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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD + DRINK
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
Verified review

When I contacted Wendy and Bill a few weeks before my daughters graduation, they were efficient, professional and valuable in knowledge about their services. I had never used a caterer before but, decided to be able to enjoy my daughters high school graduation and have a caterer provide the food. It was a big jump for me to hand off this important part! Wendy and Bill were the only caterers that wanted to meet at the venue that I had chosen, they had a sample menu printed up for me when I told them the theme of the party and, they had a lot of energy about the event. I could tell that they love what they do and that they are passionate about good food! On the day of the event, the weather was undecided and I had to consider another location. They were flexible and calm about the whole process. They arrived ready and organized- everything was absolutely delicious with our guests coming up for seconds! We had so much food that we had leftovers and that surprised me as we are all big eaters :-) I can't say enough about this catering company! For anyone that tends to try to do everything themselves for parties, consider For the Love of Food and Drink- they are very reasonable in price, provide wonderful service and create the most delicious dishes. They also have cooking classes that my daughter and I will attend. Thank you Wendy and Bill!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel A.
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We had Little Miss Sophie's Cater our backyard wedding and I am SO glad they did! We had about 100 people come and everyone was raving about the food! The presentation was perfect, the food was delicious, and everyone LOVED the dishes we chose. Behind the scenes they were AMAZING to work with too! They are so sweet and helped me to create the perfect meal for my guests. They showed up on time and set up so quietly and quickly. I would highly recommend Little Miss Sophie's to anyone looking for an exceptional catering service! We will definitely be using them again. Hands down, an AMAZING company!

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Leslie's Catering
4.8
from 53 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jean P.
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Leslie's Catering did an outstanding job catering an 80th birthday party attended by more than 50 guests of all ages. It was held in the Cider Hill Clubhouse in Old Orchard Beach. The guests all raved about the food and service. I definetley would use them again.

  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Kely B.
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Hope and her staff did an excellent job with the catering for my daughter's 9th birthday party. The kids loved the caterpillar snacks made with fruits, the apple and peanut butter snails - very cute. It was so creative and perfect for the occasion. I would definitely rehire them for future events.

The Frog and Turtle
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Robyn D.
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We use The Frog And Turtle for catering many of our company events. The most recent was a summer BBQ and it was fabulous!

Maine-ly Meatballs
4.3
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene L.
Verified review

I hired Mainely-Meatballs to cater a beach party last summer. Everything about the experience was top notch from the meatballs, to the Mac & Cheese, to the blueberry cobbler! My favorite dish was the cesear salad! I highly recommend them!

Theresa Hyatt
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
Verified review

Theresa was very easy to work with for my 40th Birthday celebration. We ordered a bunch of different items that were all excellent! She even tailor made me a few dairy free options, including a mini-cake for me to enjoy. The Mexican Sombrero cake was a hit, and everyone said it was delicious!! I would hire Theresa again for any of my catering events. A delight to work with.

  • 5 years in business
Jeanne L.
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Not only was the food outstanding, but M.A.N.E. Catering's attention to detail and ideas for implementing the theme of the event was especially appreciated! Everyone had wonderful things to say about Nicholas and his crew. I would recommend M.A.N.E. Catering & Event Service to anyone who is interested in holding an event-- they did all the work for me and surpassed all my expectations!

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Suzy R.
Verified review

Robert put on a Graduation Brunch at my home for about 50 people. He helped me with the menu to make food that was easily eaten, allowing people to be free to move around the patio and garden areas. Robert and his staff did an outstanding job and everyone raved about the great food and wonderful service. Thanks Robert and staff! I will definitely look to you for your great catering service for any future event...and there are plenty more to come...I may even make one up! Suzanne Rice- Winthrop ME

  • 17 years in business
Rosalie S.
Verified review

We used Chef Joseph to cater a very special birthday party as well as other events which people are still raving about. His professionalism, creative menu geared to our needs and pocketbook are to be commended. We loved his food and would not hesitate to hire him again.

Mike H.
Verified review

Having worked for Tom on several catering jobs I can testify to the fact that he simply cooks absolutely delicious food. Whether for a dinner party for eight or a wedding reception for over 100, his organizational and culinary skills combine to produce results that impress everyone. It is a joy not only to work for him, but also to eat his cooking.

About

We will cater for your event with experience and professional service like no other. We have over 25 years' experience in the food and beverage business. Design your menu or let us.

About

We are catering off premise specializing in lobster, bakes and BBQ. We have 35 years of experience. References are available. We provide custom menus.

  • 3 years in business
About

Everything we do is homemade. We shop locally and hand select every ingredient we use. We work with local farmers who grow produce specifically for our menus. The amount of care we put into our food creates a noticeable difference between what we create and the pre-packaged products that are so common to many caterers.

About

We are a full catering facility that loves to cater in private homes and at special parties. We will do all the cooking, serving, and cleaning up with big smiles and lots of fun.

About

I provide private chef/catering service. I have knowledge of wine, beer cocktails as well as locally sourced foods. I can curtail any menu to fit any needs, on premise, catered or in house. I can do day-to-day routine or once a week as client needs. Local, organic foods are a specialty. I will travel or live in, and temporary or full-time services available. Wine dinners, beer pairings, family events, corporate/business get-together all are welcome, and I will work to exceed all expectations. Influences include, but are not limited to, Italian, New England, French and Asian cuisines.

About

Our signature style is amazing food prepared from scratch using locally sourced meats, vegetables, fish and greens. We source from a dozen farms in the Southern Maine region and purchase straight from the docks on the coastline.

About

I work and cater for certain events. I do mostly drop offs do to my tight schedule. I also do a one time private chef business too unless other things come to mind.

About

I am currently the executive at Cross Insurance Arena. Hockey is my season which just ended and leaves me with plenty of open availability for catering this summer.

About

I am available for serving, preparation and clean-up. I also do food preparation. I have over 20 years of experience in the food industry.

  • 19 years in business
About

We pay attention to every detail now matter how small or large it may be.

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 on September 14, 2013

Goffstown, NH

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American, Other (food on a stick)
  • Head count
  • Details
    We are doing a backyard reception and want people to be able to move around and play games rather than sitting stationary at tables, so we want a casual, fun, food on sticks theme.
  • $600
    Average price

Need Catering Services

Gloucester, MA

  • Type of catering needed
    I'm not sure yet
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    BBQ
  • Number of guests
    40-60
  • Details
    I'm looking for hamburgers & hotdogs for 100 people including children.
  • $800
    Average price

Need a Catering Service for a Wedding on August 4, 2013

Windham, NH

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    I'm not sure yet
  • Number of guests
    25-40
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Details
    backyard wedding
  • $35
    Average price
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