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Ferndale Wedding Caterers

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The Freelance Chef LLC.
4.7
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Sathishkumar T.
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We hired Mike to cater for our wedding reception on 4/21/17. We picked him mainly based on reviews here. We thought how can we do wrong with someone who has received so many excellent reviews....and we found out that we were absolutely right and that the reviews were very accurate. The planning and service provided was very professional and with an obvious personal touch that puts you at ease immediately. Mike will work with you based on your budget and give you suggestions on what to prioritize spending money on and where to skimp out and that nobody will notice or care.... He was absolutely right on his suggestions. He has immense experience that he can give you great suggestions and execute what you wanted out of the evening in a flawless professional manner... above and beyond your expectations. The food received great reviews from our guests. To be honest, for the money we spent you can't get such diverse fare he put together for us from anyone else here in Michigan....at least that is what we found out from the couple of months of shopping around we did.... His staff were excellent and managed the bar and the buffet extremely well. The chef himself will come out, serve and talk to your guests in his chef outfit and in general help liven up the buffet experience and the party in general. I highly recommend Mike and his team.

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

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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
Mark D.
Verified review

I hired Chef Nicole to host a dinner party for some of my valued clients. From the very start she was extremely helpful in guiding us to the perfect menu for the evening. On the day of the event she show up on time, prepared and was very organized. As she prepared our meal, the interaction she had with my guests was top notch; everyone really enjoyed her company. In addition to that the food was amazing and there wasn't a single piece of food left on any of the plates. I couldn't have imagined the evening going any better and we're already in the process of scheduling another event with Chef Nicole and It's JUST Food, LLC. Thank You!!

Detroit family entertainment
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tyreen J.
Verified review

Detroit Family Entertainment is the best! DFE traveled from MI to NC to DJ our rehearsal dinner, wedding reception and after party. He’s professional, attentive to your crowd, well-spoken and overall great to work with. We’ll use him every time!

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Universal Events
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine Z.
Verified review

Benita was amazing to work with! She was professional, timely and efficient. She put together my wedding reception ballroom for me while I was getting ready and the compliments kept rolling in on how beautiful everything was. I gave her a description of what I wanted and she captured what I wanted perfectly! I will post a picture when the professional photos come in but everything was amazing she definitely took a load off my plate and made my day a lot easier. I can't give this woman enough praise for making my day run smoothly! Highly Recommended!

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
Verified review

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.

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.

  • 5 years in business
Connie K.
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My daughter and I hired Detroit Ice Cream to provide gluten free dessert choices at my daughter's August wedding in Detroit. We are so happy we did!! Not only are the home made ice cream products absolutely delicious (my grandchildren described them as "best ever") but La Kisha herself is charming, gracious, flexible , prompt, reliable and creative in adding ideas to the dessert service at the wedding. She served the ice cream choices (including vegan and lactose free choices) from a cart covered by a festive umbrella. It added a fun ambience to our garden wedding. I highly recommend Detroit Ice Cream to enhance any event. You will be very pleased!

Big Will's Smoke House
5.0
from 1 review
    Hazel H.
    Verified review

    I am from Texas, and visited Detroit and someone recommended me to try this and it was the best I have had in a while the meat was tender, barbecue sauce was yummy and the deserts....let just say I had to run an extra mile...but it was worth it!!!!! UmUmmGood!

    • 8 years in business
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    It is Personally tailored to the customers specific needs.

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    I'm the head cook, and I have six staff working with me at every event. I cater. I also like to arrive two hours earlier, so that I can set up for the venue and make sure everything is set up right. My staff and I prepare good food.

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    We, here at Edgy Eats, fulfill all of your culinary dreams. We are creating meals from the edge of your imagination with fresh and local produce to provide you with the best product food in any occasion.

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    Fresh and bursting with flavor is what Krave Detroit has to offer. We provide great tasting food that's prepared fresh with the highest quality of ingredients. Treat yourself today with a nutritious meal from our delicious menu. At Krave Detroit you are sure to enjoy the great atmosphere, friendly service, and affordable prices. Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey at Krave Detroit. We specialize in dinner for two, catering and private events.

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    A Movable Feast offers off-premise catering services in Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne Counties. Our dedicated staff is committed to on-time deliveries with efficient friendly service. A Movable Feast is best known for its homemade food, cooked to order from the freshest available ingredients. Bakery fresh bread and rolls are delivered daily while our delicious desserts are baked in house. We offer a large menu selection for breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers. We also offer many specialty items. Please take this opportunity to give us a call to quote your next party. Let us impress your guests with our high quality food, artistic presentation and smiling servers! We are open 7 days a week to serve you!

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    I like to add fun and nostalgia to my desserts which brings up memories of being a kid.

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    We help plan everything from weddings to babyshowers to graduations to any kind of party you can think of. We will make your event perfect so you can enjoy your special day.

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    I work with an outstanding team of talented suppliers. We go above and beyond our clients wishes to create an event that will not be forgotten. We listen to your dream and make it happen.

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    We provide all that you need for events like weddings, corporate events, birthday parties for all ages (including theme), anniversary celebrations, graduations, baby showers, indoor/outdoor (small and large) events.

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    We actually take pride in what we do and enjoy our job. We treat all of our customers like royalty.

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    I offer a lunch truck service with that down-home cooking and slow-smoked ribs that you will not stop praising.

    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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