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Auburn Hills Custom Caterers

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The Freelance Chef LLC.
4.7
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley D.
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We booked Michael Jay for our October 1st wedding earlier this year (March-ish) and he was amazing every step of the way. He was easily reachable by all communications and made the planning process stress free. Not only did he cook for us but he also helped supply us with party insurance, tables, linens, chairs, etc. His staff also helped my parents set up for the wedding. We had a venue that did not have a kitchen and most other caterers were going to cook off site and bring our food in hot boxes. Michael brought everything he needed to cook on site for us (stoves, grills, etc) so everything was fresh! Everyone loved our taco bar, slider bar, and Asian noodle bar. I would recommend Michael to anyone :)

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  • 3 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Doreen N.
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There isn't enough time/space to express how wonderful an experience I had with Darlene & Aja @ Oceanique Catering. My original caterer cancelled on me 2 days prior to my annual Christmas Party & even though Darlene wasn't planning on catering Christmas Day, she did it for me! I ordered a traditional Polish menu for 40 guests & wanted extra for everyone to take plates home & Darlene made a feast! Absolutely EVERYONE loved her cooking...her set-up was breathtaking (she even brought decorations) & she cleared/cleaned everything up as promised. Oceanique will truly be the ONLY caterer I use & not just because the food was loved by all but because Darlene is a beautiful person with a heart of gold. She could've charged me extra for only having 2 days notice (like other caterers have) but she didn't...in fact, her prices were very reasonable. Her & Aja were down-to-earth & easy to deal with. They made me extremely comfortable & wouldn't let me lift a finger. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to impress their guests. Doreen N. Farmington Hills

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  • 16 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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I highly recommend Cathy - Supper Made Simple Event and Personal Chef Service. They provided friendly and professional catering services for my daughters graduation of 300 people. The food was delicious and many people at my party asked for Cathy's information so they could have her assist at their event. An Outstanding experience!

It's JUST Food LLC
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jenn M.
Verified review

Nicole cooks meals for my family weekly. Aside from the amazing flavors and variety of foods she cooks, her service is excellent in that she is very attentive to our nutrition requirements, on follow up and feedback. Nicole will cook whatever it is you desire with passion and love. She is a joy to have around, and her professionalism is top notch. My family looks forward to our meals each week!

Olivo Catering, LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie K.
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We hired Olivo Catering on short notice for a corporate luncheon for 30 people. I loved the menu that Sheri put together and it sounded perfect for the event we were having. The driver was here 5 minutes early and set everything up. He was very polite and helpful. The food was delicious!!! Chicken Kabob, Pulled Pork, Herb Rice, House Salad, Cole Slaw and Oreo Brownies. Over all a very positive experience!

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
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I couldn't have been more pleased. Very professional and amazing cuisine! Our family will definitely be utilizing Great Lakes Catering again in the near future.

AIME de DIEU Events
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 28 years in business
Heather M.
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Shawn and I have attended the same church and I have assisted her cater a wedding, make home visits for ill people and celebrate holidays together. She is a strong woman of God and takes great pride in everything she prepares whether it be a paid catering event, serving others or cooking for family and loved ones. It is this exact quality that exudes in her food prep and presentation. When you taste her creations...you know that you are loved!

Serenity Cuisine
4.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gary N.
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Ms. Woody is excellent! Her meals are nutritious and delicious, and she is more than accommodating in her services and contact. Just a wonderful experience!

On Cloud Yum
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
Briana J.
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Very good product I love every flavor and customer service is excellent

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I do catering for any type of event, with reasonable prices. I bring great service and excellent timing with wonderful taste.

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Chucks Creation's offers catering, personal chef, cooking lesson, and information regarding nutrition for all of your needs. We take pride in our services from the moment we meet for a estimate quote till the event is done. Chucks Creations Catering Company Ordering Information Menu Prices: Our menu prices are per person. Serving staff, sales tax, &rental equipment is an additional charge. Depending on the requirements of your event, will determine these charges. Deposit& payments: Depending on what type of event you are planning will determine your deposit& payment options. Deposits start at $150 or 25% of your total bill whichever is the greater amount. Example: If you book us for an event that's 6 months from now, a deposit is required to hold your date, 3 months from your event half of total cost is due, a week before your event total final cost is due. As stated before each event booked has is own requirement, that would be discuss during our interview with one another. Payments accepted are Cash, cashiers check, money order. Personal checks payments must be made 10 days prior to your event. Please understand "Deposits" are non refundable. Guest Count: A minimum guest count is required with your deposit when booking Chucks Creations. Final count is due at least 10 days before our event. That is the number we will order our food for& the final bill will be based upon. Cancellations: Please understand deposits are non refundable if you cancel your event, but it can be used towards a" Rebook" if we're available for that date.

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I am a chef. I have been cooking since I was 9 years old. I also love baking. I am a culinary student. I love hosting and catering parties. I have three years of cooking experience in a kitchen and two years in a bakery.

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I provide my clients with the best product, and friendly service. I am doing the best to bring you the things that you want and need. You will be serviced by top-notch chef, with over twenty years cooking experience.

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I will cater to all and any event! Your budget can be worked out. Nothing is too big or too small; I am the person.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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i provide tasty, locally sourced food, as available, and can accommodate all dietary restrictions and lifestyles.

  • 37 years in business
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We have been family owned and operated since 1981. We're a family of food service professionals and culinary artists.

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I offer full service catering and event planning. I'm a one-stop shop for all events and fundraisers. I cater from ice cubes to entertainment. We do it all and we do it well.

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Our goal is to cater events or prepare in-home meals for parties of 100 or less. Eliminate the idea or the headache of doing it yourself; 5 to 7 days' notice will be sufficient. Sit back, relax and give Tierra's a call, and we'll do the rest.

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I am a classically trained chef with an degree in culinary arts. I have worked in catering and as a personal chef for more than 10 years. I can make almost any budget work, and will make your event memorable and exciting!

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I would like to get a job because it's summer and my birthday is coming up, and I like to help with food and stuff like that, so I hope that I get the job!

  • 4 years in business
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We work from the heart We wont sell what we wouldnt buy ourselves

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.
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