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Catering by Dani
4.7
from 70 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
Cailin D.
Verified review

I used Catering by Dani for my wedding and it couldn't have gone better! Her and her team were so friendly! During cocktail hour we were taking pictures and I sent a bridesmaid out to the reception room to get some hors d'oeuvres but they had already finished up and I was so bummed and hungry. Then to my surprise one of the waiters came around with trays just for us! They really went above and beyond and everyone loved the food. When I was searching for a caterer I found it really overwhelming because you have to take so many steps before you can get a quote, talk to this person, meet with that person. When I signed up for thumbtack, catering was the first thing I requested and Dani was the first to respond with an actual quote just for our event! I will definitely be recommending this company and will visit their restaurant in the midtown global market! Thank you so much Catering by Dani for amazing service and great food! Jonathan & Cailin Lindberg Married April 26, 2015

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Pangea Full Service Catering
5.0
from 64 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stuart N.
Verified review

Pangea catered our 150 person wedding and did a fantastic job. Christine was very helpful in understanding our asks and provided strong guidance on what kind of meal and service to fit our budget. Her suggestions were beyond helpful and she worked closely with us to put together the perfect meal for our guests. We received many compliments from our guests on how delicious the meal was. Beyond the catering, Christine was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Pangea catering for any wedding.

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Diem Culinary
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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Emma L.
Verified review

This chef undersells himself. Not only is good food delicious, but he should charge more for it. He catered our wedding in a small kitchen in a barn, plated everything, walked the food up a flight of steps to assist the servers, and it still looked and tasted great.

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Chef Jeff Catering
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lily D.
Verified review

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!

Mercury 212
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Linda B.
Verified review

Patrick and his team catered a private wedding in our backyard. He was on time and enthusiastic about all aspects of the meal. All of the guests thoroughly enjoyed his unique style and menu! Patrick was personable, friendly, professional and went above and beyond adding his own tasty flair. We shipped in west coast salmon, mussels and clams and Mercury 212 created a fabulous gourmet menu for our guests. We highly recommend them for your catering needs!

Luzettecatering l.l.c
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Julie D.
Verified review

Luzette Catering provided a buffet for my daughter's wedding. The food was excellent and the service wonderful. Daniel was great to work with. The roasted turkey was very moist. I would highly recommend it. Everyone raved about the food! Thanks Daniel for adding to a lovely evening.

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

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.

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Debbie's Good to Go Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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KIMBERLY M.
Verified review

We asked Debbie, maybe 10 days before my brothers wedding for a Friday semi grooms dinner for 20 of us. She was able to accommodate us, and to use Debbie's word. 'We got to be a guest at our own party.' Highly recommend her, the food and professionalism. Many thanks!

Unique Dining Experiences
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie F.
Verified review

Jeff and his crew are over the top! My Husband and I had them cater our wedding in late September for 225+ people. Pig and turkey roast, roasted vegetables, roasted red potatoes, vegetarian stuffed peppers, coleslaw, garden salad, rolls and some of the best bbq sauce I've had. From the beginning, to the details of the big day, I know we could not have made a better choice! The team went out of their way to meet with us 2 months before hand at our location just to talk about the setup. On the day of the reception the weather was not ideal for an all outdoor event, but they made the BEST of it. Our guests raved about the food, and I'm still hearing from people 2 months later that the food was excellent. I can't wait to have another party so I can have Jeff and his crew delight our family and friends again.

Bread & Salt Catering
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
Verified review

I would work with Bread and Salt again and again. Though we don't live in MSP, we were there for our son's wedding,. We were having a barbecue for the rehearsal dinner, and I wanted elegant and delicious pastries for dessert. Elizabeth provided us with a variety of beautiful and delicious little pastries, bars, and cupcakes. If I lived there the next time we needed a caterer, we would certainly hire BREAD AND SALT. Beautiful work, punctual call backs, professional presentation-- I just returned from a brunch here in Boston, and the desserts were very good, but nothing compared to what we had last week from Bread and Salt!

Wandering Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Bretta C.
Verified review

The food and set up was AMAZING!!!! We hired Jamie and Chef Colin to cater our wedding. The focus of our wedding was environmental and sustainability. We wanted to use our own vegetables from our garden and chickens that we raised. We got a "grocery list" of what the chef needed based on our guest count. We delivered the materials and they worked their magic making a meal that was both beautiful and delicious. We also requested earth friendly plating, which was delivered. There was also squash falafel, as a vegetarian option for several of our guests, although everyone ate it happily. Oh, and they made an amazing butter using honey from my bees. Now, we are fairly laid back so this sort of "let it happen" worked well for us. We trusted Wandering Kitchen to do what they thought would work with whatever we had available. Bravo Jamie and Chef Colin!

Vesuvios
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel M.
Verified review

Vesuvios catered my wedding for over 200 people and took care of everything, everyone was so impressed and the food is fresh, delicious and tastes great, they went above and beyond. My only regret is they don't have a restaurant,there food is that good! Good value and I would highly recomend them without reservation! You will not be disappointed

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

We hired Ole Piper to cater our wedding reception at the Rosemount Community Center. We made the decision to hire them based on our previous wonderful experiences with the restaurant/ownership. They provided an excellent assortment of food, based on our requests and their great recommendations, that was cooked to perfection and was right on time. Many guests commented on how much they enjoyed the food. The process of having the it ready and served was seamless and done to perfection. It was clear they had the experience and expertise to handle our special day. We highly recommend using Ole Piper to cater any event.

Taste Haiti Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Lori J.
Verified review

Taste Of Haiti gets a big 5 star from me. I had the pleasure of having Jasmine & Simon catering my wedding in March and their food were great. It was the first time for me experiencing Haitian food and I loved it. Steak was cook very favorable and their sauce to their dishes were awesome. I 'm glad Taste Of Haiti Catering decide to open in Minnesota I love it!

Chef Luke's Home Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Lily M.
Verified review

My wedding reception. Luke was able to see my and my mom's vision of what we wanted. With the venue not providing much help, creating more stress than necessary (which I didn't know til later), Luke and his team we able to cook serve and clean up without me worrying or be concerned and focus on my guests. My family and I will definitely look up Luke for future parties.

Kaycee G.
Verified review

Big Ten catering provided food and bar service for our October wedding. We enjoyed working with them and everyone absolutley LOVED the prime rib! They are full service so they also help with setting up wedding decor which was extremley helpful to us!!! The staff were very friendly and I would recommend them to any couple looking for a caterer for their big day!

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    I have been catering to wedding couples for over 15 years. I have full lights, sound and video capabilities. I am able to do indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. I take the time to get to know each and every wedding couple. This allows me to customize every wedding reception.

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    • 5 years in business
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    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.

    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 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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