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5. CH Professional Catering
Very good 4.5

(42)

Very good 4.5

(42)

Wedding and Event Catering

Great value
Offers remote services
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Minneapolis, MN
CH Professional Catering Company is devoted to the philosophy of providing the freshest possible food experience. To do this we have adopted and on site cooking concept that ensures your food is being eaten right after preparation with little to know holding time. Our on site cooking ability and "from scratch" cooking methods make CH Professional Catering a must choice for your next event. Food preparation and the culinary arts have been a life long passion of mine. From the time that I spent growing up in our family restaurant business, formal culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America, and years spent as an executive chef for corporations as well as my own business, I have devoted my working life to the development of world class cuisines of all types. I truly enjoy what I do. R. Jason Freeman Executive Chef/OwnerSee more

$20/person

starting cost

$20/person

starting cost

CH Professional Catering Company is devoted to the philosophy of providing the freshest possible food experience. To do this we have adopted and on site cooking concept that ensures your food is being eaten right after preparation with little to know holding time. Our on site cooking ability and "from scratch" cooking methods make CH Professional Catering a must choice for your next event. Food preparation and the culinary arts have been a life long passion of mine. From the time that I spent growing up in our family restaurant business, formal culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America, and years spent as an executive chef for corporations as well as my own business, I have devoted my working life to the development of world class cuisines of all types. I truly enjoy what I do. R. Jason Freeman Executive Chef/Owner
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6. Partylinetoo Catering
5.0

(2)

5.0

(2)

Wedding and Event Catering

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Minneapolis, MN
Please see our 5 star reviews on our Thumbtack Bartending By Drew Profile. Hi! I'm Drew. PartylineToo has been in business for 14 years. Our passion is helping corporate planners and wedding couples create a unique experience that stands out from the crowd. Several things make us unique: We operate both a cocktail design and catering business. This allows us to pair food and cocktail menus that pair well together. We custom design cocktails for each couple in our Nord East Cocktail Studio. We have no fixed catering menus. We believe in tailoring everything to your personality, theme or guest type. We throw fantastic Corporate Parties,Bachelor(ette) Parties, grooms dinners in both our North Loop Cocktail Studio (801 Washington Avenue North) and our Nord East Cocktail Studio at 2220 Central Avenue NE. These events usually include Cocktail Competitions or whiskey, wine or beer tastings. We are part of Cornerstone Studios which provides clients with a one stop shop for their reception including floral, entertainment, planning, photography and graphic design.See more

$50/person

starting cost

$50/person

starting cost

Please see our 5 star reviews on our Thumbtack Bartending By Drew Profile. Hi! I'm Drew. PartylineToo has been in business for 14 years. Our passion is helping corporate planners and wedding couples create a unique experience that stands out from the crowd. Several things make us unique: We operate both a cocktail design and catering business. This allows us to pair food and cocktail menus that pair well together. We custom design cocktails for each couple in our Nord East Cocktail Studio. We have no fixed catering menus. We believe in tailoring everything to your personality, theme or guest type. We throw fantastic Corporate Parties,Bachelor(ette) Parties, grooms dinners in both our North Loop Cocktail Studio (801 Washington Avenue North) and our Nord East Cocktail Studio at 2220 Central Avenue NE. These events usually include Cocktail Competitions or whiskey, wine or beer tastings. We are part of Cornerstone Studios which provides clients with a one stop shop for their reception including floral, entertainment, planning, photography and graphic design.

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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.

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.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

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.

Reviews for Minneapolis chefs
Kimara F.
Chef Josh was amazing, he fed my family well!!! It was a pleasure meeting and hiring him.
Diem CulinaryDiem Culinary
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wonderful time! Chef Josh was excellent and so professional! Can't wait to do it again!!
Diem CulinaryDiem Culinary
Sharon M.
Event has not occurred yet, but we are very impressed with what we have experienced in our interactions with Amber and Chef Jeff so far!
Chef Jeff CateringChef Jeff Catering
Lily D.
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!
Chef Jeff CateringChef Jeff Catering
Ashley C.
I cannot say enough amazing things about our experience with Amber and Chef Jeff catering. She was so responsive and willing to work with our ideas. All of our guests loved the food and were raving about it all evening! They left the space cleaner than it was to begin with, which is incredible! Thank you so much Amber and Chef Jeff catering - we can't wait to work together again soon!
Chef Jeff CateringChef Jeff Catering
Daniel S.
We were so happy with Marci and Mpossibly Good! She was a breeze to work with in advance of our event, and she did an extraordinary job as a personal chef for our small gathering (8 adults for a 50th Anniversary Celebration). Marci and her help were punctual, professional, excellent in communicating before and during the event, and (most importantly) put together a delicious four-course meal. We would absolutely recommend Marci to anyone looking for a personal chef!
Mpossibly Good, LLCMpossibly Good, LLC
Brad P.
I had no clue how to approach hiring a private chef for my wife's birthday party. I saw Noelle on thumbtack and contacted her. That was about it! All the rest she took care of and I couldn't be happier. I highly recommend you contact Noelle first.
Noelle EveNoelle Eve
Darcie L.
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 :)
Chef Jeff CateringChef Jeff Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Instead of going to a restaurant for our annual holiday work party, we had an "interactive cooking dinner party" with Jessica as our chef/instructor and she did an awesome job. There were nine of us and we prepared the meal (appetizer, dinner and dessert) with her assistance at a private home -- the food and experience was great (lots of laughs)! Strongly recommend this type of party and Jessica!
Jess Delicious LLCJess Delicious LLC
Corinne E.
The food at my daughter's 1st birthday party was delicious every bite was amazing and Matt was efficient and easy to work with. Everything Matthew recommended was perfectly executed, we got alot of complements about the food well done chef! He set up the food amazingly and accomodated my special meal requests for vegetarian options... I was super happy to work with him and look forward to working with him again in the future.
Cozy Kitchen CuisineCozy Kitchen Cuisine
Kathleen R.
We had a 90th birthday party for my dad on a sunday afternoon. Just 45 people at our home but I could not have done it without Chef Jeff Catering. The menu was Chicken Parmesan, steamed green beans with red peppers (very crism and not at all over cooked), a colorful and fresh salad, dinner rolls and some of the best cookies I ever tasted (very soft and chocolatey). We also had appetizers that were very professionally created. Tracy was in charge of our party, and she was so understanding to work with as our guest list kept fluctuation (as it does when you are inviting people in this age group). The food was delicious and Tracy kept it warm without drying it out, despite the many hours that the party expanded (11:00 AM till 4:00). Many people asked for her card and even my sister-in-law, who is very picky, gave hearty compliments. Tracy was there to help no matter what needed to be done including picking up dishes throughout the house, and seving the cake that someone else brought. She was also a friendly and warm person and a joy to work with. The bill was extremely reasonable, I was very surprised. I will definitely hire Chef Jeff again.
Chef Jeff CateringChef Jeff Catering
Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for a chef to come to our house to do a 1:1 cooking demo for my husband's birthday. Joe helped me plan the menu beforehand and was very accommodating of our diets! During our demo, Joe answered a ton of questions from my husband, who is passionate about cooking, and showed us how to break down a chicken, make a vegetable stock, how to brine meat, and how to put it all together for a soup. He cleaned up before he left, and we were left with an amazing dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday! Joe was prompt in his communication beforehand, on time, brought all of his own supplies plus food, and was extremely pleasant to talk with during our demo. We got a lot out of this experience - nothing I would change! Thank you Joe!!
Joe MarzulloJoe Marzullo
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