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The Freelance Chef LLC.
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Angela W.
Verified review

Michael catered my intimate wedding for 30 in a private home. He was a great choice! Chose gourmet options and the food was amazing. (Prime rib and salmon) My guests asked me how I found him. I'm no party planner and he has great ideas and took the stress away. He even helped with serving my cake, cleaned up and packed the food for me when he was done!

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica C.
Verified review

Darlene was amazing for my wedding brunch! The food was great, service was excellent! If I have any catering needs in the future, she'll be the first one I call!

Jeff's Over The Top Catering
from 23 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Baiyina H.
Verified review

Chef Jeff was very professional. He worked with us to develop a menu within our budget that was spectacular. We were very pleased that he is able to prepare a large variety of food for everyone to enjoy. There are vegetarians in the family and the meal that we served at our wedding had something for everyone. We were told by several guest that they had never had such good food at a wedding. Just as the name says, Over The Top Catering is over the top!

Kaleidoscope Catering
from 11 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Marty B.
Verified review

Brandon was incredible!! He catered my wedding rehearsal dinner for 60 guests and had everything far exceeded my expectations which were already high. Affordable, professional, and the food blew everyone away!

from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Mary B.
Verified review

The Stockyard team did a fantastic job catering our post-wedding brunch! The food was fresh and very good & they made is super easy for us as well. We look forward to working with them again!

AIME de DIEU Events
from 9 reviews
  • 28 years in business
Heather M.
Verified review

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 know that you are loved!

MMHC & Catering LLC
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie S.
Verified review

Excellent birthday party location! We had my daughter's 1st birthday party here. Great size hall & plenty of parking. We used their catering and the food was delicious! It was definitely a worry free event! Thank you so much! We will definitely use this location again!

Creme Fraiche Catering
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shannon W.
Verified review

I want to start by saying they are absolutely wonderful! I couldn't have been happier at the outcome of my wedding cake and catering of my Bachelorette party. Everything was prepared with perfection and creativity, and so yummy! Very professional, they really cared about making me me happy and making my wedding experience unforgettable. I was very lucky to find them. They are my go to for all my party planning forever and ever!!!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dannielle F.
Verified review

We hired smokin pole BBQ for our wedding. We had the chicken and baby back ribs with smoked Mac n cheese and some other sides. It was absolutley delicious!!!!!! We we're so satisfied. Andy is an awesome guy and is real friendly and enjoyable to be around. He is decently priced which is always a bonus! Highly satisfied and money well spent!

Tapestry Catering & Banquet
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susan P.
Verified review

We just had our wedding at the Detroit historical museum and Sean & his staff were amazing! The food was so delicious and beautiful. Very attentive service throughout everything. Very highly to recommend! Absolutely perfect job!

Jennifer R.
Verified review

When planning our wedding at The Redford Theatre, we were looking for a local catering company to help us out. Joe's Produce is within walking distance of us. We scheduled an appointment and spoke to Laura who reviewed all of our options. We liked the variety of options that they had for food as well as being able to choose our options for beer, cider, and wine. I will say that Laura probably needs an assistant because she is a very busy person, but the day of the event she handled everything very well. Our guests very much enjoyed the event. Additionally, she saved us some appetizers, to make sure we had some food to eat as we were very busy at our strolling reception. I would recommend Joe's for any occasion as they also helped with some high top tables that we used at the receptions too.

Hardy Hospitality Group
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
Ellen R.
Verified review

Max Hardy and his crew created a magical wedding for my daughter.

Michael R.
Verified review

We used Angel Food Catering for my sisters wedding and what a nice surprise, not your typical wedding food. everything was fresh and tasty, and we had a couple special requests that were handled beautifully. I think because they are a smaller company they really try to go all out for their customers! Sincerely, Michael Robert

Jeffs Over The Top Catering
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
Verified review

Jeff was a pleasure to work with. He showed up on time, with everything I had asked for, and the food was delicious. The best items were the ones he had specifically recommended, so I would advise you to be guided by his advice. I thought the pricing was extremely reasonable for the quantity and quality of the food. Thanks, Jeff!

Pamelas Catering
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Steve E.
Verified review

Outstanding service and food at the right price. They came to our condo for our wedding dinner and made it a special part of the evening. The chef and waitress were very friendly and a pleasure to be around. Would recommend to anyone!!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mary T.
Verified review

Michael and his staff did a wonderful catering job at my wedding reception. The food was great and I got a lot of feedback from the guests and they were very pleased. My husband fell in love with the chicken wings! Michael goes the extra mile (or two) to make sure that everything runs smoothly and everyone is taken care of. I cant tell you how much I really appreciated that. You really did a wonderful job in making sure that everything flowed. And a special extra thank you for bringing along the extra shrimp! :) Im so glad you thought ahead. We were very happy Michael and would love to have you cater for us again. Thank you!

Love At First Bite
from 1 review
    Cynthia H.
    Verified review

    Love At First Bite made my wedding reception even more special than it already was! The food was outstanding, all of the guests were raving about it. The staff was courteous and friendly. From start to finish my experience was wonderful. She helped me plan the perfect meal and even made me samples for us to try to see what we would prefer. I will definitely be using them again in the future and I would highly recommend them for any of your catering needs. I can't thank them enough!

    Temi A.
    Verified review

    The restaurant did a great job catering our wedding anniversary. It was well set up, and the food was awesome.


    I'm in high school, and I would love to be a wedding planner or catering decorator. I'm very mature, and I'm flexible.

    Monarch Creations

    New To Thumbtack


      At Monarch Creations we strive to provide White Glove service while creating breathtaking events.

      Elegant Occasions

      New To Thumbtack


        I provide full-service catering, all occasions event planning, and wedding planning (leave all the details to me).

        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.

        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 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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