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Cary Wedding Caterers

Browse these wedding caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Cary.

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Zacki's Culinary Creations
4.8
from 88 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anne H.
Verified review

Zacki prepared a wonderful ancient Mediterranean meal for our intimate private wedding party. Zacki is very knowledgeable about ancient foods which brought unique flavors to the dishes she lovingly prepares. Every guest at the party enjoyed the appetizers, salad, two great entrees and a healthy and tasty fresh fruit pastry for dessert. The food was fresh and delicious and Zacki and her assistant Kathryn were a joy.

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CookWhere
5.0
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patric J.
Verified review

I hired Chef Nico to surprise my wife for our 10th wedding anniversary. Communicating with him was great. He was very professional and made time to answer any questions I had. He was generous with his time. On the day he was to arrive, he was punctual. As soon as he came in, he started prepping for our big evening. From the appetizers to the entree, the food was magnificent. Every dish was introduced and the presentation was on the level of 5 stars! I asked if he can make some drinks for us. So he created some cocktails that went perfect with our meals. At the end, he cleaned up eveything leaving our kitchen the way it was before he arrived. Anyone would be very nervous that something would go wrong when planning a special event. But Chef Nico made everything run smoothly; we had nothing to worry about. This Chef gets my highest recommendation. Especially for helping us make our 10th wedding anniversary a day we'll never forget.

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Em’s Catering
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacey B.
Verified review

Em catered our wedding this past weekend and she did a fantastic job. All the food she made was delicious and fresh and everyone loved it. She was extremely easy to work with and we felt she did an outstanding job for us. We highly recommend her and would definitely use her again.

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Clay P.
Verified review

Lamar worked with my husband to create an unforgettable experience for our 5 year wedding anniversary. 5 years is the "wood" anniversary, so Chef Lamar setup a candlelit dinner in the woods at a nearby park. He had rose petals leading down the trail to the table. He plated each of our 5 course meals on wooden dishes, to keep with the theme. The food was PHENOMENAL! I can't say enough great things about Chef Lamar and his assistant Stephanie. Well done!

Oh Taste and See Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tia J.
Verified review

This Man is an awesome Chef and His cooking skills are of Good quality. I would recommend Him to cater with the best of the best 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 5 thumbs up for Oh taste and See catering

My Chef Catering
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
Betsy F.
Verified review

My Chef Catering has catered small meetings and large events for our agency. The food and service are outstanding. Steve goes out of his way to create delicious and different canapes and desserts and uses the freshest ingredients. His truffles, in so many different flavors, are to die for!

Comfort Cuisine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Heather M.
Verified review

Maggie was an incredible caterer to work with! I'm so glad she reached out to me. My husband and I are vegan, so it was important to us to find a caterer that could create tasty, plant-based food for our wedding. Maggie was able to craft a menu with dishes from around the world and we received a ton of compliments during dinner from our guests on the food. From grandparents, to fellow vegans, the food was a hit! She and her team exceeded my expectations and helped make our wedding a night to remember :) Thank you Chef Maggie!

A taste of Harlem
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John B.
Verified review

Shamyra and her wonderful staff made my wedding a complete success !! With over 160 people in attendance, her expert staff kept everyone happy. They set up there equipment and served the delectable food selections in a most professional manner. HIGHLY RECCOMEND !! John B.

Fantacy Events
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Tina G.
Verified review

Fantacy Events exceeded our expectations decorating and catering our mentoring formal. Thanks for a job well done. We will definitely use them again for future events .

Sucre&Sel
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maura S.
Verified review

On time, lovely food, "best grad party food ever". Florence also does smaller events for me - tasteful, tasty and memorable.

Char's Catering
5.0
from 1 review
    Lora T.
    Verified review

    Charlene asked that I place a review on her Thumbtack – where do I begin. I have worked with Char’s Catering for several of my events. My first encounter was a wedding in 2012. I was allowed to join the bride and groom for their taste testing and the food was outstanding. Nothing was too salty or over/under cooked. We had baked tilapia – delicious. Our next encounter was for a retirement celebration in Reidsville in 2013. Yes she travels. Again the food was absolutely delicious and her staff was awesome as well. I remember the salad being the bomb! I love salads and it just stood out. I’m not sure if it was the dressing or the freshness of the salad itself. Then she catered for a fund raising event in October 2015 for me. The food was incredible, even a guest caterer asked who she was. Her staff were efficient and very helpful. Our most recent taste testing was in April 2016 for an upcoming event in October. Boy, the food was once again outstanding and prepared differently. She also offered desserts. Our client had a field day with the desserts. She has a glowing personality and is very personable and professional. She is organized and timely which is a must in this industry. She is neat, clean and works hard to please her clients. I’ve seen her in action and been a client of hers. When selecting a caterer, I think about what event I’m doing and if that caterer can meet the theme of the event and prepare & present good tasting food for the guests. Char’s catering can do this, she meets the clients requests. She is my go to caterer. She comes highly recommended.

    About

    I have been a food service manager for 14 years and I am ServSafe certified. I am passionate about providing appealing, healthy and delicious food to people.

    About

    I cater small dinners, cocktail parties, and individual platters upon request. Examples are appetizers, cheese fondue, stuffed cucumbers, veggie kabobs, fruit kabobs, Holiday meals, and New Year's Eve cocktail parties.

    About

    We provide service,because we are in catering company that is for all people for all times for all the cases of all places nothing is too small or too big we cater to you

    About

    I have been a chef in NY for over 20 years. I have run 3 restaurants, one being my own. I love ethnic food and have cooked every kind of food. I enjoy catering very much because of the variance of food, creativity, and working at different sites.

    About

    I personally interact with each client. Together we develop a menu and services tailored for the event and any additional services necessary. My work doesn't stop at cooking. I host classes, children's parties, cooking demos, serve, bartend, and much more.

    About

    We offer home cooking and catering specializing in Italian cooking, basic American cuisine, BBQ, healthy dishes and little Mexican fare as well.

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    I do catering for all types of occasions and all types of food. I specialize in soul food. I mostly prepare for no more than a hundred guests, but I'm willing to do more.

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    We make sure our guests are happy and satisfied. Everything is up to par and readied the way they would want it. We aim to please!

    • 6 years in business
    About

    Give us your menu, and we'll give you a meal that will leave you and your guests wanting for more. With years of experience in all types of food and deserts, we cook to please. So. let Fox's Country Kitchen give you and your guests a day you won't soon forget. No amount of people is too large for us, so give us a call and leave the cooking to us.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    We specialize in providing quality food for all of your catering needs. We provide services for parties, weddings, luncheons, and all special occasions. KJ's takes pride in serving quality food with attention to detail. Our top priority is insuring that you will be happy with the food presented by our company. To insure satisfaction, we tailor our catering talents to fit individual clients' needs for any event. Quick business luncheons, impressive spread for visiting VIP or elegant wedding receptions, we can provide a menu to suit any event. We want you to be proud of the event we cater. We always remember that we are catering your affair and understand what it means to work within a budget.

    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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