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Birmingham Food Catering Companies

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The Freelance Chef LLC.
4.7
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa R.
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Chef Michael and his staff did an awesome job at our company breakfast. Not only was the food great, but they worked very hard and were very professional the whole time. Chef Michael is also a great communicator and was very easy to work with.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa E.
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I LOVE Oceanique Catering -- Having had the fantastic opportunity to work with the staff on some absolutely stelalr events. I must say there are few catering companies as amazing as this. Darlene is THE most innovative, creative, and contemporary genius who will present a culinary feast second to none. If you want something unique -- call Oceanique. Food is out of this World ~ and Darlene is a very fun person to work with. I always enjoy working with her and her staff. ~Melissa Embry-Thomas

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  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janice G.
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We have had several meals prepared by Chef Cathy and all were outstanding. The portions are very large and we end up with extras for lunch or the next day for dinner. I have to say she made the best risotto I have ever eaten. Her delivery service makes it very accommodating for her clients. Once the food is delivered everything is neatly organized and in their own containers and I love the easy simple to read instructions for reheating. If she had a restaurant it would be difficult not to eat there everyday.

It's JUST Food LLC
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Josh D.
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Nicole is as passionate about cooking good food as anyone could be about anything! Add that to her extensive training, and her outgoing personality, and it is the perfect recipe for a great experience! Everything from "Old-Country" Italian dishes to mouth-watering salmon plates. Appetizers, side dishes and decadent desserts; she does them all masterfully. Although I could go on for hours about how delicious the food is, It's JUST Food LLC has given me an education on cooking! I now have the confidence to try new things and try to "create" things. I no longer just stick to my comfort zone. I am free to explore! Sometimes it's a hit and other times, not so much! But as Nicole has taught me... It's JUST Food!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda K.
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Tammy is an amazing chef. All of her food is excellent and always fresh.

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Universal Events
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Todd A.
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BeNita provided excellent service and good food. I enjoyed working with her. I will use her again, if I have the opportunity.

Vera Green
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
Robert B.
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Mrs. Green catered a large company annual event and it was amazing! Hope to get her next year. She was timely and professional...everyone loved the food...highly recommended! Worth every penny!

Dean's Cuisine
4.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lola K.
Verified review

On time food was great even brought carryouts so guest can take Home leftovers

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We cater for public and private events and larger special occasions. We also do event planning and bartending!

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My work stands out from others because it is created by my customers and brought to life by me.

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We are a family-ran business. We are husband and wife, family and friends. Mr. Barnes has been to a school for restaurant management. Mrs. Barnes is going to college for wedding planning. We have done over twenty weddings and other parties including birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers, anniversary parties and banquets too. We help with everything! We do as much or as little as you want us to. We work with your budget. We love what we do. We love seeing people happy and helping them put their ideas altogether to make it extraordinary!

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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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We are a family-owned catering business. We do private events, weddings, birthday parties, graduation parties, office parties, and outdoor events and party planning. We also have a private chef service and meal planning.

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We are catering professionals who promise to make your special event one to remember. We specialize in room decor, table presentation, professional staff and great food.

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We sell fish, chicken, seafood, soul food, and BBQ. Our homemade Down South cooking and unique menu items are sure to please any group.

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I cater events that will indulge your taste buds! I cater to all including soul, international, diet, or restricted plan. I am a personal chef. I cater for weddings, meetings, and special events. Anywhere you need, you need to indulge with Cheftastic Catering.

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We will provide catering menu upon request. We can handle all your catering needs. We also handle BBQ.

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We cater to small and large events. Foods we serve are: baked, fried, barbecue and grill foods. We have very reasonable prices. Bring quote will beat prices.

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I cook and cater for all event I provide chocolate strawberries, baskets, and arrangements. Just give me two weeks' notice in advance.

  • 3 years in business
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I'm personal, every customer is special,not one customer is the same.

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We are an on-site and off-site catering company specializing in menu planning, always creating the perfect menu for every occasion. From Backyard barbecues to formal affairs, our highly experienced staff will make your event one to remember. Our customers love the fact that we can send them food for training listing up to a month and never repeat a menu! We work closely with you to be sure we do not go over your budget as well! We care, and it shows. Our culinary team is led by a true professional certified chef with over 30 years of experience. We also have graduates from local culinary schools but do not let this scare; we are worth more but cost less! Our Park Diamond banquet facility can host up to 600 people for corporate events and social events. Our services turn any meeting planner into a huge success, and our brides become the true princess!

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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