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Lincoln Park Buffet Caterers

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The Freelance Chef LLC.
4.7
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley D.
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We booked Michael Jay for our October 1st wedding earlier this year (March-ish) and he was amazing every step of the way. He was easily reachable by all communications and made the planning process stress free. Not only did he cook for us but he also helped supply us with party insurance, tables, linens, chairs, etc. His staff also helped my parents set up for the wedding. We had a venue that did not have a kitchen and most other caterers were going to cook off site and bring our food in hot boxes. Michael brought everything he needed to cook on site for us (stoves, grills, etc) so everything was fresh! Everyone loved our taco bar, slider bar, and Asian noodle bar. I would recommend Michael to anyone :)

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  • 3 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeni M.
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We hired Oceanique Catering for my daughter's high school graduation party. From the start, Darlene was very responsive. We wanted a buffet of Mexican dishes, and Darlene was first to respond with a custom menu. The price was reasonable and included full service, which we really needed for the size of this party. Darlene offered to come out in advance for a tasting, which helped us to narrow down the menu a bit. Our graduate is gluten intolerant, and Darlene had a lot of suggestions for gluten free options. All of our guests thought the food was outstanding! We had 2 staff people who stood behind the buffet tables, served the food, and kept the food hot and stocked. It was a nice touch! We also paid extra for the bartender, which was great as we didn't have to worry about underage drinking. Would definitely recommend Oceanique for any event.

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  • 16 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Ellen L.
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Our experience with Chef Cathy was an absolute delight from start to finish. I’ve hosted many catered parties both large and small and I can honestly say Chef Cathy’s dependability and culinary talent were top notch. I found her on a Google search as we wanted to host a catered dinner following our son’s graduation in Ann Arbor. Cathy contacted me immediately upon filling out a form on Thumbtack. I was drawn to her personable profile and previous menus. She was always responsive throughout our two months of planning and easily accommodated our various requests. It was so much fun planning the menu with her! We knew that we would be out all day at multiple ceremonies, so Cathy and her team needed to come to our rental house, set up and cook before we arrived back to the house. The evening proceeded without a hitch! Chef Cathy provided delicious and unique appetizers to start followed by a lovely plated dinner for 9 people. Her timing of each course was perfect! We enjoyed unique Lemon-Basil Marinated Shrimp in Parmesan Cups as one of the three appetizers. In perfect coordination, we sat down to a plated meal that included delicious and moist Chicken with Lemon & Artichokes, Asparagus Bundles, and Wild Rice Salad with Artichokes. Several overflowing plates of petite homemade bars and cakes followed for dessert. Cathy even presented our son with a special gift of a framed photo of his final college art project! Throughout dinner, Cathy and her assistant, John, made sure we had plenty of wine and second helpings. To top off a perfect evening, all dishes were cleared, cleaned and put away. This is top notch service and professionalism. Our entire group agreed that having Chef Cathy far exceeded any experience we would have had at a restaurant. I’m only sad that she doesn’t live closer to our home in Los Angeles! We loved Chef Cathy!!

It's JUST Food LLC
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon H.
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We really enjoyed dinner! The food was excellent! Nicole was very nice and professional. It was a great experience !!! Def recommend her!

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Golde Standard Catering
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa G.
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Nancy made a BEAUTIFUL meal for a family of 11 for Thanksgiving! She graciously listened to all of our tastes and preferences and helped us plan the meal, and she brought it to our house in beautiful dishes. Some caterers force their own vision, and she worked hard to create the meal that was the best fit for us. It was a wonderful experience, and we are so grateful for her help!

Kaleidoscope Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Harmoni D.
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The Kaleidosco Catering Services made my son's graduation party a "moment to be remembered". The food was simply delicious. The buffet showcased color, creativity and tasty entrees for your delight. Along with the exceptional service provided by the staff. They were easy to work with and mindful of every request and detail. Another point of significance is how "Brandon" customized my menu; by working within my budget for the food, desserts and table decorations. My family and friends were so impressed! Needless to say, Kaleidosco Catering has a client for life........Harmoni of Grosse Pointe Michigan

  • 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.

KL Katering LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Charlotte H.
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Everything! She was very flexible with our schedule, budget, and the quality of the food! Would recommend to anyone looking for a caterer! I also received many compliments on the food from my guests!

  • 17 years in business
Alison O.
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My experience with southern hospitality was phenomenal! I hired for a private event featuring cuisine of cocktails and taste-complimenting hour d'eurves.The food was delicious- everyone liked it and it truly made my holiday event extra special. I would recommend Jerome and Southern Hospitality to anyone looking to make their event a one of a kind culinary experience.

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We are a full service off-premise catering company that specializes in corporate catering.

  • 27 years in business
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We carter to all , no event is to big or small , our company is the one stop shop that does it all! From Dj's, honeymoons, photographer's, and bartender's you name it we have it !

  • 37 years in business
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We have been family owned and operated since 1981. We're a family of food service professionals and culinary artists.

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We are a full-service catering company with a completely remodeled banquet facility with seating up to 500 people. We do lots of corporate catering along with backyard barbecue parties and elegant weddings. We can handle events from 25-25,000 people.

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I cater smaller lunches and dinners. I can do cafeteria style meals up to 100 people, or more, depending on what you are ordering.

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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.

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I provide catering and personal chef services. This company provides great food. Our prices are reasonable. Every customer is treated with high dignity and very flexible with food.

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We cater excellent and tasty foods for any events. We provide 100% customer satisfaction. Call us and we're there.

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We offer full-service catering. We do everything from small dinner parties to plated wedding receptions up to 500 guests with professionalism and quality. Always delivering more than you expect is our business!

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We expect to always go above and beyond your expectations. Providing top quality cuisine for parties of all sizes.

  • 30 years in business
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I provide music for weddings, parties, birthdays, and any event. I also offer catering services. I believe our business is great because we work for the customers.

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WPC strives to bring quality cuisine to event guests and clients through pristine attention to detail, safety, and health standards.

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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