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The Freelance Chef LLC.
4.7
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley D.
Verified review

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 :)

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 81 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

  • 5 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Jill B.
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We had Sooo Good Catered Creations cater our daughter's graduation party. We could not have been more pleased. Angelique the owner of the complany is extremely sweet and yet so professional. Her food is amazing too. Everyone at the party raved about the service and the meal. Angelique and an assistant were extremely helpful and attentive through out the main hours of the party which allowed me time to be visit with the guests and enjoy the meal too. I highly recommend her company for any event that caterers are needed. We will for sure be using her company again for our youngest daughter's grad party in the near future. J. Baker from Garden City

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  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
Verified review

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
  • 6 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!

  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Liz N.
Verified review

I have Chef Tamara done all my personal chef events by surprising my friends with freshly made organic food by Great Lakes Chef Catering Services. Phenomenal and delivered fresh and beautiful

Stockyard
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Colleen R.
Verified review

I hired Stockyard for a private party in August. The team was great and the food got rave reviews! What a fun way to caterer an event!

Jay Birds Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kenyetta D.
Verified review

Jaybirds catering was very professional. The food was very good, they used fresh ingredients and the presentation was wonderful. The pricing was reasonable. I would certainly recommend them to anyone.

Tha Sandwich Guy Etc...
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Love R.
Verified review

I had a 50th birthday party this pass weekend. The catering service that was provided by The Sandwich Guy was magnificent!!! I love the decorations, the food is health and delicious. The staff are very friendly and professional. I will recommend the Sandwich to all my family and friends. Thank you sooo much

Hardy Hospitality Group
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
Pi H.
Verified review

Chef Max cares about what he feeds his customers and really puts so much love into every dish. I’ve worked with his team for catering events and I’ve visited his restaurant several times. Each time i visit i am always greeted with a smile and the food is crazy good!

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
5.0
from 1 review
  • 77 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Leslie H.
Verified review

Craig is super nice, and very accommodating. His response was very fast. He invited me to taste his food if I want, before I book with him. We decided we are going to hire him, as his terms are very workable. We are excited to have him cater our affair.

Heaven on a Roll
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I provide customized service for a wide variety of event and functions. I use fresh quality product, smoked, Barbecued and prepared with great care and years of experience in creating exquisite food. We can serve groups of as few as 10 to hundreds. I can customize and create any menu needed and accommodate specialized dietary needs. I can also be found on Facebook at "Heaven on a Roll" I enjoy bringing great food at a great value too the customer. Be it a bride and groom, corporate office, party or attendees of public events. We specialize in Carilina BBQ, authentic delicious cheese steaks and other fare ranging from southern to Cajun. There is always a taste of heaven in every bite.

Clara's Place
5.0
from 1 review
    Adrianna A.
    Verified review

    I had a event catered from Clara's Place and the food was excellent, professional service and the philly subs from the food truck were delicious!!

    • 28 years in business
    About

    We cater for you. I create food that you will love and enjoy. Every bite is wonderful. I've been catering for over 20 years and above. I've never had a displeased customer. Why? Because we're here to serve you. -Joanne Anointed Hands

    • 13 years in business
    About

    i am a very good cook you will love it. also decorating is my specialty i make sure i get to know the client so we can make it a little more personal. Making sure the job is done right the first time and making ckients happy.

    About

    We offer pizza, appetizers, calzones, hot oven grinder, deli sandwiches, pasta, burger, salads, and more. We also offer takeout, delivery, dine in, and catering.

    About

    I am a great cook and love to cater small to medium events. I have been doing receptions parties and school events for 15 years.

    About

    Great passion and attention to details. Exceeding the expectations of my clients!

    About

    we make simple clean food. to make your party easier and so that you can enjoy yourself I love cooking something that I enjoy X specially when I see peoples faces and they enjoy the food and party

    • 13 years in business
    About

    We provide a food service. What you needed, we have it or have the will to get it! I enjoy making your event be remembered as the best ever.

    About

    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.

    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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