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Rochester Caterers

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Catering For All It's Worth
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Debra J.
Verified review

I recently hired Catering For All It's Worth for a Dinner Party I was planning. Chef Bryan was great at helping me with menu planning and even suggested some wines to accompany the dishes being served. The day of the event, Chef Bryan arrived with all the groceries as well as all the pots and pans. He started to prepare all the food in the kitchen and it smelled wonderful. When my guests arrived I was able to entertain without having to check on the food, it was a gift to have a Personal Chef there. Chef Bryan served course after wonderful course of food, and we enjoyed each one. The ultimate one, being dessert, Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, with the perfect burnt sugar crust. Then Chef Bryan finished the evening by doing all the dishes, and cleaning up the kitchen. Excellent Service! I just found out that Chef Bryan also provides Weekly Menu Planning Services.

JBJ's Catering Services
5.0
from 1 review
  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Angela C.
Verified review

Jan was amazing right from the start! I was looking for someone to deliver food to my friend at her mother's house, who was in hospice care. Not only did Jan come up with a FRESH menu from scratch, but she also had experience working with hospice patients, and was just wonderful to my friend and her sisters with some encouraging words as well as some delicious food, enough to feed a small army! She really went the extra mile to make sure everything was just perfect for them from start to finish and was great at communicating back and forth. I highly recommend her and would definitely hire her again!

  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dawn R.
Verified review

Great to work with, delicious food, handled the line of people well, friendly customer service.

About

I prepare food for parties and other events. I specialize in the preparation meat for grill like kebab and other oriental products of ground meat. All kind of side dishes and salad bars are available. I have a long experience in international and American food preparation and cooking.

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I cater any event, big or small. I have reasonable prices. You can pick whatever you want at your event. I can make it simple and look elegant even when you're on a tight budget.

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I simply provide a large variety of great food for any event, serving 2 people or up to 1,000 people. It can be formal or not.

About

I'm a wedding planner and catering manager. My services include the following: * Customized Menu Planning * Vendor Referral Program * On-Site Wedding * Development of Special Group Rate for Guest's Room During the Night * Off-Site Events * Rehearsal Dinners * Gift Openings * Baptisms * Holiday Parties

  • 44 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

The way my work sticks out from others in that I place a great deal of focus on all elements of an event. I care very deeply about how my food is prepared, handled and presented to provide the best quality in terms of freshness and flavor.

About

Our Certified Executive Chef and Owner has over 20 years in the industry creates the best the area has to offer. We can provide for any occasion from a backyard BBQ to white glove wedding services. No event is too large or small. We are also available for full service off site bar caterings.

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We are a cafe that is specializing in homemade food, with an emphasis on desserts, soups, and other comfort foods. We cater these food in our region.

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We are a locally owned family grocery store offering deli, fresh meat, produce, bakery, and floral. We also provide catering services.

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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