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Cottage Grove Affordable Catering Services

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Catering by Dani
4.7
from 68 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa N.
Verified review

Dani did a full-service catering brunch at my home, for more than 80 guests. Her prices were very competitive and her menu was creative, unique, so much more interesting than any of the other bids. The food was superb--everyone raved about every course. The service and clean-up great. Only small concern was delay in communication as we firmed up details, which felt last-minute to me. And the staff arrived late--only 45 minutes before the event was to begin, so we were scrambling and delayed in opening the buffet line. Even with that I would highly recommend Dani's Catering.

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Diem Culinary
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gail S.
Verified review

We used Joshua Robertson catering service for our Christmas party in 2013. It was superb! The food was portioned perfectly and tasted amazing! We will be using his services again in the future....

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Chef Jeff Catering
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Darcie L.
Verified review

Everything about this catering company rocks!! They are the best. Had a wonderful relationship with Amber. She displayed such a genuine, caring attitude and excitement for our wedding! They are very flexible with everything and really made us feel important. Thanks for being a part of our special day. I will always use Chef Jeff Catering for future catering needs :)

Vandy's Grille
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah N.
Verified review

Steven was outstanding. He customized the menu to meet our catering needs. He was prompt, personable, and easy to work with. The food had great reviews from the guests and we will definitely using By Word of Mouth in the future! Highly recommended

  • 24 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Charles G.
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The food is very good. The service provides what they advertised. It responds on time and presents quality services.

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michael E.
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Chef Kurt did an exceptional job with our New Years Eve party! Both keeping the kids entertained and exceeding our expectations from menu planning and quality of food. He worked within our budget also! Kurt will definitely be hired again and referred to our friends!!

Kilimanjaro Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Smriti R.
    Verified review

    I called Kilimanjaro to help cater a company wide event. George and his team were extremely professional, punctual and courteous. The food tasted amazing and the rates were excellent. I will definitely order from here again.

    Ole Piper
    4.8
    from 4 reviews
    • 49 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jeff O.
    Verified review

    What can I say about Ole Piper, well we can start with Prompt service great food selection. The Food was delivered hot and nothing was missed, if they had a 10 star rating they won all 10 stars with us.

    • 10 hires on Thumbtack
    Angela J.
    Verified review

    I have a food allergy and it is wonderful having Jaque make meals for me. Her food is amazing as well as her service! Thank you so much!

    Francesca's Catering
    4.3
    from 3 reviews
      Charles H.
      Verified review

      Used multiple times. Always flexible, creative, delicious, polite, professional and on time! Looking forward to hiring Francesca's catering to cater our 3rd consecutive holiday party. Highy recommend!

      • 21 years in business
      Nyja B.
      Verified review

      I contacted Culinary Partners after needing a last minute caterer for a large family event. I spoke to Gerald and he was very accommodating, especially given the time frame (we're talking barely 3 days here). He arrived on time to prepare the food and everything was cooked perfectly. From the steaks to the vegetables, we couldn't have asked for a better meal. Next time we need an event catered, we will be sure to contact Gerald again, hopefully with more notice, though!

      Kelly S.
      Verified review

      I have seen many events catered by Penny and her team, and am always impressed by how seamlessly and flawlessly they take place. Penny always comes more than prepared to make the event perfect, has a lot of creativity, great menu options, and very affordable prices. We've had her to banquets, buffets, anniversary parties, client events, birthday parties, barbecues, garden parties, and more. Hopefully one of these days we'll get to see her work her magic on a wedding, too!

      Chef's Production
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 12 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Brian G.
      Verified review

      Kat was very responsive and accommodating. We look forward to the upcoming event!

      About

      We focus in catering services, food services and event planning. We also design customized events for clients, cocktail parties, snack parties and more.

      About

      Whether you're looking to spice up the conversation or add comfort to a project, nothing sets the tone of a meeting more than the food. With the Twin Cities' widest selection of participating restaurants for your choosing, over a decade of meeting meals and corporate catering experience and unmatched service, we're just what your next meeting ordered. From simply taking your box lunch order to helping you decide the perfect meal for an annual board meeting, our customer experience managers know just what (and how much) food you need. And more than just couriers, our food delivery specialists are professionals when it comes to attire, order accuracy, on-time delivery and delicious food setup. Lunch is a serious business. Your plate is full. Let us handle the food. We do more than deliver.

      About

      We are Qualified & Licensed! • TIPS Certified • MN School of Bartending Graduates • ServSafe & Restaurant Manager Certified • More qualifications are always being added! Our team focuses on creating a positive, up beat atmosphere for our customers. We provide prompt and friendly service. We also provide a unique flare by serving our companies signature “The 7 Liquor Ass Kicker” drink and shot.

      About

      We are a full-service catering company with a liquor license to accommodate any events. We offer any type of food you may want or desire.

      About

      I offer classically driven comfort food inspired by the seasons! I am a chef and an owner of a catering company, who specializes in catering to private homes and business and upscale events for two to 200 people. All businesses are generated by word of mouth.

      About

      Hello and welcome to The Majestic Chef. It is nice to see that you have made your way here to The Majestic Chef. Not many people today do know what a personal chef is and in turn would never consider hiring one. By definition a personal chef is a person who works with you directly to create meals you can either have made in bulk and stored for later eating, or comes in to your home, once twice or how ever many times in a week to make your meals there for you when you get home or before you leave for work in the morning. Nowadays, a personal chef is more than just a chef who makes your day-to-day meals or provides one to two meals a week. They have evolved in to a more broader group to provide for the many nitches of chefs and provide for the different groups whether it is a need to learn how to cook or to provide a wide range of catering and culinary services for their customers. What we do here at The Majestic Chef PCS is that we actually offer a wide variety of services, specializing in Halal home cooking and catering with an artistic flare as well athletic-based food planning. Ranging from in-home day to day meals, full-service catering, to health-related dietary needs such as allergies, sensitivities and religious requirements.

      • 7 years in business
      About

      We are not your average people- if it's average food your looking for, along with average service and an average dining experience we are not the right fit for you.

      About

      We currently do a variety of in-house or off premise catering events from weddings, anniversary, graduation parties, etc.

      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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      Need Buffet Caterer

      Saint Paul, MN

      • Event type
        Birthday party
      • Which meal
        Dinner
      • Dishes and beverages
        Appetizer(s), Main course(s), Side dish(es)
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        American - formal (eg: steak and potatoes), BBQ (eg: pulled pork, Southern comfort), French
      • Staff needed
        Set up: No, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: Yes
      • Head count
        50-75
      • Budget per person
        $20-$30 per person
      • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
        No dietary restrictions
      • Details
        none
      • $1075
        Average price
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