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Du Jour Fine Catering
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Rosemarie R.
Verified review

Evon was very professional, both when helping me to decide what I wanted to serve at the baby shower I was giving, and when at the venue where the shower was taking place. She arrived right on time to set up. We had planned on a pasta bar - spaghetti, lasagna and Alfredo. Everything was delicious. I received a lot of compliments on the food from the guests. At the time we had decided on, she arrived at the venue, and quietly, and efficiently picked up her dishes, and equipment. I would definitely use her again for an event I was holding, and would highly recommend her to anyone else.

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

As an out of town bride, I could not be happier with my choice of Chef Brech! The food and service was great!

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

The food was excellent! Chef Kee's food was perfectly seasoned . The service was professional and timely, I will definetly do this again.

Chef Elizabeth Schuler
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Lauren H.
    Verified review

    I have had the privilege of having Chef Elizabeth cook for me on several occasions. She has a vast knowledge of food, preparation, different cuisines and food allergies. Always outstanding.

    The Vacation Chef
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Amy M.
    Verified review

    Chef Joy was exceptional in all areas of the experience! Her friendly demeanor, her delicious food, and her going the extra mile to make sure our surprise dinner was perfect, is so appreciated! She came very prepared, didn't mind chatting or working quietly, and left the kitchen in perfect shape when she was done. I honestly felt like she was just there hanging out with us, while performing her incredible gift of cooking. I look forward to future meals created by her and I would recommend her to anyone in the area that shes available in. Thank you, so much, Joy!

    La Chika Organika
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    Amy E.
    Verified review

    La Chika Organika vegan meals were fresh, delicious and kept me on track with my health and weight loss journey. There was so little stress for me knowing my lunch and dinner were prepared and completely heathy. The personal attention to my food preferences was appreciated. Felt like a celebrity with my own chef☺️ and I got results I wanted. Down 7 lbs.

    First in Class Catering
    4.7
    from 3 reviews
    • 20 years in business
    Debbie C.
    Verified review

    Chef Mary and her crew worked with me/us for our wedding reception meal. She and her staff are professional and very friendly! She kept our meal within our budget and still provided and excellent meal for all our guests. There was also a menu option for kids. I highly recommended her services!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Laura M.
    Verified review

    Made the evening extraspecial- very professional. Would hire again!

    • 2 years in business
    Ramona M.
    Verified review

    I used this catering company for my baby shower after a lot of research and phone calls. I asked for a menu with a Mexican theme with whatever variation he wanted to use. My main request was fresh and different and that is exactly what I got. He made a tequila lime chicken and mildly spicy shredded beef that everyone raved about. I even had a chance to meet with him prior to the big day to sample the items and make my final selection. Guacamole was fresh and better than most restaurants that I have eaten at. I really loved the jasmine rice with fresh cilantro. The only thing I would have suggested different was that he had more queso dip as everyone loved it and it went fast. I really liked the setup he did with staff available to make to the plates to order so that the guests could pick what toppings they wanted. The owner suggested that and I thought it was a good idea too. The shower was co-ed and the men of course loved that the food was so good and hearty but the women seemed to really like the freshness of it and that they could chose how their plates were made to accommodate dietary preferences. The owner and his staff were on time and set everything up so that I didn't have to do anything and it was a stress free experience for me. I will definitely be using this company again for future events. If you want flavorful and fresh food, with a unique twist, at a great price this is your guy. You won't be disappointed, at least I wasn't, and neither were my guests.

    K&K Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
      David V.
      Verified review

      Great food Great personality Great price. Great service! Give him a call!

      • 5 years in business
      Catherine D.
      Verified review

      Rachel makes gluten and dairy-free meals for my husband and I. We appreciate the variety in flavor and being exposed to many new tasty dishes (that are also healthful)!! We like the service so much we have asked Rachel to do some special dishes and appetizers for specific events. Working with Rachel is hassle-free and the food will WOW you!

      Teresa D.
      Verified review

      Alyssa is an excellent chef and is also adept at cooking for people with dietary restrictions. She is especially talented at using spices to make her meals delicious I have enjoyed every dish she's made for our family!

      About

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

      About

      I provide chef services from scratch cooking. I specialize in neo American creole fusion. Online info is available. I have 20 years of high-volume cooking.

      • 2 years in business
      About

      A husband and wife team creating fully developed experiences, from dinner, to cocktails, to dessert. Two culinary professionals, trained in some of the most renowned restaurants in the country, with over 30 years collective experience. It’s our pleasure to serve you.

      About

      Food is my life, my passion, and my art, and has been since I was six years old. I have dedicated a large portion of my life obtaining recipes, techniques, skills, and I love imparting my knowledge onto others, thus helping to create a more delicious world!

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

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

      About

      I'm a personal chef. I will shop, cook and cleanup after. I also do dinner parties and catering. I've been an executive chef for 20 years and have a passion for cooking great food. If you need someone who cares about what he serves and will listen to what your food needs are, I'm the person for you.

      About

      i put my heart into every dish and everything is from scratch..no semi homemade foods.

      • 9 years in business
      About

      We can serve pretty much anywhere and any time. Backyard, Boat, Beach, Corporate HQ, Reception Hall, Block Party, Wedding, Family Reunion, we just keep adding to the list. And then there is the love. People tell us they see that we love what we do. We serve you like we were serving our own family for a special event.

      About

      I have over 40 years experience working in the food service industry with the last 13 years as a cook on a cruise ship. I am excited to put all this knowledge to work for you!!

      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.

      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 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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