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Albemarle Caterers

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Top Pro
Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 107 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris C.
Verified review

What a great St. Patrick's dinner party thanks to Chef Tyler. From the moment we connected through Thumbtack I knew it was going to be a great party. His suggestions were spot on. I never once had a problem getting in touch with him. Both he and his staff were punctual the evening of the party and the food and presentation were outstanding. He was quite a hit with some of his unusual dishes. Very talented and creative! All I had to do was sit back and enjoy the party. I have been looking for someone new for some time to do catering for us and I feel very fortunate to have found Chef Tyler so quickly. I can leave the planning to him! Now I am thinking of when we can have that next party! Chris Chavoustie - March 22, 2016

Top Pro
An Event To Remember
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda B.
Verified review

It was the most wonderful day only made better by having An Event to Remember Catering it for us. Thanks for making memories!!!!

Roosterdoodles Cafe and Cake
4.4
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela K.
Verified review

Right from the start Sue was very easy to work with. She responded quickly to my questions as I was deciding on who to cater my daughter's wedding. Her confidence and accommodating manner won me over and I decided to go with Roosterdoodles for the big day. The selections to choose from for my menu were incredible. There was so much to choose from. I was able to choose just the perfect mix of food for the guests we were having. She made a trip to Clifton Park to meet me, see the venue,and offereed suggestions as to the table set up, etc. AS we neared the day, she responded with confirmations and asked if there was anything else she could help me with, like the cake and favors. I described the cake I was looking for and she said she could do anything. I decided to go with her for it, so she did everything. IShe offered some suggestions I did not want and I was very specific about what I wanted and she gave me exactly what I wanted. On the wedding day, she arrived with a small crew and delivered. She called to let me know exactly when she would be arriving and was on time. She and her crew worked the whole event, tending to the buffet and preparing the dessert table and clearing the buffet food. The presentation was gorgeous for everything, very classy. The mediterranean platter was unbelievable. The beef brisket was so tender, not tough like you often get with large quantities. The chicken was also incredibly tender and juicy, just perfect. The flavors of her sauces were mouth watering and obviously home made. The food was delicious. Everyone at my table all ask who catered. THey said it was the best wedding food they ever had. One guest said he rarely saw the quality of food that we had and he is global traveler by trade. Later that day and even the next two days, as I ran into friends and family, everyone commented on how amazing the food was. Some attended a wedding at a very popular country club in the area and they all agreed that my wedding was superior, both in the event itself and in the food. Susan's price was very reasonable, the service was excellent, and the food was out of this world. The cake was something like I had seen on pinterest. It was exactly what I wanted, even better! I will definately use Susan again. I can't wait to taste her other dishes. I may even make a trip to Cairo to visit her cafe. I know it would be worth the trip. I highly recommend Roosterdoodles for your event. You won't regret it!

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Saucy Spoon Cooking
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meredith G.
Verified review

Saucy Spoon provided a spread of delicious appetizers and entrees for my graduation party and the experience as a whole couldn't have been more positive. Jessica Lutz, Executive Chef, was extremely accommodating and friendly. She displayed warm, hospitable service in addition to a variety of flavor profiles to meet my indecisiveness when it came to choosing what was on the menu. The warm sausage dip was favored, as well as the homemade chicken fettuccine Alfredo. I would highly recommend Saucy Spoon Cooking to cater any special event for a small or large group!

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Senvette Catering
4.5
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shannel H.
Verified review

I actually ended up not choosing a caterer as we changed wedding plans to go to the beach. She was so professional and the samples were sooooo good! I will use her in the future!

Top Hat Event Planning
4.5
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Luke B.
Verified review

Great overall experience, had a neighborhood get together with about 20 people, Top Hat provided bartending and catering services. Food was excellent, they provided all mixers, fruit, plates cups etc so took a lot off of our plate to prepare for the event. very reasonable prices. They went out of their way to make our guests feel comfortable and well cared for.

Homestyle Gourmet
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Drew S.
Verified review

Where do I even begin! I'm going to start with their level of professionalism, because that means a lot to me. They are absolutely a joy to do business with as I have used them several times, from catering events that I've thrown to ordering from their one of a kind speciality desert bar for parties, work events ECT. They are capable of doing it all. They paid great attention to detail and made sure I was a satisfied customer from start to finish. They have some of the best quality of deserts & food selections that Charlotte has to offer. Absolutely love you guy's. Thank you again!

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The Cook Nook
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tamra R.
Verified review

I had The Cook Nook cater a private dinner for two. The food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. Catherine prepared a steak dinner and honestly it was the best steak I’ve ever eaten and I’m a regular at Morton’s and Capital Grill. The appetizers, sides, and main dish were all delicious. It was a beautiful meal and a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend Catherine for a fantastic experience that your guests will thoroughly enjoy! Tamra R.

