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Du Jour Fine Catering
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie K.
Verified review

Evon did an amazing job for us. We were looking to impress some important clients and we absolutely did. Everyone just raved about the food, which was really delicious. We had Chicken Divan and Spinach Ravoili with salad and a variety of desserts. It was all very delicious and there was more than enough for the amount of people we had ordered for. Evon was on time, efficient to set up and very professional, in addition to being friendly and accommodating. She was the first to respond to our inquiry and the menu looked delicious. The other reviewers were right, and we will definitely be seeing her again at our next event.

FOODesign by Chef Brech
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jim B.
Verified review

Steve catered a dinner for 22 at a condo club room. Arrangements with Steve were easy and he was responsive to emails and phone calls. The 3 staff who managed the event did a great job and were pleasant to work with - very unobtrusive during dinner. Overall, the food was excellent and we had more than enough of everything. The only negative was that the salmon we selected as one of our entrees was a bit dry, but I'm sure it's not easy to keep salmon moist when it has to be cooked 2-3 hours before the event. I would certainly use FOODesign again and recommend Chef Brech to others.

Design to Dine
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Sarah H.
Verified review

Design to Dine catering is the most professional and creative catering team that I have ever worked with. From small parties to large occasions Kolleen, Gina and their team have made every single one of my parties a huge success! Great Food! Great Atmospheres!

Melody Soul Dining
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Gail H.
Verified review

We hired Chef Kee based on her diverse menu selection and pricing for a catering drop-off for 25 people. Chef Kee's patience and positive vibe made the ordering process easy. It was my first time having a home party catered and all her menu items sounded so delish, I just couldn't decide at first. She helped me through all that! A week before the event, we hired her as a personal chef for one evening for my son's birthday to "test the waters". Great experience overall! Chef Kee was on-time. The chicken and "green hulk" waffles were amazing! There were no leftovers for a party of 6 adults and 4 kids (7-12yr olds)! The stove and work area were clean. For the catering drop-off, the execution was a little off (based on my zero experience with caterers) where some time was spent assembling the appetizers at the house and the salad and garlic bread were forgotten. I expected "drop-off" to mean the food is already assembled, cooked, prepared and all the set-up needed is transferring them in the appropriate serving dishes/warmers. I overlooked these details as the food overall was delish!!! No doubt, Chef Kee can cater to even the pickiest of eaters!

Tommie's Family Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tori S.
Verified review

Overall a great catering experience. Provides thorough initial consultation and follow up before preparing menu in case of any changes. -Always readily available if you are in need -Friendly staff -Compliments to the chef!

Island Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kristi C.
Verified review

Patrick with Island Catering impressed everyone with the quality of his food. He was eager to pkease and easy to work with. Prices were a great value for what he offered. He made my wedding reception a pleasurable one!

  • 8 years in business
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We offer bartending and catering services. We provide full service which includes the setup, we are just servicing you if you prefer to do food. We have our own pizza place, and tent and chair rental. We give deals on pizza for large orders.

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We offer Mexican food, buffet and taco bar. Our Mexican buffet includes enchiladas, chiles rellenos, tacos, refried beans, rice and tamales. Our taco bar includes three different types of tacos and your choice of flour or corn tortilla. For any of these, you will also get pico de gallo, fresh salsas, guacamole and sour cream.

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The appearance the taste and i cook with love and passion. Seeing the smiles on people's faces after they have Eaton my food.

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Experienced Chef of 30 years in the culinary field of Catering and with this experience there are no mistakes, making you Wedding or special occasion memories as wonderful one's for years to come! As an executive Chef I enjoy most seeing the faces of my clients and their guests as they taste my food creations. I feel this is my calling in life, and I love to cook, but most of all the cooking God's are in my favor:)

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We are simple and reasonable.

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Ever think that your employee deserve a reward for working so hard that you would like to surprise your co-workers with something special? Have the best treat at a meeting or a event you are hosting (even events like scapping parties, or party demonstrations. We at A Cup of Cakes make gourmet cupcakes for such occasions. We use only the finest ingredients, rich creamery butter, quality chocolate, pure extracts and flavorings, and hand-made fruit purees. These are not your "run of the mill" cupcakes; most of them have decadent cream fillings, fruit fillings, and luscious frostings. We deliver too! With a minimum purchase of 1 dozen, we will deliver your cupcakes to you for a small transportation fee -- any time of the day, from 4 a.m. to 12 midnight. We also take orders of cupcakes to your specifications, including themed cupcakes, fun children's party cupcakes, elegant wedding cupcakes, holiday themed cupcakes, and our special signature cupcakes. Check out Facebook, under A Cup of Cakes, to see a list and description of our most fantastic cupcakes. So please call us, and have a very special treat!

  • 39 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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We care about the taste and presentation of our food. Our reputation is what drives our word of mouth advertising campaign.

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We will cater to your every need. We are specializing in Mediterranean and far-eastern cuisines. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I do small caterings, personal meals for the week and in-home cooking party lessons, similar to hosting a purse party.

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I offer personal chef services and instruction. I do at home instruction and/or private catering for small events.

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I am a mom and grandma. I have done many catering jobs for weddings, graduations and open houses. I do great home-cooked meals and make everything myself.

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I am bringing elegance and beauty together. I am adding my flair for Mexican and soul together with a great understanding of catering delights.

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I'm willing to cook anything and anywhere. I have worked at many catering events and would like to get more catering events under my belt.

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We're an independent caterer who can do small functions for as little as 10 people or as large as 500 people. We specialize in weddings, graduation, open houses, corporate affairs, etc.

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We provide catering services for weddings, graduation parties, luncheons (funeral), and dinner parties. We do drop-off or full-service/fine dining.

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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