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Albemarle Caterers

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Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 109 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris C.
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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

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An Event To Remember
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah C.
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This was our first experience with this catering company and we could not be happier with their service and amazing food. We will being using An Event To Remember again soon.

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Chef Segreto
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dawn P.
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Julian is a true professional. Our experience from booking the event to cleaning up after was perfect. We were very impressed with the food preparation, presentation, flavor and quality. The menu was catered to our specifications. The servers he provided to attend the party were excellent. Our cocktail party of 25 went off as effortless as it could have. We HIGHLY recommend Julian and his services.

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Carolina Gourmet Catering
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie D.
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Yesterday we hosted a community pool luau with approximately 200-250 guest in 90 degree weather. Carolina Gourmet Catering did such an AMAZING job!! Everyone was raving about their food and service. Michelle Cook and her team were top notch. They were a pleasure to work with and were able to create a unique menu to suit our needs. I had several guests telling me that they wanted to book Carolina Gourmet Catering for their work parties. Aside from the great service and food, they also were extremely friendly and out going with our hungry guests and all the kids. We DEFINITELY want to book them for future events. Thanks so much Carolina Gourmet Catering ! - Debbie

Roosterdoodles Cafe and Cake
4.4
from 37 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl D.
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Susan and her helpers were fantastic! They were so kind and helpful. We rented a home for the weekend and they catered every meal. They were so flexible with the times they could come and cook our meals, they brought sooooo much food, and it was terrific. I really appreciate everything they did for us, they went above and beyond. Thank you!

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Edible Palette
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Harold S.
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It was an absolute pleasure working with Chef Devonte! His professionalism coupled with his culinary skills were exceptional! My wife and I were extremely pleased and 100% satisfied. I highly recommend Chef Devonte to cater to your needs!

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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.
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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!

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Cooking With Joya LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Beth L.
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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.

  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Blair C.
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The ladies are family oriented and made my first catering experience super easy! I would use them for future events!

Chef Margo Page
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Scheili D.
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Chef Margo Page was a pleasure to work with. She catered the Passover Seder for our temple. The food was fabulous and I look forward to working with her again in the future!

Michaela's Nana Catering
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
W. R.
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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.

A Taste For...
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Justin P.
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I used to this company for a dinner party. Not only was the food outstanding, original, fresh, and fulfilling, the service and set up and professionalism was beyond my expectations! I am very particular and passionate about putting on parties. This company is definitely be go to if you are looking for top-notch catering!

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eileen M.
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Food is DELICIOUS and so convenient.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jamir W.
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Jamir is a greaaaat Chef!!! He cooked for me and my husband for our anniversary and the food was on point!!!! Definitely recommend!!!

Buffy's Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 10 years in business
Raymond R.
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Down home southern food with a twist, the pound cake desert bar was to die for. The service and servers were the best, give them a try, the prices are great.

Wrap It Up NC
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Audra H.
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Wrap it up is sure to be the best hit food at a party or gathering. Starting with the spicy deep fried eggs, onto the buffalo chicken wrap finishing up with a mudslide little horn. I would choose WRAP IT UP at your next event; whether it be a family picnic to sporting event. The food is delicious. The staff is friendly and overall great hospitality.

  • 5 years in business
About

We are offering a refreshing scratch catering service for any occasion. Let us help you capture every taste bud with one of the best chefs in town.

About

I offer personal chef and catering services. I will also teach cooking methods and provide catering for private parties. I have catered over 450 weddings and corporate parties.

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A Piece of Havana wants to make everyone's special occasion a unique one. If you are planning your party, we can handle your meal. Our variety and creative Cuban dishes are a perfect way to show your guest a real and special Caribbean cuisine. It does not matter if it is a wedding or any other special occasion. We will always spark your occasion with an outstanding and well-presented meal. Just call us, and let us know how many people you are expecting. We will give you the best deal along with the best dinner.

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When it comes to great food, New Orleans is the city that dishes it out the best! Born and raised there, Cajun cooking is my passion. Anything, from red beans and rice with andouille to chops and fried catfish or shrimp etouffee and crawfish jambalaya, the unique flavor of N'awlins is always a belly flipper. Of course, don't forget the beignets! Email for a full menu today. What I like most about my job is seeing the joy and happiness that my passion for food brings to others.

  • 22 years in business
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We have a lot of repeat business. We are affordable. My experience says the two examples: repeat and affordable customer service!

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.

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 much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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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