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Cruisin' Chef Catering
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie B.
Verified review

We cannot say enough about Cruisin’ Chef Catering! Easy to work with and flexible in allowing us to create a menu that embodied our vision for our wedding. Food was absolutely amazing and the service exceeded expectations! Very friendly and willing to accommodate requests! Highly recommend and would definitely use again for future events!

  • 21 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie S.
Verified review

Great experience! Chef Scot Harwood worked with us to create a fantastic menu that fit our budget, then delivered a wonderful dining experience for our wedding. Bravo!

Aimz Catering
from 1 review
    Donn G.
    Verified review

    Amy is a phenomonal chef. Her gravy is always made from stock and she does not make coleslaw out of a jar. Any type of meat is always cooked to perfection. She knows so much and is always willing to give advice. I've never had a bad meal prepared by her. She knows what she's doing.


    I know how to cook pretty well. I specialize in pasta dishes. I don't have a professional cooking experience, but cooking has been around since before there were formal schools for it. I have had fast food experience, and I am very neat and sanitary. I know the importance of cooking things thoroughly.


    Hello everyone, we are a catering business new to the area. We specialize in healthy and vegetarian dishes for the consumer who loves great food with a healthy organic twist. We offer any type of event catering, yet we specialize in your last minute office party, that party that you are too busy to cook and maintain. I hope to hear from you.

    • 5 years in business

    We are a small team with personal service


    I make specialty cakes, cupcakes, and other pastries that are requested. Prices depend on the size and amount of work needed to be done.

    • 4 years in business

    My work stands out from others because I flavor profile extremely well. 100% of my food is made from scratch. I don't believe in serving pre-made food out of a box or can. All of my food is created with aromatics in mind, visuals to stimulate your senses and a taste that will have you wiggling your toes with every bite.

    • 7 years in business

    I am a personal chef wanting to share my love of food with as many people as possible. I love making people happy by doing what I love.


    I do party, catering, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, baking, housekeeping, cupcakes and brownies are my specialties.


    I do cooking and catering for all occasions, such as birthday parties, weddings, open houses and retirement parties, and I do personal chef services. I cook healthy meals for diabetics and people with high blood pressure. What makes my business great is everything that I cook is homemade. I clean up after I cook, and I always get very good results at the end and have very good compliments.

    • 34 years in business

    I'm an experienced chef fixing breakfast, lunch, and also dinner meals. I prepare broiled and sauteed meals, salads, healthy, or of special likings. I can prepare meals at your place of choice or my place. I am currently reviewing the market for the best building for a new restaurant opening.


    I'm committed to bring you the best culinary experience within any budget, without sacrificing quality. I offer personal chef services for when you need that personal home touch and don't have the time yourself. I offer basic cooking classes as well.


    I am a personal chef. I have been in the food industry for 23 years. I have done James Beard dinners and Telluride food and wine festival, and I have been the chef for numerous sports teams. I am well versed in healthy foods as well as super foods. I can create a menu for any occasion and budget.

    • 6 years in business

    I'm a personal chef providing dinner parties and weekly meal services. I do appetizers, cooking lessons, baby food, and dinner parties.


    I specialize in making custom cakes for birthdays, showers and weddings. Not only do they look great but also taste great! The cakes, frosting and fondant are all homemade. No bad tastes will come out of my kitchen!

    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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