Epps Bistro
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shaunta S.
Verified review

We’ve called upon Epps Bistro for several events we’ve hosted. The food is always impeccable with excellent service. There’s a variety of menu items to choose from as well. I have and will continue to recommend Epps Bistro for your private chef or catering needs.

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Cooking With Joya LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Beth L.
Verified review

We used Cooking with Joya for a corporate breakfast event celebrating our admins. It was delicious! Everyone commented on how amazing the food was and asked if we could use her again in the future. The answer was definitely yes! She was on time, easy to work with and very professional. Would highly recommend Cooking with Joya for their next catered event.

Taste of Heaven Cafe
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mrs. T.
Verified review

I recently hired Taste of Heaven Catering for my event this past weekend. My interaction with him from the beginning was great. He was very responsive and provided me everything I needed in a timely manner. I was able to do a small tasting prior to actually hiring him and I was impressed with the food. All of my guests raved about the food, it was very very good, was delivered as I requested with good presentation. Unfortunately the evening was so busy for me I was unable to take any pictures for this review, but trust me it was all good, I have some picky sister friends :) I will use him again in the future.

Endless Creations, LLC.
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Yvonne M.
Verified review

Endless Creations catered our personal dinner night and the food and professionalism was top notch! We can't wait to use them again.

  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Blair C.
Verified review

The ladies are family oriented and made my first catering experience super easy! I would use them for future events!

  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Iris B.
Verified review

Working with Blue Butterfly Catering was a great experience. Chef and his team did a great job preparing the most delicious food for our event. It was a St. Patrick's Day theme and he prepared authentic Irish cuisine for our guest! I would highly recommend Blue Butterfly Catering for your next event!

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nick B.
Verified review

We have used Total Events for two separate occasions, and been so pleased! We’ve never had catered food that was as delicious! They are extremely professional, have an abundance of knowledge of their craft, and are very easy to work with.

Michaela's Nana Catering
4.3
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
W. R.
Verified review

I had a good experience working with you, and my guests enjoyed the meal and interacting with you. You were very responsive in working with me to develop the menu, and were very punctual. I would use you again and can recommend you to others. On the constructive criticism front, I would suggest providing a little more detail about the menu items, and providing early confirmation on the event date that things are on track, etc. I don't use catering services often, so I don't know what the typical practices are. However, in my business life, I am accustomed to receiving (and giving) such specifics and confirmations so that my clients don't have to make assumptions or otherwise wonder where things stand. That said, I want to reiterate that I had a good experience, and I thank you for your service.

The Grand Services, LLC.
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rezenkia S.
Verified review

TGS is amazing! I have made several orders from them and my expectations were met each time. Very professional, great customer service, and the quality of food is exceptional!!! You will be more than happy to have left overs to enjoy the next day!!!!

SMOKE PIT CATERING
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Marit A.
Verified review

We had Chef Graham cater a celebratory event for a close friend and the food was amazing! I had eaten his food at another event recently and had to have his culinary expertise at our own party! He's phenomenal and I highly recommend him! His business partner Marcus handled translating our needs perfectly We couldn't have been more pleased.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jamir W.
Verified review

Jamir is a greaaaat Chef!!! He cooked for me and my husband for our anniversary and the food was on point!!!! Definitely recommend!!!

Chef Terry personal chef
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Regina H.
Verified review

We had a catered breakfast and the food was absolutely delicious! The guys were professional and very friendly. We will definitely have them again.

About

We are catering for all types of events, indoors and outdoors, for $350 that can feed 100 people -- one meat, two sides and a drink with desert. Other packages are available. The menu includes fish, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, coleslaw, beef chili, baked beans, french fries, and chips.

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.

Actual Requests

See other requests for caterers in Albemarle

Need Catering Services for a Plated Dinner Party on July 19, 2014

Raleigh, NC

  • Type of catering needed
    Plated meal
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual, American - formal, BBQ, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Number of guests
    60-80
  • Details
    Family Reunion

Need Catering Services for 16th Birthday Party

Mooresville, NC

  • Type of catering needed
    Cocktail party
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    Sweet 16 at Mack Center. About 50 teens. Want appetizers, maybe a pasta station, desserts (choc. fountain?)
  • $520
    Average price

Need Casual American Cuisine Catering Service

Dunn, NC

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - self-service
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - casual
  • Number of guests
    25-40
  • Additional Service(s)
    Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Details
    simple foods appropriate for a engagement party
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