
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I don't think I can truly and fully express how blessed Ryan and I were to have had Eleven Courses as our caterer for our wedding day. From the moment we had our tasting, to the finalizing of details, to the actual wedding day, Ryan and I were in great hands. There was NEVER a doubt in our minds that Eleven Courses would let us down. I feel like I could write an entire essay on how amazing Melissa Benson and the rest of the Eleven Courses crew carried themselves throughout this wedding planning process, without mentioning how amazing the food was...because I could totally write an entire essay on that too. To keep things short though, Melissa was just great with following up and answering all of our questions. Catering to our vegetarian guests was a breeze, and making changes to the contract was effortless. Melissa, I am so sad Ryan and I never got the honor of meeting you in person, but if I could, I would give you a HUGE hug right now for everything you did for us. Chrissy was our day of coordinator, which i was personally ecstatic about because she hosted our food tasting, and I absolutely loved working with her. Chrissy, if you are reading this, I am so sad that i did NOT get a chance to hug you that day, because you were just awesome about listening to our needs, and really making sure that Ryan and I got a chance to eat. Not only that, but Ryan and I came back to the venue and found that the room was absolutely spotless. Thank you SO much for taking care of the cleanup. Now on to the food: I can only say one word: incredible. EVERYONE in the wedding commented on how crazy amazing the food was. We barely had any leftovers!! [Which, I was very sad about haha]. Chef Jim, it was such an honor to have met you....your dishes were excellent. And my goodness, can I just also add how incredibly humble Chef Jim is? This is actually turning into an essay, so to sum it all up, Eleven Courses, I am thoroughly impressed with how great you guys were on our special day. If I ever need catering services, I will call you up in a heartbeat. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Lena

  • 16 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Michele A.
Verified review

I can only say good things about my experience with Chef Myles. Everything was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. I was unsure of the menu and Chef Myles helped me plan what to serve and the party goers loved every single item. I will use Chefs 2 Go Catering for all my catering needs!!!!!!

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F&Btainment by Daniel
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise T.
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JUST HIRE DANIEL! Where do I begin to describe the services provided by Daniel? He was PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS, HELPFUL and JUST GREAT He should give lessons in "BarTending with Excellent Customer Service." #VERY TASTY COCKTAILS #DELECTABLE MOCKTAILS Daniel visited the site a few days before hand to decide how he would set up his station. He took all the stress out of deciding what signature drinks we should serve, based on theme, budget, number of guests expected... He provided a list of what we would need to purchase based on scale of party. He hand makes fresh juices as mixers and sets up a thoughtful, first rate display. HIS SERVICE IS SECOND TO NONE He promised that he would arrive 2 hours before the event to set up and was here an extra hour EARLY. His input and assistance is invaluable. His interactions with our guest was what one would expect at a 7 Star Hotel or Restaurant; he was engaging and appropriate. Seriously, no one else should be a contender for your event. If you want to enjoy your event and have guests call you the following day to compliment the services provided by your bartender, who they have "Officially Adopted" USE THE SERVICES OF F&Btainment by Daniel

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle F.
Verified review

I genuinely can’t say enough good things about this business. I hired AC Catering for two events I held in June and July 2017. Everything was excellent! I was beyond happy with everything from the food, to the services, to the people I interacted with during the planning phase and the actual events. This small, family owned business actually exceeded my expectations. They have an extensive menu to choose from which allowed me to tailor both events’ meals appropriately. The pricing was great and the amount of food I received was more than enough. AC Catering received many compliments for the quality of their food at both of my events. I took a risk and hired them without having tasted any of their food, but I have to say there was no need for worry. The food was also delicious! Both my guests and I enjoyed every bite. The serve and clean up service was also top notch. George Sullivan and his staff were extremely attentive to my needs during my banquet. They helped to ensure that the dinner ran smoothly, and cleanup was quick and efficient. I can't leave this review without noting that it was a great pleasure working with George Sullivan (principal owner/operator) when coordinating my needs. He was very responsive to the myriad of questions I had, extremely flexible as I proposed changes for my event, and just an extremely nice guy. I am so glad I found this business. I will definitely be using AC Catering if I have any catering needs in the future.

