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

Dani provided our wedding luncheon with the MOST important elements: fantastic food and service. She is wonderful to work with and very detail oriented. She is a great chef and her crew were professional, kind and expedient! We will be using Catering by Dani again and again. I will recommend her services to everyone I know! Thanks for a great meal! Everyone enjoyed your food and service. We look forward to working with you again.

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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
Lee S.
Verified review

First of all, Christine -- high fives all around! She and her staff provided catering services for our wedding reception in an open-space Barn. Christine was highly professional from the initial meeting through the end of our event. She and her staff made good use of the venue space and were very service-oriented that evening to make sure the bride and groom, and their guests, were well taken care of. She worked with us to customize the menu based on our fall, comfort-food theme. The food was fresh, hot and flavorful, and we received many compliments. In fact, guests went back to the buffet for seconds, and even some thirds (those potatoes!) -- always a sign of tasty food. At the end of the food service, her staff was quiet, quick and very efficient at tear down and left their service area spotlessly clean. We enjoyed having her, and her staff as part of our wedding evening. My husband and I give Pangea Catering service our sincere thanks and recommend them highly.

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Chef Jeff Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

What an awesome experience working with this catering company!! Food was marvelous. Amber is a wonderful asset to this company!

Jess Delicious LLC
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy W.
Verified review

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!

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
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Celia P.
Verified review

Delicious and quality food. The staff was also very professional and ploite. I've recommended the company to friends and family. Job well done!!!

Rissa’s Kitchen
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Tyanna D.
Verified review

Being a mother of 3 children it’s hard to figure out what to cook, let alone time to cook it. Ever since I started ordering meals from you guys it’s really took a huge weight off my shoulders! You guys have such delicious and nutritious food and I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family! Thank you

Excellent Eats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah M.
Verified review

Amanda catered a weekend "girls getaway" for myself and 4 other ladies. As we waited for everyone to arrive, we were served unlimited "Salty Dogs", a refreshing lemonade based cocktail, along with chips, homemade bean dip, and guacamole. Cocktails and appetizers were followed by a dinner of spicy pork stew served over southwestern waffles with the "fixins" guac, salsa and sour cream. On the next evening we were served a dinner of marinated and grilled salmon and pineapple with parmesan asparagus. The second night after dinner, we visited the local bars for drinks and when we returned, we had an "after the bar" snack of Nachos. This snack reused some of the same menu items from the previous days meals.(Smart planning!) Before leaving on Sunday, we were served a southwestern brunch with baked eggs and fresh fruit. There were desserts with the meals and the food was all delicious. We were sent on out way with leftovers too. The whole weekend was very relaxing and enjoyable with Mandy taking care of the food for us. Mandy is a very calm and organized planner and a wonderful cook and baker. Also, she is very easy to work with and dependable. I would recommend her services to anyone who has a party or get together coming up or even just for a night off of cooking. You will be able to relax and enjoy your guests and leave the food prep to her. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Jill Cater Smith
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jo M.
Verified review

Jill is creative and highly attentive to details. Her food is always picture perfect and tastefully balanced.

Coast Catering & Events
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jill W.
Verified review

Amy catered the Christmas Party for my husband's dental office. She had great ideas including theme, activities and especially the food. She made appetizers as well as the meal of lobster tail with stuffed crab. Very professional & a joy to work with! I would definitely hire her again!

Serrano Brothers Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Noelle L.
Verified review

Excellent food and service!

The Global Chef
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Scott R.
Verified review

Orlando was simply fantastic. Great chef, great personality. Talked with all the guests that wondered into the kitchen. All the food was excellent, however, if you use Orlando, you MUST have his Caesar Salad. His home-made dressing was the talk of all 10 guests. Best ever! Highly recommend.

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

We use Ole Piper Inn for a number of employee events & customer meetings. We have always received high quality food as well as it arriving promptly, hot, & fresh at the time requested.

  • 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!

Roberts BBQ & Grill
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Tim R.
Verified review

Bruce is very reliable and easy to work with. His truck is clean, the food is good, it's affordable and he can easily handle large crowds.

Francesca's Catering
4.3
from 3 reviews
    Cynthia W.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Francisca on many different catering events. She offers great guidance and help in planning the perfect meal. She is very professional, always comes prepared and creates delicious food. Her food is a better quality then most restaurants offer. I look forward to working with her again in the near future.

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

    We are a properties management company and we always have 612 Catering cater our meetings and events. They are our 1st choice for catering. Good food, good service and good pricing. -Sabri Properties

    Sandy T.
    Verified review

    Penny, catered our event for 160+ people. The food was outstanding! The compliments were overflowing on the taste and presentation. If you want great service and a creative menu this is your company.

    Reem
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Petite B.
      Verified review

      Thank you Reem for doing such an amazing, professional service. It was a big bridal shower gathering, you did provide us with amazing desert and food thank you

      K&J Catering
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 34 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Cheryl P.
      Verified review

      Great job, great food and an awesome staff that kept everything running smoothly.

      • 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.

      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 Personal Chef Services

      Minneapolis, MN

      • Meals needed
        Dinner, Dessert, Appetizers
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        Italian, Mediterranean
      • Will the chef provide alcohol?
        No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
      • Budget per head
        $50-$60
      • Details
        This is for a 60th birthday party.
      • $1610
        Average price

      Need a Personal Chef (Ongoing)

      Minneapolis, MN

      • Meal preparation frequency
        Once a week
      • Meals needed
        Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
      • Head count
        2
      • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
        Other (No pork)
      • Day(s) needed
        Sunday
      • Time(s) needed
        Early afternoon (noon-3pm)
      • Details
        We would like a chef to cook all meals for the entire week We will shop
      • $15
        Average price

      Need a Personal Chef (One Time)

      Minneapolis, MN

      • Event type
        Birthday / Anniversary
      • Meals needed
        Dinner, Dessert, Appetizers
      • Interested in the following cuisine
        Mediterranean, French
      • Courses / Dishes
        Salad: Yes, Single entree: Yes, Multiple entrees: Yes, Side dishes: Yes
      • Will the chef provide alcohol?
        I would like the chef to provide beer/wine
      • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
        Vegetarian
      • Head count
        3-5
      • Budget per head
        $70-$80
      • Details
        40th bday celebration with birthday girl and the 3 most important women in her life
      • $508.33
        Average price
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