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Ballwin Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Ballwin.

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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
Elaine T.
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I can't say enough positives about Dana and his delicious catering. He was quick to respond to my initial inquiry and very accessible from beginning to end. He delivered and set up the dining room with place cards with each appetizer. The quality of the food both in appearance and flavor was top-notch. I really appreciated having so many details taken care of that I was able to enjoy my own party!

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Heavy Smoke BBQ
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Casaundra K.
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We looked at quite a few caterers for our wedding. We chose Heavy Smoke because of their professionalism, responsiveness and delicious food! :) We heard comments from our guests the entire night about how much they enjoyed the food!

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Catering, by Chef Cox & Co.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zana S.
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From start to finish, Chef Cox was AMAZING! She responded almost immediately on Thumbtack, she was responsive to all of my questions and provided tasty menu options for my event. The food was simply awesome! She's very friendly and accommodating, it was the best! I WILL hire her again and again and again! Thanks Sara!

Delistro Catering LLC
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Erika H.
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Well thought out dishes with quality ingredients and preparation. Her selection is diverse and clever.

Elevated Chef Services
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Diane V.
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Kevin was attentive and professional from the time we first reached out to him. He was friendly and accommodating and our entire group enjoyed the evening. His meal was delicious and beautifully presented. He was comfortable letting us watch and ask questions and even engaged our four year old granddaughter who wanted to help make the homemade pasta.

Twisted Tacos Food Truck
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Ashley J.
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The best tacos I've ever had!! The service was quick!!! The people were friendly and bubbly!!! Well priced and worth EVERY PENNY!!!!

Michael P.
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I have utilized Francesco's for Catering now going on two years and might be the best caterer I've ever used. The food is outstanding, service is top notch always on time always & attention to details. In fact I like the catering enough I try to go there and eat in the restaurant on my free time when I can. Definitely recommend this hidden gem!

Robin H.
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I can't say it enough positive things about Heaven and Catering and Events their service is spectacular and their customer service is unbelievable overall an excellent company and staff to work with!

Christopher W.
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Natina was prompt, well planned as well as full of ideas that we had not even thought of during our initial consultation. When it came to our ideas, Natina was very patient and she listened to all of our requests and executed them all to our liking. The food was amazing! It was far beyond our expectations. Noirblanc is my #1 choice for any future events. Thanks Again!

  • 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!

Bistro 517
4.0
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anne V.
Verified review

By choice we assembled the salads for the luncheon, but Bistro 517 did all the prep work. There were plenty of ingredients to assemble the salads. We could have used more dressing and ice tea. The wrapped asparagus was delicious, but it would have been nice to have 2 pp instead of one. The lemon mousse cake was outstanding and beautiful. Many of the guests took business cards.

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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 have home-style cooking and a great price. We have awesome prime rib, pastas (we make our own sauces), roast beef, ham and our own special Italian cream chicken, but we can do anything you want. We also do desserts. We will make your event special!

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I love hearing my clients say, "Wow!" When the see and taste my food.

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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!

  • 4 years in business
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Everything we cook, prep , and display is done with LOVE first and has to have everyones approval with the taste and look of the food because if i dont like the presentation of the food it will not get served looks are everything.

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I provide services in the culinary field. I have extensive experience in many styles of cooking and preparing foods from all corners of the world. I can provide from buffet to plate-up services.

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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.

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Whitmoor Catering Company offers extraordinary cuisine and exceptional service for private parties, corporate events, wedding receptions, birthdays and holidays. Our off-site catering capabilities can be utilized for any event with from 50 up to 300 people! Check out our 22-page catering menu on our website.

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We are a catering business based in St. Louis. We're small, but willing to go the extra mile to gain your trust and faith in us. Our passion is cooking and taking customer service to the next level.

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We are an Italian restaurant and pizzeria with a full catering menu. Catering is available for any sized party. We cater all of our homemade menu items.

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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