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With A Twist Mixologists
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dani N.
Verified review

I've used With A Twist on several occasions for my bartending needs. They are one of the most professional bartending services available! The bartenders are very friendly, FUN and knowledgeable. All of the bartenders we have used have always brought lots of energy to our events! The owner, Ayanna, is very responsive and provides fair pricing on services. She goes above and beyond to create menus and signature drinks and whatever other services you might need. She's always been very helpful with the pre-planning. You won't be disappointed with this company.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tom D.
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I highly recommend Shore is Delicious, Catering by Teresa. I contracted with Teresa to cater an after (Wedding) reception party at my house in Gambrills. Teresa was extremely helpful in helping me decide what menu would be appropriate, providing suggestions and alternatives during the planning process. Teresa was very easy to get a hold of when needed, and responded with the answers to my questions very quickly. A majority of the food that Teresa served to my 65 guests was hand made, and it was absolutely delicious! Teresa's cooking skills and ability to create a balanced menu were impressive. Teresa and her crew were on time, and had the area set-up and ready to go by the time my guests started to arrive after the wedding reception. She went out of her way by providing tasteful table coverings and center pieces, even thought I did not ask for those. The quality of her work was excellent! Aside from the delicious food, the most impressive attribute of Teresa's catering service was their willingness to provide the "Complete Service." Teresa prepared all of the food, delivered it, served it and stayed until the end, making sure that the area was 100% clean and in order before she left. In addition, Teresa brought along a crew of helpers that provided anything that was needed to ensure that my guests had a good time. When researching for caterers, this was tough to find. Most wanted to make the food, put it on the tables and go. Not Teresa. In closing, I highly recommend and without reservation Shore is Delicious, Catering by Teresa for anyone's catered event. The planning, preparation and care taken by Teresa and her crew was fabulous. Tom Doyle

Big Deal Services LLC
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Derek H.
Verified review

We were very glad we chose Big Deal Services to help with the bartending at our wedding. They did a great job keeping a drink in everyone's hand and were well liked by all the guests. Would absolutely hire again.

She Cooks
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
Verified review

Great job on two days notice for a business luncheon catering. She was on time and the food was great!

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Duane S.
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Good and plentiful food. Good service and bar tending. Cleanup also good.

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MTG Consulting
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Gloria E.
Verified review

OUTSTANDING !!! I could not have been more pleased. I hired Monte for bar services and to serve our guests food that was already prepared. He brought one other staff member with him. He handled the food setup and his co-worker handled the bar services. They setup quickly and was extremely attentive to my guests. He setup my buffet food and served guests hot hors d'oeuvres. He also created a custom drink menu that my guests loved. This was a 50th bday party with 40-50 guest. Monte even started answering the door and hanging up my guests coats. YOU CAN NOT GET BETTER SERVICE!!! Do yourself a favor and hire him now. I will hire him again and again.

BarSphere
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Dava J.
Verified review

I employed the services of BarSphere for my comedy show last weekend w/Silly Girl Entertainment. Ernest was great from the first call!! He knew what was needed and when to ensure proper licensing for our DC event. He has a great attitude/energy, he's very knowledgeable of what he does, he's great at communicating and keeping me informed of any necessary information, and he's timely and professional. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better bartending service. We will be using BarSphere for our next comedy show.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

Thank you for making my holiday party a memorable event. You are an absolute joy to work with and your laughter is infectious. The gluten free menu that included Ruby Sippers cocktails, mushrooms stuffed with homemade Mexican chorizo, shrimp with horseradish remoulade, leek & goat cheese frittata, ginger bread cookies, and other mouthwatering fancy Hors d'oeuvres left the guests wondering if they were dining in a 5 star restaurant. Thank you again for accommodating to my food allergies concerns. Because of your professionalism and work ethic, you gave me peace of mind that everything was going to be perfect to include the home decor and setting-up the kitchen table with silver and white embellishments. Wow! It felt like a winter wonderland. I look forward to our next rendevu in the kitchen. Bests, "Girls Night Out Crew"

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

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.

The Cutie Behind the bar
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Felicia C.
Verified review

Her staff is always professional, polite and on time. I will continue to use The Cutie Behind The Bar. Xquisite Catering

Papi Cuisine
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bam B.
Verified review

My experience with Papi Cuisine has always been nothing less than excellence their food not only looks good but taste even better you can tell every meal is prepared and given just as much as attention as the last wouldn’t choose another catering business over them

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 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.

Spin The Bottle
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Jordan D.
Verified review

Just WOW. This baby faced beauty isn’t just a bartender she is THE bartender. Requested Pure White Hennessy and she came through was on time, professional(they’re uniforms are so cute), and efficient. Ordered 3-4 bartenders and she bought 3. My event was 200+ people and I was a little afraid I hadn’t gotten enough bartenders(she made the third person a bar back basically) but when I tell you they ROLLED THOSE GIRLS ROLLED. She provided mints just because (such a cute touch) and her Sangria is TO DIE FOR 🤤 A+ girls.

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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