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Elk River Holiday Caterers

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Catering by Dani
4.7
from 70 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn R.
Verified review

We used Catering by Dani for our company Holiday party. The food showed up right on schedule. Overall the food was good but could have been a little hotter. We are located in Bloomington however, so it was a little bit of a drive and it was near zero. The Chicken and Wild Rice Meatballs had great flavor but were a little bit dry. I would recommend Catering by Dani to family and friends.

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Diem Culinary
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica N.
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Outstanding experience. Food and service was perfect. They made our holiday party a success!

CH Professional Catering
4.6
from 39 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Denise M.
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We had Jason and Lizz for a holiday event. The food was fabulous! We had FRESH Grilled Salmon, Roasted Chicken (so tender), and Baked Ham. Sides were mashed potatoes and gravy, Southern Mac N Cheese, House Salad, Green Beans Almondine. They arrived and started to work. Everything was cooked on the spot (the smells were torturing because we couldn't wait to eat!) They supplied the chinaware, glasses and napkins (real napkins!) It was all very professional and classy. Thank you for a great night.

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Chef Jeff Catering
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lily D.
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Chef Jeff did a great job catering our wedding brunch. They were very accommodating with our changing needs as the event approached, and the food was delicious!

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Digest The Passion
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Sandra F.
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It was a pleasure working with Chris at Digest The Passion. The food was excellent, and Chris was very creative in his menu planning and a great collaborator in planning food for my event. I would recommend him again to anyone else interested in a caterer for an in-home event, such as mine.

Luzettecatering l.l.c
4.3
from 16 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Mary P.
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We are happy to recommend Luzette Catering and Daniel Cleary for your next event! He catered Holiday lunches at our offices and everyone was so pleased with the service and the food. Daniel was so easy to work with and helped us with the planning and the menu. He set up everything for us and it was so nice for our staff to have a hot, delicious holiday meal. Daniel came to collect everything after the event and made the job so easy for us. Thank you Daniel!

Vandy's Grille
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jesse F.
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Steve was the perfect caterer for our wedding. He went above and beyond to make our day special. Admittingly, Steve was more detailed and prepared than our wedding planner and everyone else combined...his experience really shined through and put us at ease. We expected 425-450 for our guest list, and with just 2 weeks to go, started to panic as our list grew to over 600. Steve simply remained calm through the whole thing...a phone call or two and he said everything was alright and we'd get through it. I was about to be a basket case, yet his calm reassured me. The best of it was, before anyone else was served, Steve personally served us first...along with a complimentary bottle of wine he had picked out especially for our meal. He stopped for a second to congratulate us, allow for a few extra pictures, and to make sure we...the bride and groom...were totally taken care of before moving onto our guests. Steve made our day special in so many ways. Something my mother said afterwards that sums up Steve pretty well was, "He's an old fashioned gentleman. His handshake is his bond, and his word is gold. He gets his reputation the old way...he earns it.". I highly recommend Steve to anyone for any catering need.

  • 24 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Celia P.
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Delicious and quality food. The staff was also very professional and ploite. I've recommended the company to friends and family. Job well done!!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Steven C.
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Chef Stiles was absolutely great. This was our first experience bringing in a personal chef for an event. Chef Stiles worked with me on the process and helped me get things set up. He worked quietly in the background and gave such a great presentation of the food. I hired him for my wife's birthday party. It was so great to have a healthy gourmet meal that everyone could enjoy.

Kilimanjaro Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Renson A.
    Verified review

    Great food and delivery was made on time. Ordering was quite easy and caterer was willing to be flexible with the order to accomodate my request.

    • 4 years in business
    Karen M.
    Verified review

    the food and service was great. Everyone had good things to say about it.

    Roberts BBQ & Grill
    4.8
    from 4 reviews
    • 16 years in business
    Bob J.
    Verified review

    We've used Roberts BBQ for several years both as a vendor at our annual Expo and also as the caterer for our private sponsor-only area. We couldn't be more pleased with both the product and the service.

    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!

      Ciardelli Catering
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 2 years in business
      Sonja P.
      Verified review

      Chef Nate is amazing!! From an intimate gathering at our home- cooking a fabulous meal from start to finish for our guests, to a retirement party of 100+ and a community event with endless hors d'oeuvres... All of our experiences have been wonderful! Chef Nate makes it so easy- whether you give him your ideas or use his expertise creating a menu. It's been perfect every time!

      612 Catering
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 11 years in business
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Raven O.
      Verified review

      We had an excellent experience with Danica & 612 catering. Delicious, hot, healthy meal for 100 people served as a buffet. Everyone loved the food. Great value too as Danica and her team managed set-up, monitored the buffet, and clean-up. We look forward to catering other lunches with 612 Catering.

      • 8 years in business
      Sharon G.
      Verified review

      Jamie has been catering at my work every Friday for quite awhile now. She always does a great job and is very professional. And her prices are also reasonable

      About

      20 years of culinary excellence. spent 18 years as executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton. my goal is to make your event the best event possible. I have a staff of trained professionals waiting and ready to take care of all of your needs

      About

      We provide on-site catering services. We will either drop off or will stay and provide excellent customer service to ensure the ultimate BBQ experience.

      • 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. The opportunity to be part of something special.

      • 3 years in business
      About

      Experience in huge catering and full service venue's. Practicing my unique and styles of all foods. Always presenting a spoon above the rest. ☺ With that said please feel free to ever give me a ring. Thank you for your time. I always like and live for the passion, between different foods with alchemy. Thus creating a fusion of mouth bombs going off in the mouth. I would not change my career for anything.

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

      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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