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Arnold Wedding Caterers

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Lily Pad Catering LLC
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Moira E.
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Dana is amazing!! He catered my wedding and the food was absolutely delicious! He was so professional!! I definitely recommend him!!

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Heavy Smoke BBQ
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David G.
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I hired Heavy Smoke to cater my wedding. What an amazing dinner. We had heard about the food and went to a BBQ cookoff to try some of the things they make to see if it was something we would like to pursue at the wedding. My mouth didn't know what hit it. We chose the brisket and pulled chicken and what a crowd pleaser this was. We had a picnic style wedding and Heavy Smoke not only cooked the meat, but they made their famous baked beans, salad, and a wonderful special recipe cole slaw. Minus the "I do's", this was honestly the highlight of the wedding. I spent more time answering questions about where I found them than I did about the wedding. :) I was very happy that everyone had such a wonderful BBQ dinner, and was very impressed with the way the guys handled the catering side of things. It was display that was very well put together, and certainly worthy of any wedding. Not a soul went home hungry. Great stuff and great guys. We are thinking about a redo very soon. Thank Heavy Smoke!!!

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Catering, by Chef Cox & Co.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan D.
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We used Chef Cox and her team for the first time last evening, catering our subdivision annual holiday dinner. Sara and her team did a fantastic job and the meal was wonderful. All the team members were courteous and professional, We were all very happy!!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Monica T.
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We had a backyard wedding for 400 guests. Sacha's attentiveness to our needs and being a part of making it happen was absolutely wonderful! Her and her team prepared, delivered, set up, and picked up so beautifully. The food was wonderful and I would hire her again, next grand event!

Delistro Catering LLC
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Carl T.
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Chef Terri Jayne is a consummate professional. The food could not have been better. She has an outstanding staff who were prompt, courteous and most pleasant. We will definitely use Delistro Catering for our future events.

Smile Often Events LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqueline D.
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Sheena took one of the most important and most stressful events of my life and made it manageable and even enjoyable! She was so knowledgeable of all the small details I didn't even realize were involved in the wedding planning process. She really made my dream wedding come true!

Twisted Tacos Food Truck
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Marie M.
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They have catered for a family gathering recently, after trying the food truck at my work. Needless to say, they thought of ALL the little things that I didn't, and even came in clutch when I ran out of drinks at no added cost! Very responsive to emails, explained everything well, were more than willing to work with my budget! I will absolutely have them out again!

  • 33 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
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Steven Becker Fine Dining is an incredible Catering experience. From their delicious food, to their attention to every detail. Would highly recommend this wonderful cater!

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kamila T.
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Levi was very attentive to details and great with communicating and realizing my goals of the evening. He was on time delivering the food and it was great! I would highly recommend his services!

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I do handwritten invitations. I do baby showers, weddings, children's birthday parties, anniversary dinners, etc.

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We cater weddings, birthdays, graduations and wine tastings, from 0 to 600 guests. We have done many celebrity, dignitary and presidential events.

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We specialize in the unique, exotic aromas and tastes of the world like a non-stop party of flavors.

  • 16 years in business
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We provide full-service catering for small or large groups within St. Louis and the surrounding areas.

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We are a full-service catering and event planning company that was established in 1961. We are family owned. We do all types of catering. We provide full service and delivery/drop-offs. We also offer on-premise banquet facilities and have many off-premise venues where we are the preferred caterer.

  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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All things that the private chefs prepare are fresh from scratch and local and made with so much love

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We are a full gourmet or casual catering company. Over nine pages of menus and full bar service are available. We offer over 80 entrees, many options and combinations, from buffets to seated dinners. If you dream it, we can do it.

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My services stands out from others because my prices are reasonable and my food is amazing.

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I have an extensive catering background that started many, many years ago. I have hosted numerous parties, showers, and social events. I'd like to take charge of the party for you, so that you can sit back and enjoy your party in the comfort of your home or wherever you choose to hold your affair!

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I offer catering for home events. I am Jeffry R. Goldstein. My experiences are as follows: - Treat America Food Service, Meramec Community College and NGA Facility, Kirkwood, Missouri, USA, July 2006 until Present In my position as account manager/executive chef, my duties includes the following: * Management and hiring of all kitchen staff * Supervision of food preparation for all daily operations for the campus and all special events * Coordinate all special functions for school events * Purchase of all items (including equipment, food, cleaning supplies, etc.) necessary for the kitchen and office * Development and creation of new menus * Coordination of off-premise catering events * Input into excel spreadsheets all daily register information, invoices, catering events, vendor bills, month-end inventory, and sales and deposit information * Deposit daily receipts and help maintain proper food costs * Input employee wages into payroll system - Apple Spice Junction (out of business), Executive Chef, Chesterfield, MO, USA, September 2005 to June 2006 In my position as an executive chef, I am responsible for the following: * All kitchen operations * Purchasing * Hiring and managing kitchen staff * Menu development * Costing of all products * Expediting customer orders when necessary * Establishing and enforcing product waste reduction procedures - Chef-4-U Catering, Inc., Executive Chef/Owner, St. Louis, MO, USA, March, 2001 to August, 2005 As the chef and owner of Chef-4-U Catering, my duties included the following: * Management and hiring of all kitchen staff and office employees * Supervision of food preparation for all special events * Purchase of all items (including equipment, food, cleaning supplies, etc.) necessary for the kitchen and office * Development and creation of new menus * Coordination of off-premise catering events with event coordinators - Windows on Washington, Executive Chef -- Banquets, St. Louis, MO, USA, March, 1997 to January, 2001 My duties as chef -- banquets with Windows on Washington included the following: * Supervision of entire kitchen staff for preparation of all food items * Development of menus * Creation of new food items (sauces, desserts, methods of preparation, etc.) * Coordination of buffet presentation and food garnishes with event planners * Working with event planners for the preparation of client tastings - Adventures Unlimited, Chef/Owner, St. Louis, MO, USA, January, 1989 to January, 1997 My duties as the chef/owner of Adventure Unlimited included the following: * Management and hiring of all kitchen staff * Purchase of all items (including equipment, food, cleaning supplies, etc.) necessary for the kitchen * Establishment and enforcement of sanitation procedures * Food presentation and garnishment at off-premise events * Supervision of all off-premise events (for up to 2000 guests) Skills include the following: - Extensive knowledge, experience, and skills in all aspects of catering - Extensive experience in hiring, managing, and firing of employees - Excellent interpersonal communication skills - Creation and development of new menu items - Menu costing - Profitability (exceeded projected sales figures for the past 6 years) I received my education from Bradley University, Peoria, IL, with a major in business. Other credentials are as follows: - Mercy Hospital 2012 -- AED/CPR certified for children and adults - Sanitation Certificate Update -- April 2011 (scored 93%) - 2009 Treat America Outstanding Achievement Award - 2010 Treat America Award for Excellence in Community Service - 2010 Meramec College Community Service Award I have received numerous accolades from my customer base at Meramec College.

  • 7 years in business
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We are a "full-service" catering and event planning. No job is too small or too large. We cater all types of events such as corporate lunches, weddings, class reunions, family reunions, showers, romantic dinners for two. There are no limits to what our culinary team can do. We will prepare American, Italian, Greek, Asian, West Indies and so on. Give us a try today.

  • 5 years in business
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Cut above the rest,we decorate the table according to the theme of the event.

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.

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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